View Full Version : Why are most resonators concert size

05-05-2016, 05:04 AM
I seem to see a lot of reso ukes in a concert size, almost to the exclusion of other sizes (i know that beltona is making other sizes now but traditionally i mean). I was wondering, does the scale length or body size affect a reso a lot less than a regular uke because of the noise coming out of a cone?

05-05-2016, 07:47 AM
Resos are comparatively expensive and so sales are low - thus the mass market manufacturers make only one size. And because National makes only concerts, I suspect all the Chinese manufacturers follow suit.

Soprano works as well or better than concert - here's my soprano, which I finished making a few weeks ago.


The 6 inch/5 7/8 inch cone size is a bit small for tenors, though it would work, while the 10.5 inch is too big (though would be OK for a baritone).

But, in essence, for other than concerts you need a boutique maker or individual luthier, or build your own, because the mass market isn't there.

Croaky Keith
05-05-2016, 09:15 AM
Kala makes a tenor reso, about 200.

05-05-2016, 09:24 AM
I think you nailed it in one Prof. Thanks...

BTW, very nifty little uke...

05-05-2016, 01:28 PM
I wish there were reso-sops.

Mya moe makes a reso tenor.

05-05-2016, 05:01 PM
How about the one that Mim has? It is soprano scale.


05-05-2016, 07:28 PM
I wish there were reso-sops.

He makes some: http://myweb.tiscali.co.uk/wailingresonators/uke.html

05-06-2016, 06:32 AM
Mya-Moe makes wooden Tenor resonators and lap steel tenor resonators http://www.myamoeukuleles.com/. John Morton makes them from German Silver http://www.jmorton.us/. Ron Phillips makes them too. http://metalgitar.com/

Occasionally you can find a used Russ Morin resonator on the market too http://www.russmorin.com/

I own four out of five of these and love them all. I've never run across a Phillips for sale, but who knows.