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    Skip the gimmicks; there is no shortcut to...

    Skip the gimmicks; there is no shortcut to practicing here. Practice is just that, and while it doesn’t have to be “boring”, creating distractions like playing along with slowed down audio isn’t...
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    Invest in a real metronome, not an app. A good...

    Invest in a real metronome, not an app. A good one isn’t expensive, will last years, and is quicker to set up than some app you have to open and fiddle around with.

    I recommend tapping with your...
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    Not sure if this matters for instrument building,...

    Not sure if this matters for instrument building, but red oak tends to be more porous vs white oak, which is why the latter is used for making wine/spirits barrels.
  4. Thread: Kala Ukes

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    My apologies for creating that doubt or...

    My apologies for creating that doubt or suspicion. I’ve edited my original post, and hopefully it clears things up.

    In no way did I intend to allege any wrongdoing on Kala’s part. I just don’t...
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    My personal experience dealing with the folks in...

    My personal experience dealing with the folks in the office is what has colored my view of the company. They talked the talk, but weren’t walking the walk of a company that really cares about what...
  6. Thread: Kala Ukes

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    My own personal problems with the company have...

    My own personal problems with the company have precluded me from ever buying their products, or recommending them to others with any earnestness.

    For the money, I’d rather have a Kiwaya laminate...
  7. Thread: F# vs Gb

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    Agreed. I have been known to be a contrarian for...

    Agreed. I have been known to be a contrarian for the sake of argument. :p
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    I beg to differ. The key of G# Major would have...

    I beg to differ. The key of G# Major would have six sharps and one double-sharp, which is notated as a fancy ‘x’ (Fx in this case).

    Just because a key is impractical to look at or think of in...
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    Don’t get me wrong, my Mele was great! Just not...

    Don’t get me wrong, my Mele was great! Just not my forever uke.

    I’ve yet to play a current Kamaka or a made in Hawaii KoAloha, so I don’t think I can make a fair comparison against the Kanile‘a...
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    Loving Cedar and Cypress tops with very hard...

    Loving Cedar and Cypress tops with very hard body. If I could get my hands on a Light Bird, I would be pretty happy.

    And a custom build from Michael Smith at Goat Rock Ukulele using CA native...
  11. Thread: Sales Tax

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    Please don’t lump us all in with Comrade Cheeto....

    Please don’t lump us all in with Comrade Cheeto. I think many of us would love to have a simpler tax system that also helps to benefit the citizens by paying for social services. The problem is...
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    I did and loved it...until I bought a Kanile‘a...

    I did and loved it...until I bought a Kanile‘a pineapple, which is now also gone. My uke journey is teaching me that while I love the sound of koa, it isn’t my favorite. And I still have a nice...
  13. Thread: Sales Tax

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    Here in California, we have to pay our local...

    Here in California, we have to pay our local sales tax rate, not the state’s.

    So for all my purchases, I get to add 8.5%...at least I’m not in SF anymore where it was closer to 9%!
  14. Thread: F# vs Gb

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    Gb. As a former trumpet player, which is tuned to...

    Gb. As a former trumpet player, which is tuned to Bb, my brain is much happier with flats than sharps.

    That said, I can't say I would ever want to write in either key if I didn't have to. I...
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    Aside from my wife’s Kala, which was the first...

    Aside from my wife’s Kala, which was the first uke in our household, I researched all the others we bought, mainly using UU for reference.

    The reason I found UU in the first place was only because...
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    HMS weekly deal this week is on Kala cedar-top...

    HMS weekly deal this week is on Kala cedar-top tenors, both with and without a cutaway.

    Personally I’m not big on the stock electronics, so if it were me I would take the non-cutaway since it is...
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    There is a Moon Bird tenor available at...

    There is a Moon Bird tenor available at HMS...though pricing is definitely more than the Kala or Ohana options. :D
  18. These are all great and very welcome...

    These are all great and very welcome perspectives! As I said, I’ve been known to be wrong, and perhaps my more casual browsing vs actual price research accounts for my opinion more than I’d realized....
  19. What's up with the Blackbird secondary market?

    (Not naming names or specific posts so much as calling out something I have noticed over the past few months of casual marketplace browsing)

    I may be mistaken (happens quite a bit), but it feels...
  20. In a recent thread here about a 17 fret soprano,...

    In a recent thread here about a 17 fret soprano, Ken mentioned he has been getting feedback on recent shipments that the finish wasn’t perfect on arrival, which he attributed to the warmer temps...
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    FYI, there is a tenor Moon Bird at HMS right...

    FYI, there is a tenor Moon Bird at HMS right now...

    I’m firmly in the aNueNue fan club, and can’t wait to splurge on a custom from them, too.
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    Another great review, Baz. Thanks for posting. I...

    Another great review, Baz. Thanks for posting. I can’t imagine I’d ever want to part with that beauty should I ever get a chance to hold one.

    This just reaffirms my goal of getting something...
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    Sadly not. It conflicts with an annual camping...

    Sadly not. It conflicts with an annual camping trip our family and friends have done for the past 26 years.

    I wanted to go talk to Tyler at the TyDe booth, too. :(
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    I wish! I’m an hour north of San Francisco in...

    I wish! I’m an hour north of San Francisco in what used to be apple and pear orchards, namely Novato. :)
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    NUD coming...thanks again, Dave! :shaka:

    NUD coming...thanks again, Dave! :shaka:
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