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DeVineGuitars
01-31-2012, 05:09 AM
I'm not sure comeback is the right term since Baritones have never enjoyed the success that the other sizes of ukes have.
But, I have notices a little bump in Bari orders in the last month. It has been quite a while since someone has ordered a big Bari and I have taken a few orders just this month.
Is this a sign of things to come?

itsscottwilder
01-31-2012, 05:16 AM
I don't have a baritone in my small collection. But I do have a nylon string guitar.

So I'm on the fence about getting one.

HoldinCoffee
01-31-2012, 05:24 AM
I have more baritones than any other size of uke... actually, I have more baritones than ALL other sizes combined.

hmgberg
01-31-2012, 08:01 AM
Could it be that your baritones are just a little bit special:drool:, Eric? Everybody has been listening to Kimo Hussey playing them and they sound OK, too:confused:? Really, I'm more inclined to think you are cornering the high-end market as it exists for baritones. However, should you discover at any time that interest in baris is waning and you just want to unload one, I've got room at my house. Seriously, they are stunning and sound fantastic. I'm envious of everyone who has placed an order.

janeray1940
01-31-2012, 08:12 AM
Two folks in one of my uke groups recently showed up with new baris on the same night. Not sure if that random sampling is representative of a trend. Maybe?

mm stan
01-31-2012, 08:13 AM
Always loved my baritones for their rich warm sound...a more volume too..

jackwhale
01-31-2012, 09:10 AM
Every uke group needs at least one baritone. Yup, its true.

ukulelecowboy
01-31-2012, 10:06 AM
We have 25 baritones in our collection. It's the only size that I play.

If I could afford a DeVine Baritone, we would have 26!

Mike

drbekken
01-31-2012, 10:10 AM
My first impression was that baritones were just some sort of wannabe guitars. I've come to my senses, though, and I have to admit I like the sound and feel a lot. Baritones are great for blues.

Gwynedd
01-31-2012, 12:07 PM
They are certainly not wannabeguitars. I just picked up a Makala MK-B which is very inexpensive and will be changing out the strings to South Coast. It has a UKE sound when strummed but deep. I really like the sound. I do not like the sound of my fingers squeaking on the wound Makala D and G string, but changing those out will fix that issue. It's loud! Nice tone for a cheap laminate. I did play a bari as a kid and I like it. In fact, I was strumming madly within a few minutes of getting it because the sopranos always sound a bit light to me. It's all what you like, but it definitely is NOT a guitar. It is a uke, just different.

didgeridoo2
01-31-2012, 12:12 PM
Just picked one up last week. I had always thought about adding one, but didn't get around to it. I guess since I'm happy with the tenor, concert and soprano ukes I have, my uas still has some issues to work out.

Flyke
02-01-2012, 02:35 AM
I have become completely hooked on the Baritone over the last couple of months. It seems to me to be a distinctly different instrument to the other three standard sizes. For me, I'm either playing a uke, OR a Baritone Uke. And my Baritone makes such a sweet harmony with my wife's concert. I have one Baritone tuned re-entrant and another Linear and would love another one that I can keep in a different key. There's just so many options! I hope it's the start of a baritone boom, I'd love to see more players out there.

Oh, and I'd also love to see the pictures of the finished product Baritones your making Mr Devine. Your instruments are sublime!

And to DRBekken, I have to say I'm a massive fan of your baritone songs on youtube. Keep them coming please!

strumsilly
02-01-2012, 02:45 AM
if you are going to have a linear tuning, it might as well be a bari so you get really nice bass notes. Some chords are a bit of a stretch though.

DeVineGuitars
02-01-2012, 05:13 AM
All this Baritone talk is really making we want to get one into my next batch. Hmmm....

ukuhippo
02-01-2012, 06:15 AM
Got one, and I love it. A tenor is on my list, and I think that's the end of my UAS. But we all know better.

Flyke
02-01-2012, 01:24 PM
if you are going to have a linear tuning, it might as well be a bari so you get really nice bass notes.

Amen Strumsilly

FlyedPiper
02-01-2012, 07:12 PM
I agree with strumsilly.

The only issue is that there aren't as many string options for baritone in linear C tuning... I think the times they are a changin' though. I'm happy even if all I can get is the Southcoast linear C set in unwound nylon strings... I think they sound great. Also, there is a lot more experimentation with baritone tunings than with other sizes. I think the bari will continue to pick up steam, but won't be as popular as other sizes any time soon. Which is fine with me. I like being the oddball :)

Another thing that appeals to me about the baritone in DGBE tuning is you can slap a capo on the fifth fret (assuming it's a fairly decent uke) and play it in linear C tuning for your "islandy" stuff... I like versatility ;)

For me, who likes the lower tones but learned on GCEA tuning (and prefers a low G in that tuning)... this is ideal.

