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    I can think of at least two perfectly reputable...

    I can think of at least two perfectly reputable luthiers in the UK selling fabulous ukuleles for a lot less than £1,000. I can think of at least one other who could easily charge a lot more...
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    If I recall correctly, my first one broke, or...

    If I recall correctly, my first one broke, or rather one of the tuners did. Back then before the internet and resurgence of popularity of the ukulele, finding a replacement tuner was nigh impossible...
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    Passive pickups are no better or worse than...

    Passive pickups are no better or worse than active, but yes you do need to run them through a preamp to tame the sound. An active pickup is simply the same sort of pickup, but with the preamp...
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    Thanks Tom, yes Horace Wimp is one of those songs...

    Thanks Tom, yes Horace Wimp is one of those songs that tells a touching story and I really enjoyed performing it; I'm so glad you found that connection with it.
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    I bought a couple of cheap passive undersaddle...

    I bought a couple of cheap passive undersaddle pickups a while ago and had my local luthier fit them to my two main sopranos. I use them a lot as I play in a band, but at home I almost never plug...
  6. We should all play whichever songs we enjoy...

    We should all play whichever songs we enjoy playing! I don't play Iz's version of Over the Rainbow (or any other version), nor any George Formby songs, nor any tunes with a title ending with "rag". ...
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    You know what they say... "If it ain't broke".

    You know what they say... "If it ain't broke".
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    Thanks Tom, there were some amazing contributions...

    Thanks Tom, there were some amazing contributions for this season.
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    Simon Smith and His Amazing Dancing Bear

    https://youtu.be/TxONZYuTZLc
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    Do report back if you decide on either (or...

    Do report back if you decide on either (or both!). There is no right answer.
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    Bb sounds much better to me. I think I've...

    Bb sounds much better to me. I think I've developed a phobia for C tuning though.
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    It's also useful to play along to a recording...

    It's also useful to play along to a recording (you-tube video or whatever).
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    The point is that a Brüko has such a distinctive...

    The point is that a Brüko has such a distinctive sound. I've never heard a Kala travel uke played, but it's a safe bet it sounds a lot different to a Brüko.

    This is yours truly strumming my maple...
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    Regarding if a Brüko flat body uke is the same as...

    Regarding if a Brüko flat body uke is the same as a Kala travel uke, I would say a Brüko is simply not the same as any other! For the best sound, go for an arched back model.

    Whether it makes a...
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    Thanks Steve and thanks everyone; I've been...

    Thanks Steve and thanks everyone; I've been really impressed with so many of the contributions to this season!
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    Sticky: I'll have to wait another 100 weeks before...

    I'll have to wait another 100 weeks before digging out that Proclaimers song. :)
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    Not sure what you mean, but typically a soprano...

    Not sure what you mean, but typically a soprano uke sounds best (or rather rings out more loudly - "best" is subjective) a little up the neck because the small body resonates those higher notes well....
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    I share stuff like that with other members of the...

    I share stuff like that with other members of the band. They nick-named me "Technical Jim" or "TJ" for short because I almost always have spare batteries, etc.
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    That's a good idea. I'll give it a go myself. :)

    That's a good idea. I'll give it a go myself. :)
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    The Diary of Horace Wimp

    https://youtu.be/mMHRL8NItcc

    This one was a nice challenge! :-)
  21. Thread: F# vs Gb

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    F# is F with a capo on fret 1. If you want to...

    F# is F with a capo on fret 1. If you want to capo G to get Gb, that's 11th fret, so obviously a non-starter.

    Seriously though, in almost every key you don't see a Gb on the stave (see yahalele's...
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    Banjo ukes are a lot louder, so if you think your...

    Banjo ukes are a lot louder, so if you think your housemates and neighbours would like to share the fun, get one of those. ;)
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    Ukulele Dream Girl

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    I thought I'd turn up like a bad penny and bring you this one which I've been meaning to learn for a while. Thanks Steve for this week's season - lots to choose from...
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    2220. Just sayin' ;)

    2220. Just sayin' ;)
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    You might break the strings if you tune them to...

    You might break the strings if you tune them to ADF#B!
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