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Paul December
02-05-2013, 07:57 AM
I'm thinking of continuing my sell-off of tenors and get something high-end :)
If you've played a Compass Rose before, please share how well it projects/loudness. After my loud cedar uke, I can't go back to quiet-er ukes regardless how good they sound otherwise.

mds725
02-05-2013, 08:13 AM
I've played a few -- a sycamore CR and a spruce/mahogany CR at Gryphon Stringed Instruments, and Rick Turner's own cherry CR and (I think, but I could be wrong) koa CR. My exxperience was that the sprucetop projected more than the sycamore, ball all the CRs I've played reverberated and projected well, although my experience of their projection may be colored by the fact that the ukuleles had side sound ports, something none of the ukuleles I own have. I've ordered a baritone jumbo style CR with spruce top and rosewood back and sides. If you're interested in a CR with strong projection, you should tell Rick what you want and see what he suggests.

coolkayaker1
02-05-2013, 08:19 AM
Two words: Mya Moe.

gyosh
02-05-2013, 08:23 AM
Gryphon Stringed Instruments usually has a few CR's in stock and they have sound samples on their website as well.

Rick has flat out stated that he builds to attract guitar players, so expect the deeper tones associated with that. If you are looking for something specific you should talk to the man himself instead of relying on us. He is a wealth of knowledge and will build to suit your style/inclinations.

But to answer your question, I have yet to play a CR that doesn't project very well. . . and I live in a hotbed of opportunity to play CR's (Gryphon and Sylvan are not that far from me and I stop by every chance I get).

And a bit of unsolicited cautionary advice . . . with some ukes/builders, the loudness comes from being too lightly built. In other words, they might sound great now, but 20-30+ years down the line they might become unplayable instead of getting better.

my two cents . . . hope it's somewhat helpful

RichM
02-05-2013, 08:36 AM
The first time I played a Compass Rose was at Sylvan Music in Santa Cruz. It was an all-Sycamore model and I though it had the most profound and striking voice I had heard in a uke in a long time. It might not have been the most traditional tone, but it was loud and very pure-- a tone that stays with you. That was about two years ago, and I knew I wanted a Compass Rose.

The Compass Rose I finally got was a bit of an odd duck-- a composite Walnut and Sycamore tenor that still has the big voice that I heard in the all-Sycamore version. I think if you want loud, you'll like Compass Rose.

Cedar and Spruce-topped instruments are always likely to have a more "open" sound than those topped with harder woods, and this can often be identified as "louder," even though it often isn't.

Tigeralum2001
02-05-2013, 08:57 AM
I will try to be as objective as possible. Please realize all ukes have their fanboys, but we can all get along.

The first question is "what are you looking for?" If it is just "loud" then there are many ukes for that. Probably the loudest I have heard is the KoAloha Sceptre. Nice tone, too.

The next question is "what sound are you looking for?" If it is the traditional Hawaiian sound, Compass Rose may not be right for you.

Finally, "how important is fit and finish?"

Compass Rose has more of a guitar sound and less of a uke sound, to my ears. Because of that, I have only played a few that I liked (they sounded more uke like). However, the construction technique, fit and finish, and general quality is among the highest of all builders.

Mya Moe has a more uke like sound, but their quality is hit or miss. These are "build to order" production ukes and that can show. I have seen MMs where the binding on half of the uke wasn't even attempted to match the other half. I have seen side fret markers where the double-dot is uneven. I have seen where the sound hole was not sanded properly and it looks (and feels) odd. You will not see any of those issues with CR.

Rick Turner is a great luthier. Call him and tell him what you want and he will deliver. I have no doubt about that. The man is a legend. However, beware of "off the shelf" models, especially if you can't play it first.

I hope I offended no one, sorry if I did. I reread this and believe the above to be fact and not opinion.

Doc_J
02-05-2013, 09:00 AM
My KoAloha tenor is a bit louder than my CR. But my CR still projects well and has a more smooth, polished sound.

