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Doc_J
03-31-2018, 07:01 AM
Attached are two sound samples of
1) Mya-moe bear claw spruce & rosewood baritone with Mya-moe strings
and
2) Larrivee spruce and silver oak baritone with Martin strings.

I play the same tunes in both using the same Yeti/Audacity set up. Same distance from mic. Would like to see if you have a sound preference (hence the poll). Here's pics of the two. Comments and opinions appreciated.

Mya-Moe sample:https://app.box.com/s/vrv8qwelrlxmgayiiyh8uio0bpx28arm
Larrivee sample: https://app.box.com/s/5n1vku0dwqj826bb1resl62tjluo8x1o

** Update to include the Mya-moe a half-step up in tuning, same Mya-moe strings (FC on the trebles). Noticeable difference to me.
https://app.box.com/s/krv7hbl9bzpl6tqpphywlf2snohv5ebk
and for comparison ...
the Larrivee a half step up with Martin strings. https://app.box.com/s/td55iyjap9wxggvr9kexoaj76l2o791v

https://farm1.staticflickr.com/883/41095338942_f38f5a09b2_z.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/25BsmwA)P1080785 (https://flic.kr/p/25BsmwA) [/url]

https://farm1.staticflickr.com/815/39329918110_e166263830_z.jpg (https://www.flickr.com/photos/150516092@N02/)P1080787 (https://flic.kr/p/22Vs7qo) [url=https://www.flickr.com/photos/150516092@N02/]

DownUpDave
03-31-2018, 07:26 AM
Hey Hodge great job as always. I love your sound sample comparisons, gives a lot of food for thought. You know I own a Mya Moe baritone almost identical to yours, mine is bearclaw and cocobolo. These Mya Moe baritones are really resonant and warm sounding even with the bright wood combo of spruce and hard wood back.

The big surprise is I liked the Larrivee better, it had a more balanced and controlled tone. I experimented PLENTY with strings on my Mya Moe before I tamed the super warm resonant tone. I ended up with high tension classical guitar strings for the wound D and G and the Aquila Carbon Blacks from the baritone set for the B and E strings

They are both great instruments it is just a personal tonal preference

Spicysteve
03-31-2018, 08:15 AM
The Larrivee by just a little bit. Both are Ukes I dream to be able to own.... Heck they are a dream to even get to play either of them.
Thanks so much for sharing, it was a joy to get to hear the comparison.

Cheers,

Steve.

Uke Don
03-31-2018, 08:24 AM
I also prefer the Larrivee. Begs the question, have you tried the same string set on the other? I'm guessing you have already chosen what you feel are the best strings for each, but had to ask.

Rakelele
03-31-2018, 08:39 AM
Great comparison, thanks for doing this, Hodge. I might prefer the Mya Moe. I thought I heard a bit more clarity and depth, perhaps slightly more sustain. From what I can tell from the pictures, the scale and the body of the MM look a bit longer, so that might be one of the reasons for that.

Osprey
03-31-2018, 08:51 AM
Both sounded great. I preferred the Larraviee, I found it sounded a bit cleaner in tone.

Doc_J
03-31-2018, 10:48 AM
Thanks guys. The Larrivee with Martins was my gut reaction preference from the clarity and very even tone, although the warmth and deeper tones of the Myamoe are outstanding. The Myamoe strings are thicker than the Martins and tend to a warmer, deep resonate sound,a bit more sustain at the expense of clarity/brightness.

I’ve had the Myamoe just a couple weeks, and anticipated the strings from Myamoe would be great fit. I’m definitely going to try Martins next on the Myamoe.

Originally I thought I might rehome the Larrivee when my Myamoe arrived. But thinking now this Larrivee is staying.

sam13
03-31-2018, 01:09 PM
Thanks guys. The Larrivee with Martins was my gut reaction preference from the clarity and very even tone, although the warmth and deeper tones of the Myamoe are outstanding. The Myamoe strings are thicker than the Martins and tend to a warmer, deep resonate sound,a bit more sustain at the expense of clarity/brightness.

I’ve had the Myamoe just a couple weeks, and anticipated the strings from Myamoe would be great fit. I’m definitely going to try Martins next on the Myamoe.

Originally I thought I might rehome the Larrivee when my Myamoe arrived. But thinking now this Larrivee is staying.

I like the Mya Moe best ... I have played Dave's and the neck profile is nice and flat ... which I like.

However, if I had my druthers ... I would still prefer my Pono RBSHC Spruce top over the two of them ... something about the sound I just love. So I am happy I bought it, and have it. I think you had a Pono Baritone Spruce top a while ago ...

Great post, Hodge.

Ukulele Eddie
03-31-2018, 01:16 PM
These are always fun, Hodge. I preferred the Larrivee (gorgeous by the way) as I think the Mya Moe sounded a bit boomy, less focused. Have you tried tuning the Mya Moe up a half step or two? Maybe try tuning to A?

SoloRule
03-31-2018, 02:06 PM
I like the Larrivee that Doc J picked out for me
It sounds like a guitar
I strung it with Mya Moe strings. Very sweet!
So for this sound sample I say Larrivee sounds better.

Doc_J
03-31-2018, 02:11 PM
These are always fun, Hodge. I preferred the Larrivee (gorgeous by the way) as I think the Mya Moe sounded a bit boomy, less focused. Have you tried tuning the Mya Moe up a half step or two? Maybe try tuning to A?

