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SoloRule
03-21-2018, 03:14 AM
I have always said I prefer the look of my Carbon Fabric Blackbird , (downupdave )Dave probably thought the Farallon is safe in my care when he is on vacation. It would have been safe if curiosity did not get the better of me.

Dave has gone through 6 string changes to found this perfect set . Itís a combination of Thomastik wounds and classical nylon guitar strings for the trebles. To say the least, the sound blew me away.


Just as other members commented, Farallon is way up there with my custom built ukes (sorry LFdM and Koíolau). While he was gone, I simply could not put this baby down.

This is a custom built Farallon features side sound port , strings through bridge with radius fretboard. Dave waited a very very long time because of the upgrades.

Here is the story :

Dave knows whenever I buy one uke, another one must go. He gave me a challenge that is if I find a buyer for one of my ukes while he is away, this one is mine.

I wish I could see his face when he read my text that I sold one of my ukes exactly 24 hour after he left . A gentleman he is, he kept his promise so this is how this Farallon joined my uke family. I donít blame him if he removes me from his baby sitter list and by the way, I have not paid him yet this is why I said I kidnapped a Farallon.

Here is a short video showing off my new used uke that still has the new uke smell because Dave takes care of his instruments like a new born baby!



https://youtu.be/n-JsX21G9lI

sunshiNee
03-21-2018, 03:25 AM
congratz. beautiful playing.

Must buy one now too ;)

DownUpDave
03-21-2018, 03:27 AM
You make it sound so good Brenda......I want it back!!!!
I am thrilled you fell in love with it and can make beautiful music with it. At least I can visit it from time to time.

SoloRule
03-21-2018, 03:30 AM
You make it sound so good Brenda......I want it back!!!!
I am thrilled you fell in love with it and can make beautiful music with it. At least I can visit it from time to time.

You need to pay the ransom to get it back. I still have two of your children here. BTW Thank you for giving me permission to post this before money changed hands. :)

Osprey
03-21-2018, 03:35 AM
That was lovely, Brenda. Great sound from that Farallon. You played brilliantly.

sunshiNee
03-21-2018, 04:57 AM
You need to pay the ransom to get it back. I still have two of your children here. BTW Thank you for giving me permission to post this before money changed hands. :)

if you get sick of it... i'll buy from you cash and local pickup:)

kvehe
03-21-2018, 05:03 AM
:iwant:

That is all I have to say. :D

Lapyang
03-21-2018, 05:53 AM
Great playing skill! Great sounding uke! Now I am tempted to get one for myself...

Ukecaster
03-21-2018, 06:00 AM
Beautiful uke & playing, thanks for posting!

besley
03-21-2018, 08:43 AM
Dave - I thought you loved your Farallon. Why'd you let it go?

SoloRule
03-21-2018, 08:51 AM
I guess I should post picture ,uh?
Thank you for your comments.
kevhe - Kathryn, if you sell one of your ukes you can buy this one. It's like a musical chair here.



https://farm1.staticflickr.com/800/40049424365_3173db79f5_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/2422LyD)FARALLON (https://flic.kr/p/2422LyD) by Brenda Lee (https://www.flickr.com/photos/150496372@N06/), on Flickr

SoloRule
03-21-2018, 08:57 AM
Dave - I thought you loved your Farallon. Why'd you let it go?

besley : We like to share ! We all own each other ukes here !

Robin Harrison
03-21-2018, 08:58 AM
[QUOTE]You make it sound so good Brenda......I want it back!!!!/QUOTE]
Yep, she has a habit of doing this, Dave.
I sold her a Blackbird that I couldn't get going and she did a great job of sorting it.....so if you want yours back, then I want mine back first !
Lovely playing Brenda...thanks.
Robin

DownUpDave
03-21-2018, 10:53 AM
Dave - I thought you loved your Farallon. Why'd you let it go?

I will give you the straight answer. I love the way it sounds when playing chord melodies and fingerpicked but not strummed. This is why I went through so many string changes. I love the playability, the neck was great as was the radius fretboard and fret work. But I bought it to travel with, camping and cottaging, sitting around the fire strumming and singing.

