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  1. Ataraxia

    Is there a better way?..

    Hello Everyone! I've been playing (soprano) ukulele for about a year now and guitar for about 6 years. I have long arms, and no matter how I try to hold the uke when I play, it seems to require that I bend my wrist at the joint while strumming or finger-picking. Over time, I've started to...
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    Anyone try the Islander Ukes from Kanilea?

    I've been eyeing the solid-mahogany soprano model. Has anyone had a chance to try one in person? They look really nice (aside from the headstock decal), I really like the soundhole inlay. I think it's cool that they also use the same nut spacing as the Kanilea models. Anyway, the nut/saddle...
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    Best new uke for under 400$?

    I'm just curious what everyone's opinion on this is. I know that there are tons of Mainland fans out there, and they do seem to put out a pretty solid instrument. What's everyone's favorite pick for tone/quality? There are plenty of good quality, Hawaiian-made instruments in the 600+ range...
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    It's all been done..

    I know that this has been discussed before, but here goes... I'm interested in picking up another soprano uke and I'm looking for a very specific sound... I'd like it to be warm and crisp, loud and very clear in tone.. This one is going to be a Mainland... BUT I can't decide on whether to get...
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    Movin' on up..?

    First, let me start out by saying how huge of a soprano fan I am :D. They're amazing little instruments. Anyway, my budget currently allows for only one ukulele, so I'll be faced with an important decision.. I'll be selling my current soprano and I can purchase one ukulele for under 380$...
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    Ohana SK-35G vs. Pono MS

    Any opinions? I personally prefer the gloss finish and extra fret on the Ohana, but the Pono comes with a hardshell case and what appears to be better friction tuners. Thanks for any input!
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    Mainland Soprano Owners..

    Does anyone own a Mainland soprano with geared tuners and a Mi-Si installed? I'm looking for some first-hand experience with 'em. I contacted Mike and he was very helpful in answering my questions, but I'm looking for everyone's opinion on this.. My thinking is this... If I have a Mi-Si...
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    Fremont Blacklines...

    So I was thinking of picking some up to put on my soprano. Are the mediums or hards closest to standard Aquila strings(gauge wise)? I've heard good things about Worths, but it's 17$ for a pack.. I think I'd rather pay 7-8 for one pack of the Fremonts. I realize that Worths provide enough to...
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    Lite Hard Case?

    Anyone have any experience with the foam hard cases? I'm wondering if they're durable enough for shipping a product internationally. They seem to be a good compromise between durability and convenience. Are they waterproof like standard hard cases? Should I just go with a wooden hard case...
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    Mainland vs. Big Island

    I guess I've finally narrowed it down to these two models... The Mainland Mahogany Soprano or a Big Island Mahogany soprano in gloss. ( I like that it has 17-frets :D) They both offer deluxe friction tuners, although with the Mainland, I think I'd probably take the geared. I'm buying...
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    Dumb question..

    I've asked a similar question before, but I'm still confused... How do friction pegs work? As the screw increases tension, friction is created between the peg and the back of the headstock.. correct? If that's the case, don't they cause damage to the wood as you tune, therefore rubbing them...
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    How well do they work?

    It's my understanding that most friction tuners rely on friction between the peg and the wood of the headstock. I've read that several models (like the Grover 4Bs) have a second bushing and does NOT rely on the headstock for friction, but these also require that a second recess be bored into the...
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    To Zanarkand (FFX)

    Huge thanks to Shadowflare for the awesome tablature :D.
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    Friction Tuners. -_-

    I've already posted about them before, so here's my final question concerning the subject: How do they hold-up over time? Due to their nature, I would imagine they must require a LOT more maintenance than most geared tuners... eg; tweaking the screws, lubricating the threads, replacing the...
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    Makai, Mainland, or Ohana!

    I'm about to purchase a new soprano ukulele and I can't make up my mind! :D I hear that Makai, Mainland, and Ohana ukes are all made in the same factory and will offer similar levels of quality. I'm buying from UkeRepublic, so I know that I should be happy with my purchase no matter what! I'm...
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    Anuenue Maui Mango Custom Soprano (NEW!)

    I initially had a problem with this one, the action was a bit too low. I brought it to Anuenue and had it set-up, plays like a dream now! I tried it only a couple of times, I had buyers remorse because I realllly want a new tenor instead lol. I already have a few soprano models and I also plan...
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    Just got a brand new uke and OH NOEZ, fret buzz!

    I seem to be having a problem at the 5th fret... the frets seem to all be dressed and leveled properly, it's an Anuenue Custom Maui Mango Soprano.. all solid mango, buffalo bone nut and saddle.. grover tuners... ::drools:: it sounds beautiful. I wouldn't expect to be having any problems with...
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    This is probably a waste of time lol...

    Anyone here from Taiwan? I live in the Taipei area and would be interested in making some friends to jam with :D.
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    New Music, Link to Youtube!

    I've been busy working on writing some new music :D I posted a short clip of some new stuff on Youtube. I'd appreciate any input at all. Thanks for reading my post and I hope you all have an awesome day! Keep strummin', take care of yourselves. Cya!
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    Friction Pegs: Weird Issue with Tightening Them.

    First, I would like to start by saying that I absolutely HATE friction pegs.. I'm not sure whether this stems from the quality of my particular tuners or perhaps it has something to do with my background of playing guitar for 7 years and using Grover™ geared tuners most of the time. If...