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    Or if you have some graphite try that, if you...

    Or if you have some graphite try that, if you don't have the powder just use a soft pencil. The suggestion about Gotoh tuners is a reasonable next step. The discussion about peghead and planetary...
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    Good luck with this new venture!

    Good luck with this new venture!
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    Usually about 60% of retail price if in excellent...

    Usually about 60% of retail price if in excellent condition. For visible signs of wear or small dings take another 5 to 10 percent off.
  4. I hope that the ones in the showroom were...

    I hope that the ones in the showroom were exceptions maybe because they were seconds. I was just surprised that there were KoAlohas that were so quiet compared to the others I played there.
  5. Ah thanks I have never seen one of these. Had to...

    Ah thanks I have never seen one of these. Had to Google and saw it on HSM, sure looks intriguing.
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    It is close enough to half of a regular guitar...

    It is close enough to half of a regular guitar scale so probably best to also tune an octave higher with very thin strings. The gauge of those la Bella strings should provide clues if it's suitable.
  7. Koaloha factory 'second' are only sold at the...

    Koaloha factory 'second' are only sold at the factory so you can take your pick there. I played probably around 20 concerts in their showroom and they were all great with main differences in the look...
  8. Truss rod was invention suitable for steel string...

    Truss rod was invention suitable for steel string guitars. They are very heavy whereas ukuleles are very light instruments. Some ukes are already weighed down by geared tuners and I would never...
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    If you can play soprano comfortably then it's...

    If you can play soprano comfortably then it's probably the way to go. Tuned in D that gives the quintessential classical uke sound.
  10. It certainly looks old definitely pre war....

    It certainly looks old definitely pre war. Unfortunately ukulele in those times was very popular and hundreds of companies existed and most disappeared and are long forgotten. Check out Lardy's...
  11. You are well covered for tenors and won't be able...

    You are well covered for tenors and won't be able to get anything better than the Kanile'a. But as you expressed interest in Hawaiian music a reentrant concert or long neck soprano will be the best...
  12. I have five ukes and each has a unique role. The...

    I have five ukes and each has a unique role. The concert uke is my go to for playing at home, learning new songs, and just to have around. Then I have two tenors that are used for playing out and if...
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    Most are very simple. You read from left to...

    Most are very simple. You read from left to right. There is a line for each string. The string closest to your face is the line at the bottom the one closest to your leg at the top. Numbers on the...
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    Thank you Bill for this excellent explanation.

    Thank you Bill for this excellent explanation.
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    Yeah best thing to do for strings of this scale...

    Yeah best thing to do for strings of this scale is buying individual guitar strings. D'Addario tension calculator is perfect tool to determine correct gauges.

    I am busy enough with learning how...
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    This thread is so confusing. I think only one...

    This thread is so confusing. I think only one response mentioned the octave this is supposed to be in. Soprano to tenor size are tuned in GCEA so does the OP want the baritone to be the same or one...
  17. After looking at their website it seems that...

    After looking at their website it seems that "classic" actually implies the rope decoration. It is the slothead tenors without classic label that have the plain look. While I love a rope or...
  18. I revisited the Mainland site again and I think...

    I revisited the Mainland site again and I think one thing that appealed to me is that they have good options like matte finish or friction tuners that can really boost the quality of a soprano or...
  19. Thread: Warm Strings

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    Good points. The tone can also be substantially...

    Good points. The tone can also be substantially altered by where the strings are plucked or strummed. Close to the bridge usually creates a more sharp sound whereas near the fretboard could be...
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    The perception of warm should be explained. I...

    The perception of warm should be explained. I would not contrast bright and warm as opposites at all. For me it would be bright vs. dull and warm vs sterile. I prefer my ukes to have a bright warmth...
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    The settling can be accelerated with some regular...

    The settling can be accelerated with some regular stretching. There is a good video on installing Aquila red that shows how. This applies to all nylon strings as well.
  22. I will follow this thread with interest. My...

    I will follow this thread with interest. My observation is that tailpieces are usually used for instruments with arched tops and f-holes such as from the violin family, some mandolins, archtop...
  23. Thanks Ondrej that is a creative way to use the...

    Thanks Ondrej that is a creative way to use the Lili'u.
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    I have my high end ukes stored in hard cases...

    I have my high end ukes stored in hard cases mainly because they get humidified in the winter. But otherwise these cases are big and awkward for storage and transport. When I visit Hawaii I am always...
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    I prefer Aquila Super Nylgut for fingerstyle as...

    I prefer Aquila Super Nylgut for fingerstyle as they are fairly thick and facilitate precise play. I did not have to unwind a string for a good sounding match as the plain Aquila Red fits nicely in...
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