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Pete Howlett
11-28-2015, 08:04 AM
I did site carpentry work for a while - very unrewarding! A lot of effort went in to doing a good job which the painters then covered in gloss and everyone said, "What a nice job!" My assistant just completed the last two sopranos I will ever build. There has been so much chatter on my facebook page simply because we put a black face on them :)

http://i1269.photobucket.com/albums/jj589/HowlettUkulele/2%20black%20face%20soopranos_zpslgkqyowu.jpg (http://s1269.photobucket.com/user/HowlettUkulele/media/2%20black%20face%20soopranos_zpslgkqyowu.jpg.html)

They sound great but do they look any better than if they had a natural finish? What are they going to look like in 6 month's time when the fronts are strum-scratched to ribbons? We ended handling them with cotton gloves for fear of putting a scratch in the surface.

Andyk
11-28-2015, 09:28 AM
They look great pete. A bit of paint never hurt anyone. If the black finish ends up looking a bit shagged after a time from use the its a sign it is actually played regularly rather than hung on a wall. Nothing wrong with hanging a uke on a wall to look at rather than play of course. Sometimes I think people worry too much on how an instrument looks when surely they should just enjoy playing them.
I imagine using black/dark finish on a uke is great if there is a cosmetic defect in an otherwise good bit of wood.

Andy...

Andyk
11-28-2015, 10:02 AM
Just curious ... What type of black finish did you use?

sequoia
11-28-2015, 04:49 PM
http://i1269.photobucket.com/albums/jj589/HowlettUkulele/2%20black%20face%20soopranos_zpslgkqyowu.jpg (http://s1269.photobucket.com/user/HowlettUkulele/media/2%20black%20face%20soopranos_zpslgkqyowu.jpg.html)

They sound great but do they look any better than if they had a natural finish?

Interesting looking. But not to my taste. I like the look of natural wood. However, top marks for originality. Certainly distinctive. Kinda makes me want to pick one up and strum it. Nice tight looking builds too... Not wild about the sound hole rosette on the left sided one. Might look good on stage in low light? Who knows?...I also notice that the one on the left appears to be a rare left handed uke or was that a picture thing?

Teek
11-29-2015, 07:10 PM
Ok I'm scared now, why are they the last sopranos you will ever build??!! :(

Pete Howlett
11-29-2015, 07:45 PM
There's no money in them...

Andyk
11-29-2015, 10:30 PM
why not charge the same price no matter what the size of ukulele? No saying you should start making them again if you don't want to but surely a similar amount of effort goes into making a soprano compared to a tenor etc. Of course that theory might not work for the average builder out there but those uke builders that have a decent following should be able to command a decent price no matter what the size. But then again ... what do I know.

Pukulele Pete
11-30-2015, 12:20 AM
Ever since I saw Your " Le Noir " I've lusted after a black ukulele . These look beautiful . Is one left handed , or do they both have side dots on both sides?