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katysax
02-22-2015, 07:03 AM
So now I'm going to go into my Keepers that are Concert Sized. I'm curious what other people's are.

I like concert size because it is comfortable to hold. However, the notes are often dead after the 12th fret, and some chords are a bit cramped. The sound is generally not as big as tenor. Playing tenor all the time stresses my hands so I switch back and forth between concert and tenor.

Keepers:

Pete Howlett Vita Uke - This is one of the best ukes I have ever played. Ever. I love the sound and size. It's one of the only concerts where it will chime all the way down the neck.

Kamaka Ohta-San - This is the uke that fits right between tenor and concert. I love it for playing with low G. I wish I had another one this size to put a high G on. I'm thinking that maybe when Kamaka has their big 100th next year I'll get a second one and string it high G.

Mya Moe Concert - The sound is not as big as I'd like but it is balanced. The uke has great sustain and is all around really comfortable to play.

Cant Decide:

Koaloha Opio - I fell in love with the Koalana when it first came out but mine cracked. The Opio is a replacement that is even better, but now I just have too many ukes.

Kanilea Concert - This one is really really really hard. It's a beautiful deluxe and is wonderful to play. I used it for a long time as my low G concert but restrung it high G when I got the Ohta-San. I like that spacing is a little wider so it give me a little more room.

Ohana Vita Uke - I bought this to complete my Vita Uke collection. I got it used; it was very inexpensive and not worth a lot. I don't play it a lot but I like it, and it does complete the collection (which I'm not sure I want to keep).

Martin C1K - Boy this is great little uke. Sounds great, looks great, plays great. I don't like that the body joins at the 12th fret. I'll probably sell this one.

Definitely Sell or give away:

Brueko Concert - Very nice looking and unique. I'm just not as attached to it.

Islander Concert - Already going to a friend.

Other than that I think I've pretty much gotten rid of the concerts.

drbekken
02-22-2015, 07:15 AM
I have two TOM concert ukes. They are the only two concert ukuleles I have ever played. I will keep them both. One is laminated sapele, the other laminated koa. Fact is, they both sound incredibly good, and they cost around 60-70 USD each, including shipping from China to Norway.

mr79
02-22-2015, 07:42 AM
My Bruko special mahogany concert is my keeper... in fact I have already or am currently getting rid of all my other instruments (apart from a tenor banjo I'm converting to dGBE). The Bruko is my 'cold, dead hands' ukulele!

Dan Uke
02-22-2015, 07:52 AM
sell all besides keepers cuz you can always buy it later

janeray1940
02-22-2015, 07:57 AM
Kamaka Ohta-San for low G, for sure. Until last week I would have said my Kamaka HF-2 for reentrant, but I've been test-driving a couple of super-sopranos (concert neck, soprano body) and one of those two might be in the running to become my main reentrant uke. I can't believe how late I am to the super-soprano party, but if the two I have on loan right now are representative of the lot, they're the perfect size/scale for me. Uh oh, UAS begins all over again!

If you do decide to put your Opio concert on the market, I'd be very interested in checking it out. I've never seen or heard one and if they're at all in the same league as Koaloha's koa ukes, I'm thinking I might have room for one... :)

connor013
02-22-2015, 08:16 AM
The Bruko is my 'cold, dead hands' ukulele!

That's how I feel about my Bruko soprano.

It does feel good when you just know something is keeper.

dsummers
02-22-2015, 08:56 AM
I have so many nice concert size ukes, but my absolute keeper is a recent purchase I made from a guitar shop in Japan is my Kiwaya KTC-95 #01 (95'th anniversary model- all Koa). Perfect from head to toe!

NewKid
02-22-2015, 10:22 AM
I've never owned a true concert. I had a wonderful Pohaku Concert 10 (now owned by LakesideGlen) and a Kamaka Pineapple Long Neck Special (now living in Japan).

But my concert-size keeper is coming in December: a Pete Howlett Concert Vita in flamey Koa with a Spruce top.

Thanks to your inspiration Sherry!

Ukulele Eddie
02-22-2015, 11:00 AM
I mostly play concert but have only one at the moment. It's a Collings UC3 Maple with Spruce Top with Cherry Sunburst finish. Don't think I will ever sell it. For one, I find it strikingly beautiful. Two, it has a wonderful tone. Three, it's got great playability. Four, it's quite unusual (the other UC3's in maple I've seen all have a tangerine sunburst finish).

While I'm trying to nudge my way up to 4-6 ukes, I don't think I'd ever want more than that. For me, I can't imaging regularly playing more than 3-4. And then maybe a couple of keepers for nostalgia in due time.

Just as my UC3M wasn't a keeper for @coolcow but found a lifelong, adoring owner in me, I'd rather see ukes being played and cherished by others than sitting idly, neglected, lonely, and abandoned in one of my closets. ;-)

RichM
02-22-2015, 11:24 AM
My Talsma 3K concert is the only custom I've ever had made, and is exactly what I wanted. I bought a Pohaku maple and koa Concert 10 to keep me company while I waited for the Talsma to be completed, and damned if I didn't fall in love with it. Tricky thing, this polyukery. I kept the Pohaku for a while after the Talsma arrived, but finally concluded it needed to belong with someone who'd give it more attention. While I miss it, it couldn't haven ended up in a more perfect place.

