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CYN
02-11-2019, 02:47 PM
Wondering if anyone has tried Sound Smith ukuleles from Oregon? I was wondering about the sound /quality. Especially interested in their Jazz uke.

Kenn2018
02-11-2019, 08:02 PM
I like their resonator tenor. It's all laminate. And sounds pretty good for its price. Their tenor banjolele was OK sounding. Both played well.

I'm not familiar with their Jazz uke.

Shannon is terrific to work with. She'll answer your questions and loves feedback. Great outfit.

kohanmike
02-11-2019, 08:10 PM
Looked for their jazz uke, didn't see one. Do you have a photo?

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bazmaz
02-11-2019, 11:11 PM
I reviewed their resonator - not at all bad and I preferred it to the Kala version which is extremely similar to look at.

https://www.gotaukulele.com/2018/05/sound-smith-resonator-tenor-ukulele.html

Hopefully have another couple of models from them coming later in the year.

Jerryc41
02-12-2019, 01:31 AM
Wondering if anyone has tried Sound Smith ukuleles from Oregon? I was wondering about the sound /quality. Especially interested in their Jazz uke.

https://www.soundsmithgear.com/collections/sound-smith-ukuleles

CYN
02-12-2019, 02:22 AM
Thanks, I have already seen these links. I am trying to find someone that has actually played them besides the resonator. Just one of their regular ukes. Especially looking for info about sound n the jazz uke which can be seen on you tube with Shannon playing Blackbird by the Beatles. Thanks.

Ukecaster
02-09-2020, 11:03 AM
This one popped up on my computer screen, billed as an all solid koa tenor, for $367.00 shipped, with 30 day money back guarantee (minus shipping). Of course, they don't specify Hawaiian koa, so I assume it may be something else, at that price?

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Sound-Smith-All-Solid-Koa-Tenor-SKT-1-Ukulele/143453576603?hash=item21667fdd9b:m:m-Zq-fPHbocq9nJ9f0dddew

They have a soundclip on their webpage: https://www.soundsmithgear.com/collections/sound-smith-ukuleles/products/solid-koa-thin-body-concert-ukulele-skc1?variant=29519754887212

They also offer solid cedar/koa concert and tenor ukes.

ukeanixi
02-09-2020, 12:19 PM
It isn't obvious looking at the website, but, it must be that the ukuleles are made in Asia.

igorthebarbarian
02-09-2020, 02:27 PM
It isn't obvious looking at the website, but, it must be that the ukuleles are made in Asia.

Made in China and set up in Oregon I believe. I’ve been tempted on the all metal concert one, but don’t know enough about the brand.

Kenn2018
02-09-2020, 07:01 PM
Thanks, I have already seen these links. I am trying to find someone that has actually played them besides the resonator. Just one of their regular ukes. Especially looking for info about sound n the jazz uke which can be seen on you tube with Shannon playing Blackbird by the Beatles. Thanks.

Drop her an email, or give her a call. She was very responsive to my questions and comments about the resonator and banjo uke. Both before and after the sale.

Jan D
02-09-2020, 07:48 PM
I have played (briefly) a couple of regular Sound Smith concert scale ukuleles. Generally speaking, I found them to be well made, with a good sound. They were a bit quieter than I personally prefer, but then, my hearing is not what it used to be, so YMMV. :-)

Jan

Jerryc41
02-10-2020, 12:25 AM
This one popped up on my computer screen, billed as an all solid koa tenor, for $367.00 shipped, with 30 day money back guarantee (minus shipping). Of course, they don't specify Hawaiian koa, so I assume it may be something else, at that price?

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Sound-Smith-All-Solid-Koa-Tenor-SKT-1-Ukulele/143453576603?hash=item21667fdd9b:m:m-Zq-fPHbocq9nJ9f0dddew

They have a soundclip on their webpage: https://www.soundsmithgear.com/collections/sound-smith-ukuleles/products/solid-koa-thin-body-concert-ukulele-skc1?variant=29519754887212

They also offer solid cedar/koa concert and tenor ukes.

Beautiful! If it's koa, it's Hawaiian. If it's not koa, it's not Hawaiian. On their site, they say the body is layered ebony. That sounds like a nice way of saying "laminate." The sound clip is so good that I'd be tempted to buy based on that alone. But then, I've never heard a company post a bad sound clip.

Close to $400 is a lot to pay for what, to me, is an unknown.