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    I know and that is sad. When I just googled...

    I know and that is sad. When I just googled Hawaiian ukulele first up was Leolani that has Honolulu office shared with HanoHano but all they do is push cheap China ukes to ABC store and other tourist...
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    Lanikai is a small town famous for its fine...

    Lanikai is a small town famous for its fine grained sand beach near the larger town of Kailua on the island of Oahu. The ukulele brand is owned by the German Hohner company and ukes are made in China...
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    Plenty of flats or sharps if you play blues in...

    Plenty of flats or sharps if you play blues in C...
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    This notion may be true for violins and symphony...

    This notion may be true for violins and symphony orchestras etc. The ukulele was developed for play under the blue skies of Hawaii and it sounds best when played outdoors.
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    I love playing outside and sure am looking...

    I love playing outside and sure am looking forward to playing out again. We have no issues with volume though the singers tend to have to push their voices to the limit. And yes it definitely is...
  6. I did not watch the video (yet) but wonder if...

    I did not watch the video (yet) but wonder if they kept stock strings on or levelled the field by using same strings for the ukes. I have done quick comparisons between 3 K brand ukes in various...
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    Yes a high G is needed to create a sparkly...

    Yes a high G is needed to create a sparkly ukulele sound, otherwise more like little guitar with capo.
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    I am using Oasis humidifiers for guitars and they...

    I am using Oasis humidifiers for guitars and they are the same size as uke humidifiers. The difference is in the fabric that regulates the amount of vapour that is released. The uke ones use about...
  9. Quality violins cost many times more than ukes....

    Quality violins cost many times more than ukes. Hand made ukes that use hide glue can also be opened up for repairs or adjustments to bracing. However with the effort required a skilled luthier can...
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    I assume that's not a tenor? I only use the oasis...

    I assume that's not a tenor? I only use the oasis for my tenor ukes, they are just too big for smaller size. For my concert ukes the D'Addario Planet Waves humidifiers with a sponge are much better....
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    You want the humidifier to be as upright as...

    You want the humidifier to be as upright as possible to prevent the crystals from shifting around and keep them close to the bottom as they shrink. Sometimes when I am careless and I put the...
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    Thanks, nice to see a not-so-great review once in...

    Thanks, nice to see a not-so-great review once in a while. Did you ever review one of the new Koalana sopranos?
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    They biggest difference between ukes is size. So...

    They biggest difference between ukes is size. So the collection can go from small Soprano to large Baritone or the other way. Once you have all sizes then there are specialty ukes such as 6 and 8...
  14. The last time I was tempted to buy a tenor it was...

    The last time I was tempted to buy a tenor it was a Rebel Mango that was offered for $500 at the HMS store closing sale just a bit over a year ago. I don't look for specific brands as the mass...
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    I don't get it. You live on Oahu in the land of...

    I don't get it. You live on Oahu in the land of Ukulele, there is no better place on Earth to buy one. Why do you even bother dealing with mainland stores when you have the biggest choice at your...
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    Yes I tried some long neck sopranos and they are...

    Yes I tried some long neck sopranos and they are great as they have the comfort of concert scale combined with small body and tone of the soprano. Particularly the KoAloha long necks rule, but I have...
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    Good question. I have two older ukes with koa...

    Good question. I have two older ukes with koa fretboards, which of course are the ultimate for koa ukes, but they have the disadvantage that they discolour and darken with finger contact. While this...
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    I think this mainly for guitars that have...

    I think this mainly for guitars that have torrified tops where the fibres are all baked together and the additional extreme vibration are supposed to loosen them up. Good thing this fad is not common...
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    Before covid I participated in two weekly...

    Before covid I participated in two weekly acoustic jams one with traditional (including western swing) fiddle music the other Celtic style. Initially I brought guitars but lately have switched to...
  20. After visiting the Hawaiian family operated...

    After visiting the Hawaiian family operated factories I would never consider a koa uke from another brand. That said, I had opportunity to compare koa gloss elite to KoAloha a couple of years ago and...
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    That is encouraging. I really dislike silver...

    That is encouraging. I really dislike silver wound strings as they disintegrate so quickly and even if not used discolour due to oxidation. Brass should be better, hopefully with a core material same...
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    Thanks for the info. Can you tell if the low G is...

    Thanks for the info. Can you tell if the low G is silver wound or some other material?
  23. I would be much more worried about the termites...

    I would be much more worried about the termites getting into instruments that are left out over night. Get yourself some good carbon fibre cases and keep your ukes locked away until you are sure that...
  24. You have to be more specific. Acacia is a genus...

    You have to be more specific. Acacia is a genus that includes about 1300 species of wood, and koa is one of them. Used on its own without the species this is meaningless.
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    I assume that you pick the g string with your...

    I assume that you pick the g string with your thumb and if you pick a high or low G in exactly the same way I would expect the quality of sound to be different. My approach would be to change the...
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