PDA

View Full Version : Picking up new Uke tonight!



4given
04-11-2017, 08:55 AM
Picking up my new uke tonight after work from the FedEx facility. Decided to have it held there rather than sitting on the front porch unattended.

I am a guitar player and have two nice Taylor acoustics. This is my first Uke. I chose a Mainland Barritone with satin finish. The anticipation is half the fun!

Pirate Jim
04-11-2017, 09:39 AM
Exciting times! Which wood did you go for? I like the look of the mango mainland baritones but never heard one played.

actadh
04-11-2017, 09:50 AM
How exciting!

And, smart move. My latest acquisition ended up in my rural mailbox all day and night.

Osprey
04-11-2017, 10:02 AM
Congratulations! I have recently picked up a Baritone after playing Tenors for several years. I really enjoy it and I am sure you will as well.

4given
04-11-2017, 10:29 AM
Exciting times! Which wood did you go for? I like the look of the mango mainland baritones but never heard one played.

Since it is my first uke I chose the all mahogany as sort of a benchmark. If I end up buying others I may try other woods.

4given
04-11-2017, 10:33 AM
Congratulations! I have recently picked up a Baritone after playing Tenors for several years. I really enjoy it and I am sure you will as well.

Do you use the DGBE tuning on your baritone?

jer
04-11-2017, 10:47 AM
Welcome to the site and to the uke!
IF you buy others? If you can manage to only buy and play one you are in the minority for sure....I try to keep only one at a time usually, but I've gone through many...same with guitars... Currently I don't own any guitars though.. The uke has taken over for now. I hope you'll at least try a soprano at some point too, and the other sizes. Then there is string experimentation...It seems like they make even more difference with ukes than with steel string guitars just due to all of the available materials and sets.
Of course you're ready to play from the start using DGBE tuning. If you're mostly a rhythm player you might not even miss the two extra strings...For me, even though the uke has a couple of less strings I find it more freeing somehow...I don't know how to explain it. It really makes you look at playing different and may even help your guitar playing. Enjoy!

P.S. - Nice user name and sig.

stevejfc
04-11-2017, 10:54 AM
Good choice!!!! Enjoy

Osprey
04-11-2017, 11:13 AM
Do you use the DGBE tuning on your baritone?

Yes I do. I decided that I wanted the full effect of the Baritones range. It also adds a bit of color to the sound of the small ukulele group I play with. I was concerned that I would find the different tuning hard to get used to, but it really wasn't. I can switch back and forth realativly easy. My wife might say I am equally bad with both tunings.

kvehe
04-11-2017, 01:49 PM
Great news! Enjoy your Mainland, and welcome!

4given
04-13-2017, 10:07 AM
A couple more pix:

http://i.imgur.com/FWn4Vu4.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/RG5vd7M.jpg

4given
04-13-2017, 12:16 PM
Picked it up! A few pix:

http://i.imgur.com/IlB0Nv3.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/8f5GxdV.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/aWHElvx.jpg

4given
04-13-2017, 12:19 PM
http://i.imgur.com/FWn4Vu4.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/aWHElvx.jpg

4given
04-13-2017, 12:20 PM
http://i.imgur.com/LEVgFAF.jpg

KanePono
04-13-2017, 01:12 PM
Nice photos. What's the story on the B & E strings? I haven't seen any quite like that before. I also just acquired a Baritone (Pono Acacia Deluxe). It is fun to play; but then again, so are the tenors. Enjoy, Don

jer
04-13-2017, 01:42 PM
Nice pics. Enjoy!

OhioBelle
04-13-2017, 02:17 PM
Congrats on the new Mainland! I have a two - a matte soprano that looks like your baritone's baby sister, and a cedar-topped rosewood baritone with Guadalupe strings also.

How do you like those strings? I think they work really well on the bari.

rpfrogner
04-13-2017, 03:31 PM
Beautiful Ukulele! Congratulations!!

Osprey
04-13-2017, 04:21 PM
I love the look of Mainland Ukes. Enjoy!

4given
04-14-2017, 03:24 AM
So you are saying that they are a lot like lays potato chips? :)


[QUOTE=jer;1957948]Welcome to the site and to the uke!
IF you buy others? If you can manage to only buy and play one you are in the minority for sure....I try to keep only one at a time usually, but I've gone through many...same with guitars... Currently I don't own any guitars though.. The uke has taken over for now. I hope you'll at least try a soprano at some point too, and the other sizes. Then there is string experimentation...It seems like they make even more difference with ukes than with steel string guitars just due to all of the available materials and sets.
Of course you're ready to play from the start using DGBE tuning. If you're mostly a rhythm player you might not even miss the two extra strings...For me, even though the uke has a couple of less strings I find it more freeing somehow...I don't know how to explain it. It really makes you look at playing different and may even help your guitar playing. Enjoy!

