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OldePhart
04-10-2012, 01:24 PM
...for my succumbing to the baritone craze and ordering a Mainland mahogany baritone just minutes ago. :)

Now all I have to do is figure out how to explain how another ukulele shaped box is going to appear as if by magic on our porch. I sure am glad I told my wife to take the debit card and go nuts when she wanted an Easter outfit... LOL

John

ukuleledaveey
04-10-2012, 01:39 PM
excellent (in a Mr Burns voice ) well done John, it is amazing how all of a sudden they are taking off on here , i gave in a couple of weeks ago and got one to. I,ve only been playing/learning standard uke for about a year with no other musical knowledge, but i am coping all right with the bari although i am spending far to much time on it compared to my soprano or other GCEA tuned ukes, my uke club had a gig on Sunday i struggled with my soprano as my mind is stuck in DGBE, anyway welcome to the Bari side look forward to seeing you uploading some vids playing it :)

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
04-10-2012, 01:48 PM
Ha ha. I am sitting here with my weeks-old baritone in my lap as I read your post. Welcome to our world, John. It's deep and mellow here, you'll love it.

ukuleledaveey
04-10-2012, 01:53 PM
:) i think we may have enough to have a baritone week in the seasons comp :)

mattydee
04-10-2012, 01:58 PM
:) i think we may have enough to have a baritone week in the seasons comp :)

I think you're right, Davey. My mainland cedar baritone arrives tomorrow!

ksiegel
04-10-2012, 02:11 PM
...for my succumbing to the baritone craze and ordering a Mainland mahogany baritone just minutes ago. :)

Now all I have to do is figure out how to explain how another ukulele shaped box is going to appear as if by magic on our porch. I sure am glad I told my wife to take the debit card and go nuts when she wanted an Easter outfit... LOL

John

Tell her it isn't a ukulele. It's just a small guitar, with 4 strings.



Then duck, really fast.

Serpentine, Charlie!




-Kurt

PhilUSAFRet
04-10-2012, 02:20 PM
Still looking for another A+ Koloa baritone in a nice hard case for $125 like I got my son and I may join too.

mm stan
04-10-2012, 02:22 PM
Wow Congrats on the Mainland, you went for the gusto...better butter her up loverboy..LOL

Camsuke
04-10-2012, 02:26 PM
It just isn't a proper uke collection without at least 1 baritone! Well done on your recent purchase John. Once the wife hears it you'll be sweet as a nut.

soupking
04-10-2012, 03:09 PM
Now all I have to do is figure out how to explain how another ukulele shaped box is going to appear as if by magic on our porch. I sure am glad I told my wife to take the debit card and go nuts when she wanted an Easter outfit... LOL

John

John, I used to dread these same circumstances, until I started having the ukulele shaped boxes shipped to my office instead. LOL. Enjoy it!

smellofstrings
04-10-2012, 03:59 PM
:rofl:

I already knew what you're talking about when I read the title as I got the same thought! But I still haven't picked a satisfied bari! Congrats with your Mainland hog bari!

By the way I really like this performance:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GVpeZrI95vU

OldePhart
04-10-2012, 04:20 PM
John, I used to dread these same circumstances, until I started having the ukulele shaped boxes shipped to my office instead. LOL. Enjoy it!

That's what I used to do too...then I took a new position working for our business systems unit up north so now my home is my office...not complaining mind you...but it does limit the shipping options. :)

Seriously I joke about it but my wife has never given me a hard time about what I spend on my toys. There is always food on the table and a roof over our heads and she's never had to work a paying job in the thirty some odd years we've been married (and some of 'em have been really odd).

I think she understands implicitly that if I spend all my "spare" money on musical instruments and other toys it's a sure bet I don't have any to spend out chasin' wild womens. LOL

John

OldePhart
04-10-2012, 04:26 PM
Wow Congrats on the Mainland, you went for the gusto...better butter her up loverboy..LOL

It's funny you should mention that, Stan - I was one click away from ordering an inexpensive laminated bari from Amazon just to dip my toes in the water but I said to myself, "self, you know there's about a 90% chance you're going to like the format and eventually want something that's a bit better so it's cheaper just to get a good one up front."

John

OldePhart
04-10-2012, 04:34 PM
:rofl:

I already knew what you're talking about when I read the title as I got the same thought! But I still haven't picked a satisfied bari! Congrats with your Mainland hog bari!

By the way I really like this performance:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GVpeZrI95vU

Yeah, that's a nice vid. I'd seen that and a couple of other Mainland baritone vids over the last couple of weeks - plus I own or have owned three Mainland tenors and a concert (still have two of the tenors and the concert that I converted to a coffee can resonator). Once I realized that it probably would end up costing me more in the long run if I bought an inexpensive "toe-in-the-water" bari the Mainland was a no brainer. The only other "nice" bari I would have considered buying without trying was a Martin and that's signficantly more money. :)

John

mattydee
04-10-2012, 04:34 PM
It's funny you should mention that, Stan - I was one click away from ordering an inexpensive laminated bari from Amazon just to dip my toes in the water but I said to myself, "self, you know there's about a 90% chance you're going to like the format and eventually want something that's a bit better so it's cheaper just to get a good one up front."

John

Exactly this.

