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janeray1940
04-19-2012, 04:58 AM
Aloha UUers! After lots of consideration, Mya-Moe has made it to the top of the list of candidates for my longneck soprano uke... but I'm still a little hesitant about the whole "unknown factor" of buying a uke that you can't try out in a shop before committing to it.

So... are there any Mya-Moe super soprano owners here in Southern California who would be willing to meet up so I can give yours a test-drive? I've already had the privilege of trying a M-M concert resonator, and while I LOVED it, it's a bit of a different animal than what I'm looking at. (Here's (http://www.myamoeukuleles.com/gallery.php?pageNum_detailedInstrument=2&totalRows_detailedInstrument=3&searchSize=Super+Soprano&searchBodyBinding=percent&searchModel=Tradition&searchFretBinding=percent&searchBackWood=percentMango&searchFinish=percent&searchTopWood=percent&searchTuners=percent&searchHeadplate=percent&searchButton=Search+Now) what I'm leaning toward.)

I'm in Santa Monica but will gladly travel for this scouting mission.

Mahalo!

Chap
04-19-2012, 05:06 AM
I'm not in SoCal, but I do own one, and I don't think you'll regret it. :)

didgeridoo2
04-19-2012, 05:15 AM
I have a myrtle concert, Jane. If that would help, send me a pm.

janeray1940
04-19-2012, 05:40 AM
I'm not in SoCal, but I do own one, and I don't think you'll regret it. :)

I should clarify - the only concern I have about regretting it is that I'm going to find the concert neck too big for some of the 5-fret first-position stretches I do... which I can do on my soprano but not my Kamaka concert, or the Koaloha longneck soprano I recently road-tested.

Any chance you happen to have either of those and can comment about how the M-M feels in comparison? :)

Canoe Lady
04-19-2012, 10:31 AM
Jane, I have a MM super soprano. While I can't help you try it out (unless a trip to Wisconsin is in your plans), I can perhaps help in another way. I also have small hands, so if you are unable to try one in person, send me what finger positions you want to test, and I will take pics of my hands doing those (or attempting to). Or we could Skype if that would be easier for you. That might at least give you an idea.

janeray1940
04-19-2012, 12:29 PM
Jane, I have a MM super soprano. While I can't help you try it out (unless a trip to Wisconsin is in your plans), I can perhaps help in another way. I also have small hands, so if you are unable to try one in person, send me what finger positions you want to test, and I will take pics of my hands doing those (or attempting to). Or we could Skype if that would be easier for you. That might at least give you an idea.

Hey thanks! The two things I keep running into that I can't do on concert-scale ukes are pulloffs/hammer-ons from the 5th to the 1st fret, and the first-position Bb with my pinky on the 5th fret/first string (I'm not even sure what that chord is - I think it's still Bb - but I use it a lot). If you can try those out for me that would be great!

Canoe Lady
04-19-2012, 03:22 PM
Hey Jane, I am not that great with hammer ons and pull offs, so the Bb will have to do. I was able to reach the 5th fret with my pinky. I have included a photo of that. I also included photos of the frets of a Kamaka soprano next to the frets of the Mya Moe Super Soprano so you can see the differences. I hope that helps some. Let me know if you can think of anything else.
Diane

http://i1128.photobucket.com/albums/m484/drupnow/d50eaed6.jpg

http://i1128.photobucket.com/albums/m484/drupnow/fd4ce91e.jpg

http://i1128.photobucket.com/albums/m484/drupnow/6d715acb.jpg

janeray1940
04-19-2012, 03:30 PM
Thank you so much Diane, this is really helpful! Your Bb-with-pinky-on-5th looks a lot like mine - just *barely* able to get past that fret. But it looks manageable. I did find out that the Mya-Moe super soprano scale length is 1/4" shorter than my Kamaka concert, which may be just enough to make that reach easier.


Let me know if you can think of anything else.


Well, I would *love* to see a shot of your Mya-Moe - the whole thing :) Looks like a real beauty.

Canoe Lady
04-19-2012, 03:46 PM
Thank you so much Diane, this is really helpful! Your Bb-with-pinky-on-5th looks a lot like mine - just *barely* able to get past that fret. But it looks manageable. I did find out that the Mya-Moe super soprano scale length is 1/4" shorter than my Kamaka concert, which may be just enough to make that reach easier.



Well, I would *love* to see a shot of your Mya-Moe - the whole thing :) Looks like a real beauty.

I was actually surprised on how hard that stretch actually was. It didn't sound like a tough stretch until I tried it. Glad that helped.

