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    I wrote a moderately long post for this thread,...

    I wrote a moderately long post for this thread, but was logged out (without warning) while doing so; consequently, i lost what i had written. Here goes again (with a word processor this time).
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    Thanks. I look forward to my playing of it...

    Thanks. I look forward to my playing of it reaching a level that does some justice to its craftsmanship.
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    Ditto. (too short, so meaningless parenthetical comment)
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    NUD: David Hanson Kiku

    I've received the baritone size kiku that David Hanson built for me. It is a very nice instrument, from both a craftsmanship and tonal perspective. I've name it ukiku because i like the palindrome....
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    I will do so.

    I will do so.
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    From David: "All finished and strung up...sounds...

    From David: "All finished and strung up...sounds good. I currently have it on a Tone-Rite vibrator to break in the strings and soundboard." He expects to ship it near the end of next week. I can...
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    The box gets sealed. Isn't that a pretty piece...

    The box gets sealed. Isn't that a pretty piece of koa?

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    The rosewood body binding has been glued (see...

    The rosewood body binding has been glued (see below). According to David, "About another week of construction, a week for the finish, then a week for things to settle in. I should have it in your...
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    If you're up for building a second diatonic...

    If you're up for building a second diatonic instrument, build one with four strings, tuned CGcg (or some similar tuning). That enables you to get 2 octaves by cross picking within the first three...
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    From David: "Here are some recent photos. Note...

    From David: "Here are some recent photos. Note the asymmetrical bracing. The tap-tone is astounding. Bass resonance on the bass side and treble resonance on the treble side. Tap-tuning is an art,...
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    I started playing guitar after retirement, and...

    I started playing guitar after retirement, and have been at it for more than a dozen years now. Here are a few suggestions for you to consider; the first two are to ease development of callouses.
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    Me too. You can tell by perusing the photos on...

    Me too. You can tell by perusing the photos on his web site that David has an excellent artistic sense.
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    Seems like you could make a similar argument...

    Seems like you could make a similar argument against a uke in favor of a guitar. They are different instruments as anyone here knows. I would think that a banjo uke should also be viewed...
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    Here is a mockup of the instrument, with the neck...

    Here is a mockup of the instrument, with the neck and body posing together. The second photo shows the bracing being glued to the top and the "donut" that supports the rosette underneath. In...
  15. I doubt it. There are some excellent luthiers...

    I doubt it. There are some excellent luthiers (commanding very high prices for their instruments, e.g., Somogyi) who strongly favor the French polish technique of getting very thin superb acoustic...
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    Rosette -- in progress and on top 124445 124446

    Rosette -- in progress and on top
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    I've got Aquila Sugars on my all mahogany Ohana...

    I've got Aquila Sugars on my all mahogany Ohana TK-35g-5 tenor. They sound much better to me than the strings it came with.
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    Do you have an opinion about French polish compared to the glossy finish on intermediate ukes?
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    She's shaping up! The neck shape will be a C, as...

    She's shaping up! The neck shape will be a C, as per Jim's suggestion. I guess i need to get on those strings.
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    From David Hanson: "Hi Ron, The sides are...

    From David Hanson:

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    The sides are soaked , then bent on a hot pipe. They sit in the mold for a couple days to dry...you can never have too many clamps!
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    "I am working on the...
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    David sent me photos of the roughed out neck,...

    David sent me photos of the roughed out neck, pre- and post- fretboard.

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    The neck is koa, with a carbon reinforcing rod and rosewood fretboard. Koa will be a new neckwood for...
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    I was thinking Living Water high G baritone set...

    I was thinking Living Water high G baritone set with their single low G (if it's long enough), but i'm open to other suggestions. I'm pretty sure that i prefer fluorocarbon (or the similar material...
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    I tried Alaska Piks, but didn't like feeling of...

    I tried Alaska Piks, but didn't like feeling of them pulling up on my nails on an upstroke. I changed to Fred Kelly finger picks and have been very happy using them on guitars and now tenor uke. ...
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    I’ve decided to use adGBE tuning on the...

    I’ve decided to use adGBE tuning on the instrument. The first four strings represent standard baritone tuning with a re-entrant D. The fifth string is a high-tuned A. For guitar players, this is...
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    The koa is in Colorado and acclimating to the...

    The koa is in Colorado and acclimating to the climate. The sides will soon be shaped using the mold shown below (click to enlarge):
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