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    @DownUpDave, thanks for sharing your thoughts. I wouldn't mind a little more in the upper registers but even if I don't achieve that with other strings, I am quite happy with the tone particularly for fingerstyle. In person, I don't find the 3rd string boomy. I'm still new to the recording stuff and I think my recording level may have been set too high. I wonder if that could be a contributing factor?
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    Nice Eddie. Looks and sounds good. When do you want us to come over and take it home for a long visit? I know you'll soon need more space. It does have some "bling" to it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ukulele Eddie View Post
    Thanks for all the comments. I am really very happy with how it turned out. Below is a sound sample (apologies, it's long at 6 minutes) and includes some simple scales to show range of open string up to the 9th fret (Harmonized F Scale), then two fingerstyle songs and finally a bit of 12-bar blues.

    This is tuned Linear B (not Bb) using Carbonblacks. The sample is completely "dry" using an Apogee mic and Garageband.

    https://soundcloud.com/ukulele-eddie...b-carbonblacks

    I'd love to hear people's candid thoughts (don't be shy about saying what you really think, but it would be helpful to hear your adjectives whether they are positive or negative).
    Eddie, love that full, rich, and clear tone in B tuning. Sounds pretty balanced to me. Great playing. Two more songs and you're halfway to full album.
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    Nice demo Eddie. I hear very clear acoustic ukulele. Love it. Good range of sounds by the demo. Beautiful custom version. Notes are clear, crisp and ring out. Nice playing. The scale samples were cool also.

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    @M3Ukulele and @Doc_J, thank you. To my ears, there is a "crispness" and an "airiness" to its tone and as I play it more I'm appreciating it even more.

    @Quiltingshirley, are you coming to LA Uke Festival? I'll be there at the Luthiers for a Cause booth, so stop by. I'll likely have it with me since I don't have to worry about the heat! ;-)

    I'll do a full review in a couple of weeks.
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    See you there, Eddie

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    A number of people have asked me about the unigrain top. I'm tickled pink with how it turned out, both aesthetically and tonally. And I've now had enough other people listen and/or play it who've given it a big thumbs up on tone. Joe was pleased with the feedback. While he is not yet ready to offer this personalization feature on the web site, he is willing to produce more. The unigrain top on a uke will continue to require a gloss finish for the time being, so the total for this feature is $600 ($400 for the gloss, sunburst and $200 for the unigrain top). You can contact Joe through the Blackbird web site or feel free to contact me and I'll put you in touch.
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    Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd.—Voltaire

    Curious about the relative importance of tonewood vs. the luthier? See Luthiers for a Cause to learn more!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ukulele Eddie View Post
    She's back from getting the sunburst done:



    Not sure if I'll have more photos to share before it ships, but hope to. I should have it inside the next two weeks.
    That's a very nice burst!
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    Wow. I have a plain-jane Farrallon that I absolutely love and adore the sound of--but yours *looks* as good as it sounds! I enjoyed the sound sample you posted, and wonder whether you could tell me where to find the tab (or music) to the finger-style pieces (particularly the second one). Thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Otterishly View Post
    Wow. I have a plain-jane Farrallon that I absolutely love and adore the sound of--but yours *looks* as good as it sounds! I enjoyed the sound sample you posted, and wonder whether you could tell me where to find the tab (or music) to the finger-style pieces (particularly the second one). Thanks!
    Thanks, @Otterishly. The first fingerstyle was a tab Seeso shared of Time in a Bottle which I found here on UU. If can't find it, PM me and I can provide it. The second song is Corey's version of Chet Atkins' Still Can't Say Goodbye. The tab can be found on The Ukulele Review, here:

    http://www.theukulelereview.com/wp-c...ey_goodbye.pdf

    Best, Eddie
    More an appreciator of the ukulele than a true player. My motto is: "Don't matter how good it ring if it ain't got some bling."

    Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd.—Voltaire

    Curious about the relative importance of tonewood vs. the luthier? See Luthiers for a Cause to learn more!

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