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    I have built more than thirty ukuleles (just a...

    I have built more than thirty ukuleles (just a hobby builder) and have observed that when the strings are first fitted, I am always a bit disappointed with the sound. However, the following day...
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    Nice one! Yo gotta Johnny Cash thang goin' on...

    Nice one! Yo gotta Johnny Cash thang goin' on thar!

    John Colter
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    Another lovely uke, Ken. Sitka Spruce is da kine....

    Another lovely uke, Ken. Sitka Spruce is da kine.

    John Colter
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    My name is John Colter and I am a ukaholic.

    My name is John Colter and I am a ukaholic.
  5. We have to be clear what we are talking about...

    We have to be clear what we are talking about here. The word "laminate", used to describe the stuff from which a ukulele is made, is applied to both traditional plywood and to HPL - High Pressure...
  6. Either that or wishful thinking. Reads better...

    Either that or wishful thinking. Reads better than, "the beautiful sound of plywood".

    John Colter

    ps. having said that, I must add that some laminate ukes can sound very decent but it's more to...
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    I'd prefer the heavier one - you get more for...

    I'd prefer the heavier one - you get more for your money!

    John Colter
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    How do these compare with your previous builds,...

    How do these compare with your previous builds, Ken? I assume the heavier one is more typical of the timber you are used to - 11% is a big difference.

    John Colter
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    To my rheumy eyes the heavier one looks more like...

    To my rheumy eyes the heavier one looks more like typical mahogany than the lighter. It will be interesting to learn if there is much difference in sound.

    John Colter
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    Wood is a very variable substance, but 11% is a...

    Wood is a very variable substance, but 11% is a heck of a big difference. With reclaimed timber, I guess there could be a difference in the way the wood has been treated in the past and what...
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    Hello CU and a big welcome from the UK! I find...

    Hello CU and a big welcome from the UK! I find myself playing cheap ukes far more often than my expensive ones. I've got a Martin style 1, a Gibson, 2x Ken Timms, a KoAloha, and various others, but I...
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    Welcome, Lorna! Enjoy your uking journey. John...

    Welcome, Lorna! Enjoy your uking journey.

    John Colter
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    Yup! I couldn't agree more. John Colter

    Yup! I couldn't agree more.

    John Colter
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    Ah, my interpretation was correct then. It's a...

    Ah, my interpretation was correct then. It's a good sounding chord, on it's own. What chord sequence would you use it in?

    John Colter
  15. Thread: Turn table

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    That's a damned good idea, Ken.:cool: John...

    That's a damned good idea, Ken.:cool:

    John Colter
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    Hmmm - nice looking proportions.:cool:

    Hmmm - nice looking proportions.:cool:
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    I recently bought a very inexpensive soprano...

    I recently bought a very inexpensive soprano (twenty-two pounds inc. VAT & p&p). It played badly out of tune. The distance from the nut to the first fret was almost 2mm too long. I fitted it with a...
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    I've just played my interpretation of your chord...

    I've just played my interpretation of your chord (0045) and it sounds great - really sorta mysterious! I looked it up on "ukuchordnamer" but it doesn't recognize it as a named chord.

    It's a chord,...
  19. Thread: hello from UK

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    I see that your introductory thread was nearly...

    I see that your introductory thread was nearly four years ago. Jose. How's it going? I hope all is good in Bury St Edmunds. It would be good to see some of the ukes you have made.

    With best...
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    That was bloody marvellous, Demetrius! I really...

    That was bloody marvellous, Demetrius! I really dig it.

    John Colter
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    As well as Amazon, you could have a look at...

    As well as Amazon, you could have a look at AliExpress. There seems to be some resistance, from Americans, to dealing with Chinese companies. I have no such reservations and have bought at least ten...
  22. I had a set of those tuners back in the 1990s....

    I had a set of those tuners back in the 1990s. They were well made and worked well but I thought they were a bit large for a soprano uke.

    John Colter
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    "I haven't read this thread because I feel...

    "I haven't read this thread because I feel absolutely no kinship with people who refuse to understand their instrument."

    Ripock, I can understand why you might not find a thread interesting and...
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    With your wood working experience I would expect...

    With your wood working experience I would expect clean joints as a matter of course. I was thinking about the various angles of the neck to the body. Give it plenty of thought.

    John Colter
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    As a self taught amateur uke maker, I offer a...

    As a self taught amateur uke maker, I offer a word of advice: pay particular attention to the junction of the neck and the body. Accuracy here is of paramount importance.

    Have fun. It is a...
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