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    I just saw a video with Doyle Dykes where he...

    I just saw a video with Doyle Dykes where he strongly endorsed Fred Kelly speed pick. I pick with the flesh of my thumb as I haven't found a pick I like but am tempted to get the variety pack.
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    Indeed, quite the variety of right hand...

    Indeed, quite the variety of right hand techniques in this piece.
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    No quite the opposite. China is attractive for...

    No quite the opposite. China is attractive for manufacturing because of its super cheap labour force. The ukes there are handcrafted by people who repeat the same motion thousands of times per day....
  4. Guitars have much wider nuts for each individual...

    Guitars have much wider nuts for each individual string so for barre chords you need a longer part of the finger than for a uke where the strings even with a 6 or 8 are closer together. So with the...
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    Are they even in the same price range? Both are...

    Are they even in the same price range? Both are common models so hopefully you can find a store like guitar center that is likely to carry both brands for direct comparison.
  6. Tension depends on many characteristics including...

    Tension depends on many characteristics including scale length. The more strings there are the more tension there is. D'Addario has a tension calculator site where you can compare tension for...
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    This is a common uke and available at almost all...

    This is a common uke and available at almost all respectable retailers, such as Sweetwater, SamAsh, MaurysMusic, ZZsounds, Guitarcenter etc . A quick search found that they all have the same price of...
  8. I go to several jams with ukes and also other...

    I go to several jams with ukes and also other instruments and any amplification is strongly frowned upon/banned in this town, with exception of the bass.
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    Try before you buy is always the best approach,...

    Try before you buy is always the best approach, but not always practical. Since you already decided on the uke you want and don't have a need to compare different sizes and types etc and given the...
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    Thanks, with shipping starting at $10 it's not...

    Thanks, with shipping starting at $10 it's not really worthwhile to buy a string, so I only buy online strings when shipping is included, like with Strings and Beyond. This may be a good excuse to...
  11. Not aware of 6 string concerts but Ohana and Pono...

    Not aware of 6 string concerts but Ohana and Pono taropatch are on my radar. Maybe Mim will get B-stock again.
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    Last year the Rebel ukes made a big splash. Did...

    Last year the Rebel ukes made a big splash. Did they show anything noteworthy? When I was at the KoAloha factory a few weeks ago they had the Opio electrified with built-in speaker and all sorts of...
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    Ohana is a large company and it is possible that...

    Ohana is a large company and it is possible that the have their ukes produced by more than one factory. It is also well-known that large instrument factories commonly produce ukes for multiple...
  14. I am also very intrigued by the idea of a...

    I am also very intrigued by the idea of a Canada-made CF instrument, and echo the need for concert and/or long-neck soprano as this is likely the scale that has the broadest appeal. I hope that your...
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    Ah yes I think I wanted to try these but not...

    Ah yes I think I wanted to try these but not available in Canada. Do most stores on Oahu carry them? I will be there in March.
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    I see you got your own low G instead of the one...

    I see you got your own low G instead of the one that comes with the d'Addario set. I prefer Aquila red because they sound more similar to the other strings and don't change sound over time, and they...
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    Congrats on your new uke. A guitar tuner may work...

    Congrats on your new uke. A guitar tuner may work well if it is a chromatic tuner that just detects any note regardless of which instrument plays it. If it is a cheap guitar-specific it may only work...
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    One of my former colleagues just moved to...

    One of my former colleagues just moved to Kawartha Lakes last week; if your posting had been earlier I could have told her about your cool establishment.
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    Not likely. They are thicker for an octave lower...

    Not likely. They are thicker for an octave lower and longer scale and don't have re-entrant D. A designated tenor set may also be cheaper as strings are smaller.
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    I think that mixing different kinds of strings is...

    I think that mixing different kinds of strings is weird but you can try and report your experience. I have the D'Addario carbon set on my concert and it is very easy on the fingers for sure. Also...
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    I think these are Nylon strings.

    I think these are Nylon strings.
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    Welcome. Too bad I don't come to Ontario that...

    Welcome. Too bad I don't come to Ontario that often. Would love to visit your place for a brew and some tunes.
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    D'Addario has a string tension calculator where...

    D'Addario has a string tension calculator where you can calculate the tension for different string materials and diameters. It works best for given D'Addario sets but with a bit of trial and error...
  24. No, far from it. When I was at the factory a...

    No, far from it. When I was at the factory a while ago they had two of them in the showroom, and I was not able to get either of them to sound good no matter how hard I tried. They were very quiet...
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    Wow what a find, congratulations. And yes, stay...

    Wow what a find, congratulations. And yes, stay away from low G for a 6 string, the low A works much, much better.
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