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Thread: Ono vs. Collings Spruce Top Tenors reentrant comparison (blind samples)

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    Default Ono vs. Collings Spruce Top Tenors reentrant comparison (blind samples)

    Here are two reentrant tenor sound samples of an Ono spruce/ Bolivian rosewood with Oasis strings and a Collings spruce/maple tenor with Savarez strings. Both sound great in reentrant, with lots of volume and full tone. This shows how good Ono ukes are. I've had other great spruce tops, but these might be my top sounding spruce tops for reentrant C tuning. They probably sound as good in linear tuning, but I've got that covered.

    Can you guess which one is which? Any preference?

    https://soundcloud.com/doc-hj/spruce...tenor-number-1


    https://soundcloud.com/doc-hj/spruce...tenor-number-2

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    My personal preference is #2 as I hear it having a deeper, richer sound. #1 though is excellent in clarity especially in upper register. I just prefer that deeper, richer more guitar like tone in #2.

    I don't have personal experience with Collings or Ono ukes in person, but my guess is #2 being the Collings due to the more guitar like tone.
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    They both sound nice, but I like sample number 1. It seems to have a lighter sound and shimmer (glistening??) clean tone especially on the high notes. I'd say that number 1 is the is the Ono.

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    Edit added after reading Recstar24's post, I think that is why I didn't prefer sample number 2, which I think is the Collings.

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    I like those adjectives to describe #1, it definitely is cleaner sounding and has that nice shimmer in the tone. The upper register is super focused.
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    I wouldn't turn down either one, but #2 sounds most pleasing to me. As recstar24 pointed out, it seems to have a little deeper, richer, and mellower sound, but the differences are minuscule.
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    I like #1. It has that bell-like tone to me.
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    So fun! They both sound very nice and, upon first listening, really similar to my ears. Upon a second listening with headphones I detect a slightly more full sound in #2 on the finger style portion. I still find them basically indiscernible on the strumming samples.

    (I own and love both brands as well -- in concert sizes -- though my Ono has different woods.)
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    I liked number two more, but both sounded great. Have you ever posted pictures of all of your Ukes? I feel like you have an impressive collection.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Recstar24 View Post
    My personal preference is #2 as I hear it having a deeper, richer sound. #1 though is excellent in clarity especially in upper register. I just prefer that deeper, richer more guitar like tone in #2.

    I don't have personal experience with Collings or Ono ukes in person, but my guess is #2 being the Collings due to the more guitar like tone.
    +1 -- except I own 2 Collings Mahogany ukes (concert and tenor). Very interested to find out which is which!

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    I think 1 is the collings and i prefer #2 due to it's depth. I bet #2 sounds great in Bb tuning.
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