How low can you go??


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Oct 17, 2021
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Yesterday I had the pleasure of visiting Buckdancer's Choice- in Portland, Maine... I live about 150 miles north of there, and had the pleasure of playing a few old vintage uke's they had there... and the thing that struck me was how low the action was on these. I typically set my ukes up for about .2 mm at the 12th fret, and .018-.025 at the nut.... I wish I would have had some measuring tools with me, just to see what they actually measured.
I guess the only way to find out how low you can go for easiest playability is to be willing to sacrifice a nut and a saddle by taking it down too low- to see how far one can go??
How far down is considered reasonable? My 74 year old arthritic hands absolutely loved the feel of these old low-actioned vintage ukes!

Thanks for any guidance!
There were a couple of threads in this forum recently about how too-low string action can make your ukulele harder to play (mostly for fingerstyle techniques) and can also reduce your volume and sound quality.
For best volume and tone, I like 2 25 - 2.5mm at the 12th. I've had some ukes that routinely came with low action setups, about 1.75mm at the 12th. They play very easily and sound good, but I wonder if they'd sound even better with higher saddles, but the saddle slots are already so shallow that you'd probably need to deepen them to add a 1mm higher saddle. Anything below 1.75mm at the 12th gets buzzy IME.