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  1. I'm fortunate insomuch as I live on the same...

    I'm fortunate insomuch as I live on the same island as HMS and a short drive to the Kamaka and Kanile'a showrooms. 99.9999999...% of the earth's population lack local music shops selling 'ukuleles,...
  2. I've never owned an 'ukulele at any price that...

    I've never owned an 'ukulele at any price that didn't need an action adjustment when new. The setup is often left on the high side to accommodate heavy strummer/pickers. Those with a lighter touch...
  3. Haydn's Minuet in F - Leeward Coast Ukulele Band

    Joseph Haydn's Minuet in F performed by the Leeward Coast Ukulele Band, directed by Grace Seil Frary. Recorded in our last class before Spring Break. Haydn composed chamber music for his patron,...
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    The back looks like a poor repair/replacement....

    The back looks like a poor repair/replacement. $800 is steep for a worn and heavily repaired Kamaka. It's only a few more Benjamins for a new one.
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    TV is increasingly rare where I live. Network...

    TV is increasingly rare where I live. Network television is fading away, with Boomers perhaps the last widespread holdout generation. Most people use their phone or computer to watch NetFlicks,...
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    Sheesh, that has nothing to do with Aloha. It...

    Sheesh, that has nothing to do with Aloha. It just means maybe they don't check their PM box or email very often. Most people in Hawaii rarely do, especially younger ones. I try not to look as...
  7. Thread: Loud ukulele

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    That's a tough one. Big dynamic range usually...

    That's a tough one. Big dynamic range usually goes hand in hand with top quality materials and design—not common at that price point. Heck, USPS shipping will account for at least 1/3 of that amount....
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    I thought Band in a Box was easy to use: set...

    I thought Band in a Box was easy to use: set meter, amount of measures, type in chords and select the style. A couple minutes of work for a typical pop or jazz number. If you want simple backing...
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    That's because it's not designed to be a bulletin...

    That's because it's not designed to be a bulletin board or forum but, instead, is a deluxe chatroom.
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    The bulletin board forum concept—the model I...

    The bulletin board forum concept—the model I prefer, but I'm a geezer—is a child of the 1990s and younger posters may find it antiquated and unfamiliar compared to the social media and instant...
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    I think it's more of a chatroom format that you...

    I think it's more of a chatroom format that you scroll up and down forever rather than a forum or bulletin board with distinct topic threads.
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    Yeah, UU looks like a 1990s bulletin board but...

    Yeah, UU looks like a 1990s bulletin board but that's part of the charm. It's like a time machine and I feel like I'm 25 years younger! But I suppose the retro features and appearance are...
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    StewMac has a how-to good video on you their...

    StewMac has a how-to good video on you their YouTube channel on using backing soda and superglue to fill nut slots. Bone dust works well to (if you have some from making nuts and saddles). I used to...
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    Individual notes don't buzz and open string okay?...

    Individual notes don't buzz and open string okay? Might be a sympathetic string buzz, i.e., the E string vibrates behind where it's fretted when certain tones on other strings are sounded. You can...
  15. And, oddly enough, Zoom is nearly a de facto...

    And, oddly enough, Zoom is nearly a de facto standard for video conferencing in an educational setting...
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    Sometimes they're called needle files. They're...

    Sometimes they're called needle files. They're just small files for precision work on small pieces. Often made in Switzerland, hence Swiss files here in the States. I have a set, Craftsman Needle...
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    Depending on the instrument setup and string...

    Depending on the instrument setup and string choice, you may not need to do anything. Often they fit fine. Plus, many of the wound low G are smaller in diameter than the C string. At the most, you...
  18. Thread: Uke shopping

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    I pop into HMS from time to time. Their selection...

    I pop into HMS from time to time. Their selection and expertise is head and shoulders above your typical weekend warrior rock shop or Guitar Center. Being able to see, touch and play the instruments...
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    It's really empty on the streets of Honolulu,...

    It's really empty on the streets of Honolulu, save for Wallmart and Costco, where a hoarding frenzy is still in process. Beaches are still popular albeit officially closed. Nobody cares about the...
  20. The UPTs need to be adjusted so they're on the...

    The UPTs need to be adjusted so they're on the stiff side, otherwise they drift flat. The buttons are tiny—barely any leverage—and bite into my fingers like angry dogs! Larger buttons would be...
  21. I've played my friend's solid mahogany grand...

    I've played my friend's solid mahogany grand tenor many times and the 1.5" nut feels comfy to me. The flat thin neck isn't my cup 'o tea—I prefer thicker ones—but some love it. It has a sweet mellow...
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    Mahalo for listening Jan! We've passed through...

    Mahalo for listening Jan! We've passed through Corvallis several times while wandering to and from the Oregon Coast. Love shooting pictures and exploring the area. Has to be Summer as the rest of the...
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    Sanoe - Leeward Coast Ukulele Band

    Queen Liliʻuokalani's Sanoe performed by the Leeward Coast Ukulele Band, directed by Grace Seil Frary. Students are enrolled in MUS 122Z, 'Ukulele 2, at Leeward Community College.

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    Life goes on here. The paranoid live in fear, buy...

    Life goes on here. The paranoid live in fear, buy mountains of TP and Spam and blame the tourists but, looking out the window, I see people walking around normally and children playing in yards and...
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    Save for me and three other guys, most people...

    Save for me and three other guys, most people play popular and folk music on classical guitars. I think the most famous classical guitar is Willie Nelson's mid-60s Martin, "Trigger." The classical...
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