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    Default NUD, LfdM baritone

    I had done a build in progress thread on this LfdM baritone. It is completed and I have been playing it for about a month. I would have done a NUD thread sooner but life got in the way, as did recording equipment issues. So I am sad to say I don't have a recording but just google LfdM baritone and HMS has a few sound samples up. Those guy do these instruments the justice they deserve.

    To recap the details this is a large body baritone with a scale length of 22-1/4". It really has the tone of a small 4 string classical guitar, which is what I really like about it.

    Bearclaw sitka spruce top
    Bocote back and sides
    Arm rest
    Slotted headstock
    Side sound port
    Port Orford cedar neck with two bocote strips and a carbon fibre rod
    Radiused macassar ebony fret board
    Snake wood body binding, armrest, tall graft and fretboard binding
    Zero fret
    Macassar ebony 12 hole bridge
    Snake wood and mother of pearl rosette
    Black and white purfing
    Mother of pearl side dot markers only

    Comes with a custom made Ameritage hard case. Because this uke is so different in size and shape Luis gave Ameritage the dimensions and they build them to fit perfectly. All his baritones are sold with the case, yes it adds to the cost, yes it's worth it.

    This instrument has exceeded all my expectations, simple as that. I have been lucky enough to play three other baritones Luis has made and they are all incredile instruments. Simon and Brenda have both played this and thought it was wonderful. Nice thing about both of them is you will get an honest opinion.

    It is big and the neck is long so being "just" a uke player the extra size and stretch takes some getting use to. But it plays effortlessly, like my LfdM tenor and the balance is even better. LfdM can be a bit head heavy, just a bit, with the snake head design. This is why we came up with a diferent headstock design and used Port Orford cedar for the neck, mission accomplished. Sound preference is very personal but the only negative about owning this is all my other ukes are pale in comparison.

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    Last edited by DownUpDave; 10-06-2017 at 10:41 AM.
    Ukuleles.............yes please !!!!

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    Last edited by DownUpDave; 10-06-2017 at 10:13 AM.
    Ukuleles.............yes please !!!!

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    Congrats Dave.............it's a real beauty.

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    Congratulations my friend, it turned out beautiful! That bearclaw spruce top looks incredible. As does everything else. Enjoy your new flagship!

    I sure hope you can bring this along when you come visit me...
    Enjoying instruments by - Beau Hannam - Jay Lichty - Jerry Hoffmann - Luis Feu de Mesquita - Kala - Kamaka - Kanile'a - KoAloha - Ko'olau - Moore Bettah - Pono - Romero Creations - and others

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    What a beautiful instrument, congratulations Dave
    All the best,
    Campbell

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    It's really lovely, Dave. Huge congratulations mate.

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    What a beauty, congrats! Gorgeous spruce top. I can't imagine what the case weighs since an Ameritage for a tenor uke weighs 9 lbs. Watch your shoulder!! ;-)
    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."

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    22"?!? How can you play that monster?

    Looks great, Dave.
    Current Stable:
    -Ohana TKS-15E Tenor - Eb cuatro
    -Iriguchi Keystone Tenor "Weeble" - Bb, SC SMU
    -Blue Star 19" baritone Konablaster - DGBE, steel string
    -KPK pineapple SLN - GCEA
    -Cocobolo 16" SC#1 - gCEA, SC SLMU
    -Ono #42 19" baritone, Ab, LW
    -Imua iET - Bb, M600
    -Covered Bridge CLN pineapple - Eb cuatro, SC XLL
    -Rogue bari
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    -RISA Concert Stick
    -Bruko sop. custom #6
    -Lanikai lam hog bari
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    -Bruko bari
    -Gold Tone BUT


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    just awesome, baris are the best

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