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Thread: FS: New Soprano Russian Olive Wood Uke by Black Bear

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    Default FS: New Soprano Russian Olive Wood Uke by Black Bear

    This is another new soprano size uke made of 15 year old solid Russian Olive wood for the body and head plate. Very warm gold/green color and richness to the wood. The neck is old colorful Mango wood (some very few small worm holes, but no worms) and a truss rod. Hardwood fingerboard and bridge made of Bolivian rosewood. White plastic dots for the fret markers with white side dots included. Bone nut and compensated bridge saddle. Two maple wood rings for the sound hole rosette. Grover brand chrome geared tuners with chrome knobs. Clear Fluro Martin brand strings. The playing scale is 13 3/4". Nut width is 1 3/8". There are 12 frets to the body, 15 total. Gloss nitro-lacquer finish with a satin smooth feel. Low easy playing action and a very full rich mellow woody quality to the sound. Your complete satisfaction is guaranteed, 2 day trial period or your money back minus shipping costs. No case but I will double box for safe shipping. Made in the USA by Black Bear Ukuleles, labeled signed and dated. $25 shipping in the USA lower 48 states. Payment by money order, personal check or bank draft only, no Paypal. Email me if you need more information. Thanks for looking.

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    Hi Duane -
    Another beautiful instrument out of another wood I am not familiar with -
    I'd not seen Russian Olive Wood used before ! ( though I have had penny whistles and Irish flutes in olive wood )
    On your soprano, is the tone similar to maple, koa, or mahogany?
    Thanks!
    Ed, in Lakebay Washington USA

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ed Gilkison View Post
    Hi Duane -
    Another beautiful instrument out of another wood I am not familiar with -
    I'd not seen Russian Olive Wood used before ! ( though I have had penny whistles and Irish flutes in olive wood )
    On your soprano, is the tone similar to maple, koa, or mahogany?
    Thanks!
    Ed, in Lakebay Washington USA
    given that it's a hardwood Ed, i'm guessing closer to maple. maybe a bit drier in tone and good on the attack, bright, punchy and plenty of volume.
    also very interested in Duane's response.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mountain goat View Post
    given that it's a hardwood Ed, i'm guessing closer to maple. maybe a bit drier in tone and good on the attack, bright, punchy and plenty of volume.
    also very interested in Duane's response.
    This statement is close to how I would describe the sound, but it also has a bit of mellow. It sounds about the same as other fruit woods I have used, apricot and peach. This Russian Olive bends like butter and is close grained. The thing about the sound of a soprano uke, it that it is not just the top wood or the back and sides for that matter, it the body size and the system and scale. No other size seems to get that chunk sound or attack quite like the soprano, at least that has been my experience so far.

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    Still available for those who love the soprano size.

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    That is a gorgeous instrument. I hope when I am in market for another uke (when I have the $) you have this or one like it available. It is just stunning.
    They call me Mister Sweetie.

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    Last time through the loop.

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    OK, this uke is still available, great price and beautiful rich sound, satisfaction guaranteed.

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    PM sent with questions
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    Quote Originally Posted by RafterGirl View Post
    PM sent with questions
    Thanks for the question. As it states in the copy, the nut width is 1 3/8", so it is probably not a good fit for you if you are looking for a wider nut.

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