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  1. Thread: Koa Question

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    I'm pretty certain koa is not on the CITES list,...

    I'm pretty certain koa is not on the CITES list, so you should have no problems.

    Gift or purchase makes no difference - it's the species that counts. So I'd make clear in the accompanying...
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    My oak camp uke (pictured in the linked thread)...

    My oak camp uke (pictured in the linked thread) sounds very good. And it has an oak top, as well as back and sides.

    I think other posts make it clear that oak can work well. But I suspect you need...
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    Here are three of the four camp ukes I've made. ...

    Here are three of the four camp ukes I've made.

    Sapele, modelled on the early 1920s Lyon & Healy. Note the heavily curved back, which allowed me to build it very lightly so it's good and loud. The...
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    Lyon and Healy beat Gretch to the camp uke by a...

    Lyon and Healy beat Gretch to the camp uke by a decade or more!

    My camp ukes had 8 inch bodies and just two ladder braces, each about 1/3 in from neck and tail. I'll see if I can post pics once...
  5. If you're just touching up you can wipe on...

    If you're just touching up you can wipe on shellac with a clean rag or paper towel - 3 or 4 coats should do it - and then gently blend the edges of the new finish until it's a close match with the...
  6. I don't know for certain, but I'd be surprised if...

    I don't know for certain, but I'd be surprised if it wasn't shellac. My 1920s Kumalae is certainly finished in shellac.
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    No. In full, tension is very little different...

    No.

    In full, tension is very little different form a high G.

    However, the string might be too fat to fit the nut. Easily fixed, but then hard to go back to high G.
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    I'd remove those two fan braces. Definitely...

    I'd remove those two fan braces. Definitely overkill on a soprano.

    I build light Sopranos, and if they don't dish a very little they're not light enough.
  9. Looks to me like you've worn through the finish...

    Looks to me like you've worn through the finish in those spots - its is very thin, and an excellent thing that is too!

    I believe Ken uses fairly standard dark brown French Polish, and I can buy...
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    Just to add that I played a Kala thin line...

    Just to add that I played a Kala thin line soprano at the weekend and it didn't have back braces, just the arched back. Either the laminate was glued up that way, or it was heat pressed to that...
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    I put a compound radius in by arching each brace...

    I put a compound radius in by arching each brace (so it's flat on the surface facing the sound hole and arched where it glues to the back) to give me the side to side arch, and then get the fore and...
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    There are two considerations here - stability and...

    There are two considerations here - stability and ease of carving. Stability is most important!

    The most stable necks will have the grain running either vertical to the fretboard plane (vertical...
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    I use one, and have played using it both in pubs...

    I use one, and have played using it both in pubs and on stage (with proper sound guy).

    Works really well, sound guy says it's easier to work than an instrument mic on a stand and produces a good,...
  14. Norwich (UK), Weds 10 July - Robin Evans

    Wednesday 10 July, The Bicycle Shop cellar, doors open 7.30.

    https://www.wegottickets.com/event/476316

    If you're nearby and haven't heard Robin, come along. If you've heard him you're already...
  15. I'd say it's a machete. The sound board and...

    I'd say it's a machete. The sound board and bracing are much heavier than Hawaiian ukes, I'd think it was built for steel strings.

    I wonder if the strings were attached towards the rear of the...
  16. Titebond can't be removed from cracks like this...

    Titebond can't be removed from cracks like this one, so it's a one shot process. And if you get it wrong you've made it far more difficult and expensive for someone with experience to fix it!

    I...
  17. Hilo black nylon felt very soft to me (when I...

    Hilo black nylon felt very soft to me (when I could still get them). Aquila feel stiffer. Fluorocarbons feel stiffest of all.

    But a soprano is likely to be lower tension than a tenor in any event,...
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    I've bought from Chinese suppliers including...

    I've bought from Chinese suppliers including Kmise, and the quality is fine.

    Sadly, they focus on "shiny", so your uke could end up looking like Liberace on stage if you're not careful in your...
  19. Please don't over-humidify it, and certainly...

    Please don't over-humidify it, and certainly don't soak the fingerboard in oil - that can cause huge problems with frets lifting etc. Some humidifying, and a gentle wipe of the fingerboard with oil...
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    I've not played either, so can't give my...

    I've not played either, so can't give my experience.

    But I have built a couple of resos (one uke, one tenortrope - look it up :) ). Setting up the cone properly is 90% of getting it to sound good,...
  21. The height is not adjustable, that's the plus...

    The height is not adjustable, that's the plus (and minus) of a zero fret.

    It could be that the first fret wasn't levelled properly, if it has always been this way.

    If it used to be ok then...
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    If your problem is worst at the lower frets, then...

    If your problem is worst at the lower frets, then there is a good chance your string height at the nut is too high. This makes the fretted notes on frets 1-5 (especially) too sharp, the problem...
  23. I'm sure the dark pegs aren't original. The light...

    I'm sure the dark pegs aren't original. The light one might be, but I doubt that either.

    My own Kumalae has much lighter pegs, and the buttons look to be hand carved, not turned. Crude in...
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    English holly is usually from small trees, so...

    English holly is usually from small trees, so tends to be used only for binding. And it stains soon after cutting unless processed exactly right, so I read, which makes it expensive because there's a...
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    As a player/performer I find that on a soprano...

    As a player/performer I find that on a soprano 2.5-2.7mm at the 12th is about right. 3mm makes accurate playing on frets 7-10 (and occasionally even on the 12th) too awkward. Anything below 2.5 mm...
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