Mim
04-10-2012, 05:00 PM
Hahaha! Enjoy! Baritones are fun for a easy quick sound change!

drbekken
04-10-2012, 09:22 PM
Well, what can I say? I'm sorry if my humble attempts at playing the baritone ukulele is bringing financial ruin and marital problems to people... Goes to show the unpredictability of artistic effort... However, I'll keep playing it, no matter what! The sound and feel of that largest of ukes sure is sweet. If I ever get rich (not likely), I'll get one of those Mainlands. What a beauty. (And, by the way, my wife has not been complaining yet...I suspect that she thinks that ukulele chasing is a better mid-life crisis than the skirt chasing some of my friends have given in to...)

ukuleledaveey
04-10-2012, 11:50 PM
Well, what can I say? I'm sorry if my humble attempts at playing the baritone ukulele is bringing financial ruin and marital problems to people... Goes to show the unpredictability of artistic effort... However, I'll keep playing it, no matter what! The sound and feel of that largest of ukes sure is sweet. If I ever get rich (not likely), I'll get one of those Mainlands. What a beauty. (And, by the way, my wife has not been complaining yet...I suspect that she thinks that ukulele chasing is a better mid-life crisis than the skirt chasing some of my friends have given in to...)
Doc you are a amazing bari player and love your video's,i keep telling my wife the same thing, i am only in pubs very occasionally if our uke club has a gig there, i did get acused of looking at indicent sites on the net, but my wife realised i was making orgasmic sounds looking at custom made ukes etc, but she is happy to see me finally have a interest/hobby/obsession that i am extremely passionate about.
And Doc you are one of if not the man when it comes to baritones i am pretty certain :)

Pukulele Pete
04-11-2012, 12:55 AM
I don't get the baritone thing. Why not just get a guitar and have E and A strings too .

Olarte
04-11-2012, 01:39 AM
I play classical guitar, but the baritone uke, sounds deeper, mellower, very different than a guitar...


I don't get the baritone thing. Why not just get a guitar and have E and A strings too .

WhenDogsSing
04-11-2012, 01:43 AM
I don't get the baritone thing. Why not just get a guitar and have E and A strings too .

It's primarily because of instrument size and scale length. Baritone scale length is around 19"-20" while most full size guitars have a scale length of at 24-3/4" - 25-1/2". Small, 3/4 sized guitars have scale lengths of around 22-1/2" but even those have significantly larger bodies than baritones. Baritones can also be strung GCEA with the right strings.

Pukulele Pete
04-11-2012, 01:52 AM
Is a Tenor guitar any different than a Baritone ukulele ? Scale lengths ?

roxhum
04-11-2012, 03:51 AM
I tried a tenor guitar before getting my bari. OMG it was hard. Those six strings are so stinkin' close together and yes a tenor guitar, or at least the one I played, are larger than a bari. The bari is very fun to play and easier than I expected and they sound lovely.

OldePhart
04-11-2012, 08:24 AM
I don't get the baritone thing. Why not just get a guitar and have E and A strings too .

As a guitarist I thought that way for a long time but to get close to the same sound as a baritone uke you would have to get a 3/4 or 1/2 size classical guitar...and there just aren't many good instruments in that category as the 3/4 and 1/2 size guitars are seen as child's instruments.

So...if you want a good solid-wood body and reasonably light construction you're more likely to find it in a baritone uke than in a 1/2 size "child's" guitar.

John

Kimosabe
04-11-2012, 12:33 PM
The B word. I'm going to say the B word: Bushman. Bushman baritone. There. sorry. If you can find one, grab it and put Southcoast strings on it. I've got several much more expensive ukes. They're great but so is the B word.

OldePhart
04-11-2012, 12:39 PM
The B word. I'm going to say the B word: Bushman. Bushman baritone. There. sorry. If you can find one, grab it and put Southcoast strings on it. I've got several much more expensive ukes. They're great but so is the B word.

Are they still making ukes? I'd heard they produced good stuff for a while then kind of became unreliable and finally went belly-up... From everything I"ve heard though the early Bushman's were real finds.

John

WhenDogsSing
04-11-2012, 01:06 PM
Is a Tenor guitar any different than a Baritone ukulele ? Scale lengths ?

Here is a link to Wikipedia on tenor guitars. Evidently, tenor guitars have a scale length usually between 21" and 23".

Also, baritone ukuleles have nylon strings while tenor guitars are have steel strings.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tenor_guitar

mds725
04-11-2012, 01:37 PM
Congratulations, John, and welcome to Baritone World! Now just wait until baritone UAS kicks in! I have (in order of acquisition) a Pono mahogany baritone, a Kamaka baritone and, being built as we speak, a Mya-Moe baritone. (I'm planning to restring one of them with Guadalupe octive-lower GCEA strings to get a different sound out of it.) I'm sure you're going to love your Mainland. I've seen a few videos (including Mickey's) of Mainland baritones and they have a very rich voice.

I also recently got a Blueridge tenor guitar. It has four strings, a slightly longer scale, a much bigger body, and steel strings that are slightly closer together than a baritone's. Tenor guitars are typically tuned like tenor banjoes (CGDA), but I asked my seller to tune my tenor guitar in DGBE so I wouldn't have to learn new chord shapes. Nevertheless, my tenor guitar sounds different from a baritone ukulele, and I like both types of instruments for their different voices.

myrnaukelele
04-11-2012, 03:18 PM
It just isn't a proper uke collection without at least 1 baritone!

Too true! I loved my new baritone so much i bought a second one so I can have one tuned DGBE and one tuned GCEA.
You're in for some fun now! Enjoy your new bari.