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    What strings does it use? I mean, what do you buy...

    What strings does it use? I mean, what do you buy when the factory strings have worn out? Regular banjo strings?
  2. Which is why I use Duckduckgo.com as my search...

    Which is why I use Duckduckgo.com as my search engine, often even for YouTube videos. It doesn't filter or tailor search results based on what it thinks the user wants (with Google, if you click a...
  3. Thread: moddy from Berlin

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    I'm surrounded by vineyards, in every direction,...

    I'm surrounded by vineyards, in every direction, but there are no volcanoes near by, luckily! (Südliche Weinstraße)

    Being able to fix cheap ukuleles is a skill I'd like to learn some day, too. I...
  4. With luthier-built instruments (often unique...

    With luthier-built instruments (often unique models) and expensive ukuleles you're unlikely to have a chance to play them before you get them (sometimes from around the world). There is no good way...
  5. This is very subjective, so I hesitate a bit, but...

    This is very subjective, so I hesitate a bit, but the Blackbird Farallon that I had bought (and then returned within a week) didn't give me the feeling it was worth the price (craftsmanship, feel,...
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    You could try a wound C string. Besides sounding...

    You could try a wound C string. Besides sounding better (to my ears), they also tend to be thinner. Then again, wound C sounds best with a wound low-G (subjectively). For the E string, I believe the...
  7. Thread: Help?

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    "Tunable", which is available for iOS and...

    "Tunable", which is available for iOS and Android. However, I would really buy a clip-on tuner. They cost $5 or so, sometimes less. All the cheap clip-on tuners are essentially the same, so Snark's...
  8. Thread: moddy from Berlin

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    Hi and welcome, Dominique. Berlin's a good place...

    Hi and welcome, Dominique. Berlin's a good place to be for a ukulele -- there seems to be a sizable community of other players there.

    I'm relatively far in the south-west from you, close to the...
  9. Thread: New Uk

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    If you play by yourself (not in a group), you can...

    If you play by yourself (not in a group), you can just play the song as shown in the video/etc. So if the video or book shows standard baritone chords (for the DGBE tuning), just use the chord shapes...
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    The full name is "machete de braga". It's a small...

    The full name is "machete de braga". It's a small 19th century instrument that traditionally uses steel strings (and sometimes gut or nylon-like strings) and is tuned higher than the ukulele. Some...
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    When I started out, I zoomed in on chords...

    When I started out, I zoomed in on chords (grouped into keys) and picking patterns, and I jumped around between different courses, books and videos, which led to a lot of confusion and a sense of...
  12. The quoted person was right, the interest in...

    The quoted person was right, the interest in ukuleles seems to be steady, not just a fad:

    https://trends.google.com/trends/explore?date=all&q=ukulele

    It spikes every holiday season, and the...
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    Early on, I noticed that planting the pinky on...

    Early on, I noticed that planting the pinky on the smaller ukes dampens the sound/sustain a little, so I never got in the habit of doing it, luckily.
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    I was disappointed by the Blackbird Farallon that...

    I was disappointed by the Blackbird Farallon that I had. Craftsmanship was a little shoddy (marks on the top, globs of glue inside), it felt distinctly plastic-y to me, and the sound was...
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    My FS-5G's nut is also 36mm. It's about 18 months...

    My FS-5G's nut is also 36mm. It's about 18 months old.
  16. Thread: Keep it forever?

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    True. I try to consider this when making the...

    True. I try to consider this when making the purchase. For example, I wouldn't buy a ukulele with a walnut fretboard, and when I was briefly into banjos and guitars, I quickly learned about normal...
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    They are roughly in the same price category, so...

    They are roughly in the same price category, so the quality is likely similar. My experience with Pono is thoroughly positive, so if you like what you have, I'd keep it. New instruments are always a...
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    In some ways they are easier to set up. Unlike...

    In some ways they are easier to set up. Unlike with ukuleles, you can move the bridge around, so if it's too sharp or too flat, you can easily fix it without any modifications of the saddle or nut....
  19. I use the "Tunable" app (available for Android...

    I use the "Tunable" app (available for Android and iOS) when re-stringing, just to make sure I'm in the right octave, then switch to the clip-on tuner for the fine-tuning within the octave. After a...
  20. The video below is the best one I know for...

    The video below is the best one I know for changing strings on ukuleles. It's easy to do, just intimidating the first few times. There is no need to pay a luthier or a guitar tech to change strings....
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    Welcome. :) Three ukes already, all Cordobas --...

    Welcome. :) Three ukes already, all Cordobas -- which of them is your favorite?
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    I have one of those. Yes, they are heavy, but...

    I have one of those. Yes, they are heavy, but that also makes them very stable when playing seated. The sound is unique. It doesn't sound like a banjo and it doesn't sound like a uke. You can easily...
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    There's also this: https://ukuscales.com/

    There's also this: https://ukuscales.com/
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    On my Pono baritone, it is excellent. Better than...

    On my Pono baritone, it is excellent. Better than the finish of the KoAloha pineapple I had.

    For strings, I'm a big fan of the Aquila Red Series strings.
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    The nicest introduction book for baritone that I...

    The nicest introduction book for baritone that I found is Bruce Emery's "Baritone Ukulele From Scratch". I bought it directly from the author here (the URL seems down for me temporarily), but it's...
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