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saltytri
06-30-2011, 02:30 PM
http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5308/5888862695_20511624f0_z.jpg

I've been enjoying my baritones, so why not go for the gusto? With some very good (and much appreciated) personal attention from Andrew at Hawaii Music Supply, this amazing instrument has settled in here and won't be leaving any time soon, if ever.

A Harmony came into the house just recently and, while it has been a joy with Aquila Nylgut strings (reentrant GCEA), three baris is a bit excessive so it's gone on the block: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=190550362694&ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT

A mahogany Pono baritone has served well and isn't in any danger of being abandoned. It is a sweet instrument, well worth having and playing, and is certainly a very good value at its price.

The Kamaka, however, is in a different league. Lots of adjectives get used here to describe the pleasing sounds of ukes but I'm going to go with "luscious" for this one. The standard Kamaka DGBE strings (two wound) are there for a reason but it will be interesting to experiment at some point with some other strings and even to try it tuned to GCEA, perhaps with the Southcoast linears. For the time being, though, the traditional tuning will keep me well occupied and entertained!

Rockabilly
06-30-2011, 02:41 PM
Congrats on the new uke!..it's beautiful.

mm stan
06-30-2011, 02:48 PM
Aloha Saltytri,
Congratulations, Love the grain and color patterns on your new Kamaka...gotta bet new strings for mine..I see you still have the factory strings on.. wait till you change them.. holy smokes..
Have fun and enjoy....thanks for sharing.. MM Stan

saltytri
06-30-2011, 02:50 PM
Thanks, Stan!

I'd be very interested in your thoughts on suitable strings.

mm stan
06-30-2011, 03:04 PM
I got a white label but they will react different from yours...and depends what sound you like...Aquilas for brighness 10.00, and Ko'olau Alohi's wound strings $6.00 for warmth....for starters..from elderly...http://elderly.com/accessories/cats/STUK.htm hope it helps... Good Luck and happy strummings..MM Stan

saltytri
06-30-2011, 03:55 PM
Thanks, Stan. Those sound like good sets to start with.

chindog
06-30-2011, 04:07 PM
I love seeing pics of new ukes with happy owners! Congratulations!

marymac
06-30-2011, 07:01 PM
Ooo - that is so gorgeous! I thought about a Kamaka when I was looking at baritones. This one looks so beautiful - congrats!

mds725
06-30-2011, 07:41 PM
I'm actively shopping now for a baritone, probably a Kamaka. Yours is stunning. Congratulations!


Ooo - that is so gorgeous! I thought about a Kamaka when I was looking at baritones. This one looks so beautiful - congrats!

Mary, your new baritone is no slouch either!

WhenDogsSing
07-01-2011, 01:51 AM
Nice Kamaka. I hope you enjoy it for a long time.

joeybug
07-01-2011, 04:43 AM
Congrats! Happy New Uke Day! Looks like a beauty!

saltytri
07-01-2011, 07:09 AM
Mary, your new baritone is no slouch either!

That's an understatement! It's a work of art. Nice snag on that one.