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NatalieS
01-08-2011, 06:06 AM
Hi everyone...

I'm puzzled by something. I've been hearing more and more about Collings ukuleles. It seems like nowadays they are considered the "standard" in make and sound for factory-made instruments. I'm seeing them pop up on the market with increasing frequency.

What is it about Collings ukes that makes them so spectacular? I know their guitars have a reputation. It just astounds me that, for a uke company that's been making ukes for only a couple years, they are blowing people's minds.

Collings owners (or wannabe owners), can you please enlighten me? :-) I'm not trying to be a naysayer, I'm just completely ignorant about this company. Thanks!

roxhum
01-08-2011, 06:09 AM
I am totally clueless. But... do I detect and episode of UAS coming on?
Roxhum

olgoat52
01-08-2011, 06:20 AM
I have yet to play one but as you said, their guitars are fantastic sounding and playing. Fit and finish are impeccable. They are not factory made on the scale of a Gibson, Fender etc. They are more on a scale with Taylor. I think there is a a lot of handwork that still goes into a Collings. I have always wanted one of their 12 fret 00 or 000 style instruments.

But then there are a lot of things I have always wanted. I suspect if I knew how to make a really exceptional guitar, my ukes would be up there too.

janeray1940
01-08-2011, 07:03 AM
I have yet to play one either, but man - this red Collings concert uke (http://www.acousticmusicworks.com/UC3custom170.html) has been haunting my dreams for some time now.

NatalieS
01-08-2011, 07:05 AM
Ooh that is pretty.

Thanks for the comments, everyone. Roxhum, I try very hard not to get UAS, haha. I don't need another uke, and I keep telling myself someday I'll get to Hawaii and pick one out for myself.

spruce
01-08-2011, 07:11 AM
What is it about Collings ukes that makes them so spectacular?

The designs (the archtops are just killer), workmanship, and materials....
Can't wait to see what Bill came up with this year at NAMM....

mm stan
01-08-2011, 08:34 AM
Aloha Natalie,
Gee I want to know too, Eugene Ukulele got his a week ago and it was quite expensive...

dkcrown
01-08-2011, 09:58 AM
Hey Natalie. I currently own two and can say that the build quality is second to none, even when compared to my Moore Bettah. Although I will add that my UT-3 was as expensive as my Moore Bettah. I am still planning on doing a thread comparing the two and have recorded a couple of sound files, so I don't want to say much more about them now. Stay tuned

OldePhart
01-08-2011, 10:07 AM
Collings also has a pretty good reputation in the mandolin community, too. I think when you have a small company run by people who truly seem to love what they do it shows in the end product, regardless what shape that product might take. (BTW, I've never owned any Collings instruments - yet.)

John

MGM
01-08-2011, 11:40 AM
I am a Collings dealer and they are just built perfectly in weight ratio and balance They are very light instruments with flawless craftsmanship I say the uc-1 will become a collectable cllasic as its pure mahigaby tine will be timeless as it ages... By the way I have the red one for sale

janeray1940
01-08-2011, 11:53 AM
I am a Collings dealer and they are just built perfectly in weight ratio and balance They are very light instruments with flawless craftsmanship I say the uc-1 will become a collectable cllasic as its pure mahigaby tine will be timeless as it ages... By the way I have the red one for sale

Mike - do you have the red UC-1 or the red UC-3? If it's the UC-1 then it might be in the realm of possibility for me...

Uncle Leroy
01-08-2011, 12:28 PM
Collings makes fantastic instruments. I don't believe they qualify as factory built though, I think they are about the same size(operationally) as Santa Cruz or Huss and Dalton. I may be wrong.

NatalieS
01-08-2011, 12:49 PM
Collings makes fantastic instruments. I don't believe they qualify as factory built though, I think they are about the same size(operationally) as Santa Cruz or Huss and Dalton. I may be wrong.

Yes, after reading up on the company today I realized I shouldn't have classified their instruments as factory-made. Oops... :)

Uncle Leroy
01-08-2011, 12:53 PM
No worries Natalie, I hope you and Mike can work something out so you can own one.

70sSanO
01-08-2011, 12:56 PM
I know that I am going to be the odd man out, but I've tried a couple out in stores and while they are very nice, I don't see them as the standard. They are well crafted and to be fair the models were not their top-of-of-the line custom offerings, but I just wasn't impressed enough with them to add them to my "One day I want a..."

I'm sure this will bring out a number of responses saying I'm crazy, but Tejon Music in Colorado has both their Palm Tree ukuleles and Collings... I'd put Palm Tree on my list.

Just my opinion.

John

NatalieS
01-08-2011, 01:52 PM
I might as well mention there's a used (mint) Collings on ebay right now, auction ends in 3 hrs or so. It looks like a good deal if anyone's itching to have one!
http://cgi.ebay.com/Collings-UC1-Ukulele-mint-w-OHSC-/130472263544?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item1e60c0bf78

ukularwarhead
01-08-2011, 02:16 PM
I have yet to play one either, but man - this red Collings concert uke (http://www.acousticmusicworks.com/UC3custom170.html) has been haunting my dreams for some time now.

oo that uke makes me itchy (in a good way). Would love to play one of those

peterp
01-08-2011, 03:58 PM
I bought one of the Collings prototype ukes in 2009. It's a koa concert model. Mr. Collings is trying to capture the sound and appearance of the early Martins, and I think he succeeds at this. But I was really looking for a different sound. I prefer the Moore Bettah concert model that I have, especially for finger style playing.

fromthee2me
01-08-2011, 05:30 PM
John, I do not think you are crazy. Unfortunately as the price of the instrument increases, the materials used in making the instrument will make it a quality built product, but the sound of the instrument does not improve proportionally with the price! It is a never ending subject that is debated endlessly. Bussiness have cottoned on to this, and exploit these weaknesses in us, and myself included. I read this and rose to the bait to give you my 5 cents worth, which resulted in less time practising and sitting on my arse too long. Good luck fellow humans as I shuffle off to my workshop finish some music cases for two tenor ukes. Now how contradictory is my thread on this subject. he he