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  1. Interesting. Yes. I was just looking at...

    Interesting.

    Yes. I was just looking at Waverly's, Rubner and even some Gotoh and other tuners and wondered whether they were dipped in unicorn dust?

    Obviously, even cheap tuners will do the...
  2. Upgrading tuners or other minor tweaks

    I had a dodgy tuner machine head, so I splashed out on some Grovers with an 18:1 gear ratio.

    It is a fairly inexpensive uke and I absolutely didn't need them, I could have just bought the same...
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    Thanks Bill. I suppose I was more generally...

    Thanks Bill.

    I suppose I was more generally asking if people knew this luthier and his products, as much as I like the look of those specific ukes. He doesn't seem to be mentioned in the forums,...
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    McCarten Ukes?

    Anyone have any experience with these? They look beautiful.

    http://www.mccartenltd.com/model-bar_uke.htm
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    Some varied replies, thanks. OK, here's a...

    Some varied replies, thanks.

    OK, here's a comparative example. A Kala Super Tenor, with key specs.

    https://kalabrand.com/products/torrefied-spruce-top-ebony-super-tenor-ukulele

    Scale Length:...
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    Super Tenors versus Baritones

    There seem to be an increasing number of 'Super Tenors' around – at least from Kala and Kanile'a.

    I know that with some models this generally means a larger body with a tenor scale (Romero...
  7. Thanks all. I contacted Kala in the end, who...

    Thanks all.

    I contacted Kala in the end, who were quite helpful and they said that they are these.

    https://www.grotro.com/Grover/VINTAGE/Sta-Tite-97-Series
  8. Thanks, yes, I believe they are, but I'm finding...

    Thanks, yes, I believe they are, but I'm finding it hard to work out which version to buy.

    Is this them? Or are these only for non-slotheads?
    ...
  9. Thanks to both of you. TBH, the actual...

    Thanks to both of you.

    TBH, the actual 'woodwork' side of things is what I'm least worried about (famous last words ;) ). It's more about ensuring that I'm working with the correct part to begin...
  10. Thanks. Yes, I see that various 'Grover-style'...

    Thanks. Yes, I see that various 'Grover-style' tuners are available quite cheaply, but it's hard to work out if they are the same or similar.
  11. Thanks, but no, it's not about tightening the...

    Thanks, but no, it's not about tightening the screw. It's the turning key itself (on the outside of the slothead) which jiggles about.

    I'm not dealing with Kala again, as my last attempt a year...
  12. What replacement tuner for Kala KA-SMHB Solid Mahogany Baritone?

    One of the keys (the actual tuning rod) for my Kala KA-SMHB Solid Mahogany Baritone seems to have become loose and is buzzing when I play.

    It seems straightforward enough to replace it, but I'm...
  13. Radius versus flat fretboards for fingerpicking, clawhammer, hammering and bending?

    I know that radius fretboards can make barre chording easier, but I'm usually fine with that. Unless I play for a long time with high tension strings, especially on bigger scale ukes.

    But I've...
  14. Thanks for all the replies, everyone. Yes...

    Thanks for all the replies, everyone.



    Yes Graham, I think that my original question might have been more accurate.

    I'm not keen on the idea of kit-ukes. It seems too much like an Ikea...
  15. Types of broken damaged ukuleles to practice on?

    Not sure if this should be in the luther lounge, or technical folder, but anyway…

    I have basic woodworking/carpentry skills and I'm trying to teach myself some basic uke repair/upgrade/building...
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    True, adjustable truss rods are great. I love the...

    True, adjustable truss rods are great. I love the one on my Kala bari. But you also get non-adjustable support rods (probably not the correct term), which also have their purpose. I suppose it's a...
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    Radius fretboard: I have an extremely subtle one...

    Radius fretboard: I have an extremely subtle one (I can't even see it visually, even though I know it's there) on a full-sized classical guitar and it's the only way I can get clean barre chords....
  18. When I was looking for my first solid Uke, I...

    When I was looking for my first solid Uke, I tried a Pono tenor and hated it. The neck felt heavy and unbalanced and the whole thing seemed to be built like an acoustic guitar, compared to other ukes...
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    I was in a guitar shop a while ago and the...

    I was in a guitar shop a while ago and the salesperson pretty much sneered about ukuleles as a serious instrument. And often it's more complicated than just being 'anti-uke'. Looking for an acoustic...
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    I keep seeing references to slotted headstocks...

    I keep seeing references to slotted headstocks being harder to string. I'm genuinely bemused as to why this might be.

    Both types of headstock simply require sticking the string in a hole and...
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    As regards altering the nut. I've noticed that...

    As regards altering the nut. I've noticed that the highest string appears slightly closer to the edge than the lowest string (but it's one of those things that changes the more you stare at it).
    ...
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    Thanks for all those comments and suggestions....

    Thanks for all those comments and suggestions. Food for thought.

    I've also noticed that, with my little finger, I need to focus on the direction of the pressure - sometimes even (very) slightly...
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    Thanks Graham Yes, it's probably all about...

    Thanks Graham

    Yes, it's probably all about technique and practice, of course.

    I currently treat playing on my narrower uke as practice for wider nut ukes (kind of the reverse of what you do?).
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    Techniques for narrower fretboards

    It's amazing how much difference a few mm make to playablity. My fingers are clearly happier with wider fretboards (38mm at the nut) and I'm resigned to that. But with bigger hands and longer...
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    I love the Martin 630s on my 20" scale baritones....

    I love the Martin 630s on my 20" scale baritones. They are so low tension and easy to fret and sound good to me. But yes, the base strings do unravel very quickly. Or, at least, one of them does - I...
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