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spookelele
11-22-2017, 06:18 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jWqkbp1KfEo

Excellent job splicing the cuts and matching levels. I was really surprised how simliar the tones were. The kinnard was the only one that really stuck out as significantly different.

In the first play, I wasnt watching, just listening, and didn't realize that the instrument changed until the kinnard sample. Kimo's consistency was very tight. Listnening again you can hear differences if you listen carefully, but casually, much less so. It would probably be more apparent if levels werent so matched, and also, its youtube, so you fight their compression, but it's still fascinating.

Theres more difference when corey/kalei plays each individual one, but in the Kimo splice... it's alot more subtle.

Beautiful instruments and a great experiment and cause.

Tof
11-22-2017, 08:25 AM
Really cool video indeed!
I agree that Kimo’s playing style tends to make the ukes sound quite similar, but then when Corey and Kalei were playing the tone and bass level were actually really different from one uke to another. More than I anticipated!
Argh, so tempted by this Hive... it’s for the kids after all, no reason to feel guilty quite the contrary :p

Peace Train
11-22-2017, 08:55 AM
I really enjoyed the production value of this video. The insights and backstory presented by the luthiers, along with what Patchen and Eddie had to say, was only surpassed by the beauty of sight and sound exhibited by the ukuleles themselves. Several stood out for various reasons, really making me stop to consider bidding on these fine instruments for such a good cause and historical occasion.

Thank you for posting, spookelele.

kohanmike
11-22-2017, 10:17 AM
Wonderful, a great tribute to the uke world.

keod
11-22-2017, 10:57 AM
Thank you for posting! I've really looked forward to this video and Andrew outdid himself.
It was all just "amazing" - the instruments, the luthiers and their craftsmanship, the cause, the back stories, the playing.....So much so that I had to stream it to a big screen and watch several times.
Kudos and gratitude to all!!! There is much to learn from their efforts.

DownUpDave
11-22-2017, 10:59 AM
I really enjoyed the production value of this video. The insights and backstory presented by the luthiers, along with what Patchen and Eddie had to say, was only surpassed by the beauty of sight and sound exhibited by the ukuleles themselves. Several stood out for various reasons, really making me stop to consider bidding on these fine instruments for such a good cause and historical occasion.

Thank you for posting, spookelele.

You said it all perfectly. It is not often I will take the time to watch a 40 minute YouTube video but I was transfixed. Well worth twice that amount of time. It just makes me very proud to be part of this ukulele community.

Nickie
11-22-2017, 01:09 PM
This is fabulous! I wish I could afford one of these. We will be working with the UKC soon, I'm now a member. I'm posting it on the FB page for TBUS!

hollisdwyer
11-22-2017, 03:06 PM
It's great that this video was made to document this inspiring project. What a gift to hear each of the Ukes being played by such talented artists.

I would love to hear the epilogue to this project.

Peace Train
11-22-2017, 03:10 PM
You said it all perfectly. It is not often I will take the time to watch a 40 minute YouTube video but I was transfixed. Well worth twice that amount of time. It just makes me very proud to be part of this ukulele community.

Thank you, Dave. I was surprised I actually watched it all the way through. Then I went back for more comparison listening. I actually enjoyed some makers more when Kimo was playing, and others while Corey and Kalei played. Maybe the argument can now be said that wood, maker, and PLAYER influence the sound more than anything else.

Lapyang
11-22-2017, 03:50 PM
Thank you for posting. I really enjoyed it.

flailingfingers
11-23-2017, 03:50 PM
Beautiful project, ukes, video and makers especially. I'm interested in the charity that LFC is donating to. Is that the UKC mentioned? Can someone send in some contact info or web site or something like that please? There are lots of kids in hospitals everywhere. Maybe we could do something similar in our area of western Colorado.

kohanmike
11-23-2017, 05:33 PM
Look at my signature, the link is there for The Ukulele Kids Club.

Ukulele Eddie
11-23-2017, 05:40 PM
Beautiful project, ukes, video and makers especially. I'm interested in the charity that LFC is donating to. Is that the UKC mentioned? Can someone send in some contact info or web site or something like that please? There are lots of kids in hospitals everywhere. Maybe we could do something similar in our area of western Colorado.

You can learn more at luthiersforacause.org (which has a tab on UKC) or theUKC.org. We have about 200 pediatric hospitals with board-certified music therapists in the program and have gifted 4,100 ukuleles. Our goal is to gift 10,000 ukes by year-end 2019.