I don't think you would regret getting a Compass Rose, (or a KoAloha ).

mm stan
02-05-2013, 09:16 AM
Loudness does not always Equate to sweet sounding...there are alot loud brash sounding ukes too... I have not played any of Rick's ukes here in the islands as they are mighty scare here...BUT
everyone I know who has them, LOVES them..... I believe Rick and Chuckie have figured out how to make bright sweet sounding tones and they are the top two to go to...Good Luck,
I see you are junping on the bandwagon of getting higher end custom ukes too....good for you man....Happy Strummings..:)

CoLmes
02-05-2013, 09:20 AM
I've def. seen some misses w/ Mya Moe but at the same time there were a few winner's I played.

As far as CR's - I got to play two that Mim just got from NAMM last week. Sound really great. You should contact her, she has 2 different models.

gyosh
02-05-2013, 09:25 AM
Loudness does not always Equate to sweet sounding...there are alot loud brash sounding ukes too... I have not played any of Rick's ukes here in the islands as they are mighty scare here...BUT
everyone I know who has them, LOVES them..... I believe Rick and Chuckie have figured out how to make bright sweet sounding tones and they are the top two to go to...Good Luck,
I see you are junping on the bandwagon of getting higher end custom ukes too....good for you man....Happy Strummings..:)

Lenny has one in Koa and another on the way . . . and he's on Oahu now:)

::betting MMStan will have one on order soon::


. . .oh, and I'm definitely a fan boy. I thought I was being pretty objective, but I'm definitely a fanboy!

jinsk90
02-05-2013, 09:30 AM
I think the guys nailed it, its really depends on what you like. I've played a bunch of nice Hawaiian made Ukes, but as far as the tone/sound, a Compass Rose is really unique and different. It does have a guitarish tone, compared to the Hawaiian Ukes. The one I played not only had a deep tone, it also had crazy reverb. I don't think you can go wrong with a CR. You'll enjoy working with the legend Rick.

Rick Turner
02-05-2013, 09:55 AM
Thanks for the comments, folks, all quite accurate.

Yes, I build the standard CR ukes that many of you have seen and some have for a more guitar-like tone and feel. The goals have been to A) please myself as a musician, and B) attract guitar players. I came out of playing guitar...which I still do, but I've found a new musical life playing chord melody jazz arrangements on uke. I'm no Lyle Ritz or Azo Bell or Sarah Maisel, but I can get around, and I like the fullness of the low end on our ukes for this kind of music. And since many of my existing clients were and are guitar players, I thought I'd find my own market niche with these.

The relatively new CR "nano jumbo" concerts sound more traditional; and the even newer "micro jumbo" tenors have a little bit less bass than our older ones. Both have 14 fret necks which changes things a bit, too. But I'm sticking with the cantilevered fingerboards which does add to a certain signature sound by opening up more top area to vibrate.

As Gary Yoshida knows, when I teach uke building (in 4 days) we build pineapples, and it's amazing how traditional the sopranos sound compared to everything else I build. The shape and the size really dictate a lot of it, and even though we're using cedar for the tops, the little soprano pineapples sound very Hawaiian.

So it's really a matter of matching the sound to the desires of the players. As any of my custom uke clients know, we spend no small amount of time talking or emailing about the desired tone...though people come to me often wanting that more guitar-like sound. For instance, I find that the California sycamore is particularly suited to re-entrant tuning. For that big classical sound with a touch of reverb, I recommend spruce, redwood, or cedar over some form of rosewood for the body. The cherry, walnut, and maple ukes are always surprising being warm, punchy, and very versatile. We can even get into it with regard to the tonal contribution of the bridge...arguably the biggest brace on the top.

caukulele
02-05-2013, 10:04 AM
Rick makes exquisite ukuleles! He is a master at what he does, and he will work with you to get the sound you are looking for. I have the honor of owning a Compass Rose and every time I pick it up, I know that I have something very special in my hands....

Kamanaaloha
02-05-2013, 10:05 AM
You might consider Hive Ukuleles as Jake Maclay used to work for Rick Turner making CRs before striking off on his own...

CR ukulele have a cantilevered fret board so the part that extends over the sound board does not touch it...that way it does not interfere with its vibrations...very different than most ukuleles, imho. It really depends on what you want and like...there are many custom luthiers out there, and each is unique...it really depends on how long you can wait for your ukulele and how much you want to spend...some luthiers have wait times exceeding 2 years or more...good luck.

