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  1. Alan Carruth and Tim McKnight have both...

    Alan Carruth and Tim McKnight have both researched this topic to varying degrees. You can find their respective results at Side Ports and Sound Ports.
  2. Wow. Just wow. You have my sincere...

    Wow. Just wow.

    You have my sincere condolences.

    Bettah ukes generally sell quickly for such high-value instruments, and yours is exceptional. Best of luck with the sale.
  3. Mahalo, Brad, for the excellent write-up. A...

    Mahalo, Brad, for the excellent write-up. A quality UST with a 9V neutral preamp is going to be very appealing to a lot of plugged-in ukers.
  4. I'll add a few recommendations to the list: ...

    I'll add a few recommendations to the list:

    D'addario Titanium
    Savarez Alliance
    Guadalupe Custom Strings
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    Thank you for sharing that link, Merlin. What a...

    Thank you for sharing that link, Merlin. What a great kick-off to what is sure to be a wonderful concert series.

    The Ko'olau 'ukulele featured in the video truly are special. I think the UAS bug...
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    Ko'olau 'Ulu koa tenor: warm, bright and rich,...

    Ko'olau 'Ulu koa tenor: warm, bright and rich, with a hint of compression and focus of koa, a complex overtone series, and an incredibly defined attack. The most gratifying instrument I've ever...
  7. Take this with a grain of salt, but I’ll rank my...

    Take this with a grain of salt, but I’ll rank my impressions based on ukes I’ve spent some time with from warmest to brightest...

    1. Mango (Pono pineapple tenor)
    2. Mahogany (vintage Martin and...
  8. Tom, UU keeps truncating my private messages. ...

    Tom,

    UU keeps truncating my private messages. I am the fortunate buyer of this Takumi. I have been in your shoes before (tied up with music at an inopportune moment); thank you for the gracious...
  9. Very possibly interested. PM sent.

    Very possibly interested. PM sent.
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    Fantastic uke at a great price. If anyone is...

    Fantastic uke at a great price. If anyone is looking for a uke that is a cut (or two) above a Moonbird, this could be the one.
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    I use the side dots at frets 7 and 12. I don’t...

    I use the side dots at frets 7 and 12. I don’t see much point in additional dots.



    My J. Rieck Lutherie tenor uke has side dots only with a decorative inlay at the 12th feet. It’s an elegant...
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    I'll just a list a few lesser-known favorites: ...

    I'll just a list a few lesser-known favorites:

    How Could You believe Me?
    My Very Good Friend the Milkman
    Shanghai Li'l
    We Three (My Echo My Shadow and Me)
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    The guitarist probably thinks they're helping,...

    The guitarist probably thinks they're helping, but I agree with Keith and Rllink. Not every musician plays well with every band, and criticisms which undermine confidence are seldom welcome. Tell...
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    FWIW, I think bright instruments require a...

    FWIW, I think bright instruments require a different approach. Listen to some Baroque period performance recordings for inspiration, file down those fingernails, and see what you can make out of the...
  15. As much as I love my J. Rieck and Kanile’a...

    As much as I love my J. Rieck and Kanile’a ‘ukulele, I would scour the market and snap up the next Ko'olau ‘Ulu that came along.
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    More music; less shopping. Music hobbyists are...

    More music; less shopping.

    Music hobbyists are often both creators and consumers. Try not to consume gear that does not fulfill a creative need.
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    Tuners came in today. I'll be installing them...

    Tuners came in today. I'll be installing them over the next week or so and will provide an update once the work is complete. Full review coming in the next few weeks.
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    That is really nice storage system, Michael. If...

    That is really nice storage system, Michael. If only I could bear to part with enough books to do this myself!
  19. Look into the Quilter Micropro Mach 2 line of...

    Look into the Quilter Micropro Mach 2 line of heads and combo amps. The 8" combo model might serve your needs well.
  20. With proper technique, some sopranos can fill a...

    With proper technique, some sopranos can fill a similar same role quite well. Take a listen to Brian Heffernan (of The Fabulous Heftones) on his Martin 3M in some of the many videos on their YouTube...
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    Check this out:...

    Check this out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BO4qESxhuAI

    It might be fun to learn some of the techniques that Jake begins to show off around 2:30 mark. Really slick stuff.
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    I'd also recommend that you check out "Ukulele...

    I'd also recommend that you check out "Ukulele Aerobics", perhaps try your hand at some of Jake Shimabukuro's arrangements (most of them aren't terribly difficult although playing them as smoothly as...
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    Take a look at this for something very different:...

    Take a look at this for something very different:

    https://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/showthread.php?101521
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    What sorts of music do you most enjoy?

    What sorts of music do you most enjoy?
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    Have you done much transcription of 'ukulele...

    Have you done much transcription of 'ukulele performances you really enjoy? That might help guide you in a specific direction or reveal a technique you want to master.
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