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    A nylon string instrument isn't going to sustain...

    A nylon string instrument isn't going to sustain the same as a steel stringed one further up the neck.

    That being said, higher end ukes are generally made to be more resonant, hence the high notes...
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    So you saw a guitalele/guilele? Several...

    So you saw a guitalele/guilele?
    Several companies come to mind... Yamaha, Cordoba, Oscar Schmidt, Aria and more..

    The standard tuning for them is ADGCEA. Good entry into guitar playing from...
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    It's do-able, though the distance of the string...

    It's do-able, though the distance of the string would be off by a few mm compared to the others... and the overall aesthetics would make it seem you have a string missing.
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    On the broader topic of what makes a 'real'...

    On the broader topic of what makes a 'real' ukulele, I think any well made uke from a reputable company would suffice as an instrument that can play all the pieces.

    I'd be able to play my...
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    I'm no expert on Vintage instrument restore - but...

    I'm no expert on Vintage instrument restore - but as a General fix for tuning peg hole, I'd purchase a good quality set of friction tuners (eg: Gotoh) to install.

    You'll have to measure the...
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    Thanks for your kind words. I currently have...

    Thanks for your kind words.

    I currently have D'addario Pro Arte Concert Nylon on mine. Using a classical guitar D string as the low-G.
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    The 5 string plays just like a 4 string for most...

    The 5 string plays just like a 4 string for most intents and purposes.

    It's like a 4 string with a fancier sounding G note.
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    It certainly does in my experience :)

    It certainly does in my experience :)
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    As a general rule one could just view it as ...

    As a general rule one could just view it as

    Soprano = light tension
    Concert = medium tension
    Tenor = hard tension


    What strings I put on which uke is highly dependent on the setup, feel and...
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    Classical D string works well for sure. Going...

    Classical D string works well for sure.

    Going one step further, sometimes it makes more economic sense to buy the whole classical guitar set (provided you like the strings on a ukulele) and...
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    I completely agree regarding the 'strange' way...

    I completely agree regarding the 'strange' way ukulele strings come.

    For guitar, you don't usually get different sets based on the size of the guitar. There's no "Travel size guitar strings" and...
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    Yeah, pretty much every brand I've tried so far...

    Yeah, pretty much every brand I've tried so far (D'addario, Fremont, Aquila, Worth, etc).
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    Thanks! I don't find that it complicates. The...

    Thanks!
    I don't find that it complicates.
    The playing is rather simple - I use it like a regular low-G ukulele but each time I play the double-string, it gives me something extra.

    I haven't...
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    The only wound strings that seems to wear out...

    The only wound strings that seems to wear out quick are Aquila ones in my experience.

    Wound strings from other brands, including classical guitar D strings (eg: D'addario) seem to be quite...
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    I prefer using Concert strings on my tenors. I...

    I prefer using Concert strings on my tenors.
    I can't stand tenor strings on tenors. Too much tension.

    Tenor strings on Soprano ukes is awesome though. The shorter scale benefits from the tension.
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    I recently got a Kanile'a 5-string and couldn't...

    I recently got a Kanile'a 5-string and couldn't be happier!

    However, it was quite different to what I expected.
    It feels and sounds more like a low-G uke than you might think.
    However, to me...
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    Edelweiss (with a Hawaiian feel)

    Hi folks~~ I hope you are all doing well in these times.
    I live in Melbourne, where we are in a state of 'lockdown' due to the pandemic. On the positive, it gave me time indoors to work on this...
  18. I think the two options recommended here (Godin...

    I think the two options recommended here (Godin Motif and Cordoba) are some of the best given what you are looking for.
    Though for the Godin Motif, you would be lucky to find one. They've been out...
  19. Out of curiosity, what doesn't home and contents...

    Out of curiosity, what doesn't home and contents insurance cover?

    My home and contents insurance covers up to a certain amount for my possessions, which includes any musical instruments.... ??
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    I think it depends also on where we are in life....

    I think it depends also on where we are in life.
    Back when I was a student who wasn't earning much, a $300-500 uke was considered somewhat "expensive" and I would look after it like it was the crown...
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    3 possible ways to mitigate. 1. Different...

    3 possible ways to mitigate.

    1. Different strings
    2. Give more relief on truss rod (if your uke has one)
    3. Saddle needs to be a little higher. Either get a new saddle or shim the existing one.
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    No i meant High G. I struggle to keep any uke...

    No i meant High G.
    I struggle to keep any uke tuned in High G, because Low G gives me more versatility in chromatic range and bass.
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    I'm the opposite. I struggle to keep any ukulele...

    I'm the opposite. I struggle to keep any ukulele in High-G because from my perspective you reduce your chromatic range and lose bass.

    In fact, the closest I have to a high-G is a 5-string tenor....
  24. Interesting that it had shims. That could suggest...

    Interesting that it had shims. That could suggest that whoever did your setup felt like they went too low and raised it.

    Does your uke have an undersaddle pickup?
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    My main instrument has been wind (ocarinas)....

    My main instrument has been wind (ocarinas). However the sound of ukulele appealed to me and I wanted a rhythm instrument that I could use to accompany myself in recordings. Ukulele was easier to get...
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