Brenda always liked the sound of it and when I left it with her while I was away on vacation she "kidnapped" it away from me as she puts it.

lfoo6952
03-21-2018, 03:07 PM
Brenda:

Lovely playing and lovely instrument. Enjoy.

Luke

rappsy
03-21-2018, 04:26 PM
The Headless Wonder has released another winner.

When does the album come out?

etudes
03-21-2018, 04:28 PM
Hi Brenda- you make that Farallon sound great! I've had mine for a year now and it's taken me on quite a journey. I'd be curious what strings DownUPDave finally settled on. Cheers

DownUpDave
03-21-2018, 04:36 PM
Hi Brenda- you make that Farallon sound great! I've had mine for a year now and it's taken me on quite a journey. I'd be curious what strings DownUPDave finally settled on. Cheers

I will answer that for you, I don't think Brenda knows. Thomastik CF30 and CF27 for wound G and C then Hannabach 815 Silver Special Medium tension nylon classical guitar strings for the E and A. They can all be bought from Strings by Mail as singles.

etudes
03-21-2018, 06:16 PM
I will answer that for you, I don't think Brenda knows. Thomastik CF30 and CF27 for wound G and C then Hannabach 815 Silver Special Medium tension nylon classical guitar strings for the E and A. They can all be bought from Strings by Mail as singles.

Interesting combo- I should give them a try and hopefully benefit from all that research you did! I mostly play finger-style on the Farallon and it shines in that regard..

Steedy
03-21-2018, 07:38 PM
Wow, that sounds beautiful. You have a very nice touch! :)

Rakelele
03-21-2018, 08:30 PM
I'm not sure I should congratulate to your successful kidnapping, considering that you will meet up with me and my Moore Bettah soon... :eek:

Lovely playing, we can play that song together when we meet - looking forward to it!

Doc_J
03-22-2018, 12:45 AM
I have always said I prefer the look of my Carbon Fabric Blackbird , (downupdave )Dave probably thought the Farallon is safe in my care when he is on vacation. It would have been safe if curiosity did not get the better of me.

Dave has gone through 6 string changes to found this perfect set . Itís a combination of Thomastik wounds and classical nylon guitar strings for the trebles. To say the least, the sound blew me away.


Just as other members commented, Farallon is way up there with my custom built ukes (sorry LFdM and Koíolau). While he was gone, I simply could not put this baby down.

This is a custom built Farallon features side sound port , strings through bridge with radius fretboard. Dave waited a very very long time because of the upgrades.

Here is the story :

Dave knows whenever I buy one uke, another one must go. He gave me a challenge that is if I find a buyer for one of my ukes while he is away, this one is mine.

I wish I could see his face when he read my text that I sold one of my ukes exactly 24 hour after he left . A gentleman he is, he kept his promise so this is how this Farallon joined my uke family. I donít blame him if he removes me from his baby sitter list and by the way, I have not paid him yet this is why I said I kidnapped a Farallon.

Here is a short video showing off my new used uke that still has the new uke smell because Dave takes care of his instruments like a new born baby!



https://youtu.be/n-JsX21G9lI
Lovely playing Brenda. You should kidnap more of Daveís ukes. :)

SoloRule
03-22-2018, 03:48 AM
WOW I did not expect to see so many responds here.
Thank you for reading and watching the video.
Most of all , I am grateful for your compliments and took the time to make comments.

I have just uploaded a second video using the Farallon . This is how much I like this instrument and I do surprise myself .
http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/showthread.php?132161-MENUETT-Bach-Low-G


Robin : I hope you realize your DeVine is in danger .
Rainer : I like to TOUCH the MB. It would be quite nerve racking to play it. RISA stick is coming to meet you;). :o

I should be DONE with my UAS . Already bought three not counting the new Baritone from December (Custom pineapple is arriving tomorrow) and we are not even into April yet. March seems to be my favourite buying month so I am glad March is coming to an end.

