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tangimango
05-20-2015, 10:32 PM
Anyone else just love the soprano. I started on the soprano, then moved up to a concert/tenor then now back to the soprano.
I just love the ease of playing it and how much fun it is plinky around on it.

Hippie Dribble
05-20-2015, 10:39 PM
I love the soprano too. I tend to play concerts occasionally, mainly when I'm looking for a slightly more resonant and fuller sound - usually for melody playing - but while I can conceivably imagine a concert-free life, I can't bare to think of one without a soprano. The scale offers a dynamic sound and playability all its own.

bunnyf
05-21-2015, 12:00 AM
I too love the soprano. I'm going to thin my herd and am only holding on to those I play regularly and that's my soprano and my best baritone. The rest are going on the chopping block.

drbekken
05-21-2015, 01:37 AM
The soprano is the Ultimate Ukulele for me. It's the one uke I will never ever stop playing.

caspet
05-21-2015, 01:42 AM
*puts hand up* Me too. There's a soprano lovers group on the Facebook for those who do that thing.

Rank_beginner
05-21-2015, 02:00 AM
Wait, there's other sizes?

Seriously, the soprano is fantastic for folks who maybe have smaller hands or want a super portable instrument! It's the only size I consider when looking at ukes. Too bad because there are some makers that only produce larger ukes.

CeeJay
05-21-2015, 02:02 AM
Soprano. Yes.

Others. Well, okay. But Soprano First.

jksk8in
05-21-2015, 02:48 AM
The ultimate for me! I play concerts on occasion, but get the most joy out of each of my sopranos. They have that "jangle" that larger ukes can't duplicate.

fretie
05-21-2015, 03:30 AM
Definitely the wee soprano is my first choice...
:D... but I can spare some love for the other sizes if required!

HBolte
05-21-2015, 03:32 AM
I love the soprano too. I tend to play concerts occasionally, mainly when I'm looking for a slightly more resonant and fuller sound - usually for melody playing - but while I can conceivably imagine a concert-free life, I can't bare to think of one without a soprano. The scale offers a dynamic sound and playability all its own.

:agree: Absolutely!

actadh
05-21-2015, 04:50 AM
I started with a little kiddie soprano and could not do a D chord (2220). I then got some vintage ukuleles that were entry level back in their day. I could chord better, but was not impressed.

So, I followed the advice here on UU and other places and ordered a concert size for my first "proper" ukulele. I learned on it for several months (Uncle Rod's Bootcamp nearly everyday), and found that I could play better on those cheapie vintage ones once I build up muscle memory and hand strength.

I took the plunge last summer and got an Opio. Haven't looked back and I am now Team Soprano. Still think I needed that concert for half a year, but it is now only played when I change the humidifier.

hollisdwyer
05-21-2015, 05:03 AM
I have one Soprano in a collection of tenors. I love its unique sound, just right for particular songs. Unfortunately my clumsy fat fingers are not a match for that size fretboard, hence I find that I am not playing it that much.

vcs700s
05-21-2015, 05:43 AM
:agree: Absolutely!


The ultimate for me! I play concerts on occasion, but get the most joy out of each of my sopranos. They have that "jangle" that larger ukes can't duplicate.

I agree with this.

k0k0peli
05-21-2015, 07:22 AM
My large hands seem a bit encumbered around a soprano's fret #1 in gCEA or GcEA but do okay in GDAe. I'm leaving on a long road trip and will be trying some concerts (and others) in upcoming weeks; if one sings to me and accepts my fingers, great! My tenors are comfortable but those aren't *really* ukes, are they? ;)

I can foresee myself acquiring more sopranos (or concerts), with each dedicated to a specific tuning. (Little stickers on each headstock remind me how to tune that axe.) Will SAS ever overtake me? Dang, I'll have to sell some other stuff to pay for them. [/me shuffles through camera lens collection] Yeah, I don't *really* need these Takumars and Tomiokas and Steinheils...

spookelele
05-21-2015, 08:11 AM
does anyone make a 14th fret join soprano?

