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    A body taper such as this is a sign of a higher...

    A body taper such as this is a sign of a higher quality instrument.
    Cheaper instruments will be built without a taper.
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    Before you start altering anything. Is the...

    Before you start altering anything. Is the intonation spot on?

    Banjo's/ Banjo ukuleles have floating bridges which freely move forwards and backwards to adjust intonation but also as you move the...
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    First things first. Where is the error and how...

    First things first. Where is the error and how much of an error is it.

    See this thread on intonation, https://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/showthread.php?139438-(Another)-Intonation-Question%85...
  4. OK, well I don't know how it intonate's correctly...

    OK, well I don't know how it intonate's correctly up the neck. Maybe it doesn't.
    The close up pic from theukulelesite.com does show a tiny bit of saddle compensation that couldn't be seen in the...
  5. Straight up it doesn't look like its an...

    Straight up it doesn't look like its an instrument that Pono "built" to utilise steel strings. Someone who has no idea what they are doing might have retro fitted steel strings.

    The instant give...
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    I effectively live in Canberra although...

    I effectively live in Canberra although technically I live across a border and in Queanbeyan NSW.
    We aren't directly under threat from fires, yet the bushfire smoke blowing through is getting a bit...
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    High frets that are just starting to rattle and...

    High frets that are just starting to rattle and buzz can produce a harsh, thin and metallic sound. I suggest checking the neck for high frets.
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    Fret files usually/often come is 3 sizes. Small,...

    Fret files usually/often come is 3 sizes. Small, medium and large.
    The small size is appropriate for standard ukulele frets although they aren't as easy to find for sale as the medium and the...
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    Has the saddle broken? Is there a huge warp/...

    Has the saddle broken?
    Is there a huge warp/ back bow in the neck?

    For the strings to be now touching the frets there must be a rather visually obvious fault going on. Sight down the neck from...
  10. Meh. I don't want to come over as being rude,...

    Meh. I don't want to come over as being rude, yet, why wouldn't you want to use an accurate tuner?

    Would you want to use a ruler that wasn't accurate?
    Would you want to use weight scales that...
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    You need to try some new strings. However, for...

    You need to try some new strings. However, for the record, what I'm hoping that new strings will achieve is that ALL the strings go flat the same. At least then we will know that the fault thats...
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    Slothead's are more cumbersome to restring. Fans...

    Slothead's are more cumbersome to restring. Fans of slothead ukuleles can argue that its not THAT difficult yet it will always be more cumbersome that a standard flat peghead.

    Some/many people...
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    John, I'm just at a loss as to what to suggest. ...

    John, I'm just at a loss as to what to suggest. I'd have to have the instrument in my hands to measure it myself to know where to go next. What's got me perplexed is why the two treble strings...
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    John, your confusing me a little when referring...

    John, your confusing me a little when referring to G and D strings. Is it DGBE or GCEA?
    It might be easier to say bass and treble.
    Anyway a slight slant with the treble string being closer to the...
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    OK, that's more like it but I'm still a little...

    OK, that's more like it but I'm still a little confused. 6/16 inches is still about twice as much as you want (2/16 to 3/16 is usually about right) and I don't know how the b and e strings could be...
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    A 1.5 INCH error is huge and I'm having trouble...

    A 1.5 INCH error is huge and I'm having trouble believing that the intonation could possibly be good over the first few frets with an error like that.
    Something isn't adding up.

    The first thing...
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    Your kind of on the right track. Now 1.5...

    Your kind of on the right track.

    Now 1.5 INCHES of saddle compensation is just insane! DO you mean 1.5mm?
    Also adjusting the height of the strings only makes a minor difference and lowering the...
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    And I'm going to have to contradict you right...

    And I'm going to have to contradict you right back.
    Is string height a factor? Well yes it is yet the notion that its rare for the nut to be incorrectly placed is utterly false and I know this...
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    Oh just stop it please Bill1. I'm knowledgeable ...

    Oh just stop it please Bill1.
    I'm knowledgeable enough in the matter to call the bluff of anyone who is trying to baffle anyone with lots of words.

    The Original Poster made some QUITE specific...
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    Equal Temperament is a MINOR factor when it comes...

    Equal Temperament is a MINOR factor when it comes to intonation. Equal temperament is a few cents + and a few cents - on the way up the neck.
    If Intonation is getting steadily worse or steadily...
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    Assuming that an instrument is correctly fretted...

    Assuming that an instrument is correctly fretted (OK, a big assumption yet in these days of CNC cut fretboards its usually correct), there are two string contact points that need to be correctly...
  22. You should checkout a Roland AC-33 if battery...

    You should checkout a Roland AC-33 if battery power is going to be important to you but if you don't need battery power check out the Roland AC-40. The AC-40 is cheaper without the battery pack yet...
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    Honestly. In a band full of guitars getting a...

    Honestly. In a band full of guitars getting a different sound with a banjo ukulele is probably a good idea.
  24. Thread: Rough night.

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    Well if I have to turn down work then I turn down...

    Well if I have to turn down work then I turn down work and I have turned down paying gigs from people who wanted me to play Christmas parties.
    At the risk of straying into a religious discussion...
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    Personally I'm a microphone user and I fully...

    Personally I'm a microphone user and I fully intend to stay that way.
    Trying to match your volume to a band of guitars, basses and cajon that are plugged in though is really pushing the envelope....
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