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8 String Tenors

I'd like to get an 8 string tenor but there seems to be comparatively few options. I have reviewed the offerings on the web site and I'm not too excited by any of these, except maybe the Kanile'...

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fret spacing

Is the spacing of the frets different on different size ukes? I read that bigger hands can have trouble playing a Soprano size uke. Is that due to a different spacing of the frets?

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Why does a solid top make a difference?

I've heard that if I can afford it, a solid top uke is worth the price difference. Why does a solid top make a difference?

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what's the best uke and setup for small hands

My wife has small hands and would like to purchase and learn to play a uke. She has picked up my Pono Tenor and finds it too difficult to play. She claims it's her small hands that's the problem. So I...

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Left-Handed Setup

Does HMS currently offer a left-handed setup option? If so does this incur an additional cost as the nut would have to be replaced?

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Truss Rods and Carbon Reinforced Necks

Some makers such as Pono offer an adjustable truss rod, while others in the high end segment have a carbon reinforcement of the neck. Can the latter be adjusted as well, if necessary? What are the advantages/di...

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Finish: Satin vs. Gloss

Many makers provide both satin and gloss finishes on their models. Appart from their look and feel, how do those different finishes affect sound?

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Can I have other types of strings preinstalled on my uke?

If I buy a pair of worth strings with my uke, can I have them preinstalled on my uke? I do not see an option with the ukes I am looking at to do this.

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Choosing a Ukulele

There are so many Ukulele's to choose from. Other than price, what should I be looking for when purchasing an Ukulele? I am an intermediate level player.

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Choosing an ukulele

What are the most important factors when choosing a new ukulele for a first-time owner?

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