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    Yes, I was wondering about that, too. And why...

    Yes, I was wondering about that, too. And why would it be approved now?

    Good luck with your performance, may there be many more to follow!
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    My ultimate Kanile'a would probably be that...

    My ultimate Kanile'a would probably be that Pineapple Tenor they only made for 2019. I love Cedar as a tonewood, but on a Kanile'a, I'd rather have Koa. I guess they are looking around for...
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    Redwood and Cedar are both great options for a...

    Redwood and Cedar are both great options for a warm sounding instrument. But as others have mentioned, the builder (or even each individual instrument) probably make a bigger difference than the...
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    Yes, you're doomed - unless you get your wife...

    Yes, you're doomed - unless you get your wife involved to like them little suckers just as much as yourself. Much easier to justify owning two or more. That's what I did. My wife had no musical...
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    Hey Luke, thanks for adding your insight into...

    Hey Luke, thanks for adding your insight into quality control, always good to have a professional's perspective. So if quality in this sense is defined by each individual's personal preferences,...
  6. Congratulations Brenda, not only does this one...

    Congratulations Brenda, not only does this one look wonderful, it also sounds great (or you make it sound so)! This is some of the nicest spalted Mango I have seen, you are indeed lucky to have found...
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    Great news, Colin (about your wife allowing you...

    Great news, Colin (about your wife allowing you to go with whatever pleases you most)! I was just going to say that if you like the Musubi soundhole and everything else about KoAloha, then maybe the...
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    I don't think we should jump to such drastic...

    I don't think we should jump to such drastic conclusions from a picture, especially since it was obviously taken with a wide-angle.

    To the OP: Are you sure your niece would mind about that neck?...
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    Is it Mango wood or Koa? This might also help you...

    Is it Mango wood or Koa? This might also help you finding out more about it.

    Other than "H" or "N", might the logo read "JS" instead?
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    Good idea about getting your wife involved with...

    Good idea about getting your wife involved with playing and learning along with you! This way, you will not only have someone to share your passion with, but you will also inevitably need TWO...
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    Does it have a label inside, or a stamp on the...

    Does it have a label inside, or a stamp on the neck block? Is the logo "H" or "N"? There are several databases for ukulele builders on the internet that you could check under these letters:
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    Lots of good advice that I'll second. For a...

    Lots of good advice that I'll second. For a deeper, warmer sound, go for a tenor (or even a baritone). My suggestion in terms of tonewood would be Western Red Cedar as well. Also, different types of...
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    I think your initial approach is the right one:...

    I think your initial approach is the right one: Buy a high quality instrument in the first place. It will almost certainly save you money in the long run, as you'll always wonder how that Kanilea...
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    I have a different mindset about this: I feel the...

    I have a different mindset about this: I feel the hardware on an instrument should last for a lifetime, and not just for sustainability, but also because I'd assume that the breaking of a tuner puts...
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    Like yourself, I am happy to own several fine...

    Like yourself, I am happy to own several fine Pono instruments and have recommended them to dozens of people. What I particularly like about them is that they are all solid wood and that they offer...
  16. Very nicely done, so cool to watch and listen to....

    Very nicely done, so cool to watch and listen to. Interesting to hear some differences.
  17. Aloha City Ukes in Illinois now has a Black...

    Aloha City Ukes in Illinois now has a Black Friday deal on a Pono AB for 349 USD. That's the one baritone I'd pick in that price range.
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    I'm pretty sure that a modern build of this...

    I'm pretty sure that a modern build of this calibre can't be that much off, so I think you're on the right track trying different gauges of strings (or compensate the saddle to fit the strings you...
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    The (wooden) bridge is glued on and replacing it...

    The (wooden) bridge is glued on and replacing it would be a lot of nerve-wrecking trouble, but the actual saddle (the white bone part that sits in the bridge) isn't. It could be reshaped to move to...
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    Lowering the saddle may be a way to go as long as...

    Lowering the saddle may be a way to go as long as you don't have to go too low to make the strings buzz. Additionally or alternatively, you'd have to bring the saddle closer towards the nut. Or try a...
  21. NUD for Nephew: Kmise Solid Spruce Top Concert

    My nephew is turning eight soon and has developed some interest in my ukulele playing. I was going to give him one of my Pono's that I consider to be on par with some of the much more expensive...
  22. Wow, one of my favorite songs of my youth, and...

    Wow, one of my favorite songs of my youth, and played on one of my favorite instruments, the Pono Nui: Great job, thanks for posting!
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    Wow, you scored BIG TIME! Congratulations on such...

    Wow, you scored BIG TIME! Congratulations on such a nice find. Noa from Ko'olau makes some of the finest instruments and nowadays, you'd have to pay a large upgrade for such curly Koa. So cool that a...
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    Thanks to Wukulele and Lapyang for actually...

    Thanks to Wukulele and Lapyang for actually measuring the Pono's nut width and posting a picture of the caliper reading. Finally, the specs posted on HMS website about the nut being 1 3/4" (44.5mm)...
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    Pono makes a baritone sized guilele with a radius...

    Pono makes a baritone sized guilele with a radius fingerboard, but the nut width is less than 50mm, I think more like 44mm.

    Having made that same search for years, I'd say Romero is closest to...
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