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DWitt
02-24-2013, 12:00 PM
Any idea what this is? Listing says it's a Maestro brand, but Maestro has nothing like this on their website, and the mark on the headstock doesn't look like "Maestro" (although I can't make it out).

Looks pretty cool, though, and the price isn't at all off-putting.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Baritone-Ukulele-New-/390547918715

Liamfsus7
02-24-2013, 12:14 PM
Cant see where it says on there it is a Maestro? :/

EDIT : Oh yes, I see.
It definitely doesnt say Maestro on the headstock, bizarre..

UKEonomics
02-24-2013, 12:20 PM
not sure if you're just asking for the brand or what type of uke it is, I think the style is called a Northern ukulele. I remember seeing one for sale somewhere and researching it a bit. I seem to recall this style having a Canadian origin where it was put in to use in a classroom setting....

Of course, I might be totally wrong. Anyone else know for sure?

DWitt
02-24-2013, 12:30 PM
not sure if you're just asking for the brand or what type of uke it is, I think the style is called a Northern ukulele.

I wasn't sure either; now I know what's at stake in that distinction! Thanks for the background!

I found this
http://www.ianchadwick.com/ukuleles/northern.htm
and am now guessing this is one of the "cheap Chinese knockoffs" mentioned.

mailman
02-24-2013, 12:43 PM
The ukulele looks like an imitation of the Northern, to me. The head stock configuration looks different than what I'd expect on a Northern....

AnnaUK
02-24-2013, 01:01 PM
Hi DWitt,

I have that uke! I bought it here in the UK under the "Skylark" brand. It was also very cheap and I bought it as a beater and have taken it camping. It's very strongly built with thick braces and top, which results in it being fairly quiet.

Anyway, I originally put Aquila baritone GCEA strings on it and it sounded fine, if a little trebley. I used it in a vid if this helps with what it sounds like:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gM4A5Bf7fQA

However, since then, I've put proper bari strings on it in the usual DGBE tuning and I prefer the deeper sound and think it suits this uke better. (I'm afraid I haven't got any sound samples of the bari strings.)

In summary, a cheap Chinese uke, but lots of fun and certainly well worth the 30 I paid for it.

Hope that helps,
Anna :)

bonesigh
02-24-2013, 03:42 PM
Say's Sojing on the headstock.

kissing
02-24-2013, 04:41 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gM4A5Bf7fQA
Anna :)

That was spectacular! That choice of song for ukulele was surreal!

AnnaUK
02-25-2013, 10:18 AM
That was spectacular! That choice of song for ukulele was surreal!

THANK YOU for the kind comment :)