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    The Koaloha website does list 2 dealers in...

    The Koaloha website does list 2 dealers in Australia. You can check them out for yourself. My local music store usually stocks a few Koaloha Opio's so I know they are available in Australia.
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    Historically, Tenor ukuleles weren't tuned to...

    Historically, Tenor ukuleles weren't tuned to g,C,E,A. They started out tuned f,A#,D,G. Only Concerts were tuned g,C,E,A and Soprano's were tuned higher at a,D,F#,B.

    For convenience we now...
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    Detuning your Kamaka 1,2 or 3 semitones will...

    Detuning your Kamaka 1,2 or 3 semitones will improve resonance and sustain straight away. Are you still using the standard Kamaka strings? Different strings can improve sustain.
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    Tuning is important to as well as the strings. ...

    Tuning is important to as well as the strings. I'm not really keen on the sound of any tenor ukulele using fluorocarbon strings in standard tuning.

    I play low G Nylguts tuned down to A# usually...
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    Yes this. Swap out the standard strings before...

    Yes this. Swap out the standard strings before you decide that its not for you and want to sell it.
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    What is it about the Kamaka that you want to...

    What is it about the Kamaka that you want to improve Upon?

    At this level you probably should try them first to find the one you want to keep.





    I'm not in touch with Chuck but given that...
  7. An instrument that is Cheap AND records easily by...

    An instrument that is Cheap AND records easily by plugging it into a desk is a bit of an oxymoron.

    If your not that concerned about audio quality then there are instruments about that will fulfil...
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    I googled the Gibson ETU ...

    I googled the Gibson ETU
    http://ukulelefriend.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/9W0A5508.jpg

    and what I found was a vintage instrument that in practice is more a cavauinho than a ukulele.
    ...
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    This chord finder gives you 3 to 5 different...

    This chord finder gives you 3 to 5 different chord variations up the neck.

    https://www.ukulele.nl/chordfinder/

    You just keep clicking on a chord name and it will give a different...
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    First choice would be a banjo ukulele...

    First choice would be a banjo ukulele (banjolele). They are EASILY loud enough un-amplified. The loud ones are maybe even too loud un-amplified.

    A tenor resonator may well be a good choice. ...
  11. TO be honest, If your playing with someone else,...

    TO be honest, If your playing with someone else, then you need to be in the same tuning, OR, you need to take the time to work out your chords.
    If your playing solo then alternative tunings are just...
  12. This is exactly what I do. You've gone down so...

    This is exactly what I do. You've gone down so far that your now just 4 semitones above GCEA. A song that was once in the key of G on a baritone is now transposed into the key of E. A song that...
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    Banjolele's can be difficult in this regard as...

    Banjolele's can be difficult in this regard as they have short sustain in the first place and then its normal on any instrument for the sustain to get shorter as you go up the neck.

    Start by...
  14. My suspicion is that it actually is a 19" scale...

    My suspicion is that it actually is a 19" scale instrument with a 1/64" error in the nut placement. This is a scenario that I have seen often. If the instrument has enough saddle compensation to...
  15. OK, you have measured the ACTUAL scale length of...

    OK, you have measured the ACTUAL scale length of the instrument. For the purposes of the fretting you need to know the NOMINAL scale length which is shorter than the actual scale length.

    Try...
  16. Well that works as long as the nut is in the...

    Well that works as long as the nut is in the right place. My experience is that the nut isn't always in the right place. Actually its often in the wrong place. Sometimes it may have been expertly...
  17. What did you measure that was 19 1/4" or did you...

    What did you measure that was 19 1/4" or did you calculate it? If the scale length was say 19" then in fact there is nothing that's 19" to measure. These are nominal scale lengths and the actual...
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    Sometimes I think that absurd prices are a bit of...

    Sometimes I think that absurd prices are a bit of a con. You LIST one set to sell at $6000 and then a number of sets at $3000. The $3000 sets now look like a bargain when they are really absurdly...
  19. The preference for old growth/tight grain wood...

    The preference for old growth/tight grain wood certainly exists amongst instrument builders and they, and you the customer pay for the privilege yet more and more builders are changing their minds...
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    My demons are strong. I should be the cranky...

    My demons are strong. I should be the cranky judge on a talent show;)
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    No its just wrong. A very slight angle the other...

    No its just wrong. A very slight angle the other way is useful if your going low G but its so slight you hardly see it.

    What's pictured is an error and a big one too.
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    A bit of hand shaping of the saddle is par for...

    A bit of hand shaping of the saddle is par for the course.

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  23. Banjoleles are old fashioned instruments from the...

    Banjoleles are old fashioned instruments from the days before amplification.

    They do one thing very well. They are unbelievably LOUD and quite small as well. I used to take my banjolele out to...
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    Thanks Pete. Stewmac are quoting 434.55mm +/-...

    Thanks Pete. Stewmac are quoting 434.55mm +/- 0.5mm at the string BREAK point as the correct compensation for a nominal scale length of 432mm so thats roughly in the range of 2 to 3mm. Your going a...
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    Thanks for your input Pete. Just to be clear,...

    Thanks for your input Pete. Just to be clear, your saying that you place the leading edge of the saddle at 432.5mm for a nominal 432mm scale length when using a 3mm saddle thickness. Is this...
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