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    Changing the strings on my Koaloha KSM-02 and the saddle fell out. When I went to reinstall I questioned the direction of the angle. I checked photos of Koaloha ukes online and found examples of the saddle angle going both directions. I installed it as shown in the photo- is this correct? The intonation sounds good but doubting myself after seeing examples of both directions in photos.




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    I can’t tell on my Opio Concert, but on my Opio Tenor, mine looks like yours does...the longer surface on the way down to the tie bar bridge. Funny. I didn’t even know there was a difference.
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    The way you have it is the same as on my KoAloha soprano.

    John Colter

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    Thank you both. it was looking at saddles like this that gave me pause about assuming I knew which way it should go

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    Last edited by etudes; 06-21-2018 at 09:20 PM. Reason: fixed photo link

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    Quote Originally Posted by etudes View Post
    Changing the strings on my Koaloha KSM-02 and the saddle fell out. When I went to reinstall I questioned the direction of the angle. I checked photos of Koaloha ukes online and found examples of the saddle angle going both directions. I installed it as shown in the photo- is this correct? The intonation sounds good but doubting myself after seeing examples of both directions in photos.
    Looking at the picture, there should be a noticable difference in intonation with that saddle in one way vs the other.
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    The first time I change strings I usually use a magic marker to put a dot under the saddle on the A string side.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Uke Don View Post
    The first time I change strings I usually use a magic marker to put a dot under the saddle on the A string side.
    Good idea! I'm sure now that the strings have settled that I have it in the correct position, the intonation seems perfect (one of the things I really like about the Koaloha).

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    The way you have it is generally correct. On my long neck concert, I had to reverse it to lengthen the strings in order to correct slight intonation issues. This was recommended by Koaloha.

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