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    From what I understand, Kala has started a direct...

    From what I understand, Kala has started a direct marketing scheme which undercuts their sellers. Apparently, this is why some stores have stopped selling them.
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    Poll: Same here: Not owning a car frees up a lot of...

    Same here: Not owning a car frees up a lot of capital to invest in fine ukes (and a great bike)! As a matter of fact, that is exactly my rationale when buying another uke.
  3. Thread: hybrid ukes

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    If you are interested in finger-style playing,...

    If you are interested in finger-style playing, then I see no point in a "hybrid" long-neck instrument. To me, their main purpose is to give a classic ukulele sound while providing more room for your...
  4. Same here. Despite owning several fine custom...

    Same here. Despite owning several fine custom ukes, the ones that I want to pick up every time I play are my Pono RBSHC-S (Rosewood Spruce Baritone with Cutaway) and my ETSHC-C (Ebony Cedar Tenor...
  5. Kala is adding a flame maple sunburst in concert...

    Kala is adding a flame maple sunburst in concert and tenor size, with either cherry burst tobacco burst:

    https://twitter.com/kalabrandmusic/status/1352689622258765827/photo/1
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  6. Here is Mike from Uke Republic demoing the new...

    Here is Mike from Uke Republic demoing the new Ohana solid mango tenor pineapple (PKT-220G):


    https://youtu.be/6583c0Brgik?t=20
    https://youtu.be/6583c0Brgik?t=20
  7. Here's a look at the virtual booth from Luna: ...

    Here's a look at the virtual booth from Luna:


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3DpHqbS5Sds
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3DpHqbS5Sds
  8. Seems to me like there are less new models and...

    Seems to me like there are less new models and stuff than in other years, at least I haven't found much.

    Here is Martin Guitars presenting their new models, including the OXK Concert uke (at...
  9. Here is one for starters: Ortega is making a...

    Here is one for starters: Ortega is making a double-neck instrument that combines a tenor ukulele with a U-Bass (model name: Ortega Hydra-BSTE):
    ...
  10. Instead of NAMM: Share Ukulele Related News for 2021

    The annual winter show of the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) has been canceled this year because of COVID-19. Nevertheless, manufacturers will probably be releasing all sorts of new...
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    Nice, these are definitely rare birds: ...

    Nice, these are definitely rare birds:


    https://vimeo.com/497830735
    https://vimeo.com/497830735
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    Thanks for clearing this for all of us, good to...

    Thanks for clearing this for all of us, good to know. I just wish HMS would document a little better for each of these instruments why it is being discounted.
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    I have come to realize that the Concert size...

    I have come to realize that the Concert size doesn't do much for me. For that typical Ukulele sound, I'll grab a Soprano, whereas most of the time, I want a warmer and fuller sound and play a tenor...
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    Thanks for sharing your thoughts, good to have...

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts, good to have some hands-on experience.
  15. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, great to get...

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts, great to get some first hand comparison. Looking forward to hearing more about how your experience with them evolves.
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    Not necessarily. In my experience (having owned...

    Not necessarily. In my experience (having owned about 12 different Pono models), there are greater differences from instrument to instrument than in between different species of wood. My Pono Cedar...
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    I love Pono, and particularly their Cedar tops....

    I love Pono, and particularly their Cedar tops. But that Kala model you have there sounds awfully nice, so personally, I tend to think that adding the Pono would be more of a lateral move instead of...
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    I think the letters LFDM mean pretty specifically...

    I think the letters LFDM mean pretty specifically an instrument built by Luis Feu de Mesquita.
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    That does make sense to me. Sounds to me like...

    That does make sense to me. Sounds to me like the tension might be too high, resulting in muting the strings quickly and thus "choking". I can only repeat my suggestion to try fluorocarbon strings....
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    Best retirement gift to yourself ever! I'm...

    Best retirement gift to yourself ever! I'm absolutely positive you will never regret it. I have gifted one to myself and it's among myself and it is still among my most favorite instruments. A...
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    To me, more important than the style of tuners is...

    To me, more important than the style of tuners is their material: a carbon fiber instrument may provide a "waterproof" option, so the tuners should be made from a rust-free material.
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    Very nice, please keep us updated about pricing,...

    Very nice, please keep us updated about pricing, specs, etc.
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    Congratulations, very nice! I am totally into...

    Congratulations, very nice! I am totally into this type of small sized guitar.

    As for the pictures coming out sideways: Are you working from an Apple computer? They have a tendency to rotate the...
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    I have ordered a Kmise from Aliexpress for my...

    I have ordered a Kmise from Aliexpress for my nephew. It arrived on time and was decent enough for 43 USD. Only the plastic capo that came with it broke on first use.

    I have also ordered a bunch...
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    Back to Woodpecker guitars, I am pretty sure they...

    Back to Woodpecker guitars, I am pretty sure they are made for them by APC in Portugal who has a history of marketing acacia as "koa". I like the small guitars, but that sort of labelling (Europe for...
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