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  1. #21
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Hanks View Post
    Nice! Are the same strings on all three of those? I can really hear the difference in tone from the warmer cedar, brighter acacia, and in-between jarrah.
    Wow! I agree, Jim. Great comparison of the wood qualities. That cedar really rocks my world! Love, love, love
    Cocobolo Pineapple #1
    Ohana Sopranissimo
    Maccaferri Islander
    Harmony Soprano
    D. Heilman ULO #7 Concert
    Mainland Cedar Baritone
    Kala Elite Custom Lebanese Cedar Tenor
    Kanilea K-1 SC
    Bonanza Retro Mint Pear Tenor
    Druid Moon Koa Tenor
    Primrose Cedar/Maple Soprano
    Flea Lava Soprano
    Outdoor Amethyst Soprano
    Cocobolo Cedar Top Tenor
    1933 Martin 1K Soprano

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    Here's another demo video of the three baritone ukes, two weeks after the other video. They're really opened up and are sounding great!



    There are more photos, materials, & specs on this blog, as well as an official "For Sale" post on the UU Marketplace.

    Here's the acacia one:



    And four more baritones are already underway! One will be a six-string: acacia, with a double-strung octave on the 3rd and 4th strings and plain 1st & 2nd strings.

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    Four more baritones almost done!

    Dart_cyp_purp_baritone1.jpg
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    Dart_cyp_rosewood_baritone.jpg

    This batch includes a pair of Style Two (with binding) and a pair of Style One (without binding). Please visit Dart Instruments' new blog for more details on these beauties.

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    Default Cocobolo & spruce concert ukulele!





    Here's a Sitka spruce & cocobolo concert ukulele. It'll have a cherry neck, ebony fingerboard, boxwood/BWB top binding, and boxwood back binding & center strip.

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    Love the way they sound............ very nice...
    Bud
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    Hi folks - just finished a new batch of ukuleles! Here are some photos and a demo video of five baritones. I just posted them for sale over in the Marketplace forum with more photos & specs, but have a look here in the meantime.

    The acacia (from the San Francisco Presidio) six-string is fun: it features octave-strung 3rd & 4th courses and single-strung 1st & 2nd courses, for a really big sound!











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    Quote Originally Posted by DartInstruments View Post
    I've been a custom maker for 50 + years and solid lining is the way to go on almost any stringed instrument. Much more rigid rim and better sustain overall.
    That x bracing is more than I usually do. I don't put the lower cross brace in. That particular top wood was very (too?) flexible so I put the extra brace/ cleat to hold it from over expanding, not as a tone bar. It's very thin.
    Favilla used solid binding on their pre paper label baritones. they are awesome.
    there is no substitute for LOVE

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    Its always good to see makers displaying and playing their instruments. These look and sound great. I can't help noticing the lute in the background-is that something you've made, are repairing ...or play?

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