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PedalFreak
03-26-2013, 05:42 AM
Just got word from Cordoba that our shipment of the new Pepe Romero designed ukulele's are on their way!

Can't wait. I'll post some photos and review when they come in. I know there have been people looking for these, so wanted to share that they're making their way into the world now.

Doc_J
03-26-2013, 06:44 AM
I was hoping these would be built very much like Pepe's ukes, but I heard this about the bracing in the 30 series from Cordoba.

"The 30 series ukuleles feature traditional fan bracing, not like the inverted fan design used in many of Pepe's ukes. Our goal was to stick to tradition in this instance, favoring true classical guitar design."

PedalFreak
03-26-2013, 08:20 AM
I was hoping these would be built very much like Pepe's ukes, but I heard this about the bracing in the 30 series from Cordoba.

"The 30 series ukuleles feature traditional fan bracing, not like the inverted fan design used in many of Pepe's ukes. Our goal was to stick to tradition in this instance, favoring true classical guitar design."

Hey, it's still a design by Pepe. If he made them identical, what would be the point in him making his high end ukes :)

Doc_J
03-26-2013, 08:46 AM
Hey, it's still a design by Pepe. If he made them identical, what would be the point in him making his high end ukes :)

True.

I guess another example of limiting design features in production models is the Islander Uke, which does not have TRU bracing, but does have many other Kanile'a-like design features.

However, the current KoAlanas have a uni-brace like the KoAlohas, but of course are only made in mahogany. Yes, I guess differences have to put into production ukes.

PedalFreak
03-26-2013, 10:44 AM
Yes, I guess differences have to put into production ukes.

Unfortunately this is true. I'd love to buy a $500 Pepe uke :D Lord knows I can't afford one of his handmade ukes right now :(

specialk13
03-26-2013, 10:45 AM
I definitely don't think these will compare directly to a Pepe uke but at least they are built with similar thoughts in mind. They should be lightweight with thin finishes and have a wider fretboard. I think it will be a different sound would like to try one.

TheCraftedCow
03-26-2013, 08:33 PM
Are there two companies named Cordoba, or does the one company make ukuleles in two countries? I saw four Cordoba ukuleles in a store last week, and all were labeled 'Made in China' If the Pepe is another oriental instrument, what will make it special besides the name?

AndrewKuker
03-26-2013, 09:59 PM
They are much lighter. More volume and better tone than the 20 and 25 series. They are made in China. They don't sound as good as a Pepe.
But if Pepe moved his shop to China, the 'ukulele would sound just as good. Actually, I'm not sure if they have surf. Maybe they wouldn't sound as good.
I liked this video with the Acacia 35T, I think that's the model

http://youtu.be/BhhJSg_6Sm8

chrimess
03-27-2013, 07:54 AM
Didn't Cordoba have their original series made by APC in Portugal?

Paul December
03-27-2013, 08:17 AM
Didn't Cordoba have their original series made by APC in Portugal?

Too bad, it would have been nice to get an European made instrument.

Are they all tenors?

Paul December
03-27-2013, 08:24 AM
These 30 Series look nice...
...How will the Pepe compare in construction & price :confused:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A2HQ5cxwvvM&feature=youtube_gdata_player

PedalFreak
03-27-2013, 08:34 AM
These 30 Series look nice...
...How will the Pepe compare in construction & price :confused:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A2HQ5cxwvvM&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Andrew would probably be better to answer the comparisson question, he carries Pepe's. Do you carry the Cordoba's too Andrew? I believe Pepe's are around $2500 starting price, and the design is different between the Cordoba's he designed and the ukes he builds. I emailed Pepe about selling his ukes also, but he's got such a list of instruments to build he's not taking any more dealers on. Maybe in the future tho :)

The Cordoba 30 Series start at $499 and go to $599.

chrimess
03-27-2013, 09:00 AM
alledgedly, it used to be the whole line, APC is still in business making their own: http://apc-instruments.com/web/category.php?id_category=103&id_lang=1

Too bad, it would have been nice to get an European made instrument.

Are they all tenors?

specialk13
03-27-2013, 09:46 AM
Dang, that's a bummer now I'm no longer interested. For some reason, I thought these were going to be made in Portugal as well.


[QUOTE=AndrewKuker;1225342]They are much lighter. More volume and better tone than the 20 and 25 series. They are made in China. They don't sound as good as a Pepe.
But if Pepe moved his shop to China, the 'ukulele would sound just as good. Actually, I'm not sure if they have surf. Maybe they wouldn't sound as good.
I liked this video with the Acacia 35T, I think that's the model

Doc_J
04-11-2013, 09:58 AM
Just got word from Cordoba that our shipment of the new Pepe Romero designed ukulele's are on their way!

Can't wait. I'll post some photos and review when they come in. I know there have been people looking for these, so wanted to share that they're making their way into the world now.

Did they arrive yet?

PedalFreak
04-11-2013, 12:49 PM
Did they arrive yet?

No they haven't :confused: Not sure whats going on.

BBJohn
07-30-2013, 04:48 PM
Hi,
Anyone got their Cordoba 30 series tenor yet~ Can you guys share about how you feel about it.
Tried to find info about Cordoba 30 series online but dont really see people talking about them!

