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NatalieS
11-29-2014, 09:52 AM
I am selling my brand new Pono Baritone Nui rosewood/spruce model. I just received this uke a couple days ago. It was created by Pono essentially as a nylon string tenor guitar, or "big baritone". I also have a steel string tenor guitar, and to be honest I’ve found I prefer the sound of steel strings to nylon ones for tenor guitars. My goal with tenor guitar is to sound like a guitar—and the Pono here sounds rather like a large baritone. So I’ve decided to part with it.

Pono has created just a few of these so far. Mine has about 20 minutes play time on it, and is in brand new condition as it left the factory from Pono. It’s a beautiful instrument and very well made. Some specs include solid Engelmann spruce top, solid rosewood back and sides, mahogany neck, gloss finish, slotted headstock, radius fretboard (so comfortable!), ebony bridge and fretboard, abalone rosette, rope purfling, and koa binding. Includes hardcase that was made to fit it. I’m not sure what strings they strung it with, but it’s tuned linear DGBE and the bottom two strings are wound.

These are on HMS for $969 right now. I’d like to sell mine for $800 shipped and insured in the continental U.S. No trades! Please feel free to ask any questions. Thanks for looking.


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NatalieS
11-29-2014, 09:52 AM
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NatalieS
11-30-2014, 04:47 AM
I've had several requests for trades. I am not considering trades, and have edited my first post to state that. Thanks!

sam13
11-30-2014, 09:05 AM
Why not just change the strings to metal? You could call Dirk at South Coast Strings. Or are you saying the Pono BN sounds like a Baritone regardless of the strings used?

l3uffer
11-30-2014, 09:23 AM
Sam, the "guitar" is braced for nylon strings. It'll be like putting metal strings on an ukulele.
Dirk has the EFS strings for this model that should be available soon - tuned c g d a
You should email and ask him about these strings!

Rakelele
11-30-2014, 09:24 AM
Why not just change the strings to metal? You could call Dirk at South Coast Strings. Or are you saying the Pono BN sounds like a Baritone regardless of the strings used?

The Pono BN is specifically braced for nylon strings, steel strings might damage it or just sound poorly. Owning one. I can confidently say, that it sounds a lot like a Guitar - just not like steel strings. I like the sound a lot: It is louder, deeper and firmer than any Baritone, but not as brash as a steel strung Guitar, more like a Classical Guitar.

sam13
11-30-2014, 09:50 AM
The Pono BN is specifically braced for nylon strings, steel strings might damage it or just sound poorly. Owning one. I can confidently say, that it sounds a lot like a Guitar - just not like steel strings. I like the sound a lot: It is louder, deeper and firmer than any Baritone, but not as brash as a steel strung Guitar, more like a Classical Guitar.

It does sound quite appealing ... Rakelele ... is yours the Spruce / Rosewood combo?

Rakelele
11-30-2014, 10:27 AM
It does sound quite appealing ... Rakelele ... is yours the Spruce / Rosewood combo?

I have the all Acacia one, that might sound just a little bit warmer. But man, that Spruce and Rosewood looks nice too!

Patrick Madsen
11-30-2014, 10:32 AM
Dirk does sell metal strings for baritone; HML-CM. Can only be tuned to an A or Bb. I had a set on my bari and liked it so much I'm having a tenor built so I can put a set on that'll be a C tuning.

l3uffer
11-30-2014, 10:43 AM
Patrick, you're actually partially correct (forgive me if I sound like I think I'm better than everyone, I just want to get the facts straight!!!) - the first string is soft steel, while the rest of them are flat-wound bass strings, so it isn't a complete metal string set.
I wonder if anyone has tried fifths tuning on these instruments yet?

sam13
11-30-2014, 02:57 PM
I have the all Acacia one, that might sound just a little bit warmer. But man, that Spruce and Rosewood looks nice too!

The Acacia model is quite a stunner to look at and the tone from Corey's example is lovely. Nice.

sam13
11-30-2014, 02:59 PM
Does anyone use linear South Coast DGBE string sets on these?

NatalieS
12-02-2014, 03:25 PM
This uke is still available and brand new, for over $100 less than you'd pay elsewhere. :-)

NatalieS
12-06-2014, 02:17 AM
Price reduced to $800 shipped!

