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Tack
03-17-2011, 03:41 PM
Woot! after watching my new Uke disappear from the USPS tracking site and reappear and disappear It has finally turned up!
It's a Classic Mainland gloss Mahogany concert. Added the sealed geared Chrome tuners+MOP buttons as well as the Mi-Si Acoustic trio active Pickup.

First Pictures below - As soon as I figure out how I will try to post a sound sample.

After the pics, my initial thoughts.

The box . Solid well sealed cardboard with FRAGILE written all over it.
Included 3 copies of the invoice!:confused:
http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5175/5536312444_f65df62f50_m.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/divingtheblue/5536312444/)

Inside :- Mike will - Sensibly - only send Ukes internationally with a case - There are a few rolls of paper around the case to stop it rattling around - as well as an envelope containing the Tuner and Mi-Si 'charger' and a poster for mainland 'Ukulele.

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5136/5536297450_6705c550a2_m.jpg

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5054/5535743097_abc3279025_m.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/divingtheblue/5535743097/)

More after the break!

Tack
03-17-2011, 03:43 PM
Now the fun starts - Please note that the Tweed pattern on the case really doesn't photograph that well....

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5213/5535718621_ef74d4dd20_m.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/divingtheblue/5535718621/)

Once opened - the Uke fits PERFECTLY in the case. Mike has added an invitation to UWC as well. The case actually locks and the keys are in the compartment under the neck.
http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5094/5535719881_545584ba64_m.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/divingtheblue/5535719881/)

Tack
03-17-2011, 03:48 PM
Now for the "money shots" :D

The Photos actually don't really do it justice - Many people have said that the rope purfling looks better in person and I have to agree - the "white" ares of it are a subtle bone cream colour - not too blingy at all!

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5015/5535640365_bd1fdef55c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/divingtheblue/5535640365/)
P3180135 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/divingtheblue/5535640365/) by Tim McK (http://www.flickr.com/people/divingtheblue/), on Flickr

That is not a defect in the purfling - just a reflection..

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5096/5536294626_8ca8943c3a.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/divingtheblue/5536294626/)
P3180139 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/divingtheblue/5536294626/) by Tim McK (http://www.flickr.com/people/divingtheblue/), on Flickr
Sealed Chrome tuners with "Mother of pearl" look buttons.



http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5096/5535655597_fe9785c778.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/divingtheblue/5535655597/)
P3180136 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/divingtheblue/5535655597/) by Tim McK (http://www.flickr.com/people/divingtheblue/), on Flickr

dip.mojica
03-17-2011, 03:51 PM
congrats on the ukulele! it looks gorgeous. the case looks amazing too! I might just have to buy one just like it for myself :P

Mraz
03-17-2011, 03:55 PM
Beautiful uke! I hope you enjoy it!

Tack
03-17-2011, 03:59 PM
OK - so how is it:

Appearance is all I could ask. The gloss is beautifully finished with no apparent defects.
I changed to the chrome tuners when I decided to add the Mi-Si so they matched the socket (Thanks Tookta!)
The Fret markings are standard - 3, 5, 7, 10, 12
The frets themselves lie nice and evenly. No protrusion to slice my fingers.

Sound:-
Well after 10 days travel it was almost in tune! Just needed a slight tweak to the C string!
The Aquilas seem ok - although I gather that Flurocarbons may be better for this Uke - will try them another time!
There is GOOD sustain, pure tone and no buzzes at all.
The intonation seems fine although the strings are still stretching out so makes it a trifle difficult to be 100% sure - every time I play it they stretch a bit and become flat.

As yet haven't tried the Mi-Si but looking forward to giving it a go.

Service - Mike was great and didn't complain when I wanted to add the mi-si at the last minute. His good lady advised me to think about changing the tuners - which I did and I don't regret. The package turned up safe and sound - what more can I ask?

Sorry no sound sample - still entering the 21st century - I'll get back to you on that.

Executive summary ..... Purrrty.... Shiny......Sounds gooood:drool:

Plainsong
03-17-2011, 04:07 PM
Congrats! I got a Mainland concert through Eagle Music. My husband got all excited because they double boxed it in a banjo box. He was all "Oh is it a banjo??" No. :D

My expectations weren't so high. Maybe it was the price combined with the hype, and a feeling of too good to be true. But then I played. Yup. A keeper! Action and intonation are spot on with mine, and probably yours too. If I could nit pick I'd say the neck is a bit too heavy. Eh, whatever. It's not overly so, it's a great uke, no need to overthink it. :)

Tantal
03-17-2011, 04:08 PM
Drool... She's a beaut'!

I cannot wait for next Xmas when I will be ordering my own Mainland Uke. Ahh you lucky b... :)

cb56
03-17-2011, 04:09 PM
Congrats on the new mainland. I love the tone of my red cedar tenor. Got to play and hear a mango concert last weekend. They're all good

OldePhart
03-17-2011, 04:56 PM
Congrats! I've got the tenor mango with MiSi and love it. You'll need an amp with good eq controls or an outboard eq of some sort to tweak the low end out some or it will be a little thumpy - that's true with most USTs, though, especially if the preamp is not specifically designed for ukes or violins.

I found that my mango tenor lost a little acoustic volume when I took the Aquilas off and put fluorocarbon strings on it but it way more than made up for that in improvement of tone (more subtle nuances that didn't show up with the Aquillas).

Enjoy!

John

uke552
03-17-2011, 05:14 PM
Beautiful uke and case-Congrats!

Lexxy
03-17-2011, 05:19 PM
Happy new uke day! It sure looks pretty :)

Kalihonu
03-17-2011, 05:59 PM
Congratulations Tack, very nice.

Tack
03-18-2011, 12:13 PM
Hi all - thanks for all the kind words.....developing a case of new Uke sore fingers as expected :D
Very happy :cool:

joeybug
03-18-2011, 12:37 PM
Congrats, that is one nice Uke! Happy new Uke day!

Captain_Lovehandles
03-18-2011, 12:46 PM
Great choice! I have never suffered from UAS as such, because I hit a home run with my first "real" uke. A Mainland mahogany concert with Mi-si. Congratulations!

mds725
03-18-2011, 03:35 PM
Congratulations on the new ukulele! It's a beauty!

ryansuzukamusic
03-18-2011, 04:01 PM
Aw man! That uke and case are pretty darn classy. Within the next year I'll be making a little more money than I've been used too so I do believe a new uke purchase is in store. Looking forward to the audio clips. Have a blast!!!
-Ryan Suzuka
http://www.youtube.com/ryansuzukamusic

Huna
03-18-2011, 04:08 PM
Congrats on the new ukulele!

Chris Tarman
03-18-2011, 04:44 PM
Congratulations! I love both of my Mainlands. I've only used the Mi-Si a couple of times, but it seems to work really well. I agree with OldePhart about needing an out-board EQ of some sort, but I haven't yet invested in one.

pdxuke
03-18-2011, 05:13 PM
Enjoy enjoy enjoy!

mm stan
03-18-2011, 05:21 PM
Aloha Tack,
Congratulations and Have Fun and Enjoy...Happy strummings....thanks for sharing...Wow weeeeee....MM Stan

Mandarb
03-19-2011, 03:00 AM
Congrats! Enjoy your new Mainland. Glad to hear that it arrived safely.