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trevorg888
07-18-2015, 10:31 PM
Just wanting to start a chat with taropatch owners love to hear about your taropatch if it is a vintage or new and what tunings you are using etc. here is a vid of one i used to own it is a tony graziano made from cuban mahogany it was a beautiful taropatch i really regret selling it

http://youtu.be/GkBdZfFeQAI

Cornfield
07-19-2015, 01:22 AM
It looks and sounds good. It also looks large for a concert sized uke. You might want to look into an early Kamaka 8 string tenor. The early ones are pretty small (by todays standards)

k0k0peli
07-19-2015, 01:46 AM
Have you looked at http://www.taropatch.net/ ??

I will admit some ignorance here. I first encountered the term 'taropatch' in the David Heaukulani book UKULELE SLACK KEY as the basic drop-G slack tuning. Then I read in the Wikipedia 'uke entry that 6- and 8-string 'ukes are taropatches. Then I read of a Martin instrument sold as the Taropatch. So are my 6-string Kala and 8-string Oscar Schmidt tenors taropatches? Is my Harmonia concert a taropatch when tuned gCEG? If I tune my cuatro-menor (mandolin-size body, concert-uke-scale neck, 4 triple courses) to ggg-CCC-EEE-GGG, does that count? Just what is the accepted meaning of Taropatch?

dsummers
07-19-2015, 02:12 AM
I have a Kiwaya taropatch- all mahogany concert size 12 fret. It appears to be an exact same build as my Kiwaya KTC-1 except a larger headstock, wider neck and peghead tuners. Typical Kiwaya as far as lightness, finish, set-up. I tune it to the typical tuning aa ee cc gg (double course). One reason I got the taropatch was because of your video and I love Kiwayas. I really like it!

trevorg888
07-19-2015, 12:33 PM
I think the original martins were called taropatches that is where I got the name from I have always tuned my taropatches Gg Cc ee aa

My understanding is that all taropatches are concert size and 8 string but I could be wrong. this video attached is the reason I initially bought a taropatch i just love this song and the martin taropatch and ukulelezaza is an amazing player this taropatch is tuned to F Bflat D G all courses in unision


https://youtu.be/vMLtZK11vVw

trevorg888
07-19-2015, 12:39 PM
Hi all what strings are you using on your taropatches?

PhilUSAFRet
07-19-2015, 01:00 PM
I think the original martins were called taropatches that is where I got the name from I have always tuned my taropatches Gg Cc ee aa

My understanding is that all taropatches are concert size and 8 string but I could be wrong. this video attached is the reason I initially bought a taropatch i just love this song and the martin taropatch and ukulelezaza is an amazing player this taropatch is tuned to F Bflat D G all courses in unision


https://youtu.be/vMLtZK11vVw

Based on a lot of research, I agree that "Taropatches" are concert sized 8 strings. That name seems to have been applied incorrectly on later 8 string tenor ukes. I have not seen 6 strings referred to as a taropatch. I've been wanting one for some time and I will likely get one of the new (if they ever release them) Ohana taropatch 8 string concert CM-35-8. I recently scored a Mele mahogany concert size 6 string which is my "surrogate" taropatch. The Ohana will likely have Aquila strings on it and if I don't care for them, I'll likely try a Southcoast light 8 string set as they are awesome on my 6 strings.

trevorg888
07-19-2015, 02:40 PM
Hi phil are the southcoast 8 string sets all flourocarbon or do they have wound strings too I have been looking for an all flouro 8 string set

Cornfield
07-19-2015, 03:14 PM
Hi phil are the southcoast 8 string sets all flourocarbon or do they have wound strings too I have been looking for an all flouro 8 string set

Try Worth Clears or Browns

PhilUSAFRet
07-20-2015, 03:55 AM
My tenor 6 string has Southcoast's with wound strings, my 6 string concert has no wound strings. Lots of other sets out there, but I personally wouldn't try them unless the Southcoast's don't work out for you. With most other sets, you get a standard set. With Southcoast strings, you get "CHOICES"...light, medium, heavy, wound, unwound, etc. You can also get a "custom" set. They usually work out best for most according to the feedback I've read.

keeponukin
07-20-2015, 04:20 AM
.....I've been wanting one for some time and I will likely get one of the new (if they ever release them) Ohana taropatch 8 string concert CM-35-8.....

Phil,
What has led you to believe that Ohana is working on these?
Any idea as to when Ohana will produce these and how they will be priced? I'm a fan of Ohana ukes and would be thrilled to see it happen.
Thanks,
Al

PhilUSAFRet
07-20-2015, 06:31 AM
Phil,
What has led you to believe that Ohana is working on these?
Any idea as to when Ohana will produce these and how they will be priced? I'm a fan of Ohana ukes and would be thrilled to see it happen.
Thanks,
Al

I have been keeping track ever since I started trying to convince Ohana to make one a few years ago. I've been in touch with Ken Middleton and Mike at Uke Republic about them. They were kind of shooting for Summer NAMM, but they didn't make it. I'm hoping nothing Pearl Harbor's (no pun intended) the plan.

vinceherman
07-20-2015, 07:24 AM
81662

1920's Harmony Concert Taropatch
Currently tuned ggcceeaa but I want to try splitting the first 2 courses.

Edit: I later learned that this is an Oscar Schmidt Taropatch.

bonesigh
07-20-2015, 08:34 AM
Uke4ia, Jim has a taro and played it at the Seasonista picnic this weekend and it sounded particularly good with one of the songs but I'll be danged if I can remember which one!

TheCraftedCow
07-20-2015, 09:50 AM
In 2003 I bought a solid koa tenor from Ajenol Ortiz from Hawai'i. It is currently strung Dd Gg Bb EE. It now resides with a close friend who had a 1923 Martin T-18 that "wasn't him". It is mahogany back and sides with an Adirondack spruce top. It is not strung GCEA, it is Dd GgG BbB EE. It is in its original case. We are both thoroughly satisfied with our trade. Last Thursday evening he brought it to our weekly event. It was nice to play it again and recall the conversations between his daughter- in - law, Micheroo and myself. She wanted to build but was told that was man's work. It was sold as a taropatch by a Hawai'ian builder. I have often wondered if Michele ever got to build since he moved to Alaska to work either logging or working on a fishing boat. My second tiple is the Japanese copy of the T-17 all mahogany Tiple. It is even clearer and more distinct from the real thing,the Martin T18. x

trevorg888
07-20-2015, 11:30 PM
Yep i have a few of my ukes strung with southcoast strings. Dirk makes some great string i really like his light strings

FiL
07-21-2015, 02:47 AM
Uke4ia, Jim has a taro and played it at the Seasonista picnic this weekend and it sounded particularly good with one of the songs but I'll be danged if I can remember which one!

That was actually a tiple, not a taropatch. More strings!

- FiL