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ukulelearp
06-06-2010, 10:13 AM
I've got a baritone coming in next week. Nothing fancy, Kala. I've played them before, but I was thinking it would be cool to tune it to dGBE with a high-D. I searched but couldn't find anyone mentioning much about it. Has anyone done it? How do you like it? I've found a few youtube videos, but they weren't terribly helpful.

HoldinCoffee
06-06-2010, 10:58 AM
I have one with gCEA, but not dGBE. Good idea though!

Chris Tarman
06-06-2010, 11:00 AM
I have one with an Aquila high d set that I got from MGM, and it sounds REALLY nice!

SweetWaterBlue
06-06-2010, 12:39 PM
I personally would not do such a thing, since when I am playing a baritone (don't own one yet), I am looking for bass to accompany something like a Johnny Cash song. On the other hand, this guy's sounds great with a high G. Of course it doesn't hurt that he has a terrific voice.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eThIUwIVl5g&feature=PlayList&p=673E5792AAE9FA50&playnext_from=PL&index=2

HoldinCoffee
06-06-2010, 01:32 PM
Of course it doesn't hurt that he has a terrific voice.

...and he's playing a Mahalo.

kissing
06-06-2010, 05:08 PM
Re-entrant dGBE on a Baritone works well. My sister's baritone is tuned like that.
It makes the chords sound a bit less muddy, and a bit less guitary lol.

I prefer having the low-D though for the added bassness. But that's personal preference.

Chris Tarman
06-06-2010, 05:14 PM
Re-entrant dGBE on a Baritone works well. My sister's baritone is tuned like that.
It makes the chords sound a bit less muddy, and a bit less guitary lol.

I prefer having the low-D though for the added bassness. But that's personal preference.

As I said earlier, my Islander bari is tuned with a reentrant dGBE, and you're exactly right. It brightens up the chords, and definitely makes it sound more like a ukulele and less like a guitar.

ukulelearp
06-06-2010, 05:48 PM
I can't decide quite what to do. I already have three guitars, so maybe re-entrant would be a nice change. I'll play around with both. I do like the way it sounds in that video though.

Chris Tarman
06-06-2010, 05:56 PM
I can't decide quite what to do. I already have three guitars, so maybe re-entrant would be a nice change. I'll play around with both. I do like the way it sounds in that video though.

I just started a Youtube account today, and posted a video of myself messing with my old Martin. I was already thinking of having my next one be of my plastic baritone, just because it's so cool (and quite rare, I think). So maybe in the next day or two I can knock one out so you can hear a little bit of it.

kenikas
06-06-2010, 07:59 PM
I have one with gCEA, but not dGBE. Good idea though!

I have one of mine gCEA also, and one with DGBE. May have to try it!

HoldinCoffee
06-06-2010, 08:12 PM
So maybe in the next day or two I can knock one out so you can hear a little bit of it.

Please do, I'd love to hear it!

ukulelearp
06-07-2010, 06:34 AM
I just started a Youtube account today, and posted a video of myself messing with my old Martin. I was already thinking of having my next one be of my plastic baritone, just because it's so cool (and quite rare, I think). So maybe in the next day or two I can knock one out so you can hear a little bit of it.

Please do. At the very least, it sounds like a cool ukulele.

ichadwick
06-07-2010, 10:58 AM
I've got a baritone coming in next week. Nothing fancy, Kala. I've played them before, but I was thinking it would be cool to tune it to dGBE with a high-D. I searched but couldn't find anyone mentioning much about it. Has anyone done it? How do you like it? I've found a few youtube videos, but they weren't terribly helpful.
I bought a secondhand Pono baritone and it came re-entrant (high-D). It's okay, but I plan to restring it low-D. I play along with a lot of loops and jamming tracks, so think lower D works better for a baritone.

