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maikii
11-18-2010, 06:11 PM
I am a newbie to ukes, and am thinking of getting a Baritone Uke. In the lower price range, but not the lowest.

One that I am considering is the Kala Mahogony Baritone Uke, that you can see at Amazon.com by clicking here. (http://www.amazon.com/KALA-Kala-Mahogany-Baritone-Ukulele/dp/B001LU37C6/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1290142345&sr=8-5) $118

On the Kala site, I also saw variations of that one, for instance "gloss finish" (is that just for looks, or does it affect sound?), with EQ, etc. (Does EQ mean with electronic pickup?)

However, for a little more, also on Amazon, a Lanakai bari uke with Spruce top for just a little more, $137, which you can see here (http://www.amazon.com/Lanikai-S-B-Baritone-Ukulele-Natural/dp/B0037XDJE6/ref=sr_1_16?ie=UTF8&qid=1290142345&sr=8-16) (It says there "Solid Spruce Series") To get a spruce top bari uke on Amazon from Kala, however, costs much more, $181, as you can see here (http://www.amazon.com/Kala-Solid-Spruce-Baritone-Ukulele/dp/B0017YY2H0/ref=sr_1_41?ie=UTF8&qid=1290142458&sr=8-41).

Does the spruce top give a better sound than all mahagony? What is the advantage of it? Is there a reason that the Kala spruce top bari costs much more than the Lanakai one?

Thank you for your input.

Pippin
11-18-2010, 08:25 PM
The sound is not necessarily better, just different. The mahogany (solid) instruments, like the Ohana BK-35, have a sweet mellow sound that will sound even better with age. The solid spruce-topped ukes will have a bit more guitar-like sound to them and be louder with age. Louder, especially in baritone ukes, is not always better, either.

The Lanikai ukes don't put out much volume at all. I have always liked their action (good neck setup), but they are really NOT mahogany, they are NATO. Their genuine mahogany ukes are higher priced.

If you want sturdy construction and a solid top, take a look at the Ohana BK-20CE, which also has a UK-2000 pickup in it.

mds725
11-18-2010, 08:36 PM
I believe the mahogany Kala ukulele is actually mahogany laminate. If you go to Kala's website, you'll notice in the "ukulele" pulldown menu that there's a "mahogany" category and a "solid mahogany" category. Typically, if the word "solid" is not used, the wood is a laminate. On the Kala website, the solid mahogany baritone is listed at almost twice the price ($330) of the lamiante mahogany baritone ($175). The one you saw at Amazon lists for $175.

Both sprucetops would be more expensive than the Kala mahogany ukulele because the spruce top is actual solid spruce, not spruce laminate. I'm not sure about the price difference between the two sprucetop ukuleles on Amazon, although I noticed that Amazon's price for the Lanakai is 45% discount from the list price, but its price for the Kala sprucetop is only a 33% discount from the list price. The stated list prices ($270 for Kala, $249 for Lanakai) are not that far off from each other.

As for the sound differences, sprucetop instruments tend to be "brighter" than many other woods like mahogany. And here you'd be comparing a solid top (either of the sprucetops) to a laminate (mahogany) top. While some people like laminates, solid wood tends to age and, as a result, the sound matures. (Some people prefer laminates because they're less reactive to changes in humidity.) If you can, go to a music store and try to compare the sounds by playing any solid spruce top ukulele or guitar and then playing a mahogany (or other wood) laminate body ukulele or guitar. Your ear is the best judge of what's right for you.

mm stan
11-18-2010, 10:08 PM
Aloha MaiKii,
I have never tried any of those...but I do like my cheapie, which has a big deep rich sound....if you're not picky on asthetics....The Rogue Bartitone has a
really nice sound and the best bang for the buck...it Beat out my Kamaka baritone for sound quality....At Musician's friend for,,, get this $29.99 plus shippng..
check it out and get it...Good Luck! If you're a newbie or not, it the way to go...Good Luck, whatever you choose...MM Stan...

ichadwick
11-19-2010, 01:24 AM
Check my website for full reviews of the Pono, Lyra and Beansprout all-solid mahogany baris. Three very different sounds.

The Pono is my favourite - mellow, sweet but lots of volume and sustain. Very clear, too. Strung high-D, it has the most uke-like sound. The Lyra is remarkable - an inexpensive instrument but feather light with amazing volume and tone, great sustain too. Strung low-D with Martins, it sounds very guitar-like and a bit twangy. The Beansprout is in the middle, with less of everything. It's a bit thin and flat, with mediocre volume and sustain compared to the other two. It's also strung high-D. Would probably sound better to me if I didn't have the other two as comparisons.

