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DownUpDave
05-07-2016, 01:12 PM
I received this Kamaka baritone Wednesday of this week. I had posted about getting it in the thread " Did you get your Kamaka...." but wanted to include some pictures, thoughts and a sound sample. I got this from HMS and they are the greatest

This is my first Kamaka and I am impressed, it is a very light build which is good. As should be expected the workmanship is all top quality and it feels great to hold and play. The balance is so good you don't notice holding it whether standing or sitting, it's effortless. The nut width is 1-1/2", I didn't know that until I started playing it.

I really like the sound........once I changed the strings. I do not like nylon strings at all so the black ones had to go. Here is a quick sound sample recorded straight from my phone.....raw and unedited

https://app.box.com/s/f6rpkjppy274ktmjwxxbk2m2qgmxzlzd



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Steedy
05-07-2016, 01:30 PM
Congrats on an awesome uke! Love that Baritone headstock with the 100-year scroll. Nice photos too! :cool:

DownUpDave
05-07-2016, 01:41 PM
Hey Steedy.........you didn't have to flip these pictures around for me:shaka: Thanks bra

Here is a comparison photo of my Pono baritone and the new Kamaka. Kamaka does have a bigger body, both wider, longer and deeper



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Jim Hanks
05-07-2016, 01:59 PM
Niiiiiiiice

kvehe
05-07-2016, 02:08 PM
Congratulations on a great acquisition!

keod
05-07-2016, 03:51 PM
Sounds, and looks, wonderful!

johnson430
05-07-2016, 04:10 PM
Congrats. I just recently had my first experience with a 1.5 nut. What is your impression of the larger nut size?

markT
05-07-2016, 04:15 PM
Congrats! Very nice.

sam13
05-07-2016, 04:17 PM
Hey Buddy,

So glad you purchased this ... I know you won't mind me telling everyone that I was hot to buy this even after my Kamaka purchase ... so its best it came to Canada, eh?!

The new strings sound really great.

If you don't have a Kamaka ... and perhaps a newer one ... the sound is so centred, rich and full ... the craftsmanship is excellent. And LOUD!

I think now I need one ... lol.

DownUpDave
05-07-2016, 05:14 PM
Congrats. I just recently had my first experience with a 1.5 nut. What is your impression of the larger nut size?

I am not a fan of 1-1/2" nut width. This is the only instrument I have with it and it does make some chords and changes more difficult. If I knew before hand I might not have bought. But I am glad I did buy it because the sound is everything I want in a baritone.

Joyful Uke
05-07-2016, 05:25 PM
Beautiful! Very nice sound, too.

Rakelele
05-07-2016, 08:08 PM
Congratulations, my friend! What a nice way of celebrating the history of a great company and your love for the ukulele. The sound sample is awesome. What are the strings you are using on it now?

DownUpDave
05-08-2016, 12:54 AM
Congratulations, my friend! What a nice way of celebrating the history of a great company and your love for the ukulele. The sound sample is awesome. What are the strings you are using on it now?

Thanks so much Rainer. I am a string geek and experimenting nerd. My Gianinni was a test bed for strings and here is the combo that I now have on my three baritones. I take the wound 4th & 3rd from D'addario Titanium baritone set and pair them with the 1st & 2nd floro carbons from Martin baritone set. The D'addario wounds are very well balanced and deep sounding. The Martin floros are the thinnest .021 & .026 and brightest baritone strings I have found and they pair together very well with the wound D'addarios.

I play chord melody, fingerpicking and straight strumming songs. Strumming stuff for Eagles, Neil Young, John Denver, Blue Rodeo etc can sound muddy and dull on baritones but the bright Martin floros give it enough chime to be pleasing to my ears. I like them but it is all personal preference. Sorry for the novel but I get excited talking about strings.........I need to get a life;)

bonesoup
05-08-2016, 02:21 AM
Congrats Dave! In my browser bookmarks, I only have one bari bookmarked - a Kamaka. Amazing sound. With koa and the bigger sizes something magical happens, especially the way Kamaka does it.

