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mollski
04-12-2013, 09:33 AM
advice please on a nice large tenor,need advice on a nice large body tenor ukulele,do they make like jumbo tenors etc,?thank you

JamieFromOntario
04-12-2013, 09:40 AM
here's just about the only one available on the market: http://www.theukulelesite.com/kanilea-custom-shop-premium-koa-super-tenor.html

I'm pretty sure that it exists as a non-premium, non-custom, but I couldn't find a picutre with a quick search.



Also, there's this: http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?69295-Interest-check-Cedar-and-Walnut-BlueGrassUke-Tenor
This is my post - i'd be willing to come down a bit on the price.

There are maybe half a dozen of these BluegrassUkes floating around out there. They haven't built any new ones in quite some time...

Uke Republic
04-12-2013, 09:43 AM
Kamoa tenors are a little bigger than many. Theres always stringing a baritone gCEA

dkcrown
04-12-2013, 09:51 AM
Jerry at Boat Paddle Ukulele Co. makes a large body tenor called the ML style. I have a Narra/Cedar top custom ML that he made for me. www.boatpaddleukuleles.com

mollski
04-12-2013, 09:52 AM
HAS im new to ukuleles can you string a baritone gcea then?

wadleysf
04-12-2013, 09:56 AM
here's just about the only one available on the market: http://www.theukulelesite.com/kanilea-custom-shop-premium-koa-super-tenor.html

I'm pretty sure that it exists as a non-premium, non-custom, but I couldn't find a picutre with a quick search.


How about this? (at HMS) http://www.theukulelesite.com/ukuele-market/kanilea-k1-st-hawaiian-koa-gloss-tenor-oahu-case.html A standard K-1 in Super Tenor size (larger lower bout), gloss finish. I've played one recently and it was really lovely, but I ended up preferring the satin finish.

Uke Republic
04-12-2013, 09:58 AM
HAS im new to ukuleles can you string a baritone gcea then?
Aquila makes a set listed as Baritone GCEA

mollski
04-12-2013, 10:02 AM
Aquila makes a set listed as Baritone GCEA

may be the way to go thank you

davidrboy
04-12-2013, 11:04 AM
Compass Rose has made a few like this I think: http://www.gryphonstrings.com/instpix/39295/39295.php

grendel1972
04-12-2013, 11:06 AM
Southcoast has a GCEA baritone set (all non-wound) that I've used and really sound great if you don't want to use any wound strings.

grendel1972
04-12-2013, 11:07 AM
Also, William King makes an 18" scale tenor that is half way between a traditional tenor and baritone.

mollski
04-12-2013, 11:13 AM
thank you guys

ichadwick
04-14-2013, 07:20 AM
Get a baritone and string it in C tuning.

mollski
04-14-2013, 08:02 AM
Whats a nice baritone to get around 150 in the uk?

Tigeralum2001
04-14-2013, 11:22 AM
I have a baritone strung GCEA. Don't do it, please!

Why do you feel the need for a big body? Any reason in particular?

anthonyg
04-14-2013, 12:53 PM
There is Mele ukulele. They make some instruments they call Jumbo Tenors that have 19" scale lengths. To be honest that's a Baritone in my book however you can get strings for them that can be tuned GCEA or DGBE.

http://www.meleukulele.com/shopdisplayproducts.asp?id=52&cat=GUITARS+%26+BARITONE

Anthony

mollski
04-14-2013, 07:41 PM
Why should I not do it?

bbqribs
04-14-2013, 07:53 PM
Even though I'm a small soprano, I do know a few jumbo tenors. ;)

Tigeralum2001
04-14-2013, 08:37 PM
Why should I not do it?
I just restrung by baritone tonight because it just didn't sound right with GCEA. Even though a baritone is a new scale for me and everything I own is either high or low GCEA, I could just tell it was missing something. There wasn't enough resonance or whatever.

I now have DBGE on there and it has power and volume. I have to relearn all of my chord names for this tuning (same shapes, different sounds) but it "feels" better. Hard to explain. GCEA was bad, though. Major bad. Wasted $10 for the strings.

mollski
04-14-2013, 08:43 PM
OK thank you for your help

anthonyg
04-14-2013, 09:51 PM
What do you want out of a jumbo tenor?

Maybe a 20" scale tenor doesn't sound right with GCEA tuning but The Mele ukulele company are happy to recommend GCEA on their 19" scale instruments with the right strings. Talk to them. I've asked them a question before and received a good answer.

Anthony

mollski
04-15-2013, 01:45 AM
OK can you get mele ukes in the uk? thank you

anthonyg
04-15-2013, 01:56 AM
Mele ukulele's will ship internationally. You can find them on eBay or order directly from their website. I've posted a link already to their website. Ask them questions anyway. They are happy to answer.

Anthony

mollski
04-15-2013, 02:01 AM
Anthony thank you for your help a gent thank you

Patrick Madsen
04-15-2013, 06:03 AM
advice please on a nice large tenor,need advice on a nice large body tenor ukulele,do they make like jumbo tenors etc,?thank you

The reason a 20" tenor scale doesn't work is because of the resonance factor involved. Southcoast Ukes tips explains why certain uke sizes sound best in certain tunings. http://www.southcoastukes.com/tips.htm

The baritone,20" scale, was designed initially for kids learning guitar and took off from there (Favilla website). The higher four strings are used. The resonance for a 20" scale is Bb because they were used to play with music that was normally in Bb at the time. The reason they lose a little of their punch is that the C is out of their resonance.

I have two baris I play. One is in linear G tuning, the other is linear Bb tuning. If I want to play with others in C I just do the chord shape changes, play a D shape for the C, or put a capo up two frets and I am in the key of C.

mm stan
04-15-2013, 07:50 AM
Can I ask why a jumbo tenor is so important to you...it's not that much bigger or bigger sound to me... my MB tenor has big sound....it is the builder to me...