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Ron
02-10-2010, 02:50 PM
Down our way this is a common sound:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kEfcp87F0Bw&feature=related
I've seen these called Cook Islands Ukuleles and tahitian Ukuleles.
Haven't seen any discussion of then here on UU. Quite a different construction. Sound hole is in the back and the are sometimes a thin hollow cosntriction and sometimes basically a solid body - with a hole right through the body - wide at the front and small at the back. A wooden resonator is inserted on the frontside. Tuned GCEA but with a high E

Ron
02-10-2010, 03:04 PM
and this guy
http://www.youtube.com/user/kanua8

whetu
02-10-2010, 03:21 PM
Since the forum upgrade, the search index has been poked, but they've been discussed here before, by a fellow kiwi :)

http://ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?19240-tahitian-ukes
http://ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?19587-tahitian-ukes-2

Ron
02-10-2010, 03:25 PM
aha. Oughta improve my search technique.
It's probably the same thisg as when I hear bagpipes and my Scots blood comes to the surface - but when I hear that eight string, woody sounding fast strum my heart just swells (not that i have any Rarotongan genes - it's just being brought up in the Sth Pacific, i guess)

Kanaka916
02-10-2010, 05:21 PM
More links . . .
http://ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?547-tahitian-ukulele
http://ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?17156
http://ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?499
http://ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?2830