I'm in the market for a cedar baritone, myself, since I think cedar gives a nice sound - brighter than mahogany but less brash than spruce.

lozarkman
11-19-2010, 03:11 AM
I have three baritones. The Kala spalted maple solid spruce top, Makala mahogany laminate, and the Rogue Stan mentions. All of the above comments ring pretty much true in my comparisons. The Kala Maple spruce top is the clearest more punch of the three, with the Makala Mahogany much more mellow and deeper sounding, and the Rogue, for me unfortunately comes in a third. I like my rogue and bought my six grandkids Rogues to learn on. The Rogue is a great buy for 30$, but it just won't have the quality sound, feel and fretting capability of a better class uke. The wood used is also of a heavy stock and feel and doesn't resonate as nicely as my other ukes. As my grandkids progress and show a real liking and feel for the uke, I will definitely move them up to a better quality uke. And of course STRINGS will make a difference. My advice, buy the best quality uke you can afford! Lozark

maikii
11-19-2010, 03:52 AM
Thank you for all the replies. Interesting.

I wonder why solid spruce top is much less expensive than solid mahogany top?

It is tempting to get a solid top for only about $18 more in this case than laminated mahogany. (Considering the two I linked to--that kala mahogany laminate, and the lanikai spruce top.)

Are you saying though, that solid does not necessarily sound better than laminate, just that it grows with age, or something like that? And while spruce will sound louder than mahogany, less sweet?

Of course there are cheaper mahogany laminates than the one I mentioned--even with Kala, for instance--its lower end line, the Makala series. What would be the difference between the Makala mahogany laminate, and the one I listed?

How do Oscar Schmidt's compare?

Ichadwick, you say to check out your website, but I see no link to it. You mention Ponos. What price range are they in? Where available?

Not really possible to try out all these in a music store, as most do not have a large selection of ukuleles.

What about my questions re gloss finish and EQ (see first post in thread).

Thank you again for your replies.

Pondoro
11-19-2010, 04:14 AM
I love my Lanikai spruce-top tenor. I've never heard or played the Lanikai baritone.

mds725
11-19-2010, 09:23 AM
I wonder why solid spruce top is much less expensive than solid mahogany top?

What about my questions re gloss finish?

The sides and back of the Kala solid spruce top baritone are a mahogany laminate, not solid mahogany. On the Kala solid mahogany baritone, the sides and back, as well as the top, are made of solid mahogany, not laminate. that probably explains the difference.

Has anyone played a Kala solid mahogany baritone? I have a Kala solid mahogany concert and I really like its mellow sound, but I'm wondering how the "plinkiness" of a solid mahogany concert would translate to baritone scale.

There's been lots of discussion in the forums about whether the finish of an ukulele affects the sound.
These links may help you:

http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?24184-Finishes-and-tone-gloss-vs-matte

http://www.ellisguitars.com/features_finish.html

You could also ask about finish in the luthier's lounge forum.

maikii
11-19-2010, 08:46 PM
Well has anyone here tried the Kala mahogany laminate baritone, that I linked to in the first post?

If so, what can you say about it?

maikii
11-19-2010, 08:58 PM
Anyone familiar with this Oscar Schmidt Bari (http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Oscar+Schmidt+-+Baritone+Ukulele/9603215.p?skuId=9603215&ci_src=14110944&ci_sku=9603215&ref=06&loc=01&id=1218129865388)? Only $99.99 at Best Buy. (I wonder if they have it at the BB stores to try out? Probably not.)

It is cheaper (from that vendor, at least) than the Kala laminate mahogany I saw at Amazon for $118, in the first post. How would this OS bari (OU52) compare with it?

(Interestingly, I do not see that model on the Oscar Schmidt ukulele site. It lists an OU53, which sells for a much higher price.) (If they are basically the same model, and the OU53 is just a new model number, and the 52s are being closed out due to having been discontinued, might that be a better deal than the others mentioned in the first post?

Edit: It turns out that the BestBuy price is not unusual. Same price for that OS bari OU52 on amazon. And still cheaper at Austin Bazaar, $89.95 with free shipping.

Is the quality of the OS OU52 as good as the Kala Mahogany laminate I linked to in the first post?