Ukulele Eddie
03-22-2018, 04:02 AM
Note to self..."Don't let Brenda babysit my Farallon when I travel." ;-)

The first time I tried to watch video I got a message saying I was restricted. Was it something I said? LOL. It worked the second time. Nice job! I have been toying with Corey’s version of that song and find the timing very challenging.

I agree with Dave’s assessment, but I find that to be true of most all linear tuned ukes (better fingerstyle and chord melody than strummed).

BTW, I've got Carbonblacks on mine and love the tone. Still, I need to experiment with some other strings at some point. Will likely try Oasis next.

DownUpDave
03-22-2018, 07:49 AM
Note to self..."Don't let Brenda babysit my Farallon when I travel." ;-)

The first time I tried to watch video I got a message saying I was restricted. Was it something I said? LOL. It worked the second time. Nice job! I have been toying with Coreyís version of that song and find the timing very challenging.

I agree with Daveís assessment, but I find that to be true of most all linear tuned ukes (better fingerstyle and chord melody than strummed).

BTW, I've got Carbonblacks on mine and love the tone. Still, I need to experiment with some other strings at some point. Will likely try Oasis next.

Tell me about it, Brenda still has two more of mine at her house. I was thinking of possibly selling the Weber tenor and Mya Moe baritone. Maybe if I leave them there long enough she will buy those as well:biglaugh:

SoloRule
03-22-2018, 07:50 AM
Note to self..."Don't let Brenda babysit my Farallon when I travel." ;-)

The first time I tried to watch video I got a message saying I was restricted. Was it something I said? LOL. It worked the second time. Nice job! I have been toying with Corey’s version of that song and find the timing very challenging.

I agree with Dave’s assessment, but I find that to be true of most all linear tuned ukes (better fingerstyle and chord melody than strummed).

BTW, I've got Carbonblacks on mine and love the tone. Still, I need to experiment with some other strings at some point. Will likely try Oasis next.

Eddie I would pay you to babysit your collections. It's too tempting. :drool:
Dave told me to try Oasis warm ... I may or I may not. It is good as it sounds so I will let you try it first then let us know . Thanks in advance.

SoloRule
03-22-2018, 07:52 AM
Tell me about it, Brenda still has two more of mine at her house. I was thinking of possibly selling the Weber tenor and Mya Moe baritone. Maybe if I leave them there long enough she will buy those as well:biglaugh:

Dave, you need to wait for March 2019. I exceeded my quota but I don't mind you leaving them here till 2019. ;) I have lots of room.
My pineapple just arrived.

neo1022
03-24-2018, 11:52 AM
You say you are using Hannabach 815 Silver Special Medium tensions for the E and A strings. Which strings do those correspond to in the Stringsbymail catalog? I'm assuming it's not the E and A classical guitar strings...

DownUpDave
03-24-2018, 12:13 PM
You say you are using Hannabach 815 Silver Special Medium tensions for the E and A strings. Which strings do those correspond to in the Stringsbymail catalog? I'm assuming it's not the E and A classical guitar strings...

It is the (E) 1st and (B) 2nd for the A1st and E 2nd on the Farrallon. See picture below of the (B) 2nd package. You just use the 1st and 2nd position strings from classical guitar to 1st and 2nd position on a tenor uke tuned GCEA.

I cant take credit for this idea. Two very knowledgeable members had done this before me. Hannabach nylons start at extra low tension- low tension- medium tension and continue up from there.

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Mezcalero
03-24-2018, 02:07 PM
You say you are using Hannabach 815 Silver Special Medium tensions for the E and A strings. Which strings do those correspond to in the Stringsbymail catalog? I'm assuming it's not the E and A classical guitar strings...

This is the set-up I have on my Farallon, with the only difference being I am using the super high tension Hannabach trebles. I have slowly transitioned to playing nylon trebles almost exclusively these days, and the Hannabach's are the sweetest sounding ones I have found! The diameter on them is noticeably bigger (compared to fluorocarbon), and takes some getting used to, but well worth the adjustment for my ears . . .

Nice playing as always Brenda!