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Jiva
01-19-2013, 12:03 PM
Just wondering about all you ukers who own Mya Moe Resonators...what tonewood do you have and why did you pick it?

How about bindings? Traditional or Master Grade?

Do the brighter tonewoods sound more "banjo-like"?


Please tell me your story...

Can't wait to read them

thanks,
Teena

Jiva
01-20-2013, 02:14 AM
bumpity, bump, bump

mds725
01-20-2013, 05:21 AM
I don't have a MM resonator. When I ordered my first MM at the Wine Country Ukulele Festival in September 2011, I told Char that resonators reminded me of Anthony Hopkins in The Silence of the Lambs. She may have thought I was dissing her resonators, but I only meant that the cone looks to me like the uke us wearing a metal mask across its mouth.

I don't want to hijack this thread, but there hadn't been a response yet and I was wondering more generally what people like about resonators as opposed to non-resonator ukuleles. Any thoughts?

kvehe
01-20-2013, 05:31 AM
I don't have a MM resonator. When I ordered my first MM at the Wine Country Ukulele Festival in September 2011, I told Char that resonators reminded me of Anthony Hopkins in The Silence of the Lambs. She may have thought I was dissing her resonators, but I only meant that the cone looks to me like the uke us wearing a metal mask across its mouth.

I don't want to hijack this thread, but there hadn't been a response yet and I was wondering more generally what people like about resonators as opposed to non-resonator ukuleles. Any thoughts?

:agree: :D

That's exactly what I've always thought. I can't bear to look at them.

Okay, now all the resonator fans can answer the OP's original, real questions.

Lori
01-20-2013, 06:34 AM
I got a concert mya-moe resonator in myrtle, mostly because I didn't have any ukes in myrtle. I went for a standard grain, since the cone covers most of the front, and a dramatic grain would only be seen on the back. Since the grain was simple, I went for a fancier rope binding. I like the look of the cone. It reminds me more of a hub cap than anything else. The cone is going to give you that banjo-like tone, while the wood will warm it up a bit (compared to all metal resonators). I love the neck binding and the side fret markers. The neck feels great and I love the gloss finish.
So that's my story. Here are the rest of the details:
http://www.myamoeukuleles.com/uketracker.php?trackingNumber=389&submit=Track

–Lori

blue_knight_usa
01-20-2013, 06:54 AM
Ah, Resonators....I had to get one as my father is a huge blues harmonica player (you'll see him in some of my videos). I ended up getting a Mya-Moe #378 because I really wanted something that could scream blues when playing it, however I have found it is great in some rock songs, folk and other genres. My wood is all master grade but I didn't pick it. I acquired it from the original owner who was a bass player, thought he was going to get into uke and ordered it then decided he didn't want to play uke. I was so lucky to score it. When I called Char to talk to her about it she said they almost kept it because the wood was very hard for her to get. The sound is fantastic and the K&K biscuit pickup is a great match for this as I can plug into an amp and it plays great. No preamp in this, just the pickup but it drives my amps great.

If I pluck it hard and play fingerstyle, I can get it to sound like a banjo (I like banjo's about as much as constipation) so I don't try to play and get that sound. However, throw in an alternate tuning, or tune down the A to a G and you have an INCREDIBLE slide uke for blues and it's a sound you just don't get in a non-reso uke. If you are playing a song that has steel string guitars, it can fit in nicely as a uke player.

As long as you control your volume strumming (I find many people just strum at one volume. FULL) and play in line with the other instruments volume, or solo increasing and decreasing as needed, it's great. Definitely not for everybody's taste.

Here is a video I made in which I thought the resonator sound would be great. I don't think it sounds like a banjo, or I hope it doesn't!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DE4tjZhXCd4
Here are some photos of it:

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Curly Western Red Maple top, back & sides
Bloodwood body binding with Abalone purfling on top
High gloss polyester finish
Radiused Ebony fretboard with Bloodwood binding & Abalone markers
Mahogany neck
Geared machine head tuners with amber buttons
Leopardwood & Maple Signature Headplate

Just another style, a different sound.

Jiva
01-20-2013, 08:33 AM
Thank you, Lori and Jay...I appreciate your imput. Nice video, Jay. It is so cool to know that you can change the tuning and have a slide uke!

