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hollisdwyer
01-18-2016, 03:34 AM
A very dear friend of mine wanted a uke that I had and some other stuff and traded me a Collings UC-2 Concert all Mahogany body for them.

I have only played it for a short time but I am very impressed with this little instrument. It has a very sweet sound, a very long sustain and complex overtones. I guess I don't have to mention that it is beautifully made.

I consider myself blessed by the generosity of my friend.

I'll try and post a pic soon.

PS. Boy, the Collings case is a tight fit! I'm glad the Uke doesn't have a pick up or a strap button.

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kvehe
01-18-2016, 03:37 AM
Congratulations! Looking forward to pics very soon....

Ukulele Eddie
01-18-2016, 04:49 AM
Welcome to the Collings family. Love, love, love both of mine (previously also had a UC-2 which I equally adored but that was when I had to rotate ukes due to a 2 uke limit). For me, the Collings neck profile is just perfect.

NatalieS
01-18-2016, 07:26 AM
Congrats, Hollis! I've always wanted to try out a Collings-- they look beautiful from what I've seen in videos. Can't wait to see a picture. :-)

RLM3121
01-18-2016, 10:02 AM
You do have a good friend. I really like my Collings concert uke. The neck shape feels great and it has a wonderful tone. There is just something cool about a mahogany uke. The Collings build quality is an added bonus. I have had mine a couple of years and it has really opened up.

You're right though, the case leaves no room to spare. I was thinking about strap buttons but gave up on that for fear it would'nt fit in the case with a tail button on it.

Camsuke
01-18-2016, 10:09 AM
Congratulations Hollis!

DownUpDave
01-18-2016, 11:10 AM
Congratulations on getting a fabulous instrument. I have a Collings tenor and love it. I do have a strap button on the bottom and it is a very tight fit into the case. But I keep it in another case and just use the Collings hard case for airplane travel because it is as small as a concert hardcase and fits easliy in the overhead. Everyone one of my ukes have two strap buttons or I can't play them so I just make it work.

This will make a great addition to your other wonderful ukuleles. "Sam13" has been after me on and off to sell mine to him.......nope, nope, nope.

Well done Hollis, you will really enjoy it

hollisdwyer
01-18-2016, 11:48 AM
Thanks for all the good wishes. This Uke is really for my wife (the Uke I traded was my recent Xmas gift to her). Now she will have an even more wonderful instrument to learn on and of course I will have another beauty to play with also.

sonomajazz
01-18-2016, 12:18 PM
Pix or it doesn't exist...(couple of phone pix...come on, man...)

hollisdwyer
01-18-2016, 01:22 PM
Pix or it doesn't exist...(couple of phone pix...come on, man...)

Ok, tonight when I get home from work. As I have been a photographer since I was 15, I find it difficult to take mobile phone happy snaps seriously. I always want to drag out my studio lighting kit, take over the garage and do a proper job. Ukes, guitars and violins are some of my favourate subject matter.

hollisdwyer
01-18-2016, 01:26 PM
Welcome to the Collings family. Love, love, love both of mine (previously also had a UC-2 which I equally adored but that was when I had to rotate ukes due to a 2 uke limit). For me, the Collings neck profile is just perfect.

Wow, you have one of the doghair tenors. Such a unique looking instrument! Their sunburst model is gorgeous too.

Ukulele Eddie
01-18-2016, 02:22 PM
Wow, you have one of the doghair tenors. Such a unique looking instrument! Their sunburst model is gorgeous too.

Haha. I added the bold. Very nonjudgmental. ;-) I saw one in pics my very first weekend of discovering ukes and I thought it was a cool mix of metro yet modern. Most have a rosewood bridge/fretboard which to my eye totally interrupts the black/white color theme. When HMS got one in and I was really impressed by the sound sample, I "had" to buy it when I realized it was ebony-appointed. And I agree that Collings does sunburst as well as anyone and better than 95% of others. They really, really nail them.

Post a sound sample and review after you've bonded a bit. While some of the Collings fervor on UU seems to have waned, I think they make a consistently excellent product. So I'm always curious as to others' thoughts. Maybe I'm just a Collings Fanboy. ;-)

CdnSouthpaw
01-18-2016, 02:29 PM
(previously also had a UC-2 which I equally adored but that was when I had to rotate ukes due to a 2 uke limit).

I can confirm that Ukulele Eddie's old UC-2 is adorable and still being adored 15-16 months later:)

Pretty much anything that leaves the Collings shop is aces...terrific tone and consistency.

hollisdwyer
01-18-2016, 02:45 PM
Here's a question to you Collings owners, Have you kept the original Savarez 140R strings or have you found different sets that you like better?

