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MGM
04-13-2010, 11:01 AM
If you really want to get a uke that feels and sounds the best to you. Go to a place where there are many brands on ukes Have someone tune them all the same Close your eyes or blindfold yourself and have someopne hand you each different uke without teliing brand or model....Use you feel and easrs to pick it I bet some of you will be surprised at the resukt No fair feeling the heastock and body shape etc for hints....

Dane
04-13-2010, 11:08 AM
Ah! If only I could find a store close by with a large number of ukes, I would love to do that. I could careless really about what a uke looks like, I'd play a pink one if it sounded good.

cletus
04-13-2010, 12:36 PM
Ah so! I agree with Dane.

SailingUke
04-13-2010, 12:50 PM
I have a friend who went into a guitar store and started playing the high end guitars.
He started with the most expensive and worked his way down, when he got to one he did not like the sound of he went back up one.
Similar to the blindfold test. The key is to buy with your ears.
All good in theory, but I want that stunner of a uke and/or guitar.

Ukulele JJ
04-13-2010, 01:10 PM
I have a friend who went into a guitar store and started playing the high end guitars.
He started with the most expensive and worked his way down, when he got to one he did not like the sound of he went back up one.

The trouble there is that it falsely assumes price and sound are perfectly correlated. They're not, of course.

Maybe if your friend had gone down one more guitar, he might've liked its sound more then the previous one (or even the previous-previous one!).

JJ

csibona
04-13-2010, 01:36 PM
The trouble there is that it falsely assumes price and sound are perfectly correlated. They're not, of course.

Maybe if your friend had gone down one more guitar, he might've liked its sound more then the previous one (or even the previous-previous one!).

JJ

Or that your ear (er, brain) does not get saturated and that there is no primacy effect. I recommend a random order and multiple trips.

DaveVisi
04-13-2010, 01:56 PM
Stereo stores (remember those?) recommended A-B testing. Compare only two, eliminate one and move on to the next comparison. You can do this randomly or by price, your choice, but don't stop until you've heard them all. Stopping short like the guitar friend did and you never know if the next one might be "The ONE"

kalmario
04-13-2010, 02:06 PM
if selliing perfume you can only smell 3 before the brain gets confused of sorts. you then need to smell some coffee to reset the brain so to speak is that similar with ukulele testing?

Melissa82
04-13-2010, 02:35 PM
if selliing perfume you can only smell 3 before the brain gets confused of sorts. you then need to smell some coffee to reset the brain so to speak is that similar with ukulele testing?Try to play a guitar in between?

GVlog
04-13-2010, 02:47 PM
Try to play a guitar in between?

Too similar. Best to play an accordion.

Dane
04-13-2010, 03:11 PM
Too similar. Best to play an accordion.

Also too similar, needs to be a wind instrument. Perhaps a kazoo.

The A B would work very well, that way you're able to test the sound of another guitar against one that you know you already like, if its better then you grab that one and test it. What a great idea, so simple, but I never thought of it.

haole
04-13-2010, 03:28 PM
I wonder how often people actually do a blind test in a store. :O Is it unusual to ask for assistance for a blind test?

salukulady
04-13-2010, 03:28 PM
Ah! If only I could find a store close by with a large number of ukes, I would love to do that. I could careless really about what a uke looks like, I'd play a pink one if it sounded good.You're only 3 hours away from a very well stock uke store in Huntington Beach........

GVlog
04-13-2010, 03:35 PM
Also too similar, needs to be a wind instrument. Perhaps a kazoo.
Scottish bagpipes are ideal but many music stores don't carry them.

BTW: I did try the test. I liked a Kala Mango tenor. Too bad they didn't have a cedar-top or a spruce-top.

Ukeffect
04-13-2010, 04:18 PM
Try to play a guitar in between?
No a digeridoo...no wait...a bongo...no wait...listen to gangsta rap! Yeah, that's the ticket!:rolleyes:

Dane
04-13-2010, 05:02 PM
You're only 3 hours away from a very well stock uke store in Huntington Beach........

