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    Good idea. The first thing I did when I bought a...

    Good idea. The first thing I did when I bought a Kanilea GL-6 earlier this year was make a bone saddle, albeit I haven't gotten around to making a new nut. The stock bridge pins are ebony so I left...
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    As a long time studio and music shop owner I knew...

    As a long time studio and music shop owner I knew the late July and August blah well. This seasonal cycle of slower sales and lesson attendance has been reality for as long as I can remember. We used...
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    It really depends on your touch and instrument. I...

    It really depends on your touch and instrument. I use Pink .020" (30LB) on my Kremona and Romero Creations tenors. I have Pink .022" on my Romero Creations Baritone 6, Tiny Tenor 6 and Pono MT-E...
  4. When I need to ship I visit my local music shop...

    When I need to ship I visit my local music shop and they'll usually give me a box to fit the instrument. Most are happy to do it, especially if you're a regular customer. Last time I shipped a tenor...
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    Yes you need a hardshell case for overhead use....

    Yes you need a hardshell case for overhead use. Lots of travelers fling their heavy roller bag into the overhead and then push it hard to make it fit. Not gig bag safe...
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    I've tried most of the Seaguar variants on my...

    I've tried most of the Seaguar variants on my requintos and ukuleles and settled on Seaguar Pink Label for most of my 1st, 2nd and 3rd strings. It's not a night and day difference but Pink Label is a...
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    My Crossrock had a slight "new car smell" out the...

    My Crossrock had a slight "new car smell" out the gate but not noticeable unless I stuck my nose in the case and against the fabric. A year or so out it simply smells like whatever I keep in it, in...
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    I have a couple instruments with traditional...

    I have a couple instruments with traditional French polish and, they looked great for about a week. Very quickly the finish turned to goo where my arm and hands touch and most of the finish a real...
  9. These look very similar to be Swiss made...

    These look very similar to be Swiss made Schertler Tuning Heads and lovely ones at that. Edit: But I guess they're not! Funny how they all start with "S"!
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    Hello Kitty is all about licensing fees and...

    Hello Kitty is all about licensing fees and they'll let anybody use their logo if they pay. You can find almost any common item with the Hello Kitty logo, including booze and personal vibrators!...
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    I own two Uke Crazy cases and they're basically a...

    I own two Uke Crazy cases and they're basically a foam triangle covered in polyester cloth. Build is cheap and mine started falling apart quickly: interior parts coming unglued, zipper pulls breaking...
  12. The classical guitar Rubner tuners have that...

    The classical guitar Rubner tuners have that strange bump/lug as well. Guess it's a feature and not a defect...
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    I have a Kremona UK-1 pickup and it does work....

    I have a Kremona UK-1 pickup and it does work. Doesn't sound very good and my shirt sleeve kept snagging on it. I now use it to stir my coffee.
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    Cool there's another down yonder!

    Cool there's another down yonder!
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    With all other things being equal, a solid body...

    With all other things being equal, a solid body will have longer string sustain since there is less mechanical transmission of vibration to the body.
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    I've had strings break on the pin hole and saddle...

    I've had strings break on the pin hole and saddle a few times. A bit of smoothing with a Swiss file and sandpaper fixed it. In my uku classes I sometimes see broken wound G strings. Usually they were...
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    I used Parcel Select to ship a Tiny Tenor from...

    I used Parcel Select to ship a Tiny Tenor from California to Hawaii and it cost $45. It took a month to arrive and the box was crushed and torn open. The instrument looked surprising good—thought it...
  18. Thread: Koa Question

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    The value of Koa was recognized early on...

    The value of Koa was recognized early on and—instead of cutting all the forests down—much Koa stock is now farmed. However, the old wild tress seem have the nicest figure. So, yeah, not endangered...
  19. A lot of classical guitarists have switched to...

    A lot of classical guitarists have switched to composite or fluorocarbon strings in the past few years, albeit nylons are probably still the most popular, especially with beginners buying whatever...
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    D'Addario has a string recycling program, albeit...

    D'Addario has a string recycling program, albeit I haven't taken them up on it.

    I tend to change strings frequently: often weekly if I'm practicing hard or recording. Even fluorocarbon strings...
  21. I hear lots of uku players grooving on "Purple...

    I hear lots of uku players grooving on "Purple Haze", Malagueña and Tiko Tiko. I guess those pieces are sort of the "Stairway to Heaven" for the uku crowd.
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    Of course a great mic played through a high...

    Of course a great mic played through a high quality desk always sounds best, well the most natural. I used bring a Neumann KM-184 because the house mics were terrible (usually too bright dynamic...
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    On tie block bridges, you don't have to use a...

    On tie block bridges, you don't have to use a traditional twist tie. I often tie a knot or use a bead:

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    One thing I noticed about new guitars and...

    One thing I noticed about new guitars and ukuleles is they always sound better after being tuned up to pitch for a week or so. While under full tension, the soundboard flexes and conforms into an...
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    I have a RC Baritone 6, GL-6 and a Mini R. The...

    I have a RC Baritone 6, GL-6 and a Mini R. The Mini R is great for only two bills but the Baritone 6 and GL-6 are so much better in terms of tone and feel the Mini never comes out of the case...
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