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  1. Thread: Mims Ukes

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    When I started out and wanted to get a "good" uke...

    When I started out and wanted to get a "good" uke I was all impressed by marketing specs and glossy online pictures and what I wanted was the Kala Acacia with slothead. Well when I finally got to...
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    I think it's decent if your can't hear it when...

    I think it's decent if your can't hear it when you play or if you can hear it it's so slight that it does not bother you.
  3. I found the uke pictures at the hall of fame and...

    I found the uke pictures at the hall of fame and indeed many of the 20s ukes have metal tuners and not the wooden pegs I thought they had. Pictures can be found at :...
  4. If it is that old then someone must have upgraded...

    If it is that old then someone must have upgraded it with new tuners, a new case, and fresh strings. They don't look period correct at all. The way the fretboard is attached to the body looks like...
  5. Thread: Mims Ukes

    by merlin666
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    I have visited many uke stores and Kala is...

    I have visited many uke stores and Kala is definitely the brand that uses up most display space. It is odd that they would not fight to maintain their retail presence but it seems they figured they...
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    I don't think these two ukes are in the same...

    I don't think these two ukes are in the same class. Koaloha is an established family brand and their Koa ukes are noted for consistent great sound. A huge bonus is their warranty which basically...
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    Thank you. This is quite interesting, several...

    Thank you. This is quite interesting, several sets have tenor and other sizes with same gauges. So are they interchangeable and only difference is in length? It is also notable that there seem to be...
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    Gretsch is best sleeper value!

    Gretsch is best sleeper value!
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    Give them a few days to settle in and tune them a...

    Give them a few days to settle in and tune them a few times per day. Some uke strings are also very soft and easy to play sharp and at least for me it is not possible to play some things without...
  10. Thanks that was fun and unique. I play a lot with...

    Thanks that was fun and unique. I play a lot with fiddlers in acoustic jams so the uke claw hammer is a nice alternative.
  11. Tension on multi string instruments is generally...

    Tension on multi string instruments is generally much higher. For example when you compare "light" gauge guitar string sets then the 12 string set will be much thinner than the 6 string set, and may...
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    I play both guitar and ukulele and sure enjoy...

    I play both guitar and ukulele and sure enjoy their differences and unique contributions they can bring to different styles of music. But I have a hard time understanding the purpose of baritone ukes...
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    These polygut strings look interesting so I just...

    These polygut strings look interesting so I just ordered a set of the 610s as well for one of my concerts.
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    Also keep in mind that ukes often have friction...

    Also keep in mind that ukes often have friction tuners or cheap geared tuners and that synthetic strings contract and expand as they are tuned. So this means that an overly accurate tuner will drive...
  15. I have a six string where a low red A sits in the...

    I have a six string where a low red A sits in the middle of a high new Nylgut A and an E and it sounds great. As for tubby C my concert uke with fluorocarbon string has that issue. I haven't decided...
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    Any undyed natural fabrics such as cotton or silk...

    Any undyed natural fabrics such as cotton or silk should be fine. Synthetic fibres as well as dyes can react with the uke finish and cause undesirable effects. High end ukes with thin nitro cellulose...
  17. Actually for re-entrant fifths tuning you could...

    Actually for re-entrant fifths tuning you could also just use any regular low G set and simply swap the C and G strings and then tune the E two steps down to D.
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    Don't rely on electronic crutches but use your...

    Don't rely on electronic crutches but use your ear for tuning. Open strings of ukulele are the same as four high strings on guitar on the fifth fret so just compare to guitar if it is the same note.
  19. Fifths tuning covers a much larger tonal range...

    Fifths tuning covers a much larger tonal range than uke tuning and therefore needs a very thick string for the low C. The three high strings cover the same range as the usual four uke strings in...
  20. First of all, please don't try to unwind strings,...

    First of all, please don't try to unwind strings, there are plenty of plain strings available. As for the C, is this not just an octave lower than any regular C string? In that case a regular Super...
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    I tuned by ear only for decades but as I play in...

    I tuned by ear only for decades but as I play in noisy environments or with other people I also appreciate the advantage of electronic tuner. I have used a Snark now for maybe 5 or 6 years and it...
  22. Coming from guitar I don't get the concept of...

    Coming from guitar I don't get the concept of baritone uke at all. To me it's just a partial guitar. Though when I play one and my GF hears it she always says I should buy one.
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    Did you make sure that you got strings for the...

    Did you make sure that you got strings for the correct size uke? Also check nut for sharp corners. Maybe take it slow getting to tune, uke strings can take weeks to settle into tension. Also compare...
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    I use the SmartChord app that shows all possible...

    I use the SmartChord app that shows all possible variations for all types of chords. Also has a bunch of other useful tools. Even the free version is pretty loaded up with features
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    If someone is undecided between concert and...

    If someone is undecided between concert and soprano there is the long neck soprano that has the best of both. With the small soprano body you get that nice soprano sound and the concert neck gives...
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