TheBathBird
05-21-2015, 08:20 AM
does anyone make a 14th fret join soprano?

Yes! I think there was a whole thread on the subject quite recently, and I have a LoPrinzi soprano with a 14 fret join that I bought on the marketplace here and absolutely love.

coolkayaker1
05-21-2015, 09:15 AM
http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/showthread.php?74568-Full-Circle-Back-To-The-Soprano!&highlight=full+circle+back+soprano

I had the same experience (in thread above) going from soprano to other sizes and back to soprano, which I play nearly exclusively now.

A soprano is a true ukulele, and once we are adept at, in particular, barre chords and second or third position chordings, the small fretboard size is not difficult, even for large fingers (drbekken, eugeneuke, johnnyfoodstamps come to mind).

Team soprano! and yes, the interplay between soprano and tenor, in skilled hands, is a quite remarkable pairing. Demonstration by Remco and Kenneth.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bQxOV9AFC5g

Ukejenny
05-21-2015, 09:33 AM
I started on tenor and realized it was not my scale. Concert is the perfect scale for me, but I have a mahogany soprano that I dearly love.

keod
05-21-2015, 09:36 AM
Thanks for posting the video coolkayaker1 - absolutely wonderful!!!!!! Reaffirms my love of the soprano.

tbeltrans
05-21-2015, 11:36 AM
Having recently acquired my soprano, I have to say that it is really a wonderful ukulele. It is great to sit in my recliner and just pick out melodies by ear and then try to harmonize them. I am not finding the smaller fretboard a problem as I thought I might. The Martin fretboard seems plenty wide enough and 12 frets seems to cover a lot of musical ground. I don't intend to sell my concert or tenor ukuleles though. All three of mine have their uses.

Tony

UkerDanno
05-21-2015, 11:47 AM
I love concerts, but, if I could have only one uke, I would keep my Martin Style 0!

julie
05-21-2015, 11:52 AM
I started out with a concert because I was afraid the soprano would be too small and the tenor would be too big. The concert ended up being just right - at least for awhile. I had many wonderful custom concerts made and an equally wonderful custom tenor. But then I happened to try a soprano and now all but one of my concerts and the tenor have been re-homed. I now have 4 sopranos and a custom LoPrinzi concert that I won't sell. Two of the sopranos are currently up for "adoption" in the marketplace. Sopranos are the perfect size for me.

Tootler
05-21-2015, 12:24 PM
Soprano tuned ADF#B to me is the classic ukulele sound. Bright and plinky. I also like them tuned GCEA and have them in both tunings.

DownUpDave
05-21-2015, 01:32 PM
I am a tenor guy thru and thru but..........when I want to kick back and have some real fun out comes the super soprano (does that count)

Coolkayer the video was awesome. I am in an ensemble with a soprano, banjo uke and a tenor(me). The sonic differences mix well together.

Icelander53
05-21-2015, 01:49 PM
What is a super soprano? Tenor fretboard?

DownUpDave
05-21-2015, 02:11 PM
What is a super soprano? Tenor fretboard?

Soprano body with a concert length neck and scale length of 15" which is the standard concert length. It gives me more fretting room but the advantage of the smaller soprano size and sound. I like them and own 2 of them, maybe more in the future :p

deschutestrout
05-21-2015, 02:57 PM
So, what concerts are you selling :rolleyes:

Nickie
05-21-2015, 03:11 PM
I too love the soprano. I'm going to thin my herd and am only holding on to those I play regularly and that's my soprano and my best baritone. The rest are going on the chopping block.

If you decide to let go of a concert uke, please let me know, okay? I'm not shopping, but ya never know.....

Icelander53
05-21-2015, 03:15 PM
Soprano body with a concert length neck and scale length of 15" which is the standard concert length. It gives me more fretting room but the advantage of the smaller soprano size and sound. I like them and own 2 of them, maybe more in the future :p

I was just looking at one with a tenor fretboard. I might have to have one just as a novelty. I'm really not much on the soprano but enjoy it in some tunes.

