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Ben_H
07-24-2012, 12:27 AM
8am this morning my Pono MB arrived. Thanks Southeren Ukulele Store :D

A few pictures below. Had to take them in the shade of the garden as the sun was too bright and washing out the colour and detail. Please forgive the scruffy dog towel as background.

The grain is subtley beautiful, not an in your face stunner but just what I wanted. The sound is lush though too much like a guitar for my ears. I haven't seen the postman yet this morning to enquire if my living water strings have arrived though I know Ken was away last weekend so may not have processed the order yet.

One minor thing is that having got used to friction tuners on my Mainland and Moana Sopranos the geared tuners on these do seem to stick out a bit. It's not a returnable offense however ;)

Even my wife has said it's lovely which is the most interest she has shown in my 10 weeks of ukulele madness. Maybe a baritone is the key to getting her involved as she has a guitar background.

So, pictures:

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thiam
07-24-2012, 12:35 AM
Wow...nice and clean looking bari uke...

Trinimon
07-24-2012, 01:33 AM
Awesome! Thanks for sharing the pics. Looks great! :)

Hippie Dribble
07-24-2012, 01:35 AM
Congrats Ben, it's lovely. Ponos are great ukes!

Ben_H
07-24-2012, 02:10 AM
It's got a slight scuff mark on the side of the finger board near the body. May have to see if it will polish off.

luluwrites
07-24-2012, 03:13 AM
Congratulations! I love a clean, simple uke.

vanflynn
07-24-2012, 03:18 AM
Congrats Ben. Don't worry about the slight scuff mark. Odds are that you will untentiononally add a few in your hopefully long time together.

Happy Uking

bariukish
07-24-2012, 04:49 AM
8am this morning my Pono MB arrived. Thanks Southeren Ukulele Store :D

A few pictures below. Had to take them in the shade of the garden as the sun was too bright and washing out the colour and detail. Please forgive the scruffy dog towel as background.

The grain is subtley beautiful, not an in your face stunner but just what I wanted. The sound is lush though too much like a guitar for my ears. I haven't seen the postman yet this morning to enquire if my living water strings have arrived though I know Ken was away last weekend so may not have processed the order yet.

One minor thing is that having got used to friction tuners on my Mainland and Moana Sopranos the geared tuners on these do seem to stick out a bit. It's not a returnable offense however ;)

Even my wife has said it's lovely which is the most interest she has shown in my 10 weeks of ukulele madness. Maybe a baritone is the key to getting her involved as she has a guitar background.

So, pictures:

40695406924069340694

Beautiful bari.. You definitely need to get your wife one. The highlight of our day is almost every day around cocktail hour. We tune up our ukes and play and sing for 1 or 2 hours. After a little "Chord lube" our music starts to sound much better (to us anyway).

We've been married 57 years and I truly believe that music might keep us going for another 57.

Play more, smile more.

TCK
07-24-2012, 05:10 AM
We've been married 57 years and I truly believe that music might keep us going for another 57.

Play more, smile more.
It is a beautiful Uke, but this quote- best thing on the internet today

ChrisRCovington
07-24-2012, 06:40 AM
Very nice looking! I tried to get my fiancee interested in ukuleles or guitars. She took to the guitar a little more but in the end just didn't have enough interest in it to continue. Sometimes i think it is better if our sig. other stays out of our hobby. That way it is something that is truely our own. Let them keep whatever it does to themselves as well.

ukulelecowboy
07-24-2012, 06:53 AM
Beautiful ukulele. I own four Pono Baritones and they are exceptional instruments when you consider the workmanship and the value.

Don't forget that this ukulele has an adjustable truss rod. The hex or allen key for adjustment should have shipped with the ukulele. The Pono baritones and tenors stand out from the pack because of this feature and it's very nice for "fine-tuning" string height/action.

Enjoy!

Ben_H
07-24-2012, 07:12 AM
Beautiful ukulele. I own four Pono Baritones and they are exceptional instruments when you consider the workmanship and the value.

