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  1. 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
  2. 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,...
  5. 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...
  6. Thread: Bad spelling

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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
  8. 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
  11. 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
  12. That was great, Demetrius! I enjoyed it a lot. ...

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

    John Colter
  13. Thread: A crack!

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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
  17. 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
  20. Thread: cats or dogs

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    'My' cat moved in about ten months ago. He had...

    'My' cat moved in about ten months ago. He had been living rough at the backs of the properties where I live. He looked poorly, had some superficial injuries, and was very unkempt. I called him...
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    This might get some scornful replies but here...

    This might get some scornful replies but here goes --- about fifteen years ago I made up seven soprano kits from Stewart MacDonald. The kits very closely, but not exactly, followed the Martin pattern...
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    Plugging and re-drilling is my preferred...

    Plugging and re-drilling is my preferred solution, but that leaves you with the tricky job of drilling a hole right in the center of the plug - not easy, and very easy to make a mess of it. I don't...
  23. Thread: cats or dogs

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    That's dead right, Jim. It is also said that when...

    That's dead right, Jim. It is also said that when you provide for all of a dog's needs, and show it love and protection, the dog thinks you must be a god. A cat thinks [I]it[I] must be a god.

    Cats...
  24. Thread: cats or dogs

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    Cats for me, without any hesitation. I like other...

    Cats for me, without any hesitation. I like other peoples' dogs, but I share my life with a stray cat who honoured me by accepting my offers of food and protection. He is extremely nervous of...
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    My experience of the 'slimline' Kala soprano is...

    My experience of the 'slimline' Kala soprano is just the same as Clear. The tuners were enclosed geared type and weighed way more that regular friction tuners. I couldn't abide the weight pulling...
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