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ukecantdothat
02-25-2010, 12:24 PM
This sentiment is nothing new here in The Underground, and I've said it before, but boy for the price the Mainland concert (mahogany gloss) sure sounds great in the studio! Here's my latest recording, a rough mix, and with just an AKG C414 set to a figure 8 patern and pointed slightly off axis from the soundhole, and a splash of reverb, I can't be happier with the sound.

Thanks again to hoosierhiver for making affordable ukes that stand up well in the studio!:nana:


Shameless promo time:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TR-Ao_LBBr0

luvdat
02-25-2010, 12:34 PM
I hit your shameless promo and started dancing with my wife...

Congrats on happiness with your ukulele!

rasputinsghost
02-25-2010, 12:51 PM
i just got a mainland mahogany tenor and it is AMAZING - my first solid wood one. my god, it sustains and sustains and sustains...

ukecantdothat
02-25-2010, 12:52 PM
I hit your shameless promo and started dancing with my wife...

Congrats on happiness with your ukulele!

Wow, cool! I hadn't thought of it before, but Greg (the pan player) wrote a pretty good little "hug-your-honey" tune there. I'll tell him!

Thanks for listening!

luvdat
02-25-2010, 01:44 PM
Wow, cool! I hadn't thought of it before, but Greg (the pan player) wrote a pretty good little "hug-your-honey" tune there. I'll tell him!

Thanks for listening!

The best to you and yours.

heymelbs
02-25-2010, 04:26 PM
Love my Mainland Mahogany Concert!!

mangorockfish
02-25-2010, 05:31 PM
They're the best. I've got a concert and a tenor, both mahogany gloss and am about to order a soprano in said finish. All I'll like then is a tenor cut-a-way, then I may start on the cedar tops.

thejumpingflea
02-25-2010, 08:13 PM
Someday a Mainland will be mine.... ;)

raecarter
02-26-2010, 12:02 AM
My tenor gloss has improved my playing if its possible for a uke to do that or is it that I'm practising more now ;-)

Denno
02-26-2010, 02:59 AM
Got to love the mainland, gets you laid everytime. ;)

ukecantdothat
02-26-2010, 05:21 AM
My tenor gloss has improved my playing if its possible for a uke to do that or is it that I'm practising more now ;-)
A good instrument = more practicing = improved playing!

Ahnko Honu
02-26-2010, 05:35 AM
Got to love the mainland, gets you laid everytime. ;)

...said the egg to the chick.

Ahnko Honu
02-26-2010, 05:39 AM
I have too many 'ukuleles but the other night I was asked to do a sound comparo with one 'ukulele being my Mainland pineapple. I hadn't touched it in months (FLUKE my go-to 'ukulele) so when I brought the Mainland out I was pleasantly reminded how wonderful it sounds, definitely a keeper.

Uke Republic
02-26-2010, 11:14 AM
We have sold lots of Mainland ukes and the only trouble our customers seem to have is which Mainland they want to get next. Looking forward to the next shipment of Mainland mangos coming soooooooooon!

PorkLover
02-26-2010, 11:31 AM
I love my Mainland Concert. So pretty and such a beautiful sound. Got another Mainland in the works too... this time a Pineapple Mahogany.

ukecantdothat
02-26-2010, 11:55 AM
I love my Mainland Concert. So pretty and such a beautiful sound. Got another Mainland in the works too... this time a Pineapple Mahogany.

Mmmmmmm... Pineapple...

iDavid
02-26-2010, 03:10 PM
I got a Mainland Tenor a month or so ago. It is now opening up and just sounds great. The problem with Mainland is they are at such a great price point that they are close to impossible to beat. I've played guitar for years and the set-up and fret-work on my tenor is second to none.

It I want to "move up" from a Mainland it is going to cost my two to three times as much. I also have tow girls and I bring my uke to class, I teach fourth grade, and the idea of bringing a 1,000 dollar uke to school is just no going to happen

Mainland's be such high quality at such a low price makes them less stressful to deal with and MORE FUN.

The only thing that kept me from getting a Mainland months ago was the rope binding. Now, my friend's bushman look naked without it and not in a good way. I am so digging the binding. I was waiting on a Plain-Jane model, but now I am just not sure. Maybe Mango Concert, or a Mahogany Concert, or Red Cedar....or a Pineapple.... Red Cedar or Mango, or or or or

david

Lanark
02-27-2010, 03:57 AM
I've got a red cedar concert in my lap even as I type this. They are a really pretty amazing buy for the money.

It's super playable. Looks great and has a really loud and brassy sound all its own. I'm sold.

iDavid
02-27-2010, 04:03 AM
I've got a red cedar concert in my lap even as I type this. They are a really pretty amazing buy for the money.

It's super playable. Looks great and has a really loud and brassy sound all its own. I'm sold.

Have you gotten to compare it to Mahogany Concert? I am having the HARDEST time choosing which one it next.

Lanark
02-27-2010, 01:21 PM
Have you gotten to compare it to Mahogany Concert? I am having the HARDEST time choosing which one it next.

No I haven't had the chance to play a mahogany concert yet. I do think it's actually a bit louder than my Koaloha though. A bit less sustain, but it's got a very nice ringing tone to it where the Koaloha is much smoother and mellifluous. It's a nice one for the fingerstyle stuff. Really crisp attack and a nice fast neck. I'll be interested to see how it opens up over time and playing. I'm really digging it as tonal option for some things I've been messing around with.

iDavid
02-27-2010, 02:19 PM
I was just playing the snot out of my hog tenor.

Man, it gets louder and sweeter everyday. I think concert is the size for me and I love the necks on the concerts, but this Tenor is a big time keeper.

Do you find the Red Cedar a bit too crisp for strumming?

SailQwest
02-27-2010, 02:31 PM
Have you gotten to compare it to Mahogany Concert? I am having the HARDEST time choosing which one it next.

I have a Bushman Jenny Concert (which is nearly identical to the Mainland mahogany). I had a Mainland Cedar Concert for a while.

The two are very different sounding. The cedar has a much boomier, brasher voice. And lots of volume.

iDavid
02-27-2010, 03:20 PM
I like your descrioption of the Red Cedar. Sounds like you would have to tame the wild beast with that one :)

So, why did you sell the Red Cedar?

SailQwest
02-27-2010, 03:39 PM
I like your descrioption of the Red Cedar. Sounds like you would have to tame the wild beast with that one :)

So, why did you sell the Red Cedar?

The sound just wasn't what I like. It was a bit too in-your-face to suit my playing/singing style.

My favorite uke is an Engelmann Spruce/Rosewood Bushman. It has a clear, bright and "pretty" voice with delicate overtones. The cedar was was loaded with here-I-am attitude. Think Linda Ronstadt (spruce) vs Aretha Franklin (cedar). Both wonderful, but very different.