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    Default Problem with Tangi mini ukes...

    I just got hold of two Tangi mini ukes a few days ago. Really love them, though my fingers are still sore from tuning them. Haven't managed to master the tiny frets yet but have been able to get a few little tunes out.



    There are big differences between the two though. One is really nicely finished, the other seems a little, lets say, "rushed"?



    The fretboard in particular seems to be very bad. Wonky frets, dirty, and what appears to be a cock up on the fret marker inlays?

    I'm just wondering if I should be sending this back? Or is anybody handy with making tiny fretboards?...
    Cool and slow with plenty of precision; With a back beat narrow and hard to master...

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    I have the same issues with it. It is marketed as a display piece, and not a player tho, so in all fairness, it is what it is. QA is not the best, but still a cool little uke. Mine, the neck and frets are tilted off center even. Not sure if you seen my project, but I am building one similar to it, but more geared to playing, even though, still a novelty as any miniture is. My version of mini uke is named "Aphid", and you can search that probably, and see what I am working on, and follow that project. Once I build a few prototypes, I will be building them to sell. I am also planning on making a hard case available with Aphid.
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    The tuners don't work on mine. Disappointed for sure as I can't tune it to even see if I can get a melody out of it...oh well

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    yeah, the tuners arent great on it. The tuners on Aphid are made from Ebony, not brass. And I plan to make a "key" button you turn the tuners on aphid. It just goes over the buttons on the tuners, twist to tune, and remove. Kinda like a "tuner wrench"..
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    Epiphone Les Paul Concert Uke "Lil' Lester"
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    Gibson Les Paul a.k.a. "Hobo Ted"
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    Epiphone Les Paul a.k.a. "Blaze"
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    Wow! That second one's junk, even if only intended for display. You don't even need the close up to see that the frets aren't even parallel!

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    I am actually impressed by how screwed up the fretboard looks. Pretty impressive!(I am a smartaxx by the way! and I love exclamation points!!!)

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    I wrap a folded up peice of paper around the tuner and either turn it by hand or use some channel lock plyers and press in (gentlyish) mine rarely goes outta tune now . I envy whoever got any of these without a flaw of some kind mine has a offcenter bridge .

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    To be fair, I don't think these were ever meant to be played.
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    They wern't, an Mike whom sells them is always VERY clear about that. It is what it is, and that is a novelty, display piece. I bought mine to play it, but fully understood, it isn't meant to be. Mine has allot of quality issues, and I wasn't disapointed for what it is meant to be. This is what inspired me to attack the "Aphid" project to build one that is targeted to be played, altho still a novelty.
    Mahalo Ke Akua
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    Ohana SK-35 a.k.a. "IZ"
    Ohana SK-21 a.k.a. "Ku'u poki'i <Kapookie>"
    Lanikai LU-21 a.k.a. "Cinderella"
    Epiphone Les Paul Concert Uke "Lil' Lester"
    Harmony Banjo Uke a.k.a. "Bango"
    Gibson Les Paul a.k.a. "Hobo Ted"
    Epiphone Les Paul Studio a.k.a. "Barnabas"
    Epiphone Les Paul a.k.a. "Blaze"
    Gretsch Tenor Banjo a.k.a. "Jed"
    Supertone 406, 5 string Banjo a.k.a. "GrandPa Jones"
    Fernendes Telecaster "Suemeh"

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