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cletus
10-17-2010, 12:27 PM
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This little gem has been yanking my UAS chain lately. I'm really liking the concert size ukes both for size and sound.

mm stan
10-17-2010, 01:17 PM
Aloha Cletus,
I personally like concerts too....these Collins ukes are very light, do they have any bottom end tones....richer and warmer....the two things I like...MM Stan..
Btw...How much is it????..MM Stan...

mwaller
10-19-2010, 06:40 AM
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This little gem has been yanking my UAS chain lately. I'm really liking the concert size ukes both for size and sound.

If possible, be sure to play one before you buy. I bought the upgraded model of this uke (Model UC2), but found it wasn't for me. The workmanship is first-rate, and the intonation is awesome. It's also a very loud instrument. But there was something about the tone that I never liked. When played finger style, the collings sound always seemed a bit harsh. When strummed, it lacking note separation and clarity. My other instruments are both custom tenor scale instruments in koa, so my ear is biased toward an entirely different sound. All of this is subjective - you may find you LOVE the sound of the Collings.
Mika

cletus
10-19-2010, 06:46 AM
If possible, be sure to play one before you buy. Mika

Thanks! I am lucky/cursed because Acoustic Vibes is in my area.

GX9901
10-19-2010, 07:42 AM
I'm not sure if you've ever seen the somewhat incomplete series of posts I did comparing a Mainland mahogany concert and a Collings UC-1. The final post consisted of a video of both ukuleles played back to back. I had intended to follow up by commenting on their sound and wrapping up the comparison, but I wasn't really sure how to word sound comparisons so I just thought I'd let the reader form their own conclusions. Here are the posts (http://gx9901ukes.blogspot.com/search/label/smackdown). Note that the blog shows the posts in reverse order.

70sSanO
10-19-2010, 09:31 AM
Over the past 6 months or so, I have only tested out 3 or 4 Collings, and I may be the only person on the planet, but I have not found one I liked that much. They are high quality instruments, but I just haven't one that clicked for me. They are very well made.

At Tejon Music, Colorado Springs, Iwas able to compare Collings and their own Palm Tree ukuleles. I was quite impressed the Palm Tree ukuleles I tried out.

John

mwaller
10-19-2010, 12:19 PM
Thanks! I am lucky/cursed because Acoustic Vibes is in my area.

I that case, go check it out! If you like the sound, buy it!
Let us know what you decide!
Mika

cletus
10-19-2010, 12:22 PM
I that case, go check it out!
Let us know what you decide!

Been there, done that.

Need funding for satisfaction of UAS thirst.

marymac
10-19-2010, 09:24 PM
Since this is a Collings thread - I noticed that there's a Collings "doghair" uke available at Artisan Guitars. http://artisanguitars.com/collings-mahogany-ukulele-black-doghair-finish/#more-14652

This uke really floats my boat. If it was a concert instead of a tenor I might sell my car to get this thing! Can a ukulele really make you feel like a rock star? This one just might.

cletus
10-20-2010, 05:02 AM
Collings "doghair" uke available at Artisan Guitars. http://artisanguitars.com/collings-mahogany-ukulele-black-doghair-finish/#more-14652This uke really floats my boat.

Extreme UAS warning! Do Not Look If Feeling Weak!!

grownupboy
10-20-2010, 06:03 AM
i was looking at that dog hair uke just the other day. is it me or does it look like the sticker inside the sound hole is off-center? there's a few different views of it there so i'm not sure it's just camera angle creating the illusion that it's off-center. how much would that rot your socks to get a 2000 dollar uke and find that out? hehe..

marymac
10-20-2010, 07:11 AM
You're right about the off center label - I noticed it too. UAS (must have doghair uke!) vs. OCD (omg - the label is out of kilter!) Probably a good thing the label is off center - it will prevent some tragic UAS purchase.

Ukulele Dude
10-20-2010, 09:08 AM
I guess I better throw in my two cents in since I was at AV playing Collings tenors yesterday. I've played several of them there over the last year or so.

They're very lightweight, loud and punchy, at least to my ear. Of course it depends on the woods, and Collings uses several. I played two different mahogany ones yesterday that I really liked. The workmanship is very nice and they are beautiful to look at. Probably the only reason I haven't bought one already is that they have a slight radius to the fretboard (which is not my preference, but is a positive to many). Well, that and a certain Kanilea K3.

And if you're in the market for a hand made (in the USA) mahogany tenor that isn't a custom, there aren't that many options.

marymary
10-20-2010, 11:29 AM
there are more options than you think. you need to ask. i am having a pretty customized version done right now.

grownupboy
10-20-2010, 12:19 PM
wel i tried to resist and i couldnt... didn't end up getting the dog hair but mahogany/adirondack spruce concert with the western shaded top and rope purfling:

http://artisanguitars.com/collings-ukulele-uc2-with-custom-western-shaded-top-and-rope-purfling/

something tells me i'm gonna be in trouble for this purchase. but it's just so damn cute i couldn't resist!

yay! new uke in a couple days!

:)

g

Ukulele Dude
10-20-2010, 12:27 PM
there are more options than you think. you need to ask. i am having a pretty customized version done right now.

But that's why I'm saying 'that isn't a custom'. Like if you wanted to walk into a store today and buy a new solid mahogany tenor that is made in the USA. I'm just sayin, unless I'm forgetting someone, Collings is about it right now.

dnewton2
10-22-2010, 01:05 PM
hijack sorta:

I went to AV about a year ago and that place is amazing. I have been saving for that Koaloha Black Label 6 string since I played it. Just checked the website and it is sold. Bummer.

I have to say that place is awsome. I have not been to s shop with a better selection of ukes yet.

So are you going to buy that Collings?

AzMichael
10-22-2010, 01:24 PM
I have been saving for that Koaloha Black Label 6 string since I played it. Just checked the website and it is sold. Bummer.

That Koaloha was AMAZING! I was in there yesterday, and noticed it was gone...someone is very lucky to have taken that home!!!

~Michael

cletus
10-22-2010, 01:27 PM
wel i tried to resist and i couldnt...http://artisanguitars.com/collings-ukulele-uc2-with-custom-western-shaded-top-and-rope-purfling/
just so damn cute i couldn't resist!

Resistance is futile earthling. Congrats!

cletus
10-22-2010, 01:35 PM
hijack sorta:

I went to AV about a year ago and that place is amazing.I have to say that place is awsome. I have not been to s shop with a better selection of ukes yet.
So are you going to buy that Collings?

IF I had the do-re-mi...IF there wasn't a concert neck KoAloha pineapple available then...IF .....

Actually, since I got my KoAloha concert, my UAS is largely in remission.

70sSanO
10-22-2010, 04:05 PM
Congratulations on your new ukulele. It sure looks nice.

John

fromthee2me
10-22-2010, 07:23 PM
Sorry but this is the first time that I read about this comparison. In my opinion the sound difference is not that big. You are playing very nice, and the going up and down the fretboard gives one a good idea. I felt that the C sounded more mandoliny..... How are the necks on the instrument ? What is the price difference?

The_Oddness_of_It_All
11-18-2010, 03:40 PM
Wow I love the Collings ukes!! I played a beautiful flamed mahogany up at Elderly Instruments...Amazing!!:drool: even though in the middle of my bliss one of the employees came up to me and politely told me that it was just sold.....:( But wow it was awesome..as light as a feather!

Now I really want to make a little trip over to Acoustic Music Works in Pittsburgh because they are well stocked with Collings!