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    I usually just hear recommendations for a target...

    I usually just hear recommendations for a target percentage in the 40s to 50s, but I was curious about an upper and lower boundary. Having a rough range of 30-60%, with some instruments requiring a...
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    This is about where I keep my instruments as...

    This is about where I keep my instruments as well. 40-45% or so. If 30-35% is at the lower limit, what would you say is the upper limit? I would imagine @donboody’s 75-90% before dehumidifying is too...
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    I’m also curious. The Cordoba mini seems to...

    I’m also curious.

    The Cordoba mini seems to be a popular guilele recommendation. I haven’t played one myself, but my experiences with lower, entry-level Cordoba ukuleles haven’t been anything to...
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    For the most part, I agree with what seems to be...

    For the most part, I agree with what seems to be the general sentiment on this thread, that Terry’s style of sales is not the most attractive. I do think maybe we could be a little more diplomatic...
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    Same. I feel like acquisition syndrome for me...

    Same. I feel like acquisition syndrome for me might actually be more strings than ukes. I do save them, mostly so I can try them on multiple ukes. But I haven’t really started doing that yet, and I’m...
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    I find this really interesting. I completely...

    I find this really interesting. I completely understand where the image of the ebullient and even self-congratulatory American comes from. It’s not difficult to find examples in media and even in...
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    rebel ukuleles hms podcast

    I just finished watching Hawaii Music Supply's latest video/podcast with The Rebel founder and owner Peng. As a fan of their products, it was a fun and interesting listen. Peng comes across as such a...
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    Thanks for these suggestions!

    Thanks for these suggestions!
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    Interesting. Can I ask, what configuration is the...

    Interesting. Can I ask, what configuration is the "Brad Bordessa" set, and what size/scale do you use it for?
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    A bit surprised that Tim Laughlin hasn’t been...

    A bit surprised that Tim Laughlin hasn’t been mentioned, although Laughlins aren’t typically cheap. I’ve heard they are among the best Martin clones.

    Also there’s a brand called Luna (NOT to be...
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    Martin’s HPL instruments (ukes and guitars) do...

    Martin’s HPL instruments (ukes and guitars) do have heavy necks because the necks are “stratabond” laminate affairs with lots of wood layers compressed together. However, the HPL bodies are also...
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    Just to chime in, Pepe Romero Jr. makes handmade,...

    Just to chime in, Pepe Romero Jr. makes handmade, tenor-scale ukuleles, I believe in San Diego, that go for about $2-3K. Maybe more for custom orders which have about a year wait. My understanding is...
  13. Thread: New Martin ukes

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    Agreed. 78910

    Agreed. 78910
  14. Thread: New Martin ukes

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    I think that’s correct. But they do have premium...

    I think that’s correct. But they do have premium guitars that they literally distress by putting actual wear on the wood to “age” them, which seems a little crazy to me, but maybe they sell well.

    ...
  15. Thread: New Martin ukes

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    Going against the majority here, I like the...

    Going against the majority here, I like the distressed look of Martin’s Streetmasters. I like the vintage look without the vintage cost and potential issues of an older instrument. I guess it’s like...
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    What’s the uke that did it for you?

    What’s the uke that did it for you?
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    I have to agree that high quality and painted...

    I have to agree that high quality and painted don’t usually go together. The only thing that comes to mind is some of Pop’s Pineapple Sunday ukes which have painted art on them. Sometimes Uke Like...
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    I wish I had something helpful for you, but I...

    I wish I had something helpful for you, but I just have a question. Owning a koa KoAloha and having tried the KoAlana, how would you say they compare? That is, are there any similarities at all? I...
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    Fair enough. I’m not trying to step on anyone’s...

    Fair enough. I’m not trying to step on anyone’s toes, and as a stranger on the internet, my opinion shouldn’t be taken too seriously. That said, the comparison to the U.S. seems a little apples and...
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    “Self inflicted wound” might be one of the best...

    “Self inflicted wound” might be one of the best descriptions of Brexit I’ve heard.
  21. Thread: Oulcraft

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    Agreed. Like any forum, there are folks who are...

    Agreed. Like any forum, there are folks who are helpful, folks who are not, folks who are friendly, folks who are not. I would note, however, that this forum seems to have very little moderation,...
  22. Thread: Oulcraft

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    I came across #1 online somewhere (maybe...

    I came across #1 online somewhere (maybe instagram), I think before it was shipped from the builder. I’m not a fan of some of Oulcraft’s aesthetic choices, including the little silver feathers they...
  23. Thread: Why Mango?

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    Mango has quite a bit of variety in its...

    Mango has quite a bit of variety in its appearance, and it seems surprising to dislike all of it. I don't like every mango grain pattern--there's some that I do and some that I don't. I even like...
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    Thanks for this! Like many others, I liked C best...

    Thanks for this! Like many others, I liked C best by a small margin, although I thought it was Kamaka. Actually, I wasn't sure if B or C was the Kamaka. I have to disagree with clear about the...
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    Campanella can be done with linear tuning. But...

    Campanella can be done with linear tuning. But re-entrant does lend itself more to that style.

    I tend to favor low G, but that disposition probably comes from having a guitar background. For...
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