P.S.

4given
04-14-2017, 03:26 AM
Good choice!!!! Enjoy

Thanks! I hope it turns out to be a good one!

4given
04-14-2017, 03:27 AM
Great news! Enjoy your Mainland, and welcome!

Thank you! Glad to be here!

4given
04-14-2017, 03:31 AM
Nice photos. What's the story on the B & E strings? I haven't seen any quite like that before. I also just acquired a Baritone (Pono Acacia Deluxe). It is fun to play; but then again, so are the tenors. Enjoy, Don

Don, the uke came with these strings. Not sure I like them. They sound OK but they are all wound strings and are kinda stiff and noisy. Tough to press down at the first fret while playing an open F chord. I will probably change them out at some point and try something else. Any suggestions?

4given
04-14-2017, 03:32 AM
Nice pics. Enjoy!


Thank you! Just used my trusty iphone!

4given
04-14-2017, 03:37 AM
Congrats on the new Mainland! I have a two - a matte soprano that looks like your baritone's baby sister, and a cedar-topped rosewood baritone with Guadalupe strings also.

How do you like those strings? I think they work really well on the bari.

Thanks! Nice to talk with another Mainland owner. The jury is still out on these strings. Like I said in a previous post they seem to be stiff and noisy and tough to press down in the first fret while making an open F. They do sound nice but 4 wound strings was not what I was expecting. How do you like them and have you tried any thing else?

4given
04-14-2017, 03:39 AM
Beautiful Ukulele! Congratulations!!

You are welcome! I like it so far

4given
04-14-2017, 03:41 AM
I love the look of Mainland Ukes. Enjoy!

So do I. Classic and Classy I would say. The fit and finish on this one seems really nice.

DownUpDave
04-14-2017, 04:02 AM
I love baritones so a big congratulations on your new baby. Those are Guadalupe strings and I didn't care for them either, very, very different then your standard type baritone strings. You asked about string suggestions, Martin M630 have wound D& G and florocarbon B & E and are a great place to start. They won't break the bank either.

Ducksoup
04-14-2017, 05:57 AM
I'll be ordering a Mainland Red Cedar tenor on the first of May. I can't wait! Still trying to decide if i want to get the electric model?

4given
04-14-2017, 06:19 AM
I love baritones so a big congratulations on your new baby. Those are Guadalupe strings and I didn't care for them either, very, very different then your standard type baritone strings. You asked about string suggestions, Martin M630 have wound D& G and florocarbon B & E and are a great place to start. They won't break the bank either.

Thanks for the suggestion on the strings. I'll check them out. fluorocarbon? That's fishing line! LOL

4given
04-14-2017, 06:22 AM
I'll be ordering a Mainland Red Cedar tenor on the first of May. I can't wait! Still trying to decide if i want to get the electric model?

I though about the pick ups but I don't know if I will be playing mine on stage anytime soon. Easy to install a set of K&K piezos if I decide to do so. I installed K&K's on one of my Taylor guitars and it was easy.

DownUpDave
04-14-2017, 06:32 AM
Thanks for the suggestion on the strings. I'll check them out. fluorocarbon? That's fishing line! LOL

Yup fishing line. That is what Worth, Oasis, Martin, Fremont, Living Water, PhD and many of the other biggest names in uke strings are made from.....florocarbon

4given
04-14-2017, 06:47 AM
Yup fishing line. That is what Worth, Oasis, Martin, Fremont, Living Water, PhD and many of the other biggest names in uke strings are made from.....florocarbon

I just ordered a set from Amazon. Ill give them a try and let you know what I think.

UkerDanno
04-14-2017, 06:56 AM
Some friends really like Living Water on their baritones...they're fluorocarbon, definitely not fishing line!

DownUpDave
04-14-2017, 07:09 AM
Some friends really like Living Water on their baritones...they're fluorocarbon, definitely not fishing line!

It is all fishing line. Florocarbon line was developed for the commerical fishing industry, then recreational fisherman found out about its benifits, then fretted stringed instrument builders. Nylon and monofilment are thicker and stretch more than florocarbon so it was a natural evolution.

4given
04-14-2017, 07:20 AM
Some friends really like Living Water on their baritones...they're fluorocarbon, definitely not fishing line!


