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    Hi folks,

    I’ve just bought a 10 string harp uke from eBay. It arrives tomorrow so I will post photos then. It is small risk in that there was little information and the photos were poor. Apparently no makers mark to be seen. I saw it and bought within five minutes and even as a curiosity got it at a good price. It looks like a restoration job: possibly has a crack, complete refinish and fret dress, possibly new tuners. Anyway, that is all easy enough.

    My question is around strings and tuning, even though it will be weeks before I get that far. I’ve not seen any six bass-string harp ukes. I’m wondering about tuning the uke with a low G and descending the bass from there. Alternatively going for a high G and some sort of re-entrant tuning but not sure what this would be. From the little research I’ve done, there seem to be very few six bass-string harp ukes out there and I can’t find anything on the subject of tuning. Lastly, I presume nylon classical guitar strings?

    Thanks for any thoughts. If there is interest in the project I’ll update with photos and other questions at each stage. Not sure if I will keep or sell in the long term. Depends on the level of fun.
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    A man of few words
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    Don’t know what happened to my post, Miguel. Will try again!
    Pete Howlett Korina tenor, Pete Howlett Paddle Uke, Pono ABD, Pono MGTD, Bruko No. 6, Ohana CK38, Risa Tenor Stick, too many other ukes to list them all, less guitars than I once owned.

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    How about a photo?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pete Howlett View Post
    How about a photo?
    Hello Pete. Will post one tomorrow when it arrives. Hope you are keeping well. You kindly agreed to build one for me about 7 years ago but then another child arrived and I ran out of money. Still loving my PH paddle and korina tenors though!
    Pete Howlett Korina tenor, Pete Howlett Paddle Uke, Pono ABD, Pono MGTD, Bruko No. 6, Ohana CK38, Risa Tenor Stick, too many other ukes to list them all, less guitars than I once owned.

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    So it arrived today. Hardly built by a master and certainly rustic in places. My skills are good enough to transform the finish. The top appears to be solid with laminate sides and back. It is solid in construction with a bolt on neck. Bass strings seemed to be tuned EADGBE given that they were all flat of this guitar tuning. I don’t want this tuning in the end. Three wound strings and three nylon.
    Pete Howlett Korina tenor, Pete Howlett Paddle Uke, Pono ABD, Pono MGTD, Bruko No. 6, Ohana CK38, Risa Tenor Stick, too many other ukes to list them all, less guitars than I once owned.

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    That's a right beast. I was hoping you had snagged an aNueNue one...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pete Howlett View Post
    That's a right beast. I was hoping you had snagged an aNueNue one...
    If only. But it would have been more than one hundred and fifty pounds.
    Pete Howlett Korina tenor, Pete Howlett Paddle Uke, Pono ABD, Pono MGTD, Bruko No. 6, Ohana CK38, Risa Tenor Stick, too many other ukes to list them all, less guitars than I once owned.

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    Did anyone have any thoughts on a potential tuning? Thanks in advance if you can share. I appreciate that it could be anything I want it to be.
    Pete Howlett Korina tenor, Pete Howlett Paddle Uke, Pono ABD, Pono MGTD, Bruko No. 6, Ohana CK38, Risa Tenor Stick, too many other ukes to list them all, less guitars than I once owned.

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    Contact Gregg Miner of harpguitars.net. He has some harp uses and might be able to advise on stringing and tuning.

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