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    I play my guitars, requintos and ukuleles almost...

    I play my guitars, requintos and ukuleles almost daily so they all feel comfortable. I didn't touch my bass for a long time and it felt huge when I finally needed it on a track. You tend to get used...
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    Very true. A luthier friend of mine, Douglas...

    Very true. A luthier friend of mine, Douglas Ching, once told me he loved building guitars (which sold for a pretty penny on a long waiting list) but he made a lot more money selling violins (a...
  3. I own two Kremona tenors—Mari and Coco—and they...

    I own two Kremona tenors—Mari and Coco—and they came with a wood hard case. I don't use wood cases due to the extreme heat in my car trunk—live on Oahu—so I use foam cases for the better heat...
  4. I own a Kremona Mari, but the tenor size. I'm...

    I own a Kremona Mari, but the tenor size. I'm guessing the concert size is a new release as I haven't seen one yet (a soprano version has been around for a while). My Mari is well made and sounds...
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    There's some great luthiers in Oregon so you...

    There's some great luthiers in Oregon so you shouldn't have to travel too far. Or wait for a local ukulele festival in the PacNW. Think there's one about to happen in Port Townsend a mere 5 hour...
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    Maybe try before you buy? That's the best...

    Maybe try before you buy? That's the best guarantee of the sound you want.
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    Here in Hawaii my car interior is often hitting...

    Here in Hawaii my car interior is often hitting around 120 degrees after a few hours in the parking lot. I carry two or three instruments daily and all the wood cases I've owned were terrible at...
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    I had to wait 7 years—seriously—for a custom...

    I had to wait 7 years—seriously—for a custom classical guitar from Douglas Ching and that was in the 1990s. The waiting list is probably much longer now! More recently I had a TT6 shipped from...
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    Were they defective, as in didn't adjust to the...

    Were they defective, as in didn't adjust to the full spec length? It's been awhile since I owned a D'Addario strap but I recall I couldn't adjust one their heavy duty straps short enough to use with...
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    One thing that may be choking off the sustain is...

    One thing that may be choking off the sustain is nut slot depth. If the G string is "buried" in the nut slot, vibration tends to be reduced. I like a shallow slot, i.e., the string protrudes at least...
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    Makes sense if you want to play Bach's solo cello...

    Makes sense if you want to play Bach's solo cello and violin suites and partitas with the native voicings and fingerings. There's a nice courante from a Bach cello suite played on an ukulele in...
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    I prefer active—Baggs Five-0—but the factory...

    I prefer active—Baggs Five-0—but the factory installed Pono pickup is one of the louder passive designs I've tried.
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    Sure, but the best way is to cut a new nut or...

    Sure, but the best way is to cut a new nut or saddle if you need higher action. However, in some cases you can insert a high quality shim to raise action. For example, inserting a rosewood shim under...
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    Save for the size of the instruments, the setup...

    Save for the size of the instruments, the setup principles of fret leveling, neck relief, nut and saddle height, etc., are similar to a classical guitar. The ukulele is basically a wee classical...
  15. Here in Honolulu humidity tends to fall between...

    Here in Honolulu humidity tends to fall between 60 and 70% and none of my instruments have suffered any problems whatsoever all these decades. Once in a while it wanders into the 80% or higher range...
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    Normally you do the setup after the customer puts...

    Normally you do the setup after the customer puts the money in your hand. Otherwise you'd waste time doing setups twice. The customer might require special strings, saddle upgrade, higher or lower...
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    Haha, HMS is very responsive in person and on the...

    Haha, HMS is very responsive in person and on the phone but, yeah, email ain't their thing. Don't think there's enough hours in the day with practicing, teaching, ordering gear, paperwork, selling...
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    If you want to mellow out the timbre, use smooth...

    If you want to mellow out the timbre, use smooth (non-rectified) nylon strings, e.g., D'Addario clear nylon ukulele strings. Yes, they take longer to stretch out but they're sweet and what Jake...
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    Mahalo guys!

    Mahalo guys!
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    My first dozen or so guitars have faded into the...

    My first dozen or so guitars have faded into the mists of time. Wish I still owned a couple of them, e.g., 1963 Epiphone Sorrento and 1972 Les Paul Custom. However, I till own and play my first...
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    Torija - Castles of Spain

    I used to be more ambitious in my filming than of late. But here I am doing what I do. My wife said I should make a ramen challenge channel—they get millions of views—but I don't care for noodles...
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    I ordered from Stewart-MacDonald last week and...

    I ordered from Stewart-MacDonald last week and they charged sales tax... I just bought a camera from Adorama and no sales tax (but Amazon charges tax on the same item).
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    Wonderful folks at HMS. Helpful, friendly and...

    Wonderful folks at HMS. Helpful, friendly and willing to work a deal. They're a couple blocks from my home so I probably visited a few times too many and need to upgrade my home so I can store all...
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    Yeah yeah, Pepe is a great guy and I love his...

    Yeah yeah, Pepe is a great guy and I love his instruments. Just not a big fan of that bridge design. I even did an extensive review of his TT6 (which Pepe shared on social media):
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    I've seen string-through-bridges on many...

    I've seen string-through-bridges on many inexpensive ukuleles, including ply no-name Chinese imports and the RC ST Concert Ukulele Pack models selling for $269. I'm sure they're carefully designed to...
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