You other guys...Silence of the Lambs...ok, then...I have never heard that one before!!! I am so sorry you feel that way.
Remind me not to watch that movie...I don't watch scary movies, anyway
Just the idea of that movie sends shivers up and down my spine.

didgeridoo2
01-20-2013, 11:01 AM
I have a Mya Moe resonator. #549. A couple of years back, I chatted with Eugene here about them and decided I didn't want to wait so I bought a Maple National Resophonic. It was a beautiful uke, but it was laminated and concert sized and I wanted a woodier tone and a tenor. So I sold the National and ended up with the Mya Moe. It's exactly what I wanted in a reso. You can play it sweetly and you can play it loudly. It all depends on how you attack the strings. The wood does seem to open up and balance out the resonator as time goes on.

You can't go wrong if you are considering it.

Jiva
01-20-2013, 12:43 PM
Very cool, didgeridoo2, that is great to know, thanks

rasputinsghost
01-20-2013, 12:53 PM
I would try and test out another resophonic ukulele before committing to a reso MM; it drives up the cost significantly and it really has a particular sound.

I love my regular MM and wouldn't want to put a cone in it.

wendellfiddler
01-20-2013, 04:12 PM
I would try and test out another resophonic ukulele before committing to a reso MM; it drives up the cost significantly and it really has a particular sound.

I love my regular MM and wouldn't want to put a cone in it.

Huh? It's priced the same as a classic uke from MM and has about the same level of features - and have you checked out the price of other quality resos - national for instance? About the same as any other quality uke - no more, no less. What makes you think it drives up the cost? It's just a different kind of instrument with a different purpose.

uker62
01-20-2013, 04:26 PM
I've got two mya moe's , both tenors. One is #524 which is a koa classic. The other is #647, an all sycamore redo. I picked the sycamore because Char suggested that the tone was about the same as cherry and I liked the unusual grain. The reason that the top is sycamore is that the top isn't that important on a reso. It's all about the quality of the cone and the construction of the uke itself.

The sound of the reso is fantastic for blues, bluegrass and jazz. It's really impressive when fingerpicked. If I want to play in a more "classical" or folky style, then I use my koa tenor.

The pickup I had installed works very well and was recommended by Gordon. After many trials I settled on a Fishman Loudbox Mini Amp to complement its sound.

Jiva
01-21-2013, 02:24 AM
I've got a koa KoAloha tenor and it is a joy to play. So, I've got that covered.
I had gotten a Lanikai banjolele concert, but it was to heavy for me. Previous back surgery. Sold it to a very nice lady in our Ukulele Club.

My friend has a Mya Moe Myrtle Reso and I thought it was just the right balance between a uke and a banjo. It seems to me if you get the brighter tonewoods, it sounds more banjo like and if you get the warmer woods it tones that aspect down a bit.
I was listening to the Mya Moe website sound clips for the Resonators and ukes and so far, I like Myrtle (right in the middle of the tonewoods) and Ebony (a bit brighter).

coolkayaker1
01-30-2013, 06:25 AM
Traditional or Master Grade?

thanks,
Teena

teena, i think mm resos are only classic, not the lesser cost tradition.

There are nationals, which is the "gold standard" on eBay (one now that is mint fr $1200) that cost less than a MM reso. National seesm to be the brand to beat.

SailingUke
01-30-2013, 07:43 AM
I have a Black & White Ebony reso and it is very bright.
It has a different voice than a banjo, but it as loud.
I use it for many things, but it is my go to uke when I am playing with my bluegrass pals.

mds725
01-30-2013, 08:43 AM
teena, i think mm resos are only classic, not the lesser cost tradition.

There are nationals, which is the "gold standard" on eBay (one now that is mint fr $1200) that cost less than a MM reso. National seesm to be the brand to beat.

Mya-Moe buys its cones from National. MM says on its website: "After careful testing, we choose a National cone for it's clear tone, long sustain, and lively voice."

http://www.myamoeukuleles.com/model%20resonator.php

aquadan
01-30-2013, 09:19 AM
I've only played the uke for a short while, and have never played guitar, but I've craved a National Resonator for decades after hearing Son House's music. The National uke I covet will probably never be in my price range. Fortunately the MM resonators look and sound great, so I'm saving up to get one of them. And by that point I hope I will be worthy of such an instrument.

coolkayaker1
01-30-2013, 10:07 AM
Mya-Moe buys its cones from National. MM says on its website: "After careful testing, we choose a National cone for it's clear tone, long sustain, and lively voice."

http://www.myamoeukuleles.com/model%20resonator.php

Agree, Mark. And Gordon says it on his video on resonators too. So, even Mya Moe goes to National. Lol. But, alas, a cone does not make a uke.

National is the brand in reso ukes. And guitars. Reading the who's who on Nationals website of those professional recording artists that play National guitars and ukes is truly mind boggling. Absolute blues, country and rock legends play National.