Tigeralum2001
02-05-2013, 10:11 AM
Cantilevered fingerboard is one of the coolest features! I'm surprised others haven't run with it.

mm stan
02-05-2013, 10:27 AM
Aloha Gary,
I love Sarah Maisel's one...it looks great....I was thinking maybe a mahogany one for me...oohhh I can't afford it now, but I hope Rick reads this and checks his inventory ..Hee hee
Hey just thought Sarah and I got the same initials...:) Yup Lenny should be unpacking and getting his cable hookups....they sometimes take a few weeks...he lives on the other side of
the island from me....shoots..



Lenny has one in Koa and another on the way . . . and he's on Oahu now:)

::betting MMStan will have one on order soon::


. . .oh, and I'm definitely a fan boy. I thought I was being pretty objective, but I'm definitely a fanboy!

coolkayaker1
02-05-2013, 11:15 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BycTTjwkw00

Looking forward to Paul's replies to the questions about what type of uke and sound he is searching for.

Newportlocal
02-05-2013, 11:22 AM
Loudness does not always Equate to sweet sounding...there are alot loud brash sounding ukes too... I have not played any of Rick's ukes here in the islands as they are mighty scare here...BUT
everyone I know who has them, LOVES them..... I believe Rick and Chuckie have figured out how to make bright sweet sounding tones and they are the top two to go to...Good Luck,
I see you are junping on the bandwagon of getting higher end custom ukes too....good for you man....Happy Strummings..:)

Agree wholeheartedly.

gyosh
02-05-2013, 11:30 AM
I was going to add this, but Rick took care of it already.

My original post was brief because I was in the middle of a break from teaching and my students were writing, but were starting to finish up so my post was a bit brief. I was going to add that I have a tenor pineapple that I built in Rick's class red cedar top and mahogany b/s. It is very bright and punchy. Much more so than my "traditional" Kamaka HF-3 strung re-entrant. My point being that Rick can build you anything you want. You dictate the tone. You might have to compromise on the wood for a certain sound, but the man is known for taking non-traditional instrument woods and making them work . . . wonderfully.
Long sustain, short sustain, . . .talk with him and give him a sense of your style and what you're looking for and he will deliver.

Yup.

Fanboy!!

NewKid
02-05-2013, 12:21 PM
I will try to be as objective as possible. Please realize all ukes have their fanboys, but we can all get along.

The first question is "what are you looking for?" If it is just "loud" then there are many ukes for that. Probably the loudest I have heard is the KoAloha Sceptre. Nice tone, too.

The next question is "what sound are you looking for?" If it is the traditional Hawaiian sound, Compass Rose may not be right for you.

Finally, "how important is fit and finish?"

Compass Rose has more of a guitar sound and less of a uke sound, to my ears. Because of that, I have only played a few that I liked (they sounded more uke like). However, the construction technique, fit and finish, and general quality is among the highest of all builders.

Mya Moe has a more uke like sound, but their quality is hit or miss. These are "build to order" production ukes and that can show. I have seen MMs where the binding on half of the uke wasn't even attempted to match the other half. I have seen side fret markers where the double-dot is uneven. I have seen where the sound hole was not sanded properly and it looks (and feels) odd. You will not see any of those issues with CR.

Rick Turner is a great luthier. Call him and tell him what you want and he will deliver. I have no doubt about that. The man is a legend. However, beware of "off the shelf" models, especially if you can't play it first.

I hope I offended no one, sorry if I did. I reread this and believe the above to be fact and not opinion.


I don't think it's fair to call Mya-Moe's overall quality hit or miss based on the three very minor flaws you listed. Hit or miss implies 50/50, while their quality is probably closer to 95% great versus 5% mistakes. Also, with Mya-Moe Gordon will make it right for you if you're not happy. You just have to ask. Nobody is perfect but Mya-Moe's customer service can not be beat.

Freeda
02-05-2013, 12:25 PM
I thought this thread was about Compass Rose?

Wicked
02-05-2013, 12:35 PM
I am going to see Sarah perform in a couple of weeks, while I am in San Diego. I plan to check out Rick's new creation while I am there.