Nickie
01-18-2016, 03:10 PM
Congratulations Hollis! Sounds like you made a good trade. I've never played, heck, never seen a Collings uke, but I sure would like to. I keep hearing how darn tasty they are.
I'm starting to get all weird and anxious waiting for my new Cocobolo. I think they are giving her extra attention.

CdnSouthpaw
01-18-2016, 03:20 PM
Here's a question to you Collings owners, Have you kept the original Savarez 140R strings or have you found different sets that you like better?

I've settled into Worth CM (clear-medium) for the time being.

Ukulele Eddie
01-18-2016, 03:29 PM
Here's a question to you Collings owners, Have you kept the original Savarez 140R strings or have you found different sets that you like better?

On my concert, I changed to Southcoast mediums. I still have the Savarez for the C-E-A on the tenor, but am now using an Aquila Red Low G.

hollisdwyer
01-18-2016, 03:59 PM
On my concert, I changed to Southcoast mediums. I still have the Savarez for the C-E-A on the tenor, but am now using an Aquila Red Low G.

Your concert is strung high G, yes? I was thinking Southcoast LMU Light Medium Gauge Ukulele Set as I have loved every set I have bought from them so far.

Ukulele Eddie
01-18-2016, 04:05 PM
Your concert is strung high G, yes?

Yes, it sure is.

DownUpDave
01-18-2016, 04:15 PM
Here's a question to you Collings owners, Have you kept the original Savarez 140R strings or have you found different sets that you like better?

Because Andrew at HMS has had so much experience with them I asked him about strings for my tenor, he said Worth CT were his favorites. I think the Worth CM for your concert as CdnSouthpaw suggested would be a good start. I've had 4 different sets on mine and I like the Worths the best.

hollisdwyer
01-18-2016, 04:46 PM
Because Andrew at HMS has had so much experience with them I asked him about strings for my tenor, he said Worth CT were his favorites. I think the Worth CM for your concert as CdnSouthpaw suggested would be a good start. I've had 4 different sets on mine and I like the Worths the best.

Thanks for the recommendation. Have you tried a Southcoast set on your Collings yet?

DownUpDave
01-18-2016, 11:37 PM
Thanks for the recommendation. Have you tried a Southcoast set on your Collings yet?

I did have a set of SC mediums with a wound third and liked them very much. Then I decided to add a wound 4th and make it low G. Did not care for it in low G then swapped them out for the Worths. I am a big fan of SC and you could do much worse than some SC's on your Collings.

hollisdwyer
01-18-2016, 11:40 PM
I did have a set of SC mediums with a wound third and liked them very much. Then I decided to add a wound 4th and make it low G. Did not care for it in low G then swapped them out for the Worths. I am a big fan of SC and you could do much worse than some SC's on your Collings.

I tried a low G on my DaSilva soprano but hated it.

hollisdwyer
01-19-2016, 05:58 AM
Here are some pics (in first post also):
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natchez
01-19-2016, 06:03 AM
Very sweet looking ukulele! Enjoy.

gregc
01-24-2016, 03:39 AM
I have a Collings tenor and a concert. They are exceptional playing and sounding instruments.

DownUpDave
01-24-2016, 04:09 AM
I tried a low G on my DaSilva soprano but hated it.


The funny thing is Hollis all my other tenors are low G. The Collings mahogany just sounded too muddy in low G. It has a very warm resonant sound so high G seems to balance it out better.

hollisdwyer
01-24-2016, 03:58 PM
Dave, so far in my experience with shorter scale length Ukes (which is limited), I have found that high G always sounds better.

hollisdwyer
01-24-2016, 06:04 PM
I have seen the use, it exists and is very nice. I think it is great that Mrs Hollis lets Hollis play her ukulele.

Yes Bill, it is. And it doesn't count against the size of my collection.

Camsuke
01-24-2016, 06:11 PM
Yes Bill, it is. And it doesn't count against the size of my collection.

That's food for thought, I think I may need to buy my darling wife some new ukes!

hollisdwyer
01-24-2016, 07:44 PM
That's food for thought, I think I may need to buy my darling wife some new ukes!

So you agree, this is a cunning plan?

Camsuke
01-24-2016, 08:44 PM
Yes my friend, it's a beauty!

brimmer
01-25-2016, 06:45 AM
I love the look of that Collings. They do great things with mahogany. Congrats!

hollisdwyer
01-25-2016, 02:47 PM
I love the look of that Collings. They do great things with mahogany. Congrats!

Thanks and yes, I agree. They seem to always use very nice wood sets.