Nickie
02-22-2015, 02:30 PM
"polyukery" I love this term! Are you a nurse Rich M?

actadh
02-22-2015, 02:46 PM
I mostly play sopranos now, but my concert keeper would be my Luna Dragonfly. Solid spruce top and laminate mahogany back and sides. Still strung with the original Aquila Nylgut, but some Living Waters are waiting in the wings for me to have time to change them out. I got it a year ago just beautifully set up by HMS. Great ringing tone.

Gary52
02-22-2015, 02:55 PM
I have a Covered Bridge red cedar/walnut and a KoAloha. Quite different from each other and both keepers.

Mattyukaholic
02-23-2015, 07:21 AM
Mine has got to be my Kamaka HF2D by a mile. I got it last year from HMS. It's such a joy to play and sounds just like Hawaii to me. Oh and the smell from the sound hole is intoxicating!!

Andy Chen
02-23-2015, 03:17 PM
I have only one concert, since I like more space on the fretboard for my fingers, and the Clara is a keeper for sure. It's a tone monster, plays great (although not higher up the neck) and can take weather abuse.

PTOEguy
02-23-2015, 03:39 PM
Here's another vote for the Clara - everything I ever needed in a uke and its super durable.

guitharsis
02-25-2015, 12:04 AM
Kamaka Ohta-San. But haven't been able to part with my Kamaka Concert, Kanile'a Concert or KoAloha Concert even though they do not get much play since receiving the Ohta-San. Will see what Kamaka comes out with in 2016. May have to get another Ohta-San, an anniversary model.

mattydee
02-25-2015, 05:16 AM
Definitely my Talsma custom. The Clara is real attractive though, as a travel uke. That may be the next big purchase. I've also always been partial to the Pineapple Sunday, and now that that's available in concert scale... My bank account is weeping.

I just made a trade for a steel string electric Jupiter Creek concert. hasn't arrived yet, but we'll see.

katysax
02-25-2015, 06:13 AM
Kamaka Ohta-San. But haven't been able to part with my Kamaka Concert, Kanile'a Concert or KoAloha Concert even though they do not get much play since receiving the Ohta-San. Will see what Kamaka comes out with in 2016. May have to get another Ohta-San, an anniversary model.

I'm with you on this one. I would really like to have another Ohta-San, and even though it is kind of heresy I would string one high G. I'm really excited to see what Kamaka is going to do for 2016. For me the size in the middle of a concert and a tenor is the perfect size.

Dan Uke
02-25-2015, 06:20 AM
Kamaka Ohta-San. But haven't been able to part with my Kamaka Concert, Kanile'a Concert or KoAloha Concert even though they do not get much play since receiving the Ohta-San. Will see what Kamaka comes out with in 2016. May have to get another Ohta-San, an anniversary model.


I'm with you on this one. I would really like to have another Ohta-San, and even though it is kind of heresy I would string one high G. I'm really excited to see what Kamaka is going to do for 2016. For me the size in the middle of a concert and a tenor is the perfect size.

I'm with you guys. I would take any commemorative uke except for bari.

strumsilly
02-25-2015, 06:21 AM
I've had some nice concerts, but the only one I kept is my Koaloha. it sounds brilliant. Oh , I have an acacia lam Islander that I need to rehome. anyone interested. not bad, inexpensive, and very pretty.

Ukejenny
02-25-2015, 09:58 AM
I have an Ohana solid rosewood body, solid cedar top concert. Love. It. Love it!!! I'll never part with it.

Uncle Leroy
02-25-2015, 11:16 AM
I have a Tall Grass Concert Uke that I absolutely love.

bonesigh
02-25-2015, 04:44 PM
I've been playing for over 5 years now and have played many a uke and a few high end ones. It's even hard for me to believe but my keeper concert is my Oscar Shmidt 250 Bell. It's pretty and unique and sings sweetly to me. Especially since I put the Living Waters on and when visiting a friend my G string broke and she had an extra low G she just happened to throw away that day. We dug it out of the garbage and lo and behold it sounded awesome! Then on a fluke a couple of weeks ago I got it out cuz I needed a high G. Forgot it was now low. For some reason I tuned it down to DGBE Bari tuning, just cuz. It's got a whole new cool sound and the strings aren't too loose and it's great for the Blues!

woordt
03-11-2015, 02:07 PM
After two years of playing uke, I believe concert is the scale for me. I am very pleased with my Mele redwood top / koa side and back. It plays smooth (love that neck) and sounds warm with real depth but also has an oldskool hawaiian ring, really cool. To me it's a keeper.

The only 'but' is the volume, the Mele is not particularly loud. Strung with Southcoast heavy medium (high g) is the best setup for tone and volume I experimented with so far. Thoughts / ideas / tips are most welcome!

My recently purchased KoAloha Opio is here for keeps too by the way. Really great instrument in every way! Have it strung with Living Waters. I have yet to try out the Worths HMS reckomended me to go with it, but the LW's do the job for now. Also a keeper, to me that is, obviously :)