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    Dom, That's a fine looking instrument. You must...

    Dom, That's a fine looking instrument. You must be very pleased with it.

    John Colter
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    Just a word of advice. I decided to fit different...

    Just a word of advice. I decided to fit different tuners to my Cort soprano. The finish on the upper surface of the peg head is deep and brittle. If you need to drill the holes out, to fit larger...
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    If you like yours as much as I like mine, Dr...

    If you like yours as much as I like mine, Dr Mitch, you will not be disappointed.

    John Colter
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    I live next door to a pub which hosted regular...

    I live next door to a pub which hosted regular play/sing along sessions. I wanted to be able to join in. Tried a guitar, but it was much too big and cumbersome. Then I found a ukulele in the attic,...
  5. I bought one of these last year (direct from...

    I bought one of these last year (direct from Hawaii) and like it a lot. Your review is very fair. I found myself in agreement all the way.

    The neck profile is chunky, but not so much that it...
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    My Dad used to say, "The higher you fly, the...

    My Dad used to say, "The higher you fly, the fewer you meet". I've never worked out whether it had some deeper meaning, or perhaps it was just a silly joke.

    On one level it could mean that as you...
  7. One of my six ukes (mentioned above) was a...

    One of my six ukes (mentioned above) was a K-mise. It was very good. I gave it to one of my son's friends.

    John Colter
  8. That's a good, helpful review, Farkvam. Your...

    That's a good, helpful review, Farkvam. Your experience of these cheap, laminate bodied ukes, is much like mine. Except that I bought mine direct from China. I have bought five different brands, some...
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    "I wouldn't buy a cracked Uke. In fact, I...

    "I wouldn't buy a cracked Uke. In fact, I wouldn't keep a cracked Uke. There are way too many perfect instruments out there to be messing around with defective ones"

    Your neighbor, Willie Nelson,...
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    The question in the title is "Would you buy this...

    The question in the title is "Would you buy this uke with cracks?" I would, if I wanted it enough, but I have had a lot of experience repairing ukes, so that kind of crack wouldn't put me off,...
  11. Many years ago, I went into a big department...

    Many years ago, I went into a big department store to buy some material. I didn't have much money on me, so I asked the clerk how much it would cost for two yards.

    "We've switched to metric" was...
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    Some folk persistently write "practice" when they...

    Some folk persistently write "practice" when they mean "practise". Even the spell checker is telling me I'm wrong!

    John Colter
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    Cheers, Ken. Many of 'em! John Colter133262

    Cheers, Ken. Many of 'em!

    John Colter133262
  14. Hi Pete, I've never built a uke with the...

    Hi Pete,

    I've never built a uke with the saddle compensated individually for each string. It is possible to achieve good intonation without that. Good enough to make music, anyway. I suppose I...
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    What an interesting process! John Colter

    What an interesting process!

    John Colter
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    Aha! If you meant Stuart Longridge, Chris, that...

    Aha! If you meant Stuart Longridge, Chris, that makes perfect sense. That is, indeed, a lovely uke.

    John Colter
  17. Thread: Giving Advice

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    The best piece of advice to give is "try before...

    The best piece of advice to give is "try before you buy".

    John Colter
  18. That was great, Demetrius! I enjoyed it a lot. ...

    That was great, Demetrius! I enjoyed it a lot.

    John Colter
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    My Ohana solid mahogany soprano (SK35G) was given...

    My Ohana solid mahogany soprano (SK35G) was given to me, brand new, by the store because the back was coming adrift at the heel end of the body. I was a valued customer of theirs and they knew I was...
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    "Does the zero fret bring the action down at the...

    "Does the zero fret bring the action down at the first fret?" It can be misleading to generalize, but mostly, the answer is, Yes, and that is a good thing.

    John Colter
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    I once asked this question, and I was told to...

    I once asked this question, and I was told to keep tightening it - progressively - until just before it rips.

    I hope this helps.

    John Colter
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    You suggest keeping mementos of the victims of...

    You suggest keeping mementos of the victims of these serial activities, Bill? Those are troubling thoughts, man!

    John Colter
  23. Congratulations on a very satisfactory outcome,...

    Congratulations on a very satisfactory outcome, Cunparis! Great news.

    John Colter
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    Jerry, if you can satisfactorily drill tuning peg...

    Jerry, if you can satisfactorily drill tuning peg holes with a hand held drill, you're a better man than I am! I have done it, but the result was - er - disappointing.

    John Colter
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    Have you tried doing that on a uke with plugged...

    Have you tried doing that on a uke with plugged holes, Jerry, using a hand-held drill? I tried it and found it very, very dodgy. The method I suggested gets around the problems.

    John Colter
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