I am definitely attracted to the non-traditional sound of the Compass Rose. I am also intrigued by the Hornet (Hive Ukuleles). I am a long playing jazz guitarist, so that explains my taste in a nutshell.

At some future date, I will get a more traditional higher end ukulele from Hawaii. I prefer Chuck's, but the waiting list seems to be crazy.

NewKid
02-05-2013, 12:40 PM
There are five Compass Rose ukuleles available now at Sylvan Music!

http://www.sylvanmusic.com/inventory.php?search=Ukuleles&instrument=ukulele&manufacturer=Turner+Compass+Rose

Tigeralum2001
02-05-2013, 12:41 PM
The reason I am treading lightly is that I am not trying to slander any brand. UU is full of sunshine and butterflies and that is great. However, a little truth helps. I know it would have saved me a lot of money to read reviews that were objective. Go to the uke review section and see how many bad ones are out there. Barely any. Heck, when I was new and enthused, I gave my $200 Lanikai a great review. I had played several imports and thought it was good. Boy was I wrong.

At price points pushing $2000 I expect a lot. Perhaps that is just me. PM if you want details.

Gillian
02-05-2013, 01:00 PM
I've played a few CRs, living close to Sylvan and Gryphon music stores. Every one different because of the different woods, but each one was a beauty in both build and sound.

That's why I'm having one built for me. I wanted one made with native California woods and I chose sequoia for the top and walnut for the back sides and one piece neck. Because mine is the first one he's built using sequoia, makes this experience even more thrilling. Must...be...patient.

Dan Uke
02-05-2013, 01:00 PM
The reason I am treading lightly is that I am not trying to slander any brand. UU is full of sunshine and butterflies and that is great. However, a little truth helps. I know it would have saved me a lot of money to read reviews that were objective. Go to the uke review section and see how many bad ones are out there. Barely any. Heck, when I was new and enthused, I gave my $200 Lanikai a great review. I had played several imports and thought it was good. Boy was I wrong.

At price points pushing $2000 I expect a lot. Perhaps that is just me. PM if you want details.

Get used to it...PM is the way to go if you want the truth about the instruments.

Rick Turner
02-05-2013, 01:16 PM
I'd like to drop a quote from a former builder of wonderfully made traditional replica ukes...classical guitar maker Kenny Hill. "The trouble with ukes is that they're 3/4 the work of a guitar for 1/2 the money..." And I can tell you that while that is a slight exaggeration, it's not far from the truth. A $2,000.00 uke is close to the equivalent of a $4,000.00 guitar in terms of craft.

Paul December
02-05-2013, 01:29 PM
... the even newer "micro jumbo" tenors have a little bit less bass than our older ones...

:confused: Less bass than the regular tenors, or did you have Micro Jumbos before?

Rick Turner
02-05-2013, 01:43 PM
The "Nano jumbo" concerts and "Micro jumbo" tenors are pretty new items for us. They're based on the profile of the 1934 Gibson Super 400 archtop...pre-enlarged upper bout (silicone injections?). I've been making guitars with this shape for many years in 15" and 16 1/4" sizes; I did a full archtop, arched back mando guitar in 1997...12" across the lower bount, and I just love the fullness of the shape, so I've just miniaturized it for concert, tenor, and baritone ukes. Once again, not very traditional Hawaiian, but I'm a sort of bi-coastal mainlander. The Sarah Maisel "le Jazz" uke is a cutaway version of the micro jumbo tenor. The great thing about the shape is that it is perfect for bridge placement for a 14 fret instrument.

hawaii 50
02-05-2013, 01:49 PM
Of the ukes i have listed below my CR Koa tenor ukulele the best sounding..i really like the neck also some may say to narrow but for me perfect..if you want one of the best fit and finish with great sound hard to beat CR ukes..and i have tried some of the best ukes out there..Rick really took care of me when it came to the Mastergrade Koa he got for me!

For me working with and meeting Rick Turner one the the best experiences i have had since joining the uke world..emaill him or talk to him and you will see for yourself.


