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    I'm a strong advocate of the "you adapted to the instrument" hypothesis over some vague notion that dry, hard wood gets better at being tonewood with repeated use.

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    Hi Sponguke,
    I saw an interview with Chris Martin who discribes a good acoustic instrument as being on the verge of self distruction. I can believe that.
    Iíve had the pleasure of playing a couple of old Martin Os and was blown away by how light they are. But boy do they sound good.
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    Could a ukulele"open up" several times in its lifetime as it passes from owner to owner?
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    Quote Originally Posted by kissing View Post
    I'm a strong advocate of the "you adapted to the instrument" hypothesis over some vague notion that dry, hard wood gets better at being tonewood with repeated use.
    My thought on the subject, which I've brought up every time we discuss it, is that if it does change, why does it always change for the better? Why wouldn't some get worse? It isn't a controlled process, it is subject to nature, and it seems to me that would be unpredictable.
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    All I know is that I have owned the same Collings acoustic guitar for 20+ years now. Recent recordings vs recordings I made when it was relatively new (same mics, same room) sound noticeably different. The guitar sounds more open, rounder, richer, has a bit more low end, and more volume. I have also noticed that it is more sensitive to fingerpicking than it used to be. A light touch moves the top more than it did initially. And I can assure you that all this has NOTHING to do with me adapting to it...

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    Quote Originally Posted by bearbike137 View Post
    All I know is that I have owned the same Collings acoustic guitar for 20+ years now. Recent recordings vs recordings I made when it was relatively new (same mics, same room) sound noticeably different. The guitar sounds more open, rounder, richer, has a bit more low end, and more volume. I have also noticed that it is more sensitive to fingerpicking than it used to be. A light touch moves the top more than it did initially. And I can assure you that all this has NOTHING to do with me adapting to it...
    Wow really, you play the same way now like you did 20+ years ago. That is quite the accomplishment ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rllink View Post
    My thought on the subject, which I've brought up every time we discuss it, is that if it does change, why does it always change for the better? Why wouldn't some get worse? It isn't a controlled process, it is subject to nature, and it seems to me that would be unpredictable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill1 View Post
    I think it would be disappointing if a scientist actually came up with some repeatable data to support an argument for or against "opening up". Firstly, it would still not convince a few people and secondly it would ruin a good discussion.
    Similar to the climate change debate
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    Wow, this uke is really opening up nicely!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lTO3UGSP0OU

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    Last edited by Ukecaster; 12-03-2018 at 01:47 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ukecaster View Post
    Wow, this uke is really opening up nicely!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lTO3UGSP0OU

    opening up.JPG
    Such skills, he almost makes it look easy!
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