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  1. I second the James Hill's Ukulele Way...

    I second the James Hill's Ukulele Way recommendation, especially since you say you know nothing of music. James teaches how to play, underscored with music theory where appropriate.
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    I'm sure they will all go. I'm interested.

    I'm sure they will all go. I'm interested.
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    Bought my HF-3 directly. It needed the string...

    Bought my HF-3 directly. It needed the string height lowered at the nut but otherwise was fine.
  4. Highly recommended. James teaches music, not...

    Highly recommended. James teaches music, not just how to strum a tune.
  5. You haven't mentioned anything about how the ukes...

    You haven't mentioned anything about how the ukes are set up. I'd suggest you check each for string height before coming to an absolute conclusion on neck shape. Proper string height can make a...
  6. Such a beautiful, clean build. Perfect design...

    Such a beautiful, clean build. Perfect design esthetic. It's what I admire about all your ukes.
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    Unfortunately, the photos are not that clear, so...

    Unfortunately, the photos are not that clear, so it's hard to tell about the finish. Looks like mahogany to me. The "crud" I suspect is nothing more than polish residue. Previous owner may have...
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    Yes my ponos are thicker. I don’t mind. But if it...

    Yes my ponos are thicker. I don’t mind. But if it bothered me I would get out the files, scraper and sand paper. It’s quite easy to thin down a neck
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    I feel your pain. Gave up on my local group some...

    I feel your pain. Gave up on my local group some time ago. Too many current top 40 songs (which I and most other members can't relate to) or 12 chord songs. There was constant turn-over of group...
  10. Agree with Danno. HMS is usually quite...

    Agree with Danno. HMS is usually quite accommodating. I suspect that if you tell them about your situation they would be happy to accept a return given the circumstances.
  11. I guess I'm always surprised when someone says a...

    I guess I'm always surprised when someone says a neck is too thick and they want to sell. For the money you lose on the sale you could take it to a competent luthier and have the neck profiled to...
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    Sorry to hear it. I've had two bouts of it. A...

    Sorry to hear it. I've had two bouts of it. A cortisone injection fixed it both times. First time my regular GP did the injection, second time they sent me to a specialist. He did the injection,...
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    I can only relate my personal experience, but...

    I can only relate my personal experience, but that has been my observation. The other two K brands seem to use less figured wood in their base models, but they (appropriately) charge less.

    You...
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    Better means more figure. My Kamaka HF3 has...

    Better means more figure. My Kamaka HF3 has consistent curl top to bottom on front, back and sides. I've never seen that quality in the base Kanele'a or KoAloha models.
  15. The cheapest Taylor guitar that is all solid wood...

    The cheapest Taylor guitar that is all solid wood is the 314, spruce over sapele. With the new V bracing, no electronics or cutaway, it runs $1,699 new. That's the cheapest guitar I would even...
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    This has been my experience, too. Better wood...

    This has been my experience, too. Better wood for a slightly higher price for the base models of the three K brands. I prefer the Kamaka sound and looks to KoAloha. Don't have enough experience...
  17. I'd also recommend the Gotoh UPTs. I installed...

    I'd also recommend the Gotoh UPTs. I installed Grover 8s on a Fluke, and it takes a lot of time and much modification to the tuner plates. Much easier to just ream out the holes for the UPTs.
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    The only way I know of is to have the retailer...

    The only way I know of is to have the retailer email you a return label and deduct it from the return (or charge you for it if it's a repair). If you sell on eBay you can get a small discount from...
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    I'd be very interested in knowing where that wear...

    I'd be very interested in knowing where that wear information came from. It does not reflect my experience.
  20. Thread: Locking Cases?

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    Yes, small hands can get into a lot of trouble.

    Yes, small hands can get into a lot of trouble.
  21. Mimmo - Have you modified the Sugar formula to...

    Mimmo - Have you modified the Sugar formula to make the strings less squeaky?
  22. Your A string should be at 440 Hertz. Find a...

    Your A string should be at 440 Hertz. Find a tuner that shows frequency, like on some phone apps like Peterson. In the future, for a slot head run the winding on the outboard sides of the string...
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    Graphtech Tusq or Tusk XL. Consistent, resonant...

    Graphtech Tusq or Tusk XL. Consistent, resonant and easy to work with. Slick, so the strings don't hang up in the nut slots or across the saddle. And no, I don't buy the argument that bone (or...
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    Just don't.

    Just don't.
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    Welcome to the can of worms that is ukulele...

    Welcome to the can of worms that is ukulele intonation. It's no surprise that the thickest two strings are off (sharp, I assume, but I've had some string sets where the C is flat). If you look at a...
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