Also, what are some good gig bags for the bari uke--padded, etc.?

Thanks again.



OT--I find it strange that Washburn chose to name their ukulele division with the name of a German man. (Was there a ukulele player by that name?) I wonder if they would sell better with a Hawaiian name?

Hohner, which is a German company, chooses to call their ukuleles "Lanakai", to make them sound Hawaiian. Yet Washburn chooses to call their ukes by a German name. Strange.

Totally trivial and unimportant. Still, it is interesting. But please respond to the main post above this trivial curiousity.

SweetWaterBlue
11-19-2010, 09:20 PM
maikii - for what its worth, here is a video of the OU52 being played

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n4DBBZqk69U

ichadwick
11-20-2010, 02:48 AM
Ichadwick, you say to check out your website, but I see no link to it. You mention Ponos. What price range are they in? Where available?

Look in my signature. First item, labelled "ukulele reviews." It is a link to a magical land....

Ponos (http://www.koolauukulele.com/pono.html) are made by Ko'olau and are generally somewhat bit more expensive than Kala or Mainland. Look online - eaBay seller MGM is a good source if you want new. But there are often used ones here, FMM and eBay, too.

The finish on most production ukes is more an aesthetic choice than anything. Both satin/matte and gloss are urethane finishes; the satin just has a chemical added to make it dull, not shiny. The thickness of the finish is much more important than the shininess. Once you get to custom, handmade ukes, with hand-rubbed oil finish, you can start to ponder the merits of finishes. With production ukes, choose the one that you think looks best. I like matte because it hides my fingerprints more, but I also see small shiny spots developing where my fingers rest against the top.

PS. I have tried several OS ukes in stores and not been impressed with them. I think for the same money, Mainland, Kala and Ohana make a better instrument. Just a personal perspective and the models I played might not have been the top of the OS line.

maikii
11-20-2010, 03:29 AM
PS. I have tried several OS ukes in stores and not been impressed with them. I think for the same money, Mainland, Kala and Ohana make a better instrument. Just a personal perspective and the models I played might not have been the top of the OS line.

Of course, as stated, being a newbie to ukes, I am not looking at the top of any line. Interested in a comparison, for example, between the OS OU52, and the similar KALA model I mentioned in the first post, which sells for about $20 more. Is there any advantage at that price range, to spend a little more for the Kala?

I think all Ohanas are in a higher price range, and therefore I have not been looking at them.

I looked at the Mainland site, and it appears that they do not make baris, correct? (correcting myself--they do, although not obvious on first glance at their web page, which shows a soprano, concert and tenor, but no bari). However, also a more expensive price range, than I was discussing. (No laminates, for example, from what I can see, only solid.)

maikii
11-20-2010, 05:33 AM
Thinking about it more, I have seen such good reviews of the $30 Rogue bari here, I am thinking of getting that, instead of one in the approx $100 price range, like I was thinking about before. Then, if later I want a better one, I would probably go to a higher price range than I was originally thinking, like $200-$300, etc.

What do others think of that? Would there be much advantage for a starter bari, to pay $100 for a OS laminate, or $118 for a Kala laminate, rather than $30 for the Rogue?

I previously thought that ukuleles so cheap as $30, like the Mahalos, are junk, but people here are saying that the Rogue Bari is really a decent instrument, although of course not as good as expensive ukes.

Opinions on that? Or better of to pay $100 or a little more, for a starter bari uke, rather than $30 for the Rogue?

mm stan
11-20-2010, 05:58 AM
Aloha Maikii,
I have 2 of the Rogue baritones...I like it so much that I bought a second for different strings....it's a good ukulele, especially for an entry level one...however in the right hands and if you know how to tune it
by ear and can drop it down a half step it and turn into a really nice sound..many times deeper and richer than My Kamaka Baritone costing thirty times more...now afer 31/2 years of playing them I still like
both of mine...I guess some who have experienced them have not tried to dropping the tuning to see what they are truely capable of doing....for $29.99 , what is there you got to lose....even their rogue
soprano is wonderful to play too...If you do purchase them and would like the settings for a them, I'll be glad to provide them for you...jus ask..That said, I like it more for a picking arpeggios best...WoW..
My humble opinion....that ukulele taught me how to tune by ear, picking, and choosin chords for songs....well worth 29.99 ...and is enjoyable to play..if you close you eyes and not worry about asthetics.
Good Luck!! MM Stan..