UKISOCIETY
06-08-2010, 06:16 AM
I recently purchased a plastic T.V. Pal baritone and strung it re-entrant because its plastic frets don't like metal-wound strings. I used a nylon B string for the d string and it sounds great. Will post a video soon since I can't find any videos of plastic baritones on-line.

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4057/4682042125_f8a5cb8e84_b.jpg

luvdat
06-08-2010, 06:33 AM
Opted for reentrant high D bari tuning on my cheapo Makala and I love it. Just used a nylon E from the other D'Addario bari set I had...

Chris Tarman
06-08-2010, 12:04 PM
I recently purchased a plastic T.V. Pal baritone and strung it re-entrant because its plastic frets don't like metal-wound strings. I used a nylon B string for the d string and it sounds great. Will post a video soon since I can't find any videos of plastic baritones on-line.

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4057/4682042125_f8a5cb8e84_b.jpg

I saw that (or another just like it) TV Pal baritone on eBay. My Maccaferri is pretty much the same thing, but a little fancier (dark fretboard and fancier headstock details, and a "rosette". Video to come today, with any luck.
I strung it with an actual Aquila High D (unwound) baritone set, so I didn't have to mess with finding an appropriate substitute string.

Chris Tarman
06-08-2010, 02:14 PM
I just posted a video of my baritone Islander, which is tuned in re-entrant dGBE tuning.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=D11ONDURZzM

cb56
06-13-2010, 02:19 AM
So one of you posted using an e string (tuned down) and another a b string (tuned up). Does it matter tone wise or just use what you have available? Also is there a reentrant baritone dGBE set sold by anyone?
thanks
cb

mm stan
06-13-2010, 03:13 AM
Aloha Alec 534,
I have several baritones ukes, and tune them different. As you know each instument is made as close as possible, however they are as individual
in sound because it would be hard to copy each one exactly. I tune by ear, looking for the perfect pitch in each string. What works for me may
not work for you, but try this out, there's nothing to lose. I just aquired an chinese made silver creek baritone uke with D'addirio low tension
strings and tuned it to....B-10, E-30, G#-20, C#-10 and my baritone sings...of course this slacked key or dropped tuning(no sure) I hope this
helps you out, check it out and let me know....cool!!!Have fun with you new Baritone when it comes and wait till the strings break in until you try this. "Keep um vibrating them strings" Uke On!!! MM Stan...PS, you might need some fine tuning to the above tunings as every instrument and
strings are different.
out.

Chris Tarman
06-13-2010, 07:09 AM
So one of you posted using an e string (tuned down) and another a b string (tuned up). Does it matter tone wise or just use what you have available? Also is there a reentrant baritone dGBE set sold by anyone?
thanks
cb

Mine is strung with a reentrant baritone dGBE set by Aquila. I bought them from MGM on eBay.

cb56
06-13-2010, 07:31 AM
cool. thanks

TwoLegPete
06-13-2010, 02:45 PM
I have a Ohana BK-20 baritone tuned dGBE. I don't like low 4th tuning - doesn't feel like a real uke and doesn't feel like a real guitar either... (that's just how I feel, no problem if somebody likes low 4th...)

I've strung it with Worth Brown Fats. Sounds very crisp... the G-string could have a bit more punch, though...

mm stan
06-13-2010, 03:37 PM
Aloha All,

Wasn't that a cool plastic cutaway baritone islander, never knew they made cutaway ukulele's back then. How old is the uke anyway???
Also with my adjusted tuning on my earlier thread, Sometimes I like to experiment with different tunings and maybe learn something
different, maybe in tone or sound. Changing things around sometimes helps me be more creative, just personal preference...
"Keep on vibrating them strings" Uke On!!! MM Stan!!!!

