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Ken Franklin
01-02-2016, 05:52 AM
I don't know whether this is the best place to post this message but I'm sure someone will move it if it's not. This is a recent video of a tenor ukulele that I built about a year ago. I was doing some experiments with tuners and such. This is Tim Farrell who is better known for his fingerstyle guitar playing but has been bitten by the bug.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H8cXBeS_sMM&feature=youtu.be

Here are the instrument specs:

Lutz spruce top
Ziricote back and sides
Sipo neck
Macassar ebony fretboard
Modified Gotoh Stealth tuners
Worth Brown Low G strings

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bonesoup
01-02-2016, 06:10 AM
That's a terrific sounding uke sir.

UkieOkie
01-02-2016, 06:12 AM
Very pretty and it sounds good too. Is that recording raw? Great job!

Ken Franklin
01-02-2016, 06:26 AM
Very pretty and it sounds good too. Is that recording raw? Great job!

I'll have to ask Tim. My guess is that it's modified some. I'll get back to you. I do know that the video and sound came from different sources and were synced together.

Osprey
01-02-2016, 09:40 AM
Great playin. That ukulele sounds nice and rich, love the sound.

PhilUSAFRet
01-02-2016, 10:53 AM
Wow, that is a "BIG" sounding tenor............awesome.

Ukulele Eddie
01-02-2016, 11:40 AM
Very nice. I like the sleek headstock. Looks and sounds like a pretty successful first build. Did you have experience building other instruments?

whistleman123
01-02-2016, 11:45 AM
Is there a bracing block inside the body where the top strap button is mounted? I've never seen one placed there!

mm stan
01-02-2016, 11:46 AM
Very nice playing and tone

Ken Franklin
01-02-2016, 01:19 PM
Very nice. I like the sleek headstock. Looks and sounds like a pretty successful first build. Did you have experience building other instruments?
Thanks, Eddie. Actually I've been building instruments for awhile now. I mostly build guitars but I've built dulcimers and a mandocello too. Lately I've been building more ukuleles and playing more ukulele too. That's my sixth.

rappsy
01-02-2016, 04:21 PM
Beautiful sounding Uke and a terrific song to demo it with.

Will they be available to the Uke market?

Thanks for sharing.

Ukulele Eddie
01-02-2016, 05:30 PM
Thanks, Eddie. Actually I've been building instruments for awhile now. I mostly build guitars but I've built dulcimers and a mandocello too. Lately I've been building more ukuleles and playing more ukulele too. That's my sixth.

Great. Look forward to seeing and hearing more of your builds!

Booli
01-02-2016, 08:41 PM
Very pretty and it sounds good too. Is that recording raw? Great job!


I'll have to ask Tim. My guess is that it's modified some. I'll get back to you. I do know that the video and sound came from different sources and were synced together.

My ears detect tiny amount of tastefully applied reverb, either 'small room' or 'hall' with a short decay, but that could also be the natural acoustics of the space in which it was recorded, i.e., wooden floors and high ceilings. I also detect a tiny bit of compression, something 3:1 with a slow attack. In any case, I think it is very well done and makes this uke sound like I'm sitting right there in front of it....

But all of this is just a guess and I could be wrong. :)

Having said all that, I too love the way the uke sounds and also like this arrangement very much as it has a nice 'bounce' to it. :music:

Rakelele
01-02-2016, 08:59 PM
Awesome sounding uke, lovely design, and great playing!

Ken Franklin
01-02-2016, 09:44 PM
My ears detect tiny amount of tastefully applied reverb, either 'small room' or 'hall' with a short decay, but that could also be the natural acoustics of the space in which it was recorded, i.e., wooden floors and high ceilings. I also detect a tiny bit of compression, something 3:1 with a slow attack. In any case, I think it is very well done and makes this uke sound like I'm sitting right there in front of it....

But all of this is just a guess and I could be wrong. :)

Having said all that, I too love the way the uke sounds and also like this arrangement very much as it has a nice 'bounce' to it. :music:

Thanks, Booli. I think you're right on about the sound. Haven't heard back from Tim yet though. Love the quotes on your signature BTW.

Ken Franklin
01-02-2016, 09:50 PM
Is there a bracing block inside the body where the top strap button is mounted? I've never seen one placed there!

Funny you should notice... Actually Tim is using the suction cups from one of those guitar leg supports until I can install some strap buttons. He's in Pennsylvania and I'm in California but he'll be coming out to do concerts in February.

Ken Franklin
01-02-2016, 10:08 PM
Beautiful sounding Uke and a terrific song to demo it with.

Will they be available to the Uke market?

Thanks for sharing.

Thanks, rappsy. I know that I'll have ukuleles at the Santa Barbara festival next fall. http://sbaic.com/

Ken Franklin
01-04-2016, 05:26 AM
Thanks to all who have given me feedback about this ukulele. For those who were interested in the recording on the video, Tim Farrell (http://timfarrellmusic.com/) got back to me and had this to say,

"I played Lua Pele into an AKG 214 large diaphram condenser mic into an Aphex Tubessence preamp into a Mark Of The Unicorn analog to digital converter. This went into a MacBook Pro and was recorded using Audio Desk by MOTU. I didnít feel it needed EQ so I just added a little reverb. The video was recorded on my iPhone 6 and then loaded into the MacBook and synced with the audio track in iMovie.

For the record, the mic was a bit further from the instrument than I would normally have it but when it was in the optimum position for audio it blocked most of the instrument for the video."