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  1. No Kala is the main brand. Their smaller entry...

    No Kala is the main brand. Their smaller entry level brand is called Makala and even lower down is Waterman.
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    Ah I did not realize that it was a multiscale...

    Ah I did not realize that it was a multiscale uke, that will make getting a new string set challenging. So other than through playing technique another way of toning down an overly strong wound...
  3. I am very disappointed with fluorocarbon strings...

    I am very disappointed with fluorocarbon strings on my KoAloha concert and my luthier who builds Martin style ukes says that Aquila Lava strings are best for concert size ukes, so I got a set and...
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    A 0.5 mm difference is tiny and you won't likely...

    A 0.5 mm difference is tiny and you won't likely be able to see or feel it and even trying to measure it will be difficult. Action also changes with temperature,humidity and tension. Just holding and...
  5. If you consider a custom or high end uke you may...

    If you consider a custom or high end uke you may want to stay away from low tension strings. These are mainly for people with hand problems and work on low end ukes. An expensive uke should sound as...
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    Lowering a saddle is easy even if you're not a...

    Lowering a saddle is easy even if you're not a handy person. It should come out of the slot easily when u slacken the strings. All you need is some sand paper. Take it slow one mm at a time and see...
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    If I had a soprano uke I probably would want to...

    If I had a soprano uke I probably would want to try D tuning with appropriate string set. But not for larger sizes.
  8. Preference could also be determined by tuning....

    Preference could also be determined by tuning. Probably GCEA would not be feasible/pleasant at longer scales.
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    Some ukes are set up high from the factory to...

    Some ukes are set up high from the factory to accommodate players who like this, as it is much easier to lower the action than raise it. If you want to lower the action from 4mm to 2.5mm then you...
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    So who is in charge? If he wrote the songs then...

    So who is in charge? If he wrote the songs then he can also have dibs on arrangement and if you are not able to follow his instructions it may be time to move on. If you started the band and picked...
  11. A uke or a harp or a bell are just things. They...

    A uke or a harp or a bell are just things. They need a person to operate them. For a uke to make some ringing sound it needs a player who knows how to do this. So the question here should be "how can...
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    If you want a short scale on a larger body then...

    If you want a short scale on a larger body then the 12th fret neck attachment is a logical consequence for a bridge position that will not hamper the top from vibrating. If you move the neck higher...
  13. Thread: D chord

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    Interestingly if you are on Hawaii or watch...

    Interestingly if you are on Hawaii or watch videos of Hawaiian uke players they rarely if at all use it. Once I mentioned the term Hawaiian D7 at Kanikapila it was not well received. Maybe some...
  14. Thread: Open sound

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    It basically means that over time the player of...

    It basically means that over time the player of the instrument is getting better at playing and figuring out the instrument. The aging process can alter an instrument but more often than not this is...
  15. Thread: D chord

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    No there is no D in there so is a F#dim.

    No there is no D in there so is a F#dim.
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    The main difference is weight. Open tuners are...

    The main difference is weight. Open tuners are lighter, which can be important for ukes. The advantage of sealed tuners is that they are permanently lubricated and don't need maintenance. Their...
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    Are these fremont soloist the same as the LaBella...

    Are these fremont soloist the same as the LaBella polished brass (also used by Kanile'a) or are they silver plated?
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    I agree that rear facing tuners look better on...

    I agree that rear facing tuners look better on soprano and concert ukes. While I have no problem with operating friction tuners I would prefer the planetary tuners, and sometimes KoAloha comes across...
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    A further thought is that the nut and saddle may...

    A further thought is that the nut and saddle may not be set up well. If the nut is too tight it can choke a string and affect sound. If saddle is too high it results in uncomfortable action. Both...
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    If you think about getting a second uke you could...

    If you think about getting a second uke you could also consider getting a smaller one such as a concert size. They are tuned the same but because they have a shorter scale they have lower tension if...
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    The sound that is produced depends mainly on your...

    The sound that is produced depends mainly on your right hand technique and less on strings. If you use a pick or fingernails you will get a sharper sound. If you play with fleshy part of fingertips...
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    @Kissing, tension for steel string guitars...

    @Kissing, tension for steel string guitars depends on scale AND on string gauge. Many people would not put medium or heavy gauge strings on a small guitar because tension might be too high and...
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    D'Addario also has a string tension calculator...

    D'Addario also has a string tension calculator where you can assess the impact of various string types and gauges for different scale lengths. It takes a bit of fiddling with non standard strings but...
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    I was actually shopping for a concert size at the...

    I was actually shopping for a concert size at the time and in that store played several Kanile'a, KoAloha, and also a Kala Elite and the differences in sound and price between them was negligible. I...
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    No, only the wound low G of Romero strings are...

    No, only the wound low G of Romero strings are from LaBella, the fluorocarbon are like the same as everybody else's. However they are quite popular. I visited a uke store in Hilo last year where the...
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