Gary i have been sick so i have not got to see Stan yet..but we will play each others ukes soon

jinsk90
02-05-2013, 01:57 PM
Rick is old school, but his instruments personally sound new school to me.. they probably sound new school to me since the sound is so unique compared to most traditional Hawaiian Ukes.

localmana
02-05-2013, 08:23 PM
Ditto about a CR having a "guitar" sound. That's what I like about it. I first heard/played one when I visited Musicguymic's shop. What attracted me was his answer to what's the most guitar sounding uke?.....A CR. I drove down to Santa Cruz, spoke to Rick and had a cedar top w/rosewood back and sides. I also bought I KoAloha tenor....really different sound. Good luck on your decision.

Plainsong
02-06-2013, 02:03 AM
You're all not helping my CR UAS. I've got the traditional Ukes I want (Ipad always capitalizes Ukes). I feel like I could have him throw darts at a board of choices and still come out on top. Usually the sound I want doesn't match the look I want, but I look forward to that day when we get hash that out and get something going. :)

Mim
02-06-2013, 03:31 AM
I will post pictures sometime soon! They are a beauty to behold and to listen to!

Doc_J
02-06-2013, 04:13 AM
Ditto about a CR having a "guitar" sound. That's what I like about it. .....
...really different sound. Good luck on your decision.

+1 on that.

Got an OLD sound sample of my CR, tuned down a bit. Sorry about the poor quality and playing, but hey that was 2 years ago. My CR has just the sound I wanted.

http://chirb.it/y1E5zz

MGM has video sample of mine, too.

http://youtu.be/xEQk-KEhPc8

coolkayaker1
02-06-2013, 04:47 AM
Paul, are you looking for a guitar sound?

blue_knight_usa
02-06-2013, 05:06 AM
Fantastic sounding !!!!


+1 on that.

Got an OLD sound sample of my CR, tuned down a bit. Sorry about the poor quality and playing, but hey that was 2 years ago. My CR has just the sound I wanted.

http://chirb.it/y1E5zz

MGM has video sample of mine, too.

http://youtu.be/xEQk-KEhPc8

Rick Turner
02-06-2013, 06:29 AM
The "old school" part of me is that I came up in a tradition of repair lutherie and acoustic music, but from my point of view, the great luthiers of the past whose work we now revere as traditional were all pretty radical and innovative. Stauffer, C. F. Martin, Orville Gibson, the Howe Orme company, Lloyd Loar, Leo Fender, the Dopyera brothers...these folks established the traditions I want to be a part of...innovation in service to the music. Any one of them, if alive and working today, would be blazing new trails but never forgetting where they came from. Respect traditions by moving forward. Look back but don't get stuck there.

ksiegel
02-06-2013, 07:43 AM
One of the things you will notice when playing for a while is how much your tastes change.

I've been playing ukulele for about 2-1/2 years now. I have a bunch, and I can only think of one that I'm not enamored of, but that was a sight unseen for a decent price (with a hard shell case), and it actually is worth the price paid. But I've played a lot of ukes in stores. Some I've wanted to take with me, but most I just put back - could be a string sound issue, a feel issue, jsut something doesn't work for me. A lot of the newer resonator banjo ukes fall into that category. Most of the low-G ukes I've played are there as well.

In 2011, I played a Compass Rose 5-string Rosewood Tenor at Sylvan Music. it was gorgeous, had a great sound, good feel... but the neck felt a little odd - "thick", for lack of a better expanation. Just a bit of je ne sais quois. Just didn't do it for me, and I couldn't tell you why.

Just before Thanksgiving, while at Rick's shop, I played his two personal ukes - the Cherry with the side port, and the Koa without, both strung low-G.

They were just perfect. Completely perfect. I didn't want to let go of either one.

I mentioned my neutral reaction to the rosewood uke at Sylvan - Rick knew which instrument I meant - and wondered if the necks were very different, or if it was me. Rick told me that the neck profiles were iddentical, and that it was most likely my perception that had changed.

What a difference a year has made - I'm a better player, my tastes have matured, and now something that was just there is "wow".

I expect that in a year, I may have to part with some of ukes, as I will want new and better instruments.

There are undoubtedly customs on the horizon.