Johnny GDS
07-30-2013, 06:35 PM
I've played all the available 30 series models, both at winter NAMM and summer NAMM. They are changing some things about the finish. At this point they are pretty much a gloss finish (at least the ones at the summer show), but you can still see grain dimples through it, so its very light. The next run is supposed to have a lighter more hand rubbed style finish, more like a french polish type style.

I've only played them in the noisey NAMM environment, but the ones this summer sounded pretty dang good. They are much more of a "small classical guitar" type of sound, rather than a folk instrument sound. I sort of classify ukuleles like this in my mind. Some builds are more modern and refined sounding, others are more folky and organic. I don't think one is better than the other, just depends on what you like to hear.

The Cordoba 30 series definatley falls into the more modern build category, but I liked the feel and the sounds where solid. The ones on display at the summer show seemed to be better across the board than the winter ones. Not that they were bad, but less consistent from instrument to instrument. Also, it was supper loud at the winter show.

Not too many companies really operate in this mid-price range, kinda half way between the common mass produced lines and custom hand built stuff. I think that its cool that cordoba is going for it in that way. I'm sure there are some growing pains associated with a brand new series, but Cordoba seems really on it as far as putting out consistently good products in the uke market.

The 30 series has a lot of the nuance and style you would expect from an upper level instrument. They seem to be a little lighter build, and pretty vibrant and reactive as a result. My understanding is that there is a specialty shop within the factory that is handling the 30 series to ensure the QC and sound quality is what it should be. I haven't yet handled them in an environment that really favored analysis, but my initial impression was good.

BBJohn
08-03-2013, 11:47 AM
Hi, Johnny!
Thanks for the reply!

So since these Cordoba 30s kinda fall in an awkward price range, do you recommend people to buy these Cordoba or save up couple hundred more to get second handed K brands?

AndrewKuker
08-03-2013, 12:24 PM
Hi, Johnny!
Thanks for the reply!

So since these Cordoba 30s kinda fall in an awkward price range, do you recommend people to buy these Cordoba or save up couple hundred more to get second handed K brands?

I saw a few of these 30 series at our workshop earlier today. Maybe I can record tonight along side some other options for a comparison video/blog, for what it's worth.... Like John G said, it depends on what you like to hear. There's no right answer to this.

BBJohn
08-03-2013, 10:56 PM
I saw a few of these 30 series at our workshop earlier today. Maybe I can record tonight along side some other options for a comparison video/blog, for what it's worth.... Like John G said, it depends on what you like to hear. There's no right answer to this.

Thanks Andrew! Looking forward to your recording! And ya, i guess sound is a very personal thing! My friend bought a Komoa Tenor for $250 and it sounds surprisingly good! For me its as good as the Pono ATD i have which i spent near $600 (with pick up) :(

AndrewKuker
08-04-2013, 07:30 AM
Thanks Andrew! Looking forward to your recording! And ya, i guess sound is a very personal thing! My friend bought a Komoa Tenor for $250 and it sounds surprisingly good! For me its as good as the Pono ATD i have which i spent near $600 (with pick up) :(

I'm kind of blown away by this Cordoba. It's very uncordoba-ish. video/blog (http://theukulelereview.com/2013/08/04/the-best-tenors-from-500-700/)


http://vimeo.com/71680954

BBJohn
08-04-2013, 09:06 AM
I'm kind of blown away by this Cordoba. It's very uncordoba-ish. video/blog (http://theukulelereview.com/2013/08/04/the-best-tenors-from-500-700/)


http://vimeo.com/71680954

Thank you very much for the video, Andrew ( of course, Corey, too!)
The Cordoba does sound nice and quite different than their previous model!
Btw, will you put the Cordoba 30 series in your store sometime soon?:D

AndrewKuker
08-18-2013, 01:15 PM
We got in all 4 models of the new 30 series and they changed the finish to a super nice high gloss. Looks WAY better, still sounds the same, very open and clear, resonate and pepe-like. Very impressed with these new models. Thought I would update you guys because the new finish is a world better IMO.

BBJohn
08-18-2013, 02:16 PM
We got in all 4 models of the new 30 series and they changed the finish to a super nice high gloss. Looks WAY better, still sounds the same, very open and clear, resonate and pepe-like. Very impressed with these new models. Thought I would update you guys because the new finish is a world better IMO.

Saw HMS listed the Cordoba 32T like two days ago. Hopefully see some videos about 30T/ 35T/ 35TS sometime soon :)
Btw, Andrew, for you personally, will you choose Cordoba 30 series or Pono / Islander models in the $500-600 range?
I think they are all great, but sometime sound from internet are still different than the actual instrument. And you happen to listened/ played all of them!

Sincerely,
John

AndrewKuker
08-18-2013, 06:34 PM
Saw HMS listed the Cordoba 32T like two days ago. Hopefully see some videos about 30T/ 35T/ 35TS sometime soon :)
Btw, Andrew, for you personally, will you choose Cordoba 30 series or Pono / Islander models in the $500-600 range?
I think they are all great, but sometime sound from internet are still different than the actual instrument. And you happen to listened/ played all of them!

Sincerely,
John

Which one would I choose? Wait let me check stock real fast. jk
They are all good. I would choose any. Wait I wouldn't choose any, I just got a Ko'olau CS :p
Sorry, email me and I will be more thorough - andrew@theukulelesite.com