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    Default Responding to Compliments

    Let's say you bring your beautiful new ukulele to a group session, and several people say how beautiful it is. Do you say, "Thank You," or do you say, "Yes, it is."?

    When this happen to me, I'm never sure what I should say. I can't take credit for the appearance. All I did was exchange money for a ukulele. Would I be thanking them for implying I had the good taste to pick out this particular model? It's beauty has nothing to do with me.
    Too many ukes, but I can't stop buying!

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    I just say thanks...
    Just Play

    Sopranos: 1st uke, Lanikai soprano LU-11 - Aquilas | 30's Martin style 0 - Martins | Fender Piha'eu - Worth Browns | Lanikai banjolele - Worth Browns
    Concerts: Kanile'a K-2 CP - Living Water | Islander AC-4 - Living Water | Ohana CK-35-8 - Living Water | Kala KA-ACP-CT - Living Water, low G
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    Say, both. “Thank you, I think so as well”.

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    Respond by telling them what you like most about it or what drew your eye and made you purchase it.
    Ohana CK-42R concert - solid sinker redwood top, solid rosewood back and sides, maple binding, Ltd. Edition
    Kala KA-FMCG concert- solid spruce top, laminate spalted flame maple back and sides, mahogany binding
    Ohana CK-120G - all-solid acacia, mahogany binding, Limited Edition
    Kala KA-ZCT-C - all-laminate ziricote, walnut fretboard, satin neck

    Money can't buy happiness but it can buy a ukulele which is basically the same thing.

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    My response is “thanks, want to try it?”

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    Quote Originally Posted by good_uke_boy View Post
    My response is “thanks, want to try it?”
    My response is "thanks, but it is a lefty"

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    Somebody: "That's a beautiful uke."

    Me: "It is, isn't it? It's a [brand or name of builder]. Here, give it a try."

    I mean, it's not a compliment to me. All credit to the maker.

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    I say thanks also and ask if they want to play it as I’ve been taught to share my toys.
    "All worthwhile things in life should be easy to learn but hard to master"

    Boat Paddle ML tenor - Red Spruce over Cocobolo
    Barron River 8 string tenor - All Honduran Quilted Mahogany
    Collings UC2 Concert - All Mahogany
    Hoffmann Lutherie - Baritone - Master Grade Ebony and AAA Red Spruce
    Beau Hannam Custom Tenor - Vintage Hand Rubbed Sun Burst all Tassie Blackwood
    Barron River Tenor - Satin Box Maple and Alaskan Yellow Cedar
    Hoffmann Lutherie - Concert - Angry Owl Ebony and Cedar

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    I say yep and mention something about the build, like the material (bocote or spalted mango), or maker for a custom (in my case always Bruce Wei), and would they like to try it (most times they decline).


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    I just say something like "Cheers".
    Trying to do justice to various musical instruments.

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