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    Quote Originally Posted by bacchettadavid View Post
    Alan Carruth and Tim McKnight have both researched this topic to varying degrees. You can find their respective results at Side Ports and Sound Ports.
    Very interesting. Thanks for posting the links.

    Rebel has a high end tenor that had a variable sound port. It has an inner sliding cover that you can open to your desired amount. Yet it is located on the lower bout! You wouldn't be able to point it towards your ear. So I imagine the raison d'etre is to control the air flow. A bit gimmicky but intriguing nonetheless.

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    Last edited by Kenn2018; 04-14-2021 at 07:12 AM.
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    I saw Pepe's custom Tiny Tenor with a side port on his FB page (koa). He indicated it was a special order shipping to HMS. So Pepe thinks it okay on that design. It was expensive...

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    Quote Originally Posted by gochugogi View Post
    I saw Pepe's custom Tiny Tenor with a side port on his FB page (koa). He indicated it was a special order shipping to HMS. So Pepe thinks it okay on that design. It was expensive...

    That is very interesting because there appears to be no extra internal bracing for the port. That tells me I might be able to add a port to my Tiny Tenor myself!
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    I also don't have uke with a sound port so will sacrifice one of my cheapies to test it out. I do find it interesting that Magic Fluke offer an option of a sound port which they just laser cut into their bodies - not like it's designed specifically for it.

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    Ok. So, this is what I plan to do to my Tiny Tenor.

    I think I can manage to do this with a Dremel tool if I am careful. If I screw up a bit I can always make it an oval port. Now, I just have to get up the nerve to do it.

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    Could be cool. Going to be difficult and keep the finish intact.

    Did you hold the uke to make sure that the port will be unobstructed?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kenn2018 View Post
    Could be cool. Going to be difficult and keep the finish intact.

    Did you hold the uke to make sure that the port will be unobstructed?
    I'll make a paper sticker and look for an ideal placement and size. Thanks the tip.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Siv View Post
    I also don't have uke with a sound port so will sacrifice one of my cheapies to test it out.
    To me that’s a logical way forward. I suppose it’s dependent on personal circumstances, but I wouldn’t want to trash the value of an expensive instrument. If someone needs a sound port for use whilst playing in a noisy group then, politely, I see no point in having a particularly expensive and fine sounding instrument for that setting. If you’re playing at home and want the sound to be directed to the player rather than audience then a more expensive instrument might be worthwhile.

    I don’t have a Uke with a side port but some Ukes are made that way. I’d have thought it wisest to listen to and buy something that already has a sound port designed (well hopefully designed and tested too) into its construction.

    The OP will do as he chooses and I do wish him well, but for other folk there are alternatives.
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    If one was willing to sacrifice a cheap uke to try this then a hole saw drill bit should do the job quickly. But how would you prevent the sawdust from falling into the uke?

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    So here we go - my cheap Kmise Amazon special that's laminate and junky and was sitting in a corner gathering dust


    I used a 1.5" forstner bit but this is not recommended (you'll find out why)


    I taped up the hole location with masking tape and went at it. This was clearly a rush job - if I was to do it again, I would have made a clamping system and used the drill press. The bit wandered a little and didn't cut cleanly - and the laminate isn't very good so there was tear-out on the top layer. Yes, lots of junk into the body of the uke also.


    The final product:


    I thought about hitting the edges with a roundover bit in the router but then thought that will probably cause more damage than anything. I will hit the unclean bits with a file and sand paper to try and neaten up the hole. Once it's cleaned up, I'll have to find some matte varnish to finish it (currently all I have is gloss). If attempting this again, I would likely score the top layer with a knife before drilling to provide a cleaner hole finish. I would also drill a smaller hole and open it up with files or a dremel. The forstner was a bit too violent.

    Now in terms of sound, there is barely any difference. This highs are a little clearer and more pronounced with the side port open but I don't notice any great increase (or decrease) in volume.

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