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Ken Swagger
10-13-2008, 01:47 PM
I'm thinking about getting a resonator uke in the next few weeks. I play uke in a country gospel band and we busk and play street corners alot, the banjo always drowns out my uke and i wanna fight back with something sweet and a lot of bark. I played a National and fell in love, but it is waaaaaay outta my budget. I'm thinking of getting this one by The Recording King

http://www.elderly.com/new_instruments/items/UK998.htm

Or else a Johnson like this

http://www.instrumentalsavings.com/Johnson-Metal-Body-Ukulele-Resonator-Guitar-p/ml-uk-998.htm

Both are right around $300. I'm not partial to these brands and am looking for a good instrument around that price. Any suggestions or feedback would be awesome. I don't know of any music stores nearby I could go play one and am probably gonna have to order of the internet. Thank you!

grappler
10-13-2008, 02:56 PM
I had a Nashville Concert Resonator! I sold it to a fellow ukulele underground member "Pat"
I bought it for 400 and sold it for like 200 something?
Umm feed back? in my opinion, i dont like the sound of it. I'd rather the whole mellow "wooden" sound of a hollow ukulele than a uke that has a vibrating plate in it.

Well basically you need to consider a couple of things...

Q: Is this going to be your daily ukulele?

I remembered it being quite heavy aswell.
I shipped it to Pat and he made a review of it.
check it out here (http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=SorQbdfVbBA)

I think for 300-400 you can buy a solid wood kPk Acicia ukulele and get a fisherman installed for about the same price.
I hope i dont steer you away from it man..
Let us know if you end up getting it

Cheers

Ken Swagger
10-14-2008, 08:22 AM
I had a Nashville Concert Resonator! I sold it to a fellow ukulele underground member "Pat"
I bought it for 400 and sold it for like 200 something?
Umm feed back? in my opinion, i dont like the sound of it. I'd rather the whole mellow "wooden" sound of a hollow ukulele than a uke that has a vibrating plate in it.

Well basically you need to consider a couple of things...

Q: Is this going to be your daily ukulele?

I remembered it being quite heavy aswell.
I shipped it to Pat and he made a review of it.
check it out here (http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=SorQbdfVbBA)

I think for 300-400 you can buy a solid wood kPk Acicia ukulele and get a fisherman installed for about the same price.
I hope i dont steer you away from it man..
Let us know if you end up getting it

Cheers

I'll still keep my old regular wooden ukulele and plan on upgrading to a new one of those soon as well. I want a resonator cuz I busk with a really loud rowdy band and noone can hear my poor uke. Of course I'll go back and forthe between the two, I just want a little something different for my second uke.

Pete Howlett
10-14-2008, 09:09 AM
Just a prototype...

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f352/ukulele_pete/ResoHula.jpg

and hear it:

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f352/ukulele_pete/th_RRTakeTwo_.jpg (http://s51.photobucket.com/albums/f352/ukulele_pete/?action=view&current=RRTakeTwo_.flv)

Going out of tune coz of the new strings on it... Will be in production next year!

muzikengineer
10-14-2008, 09:19 AM
WOW! I bet that Resonator on elderly instruments has a mean sound to it!!

h-drix
10-14-2008, 10:34 AM
Just a prototype...

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f352/ukulele_pete/ResoHula.jpg


you 've done it again...:worship:

nikolo727
10-14-2008, 02:20 PM
Just a prototype...

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f352/ukulele_pete/ResoHula.jpg

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dude that was beautiful! how much are those running?

I just think resonator ukes would be the shiznit at campfires lol.

VengefulTikiGod
10-14-2008, 08:40 PM
Just checking, but, what size is your uke? If you're playing a soprano and it's not loud enough, maybe you don't need a resonator, maybe you just need a tenor--they do tend to be louder.

SnakeOiler
10-15-2008, 10:39 PM
the banjo always drowns out my uke and i wanna fight back with something sweet and a lot of bark.

I say try a banjo-Uke. There's plenty of good vintage ones on eBay in the $200 range.