Thanks for the comparison photo and sound sample. You and Simon will enjoy those fine instruments.

Ukulele Eddie
05-08-2016, 04:04 AM
Nice, Dave. Enjoy!!!

mm stan
05-08-2016, 05:16 AM
Aloha Dave, Congratulations on a nice sounding score, happy strummings

billten
05-08-2016, 06:08 AM
Very nice sound Dave, I am definitely going to have to try this baby when i come see you next. How does the Kamaka compare to the Pono?

Jacman Rasta Bicycle
05-08-2016, 06:10 AM
WOWZZER, nice uke. The sound has a lovely rich deep tone, yet maintains it's...uke-ness(?)!

Osprey
05-08-2016, 06:15 AM
Lovely to look at and listen to. Congratulations!

DownUpDave
05-08-2016, 07:09 AM
Thank you to everyone for the nice comments. HMS did their usual excellent job with set up and the installation of a LR Baggs pick up. This is my third uke with the LR Baggs and they really are great, a good natural sound.

Here is a sound sample of some strumming pieces, again just straight into the phone raw and unedited

https://app.box.com/s/w32tq0xupmamr1ilk57o3uzraex0p9vl

Dan Uke
05-08-2016, 09:08 AM
Really nice deep tone. You just need to get a LFDM baritone next! Congrats Dave

DownUpDave
05-09-2016, 12:28 AM
Very nice sound Dave, I am definitely going to have to try this baby when i come see you next. How does the Kamaka compare to the Pono?

The Pono is suprisingly good compared to the Kamaka, considering the Kamaka costs 3X as much. Playability is very personal and the Pono has a radius fretboard which I like and a 1-3/8" nut width, both win ME over. The Kamaka has a richer more complex sound. It is lighter and the woods are thinner giving it a custom build sound quality. Make no mistake I love the Pono and will keep it and continue to play it.

good_uke_boy
05-09-2016, 05:45 AM
Happy NUD! Beautiful instrument. Congratulations.

Lots of new ukes appearing on the forum. Is this a trend?

JJFN
05-09-2016, 07:04 AM
Congratulations DownUpDave, it's a gorgeous instrument. My Kamaka Bari is my favorite ukulele, great volume, tremendous sustain. Enjoy, I know you will.

hollisdwyer
05-09-2016, 08:20 AM
A very nice catch Dave! My unrequited desire for a Bari will soon be requited too.

M3Ukulele
05-09-2016, 08:48 AM
Congratulations Dave... I'm late getting to the party but really like the sound of this ukulele. It would be neat to hear a comparison of Pono to kamaka. Great looking wood..... Just love it and everyone says Kamaka has such complexity to sound. Cheers

mds725
05-09-2016, 11:40 AM
Congratulations on your new Kamaka baritone, and thanks for the string discussion. I love my Kamaka baritone (even without the 100th anniversary headstock), but this year's Kamakas are extra special. Happy strumming!

SoloRule
05-09-2016, 01:09 PM
Thank you for bringing the Kamaka to my house. It has a very rich voice almost like a guitar.
I enjoyed playing it. Let me know when B B needs a babysitter ( Dave named him BB)
Congratulations!
No more shopping for a while ?

Nickie
05-09-2016, 01:19 PM
Congrats!
How come the Pono was built so much smaller than the Kamaka? Is Pono running out of big pieces of wood? LOL

DownUpDave
05-09-2016, 01:41 PM
Congrats!
How come the Pono was built so much smaller than the Kamaka? Is Pono running out of big pieces of wood? LOL

Thats too funny Nickie. I think Kamaka just found some bigger trees, lol

rappsy
05-09-2016, 04:56 PM
Beautiful Beautiful. Wouldn't that size be better for Simon?

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