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    My stupid cat, Lykophron, was rolling around the...

    My stupid cat, Lykophron, was rolling around the ground playing with a pipe cleaner. He knocked over my music stand and broke a ceramic slide. You know life is rough when it even takes away your...
  2. No problem. I appreciate cleverishness for...

    No problem. I appreciate cleverishness for cleverishness' sake. Who knows? I could be stuck on a desert island with a tinny re-entrant ukulele where this would come in handy.
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    It is a good day. I will be getting Yorkie back...

    It is a good day. I will be getting Yorkie back this afternoon. The luthier said that the problem was some wear and tear that occurs over time. He also said Yorkie is very dry. That may have been...
  4. It sounds feasible but it also sounds like a lot...

    It sounds feasible but it also sounds like a lot of work with strings that will be all curly from being wound around posts and tied to bridges. Why not just buy a low-G string and change the one...
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    I was idly watching a video online which...

    I was idly watching a video online which purportedly was going to introduce us to five essential scales for ukulele. Being scale-minded myself I was eager to learn. Much to my chagrin. It wasn't...
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    I have been watching a few videos concerning...

    I have been watching a few videos concerning Thelonious Monk. He is essentially my spirit-animal. However I am not quite like other Monk fans. I don't want to learn to play Monk. I know that for...
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    Hey Swag, I was in a similar situation. Before...

    Hey Swag, I was in a similar situation. Before the uke I had played woodwind instruments, so I knew what I was supposed to do. So I bought a book with ukulele scales and a book about ukulele chords...
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    I have to make myself scarce for 90 minutes...

    I have to make myself scarce for 90 minutes because my wife is going to have a zoom conference and we have an open floorplan. Luckily I just received some slow-burning flake tobacco. That and a...
  9. Thread: New Martin ukes

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    I remember the last time I went to a mall, back...

    I remember the last time I went to a mall, back in the 90's. I was thinking of buying some denim pants. I went to the Levi's store and all they had were these items with rips and torn pockets and...
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    Most days I apply an ounce of prevention by not...

    Most days I apply an ounce of prevention by not playing with sticky fingers
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    It was a bit too chilly up here in the mountains...

    It was a bit too chilly up here in the mountains to read outside, so I went to the rocking chair by the furnace and finished my book and had a few beers. Then I decided on firming up some Lokrian...
  12. I have absolutely no interest in learning to use...

    I have absolutely no interest in learning to use plectra. However Mirek's exercises work well with fingers as well and they are a good complement to the typical inside/outside finger picking that a...
  13. Thread: Muting Question

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    There is also chucking gently so that it isn't...

    There is also chucking gently so that it isn't percussive.
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    I was feeling lonely for my Yorkie today. I made...

    I was feeling lonely for my Yorkie today. I made some Yorkshire pudding and had a double shot of Cairdeas. Then I remembered that sitting next to my chair in a soft case I had a baritone that I...
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    Oh. I've always assumed that I don't get...

    Oh. I've always assumed that I don't get messages because I am not too chummy and have no friends. However I've emptied my mailbox and now I'm ready for a new social life in 2021.
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    I agree, but I do want to point out that we're...

    I agree, but I do want to point out that we're burning the dye and not the instrument. It is not like the 70's where people took propane torches and singed all their pine furniture to give it that...
  17. Thread: Kamaka HF-3D2

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    Can anyone explain the nomenclature/naming...

    Can anyone explain the nomenclature/naming convention of these ukes? I have a HF-3LDS and I assume the LDS means that I cannot partake of tobacco, alcohol, or hot drink if I want to attain the...
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    Hoji, I have some experience with aniline...

    Hoji,

    I have some experience with aniline dyes. I have been making briar pipes for smoking tobacco for 20 years or so. In that field here's what we do. Typically we take a dark dye and rub it...
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    In the kitchen, everything worked out well. My...

    In the kitchen, everything worked out well. My brown stock has to cool down before I can say how well it turned out. However the cookies I made for my wife were great. I used baking powder today,...
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    Thanks for dropping by. It is kind of sobering...

    Thanks for dropping by. It is kind of sobering to know that others are watching what we do. It makes me sensitive to the fact that I have an audience and therefore should do something good and not...
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    Oh my goodness. i took Yorkie to the luthiery...

    Oh my goodness. i took Yorkie to the luthiery and it is going to be two weeks. I am already missing it. In certain ways Kamaka is better in certain regards but not having a usable 4th string...
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    That is exactly what I did. I got a HF-3 (LDS...

    That is exactly what I did. I got a HF-3 (LDS edition) and then I sold off all my ukulele accretions in order to finance the custom uke of my dreams. If you do decide on a custom uke, go for a...
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    For a while now I have been at the stage where...

    For a while now I have been at the stage where trying something new is just the first step towards disappointment. I'm happy with the two that I have. Now my motivation is to be the instrumentalist...
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    I am going to be taking Yorkie into a Luthier...

    I am going to be taking Yorkie into a Luthier because there's something amiss with the 14th fret. That means I will be stuck with my re-entrant Kamaka for a spell. Concomitantly, that means I will...
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    You're right. I was about to say that friction...

    You're right. I was about to say that friction tuners are all about aesthetics. However there is an appealing ethos to tradition. It is the same reason that I use a straight razor instead of...
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