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Doc_J
10-02-2018, 01:20 AM
Iím selecting a wood set for a sycamore build. These are my top five choices. Curious to see what folks like. My favorites are #3-5.
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uke51
10-02-2018, 01:54 AM
#3-5 are good, & I think # 3 is the best....

DownUpDave
10-02-2018, 02:00 AM
Number 3 for me, I love the interesting pattern in the middle. When finish is applied it will have a 3D holographic effect

stevejfc
10-02-2018, 02:22 AM
#3 and #5 seem the most interesting. I voted for #3.

tonyturley
10-02-2018, 02:59 AM
Yep, 3 for me. I almost bought some Sycamore this week for a future uke build, but I'm trying to make myself focus on one at a time, and not stockpile any more wood.

technicalta
10-02-2018, 03:25 AM
I love #3. That pattern is mesmerizing .

Spicysteve
10-02-2018, 05:01 AM
#3 for me also. Absolutely gorgeous.

Croaky Keith
10-02-2018, 05:49 AM
Well, I'll buck the trend here, I prefer no1. :p:uhoh::rofl:

Ziret
10-02-2018, 05:54 AM
2 or 3 because for some reason they remind me of sycamore before it's chopped down and planed.

kohanmike
10-02-2018, 06:22 AM
I chose 5 because I really like the skunk stripe, plus the flame grain runs all over. The more figuring, the more I like it.

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Doc_J
10-02-2018, 07:21 AM
Does a bigger picture change your choice.

#3
https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1934/44337462304_b4d9bf615e_z.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/2axX5Rf)syc140b (https://flic.kr/p/2axX5Rf) by [/url], on Flickr



#5
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TobyDog
10-02-2018, 07:25 AM
I don't love any of them (sorry), but 3,4 or 5 if I had to pick. Maybe 4 or 5 over 3.

I don't like how strong the vertical line looks in #3, it's less noticeable in the others.

mkatz
10-02-2018, 08:10 AM
I say #3 as well.

Mitch

kvehe
10-02-2018, 09:37 AM
# 3, definitely

mountain goat
10-02-2018, 11:45 AM
#4 for me.

Jim Hanks
10-02-2018, 11:57 AM
I chose 5 because I really like the skunk stripe, plus the flame grain runs all over. The more figuring, the more I like it.
Yup, I’ll second that motion

Doc_J
10-02-2018, 01:59 PM
I had hard time choosing between #3 & #5. So, I wisely asked my wife, a quilter with excellent sense of color and shape. Out of an even larger assortment of Sycamore wood sets she preferred #3 with #5 a close second.

stevejfc
10-02-2018, 02:08 PM
Though I agree with your wife, maybe it's time To ask the builder to show you a couple of more sets?:confused:

Doc_J
10-02-2018, 02:24 PM
Though I agree with your wife, maybe it's time To ask the builder to show you a couple of more sets?:confused:

I’m satisfied in what Cary has shown me as “available” Sycamore wood sets at Mya-moe. He showed me all the baritone sets he has (about 15 different sets). They compare well to the variety in their gallery of previously built Sycamore ukes. Several of figured Sycamore sets were just purchased.

Rosendust
10-02-2018, 02:59 PM
My personal favorite is #3.
HTH!

RafterGirl
10-02-2018, 03:51 PM
I vote #5 because of the contrast between the center stripe & the edge.

MopMan
10-02-2018, 06:02 PM
It's between #2 and #3 for me. Gotta love dat curl.

At the end of the day though, I'd go with the one that taps the best.

Pete F
10-02-2018, 09:31 PM
#3 but I'd try and go for a single piece if your luthier has it, which shouldn't be too difficult in sycamore.....

CTurner
10-03-2018, 04:53 AM
I went with #5, Hodge! Just like the overall balance and I think when finished off it will be lovely.

niwenomian
10-03-2018, 04:55 AM
I settled on 5 as my top pick, after looking back and forth between 3 and 5 for a while. All very nice, these will surely be radiant once they are finished.

Ukulele Eddie
10-03-2018, 06:33 AM
#3 by a longshot.

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Kenn2018
10-03-2018, 07:49 PM
I gravitate towards #5. It's unique looking.

Doesn't matter what we think, it is what you like that is important. Any one of the 5 will give you a terrific looking instrument. If they are all equal in tone then get the one that you think will work with the other woods, and you won't get tired of looking at. Of course, the back isn't the side you will be looking at the most...

The Pashmeister
10-04-2018, 01:20 AM
number 3 for me, but I would prefer a single piece back rather than book-matched.
It's all down to personal opinion though.

hollisdwyer
10-05-2018, 03:06 AM
They will all look so different once under finish but for me it's #3 all the way.

Doc_J
10-05-2018, 05:28 AM
Thanks everyone for your input and perspective. Decided to go with #3. Will post progress pics once the build starts.

DownUpDave
10-05-2018, 05:30 AM
Thanks everyone for your input and perspective. Decided to go with #3. Will post progress pics once the build starts.

Whom will be building you a ukulele with this lovely piece of wood Hodge???

Doc_J
10-05-2018, 05:46 AM
Whom will be building you a ukulele with this lovely piece of wood Hodge???

Cary Kelly at Mya-Moe. #2549

https://www.myamoeukuleles.com/uketracker.php?trackingNumber=2549

DownUpDave
10-07-2018, 01:11 AM
Cary Kelly at Mya-Moe. #2549

https://www.myamoeukuleles.com/uketracker.php?trackingNumber=2549

Wonderful. I am very anxious to hear your thoughts on the "new" Mya Moe ukuleles. I know you have an original baritone, as do I, and we both like them. I played mine quite a bit yesterday, even my wife said that sounds pretty.

I had an all sycamore Mya Moe that I sold to a friend and playing partner. When ever Tim brings it over and I play it I kick myself. But it was his Holy Grail tenor so I had to sell it to him.

Doc_J
10-07-2018, 04:25 AM
Wonderful. I am very anxious to hear your thoughts on the "new" Mya Moe ukuleles. I know you have an original baritone, as do I, and we both like them. I played mine quite a bit yesterday, even my wife said that sounds pretty.

I had an all sycamore Mya Moe that I sold to a friend and playing partner. When ever Tim brings it over and I play it I kick myself. But it was his Holy Grail tenor so I had to sell it to him.

Iíve got a few very special baritones, all wonderful. And my spruce/EIR Mya-moe is definitely one of them. Hoping the new Sycamore/POC Mya-moe baritone will be a great uke as well.

Very nice of you to part with a special uke, fulfilling someone elseís greatest hopes.

hollisdwyer
10-07-2018, 11:57 PM
both like them. I played mine quite a bit yesterday, even my wife said that sounds pretty.
...I had an all sycamore Mya Moe that I sold to a friend and playing partner. When ever Tim brings it over and I play it I kick myself. But it was his Holy Grail tenor so I had to sell it to him.

I'm in the same situation with one of my good friends and a very unique uke I have. I know I'll kick myself down the line if I sell it so I'm going to lend it to him for the next 6 months while I'm organising myself in Melbourne. I figure the trial will be good for both of us as it will allow each to exam our true feelings about it. Desired outcome=no buyers or sellers regret.

Hodge, I think you made the right choice in woodset and builder. Cary's output that I've seen so far looks mighty fine.

ukuleleabe
10-08-2018, 03:39 AM
I like 2 and 5