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    The weather forecast was dead right. Today was...

    The weather forecast was dead right. Today was sunny and pleasant, so I took advantage of this respite from the gloom. North Wales was very welcoming and it was a great pleasure to drive up and over...
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    That's a cute little guitar! Seriously, though,...

    That's a cute little guitar! Seriously, though, BB, you've made a great job of that.

    I love it when a plan comes together.

    John Colter
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    Yeah, just recently it's been like living under a...

    Yeah, just recently it's been like living under a blanket. The forecast is for clear skies on Monday - YAY! I think I'll jump in the car and drive westerly, until I reach the hills and mountains of...
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    The ukulele comes from the same family of...

    The ukulele comes from the same family of instruments as the guitar and is little and cute. That's all I meant.

    John Colter
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    They're not wrong. That is, in essence, what it...

    They're not wrong. That is, in essence, what it is - a little guitar, and cute.

    What is interesting, to me, is the way guitarists respond to the ukulele. A few years ago, I was playing and singing...
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    Why do rare, old postage stamps cost so much?...

    Why do rare, old postage stamps cost so much? They are just small pieces of paper with ink on one side and glue on the other. Crazy, isn't it?

    John Colter
  7. I consulted with a friend who is very...

    I consulted with a friend who is very knowledgeable about Nationals. FWIW, he thinks your uke dates from 1931.

    I hope this helps.

    John Colter
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    That's a beautiful instrument - and it's got a...

    That's a beautiful instrument - and it's got a lovely bum!

    John Colter
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    Same notes in reverse order. Down is up, and up...

    Same notes in reverse order. Down is up, and up is down.

    John Colter.
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    1X02? I much prefer 444X. John Colter

    1X02? I much prefer 444X.

    John Colter
  11. Thread: Back again

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    Welcome back Crashsq. I too would like to get...

    Welcome back Crashsq. I too would like to get back to the things I enjoy, but I'm getting too old for it, so all I do is sing soppy love songs and play the ukulele.

    John Colter
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    "this was the exact moment World War II ended" ...

    "this was the exact moment World War II ended"

    Correction - it was the end of the first World War - also called "The Great War", or the war to end all wars. That didn't work out too well, did it?...
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    I thought it was the story of my life. John...

    I thought it was the story of my life.

    John Colter
  14. Thread: 11.11.11

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    It's the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the...

    It's the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.

    Remember?
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    "Blue Christmas" is the only Xmas song I do. ...

    "Blue Christmas" is the only Xmas song I do.

    John Colter
  16. Thread: Brrrrrrrr!

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    Have another cup o' tea and wait til the roof is...

    Have another cup o' tea and wait til the roof is clear of frost. Then put your finger-less mittens on and get stuck in!

    John C.
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    Hey, back at ya! It's mid day where I am. So...

    Hey, back at ya! It's mid day where I am. So "good morning - and in case I don't see ya, good afternoon, good evening and good night!"

    John Colter
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    In that case, you're on the home straight!:) ...

    In that case, you're on the home straight!:)

    John Colter
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    Bill - nail - head - Salute! John Colter

    Bill - nail - head - Salute!

    John Colter
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    So you are happy with the neck position in one...

    So you are happy with the neck position in one plane (call it horizontal) - how about the vertical?

    John Colter
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    There seems to be an assumption that a luthier...

    There seems to be an assumption that a luthier built uke will always sound better than a production line uke. It ain't necessarily so.

    The difference is in consistency of result. Consider a...
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    Pay a lot of attention to ensuring that the neck...

    Pay a lot of attention to ensuring that the neck angle is correct. Don't just assume that the pre-cut parts must align properly. The way the neck joins the body is possibly the most critical aspect...
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    That is just marvellous, Demetrius. I enjoyed it...

    That is just marvellous, Demetrius. I enjoyed it very much.

    John Colter
  24. I recently fitted a set of Nylguts - brand new,...

    I recently fitted a set of Nylguts - brand new, but about ten years old - to a soprano. They work just fine - nothing unusual about them.

    John Colter
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    In the second photo (above) the table top took me...

    In the second photo (above) the table top took me by surprise - until I remembered that the back isn't on yet!

    Senior moment!

    John Colter
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