SweetWaterBlue
11-20-2010, 01:52 PM
Thinking about it more, I have seen such good reviews of the $30 Rogue bari here, I am thinking of getting that, instead of one in the approx $100 price range, like I was thinking about before. Then, if later I want a better one, I would probably go to a higher price range than I was originally thinking, like $200-$300, etc.

What do others think of that? Would there be much advantage for a starter bari, to pay $100 for a OS laminate, or $118 for a Kala laminate, rather than $30 for the Rogue?

I previously thought that ukuleles so cheap as $30, like the Mahalos, are junk, but people here are saying that the Rogue Bari is really a decent instrument, although of course not as good as expensive ukes.

Opinions on that? Or better of to pay $100 or a little more, for a starter bari uke, rather than $30 for the Rogue?

How much is your time worth? Its not worth spending much time agonizing over a $30 ukulele - just buy it and see. If you hate it, sell it for $15 or give it away. If you love the bari after playing it for awhile, buy a better one, if you still want it. Its a cheap rental fee.

I do the same thing sometimes, but I always feel better after I just do it.

Ukulele Jim
11-20-2010, 04:08 PM
I used to own a Kala mahogany baritone, and while it was okay I'd say my Kala mango baritone is much better.

maikii
11-24-2010, 05:51 AM
Aloha Maikii,
I have 2 of the Rogue baritones...I like it so much that I bought a second for different strings....it's a good ukulele, especially for an entry level one...however in the right hands and if you know how to tune it
by ear and can drop it down a half step it and turn into a really nice sound..many times deeper and richer than My Kamaka Baritone costing thirty times more...now afer 31/2 years of playing them I still like
both of mine...I guess some who have experienced them have not tried to dropping the tuning to see what they are truely capable of doing....for $29.99 , what is there you got to lose....even their rogue
soprano is wonderful to play too...If you do purchase them and would like the settings for a them, I'll be glad to provide them for you...jus ask..That said, I like it more for a picking arpeggios best...WoW..
My humble opinion....that ukulele taught me how to tune by ear, picking, and choosin chords for songs....well worth 29.99 ...and is enjoyable to play..if you close you eyes and not worry about asthetics.
Good Luck!! MM Stan..

HA Ha. I did end up ordering one of these. I figured why not for the price, folks say its good, and if I really like bari, and want a better one later, I can get it. It did not come yet.

What do you mean by "..if you close your eyes..." ? Does it look that terrible?

You tune it down a half step? You mean Db Gb Bb Eb (4-3-2-1)? What on earth for? The reason I am interested in bari is the same tuning as the guitar, not having to think about transposition, etc. Why then would I tune it a half step down? Anyone else do that with any bari? Is that common?

You say that you have two, with two different sets of strings. What are the two different sets? I believe I read that the stock strings on it are pretty bad, so I bought a set of Aquila strings off Ebay (I hope the ebay ones are genuine), and intend to restring it with them immediately. What two kinds of strings are your Rogue Baris strung withm, and why?

Thanks.

kenikas
11-24-2010, 06:17 AM
I don't have a Rogue Bari but I got one of their sopranos on MM Stans recommendation, and was not to impressed with it with the stock strings, but once I put a set of Aguila's on it is my favorite travel uke. It is a bit heavy, but since I bought it to take flying with me (and for my 4 year old grandkids to play) it's perfect. It play in tune and the intonation is pretty good. I also have a couple of cheap Bari's (a Hilo and a Sunlite) and with Aquila's they are pretty decent sounding. I have the Sunlite tuned low gCEA and really like the sound.

HoldinCoffee
11-24-2010, 11:30 AM
You tune it down a half step? You mean Db Gb Bb Eb (4-3-2-1)? What on earth for? The reason I am interested in bari is the same tuning as the guitar, not having to think about transposition, etc. Why then would I tune it a half step down? Anyone else do that with any bari? Is that common?

A lot of folks do this with the uke and the guitar... many singers are naturally flat so the band compensates.


mm stan, when you tune down a half step, do you name and play the scale patten as if it was tuned standard?

strumsilly
11-24-2010, 11:43 AM
I tried the Rogue, but sent it back. The 2 wound strings buzzed when fretted because the neck had a reverse bow. They were happy to take it back and heard they are going to have some deals on black fri, i might try another one.

Richie23
11-24-2010, 12:02 PM
I guess my price range is similar to yours, in that I wanted a decent instrument, but could't afford an expensive one. I read some really good reviews of the Makala MK-B Baritone. Here in the UK it costs about 45, and is laminated agathis I believe. Some people have said it's about the best quality entry level baritone, so might be just what you are looking for.

