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eyedoc
09-12-2018, 06:05 AM
Another amazing Uke from HMS
I saw this on the homepage and went for it.
It is amazing in sound and workmanship!



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counsel1
09-12-2018, 06:29 AM
That full on back shot is pure uke porn -- as is the headstock! What gorgeous wood.
It seems that some of the new higher-end Asian imports have really upped their game!

Kenn2018
09-12-2018, 08:37 AM
Is this the "thin" body? Doesn't seem to be as radical as some of their designs. It's very good looking. What are the woods?

eyedoc
09-12-2018, 12:42 PM
Not thin body
Cedar
Maka (Thai Rosewood)

janthony1
09-12-2018, 02:05 PM
Beautiful. All of these looked really tempting. Hope they get another batch in.

Jerryc41
09-12-2018, 04:09 PM
That's a beauty!

Lapyang
09-12-2018, 06:01 PM
Congratulations Ron. This is one gorgeous uke.

eyedoc
09-12-2018, 07:28 PM
It’s not so much the looks, but the sound is amazing. Clear, loud, balanced with lots of sustain (for a Uke, I am a classical guitarist...)
Ron

DownUpDave
09-14-2018, 12:32 AM
Congratulations on a beautifulmi instrument. I have been impressed with Rebel, had a chance to play one at a Uke Jam. These Neo series are espiecally nice and I fully agree with you on the tone. The sound samples on HMS of these had me reaching for my wallet.

Ukulele Eddie
09-14-2018, 04:23 AM
I must've listened to that sound sample 50 times. If I wasn't swimming in too many ukes, I would have snagged it. Congrats!

spookelele
09-14-2018, 08:18 AM
Very nice uke. I've been impressed by the the rebel's, and own a alchemist, and a hog. Your's sounded great in the clips, and I was tempted, but I think it would be along the same vein as the alchemist, so I didn't go for it. Nice score!

Nickie
09-14-2018, 02:07 PM
What a pretty uke, congrats! That's only the 2nd pic of a Rebel I've ever seen, they must be rare.

eyedoc
09-14-2018, 02:22 PM
It’s beauty is very simplistic.
But it is so rewarding to play... i’m surprised nobody has asked me to compare to the moon bird....

Doc_J
09-14-2018, 02:23 PM
It’s beauty is very simplistic.
But it is so rewarding to play... i’m surprised nobody has asked me to compare to the moon bird....

Ok. How does it compare? :)

eyedoc
09-14-2018, 02:39 PM
I never thought you’d ask !
For the purest ukulele players, The rebel will be more satisfying because it has a traditional shape a very balanced ukulele tone, although exceptional in nature. Loud, warm, and crisp at the same time with a great deal of sustain.
The moon bird is a freak. It doesn’t look, smell or act like any ukulele you played before. The fingerboard is outstanding and the tone is more like a baritone and a tenor. Some ears might find the bass notes more prominent than the trebles, making it less balanced than the rebel.
With standard fingerpicking chord melody repoitoire, both work very well.
At this point I would take the rebel for my performances with a clip on pick up sooner than the moon bird due to the enhanced treble response of the rebel, and the tendency for bass notes to amplify better.
I would not want to give up either at this point but if I had to I would keep the rebel
Ron

Doc_J
09-15-2018, 03:51 AM
I never thought you’d ask !
For the purest ukulele players, The rebel will be more satisfying because it has a traditional shape a very balanced ukulele tone, although exceptional in nature. Loud, warm, and crisp at the same time with a great deal of sustain.
The moon bird is a freak. It doesn’t look, smell or act like any ukulele you played before. The fingerboard is outstanding and the tone is more like a baritone and a tenor. Some ears might find the bass notes more prominent than the trebles, making it less balanced than the rebel.
With standard fingerpicking chord melody repoitoire, both work very well.
At this point I would take the rebel for my performances with a clip on pick up sooner than the moon bird due to the enhanced treble response of the rebel, and the tendency for bass notes to amplify better.
I would not want to give up either at this point but if I had to I would keep the rebel
Ron

Ron, thanks for the comparison. I would have never guessed that the Rebel with a cedar top would have better trebble than the spruce top Moon Bird. Just proves once again, the builder is more important than the wood.

counsel1
09-15-2018, 08:01 AM
Good morning Ron,
I think this calls for a side-by-side audio/video comparison when time permits!

eyedoc
09-15-2018, 12:10 PM
I can do an audio comparison. Will work on it and get some soundcloud links up...
Ron

Ukulele Eddie
09-15-2018, 04:28 PM
Ron, interesting to hear your thoughts on how the two compare and look forward to the sound sample. Do you happen to know what strings are on the Moon Bird? Have you tried any others to see if that improves the higher notes?

eyedoc
09-15-2018, 04:46 PM
Hi Eddie,
I put my “go to” strings on, Oasis warm, low G. I think the lower bout design favors more base response in the Moon Bird. It has a unique voice, different from all the other tenors I own,
Ron

luv2uke
09-16-2018, 08:04 AM
Congrats on your new acquisitions. Looking forward to sound samples. What are the nut sizes?

eyedoc
09-29-2018, 06:38 PM
Hi
I actually did record comparison tracks but forgot to post the links (SoundCloud)
For what it’s worth, I still enjoy the Rebel more...
I like the neck more, attack is crisper, balance is right on and trebles sing more. The Moon Bird is boomier, sounds more like my classical guitars, and the ergonomics suit me less well.
Ron

bkrownd
10-04-2018, 03:27 PM
Good to hear you are liking it. ;) I have a NEO-8. (just a beginner) I was glad to get the last NEO before they switched to the new slotted headstock series, since I like the solid headstock. It's fun to see that they're mixing in new woods for the second series.