This fun experiment has reached its conclusion. today I strung it up.
Now that it has all of its parts, I like its looks. Kinda big and fat, kinda goofy but fun and kinda stylish too.
Here is the clamping contraption I use to glue on the bridge. Seems to work fine.
and here are the new GraphTech tuners sent to me by the company as a sample. They are simple to install and so far are impressing me with their function. 4 to 1 gear ratio. super light weight, string winds on them nicely, turn solidly and easily, no slip back detected yet. The jury is still out, but GraphTech seems to have a winner here
The knock on these tuners has been that they are all plastic and look inexpensive. The reality is, they are all plastic and they are inexpensive. I think I will charge $30.00 to install a set of these in a customers uke. They are sure a huge improvement over friction tuners. And I don't think they look so bad. I will see how others like them on Holey Moley and also report in a few days on how they are functioning.
My goal for Holey Moley was to make it different and fun and a little wild while testing the Kasha bracing. I thought blue strings might add to that feeling. Here they are , Aurora colored strings. I strung it up re-entrant (hi G) cause a guy ought to have both tunings around. I am very pleased, Holey Moley has the bright harp like chime of some of the better concert Pinecones. I will be playing it a lot in the next few weeks as the strings play in. I will give you a further report, but I think the Kasha bracing has done it's wonders once more. In a word- I am pleased.