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    Hi Miles, and welcome. In addition to Byron...

    Hi Miles, and welcome. In addition to Byron Yasui, Bryan Tolentino is also on the PoePoe list and he's great - I had an impromptu lesson with him in the Kamaka parking lot some years back and still...
  2. Way back when I was a beginner I had two...

    Way back when I was a beginner I had two identical concert Kamakas (one reentrant, one low G), and I found playing the same scale helped a lot at first. But now I switch constantly between soprano...
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    A little Halloween song

    Something I worked on behind the scenes.


    https://youtu.be/X7jOhDTJQT8
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    To my ear, nothing tops the Martin M600s, but...

    To my ear, nothing tops the Martin M600s, but I've been almost as pleased with D'Addario Fluorocarbons which are a tiny bit thicker so I've had slightly less issues with having to tie a gigantic...
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    I own several Kamakas and my strings of choice...

    I own several Kamakas and my strings of choice are M600s. As others have said, knotting them can be tricky and you can end up damaging the bridge because at some point they *will* pop off (this has...
  6. Exactly - personally I thought that was kinda...

    Exactly - personally I thought that was kinda neat :)
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    I'm not but I'm able to read some - can you post...

    I'm not but I'm able to read some - can you post a picture of what you'd like translated? There is at least one UU member who is a native speaker who would be able to, but I can't recall his username.
  8. I've got no idea, that's the way it came from the...

    I've got no idea, that's the way it came from the manufacturer.
  9. And another price drop. Help me downsize!

    And another price drop. Help me downsize!
  10. I don't have specific recommendations, but I do...

    I don't have specific recommendations, but I do have some comments on sizing which I've found to be tricky, especially if you don't have a local shop and can test the fit in person.

    I have two...
  11. Price drop for the weekend!

    Price drop for the weekend!
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    I'll take a stab at translating from the original...

    I'll take a stab at translating from the original - Google Translate is just awful for Japanese.

    FS-5Gに比べまろやかなサウンドながらもコシのある中音域と程よいサスティーンが魅力的

    Something like... a mellower sound than the FS-5G...
  13. FS: Famous FLS-2PG Mahogany Laminate Longneck Pineapple Soprano

    Up for sale is a like-new Famous (by Kiwaya) FLS-2PG Mahogany Laminate Longneck Pineapple Soprano. Purchased from Ukulele Mania in Japan a couple years ago and hardly played.


    The uke is mahogany...
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    FS: Kiwaya KTS-5 Mahogany Soprano

    Up for sale is a Kiwaya KTS-5 mahogany soprano, Japanese-made replica of a vintage Martin. Incredibly lightweight with great tone and projection. Fantastic intonation. These are hard to find and...
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    Poll: Retirement, what's that?? Those of us in the...

    Retirement, what's that?? Those of us in the brackets below you will probably never experience such a thing!
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    Ha, I'm only 5'2" and I felt enormous next to him...

    Ha, I'm only 5'2" and I felt enormous next to him :) Last saw him play with Nando Suan a few years back at the Ukulele Picnic in Honolulu. I've heard he's had health issues lately so I wonder if he's...
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    In the mid-1960s he designed the hybrid...

    In the mid-1960s he designed the hybrid in-between concert and tenor Ohta-San model with Kamaka, which is still in commercial production today, and I read once that back then he did play the original...
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    I think Ohta-San plays a Martin soprano with a...

    I think Ohta-San plays a Martin soprano with a low G.
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    10.25% here!

    10.25% here!
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    Aloha! Nice to see you're still around too!

    Aloha! Nice to see you're still around too!
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    Live ukulele music on Kauai?

    Found a few old threads but wondering if anybody has up to date info on who to hear and where to hear them on Kauai. And any other locals recos would be appreciated as well. Mahalo!
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    I loosely think of it this way: fingerstyle is...

    I loosely think of it this way: fingerstyle is solo/melody playing, often single note; fingerpicking is arpeggiating chords; chord melody is what it sounds like - using chords, rather than single...
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    I hated it at first until I realized it wasn't...

    I hated it at first until I realized it wasn't the low G I disliked, but the non-wound boomy fluorocarbon string. Swapped it out for a wound guitar D string, then later a Fremont Soloist, and 8 years...
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    I'd take the $100 and keep it. Every one of my 3...

    I'd take the $100 and keep it. Every one of my 3 Kamakas has developed similar dings over the years from use, because - life happens!
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    Interesting to see this thread come up after 10...

    Interesting to see this thread come up after 10 years (2009!). During those years, I've owned several of each. The Koalohas got re-homed pretty quickly each time; I still own three Kamakas that I...
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