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    I have made many spruce topped sopranos. They...

    I have made many spruce topped sopranos. They tend to be loud and punchy with strong fundamentals, but with less overtones than hardwoods generally.
    Brad
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    Once again I am offering a ukulele building...

    Once again I am offering a ukulele building course at my home on Kauai. I did this last year and it was a lot of fun. Basically you spend 8-12 days at my home/shop building the ukulele of your...
  3. Most of the Ditson ukulele had the distinctive...

    Most of the Ditson ukulele had the distinctive mini dreadnaught body shape, wider waist and less curvy than the standard Martin shape. The bindings and parend are plastic.
    Brad
  4. Thanks Bill, it was fun to build. Brad

    Thanks Bill, it was fun to build.
    Brad
  5. FS Ditson/Martin Style 3K reproduction by Brad Donaldson

    While going through the Tom Walsh-John King book on The Martin Ukulele, I noticed that the only koa ukulele made by Martin for the Ditson dept. stores were either a style 1K (12), or a style 5K (22)....
  6. I always use a drop of super glue (CA) on the...

    I always use a drop of super glue (CA) on the knot of wound strings with string through bridges. It helps prevent any unraveling issues.
    Brad
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    Thank you Pete, I always enjoy watching your...

    Thank you Pete, I always enjoy watching your videos.
    Brad
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    I have the iStroboSoft on my IPhone and have used...

    I have the iStroboSoft on my IPhone and have used it for years. It is accurate enough that I use to tap tune the components while building.
    Brad
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    Looks like the 2D has 12 frets to the body and...

    Looks like the 2D has 12 frets to the body and the 2LD has 14.
    Brad
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    That is too thick. I bend at 1.6 - 1.8 mm

    That is too thick. I bend at 1.6 - 1.8 mm
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    Hey Teri, I will make it a point to have one on...

    Hey Teri,
    I will make it a point to have one on hand when you visit in January. Looking forward to meeting you.
    Brad
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    Thanks everyone for looking, this ukulele has...

    Thanks everyone for looking, this ukulele has been sold. I will be building some more of these shortly, so I will leave the thread open for now.
    Brad
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    Hoe Waa Ukulele by Brad Donaldson

    Aloha everyone,
    I have been working on this design for a while now, trying to add a little more diversity to my lineup. Introducing the Hoe Waa (Canoe Paddle) ukulele. This is a 15 concert...
  14. Thread: Mahogany vs Koa

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    I pretty much agree with the above posters, let...

    I pretty much agree with the above posters, let me see if I can add some insight as to why this is the case. Wood is not an engineered material. Every species will have a broad set of properties,...
  15. Thread: Winter blues

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    I can sympathize Ken, my shop in Cannon Beach is...

    I can sympathize Ken, my shop in Cannon Beach is cold, dark and damp this time of year. My solution was to move 2500 miles southwest where my dust collection system is the trade winds and at noon...
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    I had borrowed the idea from Hana Lima some years...

    I had borrowed the idea from Hana Lima some years ago. The PEX tubing I use vs. the wood dowel saves you from having to drill out the dowel. Also if you insert the stopper rod at least one inch...
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    Here are some pics of how I made mine....

    Here are some pics of how I made mine.
    https://photos.app.goo.gl/p3CXbTfZK9B1A1wh9
    Brad
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    You will find that some of us do and others...

    You will find that some of us do and others don’t. The arguments for are; it looks cleaner, it is easier to blow out dust and it slows down the effects of humidity changes. The arguments against...
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    As this is a subject near and dear to me I will...

    As this is a subject near and dear to me I will chime in. And for those of you that don’t know me, of the 409 instruments built so far, approximately 150 were arch top mandolins, 9 arch top guitars,...
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    Hey Kurt, really glad to hear that Arlo is...

    Hey Kurt, really glad to hear that Arlo is playing a Bob Gleason ukulele. I get to see Bob at least once a year when he comes to our Kauai builders group get together. He is a fun person to be...
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    I taper most of my ukulele. Brad

    I taper most of my ukulele.
    Brad
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    I like the Antes plans. They were taken from a...

    I like the Antes plans. They were taken from a Martin tenor, give you several options for a neck joint and allow you to taper the body or not. I have a forties Martin tenor and can say that the...
  23. Thread: Brace wood?

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    The important parameters are strength and...

    The important parameters are strength and stiffness per weight. They used to make airplanes out of spruce, you ever heard of a poplar goose lol.
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    Actually, in practice, the distance between the...

    Actually, in practice, the distance between the nut and the 12th fret, and between the 12th fret and saddle is not the same. In most ukulele there is between 1/16” to 1/8” compensation added to the...
  25. Thread: Fret Spacing?

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    That largely depends on the size of your hands.

    That largely depends on the size of your hands.
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