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    The 412 refers to a shotgun Martin sold long ago...

    The 412 refers to a shotgun Martin sold long ago for $30.00. Somewhere, there is a gun case, and in it is a tag for a "Style 3."
  2. +1 Fremont Blackline Medium

    +1 Fremont Blackline Medium
  3. Thread: Cracks

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    No, you are not wrong.

    No, you are not wrong.
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    Don't know of books, but if you like this style,...

    Don't know of books, but if you like this style, I bet you will like these guys:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CuGtVm6w4hM
    ...
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    Beautiful, Jon! Drawings are charming as well.

    Beautiful, Jon! Drawings are charming as well.
  6. Thread: Kudos for HMS

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    Great people at HMS! Awesome shop! Fantastic...

    Great people at HMS! Awesome shop! Fantastic website!
  7. Got word from Sheldra Wormhoudt today that Dirk...

    Got word from Sheldra Wormhoudt today that Dirk passed away on July 24th. As has been said by others, Dirk was very knowledgable and generous with his knowledge. He was an enthusiastic supporter of...
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    Wow! That's a beautiful instrument. It's a...

    Wow! That's a beautiful instrument. It's a machete, a precursor to the ukulele.

    http://www.museuapa.com/en/portfolio-items/01-machete/

    A few custom builders currently make them. Here's a video...
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    Do the smudges appear as cloudy areas on the...

    Do the smudges appear as cloudy areas on the finish?
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    I want to write about my first ukulele: a Kala...

    I want to write about my first ukulele: a Kala KA-15S. It was about $45.00 at the time I bought it from musicguymic. It had a decal rosette that I played right off the top. It was wonderful then, and...
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    I installed these on a Kamaka tenor last week. I...

    I installed these on a Kamaka tenor last week. I like them very much. They are responsive, warm and open sounding, with a bit of twinkle on the top. They feel nice, too. I've already ordered two more...
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    Enjoy the Opio. Don't worry about the Kanile'a....

    Enjoy the Opio. Don't worry about the Kanile'a. You will have another opportunity to get one. Be patient.
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    Haha! Another convert. My favorite strings for a...

    Haha! Another convert. My favorite strings for a Martin soprano as well. Continue to enjoy your Martin. They are special.

    The best source of information I know of is:
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    Thank you, Jon.

    Thank you, Jon.
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    Thank you. You are absolutely correct, Dirk. Neal...

    Thank you. You are absolutely correct, Dirk. Neal took care of a lot of people. I'm sorry, too, for your losses.
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    Neal Flewelling RIP

    My dear friend, Neal Flewelling, passed away last night. He was a wonderful man and a highly skilled luthier. I'm really going to miss him.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8W8T2CyQ8PE
  17. Thread: An Oldie #1

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    These don't have raised fretboards at all. The...

    These don't have raised fretboards at all. The frets are in the neck and both the top of the neck and the body where the extension would be are painted. So are the position markers.
  18. Thread: An Oldie #1

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    These have a nice vintage sound. I have two of...

    These have a nice vintage sound. I have two of them, acquired over the years. I crowned the frets. Immensely improves playability.
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    That was fantastic! Great arrangement of this...

    That was fantastic! Great arrangement of this classical guitar piece. Thank you!
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    Neal is a good friend of mine. I persuaded him to...

    Neal is a good friend of mine. I persuaded him to build concert ukuleles based on the Hollywood shape for the very reason you (Ukecaster) like this one - it sounds kind of like a bigger soprano. Neal...
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    R.I.P. Peter ...

    R.I.P. Peter

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=olOtWgQFhCo

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Kkv729XBJY

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JtgdM8zsI88
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    I'd get one of these for her: ...

    I'd get one of these for her:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0yAeap6s--Q

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ka_bZfV8SC8

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F7hZ0ZFmNvA

    In the last video you can...
  23. Yes, he is. He's been undergoing treatment,...

    Yes, he is. He's been undergoing treatment, chemo. I spoke with him earlier today and am visiting him tomorrow. He's been a close friend of mine for nearly ten years. I hate that this is happening to...
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    Generally, if a string buzzes at a lower fret,...

    Generally, if a string buzzes at a lower fret, say the third, but not the fourth, the fret is high. Sometimes you can see this when you look down the neck. Or, you can try laying a straight edge over...
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    Oh, congratulations, Barry! I think you will...

    Oh, congratulations, Barry! I think you will continue to love this ukulele more and more as time goes on.
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