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    I disagree. Some luthiers may be in high demand...

    I disagree. Some luthiers may be in high demand and I think that if they have multiple years of waiting list for an instrument then they are well justified to command a premium price. But here in...
  2. With this wood figuring I figure about $100 for a...

    With this wood figuring I figure about $100 for a used one.
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    I play a lot with fiddlers and mandolin players...

    I play a lot with fiddlers and mandolin players and they are tuned to fifths. So when I bought another concert and I read about the Aquila set I thought it could be a good way to learn about the...
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    There are many ways to deal with buyer's remorse...

    There are many ways to deal with buyer's remorse such as returning the instrument or selling it to someone who will actually like the sound. Spending more money on modifications or devices to...
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    My luthier has/had a few of these Watermans...

    My luthier has/had a few of these Watermans around and even displayed one in an aquarium that you could fish out and play. The clear ones look funny, but are also surprisingly fun to play and a lot...
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    It's nice to hear about your upgrading experience...

    It's nice to hear about your upgrading experience and I still have fond memory of playing my first "good" uke. As for the low-G, now that you have two ukes it is a very good justification to keep two...
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    I have come across the name and I think they were...

    I have come across the name and I think they were originally Hawaiian but then assembled them in China but still used the "Made in Hawaii" sticker. The name is now owned by Aria Guitars and I think...
  8. Most guitars and ukes would be very happy at mid...

    Most guitars and ukes would be very happy at mid 60% humidity, low humidity is much more dangerous or extremely high (>80%) on a prolonged basis. Also if the humidity changes a lot from day-to-day...
  9. A six-string uke has an A string with an octave....

    A six-string uke has an A string with an octave. These are available as single strings from Aquila. I have no idea what to use for the E, this may not be a good idea. I am also thinking of getting an...
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    Changing the key from C to G is usually an...

    Changing the key from C to G is usually an effective way to get more comfortable, or try transposing to A or F which are similar. An alternative when you play with others who like it in C is to sing...
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    I looked up the song in the big gig book where it...

    I looked up the song in the big gig book where it is in the key of C. Transposed the chord in question there would be a D+7 (augmented = D7+5 or D7#5) tab 3223. Also in line 2 where you have an E7 it...
  12. Nothing wrong with made in China but online...

    Nothing wrong with made in China but online marketing glorification of generic products can be deceiving. Trust what you can see in reality in your local store. For entry level a laminate or...
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    I still have my first guitar that I have now...

    I still have my first guitar that I have now owned for more than 40 years. But for my first uke I went cheap and got one of those Alulu ones from e-Bay. It was junk and not worth keeping around....
  14. I'd stay away from this Bondi product. In the...

    I'd stay away from this Bondi product. In the "about" section there is not one person listed who actually builds these instruments. Then they have cheap "solid Koa" ukuleles, when we have to keep in...
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    Yes historically they had a K version of the 2,3,...

    Yes historically they had a K version of the 2,3, and 5 series models for much of the 20s and 30s.
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    $50 seems like a bargain for us in North America...

    $50 seems like a bargain for us in North America or Europe, where wages are high. But we should keep in mind that the materials used for these ukes cost them pennies, and the overall cost to produce...
  17. It's very easy to get hung up on specs and brand...

    It's very easy to get hung up on specs and brand names when in reality this means little to nothing for entry level ukes and differences between them are largely cosmetic and in the dimensions of the...
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    assuming it goes left to right from g to a then:...

    assuming it goes left to right from g to a then:

    C13/#11 or C7/9/#11/13

    otherwise it would just be E7 reverted ...
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    A long-neck soprano was the very first KoAloha...

    A long-neck soprano was the very first KoAloha that I played in store and it got me hooked on the brand instantly. I was not able to afford the new price, so I am very shocked that this has been...
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    I had my very first gig last Saturday and indeed...

    I had my very first gig last Saturday and indeed I took two ukes along as they are small and easy to carry. This was both for backup but also in case I decided to play some of the songs that sound...
  21. Thank you Anthrotherra your list should be made a...

    Thank you Anthrotherra your list should be made a sticky for the UU. I have met some of the artists in person, and others I have stumbled upon on youtube, but others I have not heard of. Some of...
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    I would be cautious about buying a very cheap uke...

    I would be cautious about buying a very cheap uke online. There are almost always shipping and handling costs either added on to the purchase price or hidden within the price when shipping is "free"....
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    Most Martin ukes I have seen had their Mahogany...

    Most Martin ukes I have seen had their Mahogany stained in a dark brown colour as in the pictures. Koa has more of an orange hue, though I am not sure if the Martin K models were stained or not.
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    I went to a uke store on Kauai that stocks only...

    I went to a uke store on Kauai that stocks only Kamoa and I tried many models. They were quite nice though not outstanding and I almost bought one. I am glad I didn't because for a little more money...
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    This Risa uke has magnetic PUs so will be much...

    This Risa uke has magnetic PUs so will be much more suitable for a regular amp. If your other uke has a low-powered piezo PU then it has different requirements for amplification and should be ok just...
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