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    The ukes I bought from Andreas/Gute Ukulele were...

    The ukes I bought from Andreas/Gute Ukulele were set up perfectly from the factory, but it's possible I was lucky. (Pono baritone, KoAloha pineapple, KoAloha concert, Famous/Kiwaya concert, Farallon)...
  2. Thread: Banjo anyone?

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    Not a problem! There is a very large body of...

    Not a problem! There is a very large body of American old-time music and European-influenced "Classic Banjo" music (guitar-style). It's a chromatic instrument, so you can really play anything on it...
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    As far as I know, none of the ukulele-selling...

    As far as I know, none of the ukulele-selling shops in Germany perform setups. "Gute Ukulele" in Berlin is probably the best store, but Andreas, the owner, doesn't do setup work. It's not needed for...
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    My baritone has a radiused fretboard and it's not...

    My baritone has a radiused fretboard and it's not something I'd pay extra for. I can't really tell the difference when playing. I can see the benefits on a guitar, especially one with wide string...
  5. Thread: I'm Hopeless

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    The 4th one with the Fyberskin-looking head is...

    The 4th one with the Fyberskin-looking head is actually the one that had grabbed my attention! I only have one banjo ukulele, the Deering concert one, and frankly, I don't particularly like it. I...
  6. Thread: I'm Hopeless

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    And to think I felt crowded when I simultaneously...

    And to think I felt crowded when I simultaneously owned 15 or so ukes before I started selling/gifting some! You're a ukulele hoarder, Jerry!

    In the 4th and 5th row of your collection, what are...
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    Definitely makes sense to stick to what you're...

    Definitely makes sense to stick to what you're used to in terms of measurements. Makes it easier. :)

    I agree, the problem with stringing a bass like a baritone would be the nut slots (way bigger...
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    I'm currently on a John Grisham reading spree...

    I'm currently on a John Grisham reading spree where I go through all of his thrillers in order of publishing. Right now I'm reading "The Runaway Jury", his 7th novel. Love his writing, it's always...
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    Pono's 35mm nut is super comfortable for me....

    Pono's 35mm nut is super comfortable for me. String spacing is 28mm. I think 38mm would be a little wide for me and make my technique sloppier. Agonized a lot over this when I commissioned a custom...
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    I wouldn't mind being like you and getting back...

    I wouldn't mind being like you and getting back into fitness! ;)

    I still pick up my ukes every few days, but the banjo is the instrument that gets daily playing time. It's still fairly new to me,...
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    The easiest solution is probably to not take a...

    The easiest solution is probably to not take a Moore Bettah to a festival where it might not be closely watched.
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    There have been some interesting new brands over...

    There have been some interesting new brands over the past few years. Some of them, like Kai and Freshman, seem to try to get market share by putting out quality instruments at comparatively very low...
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    I acquired my ukulele in a similarly unexpected...

    I acquired my ukulele in a similarly unexpected way, some years ago. I had no plans to get or play a baritone, but one day I chatted with Andreas David (of Gute Ukulele in Germany) and he said he had...
  14. Thread: Are Uke Sales Up?

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    They also tend to be very loud and relatively...

    They also tend to be very loud and relatively unpleasant when beginners are starting to learn them. With everyone being home, neighbors included, this probably plays a role, too.

    Guitars and ukes...
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    I never bumped into the issue with ukuleles...

    I never bumped into the issue with ukuleles (everyone seemed to express nut widths in millimeters, or maybe I was just lucky), but when I got into banjos, nearly every resource, luthier, or list of...
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    I live in Germany where air conditioning and whole-house humidity regulation in private homes is very uncommon. In the winters, in-doors humidity drops to below 30%, and something like 10% if I open...
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    My baritone is also a Pono, spruce top and...

    My baritone is also a Pono, spruce top and rosewood sides/back. This instrument, but without the cutaway. I like the sparkle that spruce tops add to the tone, but cedar also has a beautiful tone....
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    I collected a few over the years. It was the...

    I collected a few over the years. It was the instrument I spent time on before I got into ukuleles some eight years ago. Except one, they are all Hugh Tracey / AMI kalimbas: a 15-note G-tuned one...
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    The neck/fretboard is probably still made of...

    The neck/fretboard is probably still made of wood. If humidity in your location is an issue (doesn't seem to be), you'd want to humidity the banjolele, too, so that the fingerboard doesn't shrink....
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    This was my biggest mistake! ;) I ended up...

    This was my biggest mistake! ;) I ended up spending quite a bit of time on window shopping and instrument research, and money on buying increasingly more expensive ukuleles. If I could do it again,...
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    This is standard. Respected, established guitar...

    This is standard. Respected, established guitar and banjo stores that sell or auction instruments on behalf of costumers typically also take between 25% and 30%. You'll get more if you sell the...
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    I am skeptical. I'd love to see a blind test...

    I am skeptical. I'd love to see a blind test being done - with a $1000 standard Kamaka and a $5000 special edition, both played by the same person (Jake, Corey, etc) - to see how many people can...
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    I'd wait for them to become available again. If...

    I'd wait for them to become available again. If the sound and playability of Kiwaya appeal to you (and I really enjoy their instruments), you won't get quite the same experience from other models....
  24. Thread: Honolua ukuleles

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    They probably never heard the volume of a...

    They probably never heard the volume of a Kiwaya/Famous laminated uke. My laminated FS-5 soprano is louder than any of my solid wood sopranos, and it sounds great. Bit of a shame that "laminate" has...
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    No disagreement on these points, Graham. My point...

    No disagreement on these points, Graham. My point was largely that I feel that many ukulele players can learn well from a teacher who also, or even primarily, teaches guitar. The ukulele shares...
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