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mds725
07-30-2011, 03:30 PM
I'd been looking for a Kamaka baritone for a while and saw a couple on the website for Gryphon Stringed Instruments. However, the day before I planned to go, a 2005 Kamaka tenor showed up on the website, so when I went to play the baritones, I also played this one. Although it was used (and was selling for much lower price than a new one), it looked brand new, had a wonderful voice, and had an unusual grain pattern on its sides. I ended up buying it! The Gryphon Strings people threw in a set of low-g Worth clears and restrung the ukulele for me (the old strings appeared to be re-entrant Aquilas). It's a nice complement to the Kamaka tenor I bought in Kaua'i in April.

Here are some photos.

http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=26291&d=1312071049

http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=26296&d=1312072086

mds725
07-30-2011, 03:35 PM
Here are some photos of the unusual grain pattern on the side panels of the ukulele.

http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=26294&d=1312071051


http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=26292&d=1312071050


http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=26295&d=1312071052


http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=26293&d=1312071050

janeray1940
07-30-2011, 03:35 PM
Congratulations, you have twins!

mds725
07-30-2011, 03:38 PM
Congratulations, you have twins!

I may have been inspired by your twin Kamaka concerts. :)

janeray1940
07-30-2011, 03:39 PM
I may have been inspired by your twin Kamaka concerts. :)

Always glad to be an enabler. Er, inspiration :)

wickedwahine11
07-30-2011, 03:42 PM
Congrats, it is a beauty. Are you doing one low g and one of them high g?

TCK
07-30-2011, 03:58 PM
Gryphon is a fun field trip any time, but to walk away with this is spectacular! Those sides are BEAUTIFUL.

joeybug
07-30-2011, 03:58 PM
Wow, those are gorgeous! Twins! And I love the grain pattern :D Happy New Uke Day :music::music: Enjoy getting to know you're new Ukes and be sure to give us a sound sample if you can, would love to hear how they sound as one high and one low G - I'm assuming that's what you'll use, correct me if I'm wrong!

Joey :music:

fitncrafty
07-30-2011, 04:00 PM
Congrats! It is truly beautiful! Nice job..

Lexxy
07-30-2011, 05:26 PM
Beautiful! (Let me know if you're planning to sell either one of em!)

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
07-30-2011, 05:32 PM
Those sides are gorgeous! Congratulations!

I'm very curious about sound differences between twins... would you mind sharing a comparison of both ukuleles' sounds with us in a few weeks?

roxhum
07-30-2011, 05:42 PM
beautiful. I love that grain pattern on the side. It looks wrinkled. I am especially drawn to a distinct stripy grain on the sides.
Congratulations!

poppy
07-30-2011, 07:09 PM
Nice, it has the appearance that they are a little deeper than other tenors ? is that that true? curious if that is perhaps where the famous mellow comes from? now all you with twins are required to part with one soon to help support others with UAS lol.

fabioponta
07-30-2011, 07:49 PM
Mate, it's a beautiful kamaka, model CKS
Crazy Koa Sides...
Amazing!!!

marymac
07-30-2011, 08:13 PM
Did you try any other ukes while you were at Gryphon? Say,,,that Hive tenor they have? Or the Favilla Baritone? The Collings tenor? The Compass Rose Sycamore? I think it's time for a trip to Palo Alto.

erivel
07-30-2011, 09:12 PM
Beautiful twins, congrats!

mds725
07-30-2011, 10:17 PM
Congrats, it is a beauty. Are you doing one low g and one of them high g?


Wow, those are gorgeous! Twins! And I love the grain pattern :D Happy New Uke Day. Enjoy getting to know you're new Ukes and be sure to give us a sound sample if you can, would love to hear how they sound as one high and one low G - I'm assuming that's what you'll use, correct me if I'm wrong!

Thanks, Staci and Joey! The 2005 uke is strung low G with worth clears; the other uke still has the strings Kamaka put on it. I like that the Worth clear low G is not wound, but the Worths sound a little quiet to me. I'll probably experiment. Sound sample ... that means making a video. Yikes!



I'm very curious about sound differences between twins... would you mind sharing a comparison of both ukuleles' sounds with us in a few weeks?

I've been a bit shy about making ukulele videos, but I agree that a comparison of the two ukuleles would be interesting. They do have different strings, though (Kamaka factory installed re-entrant on the 2010 ukulele, Worth clears low G on the 2005 uke). It would be fun to put the same strings on both to see how they differ with everything other than the uke itself eliminated as a variable. I'll try to overcome my fear of being recorded to post some sort of sound sample, but it may take a while.


beautiful. I love that grain pattern on the side. It looks wrinkled. I am especially drawn to a distinct stripy grain on the sides.
Congratulations!

Thanks, Roxanne. It was the stripy grain on the side that caught my attention on Gryphon's website. The wavy grain near the bottom looks to me like the wood has been draped over the side of the uke. I don't think I was able to capture this in my photos, but from a certain angle, it looks three-dimensional.


Nice, it has the appearance that they are a little deeper than other tenors ? is that that true? curious if that is perhaps where the famous mellow comes from? now all you with twins are required to part with one soon to help support others with UAS lol.

I'm not sure about the depth. It feels a little deeper than my Big Island Honu tenor, and I believe it may be a little deeper than the Kanile'as I've played. I'll have to compare the next time I play it in a group.


Gryphon is a fun field trip any time, but to walk away with this is spectacular! Those sides are BEAUTIFUL.


Did you try any other ukes while you were at Gryphon? Say,,,that Hive tenor they have? Or the Favilla Baritone? The Collings tenor? The Compass Rose Sycamore? I think it's time for a trip to Palo Alto.

I really like Gryphon. I even met Tom, who makes the ukulele sound samples. Mary, I didn't see the Hive tenor while I was there. I played the Collings and Compass Rose tenors. They're very nice instruments. And I did play the Favilla Baritone. I loved it and thought about buying it. As you like to say, Mmmmm .... baritone! I actually have my heart set on one of the Kamaka baritones.

mm stan
07-30-2011, 10:21 PM
Aloha Mark,
Wow wee just love your twins...Congratulations..which one sounds better..or what are the differences....thanks for sharing..MM Stan You lucky guy!!

KimUke
07-31-2011, 04:17 AM
Really beautiful instrument. Congratulations! Hope it brings you tons of enjoyment.

WhenDogsSing
07-31-2011, 05:46 AM
That's a very pretty instrument...!!!

Maiyah888
07-31-2011, 08:27 AM
Congratulations!

guitharsis
07-31-2011, 08:52 AM
Wow. Congrats! Really different grain pattern. Just gorgeous.

mds725
08-15-2011, 09:38 PM
Aloha Mark,
Wow wee just love your twins...Congratulations..which one sounds better..or what are the differences....thanks for sharing..MM Stan You lucky guy!!

Aloha Stan,

Just noticed your question. I'd say that the 2005 does deeper tones really well (although it may just sound that way compared to the 2010 because it's strung low g and the 2010 is strung re-entrant), and I bought the 2010 for its clarity on the high notes up the neck. I'm still skittish about changing strings, but one of these days I'll put the same strings on both ukuleles and try to make a sound sample comparison video.