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    I'm still thinking about buying a soprano. I don't jump into things. I'm looking at a spruce top. The reason that I'm looking at a spruce top is because I heard that they are loud, and I like to reach out and touch people. I busk a lot. Is Spruce the way to go?
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    It is also the build as well as the wood. My loudest is my sapele Opio. It has a bigger lower bout.
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    Concert - Luna (Spruce top)
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    I'd say spruce is 'brighter' than cedar or mahogany, but there isn't really that much between the ones that I have.

    I just bought myself a Kala concert acacia, & that is 'brighter' still, but costs more in general.

    Suggest you take a look at the KoAloha acacia if you can afford it, (I was very tempted with their long neck soprano & long neck concert).
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    If you want an all-wood instrument, my Ohana SK-35 really sings. Incredible projection for a small instrument.

    Soprano Fleas project awfully well, too.
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    Nyah! Nyah! Rollie has UAS! Rollie has UAS!
    Kala "Spalted" baritone - Lo D GBD
    Kala tenor eight string - gG cC EE AA
    Gold Tone tenor banjolele - Hi-D GBD

    Luna "Peace" concert - Lo-G CEA
    Flea "Red" concert - Hi-G CEA

    Kala "Exotic Mahogany" soprano - Hi-A DF#B
    Mahalo yellow "Smiley" soprano (Dad's Day gift) - C
    Ka-Lai Pineapple soprano (old) gift - C

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    I tried the Opio sapele. It was LOUD!
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    Quote Originally Posted by hendulele View Post
    If you want an all-wood instrument, my Ohana SK-35 really sings. Incredible projection for a small instrument.

    Soprano Fleas project awfully well, too.
    Was actually looking at an Ohana SK-70MG.

    Quote Originally Posted by Down Up Dick View Post
    Nyah! Nyah! Rollie has UAS! Rollie has UAS!
    Yes Dick, have your fun. You know that I've had a big want going on for a soprano all summer.
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    I was also seeking volume, in a soprano. I recently lined up my 5 sops, 2 solid mahogany, 1 solid koa, 1 lam mahogany, 1 thinline lam hog. I played them all hard, and they all came in at about 87db max on a sound meter. Despite rather equal volumes, some sound fuller, probably due to more midrange. Favilla sounds best: loud, very full and sweet. The Famous FS-0 laminate thinline has big volume, great tone, but sounds less full. So, I guess volume isn't everything.
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    Well, Rollie, just a little levity to brighten things up.
    Kala "Spalted" baritone - Lo D GBD
    Kala tenor eight string - gG cC EE AA
    Gold Tone tenor banjolele - Hi-D GBD

    Luna "Peace" concert - Lo-G CEA
    Flea "Red" concert - Hi-G CEA

    Kala "Exotic Mahogany" soprano - Hi-A DF#B
    Mahalo yellow "Smiley" soprano (Dad's Day gift) - C
    Ka-Lai Pineapple soprano (old) gift - C

    Thank the Lord for the memories about the good old days.

    God gave us old age so we wouldn't mind dying so much.

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    The loudest unamplified ukulele I've heard was a Kala spruce top. On the other hand, my favourite ukulele is actually pretty quiet. It sounds sparkly, though.

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