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Bodie
09-01-2016, 11:36 AM
Hello I'm looking for some advise I presently have a Kala. Looking for a richer sound this side of a Martin. I've been trying and trying different ones but I know as soon as I pick one I'll find the one I should have bought. Thanks
Bodie

Croaky Keith
09-01-2016, 12:14 PM
Depends what your Kala is, I have their solid cedar topped, great sound to my ears. :)

deschutestrout
09-01-2016, 02:38 PM
May want to move this to the "Buying Tips" forum. Good luck with your search!

Patrick Madsen
09-01-2016, 02:40 PM
Welcome to the Forum. It would help if you post what your budget is. I have a '62 Martin Baritone, pristine condition, I'm about ready to sell.

singsong
09-02-2016, 11:13 AM
My husband Geo plays the baritone, here is his suggestion. "I have 4 baritones that I play on a weekly basis; I play several hours a day so I am very familiar with these instruments. My baritones are: Martin Style 1; a Black Bear;a Pono Pro-Classic Rosewood and a Kanile'a Model K1 Premium. It is difficult to choose which is the best player considering playability, tone and sustain. On playability I consider neck shape, neck width, overall weight and setup. On Neck Shape the Martin and Kanile'a are 1 and 2. On tone and sustain I like the Black Bear. Still, the one I like the best, and the one I play the most, is the Pono PC Rosewood sides and back with a Spruce Top; and it is by far the cheapest especially if its used."

Patrick Madsen
09-02-2016, 04:38 PM
You may also want to look at Favilla baritones. They are referred to as "the poor man's Martin" though many pros preferred the Favilla over the Martin. I surely miss that smokey bluesy sound it put out. The neck is a bit bigger than a Martin. They can be had for around 4-500 dollars.

Jim Hanks
09-02-2016, 04:48 PM
I've been trying and trying different ones but I know as soon as I pick one I'll find the one I should have bought.
Also would help to know what you've tried and what you did or did not like about them.