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  1. besley

    Strings Tenor ukulele

    So did players switch to different strings when the standard tuning went from D to C, because that would sure lower the tension a lot. Of course string material would probably have a greater effect than anything else over the years.
  2. besley

    Strings Tenor ukulele

    Me too - I use 10s on both my 24" and 25.5" scale acoustics - but then I'm not doing any flatpicking at bluegrass jams either.
  3. besley

    Strings Tenor ukulele

    Interesting point. In the guitar world a short scale would be say 24", while a full scale is probably 25.5". Only a 6% difference, yet players will usually use a heavier string gauge on the shorter scale guitar (move up from 12s to 13s). In the uke world a soprano is 26% shorter than a tenor...
  4. besley

    Strings Tenor ukulele

    I haven't tried using concert or soprano strings on my tenor yet, but it's on my to do list. If you look at the actual string gauges involved (at least with Worth) the E and C strings are the same, while the A decreases from 0.0224 (tenor) to 0.0185 (soprano) or 0.0205 (concert) - and the high...
  5. besley

    Holding the darn thing...

    Actually playing uke while sitting with the uke resting on your lap only works for pretty small people. Most people will actually be hunched over trying to reach the instrument, which will quickly lead to a sore back. Guitarist have learned that large body guitars such as dreadnoughts will fit...
  6. besley

    Holding the darn thing...

    Get a strap! Coming from the guitar world, in which it is the custom to often use a strap even while seated, I just don't understand the reluctance in the uke community to use a strap. Yes I know it is more authentic NOT to use a strap, but Jake seems OK with it.
  7. besley

    Fret sprout, when to expect

    Fret spouting is annoying, but it's super easy to fix. I have a couple of ukes with composite bodies but wood necks that I don't bother to humidify, and it just takes a few minutes a season to keep the necks in top shape. I'm always amazed when I find guitars and ukes in the stores with...
  8. besley

    Anyone have a Lotkey 26 Solid Body Uke?

    I was wondering about that unusual saddle. Is it removable? If not, how does one adjust the action? Thanks!
  9. besley

    Anyone have a Lotkey 26 Solid Body Uke?

    Well of course I've thought about the Risa stick too. What are the "quirks" you've found with your Risa stick? Is string wear and fraying still an issue where the strings wrap around that cam?
  10. besley

    Anyone have a Lotkey 26 Solid Body Uke?

    I've been hankering (yes, my folks talked like that.....) for a solid body uke for quiet practicing. I could just buy a RISA Stick tenor uke, but I came across this Lotkey 26 Tenor Solid Body uke available on Amazon for $150, and wondered if anyone here had any experience with it? I rather...
  11. besley

    How is your ekoa instrument aging?

    I have a Farallon from fall of 2016, and other than a few scratches on the top there is no change I can see or hear. Mine is a matte finish, as that's all that was available then, and I prefer its understated elegance. It's by far the best sounding uke I own, but I have to admit that if I'm...
  12. besley

    Good E versions of the Daily Ukulele books?

    I didn't know about the versions from the Google Play Store. 1) Do these versions have an index with hot links to go directly to a song? 2) Are they PDFs or ePUBs? 3) How is the quality of the print? The Kindle versions "work" well, but the resolution is very poor. Thanks!
  13. besley

    Good E versions of the Daily Ukulele books?

    I've tried those conversions of Kindle books, but the result is quite disappointing - like trying to read a book using the wrong eyeglass prescription. But then, the Kindle book isn't very good to begin with.
  14. besley

    Good E versions of the Daily Ukulele books?

    Really? That's a shame. The Kindle versions I have each have an index with hot links making it a snap to get to a song. I just wish the images were a bit sharper once you get there!
  15. besley

    Good E versions of the Daily Ukulele books?

    Interesting, but those instructions seem to require you to already have an Apple phone or iPAD.
  16. besley

    Good E versions of the Daily Ukulele books?

    Well for single chord charts a few of us use Mobile Sheets, which works just fine. I suppose for the Daily Ukulele books one could scan each page and enter them separately, but what a lot of work!
  17. besley

    Good E versions of the Daily Ukulele books?

    For those of you who use the Daily Ukulele books at jams, AND are not part of the Apple iPAD universe*......have you found good legible E versions for use on PCs? I have the Kindle versions of both on my laptop, but the quality is pretty poor, and they are not very easy to read. Doesn't anyone...
  18. besley

    KLOS ukes. Anyone have a thought?

    I have one of the original hybrid Klos tenor ukes, and a Blackbird (eKoa) Farallon. And while the hybrid Klos sounds good, and plays great - it doesn't sound anywhere near as full as the Farallon. But the Farallon is now $1900, or about as much as most Kamakas! So if you want an affordable...
  19. besley

    Fret gaps?

    I don't know that they're "normal", but about half my ukes have that gap under the frets. It just means the fret slots are a couple of thousands deeper than the fret tang, which would seem to be a good thing to ensure the frets seat fully.
  20. besley

    String tension - function of string gauge or brand?

    If companies like Seaguar offer monofilament lines with similar diameters but different tensile strengths, I would think that must be my answer, that similar fluorocarbon strings CAN feel quite different. Seaguar says their lines are 100% fluorocarbon, so they are presumably not achieving...
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