-Kurt

Dan Uke
02-06-2013, 07:59 AM
One of the things you will notice when playing for a while is how much your tastes change.

In 2011, I played a Compass Rose 5-string Rosewood Tenor at Sylvan Music. it was gorgeous, had a great sound, good feel... but the neck felt a little odd - "thick", for lack of a better expanation. Just a bit of je ne sais quois. Just didn't do it for me, and I couldn't tell you why.

Just before Thanksgiving, while at Rick's shop, I played his two personal ukes - the Cherry with the side port, and the Koa without, both strung low-G.

They were just perfect. Completely perfect. I didn't want to let go of either one.

I mentioned my neutral reaction to the rosewood uke at Sylvan - Rick knew which instrument I meant - and wondered if the necks were very different, or if it was me. Rick told me that the neck profiles were iddentical, and that it was most likely my perception that had changed.

What a difference a year has made - I'm a better player, my tastes have matured, and now something that was just there is "wow".

I expect that in a year, I may have to part with some of ukes, as I will want new and better instruments.

There are undoubtedly customs on the horizon.


-Kurt


That's a great story and so true.

Taste changes and as I get to know what I like, I rather work with a luthier that I like and get diff't wood combos than trying to find the next great find...the "flavor of the month"

In the long run, you'll save money and RT and others try to make the best instrument so that you will be a repeat customer.

byjimini
02-06-2013, 10:10 AM
I've had my Compass Rose since March 2012, and it's still my favourite uke. Even at the weekend at a singaround in a local watering hole, people were asking about it and loved the sound.

As for when it came, there were a few problems. I'd paid for a pickup to be fitted at the time it was made, and it showed up without it. Rick & the team were very responsive and I eventually took a refund. However, later I decided that I wanted a pickup fitted, so I emailed Rick and asked if I could ship the instrument to his friend in Portsmouth (UK) for him to fit it, as was previously offered. Sadly after acknowledging this request nothing happened, so I've had to buy a cheap Kala with a pickup to use when on stage (since I tend to move about a lot). I'd still love a pickup fitted to it, so I may email Rick again sometime.

My CR also didn't have a strap button on the neck, as requested - no biggie, although my local luthier doesn't touch anything high-end, so was a bit of a faff getting one fitted as I'm too much of a wussie to take a drill to my instruments.

So despite these setbacks, would I recommend others to get a Compass Rose? Absolutely. I saw MusicGuyMike with an exact copy of mine a few years ago when I first started playing - I must have watched that video a thousand times, I was in love. The look, the design, the sound. I tried other maple ukes but it just wasn't the same (and hasn't been since, either), eventually I took out a credit card with 0% interest, and ordered that sucker. Never regretted it.

Took some pics of it sat behind me in its stand.

48521

48522

48523

48524

Paul December
02-06-2013, 11:42 AM
Paul, are you looking for a guitar sound?

That's a good question...
...I do like how the Low G sounds better integrated to the other strings, OTOH I just love the pearl-like notes of a good uke sound.
Can I get the best of both worlds? :D

hawaii 50
02-06-2013, 12:46 PM
I've played a few CRs, living close to Sylvan and Gryphon music stores. Every one different because of the different woods, but each one was a beauty in both build and sound.

That's why I'm having one built for me. I wanted one made with native California woods and I chose sequoia for the top and walnut for the back sides and one piece neck. Because mine is the first one he's built using sequoia, makes this experience even more thrilling. Must...be...patient.


Should...be...Soon. maybe lol
the wait makes it even better.. you will see!

Craig
02-06-2013, 01:22 PM
I played a Compass Rose several years ago while at McCabe's guitar store in Santa Monica. I believe it was rosewood with a spruce top. I wasn't impressed with the sound and the ukulele felt heavy and over-built. Again, this was some time ago and maybe they've evolved.

Plainsong
02-06-2013, 11:33 PM
Can you be more specific about what didn't grab you with the sound, or was it too long ago?

Craig
02-07-2013, 02:54 AM
Can you be more specific about what didn't grab you with the sound, or was it too long ago?

This was a long time ago and I really can't remember other than the ukulele itself was heavy and the sound wasn't very loud. I really love my Ko'olau CS tenor and think if one were looking for a ukulele with a guitar-ish feel, this is the way to go.

