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kerneltime
08-20-2018, 01:11 PM
I was lucky enough to be able to try a few Les Stansell Baritones during the Baritone Retreat and picked up this beauty.

Les has taken the flamenco/spanish guitar design and over the years perfected a Baritone spec for it.
He uses top quality woods from local sources (spec below for mine).

The uke is light, loud, with excellent response to the lightest of touches to the strings.

Due to the Flamenco heritage and Les' preference to focus on the playability, the string tension is on the lower side and the action is low.
This makes it really smooth to fret. The sustain is excellent.

The uke vibrates up and down the neck when played and feels very very alive. The comparison that comes to my mind between this uke and other ukes is that this is closer to a jazz dancer whereas most other ukes I tried are closer to ballet dancers.

There are some ukes that help you relax, wind down and go to sleep and there are ukes that you like waking up to play. As relaxing as this uke is, I would love to wake up to play it.

Spec:
Oregon Port Orford Cedar Top/Neck/Bracing
Napa Valley Black Walnut Back/Sides/Rosette/Faceplates
Oregon Myrtle Binding
Ebony Fingerboard/Bridge
Pegheds Tuners
Bone Nut and Saddle
Shellac Finish


https://photos.smugmug.com/Ukulele/Les-Stansell/n-6knNkF/i-ZhbNzKp/0/fbc239e8/X4/i-ZhbNzKp-X4.jpg

https://photos.smugmug.com/Ukulele/Les-Stansell/n-6knNkF/i-XNqPRpD/0/ee2ddbf8/X4/i-XNqPRpD-X4.jpg

https://photos.smugmug.com/Ukulele/Les-Stansell/n-6knNkF/i-mhnpV4v/0/17320d40/X4/i-mhnpV4v-X4.jpg

https://photos.smugmug.com/Ukulele/Les-Stansell/n-6knNkF/i-nTMhwL3/0/cb464cb7/X4/i-nTMhwL3-X4.jpg

I was initially putting off doing this NUD, since I did not have a sound sample.. but then I found this gem by Kenneth (That is not me, I wish I played that well.. taken around the same time I was sampling ukes). The uke played by Kenneth is NOT the uke I picked but I have played that uke as well, they do have different personalities but for the purpose of this NUD it is representative enough.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R0Op1elrMsc

Les himself is part of a local band (Redwood Highway) and we thoroughly enjoyed their performances! More videos from him (needless to say includes his baritones) Amy from the band jammed with Kimo and the combination of a violin and baritone was very pleasing!


https://www.youtube.com/user/stansellguitars/videos

Rest of the gallery: https://kerneltime.smugmug.com/Ukulele/Les-Stansell/n-6knNkF/i-XLcZjg2

Doc_J
08-20-2018, 02:16 PM
Congratulations! That is a gorgeous instrument! Thanks for the pictures and links.

Martinlover
08-20-2018, 03:16 PM
Thanks for sharing. Love the video.

Osprey
08-20-2018, 03:43 PM
I am impressed. Very lovely to look at and the video was wonderful.

Jerryc41
08-20-2018, 03:51 PM
Beautiful uke, and it sounds great.

DownUpDave
08-20-2018, 04:42 PM
Congratulations, Les makes some of the very best instruments out there and your baritone certainly shows that fact.

kerneltime
08-20-2018, 04:59 PM
Congratulations, Les makes some of the very best instruments out there and your baritone certainly shows that fact.
Yup! I forgot to add, the ukes have a very pleasant fragrance of Cedar!!

frukmana
08-20-2018, 06:26 PM
Since my friend showed me a video of kimo hussey yesterday, i've been craving for a baritone :D
Happy nud that is a gorgeous looking uke

kerneltime
08-20-2018, 06:36 PM
Since my friend showed me a video of kimo hussey yesterday, i've been craving for a baritone :D
Happy nud that is a gorgeous looking uke

Based on personal experience, go with Ono or Les Stansell.

