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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian1 View Post
    I have a friend who has bought about 60 ukuleles from him, he finds them all to be about the same quality but did have a small issue on two of those on the first fret. (It was easily fixed) other than that he said he's never had a problem with them. (60 is not an over estimate... we counted)
    I'd just like to hear more about why your friend has bought 60 of them! Does they resell them, or do they have another purpose?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rakelele View Post
    As a note to anyone looking for more information on these: There are several reviews here on UU and other places that read quite similar to the one above. Many mention dead sound, some report cracking over time. Every once in a while, however, someone seems to like the one they've got.
    When "Dead Sound" is mentioned what does that mean exactly? Does it mean it doesn't sound as good when played/picked/strumed, you can't hear the notes clearly, or you can't hear the ukulele from 5ft away (10ft away, etc.)?
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    Quote Originally Posted by b.r.us546 View Post
    When "Dead Sound" is mentioned what does that mean exactly?
    My interpretation is limited projection and sustain. When I first got the custom gypsy jazz from Bruce Wei, it didn't have enough projection and sustain for me, but as I mentioned, not long ago I found that it opened up and now I like the projection and sustain. Strings are supposed to help as well, and I also understand that when the action is lower, that limits the projection.


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    Quote Originally Posted by b.r.us546 View Post
    When "Dead Sound" is mentioned what does that mean exactly? Does it mean it doesn't sound as good when played/picked/strumed, you can't hear the notes clearly, or you can't hear the ukulele from 5ft away (10ft away, etc.)?
    In my experience of reviewing many ukes - a dead sound can mean a variety of things. In the simplest sense - a lack of resonance and bark / projection, but it can also manifest in a confused or muddy tone. Either way, the ukulele will require effort to get it to chime - whether through strumming harder, or digging in to the strings more. It's not a trait that I enjoy and much prefer instruments that feel lively in the hands
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    Quote Originally Posted by Choirguy View Post
    I'd just like to hear more about why your friend has bought 60 of them! Does they resell them, or do they have another purpose?
    Indeed, were they for relabel/resale, or conversion to decorative clocks/lamps etc?

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    Has anyone noticed that the original poster, stophei11 in Kentucky has not replied at all here? I replied to a Marketplace listing for a Fluke by stophei11 and have not heard back. I see the same uke is on auction at eBay. I hope stophei11 is OK.


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    Quote Originally Posted by kohanmike View Post
    Has anyone noticed that the original poster, stophei11 in Kentucky has not replied at all here? I replied to a Marketplace listing for a Fluke by stophei11 and have not heard back. I see the same uke is on auction at eBay. I hope stophei11 is OK.
    I just saw an email that Stophie11 sent me to do a PayPal payment for the Fluke being sold. Glad about that.


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    One of the players in my uke jam bought one of these Wei ukes off Ebay. Initially he sort of liked it, but the setup was terrible so he took it in for some work. After that it played well, but the intonation was still off. Turns out the bridge was misplaced, and there was no cost effective way to fix it. He complained to Wei, who agreed to take it back and pay for shipping both ways, IF my friend did not leave negative feedback. Which I imagine is how he keeps his ratings so positive.
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    Well it's good service that he takes back a flawed instrument. Though service should not be conditional on rating.

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    Quote Originally Posted by besley View Post
    ... ...He complained to Wei, who agreed to take it back and pay for shipping both ways, IF my friend did not leave negative feedback. Which I imagine is how he keeps his ratings so positive.
    Generally speaking, ratings of sellers on EBAY primarily apply to the physical condition of products delivered by the seller, rather than to the quality of those products. That is, it is a SELLER-rating system moreso than a product rating system.

    Here are the prime factors for a buyer's star-based rating of an EBAY seller:
    (1) Is the condition of the received item equal to or better than the rating assigned by the seller? (new, excellent, good, fair, needs work, for parts, as is, etc)? Notice that these condition statements all imply PHYSICAL condition, and not product quality.
    (2) Was the shipping cost reasonable?
    (3) Was the seller helpful & responsive?
    (4) Was the item received on time?

    Most buyers rate a seller very soon after an item is received. Thus, when a uke is received, its physical condition may be perfect, & its appearance beautiful. Also, when tuned & played a little bit, it will almost certainly sound "like an ukulele." If the buyer is experienced enough to realize that a uke's sound is a bit harsh or subdued, or the action is bad, or the intonation is bad, then the buyer may try string changes, set-ups, etc.

    Eventually, the buyer may realize that/he has a beautiful, functional uke that will always sound like crap. By that time, the buyer's rating is in concrete.
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