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rem50
01-31-2013, 04:32 PM
I am looking to get a tenor. I want a mellow sound but not low "G". I have been looking at the boat paddle ukes but I have never had the opportunity to hearing one in person. To give a little more info, I like the Koaloha neck design along with sailor uke necks. Can anyone point me in any direction? Let's say I have a 2K dollar cap. If I don't need to spend that much that is fine with me :) Thanks for the help..... would like to hear from any BP uke owners to hear first hand what they think too. Thanks, Rem

pdxuke
01-31-2013, 04:41 PM
I am looking to get a tenor. I want a mellow sound but not low "G". I have been looking at the boat paddle ukes but I have never had the opportunity to hearing one in person. To give a little more info, I like the Koaloha neck design along with sailor uke necks. Can anyone point me in any direction? Let's say I have a 2K dollar cap. If I don't need to spend that much that is fine with me :) Thanks for the help..... would like to hear from any BP uke owners to hear first hand what they think too. Thanks, Rem

Not sure of your budget but the most mellow tenor I've ever played was a Kamaka.

didgeridoo2
01-31-2013, 04:47 PM
My William King koa tenor is mellow. It's a larger tenor and the nut is 1 1/2", but extraordinarily mellow.

haolejohn
01-31-2013, 04:53 PM
Not sure if the boat paddle ukes are mellow, but of all the ukuleles I have ever played the two boat paddles that I got to play made me want one.

itsme
01-31-2013, 05:11 PM
I think it depends on the woods and construction involved more than the brand.

Mahogany is mellow in my book. :)

Dan Uke
01-31-2013, 05:38 PM
I've played several hogs and none of them were mellow...I played Donaldson, Martin, Collings...Kamaka's are pretty mellow.

If you want custom, you can use Western Red Cedar

bluesuke
01-31-2013, 06:07 PM
If you want mellow warm sound with good note separation and nice highs. I would suggest walnut back and sides with a cedar top or Myrtle back and sides with cedar top.

Newportlocal
01-31-2013, 06:08 PM
Compass Rose or Kamaka HF-3

Dan Uke
01-31-2013, 06:18 PM
Compass Rose or Kamaka HF-3

Did you get your CR yet?

Hippie Dribble
01-31-2013, 06:29 PM
Duane Heilman of Black Bear builds some of the warmest sounding High G ukes I've ever played Dean, I'd seriously consider contacting him. But I'm sure there are many other great builders who could help you out. I also owned a beautiful Covered Bridge uke (though it was a concert scale) which had a western red cedar top with walnut back and sides. It was as Perry describes - lovely and warm but with plenty of punch. Aside from those, you couldn't go wrong with a Collings UT-1 or a Kamaka HF-3.

Newportlocal
01-31-2013, 07:14 PM
Did you get your CR yet?

Sadly no, but should be done soon. I will post a thread when i get it. In the O.P.s case he could get a non custom. Mim has two great ones right now.

Dan Uke
01-31-2013, 08:34 PM
Sadly no, but should be done soon. I will post a thread when i get it. In the O.P.s case he could get a non custom. Mim has two great ones right now.

I would love to see them!

Newportlocal
01-31-2013, 08:52 PM
I would love to see them!

Ask Mim she just picked them up at NAMM. She is a Compass Rose Dealer now. She will probably have them up on her site soon. If you go to Mim's Ukes on Facebook you can see pics of both.

rem50
02-01-2013, 04:48 AM
Thanks for all the help everyone. I really appreciate the wood recommendations along with other luthiers. I love the warm sound. I am looking at a custom build because I am really only wanting a "one time buy"........ ok, stop laughing everyone, I can dream can't I? Any other suggestions?

dkcrown
02-01-2013, 05:08 AM
Hi Dean. I have a custom Boat paddle large body tenor. Narra back and sides and a Western Red Cedar top. The red cedar is definitely warmer than any of the spruce top BP's I have played. Right now I have it strung with Worth browns, which adds to the warmth of it. However, I don't know if I would describe it as being warmer sounding than any of my Koa tenors that I have strung reentrant (a KoAloha and a MB). It has fantastic note separation.

Hope this helps. PM me if you have any other questions.

Doc_J
02-01-2013, 06:10 AM
I would recommend a Covered Bridge Uke (just like this one).:)


http://youtu.be/YgCZyfYQY0c

Joshypogi
02-01-2013, 09:52 AM
Koa+Cedar combo or Cuban/Hawaiian mahogany.