UKISOCIETY
06-13-2010, 03:59 PM
Here's some video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TiF0_p-c-7I) of my plastic TV Pal baritone. I believe they were made from 1954 - 1957. I tuned it reentrant because I didn't want to put steel-wound strings on a uke with plastic frets. The video begins with the uke being played and then I talk at the end (like a good sound sample video should! :) )

mm stan
06-13-2010, 04:33 PM
Aloha Alan,
Thanks for the video, it was very cool....I am amazed of how good it sounds and condition of it. Didn't know they made plastic baritones with cutaway's
way back then. Was it made in th US???What a score, I'm not sure where you can get your hands on such a cool and rare instrument. What
I like too is the tuning knobs since my last name begins with "M". Would like to get a hold of a set of those. You've must paid a pretty penny
for it??? Again, what's your sources????If you come up with anymore cool scores, would'nt mind if you post them again!!Enjoyed it very much!!
Much Mahalo's... Keep them strings vibrating" Uke ON!!! MM Stan.....

Chris Tarman
06-13-2010, 04:45 PM
Aloha All,

Wasn't that a cool plastic cutaway baritone islander, never knew they made cutaway ukulele's back then. How old is the uke anyway???
Also with my adjusted tuning on my earlier thread, Sometimes I like to experiment with different tunings and maybe learn something
different, maybe in tone or sound. Changing things around sometimes helps me be more creative, just personal preference...
"Keep on vibrating them strings" Uke On!!! MM Stan!!!!

The Islander Baritone I own has 2 patent numbers on the headstock, and says "Patents Pending", which would date it before the patents were granted. One patent was filed March 15, 1950 and granted May 20, 1952. The other was filed May 15, 1950 and granted October 21, 1952. So sometime between '50 and '52.

mm stan
06-13-2010, 04:59 PM
Aloha Chris,
Many thanks for the quick response and reply. WOW!!! Yours predates Alan's one by a few yews, Holy smokes. The deeper this gets simply
amazes me!!! jus boggles the mind.....If I may ask, where did you score yours?????and how does it sound???Awesome guys, anyone else
with any of these?? Mahalo's again, "Keep on vibrating them strings" Uke ONNNNN!!!! MM Stan.....

ukulelearp
06-13-2010, 05:24 PM
Here's some video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TiF0_p-c-7I) of my plastic TV Pal baritone. I believe they were made from 1954 - 1957. I tuned it reentrant because I didn't want to put steel-wound strings on a uke with plastic frets. The video begins with the uke being played and then I talk at the end (like a good sound sample video should! :) )

Very cool, thanks for sharing. I think I'm going to play with it re-entrant for a while, and if it starts to feel too much like my guitar go reentrant.

Chris Tarman
06-13-2010, 05:24 PM
I got it on eBay about a year and a half ago. It sounds really nice, and is in really amazing condition.

mm stan
06-13-2010, 07:20 PM
I got it on eBay about a year and a half ago. It sounds really nice, and is in really amazing condition.

Gee, I should be checking out Ebay more often....
P.S. I missed your earlier video, but just saw it now.... and WOW too, yours is in mint condition..it looks like the same model as Alan's one.
You two are sure mighty lucky to have one, does your have that "M" insigna on the tuning knobs too. If you come across another please
post it here, I would appriciate. Thanks again, appriciate it very much!!!! "Keep on Vibrating them Strings" ( I saw you other muses in the
background)Uke ONN!! MM Stan...

Chris Tarman
06-14-2010, 04:37 AM
Gee, I should be checking out Ebay more often....
P.S. I missed your earlier video, but just saw it now.... and WOW too, yours is in mint condition..it looks like the same model as Alan's one.
You two are sure mighty lucky to have one, does your have that "M" insigna on the tuning knobs too. If you come across another please
post it here, I would appriciate. Thanks again, appriciate it very much!!!! "Keep on Vibrating them Strings" ( I saw you other muses in the
background)Uke ONN!! MM Stan...

They are basically the same, made by the same company. I think the Islander was a little more "deluxe" than the TV Pal. Yes, mine has the fancy "M" insignia on the tuning knobs (for "Maccaferri"). The differences that I see are the fingerboard (white on the TV Pal, dark grey on the Islander), the rosette, and the headstock graphics.