Sylvan
05-21-2015, 04:00 PM
For me, soprano just screams FUN! It is so handy to just pick up and play while sitting in my favorite chair. I have my concerts that I love but the soprano just seems more inviting often. I really like the fast easy fretting I can do with my soprano, so I'm on team soprano too.

kissing
05-21-2015, 04:26 PM
I have always had this superstition that a Soprano would handicap me with less frets and fret space.

But I am travelling at the moment, and anything larger than Soprano is too bulky and cumbersome to carry around.

I have discovered that I play very fluidly and dynamically on a Soprano, and now I am considering making Soprano my preferred ukulele size!

Suddenly concerts and tenors feel too big.

coolkayaker1
05-21-2015, 04:35 PM
I have discovered that I play very fluidly and dynamically on a Soprano, and now I am considering making Soprano my preferred ukulele size!

Suddenly concerts and tenors feel too big.

Agree with brother kissing. Same experience here.

tangimango
05-21-2015, 05:32 PM
wow didn't realize the love for sopranos was this broad.

I think most start with a soprano because its easiest to learn and the cheapest to start with just incase you ended up not liking ukuleles.

but then you get hooked and see that most professional or adults play larger sizes. which I did, concert/tenors.

after few years of that I picked up my old soprano and boy can you just jam on it with little effort coming from the larger sizes.

I guess its best to own every size , cause I love the sound of Baritones second to the sopranos.

drbekken
05-21-2015, 09:44 PM
Earlier in the thread, I stated that the soprano is the one uke I will never stop playing. My favorites are the soprano first, then the baritone. I don't really like the tenor or the concert, probably due to string tension in the GCEA tuning. Neither do I want to tune them lower. I tried DGBE tuning on tenors, low G on both tenor and concert, but the GCEA of the soprano is a sound I absolutely LOVE. The fretboard, in my opinion, is not too small. It takes a little getting used to, but the reward is truly worth the effort.

tbeltrans
05-22-2015, 12:57 AM
A normal progression is from guitar to tenor to get used to C tuning, then when some skills and knowledge have been developed to move onto the original and ultimate ukulele size, the soprano. Serious players who want to be thought of as good players will aspire to the soprano size and will learn how run the melody up and down the outer strings, and fit the base into the inner two strings. As well as how to do stuff like play the blues in A around the tenth fret for a solo in a tune. Those who talk of fret spacing need to look at how easy it is to find the keys on your telephone and ipad. Over time you get used to the spacing.
Of course many players just start out playing chords on a soprano as their first ever musical experience. Then they follow the musical road and stop whereever they choose, which for many is playing chords and singing along on a soprano.
I think the soprano size is the original and best size for recreational players to work towarsds, the fun can be in the musical challenge or the simplicity of bashing out chords and singing along as loud as you can.

Well, that clinches it for me. Stand in front of a Marshall stack dressed in glowing Spandex and gyrating to pounding drums and grimacing with the extreme effort to get the right notes out, heavily distorted notes fill the air, but there is no guitar to be seen. Nobody can see it, but that person (she or he) is playing a ... soprano ukulele. These people are the future replacement for the "guitar god" ... "the ukulele god". Jake Shimabukuro is part way there already, but the evolution is not yet complete. :)

Tony

Cnell
05-22-2015, 03:53 AM
I absolutely love my little Mainland soprano. I also have Kanile'a concert and a Fluke tenor and the soprano is played the most. I just like the feel of it and the small neck.

k0k0peli
05-22-2015, 04:14 AM
Stand in front of a Marshall stack dressed in glowing Spandex and gyrating to pounding drums and grimacing with the extreme effort to get the right notes out, heavily distorted notes fill the air, but there is no guitar to be seen. Nobody can see it, but that person (she or he) is playing a ... soprano ukulele. These people are the future replacement for the "guitar god" ... "the ukulele god". I'm trying to become the King of the Surf Mandolin. Of course, I'll need an electric mando for that. Or an electric uke tuned in fifths and run through my stomp boxes. No, wait, a double-neck electric uke, one tuned GDAE, the other gCEA. No, wait, a triple-header axe with uke, mando, and balalaika necks. No, not balalaika -- charango! King of the Surf Charango! Yes, from Guitar Gods to Ukulele Gods to Charango Gods. (I've seen vids of balalaika gods.) But is Western culture ready for this?