Great suggestion Eddie, I will try a tuning the Myamoe up a step.

mountain goat
03-31-2018, 02:33 PM
Thanks for another of these threads, Hodge.
I like the warmth and depth of the Mya Moe uke
and adored the clarity and note separation of the Larrivee.
I'll take them both thanks. :)

mountain goat
03-31-2018, 02:36 PM
Great suggestion Eddie, I will try a tuning the Myamoe up a step.

I think a good idea too, mate.
That extra step up just might clean things up a bit,
and the notes will still go forever

Alytw
03-31-2018, 03:05 PM
I think that the Mya-Moe is in another class. To me there is much more depth and nuance to the tone- more colour.

DownUpDave
03-31-2018, 11:50 PM
I think that the Mya-Moe is in another class. To me there is much more depth and nuance to the tone- more colour.

Great points Adam, that is what I like about the one I own as well

Jerryc41
04-01-2018, 12:41 AM
Larrivee, but I would have preferred not knowing which one I was hearing - like a blind taste test.

Doc_J
04-01-2018, 05:22 AM
I think a good idea too, mate.
That extra step up just might clean things up a bit,
and the notes will still go forever

Just tried up half a step. Wow, amazed to see just that. Cleaner trebles and more richness.


I think that the Mya-Moe is in another class. To me there is much more depth and nuance to the tone- more colour.

I do agree. The half-step up tuning really brings out the depth and richness of the Myamoe.

Here's the Mya-moe a half-step up in tuning, same Mya-moe strings (FC on the trebles). Noticeable difference to me.
https://app.box.com/s/krv7hbl9bzpl6tqpphywlf2snohv5ebk

Ukulele Eddie
04-01-2018, 05:25 AM
Just tried up half a step. Wow, amazed to see just that. Cleaner trebles and more richness.



I do agree. The half-step up tuning really brings out the depth and richness of the Myamoe.

Here's the Mya-moe a half-step up in tuning, same Mya-moe strings (FC on the trebles). Noticeable difference to me.
https://app.box.com/s/krv7hbl9bzpl6tqpphywlf2snohv5ebk

Winner, winner, chicken dinner! Sounds much better!

Alytw
04-01-2018, 05:37 AM
Much better. The original sounded like too low tension to me as well but the sound was there.

hollisdwyer
04-01-2018, 06:17 AM
Is the MM a 20.5 inch scale length and the Larivee 19 inches?

Jim Hanks
04-01-2018, 08:11 AM
Is the MM a 20.5 inch scale length and the Larivee 19 inches?
I was wondering that too but the bridge on the Larivee is closer to the floor so I'm pretty sure they are both 20+"

Doc_J
04-01-2018, 11:24 AM
Is the MM a 20.5 inch scale length and the Larivee 19 inches?

Both are 20" scales. The MM has 14 fret neck, while the Larrivee is 12 fret.

Spicysteve
04-01-2018, 02:41 PM
My Gosh! That half step sure made a difference. The boominess is gone. Quite difficult to choose between the two now. Thanks again Hodge.

DownUpDave
04-01-2018, 10:41 PM
My Gosh! That half step sure made a difference. The boominess is gone. Quite difficult to choose between the two now. Thanks again Hodge.

Agreed.......I would change my vote to Mya Moe now.

Rakelele
04-02-2018, 04:45 AM
I wonder what would happen if you tuned up the Larrivée as well...?

SoloRule
04-02-2018, 11:18 AM
I wonder what would happen if you tuned up the Larrivée as well...?

I was thinking of the same thing. LOL We are keeping Doc J very busy.

Pete F
04-02-2018, 12:29 PM
Larrivee for me in the original comparison. The MM 'tuned up by a half' sounded really nice and clear picking/fingerstyle - I liked that, but when it came to strumming it seamed to reach it's maximum quickly to my ear, and became a little muddy. I'm no expert, that's just how it came across. :) Great Playing!

Doc_J
04-02-2018, 03:14 PM
I wonder what would happen if you tuned up the Larrivée as well...?


I was thinking of the same thing. LOL We are keeping Doc J very busy.

I was wondering about that too. So here's the Larrivee a half step tuned up with Martin strings. https://app.box.com/s/td55iyjap9wxggvr9kexoaj76l2o791v

to compare with the Mya-moe a half-step up in tuning with Mya-moe strings (FC on the trebles).
https://app.box.com/s/krv7hbl9bzpl6tqpphywlf2snohv5ebk

Ukulele Eddie
04-02-2018, 03:40 PM
I was wondering about that too. So here's the Larrivee a half step tuned up with Martin strings. https://app.box.com/s/td55iyjap9wxggvr9kexoaj76l2o791v

to compare with the Mya-moe a half-step up in tuning with Mya-moe strings (FC on the trebles).
https://app.box.com/s/krv7hbl9bzpl6tqpphywlf2snohv5ebk

Compared to itself, I preferred the Larrivee at standard tuning. It's starting to sound "tight" to me tuned up a half step.

What do you think, Hodge?

Doc_J
04-02-2018, 04:56 PM
Compared to itself, I preferred the Larrivee at standard tuning. It's starting to sound "tight" to me tuned up a half step.

What do you think, Hodge?

Eddie, I think you might be right on that. The Larrivee is now back in standard tuning, while I'm keeping the Myamoe tuned a step up.