I looked at a few Baritones and ended up buying a Kala KA-B Mahogany Baritone (laminate version). One tip, just make sure it's set up well if you buy one. Mine has perfect intonation, the action is low and it came just right straight from the factory too, and I like the deep tone it makes with aquilla strings. It cost me 80, so almost double the cost of the Makala, but the instrument looks and feels better, and the geared tuners are higher quality.

My other 'Bari' is a Mahalo U320B, which is also Mahogany laminate, but it is much cheaper in it's quality and finish (but was in the same price range as the Kala (70). It plays alright though, a brighter tone than the Kala. It's action needed lowering quite considerably to make it playable higher up the fretboard, and I did the job myself which was fairly straightforward.

I tried some slightly more expensive baritones - a lovely Ohana solid wood baritone (can't remember model number), and a Lanikai which had a solid spruce top. They were well above what I could afford. I didn't personally like the 'feel' of the Lanikai, or its looks, but it was well made, and the Ohana was just beautiful, and one I would love to own one day.

Hope you get a bari soon.

maikii
11-25-2010, 11:24 AM
A lot of folks do this with the uke and the guitar... many singers are naturally flat so the band compensates.




Well, if someone is singing out of tune, it is usually not a consistent half step. Also, if the best key for a singer's voice, is 1/2 step lower than you usually play the song, then why not just play it in the key a half step lower? And it would seem a hassle to switch the tuning between regular and half step lower all the time, including between songs at a show, according to the song and singer. I'm not sure why it would make sense to have it tuned all the time a half step lower, but to each his own.

Do you only do that (tune a half step lower) with the bari, or with all your ukes?

maikii
11-25-2010, 11:28 AM
I tried the Rogue, but sent it back. The 2 wound strings buzzed when fretted because the neck had a reverse bow. They were happy to take it back and heard they are going to have some deals on black fri, i might try another one.

Uh Oh. I hope mine doesn't have problems like that. Others here raved about that bari, at least for the price.

Did they pay return shipping, due to its being defective? Are they sending you a replacement?

If not, for an instrument one paid $30 for, it would hardly seem worth it, if one had to pay $25 to ship it back, as well as the hassle of doing so. (In a case like that, the low-price instrument is not such a good deal any more.)

HoldinCoffee
11-25-2010, 02:28 PM
Actually no, I don't tune any of my ukes a halfstep down (I tune them to an open chord, open Gmaj for the bari). But I read a lot about other people doing it quite often. So when mmstan brought it up, I was curious about it, sorry to highjack the thread.

nickman2
11-25-2010, 03:14 PM
in my opinion find a happy medium. the Lanukai is a really nice Ukulele for the price. i would suggest that.

mm stan
11-25-2010, 09:17 PM
Well, if someone is singing out of tune, it is usually not a consistent half step. Also, if the best key for a singer's voice, is 1/2 step lower than you usually play the song, then why not just play it in the key a half step lower? And it would seem a hassle to switch the tuning between regular and half step lower all the time, including between songs at a show, according to the song and singer. I'm not sure why it would make sense to have it tuned all the time a half step lower, but to each his own.

Do you only do that (tune a half step lower) with the bari, or with all your ukes?
Have you ever noticed guitar players ever on stage with a few different guitars, some have them a different tunings..to suit them for their particular songs...and some make quick adjustments....
As for chord finger patterns, I play them either, tried baritone style and standard....

I like to drop my tuning because I like the deeper, richer tones and when you drop the tension, the string resonates more...and you can play a slower tempo because the increased resonation is filling the gaps...
One drawback is that it is for playing by yourself or soloing.....as you know if you play with others or in a group you have to be in the same tuning...or you'll stand out..
I usually tune my ukes by ear, and try to listen for the correct pitch....I have base line tunings but with my two baritones the tunings are different, due to different instrument and strings..
My first Tuning is with my stock strings....D-30, F#+50/G-50, B-50, E-40 and my second ukulele tuning with Kamaka strings is D-40, F#+30, A#+40/+50, E-50....the slashes are in between tunings..
You may have to make adjustments to fine tune your ukulele as the are just baseline tunings....I hope this helps...
Also if you have a defective issue, send it back, usually with Musician's friend it's free...

ichadwick
11-26-2010, 01:08 AM
Try playing it in an open tuning. This is easier to do when you already drop the pitch.

