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His Sinfulness
10-25-2012, 07:47 AM
I have decided to turn to the "dark side." I live in Korea, where finding a baritone to try before I buy is pretty tough, so I would really like to get some suggestions from folks who have experience with baritones.

I am interested in getting something with a pick-up, but still on the lower end of the price range - I think the maximum that I could justify is around $400. I prefer a warmer, darker sound, and I like the look of cut-aways but that's not really a big issue. Anybody got any suggestions?

Garydavkra
10-25-2012, 07:50 AM
Well.....I went with a Pono. I have the AB Baritone and I love it. It's a very high quality ukulele in all respects.

strumsilly
10-25-2012, 07:54 AM
Well.....I went with a Pono. I have the AB Baritone and I love it. It's a very high quality ukulele in all respects.

ditto on the pono, I have a PB.

jalapeno
10-25-2012, 08:48 AM
ditto on the pono, I have a PB.

Pono MB for me... can't go wrong. You can get a bargain on a manufacturers 2nd on eBay: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Pono-MB-Baritone-Ukulele-with-Hardshell-Case-/110963323630?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item19d5edf2ee

OldePhart
10-25-2012, 08:56 AM
I like my Mainland mahogany, expecially since I put a JJB-200 pickup in it. Uke, pickup, and lightweight "hardfoam and canvas" case should come in under your desired budget.

But where you're located you might be able to get a Pono for about the same price, which might be a better deal, hard to say.

John

His Sinfulness
10-25-2012, 06:05 PM
Thanks for the input! I'm checking out the Ponos now...

itsme
10-25-2012, 06:28 PM
Don't overlook Ohanas. :)

Patrick Madsen
10-25-2012, 06:56 PM
I think HMS has a few Pono Baritones for 1/2 off for blemish 2nds:http://www.ebay.com/itm/Pono-MBD-Baritone-Ukulele-with-Hardshell-Case-/110963325546?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item19d5edfa6a

Ben_H
10-25-2012, 08:05 PM
I think HMS has a few Pono Baritones for 1/2 off for blemish 2nds:http://www.ebay.com/itm/Pono-MBD-Baritone-Ukulele-with-Hardshell-Case-/110963325546?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item19d5edfa6a

The MB, non delux version is going for $269 if you check the sellers other listings. You will find various discussions on here of the merits of the delux Pono over the standard or otherwise. I went for the standard and the sound is wonderful. Also, I think this seller does a good setup though worth checking.

Pair it with some Southcoast or Living Water Strings. Sounds lovely in linear or re-entrant tuning.

His Sinfulness
10-25-2012, 11:39 PM
Don't overlook Ohanas. :)

I just saw the OHANA BK-20CE - very reasonably priced, especially for a noob like me... :cool:

tomorrowville
10-27-2012, 09:22 AM
For what it's worth, one of my bandmates plays a Luna High Tide baritone, and it's great. Sounds really nice, both acoustic and amped, and the quality and design is lovely.

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Kevin B.
Tenor uke player, songwriter - The Diabolical Machines (http://diabolicalmachines.bandcamp.com)
Indie rock/power pop from Texas

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
10-28-2012, 05:55 PM
I just saw the OHANA BK-20CE - very reasonably priced, especially for a noob like me... :cool:

Great idea!

itsme
10-28-2012, 07:57 PM
I just saw the OHANA BK-20CE - very reasonably priced, especially for a noob like me... :cool:
I have the BK-20 (no electronics) but it is very nice. You wanted dark and warm, well that's mahogany for ya, fits the bill perfectly. :)

BBert
10-29-2012, 05:37 AM
I very recently got one of the Pono MB 'seconds' for basically half price with a quality hard case. It sounds great, does not have a single structural flaw, and is clearly a top quality instrument. The minor imperfection in the stain doesn't bother me at all, all things considered. If you want one with a pickup, you'll have to contact the seller about it, as the ones on ebay when I got mine were not wired.

His Sinfulness
12-05-2012, 04:41 PM
Thanks for all the recommendations, folks! I am making one last pass through our music store district (the Nakwon Arcade in Seoul) to see if I can find any of these ukes to actually play. Failing that, I'm going to order the Luna from HMS.

gnordenstam
12-05-2012, 05:06 PM
I love my Ohana BK-35, very warm with Southcoast strings.

luluwrites
12-06-2012, 12:29 AM
I'm sure the Luna will make you happy-- but I had to chime in with another Pono recommendation. I love mine and can hardly put it down.

hammer40
12-06-2012, 01:27 AM
Another vote for a Pono baritone.

Phooto
12-06-2012, 01:39 AM
My Korala http://omegamusic.co.uk/buy/korala-deluxe-electro-acoustic-cutaway-baritone-ukulele-spruce tuned to low GCEA tuning is the most playable of all of my ukes. Big sound, pickup, cutaway.

Phooto
12-06-2012, 02:02 AM
another link with info about the Korala - http://omegamusic.co.uk/articles/new-baritone-electro-acoustic-ukuleles-from-korala-great-quality-cutaway-designs/29

His Sinfulness
12-16-2012, 05:39 AM
Thanks for all the recommendations, folks. I went to the huge music mart in Seoul and ended up getting a great deal on an Oscar Schmidt OU 53 M. I played a couple other baritones that day but none of them had the clarity and sustain of the one I got - it got under my skin. I walked away twice and did some other shopping, but I kept coming back to it.
I'll do a proper new uke day post tomorrow after I've had a chance to sleep and get some pics of it. :cool:

kvehe
12-16-2012, 06:00 AM
Super news! Congratulations!

His Sinfulness
01-04-2013, 07:34 AM
Finally posted pics of the new baritone - you can see it here (http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?74983-New-Uke-Day). :cool:

Mandarb
01-04-2013, 07:50 AM
Congrats. Glad to hear you are enjoying your uke. Thanks for the link.