Some may like Mya moe over national. But, they are essentially the same price for wood models, so one should consider both brands it would seem.

wendellfiddler
01-30-2013, 11:04 AM
I don't think National makes a tenor size resonator uke? Anyone know different? I've played their concert size and I wasn't impressed. But to be fair, I have yet to be impressed with a concert size uke anyway, not that some aren't very beautiful. I like the sound and feel of the larger bodies and longer scale of the tenor. The Mya Moe tenor has the larger tenor body, which means more wood to vibrate along with the cone. I've liked the video I've seen of them and I've been advised that to get a nice bell-like tone they respond best to a light touch unless you want a crashy banjo sound (and I suppose that could be fine sometimes, too).

Duk

didgeridoo2
01-30-2013, 11:23 AM
Agree, Mark. And Gordon says it on his video on resonators too. So, even Mya Moe goes to National. Lol. But, alas, a cone does not make a uke.

National is the brand in reso ukes. And guitars. Reading the who's who on Nationals website of those professional recording artists that play National guitars and ukes is truly mind boggling. Absolute blues, country and rock legends play National.

Some may like Mya moe over national. But, they are essentially the same price for wood models, so one should consider both brands it would seem.
I've had a national reso and currently have a Mya Moe. The owner of National has a Mya Moe reso too. Both are beautiful, but the national was heavy and they don't make a tenor. I would choose my Mya Moe over the national 9 out of ten times with the one exception to play a triolian. But only for a while...

5150ukulele
01-30-2013, 01:54 PM
I've had a national reso and currently have a Mya Moe. The owner of National has a Mya Moe reso too. Both are beautiful, but the national was heavy and they don't make a tenor. I would choose my Mya Moe over the national 9 out of ten times with the one exception to play a triolian. But only for a while...

AH HA ! The wonderful world of resonators . Gotta love it .
I always love it when folks talk about reso instruments and associated them with blues music . Although I am an accomplished blues musician myslef and love resonator anything , the reson did not make it's debut in the blues scene as would popular thought would have it .

Reso's were intended for the obvious .... VOLUME .... But intended to project to audiences of Vaudeville but was swept away quickly by the invention of the electric guitar . I cold go deeper , but will spare you .

As for my humble opinion on reso ukes, and in attempt to stay withing the tenor scale , allow me this input ....

Yes ! MM makes a decent reso . SUPER WAY EXCESSIVELY PRICED . For a company only have been making instruments for less than 5 years, we've yet to see their proof in their pudding for longevity of their stuff . Nice, but NOT my cup of tea. Great marketin, NO track record in instrument building for the money .

OH ! And as for the owner of National Resophonic Guitars owning a MM reso uke , I can clear up quickly how that came about . MM sent him one of their resos at NO charge out of the blue . Although it did get them some access to purchasing Nationals resos and parts . I find it way odd that when folks talk about the MM reso ukes, it is almost never that the fact of what cone and parts assembly they use . As I understand it, they us " mostly National " .

NOW ! As for laminates not being ideal for resonators , that is as about as far from correct as one can get . But that's another topic for another time . The literal scientific/audio studies done in regard to resos has ALWAYS proved that either brass bodies or laminates project and are actually warmer in tone in conjuction with the cone .

With all that said, and if I were looking to add yet another reso uke to my already large pile of them, I'd be looking towards a builder that actually had some proven history on the topic and a track record .

Resos require far more maintenance and are not everyones cup of tea by any means . They can be horrifically fussy working on them and maintaining as well .

Here is the doors I'd be looking through for a reso WAY WAY WAY above and beyond the MM ukes .

https://www.ukulele.de/shop4/de/search?page=search&page_action=query&desc=on&sdesc=on&keywords=resonator&x=13&y=8

If you notice here, Beard actually carries the Gold Tone and the National brands . That in itself ought to speak volumes .
http://www.beardguitars.com/

http://www.beltona.net/nav/welcome.htm


But for sure. Here is one guy that I would by no means leave out of the eqaution . You'll find soem very serious build quality and a descriminating effort towards real live reso tone from a guy who is resonator nuts like few others . This would be my next reso luthier by all means were I in the market for one . He is obscure to most, but his stuff is unsurpassable .

http://muttmotorpool.com/Lightninbug.html

His Facebook page ..........
https://www.facebook.com/JavaJones#!/JavaJones

HAPPY HUNTING !