Me, I play at pitch and can't sing worth a damn anyway, so what does it matter? I use the bari to play along with music on the radio or CD, especially the blues, so it really neeeds to be in tune with what I listen to. Sure, I could figure out what to play in any tuning, but i spent decades learning the finger positions on guitar, so changing the locations would only confuse this old brain of mine.

PS> I have this Beansprout bari I could sell you....

strumsilly
11-26-2010, 02:17 AM
Uh Oh. I hope mine doesn't have problems like that. Others here raved about that bari, at least for the price.

Did they pay return shipping, due to its being defective? Are they sending you a replacement?

If not, for an instrument one paid $30 for, it would hardly seem worth it, if one had to pay $25 to ship it back, as well as the hassle of doing so. (In a case like that, the low-price instrument is not such a good deal any more.)refunded $ and paid shipping return, no hassle but I have to reorder because I paid w/ paypal. thinking I may wait for a betterquality one to come up used

strumsilly
11-26-2010, 02:47 AM
mgm has these for a little over 4 clams. nice looking no frills . anyone have or play one of these? what do you think. anyone with uas WANT TO SELL/ TRADE.

lozarkman
11-26-2010, 03:52 AM
many great comments and suggestions. Owning both the Rogue Bari and the Makala mahogany bari, I definitely would invest $40 bucks more and get the Makala Bari. The mahogany has much better resonance and the Makala frets much nicer than the Rogue. The Rogue is a great beginner uke but will only be satisfactory until you are more proficient and want a better sound. Sorry Stan :) :) Just a matter of personal preferences. Lozark

Pippin
11-26-2010, 06:31 AM
Anyone familiar with this Oscar Schmidt Bari (http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Oscar+Schmidt+-+Baritone+Ukulele/9603215.p?skuId=9603215&ci_src=14110944&ci_sku=9603215&ref=06&loc=01&id=1218129865388)? Only $99.99 at Best Buy.

The Oscar Schmidt is not the best performer. They have a better model in their professional series. In fact, many people don't even know about their professional ukes. Here is the OU55CE, which is a nice baritone.

http://oscarschmidt.com/products/ukes/ou55ce.asp

PhilUSAFRet
02-13-2011, 12:21 PM
This isn't in English, but I thought the Kala KA-B sounded awesome for a $118 laminate baritone. I am thinking of getting one and installing Aquila gCEA strings for Baritone uke and getting a wound low g from Musicguymic.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hRZ8apm4pFs

mm stan
02-13-2011, 01:20 PM
many great comments and suggestions. Owning both the Rogue Bari and the Makala mahogany bari, I definitely would invest $40 bucks more and get the Makala Bari. The mahogany has much better resonance and the Makala frets much nicer than the Rogue. The Rogue is a great beginner uke but will only be satisfactory until you are more proficient and want a better sound. Sorry Stan :) :) Just a matter of personal preferences. Lozark
Aloha Lozarkman,
No problem, I like and suggested it because of it's price for the sound you get....and if you're able to do your own set up and change the strings...it's a decent ukulele and a bargin for the price...these lower
end ukes have a consistancy issues, and if you address them and tune by ear, they are decent players...for beginners it would be hard to do.. if you played a while, you can make anything sound decent...
I agree, personal preference....too... MM Stan...

maikii
02-13-2011, 01:59 PM
refunded $ and paid shipping return, no hassle but I have to reorder because I paid w/ paypal. thinking I may wait for a betterquality one to come up used

Are you saying that Musician's Friend paid for the return shipping? I might have done that, if that were the case. But I did not think it worth $20 or so shipping, to return a $30 instrument. Besides, I had already put Aquilas on it, and thrown away the shipping strings.

I would not recommend the Rogue bari. For a starter bari, better to pay a little more for a Makala or Makai.

But I am not too hot on bari ukes now at all. If one wants to play in that range, why not a guitar, rather than one missing two strings? A bari uke doesn't sound like a uke To get the sound of a uke, a soprano, concert, or tenor is necessary, with re-entrant tuning.

Ron
02-13-2011, 02:17 PM
Just to throw tha cat among the pigeons - I really like my Bushman Jenny Bari.
Bought second hand off UU so it's an earlier one (I hear they're not consistant quality these days).
Strung it low-G CEA with Aqulias (well a Martin wound G string, actually - long story). Love the sound. Love the feel.