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  1. Just as long as you use the proper tension for...

    Just as long as you use the proper tension for your Baritone you can't hurt it. Labels are mostly for ease of marketing. Realize a standard classical guitar has a 650mm string length vs the 510mm...
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    When I was growing up in 1960s and 70s, the...

    When I was growing up in 1960s and 70s, the church I was attending only allowed keyboard instruments in services. The guitar was associated with worldly music—blues, rock, jazz, etc.—and therefore...
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    I own a lot classical guitars and all of them...

    I own a lot classical guitars and all of them have a wider string spread at the bridge than the nut. For example, my Japanese made Hirade TH8SS is 52mm at the nut and 60mm at the bridge. My Spanish...
  4. Here in Nuuanu Valley humidity is similar and...

    Here in Nuuanu Valley humidity is similar and I've had no problems with my Kaniel'a or any of my other ukuleles or guitars (no AC or dehumidifier). Many of my instruments were made on Oahu and I've...
  5. I'm good with 12 frets: more room to vary the...

    I'm good with 12 frets: more room to vary the right hand position for color changes and 12 frets joiners seem to be a wee bit more responsive to vibrato. Besides, it's really blinky beyond the 12th...
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    Yes, there are tiny screw holes and they were...

    Yes, there are tiny screw holes and they were filled with matching wood filler. I'd never notice unless I looked closely. Luckily the Ratios use really small screws. Some of my other instruments had...
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    The Gotoh UPTs are amazing on my Koa Elite:...

    The Gotoh UPTs are amazing on my Koa Elite: extremely precise, handsome and fast and easy to tune with. A wee twitch of the knob and the tuning is locked in. The Ratios—not considering the mechanical...
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    I tried to picture Segovia playing 'ukulele and...

    I tried to picture Segovia playing 'ukulele and now can't unsee it...
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    I was at HMS yesterday (dealing with a Ratio...

    I was at HMS yesterday (dealing with a Ratio tuner problem) and saw two of the Pono oval mango tenor models and took a close look at them. Workmanship was impeccable and both played and sounded good....
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    One more Graph Tech Ratio Tuner on my Kala Koa...

    One more Graph Tech Ratio Tuner on my Kala Koa Elite has bit the dust, this time the one for the low G string. Like before, it quickly detunes when taken up to pitch, dropping about a whole step in a...
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    I have a dog hair Elite somewhere out there in...

    I have a dog hair Elite somewhere out there in FedX land...
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    It looks okay to me and I suspect most people...

    It looks okay to me and I suspect most people would be fine with the cosmetics of this Pono, especially if it sounded good at this price point. If you're particular about the appearance of wood...
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    It's hard to generalize—as individual designs can...

    It's hard to generalize—as individual designs can make a big difference—but to my ears the all mango and mahogany ukuleles tend have the warmest timbres. Spruce and cedar tops tend to lean toward the...
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    Well, the Ratio tuners are $29.95 vs $65 for...

    Well, the Ratio tuners are $29.95 vs $65 for Gotoh UTPs, so Ratios have a long ways to go in terms of both cost cutting and reliability.
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    I know what you mean. I bought four instruments...

    I know what you mean. I bought four instruments from my neighborhood HMS in 2019...
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    Actually I'm only a few blocks from HMS and they...

    Actually I'm only a few blocks from HMS and they keep a big bag of ratio tuners at ready. It only takes a couple minutes to change and they do in on the spot!
  17. CNC machining and automated processes available...

    CNC machining and automated processes available in 2019...haha. I visited a few Asian instrument factories and saw dirt floors in a warehouse. No robots or CNC, just human hands. CNC is for rich fat...
  18. When we ran a music shop, what happens to...

    When we ran a music shop, what happens to rejected instruments depended on the manufacturer, wholesaler and value of the instrument. We used to sell entry level ukuleles called "Hilo" and they had...
  19. Bravissimo!

    Bravissimo!
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    As I wrote above, it is a custom build exclusive...

    As I wrote above, it is a custom build exclusive to HMS (1KOA-T with many 3Koa features) and Andrew thought the Ratio tuners would be a good idea. I understand that the head stock holes don't require...
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    Yeah, I'd rather have those Kala geared tuners!...

    Yeah, I'd rather have those Kala geared tuners! It's a HMS "custom" Kala Elite Koa. Basically the 1KOA-T model but with an ebony fingerboard, bridge and binding. Oh, and those Ratio tuners. And I do...
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    So another of my Graph Tech Ratio Tuners failed...

    So another of my Graph Tech Ratio Tuners failed today, this time the A string. Same deal as before: tune and it detunes rapidly as if motor driven. Two out of four have failed after only two weeks!...
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    I agree, many of my students have showed up to my...

    I agree, many of my students have showed up to my classes with the Cordoba Requinto 580 and it's a lot of guitar for under $300. Guitar don't get much smaller than 580mm scale and 48mm nut if you...
  24. Speaking as a former music shop owner (25 years),...

    Speaking as a former music shop owner (25 years), the profit margin for small shops is razor thin. The cost of paying return shipping plus wholesale net can easily render a loss when you sell a...
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    Probably had to go to work...

    Probably had to go to work...
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