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    Just a quick note and apology you guys. I got...

    Just a quick note and apology you guys. I got started on reviewing these and writing up my comments in a text file but I had to put my motorcycle in the shop for some warranty work last week and...
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    Hey folks, just a quick note to let y'all know I...

    Hey folks, just a quick note to let y'all know I haven't died! LOL

    My daughter and her family are on their way back to Idaho, and I've taken a few days of staycation, so it shouldn't take but a...
  3. Does anybody know if it has an internal baffle -...

    Does anybody know if it has an internal baffle - basically making a dual wooden bongo with different tones depending on which bout you tap?

    My Meinl bongo sounds great but doesn't look as nice....
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    If it's just the sight of those ties that annoys...

    If it's just the sight of those ties that annoys you there is a relatively easy fix that is actually good for the uke! I've converted both slot and tie-on bridges to string-through-top simply by...
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    I think Ohana makes a 5-string uke but without...

    I think Ohana makes a 5-string uke but without the cutaway and electronics. It's a bit less and is all solid wood. If electronics and cutaway aren't important to you, that is probably the better...
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    It's generally not necessary to clean fretted...

    It's generally not necessary to clean fretted instruments unless you play with dirty hands or have very oily or acidic skin. I like to keep fretboards conditioned so that's the only real reason I...
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    I will wipe mine down occasionally. When I...

    I will wipe mine down occasionally. When I change strings I almost always give them a good coat of Renaissance Wax everywhere, including fretboard. The ren wax doesn't make satin finishes too shiny...
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    My Mainland mango and slothead cutaway mahogany...

    My Mainland mango and slothead cutaway mahogany tenors are both 35mm edge to edge at the nut, 28mm G string to A string. I gave the Rosewood Red Cedar to a grand child so I can't measure it but I'm...
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    Note that I was editing my post as you were...

    Note that I was editing my post as you were typing, so there is a little more info there now.

    As for cost, I think the Willie-K is a bit overpriced at almost $400 street price. It's got decent...
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    I'm pretty well convinced the five string is what...

    I'm pretty well convinced the five string is what God meant the ukulele to be. LOL

    Seriously, though, I really do find that I love them. I do a LOT of finger rolls but I've never cared for how...
  11. Carbon fiber has potential to be an extraordinary...

    Carbon fiber has potential to be an extraordinary material for acoustic instruments...but design and fabrication is absolutely critical. A properly designed and built carbon fiber uke should be far...
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    I have a few Mainland ukes and an Eleuke concert...

    I have a few Mainland ukes and an Eleuke concert solid-body electric. All are decent playing ukes or I wouldn't still have them (life is too short to play something you don't love, regardless of...
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    Avoid hunching over the uke....learn not to look...

    Avoid hunching over the uke....learn not to look at the fretboard. Keep back straight. Use wrist, not elbow, for strumming. Learn to fret with as little pressure as possible. Pay close attention...
  14. Make sure the uke is set up well so it's not hard...

    Make sure the uke is set up well so it's not hard to fret. Then, play this little game with yourself...see how little pressure you can apply when fretting and still get clean notes/chords. You'll...
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    No time to catch up on these excellent vids right...

    No time to catch up on these excellent vids right now (I'm plumb tuckered) but I did make a small change to the original post. If you have songs that you have written in the past you are welcome to...
  16. Basements in some climates can be very humid -...

    Basements in some climates can be very humid - water in the soil gradually works through even concrete basement walls. If it's consistently running 70 percent you might want to get an automatic...
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    Hah! I doubt that you're even capable of making...

    Hah! I doubt that you're even capable of making an ugly uke if you tried, Chuck. Somewhere along the line you lost that ability! :)
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    Hey...global warming really is real...there is...

    Hey...global warming really is real...there is the proof...I wonder if Al Gore would be interested... LOL

    John
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    Depends to a great extent on whether you can do...

    Depends to a great extent on whether you can do the work yourself or would be taking it to a shop for the upgrades. If you can do the work yourself, and if you really like how the uke sounds, then...
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    Exactly! I live in a very modest home and drive...

    Exactly! I live in a very modest home and drive a modest car...most of my coworkers would consider both "beneath my station." Tough-stuff...I just have different priorities than they do. Kind of...
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    A given string will vibrate at a given pitch...

    A given string will vibrate at a given pitch based on two things - length of the vibrating section and the tension the string is under. One goes up in pitch by shortening the vibrating length...
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    BWAAA-HAAAA - I've always heard it was "cheaper...

    BWAAA-HAAAA - I've always heard it was "cheaper to keep her."
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    :agree: Since when did stating the simple fact...

    :agree: Since when did stating the simple fact that high-end instruments made with careful attention to detail are generally better than inexpensive knockoffs cranked out of a factory become...
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    You guys ROCK! Great first verse, but what are...

    You guys ROCK!

    Great first verse, but what are you going to follow it with! Actually, I considered mentioning that if somebody could manage to use them all they'd have my undying admiration...
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    Thanks Linda...I knew you could make vids...

    Thanks Linda...I knew you could make vids unlisted, didn't know you could do it with whole playlists.

    John
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