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BIGDB
06-13-2013, 08:38 PM
Since all sizes sound different I'm wondering what everyone's favorite size ukulele is for sound? Also id love to hear why you like it the most.

Tigeralum2001
06-13-2013, 09:01 PM
You should make the poll multiple choice. The answer depends on what I'm in the mood to listen to. I like the vintage soprano sound on occasion, but I also love a modern tenor... Concert doesn't sound overly unique to me. I have a Baritone I bought during the "Baritone Revolution" (is that still going on?), but I personally didn't care for it.

Hippie Dribble
06-13-2013, 09:07 PM
Soprano. Sparkly. Percussive. Punchy.

buddhuu
06-13-2013, 11:34 PM
I like tenor, but concert is my favourite. Large enough for comfort yet small enough for classic ukey vibe.

Soprano (which is all I currently have) is great, but I find it a little small for playing comfort.

I'm afraid I never really got into bari. They just seem, to me, like guitars that can't be bothered to make the effort. Just my personal thing - no disrespect intended to baritone players or makers.

mm stan
06-14-2013, 01:07 AM
Traditional sound, soprano.....
Love my concert, tenor and baris too...does it really matter if you have a ukulele passion?:o

guitharsis
06-14-2013, 01:12 AM
Concert is my preferred size for playing because it is the most comfortable. I have 5 concerts and the sound range is from bright and punchy (the KoAloha) to deep and rich (the Kamaka Ohta San). They all sound great as does my KoAloha soprano.

bborzell
06-14-2013, 02:11 AM
Interesting that nobody, thus far, has singled out tenor in their narrative as their true preference, but nine of twenty chose tenor in the poll. I guess most tenor fans like to keep a low profile.

As for me, I have two tenors and two sopranos and I rarely pick up the sopranos. The concerts that I have played didn't feel good to me. Had I not come from years of guitars and mandolins, things might have been different although, even with mandolins my playing preference is an octave mando which is the tenor uke of the mandolin world, size wise.

Rodney.
06-14-2013, 02:51 AM
I only play sopranos, but voted baritone. That sound is my favorite, I just don't like playing it.

OldePhart
06-14-2013, 08:21 AM
For sound definitely the soprano. For fingering, have historically preferred concert scale but I'm finding myself leaning heavily toward tenor.

Oh...and if I could have selected two I would have chosen soprano and baritone because I like the baritone, too, but for entirely different reasons.

The tenor is actually my least favorite sound but is becoming my most favored scale...what a quandary...if only the tenor-necked sopranos weren't so ungainly in appearance and balance.

John

wayfarer75
06-14-2013, 10:47 AM
I love the soprano the most. But I love the concert since it can sound like a soprano or a tenor when it wants to.

mds725
06-14-2013, 12:24 PM
I like the sound of baritones the most. With no disrespect intended, I don't understand people who think that a baritone ukulele is merely a small guitar. I think they're missing the nuanced differences between the two. I have both, as well as a steel string tenor guitar (four-stringed guitar tuned DGBE, like my baritones) and they don't sound the same at all. Baritones have a deeper voice than the voices of smaller ukuleles, but they retain that strong percussive quality that you find in smaller ukuleles but don't find in guitars. people who "dis" baritones as small or inadequate guitars ought to go to a music store that carries guitars and baritone ukuleles to appreciate the difference.

jwieties
06-14-2013, 12:28 PM
Listed concert, but in reality it is whatever uke happens to be in my hands.

UkeKiddinMe
06-14-2013, 12:35 PM
I like the sound of baritones the most. With no disrespect intended, I don't understand people who think that a baritone ukulele is merely a small guitar. I think they're missing the nuanced differences between the two. I have both, as well as a steel string tenor guitar (four-stringed guitar tuned DGBE, like my baritones) and they don't sound the same at all. Baritones have a deeper voice than the voices of smaller ukuleles, but they retain that strong percussive quality that you find in smaller ukuleles but don't find in guitars. people who "dis" baritones as small or inadequate guitars ought to go to a music store that carries guitars and baritone ukuleles to appreciate the difference.

What you said.

MutinousDoug
06-14-2013, 05:22 PM
Concert for me.
I have a Lanikai LU-21c and a Fluke which I find much more forgiving if a string (any, or all of them) should go out of tune a little bit. Also more forgiving of fretting errors at the nut especially.
If I had a Kamaka soprano instead of a Makala, my vote might be less biased but if that Dolphin is not fastidiously tuned, it is a little harsh.

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
06-14-2013, 06:15 PM
Nothing beats the sweet, mellow sound of a great soprano uke for me. In the past year, I've learned to love the deep, mellow tones of the baritone uke as well.

Lately, I've learned that if I tune a tenor uke down to FBbDG, the sound has more of the mellowness my ears love. Still, soprano!!!!!!

Sundown Jim
06-14-2013, 06:25 PM
Tenors are my favorite to listen to or to play. I also like to play the baritones. My one decent soprano is really a novelty. I have large hands with long fingers, not much room to move around on a soprano.

haole
06-15-2013, 05:08 AM
If I were going to explain the ukulele to a visitor from another planet I'd show 'em a good soprano first.

