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    Hey, any steel ukulele players out there? If so, whadaya think--good? --Heavy? -- Loud? I think the sound is a little "tinny" or metallic, but I could maybe get usta it. A local music store is supposed to have 'em, and I'm interested enough to try one out.

    If you have one, do you play blues on it? How's it sound?
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    Luna "Peace" concert - Hi-C GDA -
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    Kala "Exotic Mahogany" soprano - Hi-A DF#B

    Mahalo yellow "Smiley" soprano (Dad's Day gift) - C
    Ka-Lai Pineapple soprano (old) gift - C

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    Which ones are you talking about? MyaMoe? another brand?

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    John Morton put out a really nice resonator.

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    If you are talking about the $300-$500 Chinese made ukes that have a variety of brand names but all look like a Recording King RU-998 Metal Body Resonator Ukulele, you get what you pay for.
    I had one, spent an additional $500 putting on decent tuners, repairing the setup and installing a pickup. When I was done, I was still disappointed in it.
    A National Resonator that costs around $1300 or a John Morton (even higher), on the other hand, is an outstanding musical instrument

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Sargent View Post
    If you are talking about the $300-$500 Chinese made ukes that have a variety of brand names but all look like a Recording King RU-998 Metal Body Resonator Ukulele, you get what you pay for.
    I had one, spent an additional $500 putting on decent tuners, repairing the setup and installing a pickup. When I was done, I was still disappointed in it.
    A National Resonator that costs around $1300 or a John Morton (even higher), on the other hand, is an outstanding musical instrument
    Second all of that. I don't own one but a National Reso has been on my wish list for a long time - they have a very sweet sound, not brash and metallic like the aforementioned knockoffs.

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    AS far as what to play on a metal ukulele, check out Del Rey http://delreyplays.com/


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    Quote Originally Posted by PhilUSAFRet View Post
    Which ones are you talking about? MyaMoe? another brand?
    I've been looking at Luna and Recording King, but I'd like tenor.
    Kala "Spalted" baritone - Lo D GBD -
    Kala tenor eight string - gG cC EE AA

    Luna "Peace" concert - Hi-C GDA -
    Flea "Red" concert - Hi-G CEA -
    Kala "Exotic Mahogany" soprano - Hi-A DF#B

    Mahalo yellow "Smiley" soprano (Dad's Day gift) - C
    Ka-Lai Pineapple soprano (old) gift - C

    Down Up Down and still above ground.

    God gave us old age so we wouldn't mind dying so much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Patrick Madsen View Post
    John Morton put out a really nice resonator.
    I know that Morton puts out a tenor, but I'm not familiar with the brand.
    Kala "Spalted" baritone - Lo D GBD -
    Kala tenor eight string - gG cC EE AA

    Luna "Peace" concert - Hi-C GDA -
    Flea "Red" concert - Hi-G CEA -
    Kala "Exotic Mahogany" soprano - Hi-A DF#B

    Mahalo yellow "Smiley" soprano (Dad's Day gift) - C
    Ka-Lai Pineapple soprano (old) gift - C

    Down Up Down and still above ground.

    God gave us old age so we wouldn't mind dying so much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Sargent View Post
    If you are talking about the $300-$500 Chinese made ukes that have a variety of brand names but all look like a Recording King RU-998 Metal Body Resonator Ukulele, you get what you pay for.
    I had one, spent an additional $500 putting on decent tuners, repairing the setup and installing a pickup. When I was done, I was still disappointed in it.
    A National Resonator that costs around $1300 or a John Morton (even higher), on the other hand, is an outstanding musical instrument
    $1300 sounds pretty steep. If I was gonna spend that much, I buy a blackbird.
    Kala "Spalted" baritone - Lo D GBD -
    Kala tenor eight string - gG cC EE AA

    Luna "Peace" concert - Hi-C GDA -
    Flea "Red" concert - Hi-G CEA -
    Kala "Exotic Mahogany" soprano - Hi-A DF#B

    Mahalo yellow "Smiley" soprano (Dad's Day gift) - C
    Ka-Lai Pineapple soprano (old) gift - C

    Down Up Down and still above ground.

    God gave us old age so we wouldn't mind dying so much.

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    I watched Del Rey's videos yesterday--great!
    Kala "Spalted" baritone - Lo D GBD -
    Kala tenor eight string - gG cC EE AA

    Luna "Peace" concert - Hi-C GDA -
    Flea "Red" concert - Hi-G CEA -
    Kala "Exotic Mahogany" soprano - Hi-A DF#B

    Mahalo yellow "Smiley" soprano (Dad's Day gift) - C
    Ka-Lai Pineapple soprano (old) gift - C

    Down Up Down and still above ground.

    God gave us old age so we wouldn't mind dying so much.

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