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    Default New uke check list

    Hi,

    I think a new ukulele checklist can be helpful; ; kind of like the
    beginner player checklist

    https://forum.ukuleleunderground.com...r-s-check-list

    This list contains the items to check off when receiving a new ukulele.
    During the initial days when you make a decision whether to keep it or
    send it back.

    This video will be public domain, like the beginner player checklist. It'll
    be broken up into sections for easy future updates.

    Below is the checklist I go thru with a new ukulele.


    1. Delivery: match serial numbers/model; received contents,
    shipping damage (check packaging); freshness (display model/
    handling wear, dustiness, smell).

    2. Fit and finish: strings attachment, sharp frets, concaved top/back,
    wood/joint/binding dings/splinters/cracks, bridge attachment, internal
    damage, uneven finish/discoloration

    3. construction: twisted neck/neck relief, symmetry

    4. Frets: check levelness, action height, nut/saddle adjustments,
    filing cleanliness.

    5. sound check: intonation check, buzzing, string stretch/settling in.


    Suggestions are welcome.

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    String alignment over fretboard

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    No mention of tuners... think function/smoothness, not the wonky/uneven/asymmetric installation, that seems to be present on almost every uke

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    The sound hole sniff test?
    Kamaka HF3, Tenor
    Martin S1, Soprano
    Ko'olau C1, Concert
    Flight TUS-35

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    NUD post here on UU!

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    Thanks for the string alignment and tuners suggestions. I'll include them.

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    This is what The Ukulele Site checks for. If you think your dealer isn't as careful, you should check these things yourself.


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    That's a very good video and very informative too, but it's too detailed than what I have in mind. For example, as a user of the ukulele, I only want to check the action and don't care how it was adjusted; same with frets, I want them level but don't care how it was done. I'm hoping to have a more concise checklist procedure.

    I check all new ukuleles I receive, even ones from HMS. It's not that I think a dealer is careless; I check them to decide whether I want to keep them or not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kkimura View Post
    The sound hole sniff test?
    Yes, a display/demo ukulele model will not have that "new guitar smell".

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    I look forward to seeing your video.

    I have been buying ukuleles on Craig's List, Facebook Marketplace and OfferUp. It would be very helpful to have advice and guidance from experienced ukulele buyers.

    Perhaps you can show examples of problems - like what a warped neck on a ukulele looks like, how to spot a bridge lifting up - rather than just perfect examples of ukulele.
    Kumu Thinbody Tenor Feather TF-72
    Ohana CK-35s concert
    Kala KA-TEM tenor
    Kmise Tiger Flame Okoume concert
    Islander MST-4 tenor
    Luna UKE-GWC concert
    Ohana SK-10 soprano
    Koaloha KCO-10S Spruce Opio concert

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