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  1. Ken Middleton’s Living Water Strings have not...

    Ken Middleton’s Living Water Strings have not been mentioned and a lot of folk like them. I’m uncertain of costs and relative costs in Canada but as far as I can tell they’re very similar in size to...
  2. The Martins are a sound choice. Doubtless...

    The Martins are a sound choice. Doubtless there’ll be better strings for you in the future but you can - indeed many people do - go round and round in circles hunting for the perfect strings. Two...
  3. In the past I’ve had mixed experience with Aquila...

    In the past I’ve had mixed experience with Aquila New Nylgut but I recently tried and now like Aquila Super Nylgut; IMHO there’s not a great difference between the two materials but what difference...
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    Shipping and customs duties impact a lot of...

    Shipping and customs duties impact a lot of things: by way of example a Bruko No6 is (IMHO) pricy in Canada but a real bargain if you live in Germany (where they are made).

    Here in the U.K. a...
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    Is the pound that high or import duties so...

    Is the pound that high or import duties so excessive? Maybe I’ve not understood but I thought that this instrument was circa 240 pound including shipping to the USA?

    As I understand it Canada...
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    In today’s world written communication is...

    In today’s world written communication is virtually all via some electronic medium so handwriting, whether cursive or otherwise, is displaced by type. I’d expect a handwritten communication to have...
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    It’s interesting to read about this now hobby and...

    It’s interesting to read about this now hobby and reflect that within my lifetime fountain pen users have gone from mainstream to niche. I used fountain pens at school and seem to remember that being...
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    Shipping to Europe from the USA can be...

    Shipping to Europe from the USA can be financially painful and to add insult to injury you’re charged VAT on it too. Shipping from the U.K. is going to be more expensive than it really should be and...
  9. Bill hit the target again and I would also echo...

    Bill hit the target again and I would also echo positive stuff about an old Makala Concert (as mentioned by RLink).

    I’ve an old U30 which cost me very little. A good set-up and some decent strings...
  10. My thanks to VegasGeorge and to bacchettedavid...

    My thanks to VegasGeorge and to bacchettedavid for their ranking tables. I realise and accept that the sound of a Uke is influenced by many other things too but, IMHO and all other things being...
  11. I can’t speak for Ukes but when I can then I do...

    I can’t speak for Ukes but when I can then I do like to make things. Where it’s possible I prefer to use Imperial measurements because they have more meaning to me, but as and where necessary I...
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    One might be forgiven for thinking that our...

    One might be forgiven for thinking that our Continental Cousins are creating problems where there need be none. Perhaps I’m being cynical but if it were to be the case then such actions help nobody...
  13. For everyday life I’ve always preferred Imperial...

    For everyday life I’ve always preferred Imperial dimensions, but for scientific calculations metric is a lot more manageable.

    Over many centuries the Imperial system evolved from the world that...
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    Spelling, at the end of the day it’s all about...

    Spelling, at the end of the day it’s all about successful - or not - communication. My own schooling was abysmal and spelling has never been my strong point, indeed my lack of spelling strength was...
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    I recon Mivo’s response above is fair and logical...

    I recon Mivo’s response above is fair and logical comment. :agree:



    As a parent I’ve spent quite a large amount of money on music tuition for my children, far too large a percentage of that...
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    Some interesting perspectives there, thank you. ...

    Some interesting perspectives there, thank you.

    For myself I’m not at all fussed by the thought that a Uke might be a stripped back guitar and indeed the original Soprano instruments might well...
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    I suppose that this is thread drift but maybe...

    I suppose that this is thread drift but maybe some overlap as postage rates to the EU changed on Brexit, or rather I believe that there were some standardised postal rates across Europe and that they...
  18. I can’t think that it gets much better than that,...

    I can’t think that it gets much better than that, brilliant and right up there with what one might expect of a professional performance.
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    I’m sure that the Bonanza Ukes are wonderful...

    I’m sure that the Bonanza Ukes are wonderful instruments but it’s a real puzzle to me why anyone who doesn’t already play and play well would spend upwards of 450 USD on a one and only Uke.

    I’ve...
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    My impression is that that perspective summarises...

    My impression is that that perspective summarises the typical EU view, indicates why there was an appetite to leave and encapsulates part of the current difficulties. Brexit is an exceedingly...
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    One can but think that someone somewhere is...

    One can but think that someone somewhere is making things far more difficult than they need to be. I am cynical but perhaps I could be forgiven for thinking along the lines that someone doesn’t like...
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    One of the big issues, I think, in the illegal...

    One of the big issues, I think, in the illegal supply and consumption of drugs is that there is doubtful or non-existent quality control on what’s sold to the end customer. From what I read in the...
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    If you’re in the U.K. then supply might,...

    If you’re in the U.K. then supply might, strangely, be difficult because the bulk of Timms seem to get bought by wealthy overseas buyers. A new Tim’s can go for as much as 700 pounds and they seem to...
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    Organised crime will always be with us in some...

    Organised crime will always be with us in some form, the people involved will find other ways to receive income that doesn’t involve harder ‘honest’ work. That said I would definitely agree that...
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    Doesn’t appeal to me much either but I suppose...

    Doesn’t appeal to me much either but I suppose that one could maybe try out a few different capos and play as normal ?

    I quite like to drive the soundboard and so have moved towards typically...
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