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Gwynedd
02-09-2012, 12:33 AM
Ok, here is the Mainland Tenor and a sound clip (excuse the playing, I've been at this about 2 months only, using my Dolphin until the Mainland arrived.)

http://soundcloud.com/user8183733/kuu

SuzukHammer
02-09-2012, 12:41 AM
Very nice. No need to apologize. Thanks. That Mainland sounds sweet .
, not punchy like some ukes that get sampled.

Gwynedd
02-09-2012, 12:51 AM
Want some some fun? I did the same measure using the Dolphin. http://soundcloud.com/user8183733/kkudol

ksiegel
02-09-2012, 04:00 AM
Want some some fun? I did the same measure using the Dolphin. http://soundcloud.com/user8183733/kkudol

Interesting - the Dolphin has more "punch" and volume (could be due to distance from the mic?), while the Mainland just exudes "mellow".

Looks sweet, and sounds sweeter, to me.



-Kurt

Nuprin
02-09-2012, 05:40 AM
Sounds great! I love the back of it...talk about crazy wood grain!

paeataa
02-09-2012, 06:22 AM
Great samples!

How do you find it jumping from the Dolphin to the Mainland, sound-wise and size-wise (soprano to tenor)?

What strings do you have on the Dolphin?

Gwynedd
02-09-2012, 11:26 AM
Size-wise, the tenor is larger, easier to play, for me. The action is of course better, having been optimized by Mike & co so it's also easier to play than the Dolph. Both have the same nygut Aquilas. I was the same distance to the mic or thereabouts, the Dolphin is a bit louder, the Mainland is sweeter and has more dynamic range.

Plainsong
02-09-2012, 11:57 AM
You sound like it's easier to play the Mainland. It looks like you got some bonus wood there on the back too!

Gwynedd
02-09-2012, 12:09 PM
The wood has a sort of "X" pattern on the back--someone took time. The dark area in the upper quadrant is the wood reflecting at a funny angle. What is really nice (noted by others who reviewed Mainlands) is the chatoyant look of the mahogany grain, at least under the gloss finish. Quite pretty, and as noted, the purfling is not bright white and black, it is a mellower blond wood and black. All in all, the manufacture is blameless. The sound is sweet--though I may lean to the notion that Aquilas are overkill on mahogany. I will try Worths or South Coast next time around when I need strings.

Plainsong
02-09-2012, 12:25 PM
Yeah, I agree with you on all fronts. I felt like with my Mainland concert, that I wished the factory could know how nice we feel these ukes are. I go with this school of thought that says mahogany = flouros, and (most) koa = Aquila. I got a blog post coming up about that. Unless you're a Koaloha, it seems to be a formula that works. With the Koaloha I should just use Worths and be done with it, but I want to step out of that Worths comfort zone and see what else is out there first. :)

fretie
02-09-2012, 12:29 PM
Wow, beautiful uke (nice score on the back) and lovely sound!

WhenDogsSing
02-09-2012, 12:40 PM
Ok, here is the Mainland Tenor and a sound clip (excuse the playing, I've been at this about 2 months only, using my Dolphin until the Mainland arrived.)

http://soundcloud.com/user8183733/kuu

Wow, that back is sure pretty...!!!