You can see pics of the Mya Moe in this thread:
http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?55006-Mya-Moe-Master-Grade-Myrtle-Super-Soprano-lt-SOLD-gt

I got it from Eugene Ukulele several months ago. Mojo included.

janeray1940
04-19-2012, 03:50 PM
I was actually surprised on how hard that stretch actually was. It didn't sound like a tough stretch until I tried it. Glad that helped.

You can see pics of the Mya Moe in this thread:
http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?55006-Mya-Moe-Master-Grade-Myrtle-Super-Soprano-lt-SOLD-gt

I got it from Eugene Ukulele several months ago. Mojo included.

Ohhhhhh what a gorgeous uke, and you got the mojo as part of the deal! Nice :)

Thanks for the link, and again for the pictures. I am thisclose to pulling out my credit card and handing my down payment over to the Mya-Moe folks. Must... use... self... control...

imabuddha
04-19-2012, 03:56 PM
I am thisclose to pulling out my credit card and handing my down payment over to the Mya-Moe folks. Must... use... self... control...

You know they make pineapples too. ;)

janeray1940
04-19-2012, 03:59 PM
You know they make pineapples too. ;)

I do know! That was a tough call for me - but once I decided on mango instead of koa, I figured I should just go with something *totally* different. I never think that way - I stick with what I know and love.

I fear this may be the gateway to UAS!

Canoe Lady
04-19-2012, 04:15 PM
I fear this may be the gateway to UAS!

...and you thought you had immunity....(insert evil laugh here).

janeray1940
04-20-2012, 04:53 AM
...and you thought you had immunity....(insert evil laugh here).

Perhaps the best I can hope for is resistance, rather than immunity :)

jackwhale
04-20-2012, 04:59 AM
What is the difference in scale length between a soprano and super soprano?
That might help you make a decision about playability.

janeray1940
04-20-2012, 05:25 AM
What is the difference in scale length between a soprano and super soprano?
That might help you make a decision about playability.

Mya-Moe's scale length for soprano is 13.5", super soprano 14.75". Kamaka's soprano is the same, but their concert scale is 15" - so I'm hoping the slightly smaller length on the M-M will help make the reach a bit easier as compared to the Kamaka, where I can *almost* make it but usually end up on the fret wire.

Patrick Madsen
04-20-2012, 05:36 AM
Not sure if their scale length is shorter,I don't think it is, but the body is smaller and thinner than my other tenors.

The ease of the fretboard will make up for any space challenges you think you may have imo. It plays like buddah!

janeray1940
04-20-2012, 05:58 AM
Not sure if their scale length is shorter,I don't think it is, but the body is smaller and thinner than my other tenors.

The ease of the fretboard will make up for any space challenges you think you may have imo. It plays like buddah!

It's interesting that according to the specs I was given, the Mya-Moe soprano is the same scale length as the Kamaka, but the concert scale length is .25" shorter. Not sure about the tenors.

Patrick Madsen
04-20-2012, 07:46 AM
I'm not an expert on scale lengths; I just know both my tenor s/l are the same. The main aspect that I really like on the MM is the action, intonation is spot on and barre chords are so much easier. I've played a lot of stringed instruments, this one is the only one that has come close to the playing ease of my Breedlove CM( First one made)guitar.

Eventually, I'd like to go with a Moore Bettah or Devine. But the MM will stay as part of the family.

janeray1940
04-20-2012, 07:49 AM
The main aspect that I really like on the MM is the action, intonation is spot on

I'm happy to hear this, yet again. This is one of the reasons I'm going with Mya-Moe - the intonation has to be perfect on the next uke that comes into my house. I can say the same for my Kamaka pineapple but nothing else I've ever owned or tried out has ever come close!

mds725
04-20-2012, 08:15 AM
It's interesting that according to the specs I was given, the Mya-Moe soprano is the same scale length as the Kamaka, but the concert scale length is .25" shorter. Not sure about the tenors.

For what it's worth, according to their respective websites, Kamaka and Mya-Moe tenors both have a 17" scale length. (Kamaka has 20 frets, 14 to the body, while Mya Moe has 19 frets, 14 to the body.) I have a Kamaka tenor and a Mya-Moe tenor and I love my Kamaka to death, but I agree with Patrick that there's something about the fretboard of my Mya-Moe that makes it easier -- or at least more fun -- to play. I don't think this answers your question about whether .25" will make a difference on a M-M super soprano, but if you get a M-M uke you will love the playability.

I imagine you've seen this M-M video comparing a soprano to a super soprano, but I thought I'd post it here so others could appreciate your interest in the super suprano vs. the soprano.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7hLO2olIGys