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Yes brilliant use of Spanish windlass. I've only used them to straighten the railing on a deck. Great idea for delicate work.
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zenguitar wrote:I keep on meaning to learn how to play it...

But I've settled comfortably into being largely but not entirely dysfunctional. It passes the days.

Andy :beamup:

Here's an example of an Internet response to a years-old post. I used to play nothing but guitar, classical at first, then I switched to a Tele. Finger picking and strumming accompaniment, no lead work. Somebody gave me a ukelele as a joke. It's my main instrument now. I still play guitar, but I've shifted back to nylon string because of the similarity in string feel to the uke. Lesson: be careful about learning to play it. It may turn out to be a new way to pass the days in a largely but not completely dysfunctional fashion.
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Great stuff, but you do realise you're going to be asked to leave the luthier's magic circle after posting explicit details like this :)
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Post by tea for two »

I'm only over a decade late and that's early for me lol.

Bass Ukulele is the Bees knees, the Dog's........, the Mutt's....

I had a widdle on a Bass Ukulele in Duke of Uke just off Bricklane in London.
https://www.dukeofuke.co.uk/ukulele/bass-ukulele/

I had to not so politely tell myself I'm nowhere near a decent enuff player to do it justice.
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Bass Uke is great but intonation is more tricky than on a longer scale instrument.
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Is it easier to learn to play ukulele than a guitar?
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Yes, fewer strings and a soft 'action'* make it easier to remember and form the chords. That said some aspects of learning are of a similar degree of difficulty (picking/strumming rhythmically for example). Go for it :thumbup:

* Action (in simple terms) is the hight of the strings from the frets and how hard they are to press down, a nylon strung Uke will be significantly easier than a steel strung guitar and, probably, a little easier than a classical guitar.
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Post by Wonks »

Though the string height (from the shop) will vary between instruments, and cheap ukes often have quite high actions, so aren’t always as user-friendly on the fingers as they could be.

It’s often near-impossible to set up the very cheapest ukes properly due to their construction, so it’s worthwhile going to a store and trying a selection out. If you are new to ukes or guitars, it helps to take someone reasonably experienced along with you.
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Quite taken by how a Çifteli is made by hollowing out a chunk of wood.
At 2min35sec
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=dTeSv0SKl ... VsaQ%3D%3D

Made me wonder whether a Mandolin, an Uke body would be suitable to be made this way.
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A bowl-backed mandolin maybe. However it's very wasteful of wood as you are throwing away over 90% or more of the block you start out with. And with expensive tonewoods, it's not a cost-effective way to make them. You'd have to cut down 10 times as many trees to make the same number of instruments, which is not a good thing.
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A lot of bowl backed mando's were 'strip planked, a bit like a boat?

You could easily string/tune a mandolin as a Uke and vice versa as long as the scale lengths are approximately the same (Mandolin and soprano Uke are both around 14").
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Bowl back mandolins were made from thin wood strips assembled on a carved wooden form. Once completed the form was removed ready to use again and you had the finished back to fit to the front and add bindings.

I recall my evening classes at the London College of Furniture where a guy had spent a year's worth of classes slowly carving his form. And my teacher Norman Reed specialised in building lutes so I saw several of his carved forms in the workshops of the Totnes School of Guitarmaking.

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DC Choppa's thread on Archtops made me wonder this morning what other nature things could be used as an Acoustic Guitar body.
I immediately thought Pumpkin. Then I though it won't be suitable. Then I thought I would look whether anybody has constructed an Acoustic Guitar type body from Pumpkin.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=F4nltNJye ... BwdW1wa2lu
Indian Classical instrument Tanpura the body made from Pumpkin. Pumpkin size between 47inches and 60inches.
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tea for two wrote: Wed Dec 06, 2023 9:27 am DC Choppa's thread on Archtops made me wonder this morning what other nature things could be used as an Acoustic Guitar body.
I immediately thought Pumpkin.

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Wonks wrote: Wed Dec 06, 2023 9:55 am
tea for two wrote: Wed Dec 06, 2023 9:27 am DC Choppa's thread on Archtops made me wonder this morning what other nature things could be used as an Acoustic Guitar body.
I immediately thought Pumpkin.

Gourd help us!

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Post by Martin Walker »

Some months ago I bought myseld a Kai KTI-30 Tenor ukulele with a laminated mango body, and it looks and sounds gorgeous!

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