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    Another vote for Ken Timms. I've owned two...

    Another vote for Ken Timms. I've owned two original Martins, have repaired several, and have made a dozen Martin style sopranos myself, so I know the subject well. Ken's ukes are the work of a true...
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    As previously stated, my KoAloha is favourite but...

    As previously stated, my KoAloha is favourite but I also have a Koa Pili Koko which I like very much. It has two 'Ks' in its name but is made from solid Acacia, not Koa.

    John Colter
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    I had the chance to buy a Kamaka soprano but...

    I had the chance to buy a Kamaka soprano but wasn't impressed by it. I now have a KoAloha and that is wonderful.

    John Colter
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    Make sure the case is deep enough. If not, it is...

    Make sure the case is deep enough. If not, it is possible to latch the lid down, putting pressure on the bridge.

    John Colter
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    Hello Dave, and welcome. You could try a...

    Hello Dave, and welcome.

    You could try a rectangular hard case. I've got several of them. Very useful for pineapples, cigar box ukes etc. The one in the picture is branded 'Boston Case Co'.
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    A very simple song and a most classy arrangement....

    A very simple song and a most classy arrangement. I really enjoyed that, Demetrius.

    John Colter
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    Didn't know Picasso built violins. John Colter

    Didn't know Picasso built violins.

    John Colter
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    Another happy owner here. I had a soprano "Stick"...

    Another happy owner here. I had a soprano "Stick" but sold it to a friend. Regretted parting with it, so when I got the chance to buy another one (second hand), I did. They are very well made. I use...
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    Looks kinda surprised. John Colter

    Looks kinda surprised.

    John Colter
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    A small amount of lean, dip and bulge is...

    A small amount of lean, dip and bulge is perfectly acceptable, even normal, but that looks to be at the limit of what I like to see. It might not get any worse. If it is playing well, I'd leave it...
  11. Where do you live? Roughly - just country or...

    Where do you live? Roughly - just country or state or province or county.

    John Colter
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    Thanks for making that clear, Clear! I listened,...

    Thanks for making that clear, Clear! I listened, I chose, I was wrong!

    John Colter
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    Both samples are labelled uke #1. Is this a trick...

    Both samples are labelled uke #1. Is this a trick question?

    John Colter
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    I've got wooden tapered pegs on a couple of my...

    I've got wooden tapered pegs on a couple of my sopranos. They work fine, but do require patience and finesse to get it just right. There's no doubt about it - friction pegs and geared tuners are...
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    A search turned up a reference to Augusto Cezar...

    A search turned up a reference to Augusto Cezar Ribeiro. He was said to be a master craftsman, a maker of fine furniture, working in the middle of the 19th century.

    John Colter
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    Interesting looking uke. How was the deep, curve...

    Interesting looking uke. How was the deep, curve (front and back) achieved? Was it carved from the solid?

    John Colter
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    Keep yer 'and on yer 'apenny, Ken! John C.

    Keep yer 'and on yer 'apenny, Ken!

    John C.
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    My second Aiersi Pineapple has arrived! Ordered...

    My second Aiersi Pineapple has arrived! Ordered on the 10th - received on the22nd. Sent by airmail, no additional charges. Great, wasn't expecting that! It is a fifteen fretter, like my first one.
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    Lumber to ember..... John Colter

    Lumber to ember.....

    John Colter
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    "Can it be said that your chances of finding a...

    "Can it be said that your chances of finding a $1000 uke that sounds like $250 uke are better than finding a $250 uke that sounds like a $1000 uke?"

    This is getting silly, but I would say that...
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    "Can it be said that you your chances of finding...

    "Can it be said that you your chances of finding a $250 uke that sounds like $1000 uke are better than finding a $1000 uke that sounds like a $250 uke?"

    It can be said, but it would be untrue.
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    "I think it’s a legitimate question to ask...

    "I think it’s a legitimate question to ask whether a $1,000 uke sounds better than a $250 uke"

    The answer is that it should sound better, but it might not. In most comparisons it can reasonably be...
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    I agree with Clear. Other factors would be the...

    I agree with Clear. Other factors would be the acoustic characteristics of the space within which you try the instrument, and how the uke sounds when someone else is playing it, and you are the...
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    The OP (Kidlowell) says, "I have an Ohana...

    The OP (Kidlowell) says, "I have an Ohana mahogany TK-35 which I love", and wonders whether they can justify spending four times as much to (hopefully) get a better sound. Only Kidlowel can answer...
  25. I second Jim Hankses reponse. John Colter

    I second Jim Hankses reponse.

    John Colter
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