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    Quote Originally Posted by Siv View Post
    I'm guessing that these mass production ukes don't have their sound boards voiced like a small scale luthier would?
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    I think the mass-produced uke (high end), like mass-produced guitars do have their instruments voiced a certain way (I remember see a Taylor video on this). However, their voicing is unchangeable while a small custom luthier can voice the instrument in the way you want.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kenn2018 View Post
    Ko'Aloha has reduced the thickness and enlarged the opening of their unibrace, and the visible standard back brace that's about where the bridge is, over the years. (I don't have measurements.)

    From the photos, it looks as though they moved the positioning of the braces. Can't tell if they are any thinner. But that may be due to the neck and bridge changes.

    I wonder, does making the soundhole larger decreases the complexity of the sound?

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    Increasing the soundhole size increases the treble response and reduces the bass. Adjusting the f hole size is one of the last operations you perform with an archtop instrument. You purposely start with the f holes small and gradually enlarge them to balance the low notes to the high ones.
    Brad
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ukecaster View Post
    That last one looks like fan bracing. Any comments on fan vs X bracing?
    In my experience, the X bracing produces an open sound like a little guitar and the fan bracing produces a tighter and more-focused sound that has that traditional ukulele vibe. I like both for different reasons and use both in different settings.
    Soprano
    KoAloha Opio - Acacia

    Tenors
    aNueNue AMM3 - Mahogany (Low G)
    aNueNue UT3K Koa Bird - Koa
    aNueNue UT200 Moon Bird - Spruce/Rosewood (Low G)
    Jupiter Ukulele #64 - Cedar/Sycamore (Low G)
    Kanile'a K1-T Premium - Koa
    Kanile'a K1-T5 - Koa
    KoAloha KTM-25 #161 - Koa (Low G)

    Baritone+
    Kanile'a K1-B - Koa
    Pono UL4-30 - Spruce/Rosewood Steel String

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