Your mileage may vary.

Hippie Dribble
02-01-2012, 10:02 PM
And to DRBekken, I have to say I'm a massive fan of your baritone songs on youtube. Keep them coming please!
YES!!!!!!! Doc should be added to the list of 'best bari players' in that other thread too

SuzukHammer
02-01-2012, 10:32 PM
My first impression was that baritones were just some sort of wannabe guitars. I've come to my senses, though, and I have to admit I like the sound and feel a lot. Baritones are great for blues.

Great for Blues?? Because its darker? richer? more sustain? more range of projection?? Let's hear it.

drbekken
02-01-2012, 10:43 PM
Great for Blues?? Because its darker? richer? more sustain? more range of projection?? Let's hear it.

All of the above; plus the fact that I personally like the sound of blues played on nylon strings instead of steel. It makes fingerpicking so very much easier for me, and four strings feel way better than six.
That does NOT mean that I'm knocking the other ukulele sizes, though. I love the soprano and like the tenor, but for blues and picking, the baritone is my thing. The two others are great for strumming and playing the old jazz stuff that I have loved since I was a kid, back in the 70s. I also feel that the baritone is so different from the other ukes as to be 'another' instrument. That makes it easier not to mix them up in my head while playing.
Let me also say that I am flattered to death from reading that someone actually puts me on some list of 'best' baritone players. How can you think such a thing? To a frozen-to-the-bone Norwegian on a distant arctic shore, it's heart-warming!

ukuhippo
02-01-2012, 11:31 PM
Actually, your youtube channel was my main inspiration to buy a baritone.
And actually2: for some strange reason it seems to be colder here (southern Netherlands) than at your place for once.

lizziep
02-11-2012, 01:32 PM
I got a baritone about 6 months ago because I wanted to try it. I had heard a few songs by Danielle Ate the Sandwich being played on the bari which piqued my interest in it.

ichadwick
02-12-2012, 03:10 AM
I didn't know baritones had ever gone away.

Hobo
02-12-2012, 03:40 AM
I found a vintage, solid mahogany Harmony baritone at a flea market. I originally bought it to sell and make a small profit. I didn't think I'd like it. After putting Southcoast strings on it, selling it became impossible I wouldn't part with it. Now that I've 'discovered' the baritone, yesterday I ordered a baritone kit from Musicmakers in Minnesota.

Pippin
02-12-2012, 10:28 AM
In the 1950s and 60s, the baritone uke was extremely popular. In fact, many schools used baritone ukes in the USA rather than sopranos for their uke instruction... with the exception of Hawaii and California.

NordicUke
02-13-2012, 01:08 AM
My next uke will be a Baritone at least. And after watching Kimo playing a Devine I fell in love with your line of Baris Eric!
So sweet the sound, I mean from before I had the impression that the Baritone uke was a clumsy and way to bassy instrument compared to the smaller models.
Now on the other hand I appreciate the full and sweet sound of it, the sustain and tone, and I long for the day I can have my own Bari :)
Thank you for that!

lozarkman
02-13-2012, 02:02 AM
Suppose I should add my bit to this thread, as you can see from my signature I am an avid Bari fan. I have found that Baris fit my overall sense of what I like in sound, fretting, and joy in playing. I liked my tenors just fine, but I have ended up trading them for Baris, and now have a fairly decent harem of Baris tuned in different tunings. As to tuning regarding a comment above, it is not really that difficult to tune a Bari to several tunings, other than I have found it a bit hard to get into D tuning. But tuning in C with low/high G, and Bb in low/High F and G tuning is not difficult at all. The G tuning does sound a bit guitarish, I admit, but the other tunings sound very little different from my tenor sounds. My spalted maple with spruce top is very clear, high ringing in C high G tuning and it is my favorite go to Bari. Just my take on Baris. Lozark

osogris
02-13-2012, 03:53 AM
Just out of curiousity, have you tried tuning one of your baritones as a cuatro? (Key of D, low re-entrant). Southcoast sells these strings, and I was thinking about giving them a try.