Steveperrywriter
11-23-2017, 09:02 PM
Outstanding.

flailingfingers
11-24-2017, 03:27 AM
Going to the Luthiers For a Cause site got me there.
Thanks for the help.
here's the correct address:
www.theukc.org (http://www.theukc.org).

mm stan
11-24-2017, 03:54 AM
I played all these ukuleles, every one sounded and looked amazing, even though the same wood was used in every ukulele build.
Each one had it's own builders tone, looks and feel. Whoever gets these ukes will be very happy

MopMan
11-24-2017, 06:35 AM
Crafted by legendary builders from the wood of legendary trees. I sure wish I was legendary enough to have the gold for one of these...

Lucky Strike Ukulele of The Tree
- Charisma +2
- Perform +4
- Bardic Music +2
- Fascinated creatures are Charmed

kohanmike
11-24-2017, 07:23 AM
Going to the Luthiers For a Cause site got me there. Thanks for the help. Here's the correct address:
www.theukc.org (http://www.theukc.org).

Did you miss my post above that the link is in my signature?

Beau Hannam Ukuleles
11-24-2017, 08:01 AM
Great video ! Thanks Andrew.

I'm very proud to be a part of this cause and group of luthiers.

Ukulele Eddie
11-24-2017, 09:15 AM
Here is a link to the news with the video on our website, for this who want to share with others:

https://www.luthiersforacause.org/news/

flailingfingers
11-24-2017, 02:04 PM
Did you miss my post above that the link is in my signature?
I don't show signatures normally (found them to be too long, and makes scrolling too lengthy) and I could not find yours when going to your UU site.

kohanmike
11-24-2017, 08:41 PM
Oops, I didn't think about that.

Rakelele
11-25-2017, 08:17 PM
Thanks to Eddie, Patchen, Andrew and all the luthiers who participated in this project. Not only is this a great cause, but watching the videos has also been highly educational for me to learn about the builders' philosophies and last but not least, the influence of the wood and the builder.

This may have been the first time such an experiment has been done and I really appreciate the almost scientific approach to it. Now that we can compare the sound of the same wood used by different builders, it would also be interesting to know which set of strings each luthier chose to bring the best out of his instrument. Next to the wood, the builder, and the player, I'd assume that strings are another factor contributing to the sound.

Rakelele
11-26-2017, 11:21 PM
For those who haven't seen it, the same video is on Vimeo. From what I understand, the quality is better there than on Youtube:


https://vimeo.com/243931644
https://vimeo.com/243931644

DownUpDave
11-27-2017, 01:27 AM
Good call about the strings Rainer. When I first listened to all the ukuleles the Grimes sounded warmer, I have listened a few times. I had noticed a wound 4th and 3rd with black strings on 2nd and 1st positions. If those are the Kamaka nylons it would be a warm string set for sure.

spookelele
11-27-2017, 03:33 AM
Good call about the strings Rainer. When I first listened to all the ukuleles the Grimes sounded warmer, I have listened a few times. I had noticed a wound 4th and 3rd with black strings on 2nd and 1st positions. If those are the Kamaka nylons it would be a warm string set for sure.
black strings could be freemont, which are warmer as well

Patchenu
11-27-2017, 05:46 AM
As pointed out earlier, the luthiers all selected their own strings. The string sets are as follows:

Grimes: GHS TU with low G
Hannam: Oasis with Fremont Soloist Low G
Hive: Oasis Bright Low G #8000
Kinnard: Southcoast Medium Low G smooth wound
Lichty: Aquila Carbon Black
Yoshida: Aquila Carbon Black

Ukulele Eddie
11-27-2017, 07:43 AM
As Patchen noted, the Grimes has GHS strings. The 1 & 2 are nylon. I personally donít care for regular nylon strings but YMMV. To my ears they sacrifice articulate highs. Steve has used them for a long time and we chatted about some other strings he may try.

spookelele
11-28-2017, 01:47 AM
hms posted individual vids.

https://vimeo.com/theukulelesite/videos

I hope these raise alot of money for the kids. They are all amazing instruments.

Ukulele Eddie
11-30-2017, 07:38 AM
We announced some pretty spectacular news this morning. We were approached by a generous supporter of music therapy who believes if these six fantastic ukes remain together, we can create even more awareness about and funds to support the power of music therapy. How so? By possibly having the ukes exhibited at various museums, used in a charity concert and potentially even having a CD recorded. With all project participants agreeing this was a fantastic outcome, we have sold the collection as a set for $100,000.

We know some members here were very keen to bid on one of these auctions. We hope you agree that this is absolutely the best possible outcome for The Ukulele Kids Club. Remember, you can still buy LFAC merchandise (all profit goest to UKC) and/or contribute to UKC directly via our web site.

The news is posted here: https://www.luthiersforacause.org/news/

And here: https://www.facebook.com/luthiersforacause/

Peace Train
11-30-2017, 08:00 AM
What a fantastic and fitting outcome for the kids, luthiers, and the ukulele community as a whole. A great big congratulations to everyone involved!