5150ukulele
01-30-2013, 02:01 PM
OH ! And one more quick thing . As for National not having a tenor , you might want to be a little patient and keep your eyes open and ears to the ground . That's likely to change VERY SOON !

jackwhale
01-30-2013, 03:02 PM
5150: Your first post on UU is a long negative diatribe about a respected ukulele company that has received universal high marks for quality, sound and playability???

Its certainly fine to present yourself as knowledgable with strong opinions but on this forum it usually isn't accompanied by snarking other players or luthiers.

didgeridoo2
01-30-2013, 03:18 PM
Whoah 5150. Slow down. I speak from my own experience with both companies and if you read carefully, you'll notice I wasn't knocking national. I loved mine. But I prefer the Mya Moe. The question was about Mya Moe. I hope national makes a tenor, but they haven't yet so if you know something, or work for national, share with us. As far as the owner having a mya moe, I heard he was pleased with it, so not sure what your intentions are. Enjoy your time here and I look forward to you sharing your experiences with us.

wendellfiddler
01-30-2013, 05:47 PM
I can tell you that the warranty and service provided by Mya Moe is more than excellent - it's absolutely stellar. It's easy to reach a person there who actually builds the instruments and they stand behind them 100%.

And have those instrument making companies like Martin, Gibson and National alway produced stellar products? I think - no, I know they haven't. they've all been through "slumps" and subsequent periods of re-enlightenment, you might say. So is it fair to critique newer companies just on the basis of being newer when those "older" companies have had to reinvent themselves periodically anyway?

And BTW, here's the warranty info from National Resophonic:

National Reso-Phonic Guitars, Inc. offers a two-year guarantee that certifies our instruments to be free of defects in materials or craftsmanship. The following conditions apply:

1. Warranty applies to original owner only
2. Warranty does not cover normal wear, accidental damage or abuse
3. Repair or replacement of any instrument is at our discretion
4. All repairs must be done in our shop or by an authorized repairperson
5. All claims must be shipped prepaid; return shipping is collect.

2 Years? That's it? You pay the shipping? Compare that with Mya Moe's - I think you'll find there is no comparison.

Duk

5150ukulele
01-31-2013, 01:46 PM
Wasn't knocking MM , nor so much plugging National . And to my understanding the owner of National does like his MM . I like MM's as well . Just stating approach to reso is varied . No worries . It's all about taste and ones own need for it . They all differ .

Then again one could be offended at remarks regarding silence of the lambs and resos . But it would take a humorless and shallow sort to do so .


All IMHO of course . lol

mds725
01-31-2013, 01:54 PM
OH ! And as for the owner of National Resophonic Guitars owning a MM reso uke , I can clear up quickly how that came about . MM sent him one of their resos at NO charge out of the blue . Although it did get them some access to purchasing Nationals resos and parts . I find it way odd that when folks talk about the MM reso ukes, it is almost never that the fact of what cone and parts assembly they use . As I understand it, they us " mostly National " .


Do you know this for a fact, or is this just what you think must have happened? If you're asserting this as a fact, do you have a source for it? I wasn't bothered by your post like some seem to have been; I believe everyone's entitled to his or her own opinion, but I don't think people are entitled to their own facts. My only requests would be to (i) respect the people about whom you are talking by not asserting your own opinions and beliefs about them as if they were actual facts unless they are actual facts, and (ii) if they are actual facts, please provide support for your statements.

And aside from all of that, welcome to Ukulele Underground!

Patrick Madsen
01-31-2013, 03:26 PM
You left out one who is probably one of the best reso makers around. John Morton of Morton steel stringed instruments. I agree with mds.

5150ukulele
01-31-2013, 03:30 PM
You left out one who is probably one of the best reso makers around. John Morton of Morton steel stringed instruments. I agree with mds.

OH YES ! John Morton .

didgeridoo2
01-31-2013, 04:15 PM
OH ! And as for the owner of National Resophonic Guitars owning a MM reso uke , I can clear up quickly how that came about . MM sent him one of their resos at NO charge out of the blue . Although it did get them some access to purchasing Nationals resos and parts . I find it way odd that when folks talk about the MM reso ukes, it is almost never that the fact of what cone and parts assembly they use . As I understand it, they us " mostly National " .

!
When I posted before, I forgot to respond to this and seeing Mds' post reminded me. One of the reasons I chose a Mya Moe resonator is because they use National parts. It made sense. Terrific build quality and terrific parts. Great customer service and the price is in line with their other instruments.

Those John Morton ukes look pretty interesting. I'd like to hear one.

gringo
01-31-2013, 09:10 PM
For a while there I was really enjoying this thread.
I'll rewind to #20 and call it a night.
Thanks everyone for the information.