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  1. It's a similar idea though the effect is pretty...

    It's a similar idea though the effect is pretty different. A hardanger fiddle is very similar to the idea of a sarangi or, for that matter, a sitar. The spring reverb effect is a bit different in...
  2. Well, the metal top does give it a certain sound...

    Well, the metal top does give it a certain sound and sustain and extra harmonic output BUT -- what makes it more than just a plinky steel-string uke are the springs loaded into the body. Since...
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    Although a case is easiest to keep humidified and...

    Although a case is easiest to keep humidified and happy... on the wall, ready to grab at any moment. That's where they'll get played. :D
  4. Ah, Guitar Center, the place where knowledge goes...

    Ah, Guitar Center, the place where knowledge goes to die...
  5. Um, wasn't intending to sell it, but pop me an...

    Um, wasn't intending to sell it, but pop me an email if you're interested and I'll let you know, and thanks for the interest!
  6. Thanks -- will mention that.

    Thanks -- will mention that.
  7. Pics: Two 20s Hawaiian sopranos, a 30s Gibson, and a Hilo guitar!

    Edit: wrong title-- One 20s Hawaiian, one 30s/40s Hawaiian... etc.

    Been busy in the workshop!!! The first two are customer repairs:
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    c.1920 Kumalae Figured Koa Uke

    This pretty rope-bound curly-ish koa soprano was in the shop via a customer of mine. Love it -- but it's definitely suited to ADF#B tuning. It sings when it's tuned up there.

    Click here for the...
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    Likely Harmony-made, c.1925.

    Likely Harmony-made, c.1925.
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    Hey, thank you sir. :)

    Hey, thank you sir. :)
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    PVA -- Titebond Original. Not really necessary in...

    PVA -- Titebond Original. Not really necessary in the case of these ones but it does make the head feel better. ;)
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    30s Favilla Mahogany Soprano

    Here's a cute little Favilla I finished up this morning -- great sound, as usual. I figured you guys might like the eye candy... :)
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  13. Pics -- 1950s Harmony Concert & 50s Harmony Bari

    Finished off resto on these "siblings" today -- great ukes! The bari is already headed to a new home but I'm currently mulling over the concert which is a plain-Jane sweetie.
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    [QUOTE=gaspar;1393432]Nice! I love flamed...

    [QUOTE=gaspar;1393432]Nice! I love flamed mahogany.
    Jake I have a Wendell Hall Red Head but the wood is not flamed. Is it just plain mahogany?

    Yup, same stuff, just not as fancy. I never could...
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    Two 1920s flamed beauts!

    First we have a mucho-intense flamed mahhogany Regal "Redhead" uke, with more pics here:

    http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-a4ID3jsZlqA/UkNRuiH1GJI/AAAAAAAAoTs/6UO0ro0BS_0/s1600/redhead-1.jpg

    Next we...
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    Had mine 20 min before a tab broke... it's been...

    Had mine 20 min before a tab broke... it's been in masking tape ever since but it's not an ideal fix. Sigh.
  17. Nice lines on that one -- I'm guessing it's got...

    Nice lines on that one -- I'm guessing it's got that sweet mahogany bell-sound that pegs fingerpicking? How are the old Champion pegs doing? Those are always the fussiest of vintage friction pegs. :)
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    2013 Collings UC1K...

    Yeah, she's a beaut. An evil acquaintance of mine put this into temptation range by sending it over to the shop for consignment. I thought you all might enjoy some eye candy... :D

    Original blog...
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    Slightly fancier EQ and proprietary strings.

    Slightly fancier EQ and proprietary strings.
  20. Pics: 30s "Army Green" banjo uke, 20s Kumalae, 20s fancy Regal

    Here's the latest batch out from repairs...

    First a customer's Kumalae (click for blog post link)

    http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-BJCDZBocrjA/UjIa-rna0RI/AAAAAAAAnxo/KnsBzOEggv0/s1600/kumakuma-1.jpg...
  21. On the same uke design, if you swap woods, this...

    On the same uke design, if you swap woods, this is the 99% of the time difference between the woods tonally. For what it's worth, I think of koa as that bright, sweet, sunny sound while mahogany is...
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    FYI, guys, the Martin I worked on also needed the...

    FYI, guys, the Martin I worked on also needed the other "usual necessary work" -- that being some fret reseating, a fret level/dress, and a quick setup. It was pretty playable as-is but the action...
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    Hear, hear. Plus, vintage banjo ukes aren't...

    Hear, hear. Plus, vintage banjo ukes aren't dipped in 1/16" of plastic on any exposed wooden surfaces.
  24. Oh, I totally have no idea whether it is or not,...

    Oh, I totally have no idea whether it is or not, nor does it really matter to me (many old Nat'ls are). National, like Gibson, always surprises me with oddballs, though, like this one:
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  25. It's a weird color. I thought at first "oh,...

    It's a weird color. I thought at first "oh, definitely a refinish..." but...

    The finish is 2-layer: it has a base coat of a yellowy primer color and then it has that darker greeny-brown bronze...
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