Oh wow, 3 hours isn't too bad. What's the stores name?

salukulady
04-13-2010, 05:11 PM
Oh wow, 3 hours isn't too bad. What's the stores name? http://www.ukuleleparadise.com/ If you ever go there let me know.

Dane
04-13-2010, 05:59 PM
http://www.ukuleleparadise.com/ If you ever go there let me know.

Oh dear, I have wanted to play a banjolele so bad. I need to go to this magical place

salukulady
04-13-2010, 07:11 PM
Oh dear, I have wanted to play a banjolele so bad. I need to go to this magical placeIf you ever go there, make it a Thursday night. They have jam night from 6:30-8:30. 50 to 60 uke players gather to play music. Mostly old stuff, but it's still fun to sit in a room with 50 fellow ukers. If you come, I'll bring this and let you play it.

kalmario
04-13-2010, 07:32 PM
Too similar. Best to play an accordion.

yeah thanks what i was thinking:)

Dane
04-13-2010, 09:00 PM
If you ever go there, make it a Thursday night. They have jam night from 6:30-8:30. 50 to 60 uke players gather to play music. Mostly old stuff, but it's still fun to sit in a room with 50 fellow ukers. If you come, I'll bring this and let you play it.

Ah she's a beaut! Very cool, thats very nice of you! I'm not sure when I'll be able to make it down there but maybe soon, I'll definitely send you a message when I plan to go down!

clayton56
04-13-2010, 11:07 PM
another thing you can do is record them all in sequence, playing the same tune or snippet. Listen back to the recording. Pick your favorite (you have to make a list).

I think hearing a recording is a more true, objective way of choosing, what you hear is what you get.

Dane
04-14-2010, 08:12 AM
another thing you can do is record them all in sequence, playing the same tune or snippet. Listen back to the recording. Pick your favorite (you have to make a list).

I think hearing a recording is a more true, objective way of choosing, what you hear is what you get.

SO many different things can change during a recording though, maybe far off in the distance a plane goes overhead while you're playing one and there is just the slightest buzz that you then associate with the instrument, or it can be a crappy recording device and you slightly change the angle of it so it is making it seem as if the volume of Uke B is lower, etc etc etc

pulelehua
04-14-2010, 09:01 AM
SO many different things can change during a recording though, maybe far off in the distance a plane goes overhead while you're playing one and there is just the slightest buzz that you then associate with the instrument, or it can be a crappy recording device and you slightly change the angle of it so it is making it seem as if the volume of Uke B is lower, etc etc etc

Or you record with a mic which accents the mids, which are what you happen to like without knowing it, and the lack of high-end due to the mic makes you think this ukulele is THE ONE, when actually it's really trebly, but you don't remember that, you go in with your hard-earned dosh, thrust into the face of the delighted salesperson and leave with the wrong ukulele.

(There's a dating analogy in there somewhere, but I can't spot it at the mo.)

Teek
04-14-2010, 09:35 AM
Store, shmore. You find a fellow uker who lives close by, respectfully beg to come visit their herd, um, them, and then nicely ask to play the lot. You of course return the favor with your own herd. Eventually you get a feel for what kind of ukes you like. Strings too probably. Or if there is a group that meets I'll bet that would be helpful as well.

Or the random chance factor. I got to play a Kohala concert in Costco because someone left it on the bottom of a returns cart. I was off getting something and came back to find my better half waiting for me, he pointed at the cart and I picked it up, tuned it up a bit, and couldn't put it down, it was like rescuing a kitten. We tried to find where it belonged and couldn't, so turned it over at the checkstand. So if one of you left that uke laying around unattended, it's in lost and found. It was a little heavy and quiet, but nicely appointed.

But yeah, find a place where you can try out a few. Otherwise buy and try, then resell.

bbycrts
04-14-2010, 02:33 PM
if selliing perfume you can only smell 3 before the brain gets confused of sorts. you then need to smell some coffee to reset the brain so to speak is that similar with ukulele testing?

I'm already there. Coffee is perfume enough for me.