Hmmm, I wonder... Some folks play Air Guitar. Does anyone play Air Uke? Would you admit it? If so, *which* uke? Do you only dream of shredding sopranos, or do apostate visions of tenors and baris and maybe banjo-ukes creep in?

jimavery
05-22-2015, 07:00 AM
I prefer the brighter sound of a soprano tuned ADF#B but I also keep one in GCEA tuning for those occasions when a song is easier to play or happens to sound better that way. My tenor only rarely sees the light of day - in my mind it's only really good for songs where a more guitar-like sound is called for. My concert is out on loan and I won't miss it if it doesn't come back.

spongeuke
05-23-2015, 07:27 PM
Love my sopranos and have large hands. They seem to have that sound that is ukulele, great for chord solos, and happy to boot.

igorthebarbarian
05-23-2015, 08:15 PM
Wow, I too am surprised for the soprano love. I initially thought they'd be too big, but dumbly I didn't correlate my smaller hands with "hey I should play sopranos more". But like Dr. Bekken says a few posts up, I like the tension of GCEA on sopranos. I like baritone DGBE also. For me now, I'm starting to think those two sizes might be enough. Another bonus of sopranos is that they're usually cheaper!

tbeltrans
05-25-2015, 05:35 AM
I don't want to go overboard with the soprano "love" thing. Though I have recently "discovered" the soprano, I find that there is a certain sound in soprano ukuleles that I like. Many soprano ukuleles sound too "plinky" for me. This is purely a matter of personal taste, so my comments are about my own likes/dislikes, rather than a general statement about soprano ukuleles. Also, I now have three different size ukuleles: soprano, concert, and tenor. The tenor and soprano are in re-entrant tuning, and the concert is in linear tuning, all three gcea. They each have a musical purpose, and I am therefore not about to unload any of the three.

Tony

Captain America
05-25-2015, 07:04 AM
I probably should be looking into Martin. I love the soprano sound and the size isn't a great bother for me. My Mainland sounds fab, but the neck's thin and I like more to hold on to.

earljam
05-25-2015, 07:36 AM
Earlier in the thread, I stated that the soprano is the one uke I will never stop playing. My favorites are the soprano first, then the baritone. I don't really like the tenor or the concert, probably due to string tension in the GCEA tuning. Neither do I want to tune them lower. I tried DGBE tuning on tenors, low G on both tenor and concert, but the GCEA of the soprano is a sound I absolutely LOVE. The fretboard, in my opinion, is not too small. It takes a little getting used to, but the reward is truly worth the effort.

I read that Lyle Ritz tuned tenors like a re-entrant baritone, dGBE. I think a 5 string baritone with separate high and low Ds would be cool - not doubled close together like a mandolin but two separate strings.

tbeltrans
05-25-2015, 07:51 AM
I probably should be looking into Martin. I love the soprano sound and the size isn't a great bother for me. My Mainland sounds fab, but the neck's thin and I like more to hold on to.

I think the one good way to find the right soprano is to play several, even of the same brand. It is similar to the answer people give when somebody asks "what is porn?". The answer almost always "I don't know, but I know it when I see it". That is how "the sound" that you want from a soprano ukulele is, and it probably is a form of "ukulele porn" anyway. :)

For me, it is in my Martin, but it sounds different from new Martin ukuleles, maybe just as a factor of age, I really don't know. For somebody else, it may be Collings, Kamaka, or any of a multitude of other brands or models within a brand.

Tony

Tootler
05-26-2015, 12:55 AM
Earlier in the thread, I stated that the soprano is the one uke I will never stop playing. My favorites are the soprano first, then the baritone. I don't really like the tenor or the concert, probably due to string tension in the GCEA tuning. Neither do I want to tune them lower. I tried DGBE tuning on tenors, low G on both tenor and concert, but the GCEA of the soprano is a sound I absolutely LOVE. The fretboard, in my opinion, is not too small. It takes a little getting used to, but the reward is truly worth the effort.

