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  1. Thread: Waiting..

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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QTk7AZV2OB8

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QTk7AZV2OB8
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    Yeah, that's how I view it. A cheap and easy way...

    Yeah, that's how I view it. A cheap and easy way to learn and gather experience.
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    Haven't changed the strings yet.

    Haven't changed the strings yet.
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    Looking at your collection, I'm more likely to be...

    Looking at your collection, I'm more likely to be on the Kala end. But, now that I've experienced a truly bad sounding uke, my well-set-up $60 uke sounds worlds better... and I might be ready to...
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    You know, this was a really interesting thread...

    You know, this was a really interesting thread before the two of you started at it.

    Apparently, this forum lacks moderators. So, let me say what EVERYONE else is thinking: DROP IT! Send each other...
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    Everything is better with pictures. Here's a...

    Everything is better with pictures.

    Here's a top view of my "saddle", which is really more of a shim.

    132434

    And a side view of same. You can sort of see how low I trimmed the original...
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    Toothpick was way too tall, but was a good quick...

    Toothpick was way too tall, but was a good quick experiment.

    Today, I shaved a thin piece of scrap pine about .75mm thick, a couple mm wide and crammed it behind the stub of the molded saddle. I...
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    Just to give this thread some closure: My...

    Just to give this thread some closure:

    My "Setup" thread is here.

    With a little creativity, the intonation and action can definitely be improved a lot. I'm not quite done, but it looks like...
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    Slipping a toothpick behind what's left of the...

    Slipping a toothpick behind what's left of the saddle definitely fixed the buzz. But, it raised the action too much, and made the intonation worse.

    I'll have to play with this some more... maybe...
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    Ugh. Good news and bad news. Action at 12 =...

    Ugh. Good news and bad news.

    Action at 12 = 3.2mm (.125")

    Action at 1 = 0.7mm (.028")

    Intonation is somewhat improved, but still bad.

    Open 2nd 5th 12th
    G +4 +10 +12
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    Action is too high. Intonation is sharp. Step...

    Action is too high. Intonation is sharp.

    Step 1: Lower the saddle.

    Now, years of working with sport car suspension modifications has taught me that you should always only make one change at a...
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    It's a Soprano scale uke, and I'm going to assume...

    It's a Soprano scale uke, and I'm going to assume that the basic specs are typical. Not going to measure the scale and all that.

    Critical Measurements:

    String height at the bridge from the top...
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    Setting up a Waterman soprano

    Bought a Waterman soprano. Pretty sure it was a store display model. It's got Aquila strings and they seem to be pre-stretched. (it stays pretty much in tune) And, as Waterman ukes are prone to do,...
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    I'm stupid. In my defense, when I typed the...

    I'm stupid.

    In my defense, when I typed the above, I'd only looked at the uke for a few minutes, and I was more thinking about finishing submitting that post before dinner!

    So, my concert has...
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    First, I'll probably try to bring the saddle down...

    First, I'll probably try to bring the saddle down a little bit. There's precious little material there to work with, but I can probably take a half mm or so off of it.

    Then if there's still too...
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    My Waterman arrived! Now, I watched several...

    My Waterman arrived!

    Now, I watched several reviews of these things before I ordered one, and like most ukuleles... a good player can make one sound okay. I, however am not a good player, and the...
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    I'm all about cheap ukes. So far, the only uke I...

    I'm all about cheap ukes. So far, the only uke I paid more than $60 for, I hated!

    But, this is a $30 uke, and it's plastic, and my expectations are in that place. If I decide I like playing...
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    Waterman on the way!

    I know UAS is a thing, I'm trying to not succumb to it. I know I likely won't play more than one or two, and don't want to clutter the house with them.

    I've had an empty uke hook on my wall since...
  19. Call me a rebel, or just plain not a good player,...

    Call me a rebel, or just plain not a good player, but I don't try to memorize strum patterns. I strum what feels right for what I'm playing based on either what I know it should sound like, or what I...
  20. 85% of all statistics are made up on the spot.

    85% of all statistics are made up on the spot.
  21. I thought I was wrong once, but I was mistaken.

    I thought I was wrong once, but I was mistaken.
  22. I'm a car guy, so a lot of my phrases relate to...

    I'm a car guy, so a lot of my phrases relate to that.

    Car designer Colin Chapman is famous for saying something like "simplify, and add lightness" regarding sports car design. But, my favorite...
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    Well, that took about 20 seconds... Looks like...

    Well, that took about 20 seconds...

    Looks like it's called "Honolulu".

    https://tabs.ultimate-guitar.com/tab/gracie-allen/honolulu-ukulele-2472762...
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    Off-topic, sorry: You know how when you read...

    Off-topic, sorry:

    You know how when you read something at a glance, your brain just tries to make sense of the letters and is quite capable of making words out of letters even if they're in the...
  25. I think to make strides toward "optimal sound",...

    I think to make strides toward "optimal sound", one first needs to identify what part of the sound that they hear is NOT optimal. From there, you can work to improve things, if it is possible to do...
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