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5150ukulele
02-08-2013, 02:11 PM
It's a simple question deserving a simple answer .

YES ? or, NO ?

No need for explanations and or scientific research .

JUST YES OR NO ?

Dan Uke
02-08-2013, 02:13 PM
Depends!! :p

pdxuke
02-08-2013, 02:14 PM
..a question, friend, that is impossible to answer with a simple "yes" or "no."

(..especially by ukulele players...)

anthonyg
02-08-2013, 02:14 PM
I don't know what a junior member with only 6 posts thinks they are going to achieve by insulting the senior members of the forum straight up. No accounting for manners.

Anthony

RichM
02-08-2013, 02:15 PM
No, the price of an instrument has nothing to do with its sound. Price a Dolphin at $5000 and tell me if it sounds any better.

I can't argue that it is a simple question. I haven't heard anything quite so simple in a long time.

CoLmes
02-08-2013, 02:23 PM
No, the price of an instrument has nothing to do with its sound. Price a Dolphin at $5000 and tell me if it sounds any better.

I can't argue that it is a simple question. I haven't heard anything quite so simple in a long time.

That argument doesn't make sense with what OP is asking. He's not asking if putting a price on a uke makes it sound better, but how much the price and the process in building it, materials, etc make a difference.

Price of an instrument has a lot to do with sound to a point. i'm sure theres a price that a luthier could tell you where it goes from improving sound quality to blingafying an instrument.(I've heard about Moore Bettah saying that $2500 is the limit and anything after is non-improving but don't quote me.) You are mostly always going to get a better uke when you compare a $200 uke to a $2000 uke.

You have to think about builders using better materials, the uke is most likely be more carefully built by hand, bracing/design would be levels higher and just having a higher quality overall process of production and finish. When you pay 2k for a uke, you are also paying for a uke that will last a very long time.

BlackBearUkes
02-08-2013, 02:30 PM
Since the word ALWAYS is used, the simple answer is no.

cletus
02-08-2013, 02:36 PM
No.:old:...........

Pundabaya
02-08-2013, 02:45 PM
No. Theres always the chance of a one-in-a-million instrument that sounds brilliant despite its price. Musical instrument making isn't an exact science, and sometimes you get lucky.

Reminds me of one of my schoolfriends, who bought a cheap electric guitar from a second hand shop to learn on. The thing was battered to hell when he bought it, covered in grime, rusty strings, the works. He cleaned it up, put some new strings on it, took it to his lesson, and ended up never playing it any of the lessons. His teacher (a local pro player, who did lessons on the side) snagged it every time, and gave him his (very expensive, top of the range) Gibson SG to play instead. The teacher ended up buying the guitar off my mate, and still plays it. Just loved the tone.

didgeridoo2
02-08-2013, 03:01 PM
James Hill on a $200 uke will always sound better than me on a $2000 uke.

chrimess
02-08-2013, 03:07 PM
also consider the aesthetics and the fact that an instrument is hand-built with pride.

Steedy
02-08-2013, 03:19 PM
Sometimes, maybe...

But not always.

MGM
02-08-2013, 03:24 PM
[QUOTE=Steedy;1181937]Sometimes, maybe...

But not always.[/QUO


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coolkayaker1
02-08-2013, 03:54 PM
No. .......

Paul December
02-08-2013, 04:04 PM
I don't know what a junior member with only 6 posts thinks they are going to achieve by insulting the senior members of the forum straight up. No accounting for manners.

Anthony

+1
Not a pleasant way to start on a forum.

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~Morrissey

hmgberg
02-08-2013, 04:17 PM
What Duane and Mike said. No, not always. But a $2,000.00 ukulele always costs more than a $200.00 ukulele.

Hippie Dribble
02-08-2013, 04:24 PM
What Duane and Mike said. No, not always. But a $2,000.00 ukulele always costs more than a $200.00 ukulele.

dis guy smart ^

mm stan
02-08-2013, 04:29 PM
NO

But the consistancy is better but not the price...of course you might get lucky as I did with a 24.95 uke and found a gem in the haystck....

OldePhart
02-08-2013, 04:46 PM
When you load the question with "ALWAYS" then it's not worth answering - the answer is obviously no.

Garydavkra
02-08-2013, 04:47 PM
I would say no, not always. It's in the ears of the beholder. :D

hmgberg
02-08-2013, 04:52 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YYBBn0JyKDg

coolkayaker1
02-08-2013, 05:14 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YYBBn0JyKDglmao, howard good one

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lITBGjNEp08

hmgberg
02-08-2013, 05:45 PM
You too, Steve:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ezSMbQKQEJI

hmgberg
02-08-2013, 05:50 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E5jjYLsh1V4

pdxuke
02-08-2013, 08:01 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E5jjYLsh1V4

OMG, you guys are cracking me up...

Bill1
02-08-2013, 08:01 PM
An interesting question, beautifully presented in large red letters. Unfortunately I have never seen a $2000 ukulele and don't know the answer to the question. I doubt many others here have actually seen one either. And the ones they have seen may well be worth so much because they are rare and collectible, rather than anything to do with sound, so they could well sound worse than a $200 model. We are lucky to live in a time when you don't need to spend $2000 to get a fine ukulele to play. You can find one for anywhere between $50 and $1500 to suit most players.
In 2013 many people spend more that $2000 on their annual telephone bill or TV set or laptop or internet access, why do we keep getting this obsession with the cost of ukuleles, when good ukuleles are relatively so cheap? If you look at other instruments, the student models can start at $3000 and you have to learn a lot of music theory to play them.
I would like to answer the question with a question, but I wont bother with the big red letters: "Please explain why you are so materialistic and focus on how much things cost, instead of how much they make another person's life better."

mds725
02-08-2013, 09:07 PM
Since the word ALWAYS is used, the simple answer is no.

What he said.

And while most questions indicate some actual interest in gaining knowledge, I have to say that I don't understand the point of the OP's question at all.

pakhan
02-08-2013, 09:38 PM
YES! and NO!

Depends.

Tootler
02-08-2013, 10:11 PM
Oscar Wilde's definition if a cynic: (At least, I think it's Oscar Wilde)

Someone who knows the price if everything and the value if nothing.

Sadly we live in a time when that too often applies.

foxfair
02-08-2013, 10:23 PM
Yes,

you dont expect an answer, and I won't explain it to a troll.

Hippie Dribble
02-08-2013, 11:32 PM
It's a simple question deserving a simple answer .

YES ? or, NO ?

No need for explanations and or scientific research .

JUST YES OR NO ?
5150ukulele,

The problem in starting a thread with a question framed in such claustrophobic terms, whereby people are discouraged to explain the reasons behind their views, is that it leaves us at an impasse, and there is no real discussion that can take place. On this basis alone, the thread is a waste of time really. In my view it is in the very least discourteous to the collective intelligence of the members and you run the risk of it being misinterpreted as trolling. Please, if you wish to start a thread, do so in a way that leaves some elbow room.

Putting this one to bed.