If you want one on a budget, I played this one and I thought it was an amazing bang for the buck: https://shop.gryphonstrings.com/products/baritone-flight-ukulele-baritone-nub-310-new-54237

frukmana
08-20-2018, 06:47 PM
Based on personal experience, go with Ono or Les Stansell.

If you want one on a budget, I played this one and I thought it was an amazing bang for the buck: https://shop.gryphonstrings.com/products/baritone-flight-ukulele-baritone-nub-310-new-54237

Thanks for the recommendation kerneltime! Will definitely check them out.

mds725
08-20-2018, 10:27 PM
Thanks for the photos, the video, and the mini-review of your new baritone! Congratulations! It looks and sounds great!

Not to hijack this thread, but how was the baritone retreat?

kerneltime
08-21-2018, 04:02 AM
I think there a few threads talking about it
https://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/showthread.php?133096-Baritone-Retreat-Workshop-with-Kimo-Hussey-August-2018&p=2087923#post2087923
https://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/showthread.php?134524-2018-Pistol-River-OR-Baritone-Retreat-with-Kimo-Hussey-plus&highlight=baritone+retreat
https://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/showthread.php?134196-Ono-18-quot-Scale-Amazon-Rosewood-Tenor-Tuned-Linear-G&p=2088811#post2088811

Here are a few more pics
https://photos.smugmug.com/Ukulele/Les-Stansell/n-6knNkF/i-NjW5gKK/0/5a3938db/X3/i-NjW5gKK-X3.jpg
https://photos.smugmug.com/Ukulele/Les-Stansell/n-6knNkF/i-D9tvbPD/0/7e5dfed1/X3/i-D9tvbPD-X3.jpg
https://photos.smugmug.com/Ukulele/Les-Stansell/n-6knNkF/i-XLcZjg2/0/f34d1a84/X3/i-XLcZjg2-X3.jpg

Mezcalero
08-21-2018, 08:51 AM
Thanks for posting this NUD Kerneltime! It's really good to see Les getting some exposure! He certainly is not focused on self promotion, but in my opinion he is making some of the finest Baritone ukes on the planet. I'm blessed to own one of them, and I am also fortunate to call Kenneth Fowler a good friend. Enjoy your fantastic new instrument ~

Rakelele
08-21-2018, 08:55 AM
Congratulations, very nice sounding and looking! From what I can tell from the pictures, it has an open pore finish, is that correct?

kerneltime
08-21-2018, 09:52 AM
Shellac. His website has details and YouTube has video.

kerneltime
08-21-2018, 09:54 AM
Thanks for posting this NUD Kerneltime! It's really good to see Les getting some exposure! He certainly is not focused on self promotion, but in my opinion he is making some of the finest Baritone ukes on the planet. I'm blessed to own one of them, and I am also fortunate to call Kenneth Fowler a good friend. Enjoy your fantastic new instrument ~
Agreed!
Glad that I can use Kenneth’s wonderful playing to showcase the Baritone than mine :-)

Nickie
08-21-2018, 05:14 PM
Congratulations! That's one of my favorite songs, thanks for playing it for us.

kerneltime
08-21-2018, 05:26 PM
Congratulations! That's one of my favorite songs, thanks for playing it for us.
Quoting a wise song by Shaggy - “It wasn’t me!”

Ukulele Eddie
08-21-2018, 08:08 PM
Gorgeous addition! Congratulations!

kerneltime
08-22-2018, 03:42 AM
Gorgeous addition! Congratulations!
Thank you Eddie!

kerneltime
12-28-2018, 02:39 AM
I have a second Les Stansell Baritone (Cedar + Myrtle)!! Acquired a few months back.. Will try to find time to click pics and do a NUD post.
That said, I don't plant to own 2, they are similar enough and don't play baritones that often, if any one is interested reach out for details (kerneltime) at gmail
Will post to marketplace and others when I get around to prepping things up, this is a heads up for those interested.