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  1. well...thanks for the compliments. However I...

    well...thanks for the compliments. However I only know what I know, and there are huge gaps in my knowledge. And I probably couldn't play with Uncle Rod because, although I can talk a good game, I...
  2. All my ukes have, by design and intention, 19...

    All my ukes have, by design and intention, 19 frets. I do this because I mostly play in the key of E and the 19th fret, A string, is an E so that my highest note is a root note. I also do it to...
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    Please forgive me, but I misspoke. My neck isn't...

    Please forgive me, but I misspoke. My neck isn't maple. It is English walnut. I will answer the questions for walnut.

    My neck is English walnut and it is rather dark with black straight-grain...
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    If you're bespeaking a custom ukulele, then ask...

    If you're bespeaking a custom ukulele, then ask your builder; that's what you're paying all that money for.

    And just to give you a concrete example of the woods all of us are using: my favorite...
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    On the flip side, don't go into analysis...

    On the flip side, don't go into analysis paralysis. Ukuleles are ukuleles. We make all this fuss over tone woods and about the need of seeing the ukuleles in person. However, the difference...
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    You're welcome. Treat your wife well, and I'll...

    You're welcome. Treat your wife well, and I'll do the same on my end. Some of us on this thread need some good karma. I, for one, think the chink in my armor is my crappy Kala baritone which I use...
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    Since interest in this topic has been sus-tained,...

    Since interest in this topic has been sus-tained, let me tell you all what I've been doing.

    I have, temporarily at least, eschewed pursuing some of the more interesting avenues mentioned. I have...
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    You asked what I would do. I would do whatever I...

    You asked what I would do. I would do whatever I had to do, make whatever compromise I had to make, in order to get my Kanilea.

    To get my Kamaka, I had to lose 25 pounds and get healthier. For...
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    This is very interesting. It took you a few...

    This is very interesting. It took you a few weeks to achieve this, it took me a few seconds. I'm not judging, because there are things I have been working at which other people just do naturally. ...
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    In my case, I am the weak link in the tuning...

    In my case, I am the weak link in the tuning process and not the tuner. I have a Snark which I've had for about 4 years and basically if my string is one or two clicks to either side of center,...
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    I've been busy with a new job and I am still...

    I've been busy with a new job and I am still busy. But I did manage to spend some time with my Kamaka today.

    Someone mentioned how I do everything the hard way, and I cannot deny it. However I...
  12. Thread: Playing Melody

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    I think that certain someone who told you that is...

    I think that certain someone who told you that is full of...no, let's just say there are other viewpoints. Hearing a melody and being able to create it on your instrument is one of the most...
  13. Poll: I greatly prefer the button on the heel for a few...

    I greatly prefer the button on the heel for a few reasons. First I find the heel allows me to shift the strap. And I need to shift it based on where I'm playing. When I need to, I can nudge the...
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    Are we allowed to call a Ko'alau a custom? From...

    Are we allowed to call a Ko'alau a custom? From my experience with them, you plunk down $4500 and you get to choose which of the pre-determined options you want. I personally wouldn't call that a...
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    In terms of the homonyms of this thread: at...

    In terms of the homonyms of this thread:

    at least in the United states the standard usage is "due" [e.g., making due] when using it as a verb and "do" when it is an adjective [a make do solution].
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    I usually buy new and then make due. For...

    I usually buy new and then make due. For instance I still regularly wear socks and shirts that I had in the 80's.

    Speaking of shirts, what bugs me is that I have to throw away shirts merely...
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    I have a few thoughts on the subject. First of...

    I have a few thoughts on the subject.

    First of all, a used custom uke makes no sense. The whole point is to create a uke to your own specifications.

    I think you need more money. $1000 for a...
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    Bad intonation is like cancer. You cannot say...

    Bad intonation is like cancer. You cannot say what is the one thing that causes cancer and how do you remedy it. You can be born with cancer, you can be exposed to materials, you can give yourself...
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    and Florentine cutaways are always nice

    and Florentine cutaways are always nice
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    I was braving the New Mexican winter (it was in...

    I was braving the New Mexican winter (it was in the 60's because of a semi-overcast sky) and reading some Vergilius. A certain passage seemed significant. At Aeneid 8.8 it says "vastant cultoribus...
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    I am still having some conceptual blind spots,...

    I am still having some conceptual blind spots, and it seems like they occur on the E string more frequently than not.

    I have run across this with dominant chords already. I do not like the 7...
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    I, on the other hand, prefer closed chords. And...

    I, on the other hand, prefer closed chords. And I would probably play that 1645 progression as:

    C: 543X
    F: 555X
    Am: 545X
    G: 777X

    However, my version wouldn't be any more interesting than...
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    I had become homesick. I enjoyed trying out...

    I had become homesick. I enjoyed trying out different keys and using different roots for my chords, but I missed my E, my favorite key. It will be of course comforting to be back in my key, but it...
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    I know that I am in the minority here, but I see...

    I know that I am in the minority here, but I see absolutely no sense in an outdoor/car uke. To me, the uke you take with you to the car is the car uke. It is also the driveway uke when you're on...
  25. Thread: Rough night.

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    What about playing the best Christmas song ever,...

    What about playing the best Christmas song ever, "I wanna be your dog" by the Stooges. All it takes is three nearly adjacent chords (G F# E) and sleigh bells.
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