Dan Uke
02-07-2013, 05:19 AM
This was a long time ago and I really can't remember other than the ukulele itself was heavy and the sound wasn't very loud. I really love my Ko'olau CS tenor and think if one were looking for a ukulele with a guitar-ish feel, this is the way to go.

My personal belief is that after getting a tradition Hawaiian sounding uke, getting a mini-guitar sounding uke is a good option. I remember reading RT saying he rec'd a dozen orders in a week so I guess many people agree with me.

Rick Turner
02-07-2013, 05:42 AM
My ukes are not for everyone, and there are plenty of wonderful alternatives out there in our approximate price range.

Re. the pickup issue...that all went down at a really tough time for me; I was dealing with some major business and personal health issues at the time. I did see Vince Hockey, my favorite British luthier, a couple of weeks ago at NAMM, and I asked him if he could handle repairs, setups, and customizing of our instruments in Great Britain...he's in Southampton...and he said yes. So...it's doable again now...

rubber necker
02-07-2013, 01:47 PM
The reason I am treading lightly is that I am not trying to slander any brand. UU is full of sunshine and butterflies and that is great. However, a little truth helps. I know it would have saved me a lot of money to read reviews that were objective. Go to the uke review section and see how many bad ones are out there. Barely any. Heck, when I was new and enthused, I gave my $200 Lanikai a great review. I had played several imports and thought it was good. Boy was I wrong.

At price points pushing $2000 I expect a lot. Perhaps that is just me. PM if you want details.


Thank You Tigeralum2001

the only reason i really do not like this site is not too much of real world opinions
almost every ukulele is the best or perfect but that is not real, i know no one wants to admit they made a mistake but sometimes you can help someone who is looking for answers

and i do not understand the best warranty and best customer service, for the prices we pay i hope the ukulele(or other products)show up with no flaws in workmanship once i recieve it, it should not be returned for repairs in general, is that not the reason we pay higher prices in the first place?

sometimes being honest helps someone who is spending over $1500.00 for a product(not only ukuleles) my son spends up $7,000.00 on some of his ukuleles and getting a honest answer helps in the real world

Thank you i will be rubber necking every once and awhile

byjimini
02-09-2013, 01:01 AM
Regardless of what they used to be like, Compass Rose ukes these days are very light. You can feel the while damn thing vibrate when you play.

As Rick says, they're not for everyone, and customer service always depends on attitude and what you're wanting anyway.

The best thing is you go and get something you want and are happy with. If it's a Compass Rose, then bless you. If it's not, then bless you too. :)

Dan Uke
02-09-2013, 02:31 AM
There's 5 pages of comments so you know the fanboys have spoken! LOL

Craig
02-09-2013, 03:09 AM
Regardless of what they used to be like, Compass Rose ukes these days are very light. You can feel the while damn thing vibrate when you play.

As Rick says, they're not for everyone, and customer service always depends on attitude and what you're wanting anyway.

The best thing is you go and get something you want and are happy with. If it's a Compass Rose, then bless you. If it's not, then bless you too. :)

I always say and believe that the best ukulele there is, is the one you play and love. I also hope Rick has resolved the health issues he mention.

byjimini
02-09-2013, 03:12 AM
I always say and believe that the best ukulele there is, is the one you play and love. I also hope Rick has resolved the health issues he mention.

Absolutely.

I've sent Rick a PM.

Mxyzptik
02-09-2013, 03:38 AM
I just came back from Phonenix where the good folks at Acoustic Vibe allowed me to play a number of their ukuleles. There was a beautiful Walnut sunburst compass rose tenor tuned low g and it played beautifully. At the end of the day it didn't come home with me however.

About a week before I went, I changed the strings on my Fender Nohea to a set of living waters flourocarbons and I really like the way it plays and sounds. Now I am in no way comparing the 2 instruments as there is no comparisons. Given the fact that I am a newbie I decided the smart things to do was to learn how to play the one I've gotten a whole lot better and then I'll move up in the world.

The Compass Rose both looked and sounded fantastic, perhaps another time ?