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HornedOne
02-01-2011, 09:30 AM
hello uu,

today I made a realisation. I no longer prefer the tenor size XD
when I first started playing ukulele on my makala pineapple I felt rather cramped on the small fretboard. and as soon as I could gather the funds to get a tenor I got a kala fmt.
later I bought myself a tenor eleuke. and this weekend I bought a zebrawood tenor-ish uke. but in between purchasing the eleuke and the zebra-uke I got myself an old Brüko.

The scale lenght of this uke is shorter than my makala but it sounds so nice so I couldn't help myself but play it. and now I'm used to this size and my tenors feel big.

and while for finger picking I still prefer the tenor size I'm more of a strummer so Soprano is the size for me.

(shame I figured it out now, could have gotten a nice koa soprano for the money I spend on the tenors xD)

So tell me about your stories

rem50
02-01-2011, 09:41 AM
great to have made a decision. I am still checking them out for myself. I have a soprano and a concert. I want a tenor next.

velofille
02-01-2011, 09:47 AM
I loved my sorprano, but moved to the concert to 'try it out'. I instantly found it just that little bit less cramped on most chords and fell in love with it. The only thing i struggle with now is reaching the E (which i could do easily on soprano!) .
I did try a tenor, but i found it to big, though its possible i would get used to it.

Ataraxia
02-01-2011, 09:55 AM
I'm the same way, I do a lot of fingerpicking and solo arrangements on my soprano and even for that I feel it's the best :D. I guess it's just about how much time you spend playing it, people like Ohta-san and Roy Smeck do some amazing things with their sopranos. Although I definitely prefer 15 fret models.. they allow me to play stuff like "While My Guitar Gently Weeps". If I had the money then I swear I'd have a million ukes by now haha.

mm stan
02-01-2011, 10:12 AM
I like them all, I've gone through phases.....now I like the soprano best....go figure..

DAPuke
02-01-2011, 10:27 AM
I'm a strummer too, (learning to pick some). I started out on a borrowed inexpensive Mahalo soprano. My hands aren't small so when I went to purchase I went for the Makala MK-T. Then after a few months of playing the tenor I picked up the soprano again and was liking how easy it was to get around the fretboard. So When I saw a Kala KA-C for a reasonable price in at local guit shop three weeks ago my wife insisted I buy it. Since then I've been getting used to the smaller size and believe I'll stick with the concert size.
I would think you'd have no problem recouping much of your funds if you were to put them up in the Market place. You purchased good ukes.
DAP

HornedOne
02-01-2011, 11:04 AM
the problem is selling them to people in the us. because of the shipping an taxes. or don't you have import taxes?

OldePhart
02-01-2011, 12:59 PM
Definitely love the concert scale for strumming, but not so much for picking. Prefer tenor for that. Didn't think I'd want to do that much picking so when I bought my "really good" uke I bought a concert. A funny thing happened. I bought a mainland tenor and found myself playing that more than I expected, though I really do like the "ukey" sound of a smaller body better - and the concert scale is still my favorite for strumming.

So, now I "have to have" a concert scale neck on a soprano body - just waiting to find the right one and the money together in the same place at the same time. LOL

John

Paul Cote
02-01-2011, 01:19 PM
I am liking the soprano best right now. I hope I don't keep changing because I am collecting sopranos and will probably never give a concert anyway lol.

DAPuke
02-01-2011, 01:25 PM
the problem is selling them to people in the us. because of the shipping an taxes. or don't you have import taxes?I don't know about import taxes. I've not purchased from overseas. Perhaps someone has the answer.

pdxuke
02-01-2011, 03:50 PM
Soprano all the way. Although I'd like a concert just to have one--and why not a Collings? :-)

hmgberg
02-01-2011, 04:26 PM
I prefer sopranos and concerts. I don't have a tenor, but have played them, and they sound less "ukey" to me. JEEZ! PDXUKE, you've got it bad for a Collings. And, why not ... and why not get me one too. Oh no! It's contagious!

misty
02-01-2011, 04:32 PM
the problem is selling them to people in the us. because of the shipping an taxes. or don't you have import taxes?

