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    I agree with Prof Chris's assessment. We have to...

    I agree with Prof Chris's assessment. We have to distinguish between a repair which is structurally sound but leaves visible scars, and one which aims to restore the instrument to its original...
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    That is not impossible to repair, but it would be...

    That is not impossible to repair, but it would be difficult. You have to consider whether or not it is worth the cost of having it repaired professionally. If the uke is a generic, Chinese factory...
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    I know nothing of its pedigree, or its value, but...

    I know nothing of its pedigree, or its value, but the bridge is becoming detached. It is not far from popping off. That alone would make me lose interest.

    John Colter.
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    There is no guarantee that a 12th fret join will...

    There is no guarantee that a 12th fret join will place the bridge at the, or a, "sweet spot". If constructors seek to place the bridge at a particular spot (and why wouldn't they?) it is a simple...
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    Cue, music - "The Green, Green Grass Of Home". ...

    Cue, music - "The Green, Green Grass Of Home".

    John Colter.

    ps - shouldn't this be in the thread, "What's Happening In Your Shed?"
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    That's a very handsome cigar box uke, but just...

    That's a very handsome cigar box uke, but just look at the dust on that poor soprano - tut-tut!:rolleyes:

    John Colter
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    I don't wish to hi-jack the thread. Sending a PM....

    I don't wish to hi-jack the thread. Sending a PM.

    John C.
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    You are more likely to get a response if you...

    You are more likely to get a response if you indicate which country you live in.

    John Colter
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    Ken is completely trustworthy. You have my...

    Ken is completely trustworthy. You have my sympathy, but the problem must be with the postal service.

    John Colter
  10. I would not accept a blemish like that, even with...

    I would not accept a blemish like that, even with a $50 dollar discount.

    John Colter.
  11. In the original post, Henning stated that the...

    In the original post, Henning stated that the intention was to carry out the repair "on a hobby level". Now, because a violin repairer has suggested removing the back, the discussion has moved on to...
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    Vertical head stocks work very well, but seem a...

    Vertical head stocks work very well, but seem a bit weird the first time you use one. If you don't fancy carving the whole neck in one piece, I can recommend a two piece solution. Just a slot in each...
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    DNA sampling? Are you trying to trace its family...

    DNA sampling? Are you trying to trace its family tree?

    John Colter
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    Yes, I do know what you mean, Tukanu. That dry,...

    Yes, I do know what you mean, Tukanu. That dry, sibilant sound you get when handling the uke in its unfinished state. The portents are good!

    John Colter
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    Snargle sed, "I wasn't sure if you were one of...

    Snargle sed, "I wasn't sure if you were one of those 'purist' folks"

    Yes, I am, but I'm very tolerant.

    John Colter
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    Looking good! I DO like a bit of asymmetry. ...

    Looking good! I DO like a bit of asymmetry.

    John Colter
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    I'm comparing like with like - saxophones aren't...

    I'm comparing like with like - saxophones aren't string instruments. Anyway, just light-hearted banter.:rolleyes:

    John Colter
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    Why are you folk telling the man he should go for...

    Why are you folk telling the man he should go for a concert or a tenor? He wants a ukulele. If he said he wanted a violin, would you say, "What you need is a viola or a cello"?

    John Colter
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    "His grandmother had played it as a young woman &...

    "His grandmother had played it as a young woman & had given it to him. Not a style 3, but still, a great old beauty in wonderful condition"

    -----yes, but what was the uke like?:rolleyes:

    John...
  20. The song is very similar to the Chas & Dave...

    The song is very similar to the Chas & Dave favourite, "Ain't No Pleasing You". I don't know which came first. Try C;B7;C;A7;D7;G7;C - that'll get you started.

    John Colter
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    I second the recommendation of an Ohana, or...

    I second the recommendation of an Ohana, or similar. I still have an Ohana SK35G which came to me thirteen years ago. Mine is a particularly good example of the type - I've played other SK35s that...
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    Hello and welcome, Professir I'm another old (82)...

    Hello and welcome, Professir I'm another old (82) ex-biker. I took up playing uke when I was in my late fifties, to accompany my (so called) singing. Still at it, after a battle with prostate cancer...
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    Beautiful design - fine workmanship. Gerardg,...

    Beautiful design - fine workmanship.

    Gerardg, I congratulate you!

    John Colter
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    A Masterclass! That's the way to do it! John...

    A Masterclass! That's the way to do it!

    John Colter
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    My sister lives near Bournemouth. I'll be...

    My sister lives near Bournemouth. I'll be visiting her in the Spring. Only about ten miles from SUS. I must try to resist the temptation. I'd be like a kid in a candy store!

    My name is John...
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