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    I ordered the Waterman Concert after hearing about it over on Uke Talk. I have been a happy player of the soprano since its introduction, but always wished for a concert, my preferred scale. As in the case of the original Waterman, it shipped in a sturdy box imprinted with information about the uke. Inside was the lined, drawstring gigbag with the uke and a brief instructional manual with some chords, a song, etc.

    It has the same molded in frets, nut and saddle, none of which are adjustable, as the soprano. My soprano has a translucent body, and this concert has an opaque black body. The plastic seems less "hard" and reflective, and along with the body size produces a sweeter, warmer tone than the bright, snappy soprano. This was noticeable immediately. I fact, its tone was so startlingly different, that for a while I wondered if I'd like it. Of course the tone is not "woody," or complex, but its smoother and warmer than the soprano. I have decided I DO like it, but it was really something when I began playing it. I'm no expert on the properties of the plastics used, and what I said about the effect on tone is pure conjecture.

    The open-backed tuners hold the strings in tune just fine. Most complaints I've read about Waterman ukes of either size are about the characteristics of a plastic uke. Action and intonation are not adjustable, but are ok out of the box. I've strummed chords up to the seventh or eighth frets and I don't hear dissonance in any chords. Yes, the tone isn't that of a wooden uke, but it's percussive, snappy, and as needed, loud. Its unaffected by humidity or lack of it, and the modern plastics are supposed to hold up in hot (or cold) cars and storage. I don't have any experience with other plastic ukuleles, just the Watermans.

    A major complaint about the soprano when it came out was the fact that the silver paint on the frets and position markers quickly wore off. Indeed, it was literally after minutes of play that the paint wore off my soprano. Well, I have many hours of play on the concert, and so far, there's no wear on the paint; it looks like new. This issue has apparently been effectively addressed. Two colors were offered when I ordered mine from Amazon: Seafoam Green over black, and a flat "Chalkboard" black. I got the Seafoam Green, a little startling compared to the popular cream color seen on the sopranos, but clearly identifying it as a fun ax.

    This is a fun, tough little instrument. It plays well and sounds good. It can go anywhere. Consideration of it shouldn't be eliminated because its limitations as a plastic instrument. The Waterman series offers excellent value at their respective price points.

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    I've yet to actually hear a sound sample of these concert ukes, but have been keeping an eye out for them.
    I had a Brunswick plastic concert, similar to a Korala I believe, but didn't like its sound, so gave it away.
    It would be nice if these actually did sound good.
    Long Neck = Kala KA-SLNG - Ohana SK30M - Ohana SK30L - Ohana CK35L
    Electric = Mahalo 'Surfboard' concert - RISA Solid/Stick concert - RISA Uke Ellie tenor - RISA Solid/Stick tenor
    Concert = Baton Rouge Hotrod - Baton Rouge Sun thinline cutaway - Kala KA-CEME - Kala KA-ASAC
    Tenor = Kala KA-T (fitted with classical guitar strings DGBE)
    Baritone = Lani solid Spruce top - Kala solid Cedar top

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    Quote Originally Posted by uke1950 View Post
    I've yet to actually hear a sound sample of these concert ukes, but have been keeping an eye out for them....
    Choirguy (Chris) put up an extensive review back in March 2017, which includes lots of photos, and a video comparison and sound samples: https://ukestuff.wordpress.com/2017/...erman-ukulele/

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    Cheers, Booli, I must have missed it before.
    Long Neck = Kala KA-SLNG - Ohana SK30M - Ohana SK30L - Ohana CK35L
    Electric = Mahalo 'Surfboard' concert - RISA Solid/Stick concert - RISA Uke Ellie tenor - RISA Solid/Stick tenor
    Concert = Baton Rouge Hotrod - Baton Rouge Sun thinline cutaway - Kala KA-CEME - Kala KA-ASAC
    Tenor = Kala KA-T (fitted with classical guitar strings DGBE)
    Baritone = Lani solid Spruce top - Kala solid Cedar top

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    Is the intonation any better than it was on my soprano Waterman? That was a complaint shared by others too when we discussed the Kala Waterman here, a year or two ago. On mine, the notes started to be off in the 3rd fret already. It was anything but "excellent value" for me, sadly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mivo View Post
    Is the intonation any better than it was on my soprano Waterman? That was a complaint shared by others too when we discussed the Kala Waterman here, a year or two ago. On mine, the notes started to be off in the 3rd fret already. It was anything but "excellent value" for me, sadly.
    I've got no hands-on with the concert Waterman, but every one of the 1st and 2nd gen soprano models I've played had the action greater than 3.5mm at the 12th fret, and intonation at the 2nd fret was +30 cents sharp, and due to the nature of the molded plastic bridge and saddle (one peice) there's not a way to fix it.

    IMHO, the soprano Waterman is the instrument you give a toddler to whack against the coffee table so you dont have to give them your Fluke, Flea or Outdoor Uke.

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    I had a concert Waterman for a very short time. Didn't care for it much. Gave it to a teenager as a birthday present. She has had fun with it.

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