I agree with you about the string tension in tenors tuned GCEA but tuned mine down and now have both my tenors tuned reentrant DGBE. I like both the sound I get and the greater comfort of playing at the lower tension and I tend now to play tenor and soprano roughly equally and my concert is now little used though I have it tuned down a tone to Bb and it comes in handy occasionally. I did once try a baritone and I find I prefer the smaller size of the tenor compared with the baritone. I have small hands so that is a factor in my preferences. As I said earlier I think the soprano in reentrant tuning, especially ADF#B is the classic ukulele sound to me even though my first exposure to ukulele was George Formby. I saw a fair number of his films in my early teens.

pluck
05-26-2015, 06:36 AM
I love the soprano and I love my new Timms with Pegheads.

Being able to get the Timms for about 1/3 the price of a Mya Moe tenor is something else to love.

Brian W
05-26-2015, 07:59 AM
I primarily play sopranos, with the occasional concert thrown into the mix. I started with tenors, since I came to the ukulele from the guitar, but quickly moved down to the soprano scale. I find them to be so much more fun to play, and can easily bring a smile to my face. I also really prefer the wider dynamics of its percussive tone more when compared to the warmer and sweeter sounds of the larger bodied counterparts--just my personal preference, though. Some complain that the fret spacing is too narrow to comfortably play many chords, but with a little practice, I have had little trouble forming most chords up to the 7th fret. Plus they are so portable: I can fly any airline and slide the case under the seat in front of me with little trouble. For me, sopranos are the perfect musical travel companion. :)

coolkayaker1
05-26-2015, 08:26 AM
The magnificent musician, AJ "Tony" Leonard, describes his first uke, a soprano, and how he came to this size by chance. A magical instrument described in this youtube video.

Note: Terry , who goes by BeareTube, and is on UU occasionally, has a great channel for soprano lovers; it features many superb soprano renditions of classic songs, played by many ukulele notables. Check it out (click the Youtube icon in the lower right of this inserted video to go to the channel).



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9sFym8WtQIM

Postscript: Tony mentions the iconic Tiny Tim album, God Bless Tiny Tim. It's weird, sentimental, kitschy, 60's-era kaleidoscopic fun. A superb album with originality seldom seem today. Here's the link--put it on your computer speakers, high-volume, and grab a chicken sandwich and give it a fair shake. You'll be smitten.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qNXXkQNdm-8
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/God_Bless_Tiny_Tim

Ukulele Eddie
05-26-2015, 09:00 AM
I love all sizes. I started with tenor, went to concert and soprano and forwent tenors for a while. I recently re-incorporated two tenors into my collection. I don't sing and primarily play fingerstyle, which I find a bit easier on tenors and concert. I have a large body custom Kinnard soprano arriving in the next few weeks and had that made with a 1 1/2 inch fretboard. I'm very excited about it (which should be evident from the thread on its build progress). ;-)

But if I could play like George Elmes, I might play a Style 0 type soprano exclusively. ;-)

Pukulele Pete
05-26-2015, 09:10 AM
Anything larger than a soprano is cheating.

Mivo
05-27-2015, 12:32 PM
I play both my soprano and tenor (also have a concert, but it doesn't see much use). If I could keep only one, it'd be the soprano. Small and portable were the reasons why I came to the ukulele in the first place. :)

Still lusting for a banjo uke, but luckily I can't decide on the size, which keeps UAS in check. Well, somewhat at least, still want an u-bass.

westcoast
05-27-2015, 06:00 PM
I like the sound of a soprano, but wanted a little more space so I went with a long-neck.

Tootler
05-28-2015, 01:52 PM
My next uke will probably be a soprano. I'm just trying to decide between a soprano Risa Uke'Ellie and a pineapple from UK builder Rob Collins.

k0k0peli
05-28-2015, 08:32 PM
Anything larger than a soprano is cheating. My late brother-in-law said that in art, there is no cheating. He was a police chief (and an accomplished painter and guitarist) so I trust him there.