Import duties kick in at $200. On the customs slip, you specify the value of your shipment. Customs agents don't monitor eBay or know how much your ukulele is worth.

ukularwarhead
02-01-2011, 04:34 PM
Recently I've been thinking I would enjoy a soprano, but really I have no problems with my concert. I like concerts cuz they still sound bright and ukish but with a little rounder tone....yes I'm quite sure I enjoy concerts the best ;)

ADD
02-01-2011, 07:50 PM
Like them all, play all of them. Concert probably most comfortable overall to play now that my hands have aged along with me and aren't as nimble as they used to be.

Uncle Leroy
02-01-2011, 10:09 PM
I recently got ahold of a Koaloha concert that I have fallen in love with. I am having a MiSi pickup installed in it tomorrow. My Pono Tenor is gathering a little dust. I love em both but for strumming I like the Concert and for picking, give me the Tenor.

Plainsong
02-01-2011, 11:00 PM
The cool thing about uke is all the variation you get in the sizes. It really helps justify UAS. The first uke I ever heard was a Kamaka concert (didn't know it at the time). So naturally I started with a soprano, but a good one, a Koaloha. But there was a lot of "tenor is THE size" type thing going on, so I tried a Pono PTO. Too big. Since then I've had various concert ukes and it's pretty clear that I prefer that size. I've been on a quest to find a perfect concert. Still looking.

Ataraxia
02-01-2011, 11:43 PM
The cool thing about uke is all the variation you get in the sizes. It really helps justify UAS. The first uke I ever heard was a Kamaka concert (didn't know it at the time). So naturally I started with a soprano, but a good one, a Koaloha. But there was a lot of "tenor is THE size" type thing going on, so I tried a Pono PTO. Too big. Since then I've had various concert ukes and it's pretty clear that I prefer that size. I've been on a quest to find a perfect concert. Still looking.

Good luck! :D I hope you can find that perfect concert. I'd love to own my perfect soprano someday as well, until then I'm quite content playing the one I have. I know what you mean about the tenor hype though, I think people like Jake S. really helped to enforce that image. That Koaloha soprano must sound pretty nice btw :D

BWright
02-02-2011, 12:19 AM
When I first started to play, my fingers felt too big for my soprano. So, I bought a tenor. Recently went back to the soprano as my favorite, maybe my fingers got smaller. It feels very comfortable now!

Ataraxia
02-02-2011, 12:33 AM
Same here! The difficulty for me was getting used to such a small neck, I've played guitar for so long that a soprano neck felt impossible to navigate with ease. I bought a tenor, felt much easier.. ended up in a music shop where I played a soprano again, sold my tenor then and it's been sopranos ever since! I guess it was about gradual steps down for me: Guitar Fretboard>Tenor>Soprano :D.

joeybug
02-02-2011, 01:40 AM
I haven't tried any of the other sizes, but I do like the Soprano size, feels more Ukeish to me, but I've never tried anything bigger in Uke so I'm probably not the best judge...

lozarkman
02-02-2011, 02:18 AM
I am in Stan's camp. I go in phases. I have really liked playing Baris, but in recent weeks I have drifted back to to my tenors, and find I am playing them 90% of the time now. For me tenors have a really nice feel and sound and now find them easier to pick then I once did. Experience, practice, change of mind set? I recently changed the Kala spruce top to Worth clears and I really like those Worth clears. Beautiful sound. I have not explored the concert and sopranos, so maybe a whole new UAS world exists there for me :) Lozark

NatalieS
02-02-2011, 02:21 AM
My hands are so small that I've been a soprano person from the start. I've owned all the other sizes, and prefer the other sizes sometimes for different tones, but... at the end of the day I sold them all and just kept the soprano. :) I guess I'm not changing (although I do love my mom's concert Kanile'a).

GX9901
02-02-2011, 06:54 AM
I used to consider tenor to be my primary scale length. That has now become the concert scale length as it works great for me both picking and strumming. I actually like the 16" custom scale length the best, but that's only available on custom order ukes. So I consider the concert scale to be my preferred scale length when it comes to standard scales.