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Roller
11-08-2011, 11:16 AM
I'm looking for a really good Baritone Ukulele - I have a Lanakai Koa satin finish at home now but would prefer a glossy finish and better workmanship and a deeper tone. I have seen some nice ones on Youtube but don't know the name of the manufacturers. Something in the $500 to $600 range if possible. I live in Hamilton, Ontario.

fabioponta
11-08-2011, 12:14 PM
Mainland Ukes has your baritone. All solid mahogany give a deeper tone. You could choose gloss finish and tuners. Check on ukerepublic.com, or directly on mainlandukes.com

Lori
11-08-2011, 01:59 PM
I just got a nice mahogany Mainland Baritone. I like it a lot, and it has a glossy finish. It is below your target price too, even if you include a case.

–Lori

fabioponta
11-08-2011, 02:57 PM
I just got a nice mahogany Mainland Baritone. I like it a lot, and it has a glossy finish. It is below your target price too, even if you include a case.

–Lori

that's right: a Mainland solid mahogany baritone with gloss finish, hard case and shipping included should not exceed $440 to your adress in Canada.

ukulelecowboy
11-09-2011, 12:02 AM
You also might consider Pono. Excellent workmanship, a great price point, adjustable truss rod. Also, they now offer mahogany, solid rosewood, acacia, and cedar as tone wood choices.

Roller
11-09-2011, 12:10 AM
Thanks very much for your replies - I noticed that Mainland has a Red Cedar Baritone as well as the Mahogany. Is there much difference in the sound between the two of them? I would assume that the mahogany has a deeper tone - is this correct?

garyg
11-09-2011, 01:47 AM
If you're interested in sound you might look at a Favilla vintage baritone -- they come up fairly frequently on ebay and my vintage soprano rivals my vintage martin in projection, resonance, sustain, and complexity of sound. Frankly, it blew me away and the first time that I took it to our uke club an experienced player asked me if I wanted to sell it. Just a thought. g2

mds725
11-09-2011, 08:22 AM
You also might consider Pono. Excellent workmanship, a great price point, adjustable truss rod. Also, they now offer mahogany, solid rosewood, acacia, and cedar as tone wood choices.

I have a Pono mahogany baritone. It has a really nice deep tone and is very playable. YMMV, so try to test drive one if you can, or buy from a seller that permits returns.


If you're interested in sound you might look at a Favilla vintage baritone -- they come up fairly frequently on ebay and my vintage soprano rivals my vintage martin in projection, resonance, sustain, and complexity of sound. Frankly, it blew me away and the first time that I took it to our uke club an experienced player asked me if I wanted to sell it. Just a thought. g2

There's a 1960s Favilla deep body baritone for sale for $695 at Gryphon Stringed Instruments in Palo Alto.
http://www.gryphonstrings.com/instpix/35501/35501.php
I played it the last time I was there, and it sounded really nice. It appears to be in great shape, too.

GaryC1968
11-09-2011, 09:00 AM
Another vote for the Mainland here. I've had my Mainland mahogany for more than a year and I really like it. I ordered mine directly from Mainland Ukes.

mm stan
11-09-2011, 09:23 AM
With that budget range...I'd go second hand and wait for one in the marketplace here or FMM...that way you get a preminum production uke for the price if a mid level uke that fits your budget..
Good Luck..

PhilUSAFRet
11-09-2011, 02:23 PM
You can get a Pono for well under your budget. Check with Hawaiimusicsupply to hear.
$399 w/ canvas hard case and shipping included. You could upgrade to a Ko'olau hard case and a pickup if you wanted one and still stay well within your budget. As good a "set up" as you'll find.

http://www.theukulelesite.com/ukulelemarket/pono-mb-solid-mahogany-baritone