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wherahiko
11-14-2017, 11:59 AM
It appears that a majority of well-known performers prefer a tenor ukulele (James, Jake, Iz, Aldrine, Taimane, Honoka & Azita, etc.). A smaller number are well known for their love of the soprano—HH, Janet Klein, Mark "jazzukes" Occhionero, John King.

Are there any prominent performers who primarily play the concert size?

cyber3d
11-14-2017, 12:10 PM
I think Marlowe plays mainly Concert. I think.

wherahiko
11-14-2017, 12:43 PM
I think Marlowe plays mainly Concert. I think.

Marlowe plays a Kala tenor.

Graham Greenbag
11-14-2017, 01:35 PM
I always used to think that John King played a Soprano but there is some doubt in my mind. IIRC then looking at the old videos of him shows what could be either a Soprano or a 12 fret to neck Concert, some videos do have instrument supplier details attached too. Whatever, the Concert was developed by Martin as something a bit louder than the Soprano for Concerts ...... or something like that so was a professional’s instrument.

Edit. He was given a Uke by a very respected builder in thanks for his assistance, etc. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=lK6TlyTv95s . I believe that this Soprano (?) is in most of his subsequent YouTube videos. Here’s another on a Soprano, different maker, https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=yeJ5Cj4-KVI

TobyDog
11-14-2017, 02:20 PM
Del Rey plays a concert sized resonator uke. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wxk3N7GOgX4

LOVE, LOVE her playing!!!!

Ukecaster
11-14-2017, 03:47 PM
It appears that a majority of well-known performers prefer a tenor ukulele (James, Jake, Iz, Aldrine, Taimane, Honoka & Azita, etc.)......

Of that list of tenor players, are most of them high G or low G players?

janeray1940
11-14-2017, 04:18 PM
I always used to think that John King played a Soprano but there is some doubt in my mind. IIRC then looking at the old videos of him shows what could be either a Soprano or a 12 fret to neck Concert, some videos do have instrument supplier details attached too. Whatever, the Concert was developed by Martin as something a bit louder than the Soprano for Concerts ...... or something like that so was a professional’s instrument.

Edit. He was given a Uke by a very respected builder in thanks for his assistance, etc. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=lK6TlyTv95s . I believe that this Soprano (?) is in most of his subsequent YouTube videos. Here’s another on a Soprano, different maker, https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=yeJ5Cj4-KVI

IIRC he played both sizes - the DaSilva and Glyph sops that you linked to, and an Earnest Instruments Stradelele concert seen here:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=935ExOpT5bI

Croaky Keith
11-15-2017, 01:53 AM
The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain use some, they're quite prominent in the uke world. ;)

wherahiko
11-15-2017, 09:33 AM
Of that list of tenor players, are most of them high G or low G players?

From the recordings I've heard, they all seem to use high G most of the time. James Hill uses a wide variety of tunings.

wherahiko
11-15-2017, 09:36 AM
the Concert was developed by Martin as something a bit louder than the Soprano for Concerts ...... or something like that so was a professional’s instrument.


The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain use some, they're quite prominent in the uke world. ;)

Thanks! Both very helpful—though I'm more looking for splendid examples of concert uke playing rather than affirmation that the concert can be used professionally.

Uncle Rod Higuchi
11-15-2017, 09:39 AM
I believe Ukulele Ike (Cliff Edwards, voice of Jimminy Cricket) used to perform with a Martin Concert :)

Keep uke'in',

Peace Train
11-15-2017, 10:42 AM
[...] I'm more looking for splendid examples of concert uke playing rather than affirmation that the concert can be used professionally.

YouTube Herb Ohta, aka Ohta San. I believe he uses mostly concert, but possibly soprano as well. He’s one of the most splendid examples you’ll find.

EDW
11-15-2017, 11:06 AM
Joel Eckhaus often plays a concert size

Graham Greenbag
11-15-2017, 06:03 PM
IIRC he played both sizes - the DaSilva and Glyph sops that you linked to, and an Earnest Instruments Stradelele concert .........

Thanks for solving that mystery for me, some while back I spent ages looking at his Videos to understand what size he used. Foolishly it never occurred to me then that he might play more than one.

JC’s playing/videos are a major part of why I took up the Uke, to me they’re just so inspiring and illustrate what can be done with a Uke.

janeray1940
11-15-2017, 06:07 PM
YouTube Herb Ohta, aka Ohta San. I believe he uses mostly concert, but possibly soprano as well. He’s one of the most splendid examples you’ll find.

He mainly plays a Martin soprano strung low G - he's a small guy so it looks like a concert scale, but I don't think it is! And yes - absolutely splendid.