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davidp
11-02-2009, 10:48 AM
Hi,
I love the appearance of this wood, and I have read many threads from a 'mango' search here.

The general consensus is that it is 'good' to 'very good' eye candy (I am in agreement 100% on this) but it doesn't seem to get much mention in any threads discussing tonewoods.

I know Moore Bettah Ukuleles has built with it. This (http://www.moorebettahukes.com/IMG_1320.JPG) is one georgeous looking piece of woodwork he has in his gallery (I would have bought that in seconds, without even hearing it), and I fell in love with a LH Kala mango cutaway (http://cgi.ebay.com.au/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=330373176531&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT) at MGM's shop.

But is it more than eye candy? Is it a good tonewood? Where I live there is not much chance to get a bunch of different ukes (in terms of woods they are built with) together to do sound comparisons.

I know this will be a dummy question that has been asked and answered before, so feel free to point me to threads or reference material (or even just ignore me :)), but ...what actually makes a good tonewood? Can mango be a good tonewood?

davidp

haolejohn
11-02-2009, 10:53 AM
I'll put up a video comparing mango to koa. I don't have any mahghany ukes anymore but I do have old videos comparing a koa uke to a mahghany uke.

davidp
11-02-2009, 10:57 AM
I'll put up a video comparing mango to koa. I don't have any mahghany ukes anymore but I do have old videos comparing a koa uke to a mahghany uke.

thanks, that would be appreciated.

david

hoosierhiver
11-02-2009, 10:58 AM
UKISOCIETY recently did a review comparing different Mainlands including the Mango. I think ours sound similar to mahogany, a nice warm tone.