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  1. GNUF - a Grand Northern Ukulele Festival 2019

    The lovely folks at Fusion Bags made this cool video which nicely sums up our 2019 festival with interviews from artists, the festival team and audience members. There's even a short piece shot...
  2. Thread: East Asian wood?

    by Rob-C
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    My son just finished building a bass guitar kit...

    My son just finished building a bass guitar kit with a Paulownia body. It really isn't of a quality that you'd want to put into a time consuming hand-built instrument project. It's dull in colour,...
  3. Thread: New Uke day...

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    Thank you for the kind words. I am grateful...

    Thank you for the kind words.

    I am grateful that I was able to salvage something good from all the damage that the floods caused. As well as this soprano ukulele I have been able to make a...
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    Well I was going to suggest an alternative...

    Well I was going to suggest an alternative material that can be machined into one of these discs using woodworking tools, that doesn't get as hot as aluminium in use (as being a poor conductor, the...
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    Aluminium is not the best material for these as...

    Aluminium is not the best material for these as it readily absorbs friction heat, eventually softening the sticky adhesive so the sandpaper slides off.
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    Buy guitar purfling strips and bend them to your...

    Buy guitar purfling strips and bend them to your required radius.
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    I can supply small quantities for one - off...

    I can supply small quantities for one - off projects. What are you after?
  8. Any of the UK tonewoods suppliers (David Dyke,...

    Any of the UK tonewoods suppliers (David Dyke, Touchstone) will be able to help you if you know what sizes you are looking for. Violin or viola body wedges may be more readily available than asking...
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    Can you raise the conveyor table with shims?

    Can you raise the conveyor table with shims?
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    Utile is pretty cheap - enough for two and a bit...

    Utile is pretty cheap - enough for two and a bit soprano ukes is going for 20 off ebay. Why not get some more?
  11. My newest project. Wedge - bodied tenor 5 string ukulele

    I keep getting asked to record demo videos of my instruments. So here goes.

    This one is quite special with its wedge profile to the body, inspired by the guitars made by Linda Manzer.

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    For low G, use the top four from a light gauge...

    For low G, use the top four from a light gauge electric guitar set. It's often cheaper to buy a set of 6 (for guitar) than to purchase 4 singles.
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    There is no water/ethenol/acetone azeotrope....

    There is no water/ethenol/acetone azeotrope.
    http://www.ddbst.com/en/EED/AZD/AZD%20Acetone%3BEthanol%3BWater.php
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    The potential problem with removing some of the...

    The potential problem with removing some of the strings from an 8-string uke is that the empty tuners can rattle and buzz without the string tension to hold them in place.

    The way the strings are...
  15. You'll need to register as a member to view the...

    You'll need to register as a member to view the archive page, but this article on MIMF.com by Deb Suran was one of the first online tutorials and was the starting point of my career.
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    Unless it's absolutely miles out, you could...

    Unless it's absolutely miles out, you could possibly re-align the neck-to-body join to compensate. Assuming it's a plain, simple design with no binding or decoration, IME it takes almost as long to...
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    In my experience, ebony is more prone than...

    In my experience, ebony is more prone than rosewood to expansion / shrinkage due to climatic changes. Metal necks and fretboards have been tried through the years, but players generally hate them and...
  18. Thread: Decling work

    by Rob-C
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    Politely declining work you're not keen to do is...

    Politely declining work you're not keen to do is one thing, but did this customer really deserve a public shaming?

    The guy's only crime was to be a bit naive about how Pete likes to handle custom...
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    ??? I replied in this thread! Rob.

    ??? I replied in this thread!
    Rob.
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    Base price for my plainest tenor is 340, which I...

    Base price for my plainest tenor is 340, which I hope is pretty competitive against a machine made instrument.
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    What's your budget? Hand-made does not have to...

    What's your budget? Hand-made does not have to mean super expensive!
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    I know a very well-respected luthier local to me...

    I know a very well-respected luthier local to me who uses milliput for fretboard inlays. It's a great alternative to dead mollusc if you want a solid colour.

    Edit: forgot to say (but you already...
  23. Thread: Bending misery

    by Rob-C
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    troll. Failed troll tries again.

    troll.



    Failed troll tries again.
  24. That's Jyoti's uke. She is a wonderful performer...

    That's Jyoti's uke. She is a wonderful performer and has done many, many gigs and entertained many, many people with that uke!

    http://www.vonck-vlam.eu
  25. Moongazer music sell bridges with a wider string...

    Moongazer music sell bridges with a wider string spacing to suit electric ukes. A 'rails' style humbucker designed for the neck position of a telecaster will give you consistent signal strength from...
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