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  1. #11
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    I've been selling unused outdoor gear and stashing away the money for another Uke, the ones that interest me the most are National Resonators and Martin K2's--both classics in their own right,,,,,,I've though about a Risa Les Paul but a National Resonator I don't have to plug in to be loud.......

    Willies American Guitars has a couple of Nationals and at least one Martin K2 in stock. I aught to head down there and check them out. One Steel resonator and one Koa resonator.....Could be fun albeit expensive afternoon.....
    Last edited by mjh42; 04-17-2018 at 04:02 PM. Reason: added more information

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    Quote Originally Posted by ukulelekarcsi View Post
    In short, resonators
    - are louder than a wooden ukulele, and have more sustain than a banjo ukulele.
    - have a more metally clang - depending on which system, brand, cone,... it's an acquired taste.
    - have a bit of a different string physics thing going on, with strings pressing down on the saddle rather than pulling it up - hence players often use a slightly different wrist angle and often fingerpicks.
    - have more factors that can be set up, or can go wrong - saddle height, buzzing cone... never change strings all at once, but one by one, unless you know how to set up without bending the cone.
    - absolutely have a wide quality range, from cheap with a cheap sound to expensive with an expensive sound - you can hear the price difference!
    - have different systems, aside from brands, which determine the sound: metal or wooden bodies, biscuit or spider cones, brass, steel, fiberglass or 'german silver' bodies.

    I've had a gold coloured, steel Chinese one (don't remember the brand, alas), a Beltona fiberglass one, and still have a Dobro/Regal made Montgomery Ward one. They'r every nice, but I do seem to return to wooden ones after a while.
    Those and, also, they're quite heavy. I picked one up and it feels like lifting a ton.

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    I own a Kala Resonator and think its pretty darn cool.
    They only retail for $300, which is fairly inexpensive.

    5 reasons I hang on to it:

    1) ITS Loud!! Like 20% louder than most ukes. Its a great uke to take to the beach or festivals or any place one might expect there is going to be alot of noise etc...

    2). It's fun playing blues or bluegrass or funk style

    3). Chords really sound TIGHT

    4) they look really cool

    5). It's Nice to have a radically different tone sometime from the usual beautiful chime of a normal uke

  4. #14
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    I have a Radio King that's all chrome and looks great but I don't play it much.
    I also have a homemade resonator (that's my profile picture).
    I only play it when I'm playing with an acoustic guitar.
    I think they look so much cooler then they sound.
    Rob Uker
    RIGuitars & Ukuleles
    One of a kind handmade instruments
    https://m.facebook.com/RIGuitars/

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