GASguy
12-08-2014, 11:55 AM
Free Bump


It looks like this rosewood /spruce model is now currently sold out at HMS / The Ukulele Site!

NatalieS
12-10-2014, 12:57 AM
Sale pending...

NatalieS
12-15-2014, 02:12 PM
This uke is still available. I haven't heard back from the person who was interested before.

jerryb
01-23-2015, 11:21 AM
I've become very interested in this model since it became available. With this model being braced for nylon strings, I was wondering if it could be tuned with all nylon to ( GCEA ) C-tuning, standard tenor uke. I've emailed pono several times on this issue and have never received a reply. However, all the research I've read on the BN series models seemed to indicate this would be possible. I guess it's too new for anyone to have tried this to see how it would work.

NatalieS
01-24-2015, 01:41 PM
This instrument is still available. jerryb, I do not know enough about the physics of instruments to be able to answer your question. I'm sure there are others out there more knowledgeable than me!

good_uke_boy
01-24-2015, 06:43 PM
Dirk does sell metal strings for baritone; HML-CM. Can only be tuned to an A or Bb. I had a set on my bari and liked it so much I'm having a tenor built so I can put a set on that'll be a C tuning.

Wouldn't be surprised if G tuning with HML-CM's worked great on this instrument's 23 inch scale. (A or Bb is for 20 inch.)

bonesigh
01-26-2015, 01:22 PM
I haven't tried them yet just having received them but I have Guadalupe Custom Strings that are made for a Baritone uke to tune it GCEA. I think they are wound nylon, anyway, they are wound. Would probably work on this guitar if they are long enough. I got them at Mainland ukes. Why don't you call them? I got a Wishnevsky tenor guitar here on the market place and it sure sound nice for the steel string sound of HI music. I'm sure the uke here would sound even better with a steel type string.

PTOEguy
01-26-2015, 01:33 PM
I've become very interested in this model since it became available. With this model being braced for nylon strings, I was wondering if it could be tuned with all nylon to ( GCEA ) C-tuning, standard tenor uke. I've emailed pono several times on this issue and have never received a reply. However, all the research I've read on the BN series models seemed to indicate this would be possible. I guess it's too new for anyone to have tried this to see how it would work.

I've used an Aquila set designed for gCEA (reentrant) tuning on a baritone - (here's one place you can buy them http://www.juststrings.com/aqu-abuk.html). I had it on a Lanaikai LU-21B, basically their near base model laminate baritone and the sound was amazing. A big sound with a lot of sustain - could be interesting to try on a really high quality uke.

ichadwick
01-27-2015, 12:58 AM
Wow. I'd love one of those. I have two tenor steel-string guitars but I'd love nylon. But I'm in Canada and right now the dollar is too damned low...

mds725
01-27-2015, 08:31 PM
I've become very interested in this model since it became available. With this model being braced for nylon strings, I was wondering if it could be tuned with all nylon to ( GCEA ) C-tuning, standard tenor uke. I've emailed pono several times on this issue and have never received a reply. However, all the research I've read on the BN series models seemed to indicate this would be possible. I guess it's too new for anyone to have tried this to see how it would work.

Contact Andrew at Hawaiian Music Supply. http://www.theukulelesite.com/ I bought one of these from him a while back and he's been very responsive to questions about them.

Rakelele
01-28-2015, 01:48 AM
I've become very interested in this model since it became available. With this model being braced for nylon strings, I was wondering if it could be tuned with all nylon to ( GCEA ) C-tuning, standard tenor uke. ...

Someone who really knows about that kind of stuff is Dirk from Southcoast Ukes. You might want to consider what he wrote in post #17 on the other Baritone Nui thread (http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/showthread.php?102337-Pono-Baritone-Nui&p=1610925#post1610925) (the present thread is actually about a sale).

NatalieS
02-06-2015, 02:23 AM
This uke/guitar hybrid is still for sale.

hollisdwyer
02-06-2015, 04:11 AM
For any of those considering purchasing this instrument I just wanted to post a gong for Natalie. I just purchased her DaSilva 3K Soprano and want to say what a pleasure it was to deal with her during the transaction. Be confident that you will be dealing with a very nice person.

NatalieS
02-10-2015, 03:33 PM
Thank you, Hollis. It was a pleasure to deal with you as well, and I'm glad the 3K has found such a good home. :)