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chuck in ny
08-14-2015, 03:23 PM
what would you say the advantages are of a concert with a 16" scale?

08-14-2015, 03:29 PM
what would you say the advantages are of a concert with a 16" scale? It's almost as good as a tenor. ;)

08-14-2015, 04:04 PM
Former Ohta-San owner here - the advantage is that it's just an all-around great uke! The only reason I'm a *former* owner is that the scale length, while smaller than tenor, was still too large for my tiny hands to play comfortably, and it was causing me hand pain.

What I really liked about it was that it had great playability up the neck much like a tenor does (!4 fret join and more sustain than standard concert scale) but still retained a very ukulele-like sound, rather than sounding guitar-ish as many tenors do. So I'd consider playability higher up the neck, and more sustain, to be definite advantages.

08-14-2015, 04:31 PM
I think it's the combination of the scale and the bell-shaped body that give sustain & clarity when playing finger-style and whopping volume & sustain when strumming. Strung Low G, it is 'big'.

Like janeray1940, my hands struggle with the scale length so I keep thinking I'm going to sell mine, but every time I play it I am smitten again.

Jim Hanks
08-15-2015, 08:37 AM
I think it's a personal preference thing. As mentioned it doesn't fit everybody, but I think it's a great option. Just a little more comfortable to fret than a tenor to me but not as cramped as standard concert. String tension is also a little lower. For example my Cocobolo 16" feels good in C tuning but I like my tenors better in Bb.