Don't forget that this ukulele has an adjustable truss rod. The hex or allen key for adjustment should have shipped with the ukulele. The Pono baritones and tenors stand out from the pack because of this feature and it's very nice for "fine-tuning" string height/action.

Enjoy!

Living Water Strings posted today apparently so once they arrive and settle in I may brave playing with the truss rod.

I have finally put it back in it's pod case so that I can give my left hand a rest, have dinner and then get the sopranos out as have some friends coming round to practice later :) I'm sure it will be back out at some point during the evening.

Garydavkra
07-24-2012, 11:51 AM
Very nice, Ben. That exact ukulele is one on my list to get in the future. It has a great sound judging from the video that I've seen. Congratulations!

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
07-24-2012, 11:58 AM
Congratulations! Viva la baritone!

kauaijim
07-24-2012, 12:12 PM
Please reconsider before adjusting the truss rod. You got this uke from HMS and it will be set up by one of the best set up guys in the business, someone who has adjusted hundreds of ukuleles. Truss rod adjustment may be needed at sometime in the future, but not likely immediately. Your hex wrench is in the case under the lid for the little storage compartment under the neck. I hope you will find it quite playable as it is. My guess is that the Living Water strings will fit in the nut with no need for any filing since you are replacing wound strings with re-entrant fluorocarbons.

Enjoy it! I am getting ready to play mine as soon as I press post reply.

Flyke
07-24-2012, 03:44 PM
It's got a slight scuff mark on the side of the finger board near the body. May have to see if it will polish off.

Some would call that a flaw. I'd call it a birth mark!

kvehe
07-24-2012, 06:23 PM
Congratulations! Lovely uke!

Kathryn

Ben_H
07-24-2012, 08:27 PM
Please reconsider before adjusting the truss rod. You got this uke from HMS and it will be set up by one of the best set up guys in the business, someone who has adjusted hundreds of ukuleles. Truss rod adjustment may be needed at sometime in the future, but not likely immediately. Your hex wrench is in the case under the lid for the little storage compartment under the neck. I hope you will find it quite playable as it is. My guess is that the Living Water strings will fit in the nut with no need for any filing since you are replacing wound strings with re-entrant fluorocarbons.

Enjoy it! I am getting ready to play mine as soon as I press post reply.

Actually it came from SUS in the UK but I'm happy with the action at the moment, it's the difference in fretting a baritone to the sopranos I'm used to that is the current cause of poor intonation ;)

Thanks for all the good wishes.

Ben

webby
07-24-2012, 10:43 PM
That's an awesome uke, no need for bling on that baby, it just oozes refinement and quality, when do we get a sound sample, I don't own a baritone yet but that one really grabbed me. how much did it cost ? if you don't mind me asking.

Jonas UT
07-24-2012, 11:14 PM
Very nice baritone! I do agree with the subtle aspect about, the wood is so beautiful! *jealous* :D

Ben_H
07-25-2012, 12:54 AM
That's an awesome uke, no need for bling on that baby, it just oozes refinement and quality, when do we get a sound sample, I don't own a baritone yet but that one really grabbed me. how much did it cost ? if you don't mind me asking.

I tried recording some sound samples last week. The mic on the laptop is not good enough to get a decent recording and I appear to have blown up our webcam trying to get that to work, (Doh!) so no samples until I get that replaced. I'm going to see if anyone at my uke group has a mic I can borrow and also try my work mobile phone to see if the mic on that is any good.

Cost was 390 from Southern Ukulele Stores in the UK, which I definitely would not be able to afford up front. However, they have just started doing 0% finance packages and I have bought it with a 10% deposit and then paying 15 a month for next two years, (3 years seemed too long), which I am more than happy with. As long as I don't sit on it then we should be fine.

Bizarrely I was in the in the strange position of either only being able to afford a low end option or spend more than 300 and take advantage of the 0% finance package. You already know which I opted for.