Suppose I should add my bit to this thread, as you can see from my signature I am an avid Bari fan. I have found that Baris fit my overall sense of what I like in sound, fretting, and joy in playing. I liked my tenors just fine, but I have ended up trading them for Baris, and now have a fairly decent harem of Baris tuned in different tunings. As to tuning regarding a comment above, it is not really that difficult to tune a Bari to several tunings, other than I have found it a bit hard to get into D tuning. But tuning in C with low/high G, and Bb in low/High F and G tuning is not difficult at all. The G tuning does sound a bit guitarish, I admit, but the other tunings sound very little different from my tenor sounds. My spalted maple with spruce top is very clear, high ringing in C high G tuning and it is my favorite go to Bari. Just my take on Baris. Lozark

didgeridoo2
02-13-2012, 05:36 AM
Just out of curiousity, have you tried tuning one of your baritones as a cuatro? (Key of D, low re-entrant). Southcoast sells these strings, and I was thinking about giving them a try.
I bought a set recently but haven't put them on yet. I'm curious but I'm searching out the best linear tuning for my Bari first.

osogris
02-13-2012, 05:47 AM
I have mine tuned in the key of A, and it sounds good, but takes a little adjustment when playing with someone else. Playing F is a bit of a pain in this tuning. Not difficult, but the tone is higher than the G, when it should be the same or lower, and it throws things off a bit.


I bought a set recently but haven't put them on yet. I'm curious but I'm searching out the best linear tuning for my Bari first.

UncleElvis
02-13-2012, 06:45 AM
For me, there are two factors. 1) It's the next logical step for me, as I have at least one in each size except bairtone... until later this week (Thanks, Mim!) and 2) I've just started playing gigs professionally as a solo act and even for me, the sound of a ukulele, even my 8-string, gets a little much after three hours straight. With a baritone, I can add a sound that's a little more familiar to the audience and a little more accessible.
Now, I just gotta remember all the transpositions to 5 steps down! (Shut up. It's how I learn! *grin*)

didgeridoo2
02-13-2012, 07:00 AM
I have mine tuned in the key of A, and it sounds good, but takes a little adjustment when playing with someone else. Playing F is a bit of a pain in this tuning. Not difficult, but the tone is higher than the G, when it should be the same or lower, and it throws things off a bit.
I'm trying the Bb flat wound strings (from southcoast) and they feel and sound great. I'm just not sure it's the sound I'd want from my Bari. I may like it to distinguish itself a bit more.

lozarkman
02-13-2012, 07:48 AM
Yes I use the Bb wound strings from Southcoast for one of my Bb tunings with low F, and love them. A really nice sound. I use Southcoast Soft lightweights for Bb reentrant (high F) tuning and it works well for Bb high F. And yes, i have tried the Cuatro strings for D tuning, and with the lowered one octave on the first string, they sound wonderful for strumming, but I find them difficult to use for picking. I use Southcoast linears for C tuning low G, and the Southcoast lightweights for c tuning reentrant. For G tuning I use two different sets, D'Addarios J68. which are really great strings, but my preference for G tuning are the Ko'olau Gold Baritone. These have a tension I really like and the sound from them is awesome. Lozark

didgeridoo2
02-13-2012, 10:07 AM
Anyone use D'Addario Titanium Baritone strings? Linear G tuning?

Badger5
02-13-2012, 10:09 AM
I ordered a Concert Uke from Lame Horse instruments a little over a year ago and it's a great uke. Solid mahogany and sounds great. I got a Baritone for Christmas and I haven't put it down. Getting to the point. The guy who made me the concert Uke gave me a call and asked if I was interested in a baritone because he had one left that would be ready in a couple weeks and due to the huge jump in popularity he couldn't guarantee me the prices that he had quoted before. He said there has been a run on wood and everything else that has to do with Baritones and everyone was jacking up their prices.

ukuleledaveey
03-29-2012, 02:53 PM
I got my first bari at the weekend and love it although in DGBE im not to keen on the F chords but im getting there as my brain tries to re adjust the chord shapes from GCEA tuning keep going to the 1st string 3rd fret for C lol, i restrung it with worth brown fluro's for baritones and i must say they feel and sound fantastic to my un trained ear i really like them and i love the sound of the baritone, i am learning to play some woody guthrie on it or i should say learning to strum some guthrie but i defo like the bari, but will also always love the soprano, and tenor, i havent got a concert ..... yet :)

drbekken
03-29-2012, 07:25 PM
I got my first bari at the weekend and love it although in DGBE im not to keen on the F chords but im getting there as my brain tries to re adjust the chord shapes from GCEA tuning keep going to the 1st string 3rd fret for C lol, i restrung it with worth brown fluro's for baritones and i must say they feel and sound fantastic to my un trained ear i really like them and i love the sound of the baritone, i am learning to play some woody guthrie on it or i should say learning to strum some guthrie but i defo like the bari, but will also always love the soprano, and tenor, i havent got a concert ..... yet :)

The F7 chord is actually pretty easy, if you play it as a four finger chord starting on the sixth fret. The C7 shape can be moved all around the fretboard. On the sixth fret, it turns into F7. Check my videos A LITTLE RAGTIME... or WHIP IT TO A JELLY, and see if you can spot what I try to say...I'm sorry I don't understand much of tabs and such..