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  1. Here is one for starters: Ortega is making a...

    Here is one for starters: Ortega is making a double-neck instrument that combines a tenor ukulele with a U-Bass (model name: Ortega Hydra-BSTE):
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  2. Instead of NAMM: Share Ukulele Related News for 2021

    The annual winter show of the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) has been canceled this year because of COVID-19. Nevertheless, manufacturers will probably be releasing all sorts of new...
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    Nice, these are definitely rare birds: ...

    Nice, these are definitely rare birds:


    https://vimeo.com/497830735
    https://vimeo.com/497830735
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    Thanks for clearing this for all of us, good to...

    Thanks for clearing this for all of us, good to know. I just wish HMS would document a little better for each of these instruments why it is being discounted.
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    I have come to realize that the Concert size...

    I have come to realize that the Concert size doesn't do much for me. For that typical Ukulele sound, I'll grab a Soprano, whereas most of the time, I want a warmer and fuller sound and play a tenor...
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    Thanks for sharing your thoughts, good to have...

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts, good to have some hands-on experience.
  7. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, great to get...

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts, great to get some first hand comparison. Looking forward to hearing more about how your experience with them evolves.
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    Not necessarily. In my experience (having owned...

    Not necessarily. In my experience (having owned about 12 different Pono models), there are greater differences from instrument to instrument than in between different species of wood. My Pono Cedar...
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    I love Pono, and particularly their Cedar tops....

    I love Pono, and particularly their Cedar tops. But that Kala model you have there sounds awfully nice, so personally, I tend to think that adding the Pono would be more of a lateral move instead of...
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    I think the letters LFDM mean pretty specifically...

    I think the letters LFDM mean pretty specifically an instrument built by Luis Feu de Mesquita.
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    That does make sense to me. Sounds to me like...

    That does make sense to me. Sounds to me like the tension might be too high, resulting in muting the strings quickly and thus "choking". I can only repeat my suggestion to try fluorocarbon strings....
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    Best retirement gift to yourself ever! I'm...

    Best retirement gift to yourself ever! I'm absolutely positive you will never regret it. I have gifted one to myself and it's among myself and it is still among my most favorite instruments. A...
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    To me, more important than the style of tuners is...

    To me, more important than the style of tuners is their material: a carbon fiber instrument may provide a "waterproof" option, so the tuners should be made from a rust-free material.
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    Very nice, please keep us updated about pricing,...

    Very nice, please keep us updated about pricing, specs, etc.
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    Congratulations, very nice! I am totally into...

    Congratulations, very nice! I am totally into this type of small sized guitar.

    As for the pictures coming out sideways: Are you working from an Apple computer? They have a tendency to rotate the...
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    I have ordered a Kmise from Aliexpress for my...

    I have ordered a Kmise from Aliexpress for my nephew. It arrived on time and was decent enough for 43 USD. Only the plastic capo that came with it broke on first use.

    I have also ordered a bunch...
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    Back to Woodpecker guitars, I am pretty sure they...

    Back to Woodpecker guitars, I am pretty sure they are made for them by APC in Portugal who has a history of marketing acacia as "koa". I like the small guitars, but that sort of labelling (Europe for...
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    Pono has a wide range of different baritone...

    Pono has a wide range of different baritone models with all kinds of interesting features, such as cutaway, slotted headstock, or radius fretboard. Their slightly bigger UL and Nui models are unique...
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    Yes, I think it could be a Sanchez SU-30s soprano...

    Yes, I think it could be a Sanchez SU-30s soprano with a spruce top. Why did you want to know?
  20. What does the handwritten "2" on the label inside...

    What does the handwritten "2" on the label inside the soundhole stand for?
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    Hoffmann ML Concert (formerly branded Boat Paddle)

    Hoffmann ML Concert (formerly branded Boat Paddle)
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    Prices have gone up significantly over the past...

    Prices have gone up significantly over the past couple of years on all of the ukes that are hyped here, not just custom builders. We all contributed to this price increase by creating high demand.
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    This would usually indicate that the nut slots...

    This would usually indicate that the nut slots need lowering. Most companies will set their ukes with high action, as it is much easier to lower the action.

    Provided that all the frets and contact...
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    Sounds like the saddle would need some lowering...

    Sounds like the saddle would need some lowering on that soprano. Single digit deviation is inevitable, even on the most expensive stringed instruments. Last but not least, the player also plays a...
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    Have a look at the Romero Creations TT6. I have...

    Have a look at the Romero Creations TT6. I have both the RC and the Opio. The RC is nicer, but the Opio is louder. Both are hard to get, mostly out of stock as their production is limited, while...
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