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  1. Sorry I couldn't get some time off while you were...

    Sorry I couldn't get some time off while you were here.

    I wouldn't say ukuleles are considered toys here, even in the general opinion we've now had a good decade of televised talent shows that...
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    The originator, if not original inventor of...

    The originator, if not original inventor of 'harp'-armed stringed instruments, originally built his guitars, mandolins, ukuleles and taropatches with an extra hollow arm (sometimes with an extra...
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    The book only hints at the writing utensils used,...

    The book only hints at the writing utensils used, but it was probably in pencil (either of the indelible or of the regular flavour) and later retraced in ink by Konter himself. He actually erased...
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    Not really. We've had so-called replica ukuleles...

    Not really. We've had so-called replica ukuleles before, which were more tributes than exact copies - the Martin IZ tenor comes to mind. The Konter actually is a very good and precise replica.
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    A short sidenote on 'factory' made. I once...

    A short sidenote on 'factory' made.

    I once talked to a violin luthier, who said 'hand made' applies to all musical instruments, save for plastic recorders and triangles. You simply can't make a...
  6. Body shape, bridge and headstock also suggest...

    Body shape, bridge and headstock also suggest mainland (the headstock shape is similar to the one used on Slingerland banjo-ukuleles, and Vega banjos), but the flush fretboard and the integrated heel...
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    I would have it fixed by someone skilled enough....

    I would have it fixed by someone skilled enough. Stabilizing these cracks isn't that expensive, although John's right about the difficulty of fixing the sloppy glue residue.

    It's worth it. The...
  8. The whole movie is a stark black comedy, and...

    The whole movie is a stark black comedy, and takes the piss on the town as a tourist trap for the elderly. I like the movie, and there is mass tourism here.

    But living in Bruges I can confirm that...
  9. Hi William, No problem, and you can always...

    Hi William,

    No problem, and you can always lend one of my ukes. I'll send you a PM with my contact (my actual name's Karl, Karcsi is the Hungarian version because I spent some time in...
  10. I live in Bruges, so feel free to contact me. We...

    I live in Bruges, so feel free to contact me. We don't have dedicated uke shops in Flanders (there are some just across the border in the Netherlands (Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Den Bosch, each 2-4 hours...
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    Besides gut strings (which are perfectly...

    Besides gut strings (which are perfectly biodegradable, but the requires a rather bloody manufacturing phase), Aquila actually has environmentally safer strings based on sugar and castor oil (called...
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    Not mine, but found by Jan De Smet, and retrieved...

    Not mine, but found by Jan De Smet, and retrieved from his instagram page. Kind of says what it is, not?

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  13. - arrival of the Ravenscrag in Honolulu, 1879...

    - arrival of the Ravenscrag in Honolulu, 1879 (ship and the three original builders or a Nunes uke)
    - adoption by the royal Hawaiian Household (perhaps Queen Lili'uokalani with a ukulele, first...
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    Thumb picks Always take a lot of time getting...

    Thumb picks Always take a lot of time getting used to. On the positive side, now you have lots of time to try that.

    Del Rey Always used worn down thumb picks, can't remember what brand (Golden...
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    Or does it come with luthier's shampoo and...

    Or does it come with luthier's shampoo and conditioner?
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    river_driver nails it: probably a 1930's...

    river_driver nails it: probably a 1930's built-by-Schmidt instrument, often marketed as a 'Sovereign' model.

    https://jakewildwood.blogspot.com/2009/04/c1930-unmarked-banjo-ukulele.html
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  17. I think you should restore it into playing...

    I think you should restore it into playing condition, and there's no real dillema between originality and playability:
    - have the cleats closed
    - low frets were the norm, don't change them
    - even...
  18. It's a 5350 model, and very nice and pristine...

    It's a 5350 model, and very nice and pristine one. I remember ukulelezaza demoing one a while ago. The longer scale and larger body mean it can handle a lower tuning. I would have to check the...
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    Gregg Miner has a great 2cd with Christmas...

    Gregg Miner has a great 2cd with Christmas instrumentals played on rare and antique stringed instruments. It's not only very good to listen to, but also has lots of info on the actual instruments...
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    His teacher told him time after time to hit the...

    His teacher told him time after time to hit the strings, but he clearly couldn't.
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    I did, but it's just me.

    I did, but it's just me.
  22. It's rather arbitrary, and I believe more a...

    It's rather arbitrary, and I believe more a matter of tradition than of functionality. Some say a 10th fret marker has the advantage of marking more whole notes (no flats or sharps; not true!), some...
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    Music is applied mathematics, or could be...

    Music is applied mathematics, or could be understood as such.

    I'm not entirely convinced though by all that's said. The Fibonacci sequence and the golden ratio share links (especially through the...
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    A short and not-so well documented life, a...

    A short and not-so well documented life, a limited recorded output (he alledgedly played a lot more than blues), a remarkable virtuosity and a huge influence on blues rockers of the 1970s...

    On a...
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    With slotted headstocks, you can have a string...

    With slotted headstocks, you can have a string break angle (have the string pushing down on the nut) without having to cantilever the entire headstock too much. It's easier to make, and can also be a...
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