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    Correct! A preamp isn't necessary, unless you...

    Correct! A preamp isn't necessary, unless you want a very lush sound on a big stage. A preamp basically boosts the sound signal and cancels the noise, which is only really needed when you want a very...
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    An ensemble? A cacaphony? A googol? A skyscraper?...

    An ensemble? A cacaphony? A googol? A skyscraper? An ensemble? A quartet, quintet, sextet, septet, octet, nonet or dectet depending on the precise number?
  3. From the reverb site I understand this is...

    From the reverb site I understand this is assembled in 2012 by Kamazoo luthier Aaron Cowles.

    I would think this more of a 'built-with-spare-parts' baritone, than an actual 'DIY assembly kit'. The...
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    Again, this is the problem of sapwood vs...

    Again, this is the problem of sapwood vs heartwood on walnut: it's about 40-60 or 50-50, so luthiers use both. The heartwood is the heavy and hard stuff, while the sapwood is lighter (in weight and...
  5. I've never heard about Gibson selling baritone...

    I've never heard about Gibson selling baritone ukulele kits, and it would not fit into the company strategy of that periode at all. Baritones were quite new then, they only offered them for a rather...
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    Not a stupid question at all! Yes, guitarists...

    Not a stupid question at all!

    Yes, guitarists often leave out strings, in fact it's one of the great secrets of the trade... Power chords (5ths) are often only played on three strings. Keith...
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    Del Rey plays two ukuleles and a parlour guitar...

    Del Rey plays two ukuleles and a parlour guitar by Ron Philips (metalgitar.org), Casey MacGill plays a John Morton (jmorton.us). I'd like to add Fine Resophonics (Mike Lewis) also to that list of...
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    As for lighter fretboards, the Fender electric...

    As for lighter fretboards, the Fender electric basses and guitars originally all started out with maple fretboards.

    Walnut is much more sustainable than ebony (on CITES) and rosewood (actually an...
  9. cavaquinho, but it's close enough nephew of the...

    cavaquinho, but it's close enough nephew of the uke.
  10. Thread: jazz uke

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    Unfortunately the man, a wonderful artist who is...

    Unfortunately the man, a wonderful artist who is especially adept in arranging swing jazz to the ukulele, has a very generic full name. Kiyoshi, his given name, also means 'teacher'; Kobayashi,...
  11. Thread: jazz uke

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    Mainly postage rates (they're only published for...

    Mainly postage rates (they're only published for the Japanese market), but the Jazz book seems to have become sold out as well, in most places. His 'pleasant' and 'bossanova' books are more commonly...
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    Correct! Here are bits about the story: -...

    Correct!

    Here are bits about the story:

    - http://database.ukulelecorner.co.uk/multi/xx-current-part-time-luthiers-from-hawaii/hawaii-luthiers-6
    "Tangi were an interesting Hawaiian / Vietnamese...
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    There are several threads on weight and lightness...

    There are several threads on weight and lightness of construction, the best one being http://www.ukulelecosmos.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=21298&p=247850. It not only focusses on sopranos (leaving...
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    Del Rey also uses a similar strap system 'from...

    Del Rey also uses a similar strap system 'from below', I believe meant for a clarinet. The wide metal part doesn't make much sense in distributing pressure (the pressure's on the soundhole's edge)...
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    Could you talk to the manager and make him a...

    Could you talk to the manager and make him a lower bid? It wouldn't hurt trying...
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    Nothing really sounds like a played-in, dried-out...

    Nothing really sounds like a played-in, dried-out mahogany Martin. The cracks (and repairs) only add to the sound.

    The closest replicas are made by Kiwaya, Kenn Timms, Mike DaSilva, Tim Laughlin...
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    I've bought secondhand at seriously low prizes...

    I've bought secondhand at seriously low prizes (50c, and the next one up was 10 €) simply because they weren't strung and there was a tuner missing. Both are wonderful instruments that can stand out...
  18. I do hope that they would make high-quality,...

    I do hope that they would make high-quality, medium-priced ukuleles (and banjo ukuleles!) based on their heritage, but I'm simply afraid that Gibson is looking for a rather short term profit...
  19. Thus far, Gibson has diluted their reputation...

    Thus far, Gibson has diluted their reputation seriously. Not by moving abroad, but by moving around within the US, almost randomly saking the cream its workforce, making design modifications without...
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    Best guess is a Composite Acoustics Cargo, but he...

    Best guess is a Composite Acoustics Cargo, but he has his hand over the bridge and a capo on the headstock, so it's not a 100% certain.

    As for pricing of the Collings tenor, you can google around...
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    Two other factors contribute to scratches and...

    Two other factors contribute to scratches and dents (of the prevention thereof): finish (hard lacquers vs. soft varnishes and polishes) and the way it's handled (smashed around in campfires and...
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    In fact, it is a factory installed one! ...

    In fact, it is a factory installed one!

    Putting on a raised fretboard on a traditionally built ukulele would also mean making a raised nut (this one is standard height) and raised saddle. And...
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    The 'swoop' at the end of the fretboard is...

    The 'swoop' at the end of the fretboard is telling.

    And it's certainly NOT a violin case, but a ukulele one - violin cases are longer and a bit bigger.
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    The original was an early 1920s 1K, so koa. He...

    The original was an early 1920s 1K, so koa. He first tried to get an endorsement deal with Martin, and in 1952 traded it in for a Martin guitar.
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    Good instruments, certainly not tourist props,...

    Good instruments, certainly not tourist props, but still made in very large quantities without a lot of quality control. Unless you count almost a century of preservation as a kind of quality check -...
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