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    I'm guessing in Japan a moniker like "famous"...

    I'm guessing in Japan a moniker like "famous" would market better than Kiwaya. Probably the opposite stateside.
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    What's the fun it that? I play the one that best...

    What's the fun it that? I play the one that best fits the situation—teaching, recording, ensembles, stage, travel, etc. One size doesn't fit all, at least for me.
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    I own a couple Cordoba Mini—Mini R and SM-CE—and...

    I own a couple Cordoba Mini—Mini R and SM-CE—and didn't care for them in E to E tuning: not very resonant and too loose feeling. But they do sound decent in G to G (terz) and are comfortable to play....
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    I have a Crossrock fiberglass baritone case and...

    I have a Crossrock fiberglass baritone case and it's well made. They also have a carbon fiber line if you have money burning a hole in your pocket and need to shield yourself from stray bullets.
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    Aren't sold under a different name in Japan? I've...

    Aren't sold under a different name in Japan? I've seen a lot of "Famous" branded ukuleles in my classes here on Oahu, all owned by Japanese ESL students. They said they were made in Japan by Kiwaya....
  6. I do a lot of recording and can say satin bodies...

    I do a lot of recording and can say satin bodies tend to be noisy, emitting a "sanding" like sound with even the slightest movement against a shirt. Glossy is a lot quieter against the shirt but...
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    Amazingly, I bought the UT1 set and measured them...

    Amazingly, I bought the UT1 set and measured them with my calipers—must have been a really slow month.

    Pepe Romeo Strings Tenor High G Set (fluorocarbon) UT1
    1 = .0245”
    2 = .0275”
    3 = .0320
    4...
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    The Kremona kiano ("smile" golpeador) is designed...

    The Kremona kiano ("smile" golpeador) is designed as a Gypsy jazz guitar. I recently heard Al Dimeola perform and he played on a nylon-string crossover with cutaway on many of the numbers. I'm...
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    I don't think the small differences in sound hole...

    I don't think the small differences in sound hole shape influence sound much. It does make it more difficult to get my hand inside to work on the electronics. The top guitar image in my above post is...
  10. Well, you know it's time to stop when the case...

    Well, you know it's time to stop when the case stack bumps against the ceiling! Still, it's less expensive than a drug habit or collecting sailboats, motorcycles, guns or mistresses, so you could do...
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    I have a second Kala Elite Doghair 2019 build...

    I have a second Kala Elite Doghair 2019 build (don't ask) and it sounds almost exactly the same as my first one but slightly louder. What a screamer! I've also played one they had in stock at HMS and...
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    Ah dunno, you must be far more skilled than me!...

    Ah dunno, you must be far more skilled than me! I've been changing string-through-bridge instruments for the past year—nearly weekly—and it still takes me much longer than a tie block. The extra time...
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    Mahalo guys for the kind words! UkeCaster, I...

    Mahalo guys for the kind words!

    UkeCaster, I actually own a Kala Elite Koa but it's not a standard model. It's a custom design that HMS ordered, a hybrid of the Koa1 and Koa3 design: satin finish...
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    That's why they're called classical guitars!...

    That's why they're called classical guitars! Albeit variety depends on how hard you want to look. If you broadened your search to include just nylon string guitars, rather than classical, you'd find...
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    Kala Elite Doghair Tenor Review

    Aloha everybody, I've been enjoying playing my new Kala Doghair for the past month and posted a full review on my website with photos and audio:

    https://fraryguitar.com/kala_elite_doghair.htm
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    I use them on my Kala Koa Elite tenor. Oddly, I...

    I use them on my Kala Koa Elite tenor. Oddly, I use the low G low (the .0358") as the C string and install a .030" silver wound as a low G. Fat 'n sweet tone and I can hit them a bit harder than most...
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    Seaguar Pink has a coating to prevent fraying...

    Seaguar Pink has a coating to prevent fraying over rocks and coral and, indeed, seems to keep it intact on my ukuleles and guitars. The coating also seems to mellow the tone a little making it the...
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    I agree, the choices are all about your personal...

    I agree, the choices are all about your personal preferences for a particular instrument.

    I string my Kala Elite Doghair with a custom configuration: Seaguar Pink Label 40LB (.022") fishing line...
  19. I'd tear that box open as soon as it hit my...

    I'd tear that box open as soon as it hit my doorstep! If the box looks mangled, I'd take a few minutes to set up a tripod for an unboxing video in case of instrument damage. I received two crushed...
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    I had to raise the action on my Homestead Tenor...

    I had to raise the action on my Homestead Tenor as well. I prefer a wound low G and it sounded almost like a rattlesnake! Nice sweet tone albeit on the soft side.
  21. I just tried a Gator 4G Series Gig Bag For Tenor...

    I just tried a Gator 4G Series Gig Bag For Tenor (GB-4G-UKE-TEN) and doesn't fit the tenor size Homestead worth a darn–too dad burn small.
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    Mahalo! Patrick, you must have been attending WWU...

    Mahalo! Patrick, you must have been attending WWU at the same time as me. I graduated in 1977—first guitar major out the gate. So long ago and far away...
  23. Kala will do a custom order on their Elite line...

    Kala will do a custom order on their Elite line and install any tuners you want. I had a Koa Elite with the graphtech tuners and three of them failed in the first month (as did two graphtech tuners...
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    Thanks everybody for listening! John boy, I...

    Thanks everybody for listening! John boy, I recorded the 3 melodic tracks of the minuet in Logic Pro using a 4-string Kala Elite Doghair tenor—all thumb flesh strokes. I played bass on the 4th track....
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    Haydn on my new Doghair

    Haydn on my new Kala Elite Doghair tenor:

    https://www.reverbnation.com/peterkunfrary/song/31440796-minuet-by-haydn-peter-frary
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