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  1. I tried an Ohana banjolele a few years ago and I...

    I tried an Ohana banjolele a few years ago and I certainly agree about the weight. The volume on the one I played was underwhelming too, but then again some people regards that as a plus.

    Have you...
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    Do you use an adblocker? Different ones work in...

    Do you use an adblocker? Different ones work in different ways, but I would imagine that at least some of them would block this sort of thing.
  3. Poll: Can't believe that soprano has slipped back...

    Can't believe that soprano has slipped back behind concert and tenor. It's the ukulele!
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    Honestly, yes. In particular there's been a trend...

    Honestly, yes. In particular there's been a trend towards singers and musicians busking with backing tracks and excessive amplification which I find rather inconsiderate. The high street is not a...
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    Not easy to put yourself in front of complete...

    Not easy to put yourself in front of complete strangers who aren't even there to see you and try to win them over. I've seen some wonderful buskers, some terrible ones and some who were terrible but...
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    It seems to be hit and miss for different people,...

    It seems to be hit and miss for different people, as discussed here.
  7. Looks OK to me at the moment. Have you checked it...

    Looks OK to me at the moment. Have you checked it with https://downforeveryoneorjustme.com/ ?
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    Thanks for the links. Much of that tallies with...

    Thanks for the links. Much of that tallies with what I've found myself: the majority of suggestions seem to fall into the "I once heard this guy say a friend of his swears by…" category, whereas I...
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    Removing a musty smell from a uke

    Do any of you have experience in removing musty smells from a ukulele? I have a solid mahogany soprano which, due to unexpected circumstances, sat in its case for a couple of years and has developed...
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    Gangsta's Paradise by Coolio. It was requested by...

    Gangsta's Paradise by Coolio. It was requested by someone at my old ukulele group and I had to find it and write up the chords and lyrics.

    Not only do I hate playing it, I hated it so much when I...
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    I noticed this working the other way with me only...

    I noticed this working the other way with me only yesterday, when my partner was watching Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries and I realised that the instrumental track in the background was That's My...
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    How do you discover new tunes?

    The obvious ways of finding new songs you want to try are probably buying a book with an assortment of tunes and giving the unfamiliar ones a go, or hearing something on an album or the radio and...
  13. Following up on the 70 Years of Popular Music...

    Following up on the 70 Years of Popular Music suggestion, I ordered the four volumes of 1920s tunes and one for 1900-1920, all of them at bargain prices from secondhand booksellers.

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    Have you seen these plastic plectrums available...

    Have you seen these plastic plectrums available from World of Ukes?

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    I may be wrong but I think I saw a mention of...

    I may be wrong but I think I saw a mention of that previously where it was described as having great photos but of questionable value unless you read Japanese.
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    Fat bottom bouts do make the rockin' world go...

    Fat bottom bouts do make the rockin' world go 'round :D
  17. Thread: imua

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    There's an Imua koa soprano...

    There's an Imua koa soprano in stock at World of Ukes in Carlisle. ú529 seems like a decent price for the spec, although the fact that it has geared tuners on it strikes it off any potential list for...
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    The Ukulele Toolbox...

    The Ukulele Toolbox from Homespun. The problem is that instead of letting you download a media file to watch in any appropriate viewer it forces you to use something called PurplePlay. On Android it...
  19. Congratulations. How are you finding the bar...

    Congratulations. How are you finding the bar frets? Opinion seems to be divided on them.
  20. That sort of thing is fine. In some cases I...

    That sort of thing is fine. In some cases I already have, or can easily obtain, particular pieces of sheet music but they lack any indication of chords (I Ain't Gonna Give Nobody None O' This...
  21. Those look to be exactly the sort of thing I was...

    Those look to be exactly the sort of thing I was hoping to find, thank you. Four volumes in the 1920s series and they're all cheaply available on the secondhand market (ticking all the boxes so far...
  22. I bought the very same book.

    I bought the very same book.
  23. Published books of complete vintage songs?

    I've a particular fondness for Tin Pan Alley, Ragtime and similar songs from the Edwardian era through to the start of WWII, often considered to include many of the tunes most associated with the...
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    Thank you both for the kind comments. It's an...

    Thank you both for the kind comments. It's an ongoing process, but finding joy in noodling and strumming lifts my spirits in all sorts of ways and gives me hope that I will one day feel the urge to...
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    I'd like to thanků but I can't

    After dipping my toes into the ukulele waters some years back my life encountered a period of unexpectedly turbulent conditions, physical upheaval and mental health combining to keep me away from the...
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