I ordered a set to try.

jer
04-14-2017, 07:50 AM
So you are saying that they are a lot like lays potato chips? :)
Something like that. haha. Probably worse.

ukuleleden
04-14-2017, 08:57 AM
Very nice! For years I have been longing to delve into Baritone foray. Your pics are feeding the fire! Enjoy!

4given
04-14-2017, 09:47 AM
Very nice! For years I have been longing to delve into Baritone foray. Your pics are feeding the fire! Enjoy!

Glad to help!! :)

Osprey
04-14-2017, 12:20 PM
Very nice! For years I have been longing to delve into Baritone foray. Your pics are feeding the fire! Enjoy!

I took the plunge a couple of months ago and love it. I still play my Tenor ukes, but I am really enjoying my Baritone.

4given
04-14-2017, 12:29 PM
It is all fishing line. Florocarbon line was developed for the commerical fishing industry, then recreational fisherman found out about its benifits, then fretted stringed instrument builders. Nylon and monofilment are thicker and stretch more than florocarbon so it was a natural evolution.

Cool! Well after doing some research I canceled my Amazon order for the Martins and ordered a Living Water set from Uke Republic. I want to see if I can stay away from wound strings.

4given
04-14-2017, 12:29 PM
Sweet! I have high hopes for mine!

Nickie
04-14-2017, 02:30 PM
Congratulations! Mainlands are just pretty darn hard to beat. I've almost jumped at one twice, Mike Hater is a great guy. A very close friend and band member has one, and I love playing it, when she lets me.
You did good! And your photos look great!

4given
04-18-2017, 07:35 AM
Well ... much to my dismay ... I sent my Mainland in for a refund. Once I actually got to play it for awhile I found the set up to be lacking and the intonation to be off by quite a bit. Very flat at the 12th fret. I am sure that Mainland puts out some fine ukes and fine set-ups - just not this one. They were very nice on the phone and sent me a return mailing label so it is in on the UPS truck and headed back. :(

Now I have to figure out what to try next.... Thinking or ordering something from MIM or Uke Republic as they seem have a good reputation for set up. any suggestions?

Croaky Keith
04-18-2017, 08:23 AM
Ohana or Kala are usually a safe bet. :)

Osprey
04-18-2017, 08:25 AM
Too bad about the Mainland. I really like how they look and the general fit and finish. I bought a Kala all solid mahogany Baritone from my local Music store. I know Uke Republic carries that model and the one with the cedar top. They also have some nicer Baritones, but I really like mine. I would like to get an upgrade down the road but will have to wait till my ukulele budget reloads.

JackLuis
04-18-2017, 12:52 PM
I bought a Caramel Baritone last year and put Worth Brown's on it. Non wound strings make a difference. My Zebra wood bari is very nice and plays well, almost perfect intonation and cheap! I want to try a brighter string set though to see how it sounds. I bought a Cedar topped tenor and love the way it sounds (dGBE) but it doesn't have the depth of sound of my Baritone.

4given
04-18-2017, 02:05 PM
Well ... I want ahead and ordered a Kala KA- SMHB solid mahogany back & sides baritone from Hawaii Music Supply (ukulelesite.com). It looks like they do a thorough set up. I am having a K&K pickup installed as well. I ordered a hard case, strap button on the neck heel and tuner too so that kicked my total up to a hair over $400 which is enough to qualify for free shipping. Shipping from Hawaii to Idaho was going to cost $50 so I figured I might as well get the works! :)

Osprey
04-18-2017, 03:40 PM
I have that very uke but with no pickup. I think you will be happy with it

Jim Hanks
04-18-2017, 04:18 PM
Well ... much to my dismay ... I sent my Mainland in for a refund. Once I actually got to play it for awhile I found the set up to be lacking and the intonation to be off by quite a bit.

I've never played or even seen a Mainland but that has to be one of the few (maybe only) reports I've heard like that. Can I ask where it came from? I wonder if something strange could have happened in transit?

ukuleleden
04-18-2017, 04:52 PM
Sorry to hear your Mainland didn't work out. I purchased my Mainland from Mike @ Uke Republic and he checks and adjusts every uke's condition & setup before it goes out the door which was likely responsible for my exceptional buying experience from Mike. I've mentioned in other comments my Mainland is not near as loud as my Ohana or Martin concert Ukes, and seems better suited for fingerpicking than strumming.

Best of luck with your new Kala, your pickup install and the proper setup process HMS does will be worth the extra wait..

4given
04-18-2017, 06:26 PM
I am sure that my experience was just a fluke and certainly not the norm. Mike was a pleasure to deal with and sent me return shipping without any hassle.