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    Since I bought my Kala tenor solid cedar top with preamp, I considered it my best sounding and playing uke, lots of projection, good sustain, hi-g with the original Aquila strings. Then about a month ago I bought a Lanikai Thinline figured bocote and it's just as good, if not slightly better, also with preamp and original Aquila strings. It really surprises me the sound that comes out of thinlines, Kala and my Lanikai.






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    I have been eyeing the compass rose for sometime! Time to go check them out again!

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    Have to change my vote to a shiny new Moore Bettah (Spruce + Ebony, #1808) I was lucky/blessed to get.
    Playing it, feels like putting out a big UAS forrest fire deep inside. I wait for the right moment to open and play it..

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    My best sounding uke is not, unfortunately one that I built. It is a Martin O style mahogany soprano. Picked it up on EBay a few years ago. It has the decal on the peg head, that they started using in 1932, and bar frets which Martin quit using in 1934. It was missing a tuner, so I put on a set of Grover friction tuners. The finish was badly cracked and crazed, so I first applied some shellac and then sprayed a couple of light coats of nitro over it. That welded the finish together nicely. The finish crazing is only slightly visible now, and more importantly it is ready for another 80 years. The body is totally sound, no cracks at all and zero fret wear. It sounds amazing, loud with an incredible dynamic range, but lacking any of the harshness sometimes present with loud instruments. I feel very fortunate that it wound up in my hands.
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    Best seems to change as my mood changes and the songs change

    *Bright and articulate....LfdM tenor sitka spruce and Amazon rosewood. This instrument is the easiest playing uke I have ever touched, means alot

    *Warm loud and very resonant....I'iwi tenor redwood and walnut. This is light and so well balanced

    * Even toned, excellent mid range sound great for strumming, singing and performing live.....Ko'olau tenor spruce and myrtle

    If the house was burning down I would grab the LfdM and run
    Last edited by DownUpDave; 05-17-2018 at 01:32 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DownUpDave View Post
    Best seems to change as my mood changes and the songs change
    If the house was burning down I would grant ab the LfdM and run
    I am glad you know the answer to that quandary!

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    If they weren't all the best or didn't look great, I wouldn't have them. I'm not a sound snob, and all of my ukuleles sound like ukuleles. The m,ore expensive ones do tend to sound better, though. The Koaloha has a great sound.
    Too many ukes, but I can't stop buying!

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    It's a Beau Hannam tenor, redwood top with koa back & sides. It plays as good as it sounds. If you follow Beau's builds you know that he puts an impressive level of craft and heart into them. Must say that this uke pretty much slayed UAS. I've re-homed 4 since it came home.

    Second is a Pono ATD. The action isn't quite as good.

    Third is a Clara.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerryc41 View Post
    If they weren't all the best or didn't look great, I wouldn't have them. I'm not a sound snob, and all of my ukuleles sound like ukuleles. The m,ore expensive ones do tend to sound better, though. The Koaloha has a great sound.
    I am a sound snob......if knowing what sound I like from a ukuele makes me a snob!!

    The question asked was "Tell us about your best sounding ukulele", not which ones look great. Just sayin'
    Last edited by DownUpDave; 05-19-2018 at 06:22 AM.
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    Without a doubt, it is my LoPrinzi Model A tenor. This is their basic mahogany tenor model, no frills, except a beautiful logo on the headstock, and the laminate wood stripes on the back of neck and headstock. But what a sweet woody sound, with great volume. I've owned 7 tenors from Ohana, Mainland, Pono and Outdoor, and this one is by far the best sounding and playing.

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