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    Thanks for the heads up.

    Thanks for the heads up.
  2. You don't have to do anything! But for me having...

    You don't have to do anything! But for me having a bit of understanding of music makes the process of learning and playing a lot more easy and enjoyable.
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    This thread peaked my curiosity and I had to...

    This thread peaked my curiosity and I had to learn more about bar frets. It seems to be well documented that bar frets were phased out for Martin guitars in 1934. Luthier discussions suggest that bar...
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    If one was willing to sacrifice a cheap uke to...

    If one was willing to sacrifice a cheap uke to try this then a hole saw drill bit should do the job quickly. But how would you prevent the sawdust from falling into the uke?
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    Wow routing out a block of valuable mahogany...

    Wow routing out a block of valuable mahogany seems to be extremely wasteful. A skilled luthier could probably build 10 ukes out of this. But maybe it is just a lot faster to route out 10 blocks than...
  6. Is there a brand of string that was not yet...

    Is there a brand of string that was not yet mentioned?
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    This is an interesting idea. In times before...

    This is an interesting idea. In times before covid I used to participate in regular acoustic jams with fiddles, banjos and mandolins and I sure had a hard time hearing myself in the beginning and...
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    Their purpose eludes me too. It seems to be a fad...

    Their purpose eludes me too. It seems to be a fad that along with "bevelled edges" has emerged in the last couple of years for guitars to justify increasing prices. I am sure they will work well for...
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    A member here had a vintage long neck soprano...

    A member here had a vintage long neck soprano (concert neck) for sale at a killer price that even had the single piece top and bottom. The posting was up for a long time. Maybe it's still available.
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    This was an outstanding event with great uke...

    This was an outstanding event with great uke playing featuring the top uke producers. Some observations: while I am familiar with KoAloha, Kamaka, and Kanile'a and have visited their factories...
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    I am surprised that there is such difference...

    I am surprised that there is such difference between c1k and t1k. If the sound is weak and anemic that points more to a need for higher tension. Have you thought about upgrading to the new Martin...
  12. I have the super Nylgut on my (chinese) mahogany...

    I have the super Nylgut on my (chinese) mahogany tenor and think it is a great combination. If you are used to fluorocarbon you will find the tension very similar but the nylguts are much thicker....
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    Ukulele Festival Hawaii

    The festival is live now. Enjoy!
    https://youtu.be/_cbCg9KNaX0
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    I tend to go the opposite way. Received a Koalana...

    I tend to go the opposite way. Received a Koalana soprano earlier this year and found the C tuning way to dark. Going up to D makes it sound better and also improved intonation. The floppy titanium...
  15. That is very nice the Martin sounds great and...

    That is very nice the Martin sounds great and your playing is so fluent. What kind of recording set up do you use to get this sound?
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    I guess it's the mystic quality that some people...

    I guess it's the mystic quality that some people ascribe to the term "solid" which for instruments generally denotes that it is made of a single type AND piece of wood of the same kind and cut,...
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    It is silly that they call these "solid" bamboo...

    It is silly that they call these "solid" bamboo given that they are composed of many thin strips, everyone can see that it is not a liquid or gas. My uke dealer had a Kala bamboo uke in last time I...
  18. I wonder how well the gone fishin strings would...

    I wonder how well the gone fishin strings would work to design a custom set. They are available in nine gauges cut to desired length. Supposedly a dual layer string with hard core and softer mantle...
  19. Many members here reported good results when they...

    Many members here reported good results when they use fluorocarbon strings on their laminate or budget ukes, which may be due to their higher tension. If you go with FC or Nylgut or Nylon may also...
  20. Poll: For downstrokes most people prefer to hit the...

    For downstrokes most people prefer to hit the high octave string first as it is much thinner and easily missed when it comes after the thick low string. That's why the vast majority of 12 string...
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    Combine it with a rosewood body and you are...

    Combine it with a rosewood body and you are almost at classical guitar level, which of course is the best for picking
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    Well done sir! Not at all what I expected given...

    Well done sir! Not at all what I expected given that this song launched an entire genre of hard rock /heavy metal.
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    What do you mean with efficiency? The examples...

    What do you mean with efficiency? The examples are all anecdotal of people who think they had a positive effect and wanted to tell their stories. What is missing are stories from people who had...
  24. The metric system was agreed upon by many...

    The metric system was agreed upon by many countries in 1875 and the US was one of the founding members and officially metric since then. In more modern times it is called the SI system and used by...
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    Some song sheets have a little tab at the...

    Some song sheets have a little tab at the beginning that shows the first note to be sung for playing on the uke to get started. It is often helpful to have a songbook that has these.
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