Anything but a short-neck soprano uke, hand-carved and strung with fishing line, is cheating if your definition of 'uke' is limited to such. Tuning with anything but a tuning fork is cheating. Playing with anything but fingers with chewed-off fingernails is some sort of cheating. Playing blues on a uke is cheating. Inhaling while singing is cheating. Playing uke without first drinking kava-kava is cheating. Playing uke while wearing more than baggies and a tee is cheating. Thinking about other instruments is cheating. Bother.

Pukulele Pete
05-29-2015, 01:40 AM
My late brother-in-law said that in art, there is no cheating. He was a police chief (and an accomplished painter and guitarist) so I trust him there.

Anything but a short-neck soprano uke, hand-carved and strung with fishing line, is cheating if your definition of 'uke' is limited to such. Tuning with anything but a tuning fork is cheating. Playing with anything but fingers with chewed-off fingernails is some sort of cheating. Playing blues on a uke is cheating. Inhaling while singing is cheating. Playing uke without first drinking kava-kava is cheating. Playing uke while wearing more than baggies and a tee is cheating. Thinking about other instruments is cheating. Bother.

Wait , ........what? I meant that to be funny , I don't really think anyone is cheating if they play a uke larger than a soprano. GEESH

kvehe
05-29-2015, 02:21 AM
I have tried, really tried, to love sopranos, but I just can't do it. I even keep buying them, hoping I'll find The One, but no such luck (yet). Fortunately I have other options! Carry on, soprano lovers!

coolkayaker1
05-29-2015, 02:22 AM
I don't really think anyone is cheating if they play a uke larger than a soprano.

I think they are. :p

Mivo
05-29-2015, 03:33 AM
I have tried, really tried, to love sopranos, but I just can't do it. I even keep buying them, hoping I'll find The One, but no such luck (yet).

What is it that usually prevents the surging of passionate love for the sopranos?

kvehe
05-29-2015, 03:53 AM
Probably what everyone else likes: the high, plinky sound. But I haven't given up hope, since I like classics, and what's more classic than a soprano uke? Maybe the love will come to me late(r) in life. :)

Pukulele Pete
05-29-2015, 04:13 AM
I think they are. :p

Congrats on the 3K . Please tell me that you did not name it " Marty" . Makes me throw up in my mouth a bit.

Mivo
05-29-2015, 04:15 AM
Later in life, the ability to hear higher frequencies decreases, so you may just "get lucky"! ;)

I'm generally pretty torn between tenor and soprano myself. It's a bit of a mood thing. Sometimes I like the more percussive sound of the soprano, and other times I yearn for the fuller, more melodic tones of the tenor. (A concert doesn't sound much different than a soprano to me, but that is mostly based on videos, not first hand listening.)

I wish I was as decided and certain about my favorite size as others seem to be, because then I'd buy a custom-built ukulele. Until then, though, I'll just keep oscillating.

CeeJay
05-29-2015, 05:21 AM
Wait , ........what? I meant that to be funny , I don't really think anyone is cheating if they play a uke larger than a soprano. GEESH

Ha ...welcome to My World ...sheesh ...although I think kOkOpeli may be yanking the chain a little .......:shaka:

WCBarnes
05-29-2015, 07:25 AM
I thought I was unusual in my love for both the soprano and baritone since they are so different. But reading through this thread that opinion is much more common that I thought! I also agree with what Jon said, I could make do without my concerts, tenor and bari, but not my sopranos. They are, to me, the most fun and always bring a smile to my face!

k0k0peli
05-29-2015, 07:31 AM
I think kOkOpeli may be yanking the chain a little .......:shaka: Moi? :cool:

sam13
05-29-2015, 03:02 PM
I have a Keli'i SS solid mahogany which I have been enjoying.

Recently thought perhaps I might cozy up to a Martin Style 0 1950's but either the video sample is so dreadful or the strings are horrible or maybe it is a dud. Or I might be a none standard sop kind of guy.