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    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=BhzmbCzaoxs
    Here's a set-up video from Barry Maz

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    That’s a great video. Very uncomplicated, and the average tinkerer can pull this off. I learned this method about 5 years ago. At that time I was teaching lap dulcimer, and some of the 20 or so student dulcimers I owned were setup way too high, especially for children. Figured it out on my own thru trial and lots of errors.

    IMHO, Barry is the MVP.
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    I see, didn't realize. You're all set then!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ukeanixi View Post
    I see, didn't realize. You're all set then!
    Hey, that’s okay. I still enjoyed Barry’s video. Always good to be reminded.

    Got good news today. The seller and shop owner said he only took delivery on the Kala 12/2019. Said it was in perfect condition and played well. I think I’ll be okay. Delivery date is next Wednesday. I bet it comes Tuesday.
    “Well, today is a good day to make music.”

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    Quote Originally Posted by ukeanixi View Post
    Kala Spruce Top Flame Okoume Concert Ukulele KA-SSEM-C, $159 or best offer on eBay. My son has the tenor size, obnoxiously loud...
    Hello, thanks for turning me on to this Kala tenor uke. Took delivery this morning and am very happy with my purchase. Needs nothing. Setup is perfect, easy to play. Plenty loud, exactly what I wanted for certain songs.

    I ordered new strings, but I’m going to leave the Super Nylgut on for awhile. Sounds awesome. Built quality is superb. What’s not to like about a Kala tenor with a solid wood top, all for $125. Just needs strap buttons and I’m good to go.

    Thanks again.....couldn’t be happier.
    “Well, today is a good day to make music.”

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    Quote Originally Posted by terrgy View Post
    Hello, thanks for turning me on to this Kala tenor uke. Took delivery this morning and am very happy with my purchase. Needs nothing. Setup is perfect, easy to play. Plenty loud, exactly what I wanted for certain songs.

    I ordered new strings, but I’m going to leave the Super Nylgut on for awhile. Sounds awesome. Built quality is superb. What’s not to like about a Kala tenor with a solid wood top, all for $125. Just needs strap buttons and I’m good to go.

    Thanks again.....couldn’t be happier.
    You're welcome. I thought that you were focussed on a concert. Your decision to get a tenor might have been a much better choice since they're bound to be a larger voice comparatively. I just played my son's ukulele today, still improving after three months of use. I'm anticipating the same for you!

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    This same seller and I exchanged e-mails. He seemed very legit. I also ordered the KA-SSEM-T, and should receive it this Saturday.

    I will be stringing it for the same pitch as Baritone, but r/e like my Caramel CT402 tenor, which I love. This will be my 1st Kala.

    I am stoked !

    Received it today 9-Apr. Flawless. Cut of nut is perfect. Action at 12th fret is quite low at 2mm, but no buzzing. Yay!

    Fret ends? Can't feel them. First impression; it has noticeably more "bark."

    Will report back on how it sounds and its loudness (dB) compared to other ukes I have.

    Waiting on a string order for Baritone (re-entry) tuning.

    Edit 1- The "G" in Baritone DGBE is the same pitch as a "Low G" on a GCEA uke.

    Edit 2- When aggressively strummed less than a foot away from the meter, the average dB "loudness" measured about 90 (C weighted), which is no different than my Caramel Solid Mahogany. However, the tonal character is quite different where the mahogany is mellow/smooth and the spruce more direct which may make it "sound" louder. As I noted in another thread, the KA-SSEM-T is quite "woofy" with a low G.

    My sopranos measured about 80db.

    Edit 3 - Due to the excessive "boominess" of low G, I am going to park this until I can figure out how to tame the overwhelming imbalance of low G that makes it seem "loud." An idea I have is to glue a thin hard wood slab somewhere inside where it can dampen it. After a bit, I will experiment with temporary placement and sizes to find out what works. TBC
    Last edited by Wiggy; 04-28-2020 at 05:33 AM. Reason: comment on loudness

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wiggy View Post
    This same seller and I exchanged e-mails. He seemed very legit. I also ordered the KA-SSEM-T, and should receive it this Saturday.

    I will be stringing it for the same pitch as Baritone, but r/e like my Caramel CT402 tenor, which I love. This will be my 1st Kala.

    I am stoked !
    My son's is tuned low-G, for more picking range, and, compatibility with high G chord shapes.

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    Played the KA-SSEM-T last night for about an hour. I’ve decided I need to lower the E string just a tad. No problem.
    Still sounds great as is, probably just me. I also like the Super Nylgut strings. My Lava tenor has low G. Love low G. But I also like this high G too. Cool. This tenor has a lot of welcomed volume.

    All my ukes have straps. Can’t play without straps. Not! While I’ve already ordered strap pins, I find this Kala to be the easiest uke I’ve ever played without straps. Very well balanced.

    When buying this uke, even at this low cost, one still has to factor in the total cost. No strap buttons, and no uke bag.
    Last edited by terrgy; 04-09-2020 at 06:55 AM.
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    What is the purpose of a side port or of placing the usually center hole at different locations on the top?

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