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    I am using Oasis humidifiers for guitars and they...

    I am using Oasis humidifiers for guitars and they are the same size as uke humidifiers. The difference is in the fabric that regulates the amount of vapour that is released. The uke ones use about...
  2. Quality violins cost many times more than ukes....

    Quality violins cost many times more than ukes. Hand made ukes that use hide glue can also be opened up for repairs or adjustments to bracing. However with the effort required a skilled luthier can...
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    I assume that's not a tenor? I only use the oasis...

    I assume that's not a tenor? I only use the oasis for my tenor ukes, they are just too big for smaller size. For my concert ukes the D'Addario Planet Waves humidifiers with a sponge are much better....
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    You want the humidifier to be as upright as...

    You want the humidifier to be as upright as possible to prevent the crystals from shifting around and keep them close to the bottom as they shrink. Sometimes when I am careless and I put the...
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    Thanks, nice to see a not-so-great review once in...

    Thanks, nice to see a not-so-great review once in a while. Did you ever review one of the new Koalana sopranos?
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    They biggest difference between ukes is size. So...

    They biggest difference between ukes is size. So the collection can go from small Soprano to large Baritone or the other way. Once you have all sizes then there are specialty ukes such as 6 and 8...
  7. The last time I was tempted to buy a tenor it was...

    The last time I was tempted to buy a tenor it was a Rebel Mango that was offered for $500 at the HMS store closing sale just a bit over a year ago. I don't look for specific brands as the mass...
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    I don't get it. You live on Oahu in the land of...

    I don't get it. You live on Oahu in the land of Ukulele, there is no better place on Earth to buy one. Why do you even bother dealing with mainland stores when you have the biggest choice at your...
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    Yes I tried some long neck sopranos and they are...

    Yes I tried some long neck sopranos and they are great as they have the comfort of concert scale combined with small body and tone of the soprano. Particularly the KoAloha long necks rule, but I have...
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    Good question. I have two older ukes with koa...

    Good question. I have two older ukes with koa fretboards, which of course are the ultimate for koa ukes, but they have the disadvantage that they discolour and darken with finger contact. While this...
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    I think this mainly for guitars that have...

    I think this mainly for guitars that have torrified tops where the fibres are all baked together and the additional extreme vibration are supposed to loosen them up. Good thing this fad is not common...
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    Before covid I participated in two weekly...

    Before covid I participated in two weekly acoustic jams one with traditional (including western swing) fiddle music the other Celtic style. Initially I brought guitars but lately have switched to...
  13. After visiting the Hawaiian family operated...

    After visiting the Hawaiian family operated factories I would never consider a koa uke from another brand. That said, I had opportunity to compare koa gloss elite to KoAloha a couple of years ago and...
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    That is encouraging. I really dislike silver...

    That is encouraging. I really dislike silver wound strings as they disintegrate so quickly and even if not used discolour due to oxidation. Brass should be better, hopefully with a core material same...
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    Thanks for the info. Can you tell if the low G is...

    Thanks for the info. Can you tell if the low G is silver wound or some other material?
  16. I would be much more worried about the termites...

    I would be much more worried about the termites getting into instruments that are left out over night. Get yourself some good carbon fibre cases and keep your ukes locked away until you are sure that...
  17. You have to be more specific. Acacia is a genus...

    You have to be more specific. Acacia is a genus that includes about 1300 species of wood, and koa is one of them. Used on its own without the species this is meaningless.
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    I assume that you pick the g string with your...

    I assume that you pick the g string with your thumb and if you pick a high or low G in exactly the same way I would expect the quality of sound to be different. My approach would be to change the...
  19. If I had my pick I'd go for walnut, heard a...

    If I had my pick I'd go for walnut, heard a guitar with claro walnut top and it sounded fantastic. One of my guitars has a walnut neck and fretboard and it is my favourite. Also walnut can be found...
  20. No one is born with knowledge of theory. Many...

    No one is born with knowledge of theory. Many people including myself just pick it up in pieces as we learn to play the instrument and when we need it to progress.
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    Ukes in this price range are usually mass...

    Ukes in this price range are usually mass manufactured and fairly generic, meaning there is little difference from one brand to another except for things like colour or size and shape of neck. There...
  22. This is a rare collectors item and you may have a...

    This is a rare collectors item and you may have a better chance selling it on one of the Ovation related Facebook pages. A guitalele usually has Nylon strings. However Pono also manufactures small...
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    I think that the gold packs are some kind of...

    I think that the gold packs are some kind of Nylgut. The Aquila Red and Sugar strings are more recent developments if you want to try the leading edge of string technology but stay with the familiar...
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    Thanks for the heads up.

    Thanks for the heads up.
  25. You don't have to do anything! But for me having...

    You don't have to do anything! But for me having a bit of understanding of music makes the process of learning and playing a lot more easy and enjoyable.
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