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    Any Durham, NC clubs?

    I travel there from time to time.
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    Yeah, I knew that I couldn't thin it after I...

    Yeah, I knew that I couldn't thin it after I braced it. I just wondered if I join the very thin halves before bracing or during.
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    Stew Mac kit question

    I bought a Stew Mac Baritone kit. I knew that the supplied back is plywood. I'm planning to attempt a solid back (worst case I fail and use the supplied, laminated back).

    I have a two piece...
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    This seems pretty straightforward and hard to...

    This seems pretty straightforward and hard to mess up.
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    The back and top are flat.

    The back and top are flat.
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    Stew Mac Kit Questions

    So I bought a Stewart MacDonald baritone kit. I've made four ukes, two cigar box and two pineapple. I cheated on the pineapples and laminated the sides from veneer, so I've never heated and bent...
  7. Thread: New Tuning

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    And... the 20# fishing line tuned to E5 broke,...

    And... the 20# fishing line tuned to E5 broke, just as I was starting to like the sound. I've got a busy 3-4 days, it will probably be the weekend before I can try again. But I've got the whole...
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    OK, I tried D4, G4, B4, E5. Aquila Nylguts and a...

    OK, I tried D4, G4, B4, E5. Aquila Nylguts and a piece of 20 pound fishing line for the E5 string. It works, as in nothing broke. It sounds very tinny and annoying. But it was an experience. I'll...
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    John - I remember you well from my Ukulele Cosmos...

    John - I remember you well from my Ukulele Cosmos days! Your friendly advice helped me many times when I was a beginner. Sorry I missed your PM! I haven't been to Ukulele Cosmos since, maybe 2009?
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  10. Thread: New Tuning

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    New Tuning

    OK, I want to tune a soprano uke like a baritone (DGBE). I want it to be non-rentrant and an octave higher than a bari. The Bari tuning is D3 G3 B3 E4. I want to tune the soprano uke D4 G4 B4 E5.
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    I am not sure what "wringed" means - did you heat...

    I am not sure what "wringed" means - did you heat it? Wet it? Inject steam?

    Thanks, I'm very interested.
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    I had that exact model, my second uke. It came...

    I had that exact model, my second uke. It came well-intonated from the factory, which was surprising for a $100 uke in 2006. Now days the cheap ukes are generally OK but in those days the cheaper...
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    How did you remove the neck? I have an old, non...

    How did you remove the neck? I have an old, non valuable uke that needs a reset.
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    Sounds great!

    Sounds great!
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    Warbulele - We walk a tightrope here. Lots of...

    Warbulele - We walk a tightrope here. Lots of amateurs and lots of amazing pros. We almost need a warning flag that says, "I only build one uke per year, or I'm only going to build one ever and I...
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    I've finished several ukes and gun stocks with...

    I've finished several ukes and gun stocks with Tru-Oil and I like it. Shelf life is a problem after a bottle has been opened, but the ukes have held up well. There are pros and advanced amateurs who...
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    Switching from gears to friction can be...

    Switching from gears to friction can be frustrating at first. Don't give up, you can get used to friction tuners. There are people who switch out their friction tuners for geared on all ukes, but...
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    I'm interested, and I think Seeso could take a...

    I'm interested, and I think Seeso could take a bus from Chicago to Indianapolis, then hitch a ride.
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    Autoharp Advice

    I described an autoharp to my wife and she said she'd be interested in playing one, so I bought one on eBay. My experience with ukes tells me it is structurally sound. But there is not a lot of...
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    Ironic that Lanikai introduces this because back...

    Ironic that Lanikai introduces this because back in 2006-2008 they flooded the market with ukes that had horrific intonation. It was easy to fix if you knew how to adjust the string height and...
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    I agree. Mike will be remembered for a long time....

    I agree. Mike will be remembered for a long time. I lift a glass to him.
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    Broader question, and since Rick weighed in I...

    Broader question, and since Rick weighed in I hope he will answer - what does (or can) an arch top do for a uke with either steel or polymer strings? They look great and I know that jazz guitarists...
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    You will like it!

    You will like it!
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    That is funny John, the uke I played today was a...

    That is funny John, the uke I played today was a Kala Pocket Uke. I tuned it by ear to whatever sounded good. So it is not in any standard tuning. But the next person who plays it will be able to...
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    Well I read this thread yesterday and then today...

    Well I read this thread yesterday and then today I found myself with 20-30 minutes to kill between two appointments and a Sam Ash store in between. Stopped in. I had no intention of buying anything,...
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