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  1. I do all of the above

    I do all of the above
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    I'm not sure what you are asking. Do you want to...

    I'm not sure what you are asking. Do you want to play an instrumental version?
  3. I would never claim to have "learned" a song. No...

    I would never claim to have "learned" a song. No matter how well I have learned it, I might stuff it up, and that would be embarrassing.
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    Maybe, but it seems to me that the band of...

    Maybe, but it seems to me that the band of sapwood doesn't really get any wider as the trunk gets thicker. It's just the heartwood that gets thicker. I could be wrong about that, though.

    By the...
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    The white is sapwood and the dark is heartwood....

    The white is sapwood and the dark is heartwood. Sapwood grows on the outside of the tree and heartwood grows in the middle. Most woods have this distinction with more or less contrast depending on...
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    My local guitar shop did exactly that for one of...

    My local guitar shop did exactly that for one of my ukes. A dab of epoxy and then file it back down to the desired depth.
  7. Thread: Koa colors

    by robinboyd
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    If you look at the colour difference of the...

    If you look at the colour difference of the saddles, you can see that the white balance skews much yellower on the lighter model. I suspect that the difference is partly natural wood colour...
  8. Thread: Aquilla REDS

    by robinboyd
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    It's a matter of taste. I like Reds. I don't like...

    It's a matter of taste. I like Reds. I don't like Oasis warms.
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    Have you tried buying a single unwound Red low G...

    Have you tried buying a single unwound Red low G and pairing it with your other Red strings?
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    I definitely encountered that problem with...

    I definitely encountered that problem with Aquilas, but Fremont soloists have been fine. What brands have you used?
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    Have you found Kelly Stillfield? He has done...

    Have you found Kelly Stillfield? He has done quite a few boat paddle ukes. They are a little bit wonky because he is an amateur but they sound and play great. Here is a photo of mine (it's not for...
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    Thanks Mimmo. I might try the Red Series A tuning...

    Thanks Mimmo. I might try the Red Series A tuning next time I need to restring.
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    My first uke was a Luna. I regret it. Don't get...

    My first uke was a Luna. I regret it. Don't get one. Never played an Ortega, so I have no idea.
  14. My best uke has a King Billy pine (athrotaxis...

    My best uke has a King Billy pine (athrotaxis selaginoides) top with silver wattle (acacia dealbata) back and sides. My second-best one is mango.
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    I don't own any, but I've had the privilege to...

    I don't own any, but I've had the privilege to play both a soprano and a concert 10 by Pohaku. They were some of the best ukes I have ever played.
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    We should amend that to say that *might be* your...

    We should amend that to say that *might be* your problem. Anyway, try changing it to A-A tuning and see if it fixes it.
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    I was wondering if you were referring to Andrew's...

    I was wondering if you were referring to Andrew's playing. Other people have asked him the same question on his website, and he replied that it is just an affectation and doesn't affect the sound at...
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    I have a Mele Mango concert that I'm very fond of...

    I have a Mele Mango concert that I'm very fond of and would be within your budget.

    What I can say about Mele ukuleles is that they have slightly shabby looking construction but they play and...
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    Walnut fretboards are fine. Don't stress about...

    Walnut fretboards are fine. Don't stress about it. I've got a uke with a walnut fretboard hanging on my wall right now.
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    I like the low tension of Aquila Reds. They might...

    I like the low tension of Aquila Reds. They might be worth a try.
  21. Thread: Why Mango?

    by robinboyd
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    I like the look of mango as long as it doesn't...

    I like the look of mango as long as it doesn't have too much spalting. I've attached a picture of mine.

    As for the sound, they don't sound any better or worse than other widely used tonewoods....
  22. Are the guitars solid wood? If they survive, the...

    Are the guitars solid wood? If they survive, the ukulele should survive too. It would also be a good idea to buy a hygrometer to test the humidity in your house. They are only a few dollars online.
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    I'd like to see Koaloha make a uke that feels and...

    I'd like to see Koaloha make a uke that feels and sounds like their existing ukes, but that looks like a Kamaka or Kanilea. That would make my day.
  24. I love the sound and feel of the Opio. I just...

    I love the sound and feel of the Opio. I just don't like the Koaloha aesthetic. If you like it, though, then I'd definitely get it.

    When I was looking for a sub-$500 concert, I ended up with a...
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    I had my most recent uke built from silver wattle...

    I had my most recent uke built from silver wattle and king billy pine. It turned out great. It's worth a try experimenting with more unusual tone woods.
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