JulianUker
06-15-2013, 05:16 AM
My first Uke was a concert and I loved playing it, however after I got my Tenor that has become my favorite and my go to. It's a low G and I just love the sound. Recently I got a soprano but still gravitate to the tenor

teruterubouzu
06-15-2013, 05:19 AM
I love the way sopranos sound in the right hands, unfortunately those hands don't belong to me yet so I play a concert most of the time.

thegame1944
06-15-2013, 06:01 PM
i have two sopranos and a tenor. I tend to play my sopranos more:D

MarkAJohn
06-15-2013, 10:14 PM
Soprano. To me, that's the sound of the ukulele. Everything else is an attempt to approximate that sound with an instrument that's more playable. Don't get me wrong--I love my tenor, and it's much easier for my big fingers to get around on. But the sound I dream of is the sound of my soprano.

poppy
06-16-2013, 03:26 AM
Personally I don't think sound is primarily a function of size. I think build and materials are the primary factors. My concert KOA with worth browns has a much mellower sound than my tenor with say aquilla's. For my playing habits concert has become the choice I prefer , as much for comfort as sound.

Captain Simian
06-16-2013, 04:03 AM
I have a couple in each size and I like the sound of all of them for various reasons. The only reason I tend to play soprano more is because it's a nice comfortable size for me.

BIGDB
06-16-2013, 06:04 AM
Im so surprised that concert is over tenor and soprano in this thread and previous for favorite size to play. So far concerts are the most popular size on te forum

Leigh Coates
06-16-2013, 06:14 AM
I guess I'm a concert girl. I like the other sizes though, and play them all. The concert gets the most attention though.

pdxuke
06-16-2013, 07:03 AM
I'm a fan of both sides of the spectrum: soprano/baritone. I have one tenor, but it rarely gets played, and I don't much care for concerts.

UkeKiddinMe
06-16-2013, 07:06 AM
I was surprised with the number of votes for Concert. I would have predicted that to get the least amount of votes.
Shows how much I know.

Roselynne
06-16-2013, 10:46 AM
Couldn't vote, because my sopranos and tenor get equal time. My tenor is new. We're still getting acquainted, but it doesn't sound guitarish at all. Not to my ears, anyway.

(Since I often have a guitar out at the same time and switch between the two, I guess that plays up the contrast between the two instruments.)

For me, while the tenor does not have the pixie-dust sparkle of a soprano, it has its own lush, juicy, pure ukulele sound.

That said, I'm not surprised by the concert-love folks are reporting. It's just that i don't happen to have one.

didgeridoo2
06-16-2013, 11:20 AM
I see a lot of responses that begin like this "I play....", and the poll question is what sound do you prefer. It's probably a good assumption that most people play what they prefer sound-wise, but not me. I chose baritone, but I mostly play tenors. The tuning of a baritone when I play sounds awfully rich to me and I prefer that. Baritones don't suit my voice like tenors do, though, and I use my tenors when I teach. I really need to experiment with my long scale tenor (18" scale) and drop the tuning down to Bb, but C tuning in it is nearly perfect.

drjond56
06-19-2013, 06:21 PM
I like the sound of baritones the most. With no disrespect intended, I don't understand people who think that a baritone ukulele is merely a small guitar. I think they're missing the nuanced differences between the two.

I agree with the above. I play a lot of tenor for a higher voiced sound in some of the groups I play in, but I love the baritone more and more, particularly for finger style solo pieces.

Jon

mds725
06-19-2013, 07:37 PM
I was surprised with the number of votes for Concert. I would have predicted that to get the least amount of votes.
Shows how much I know.

Remember that this is a self-selected poll, rather than a random poll. It's possible that more people who prefer concerts (either to play or to listen to; as someone pointed out, not everyone's answering the specific question asked about sound preference) like to participate in threads with polls, and there may be any number of other reasons why people who voted for concerts were more likely to participate in this poll. One thing that cannot be concluded from a poll like this is that the spread of votes accurately reflects the preferences of UU members as a group.

Flyinby
06-19-2013, 09:11 PM
Whatever size fits the song (and the fingers), except baritone.

I play mostly my tenors, partly because of the easier fingering, but I do like the sound for blues, classical, and a lot of other general miscellaneous music. The soprano sound is nice, but very distinctive and I think it doesn't really sit well with some music, or it grabs the attention away from the music itself because of the obvious 'uke' sound.

Baritone is definitely my least favorite. If I want a guitar, I'll play my guitar, but the low and non-reentrant tuning normally used leaves me feeling it's a 'crippled' classical guitar with too few strings. I finally bought a set of c-tuning strings for the one baritone I have, and it's better, though it's still low-G. I don't even care much for low-G tuning on a tenor. While it's nice for playing melody in lots of cases, the distinctive uke sound is lost.

JuanNephrota
06-20-2013, 11:20 AM
I prefer the sound of the soprano. I have a soprano and a concert. The concert is easier to play, but I prefer the soprano sound. Tenor just doesn't sound right to my ears. No sopranino, how biased?

Nickie
06-20-2013, 01:54 PM
I voted tenor, not because I play one, but lots of folks do....I can't fret a tenor, but love the way they sound....

BIGDB
06-20-2013, 02:05 PM
After playing a tenor for more then 30 minutes I'd say its my favorite now. Tenors sound more like a real instrument to me

OldePhart
06-20-2013, 02:09 PM
After playing a tenor for more then 30 minutes I'd say its my favorite now. Tenors sound more like a real instrument to me

Heresy! Heresy! Just stab me in the heart! :biglaugh: