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Doc_J
09-17-2013, 02:15 PM
My Mahogany Sunburst Kinnard tenor arrived today. I thought the Kinnard Road Trip Uke was wonderful, but this tenor has exceeded all my expectations. Had to go off to work today (drat), so only had a brief session playing it this morning.

I was lucky to call dibs on this tenor first. It is drop-dead gorgeous, without flaw! The sound is so smooth with deep, mellow bass and clear treble. I've played a lot of great sounding ukes, but this Kinnard Mahogany Sunburst tenor is unique and with a tone like fine chocolate (sweet, dark, with perfect resonance and sustain). It is everything I hoped for in this instrument. John Kinnard is truly a gifted luthier.

Here's a short sound sample right out of the box (B tuning).
https://app.box.com/s/ryg806us27u5re1pmjfh

Thought to add a few other sound samples:
https://app.box.com/s/c2wzoy8vv58tfvol2md6
https://app.box.com/s/nfjyi8y50b1wzkfcs9id

and below are some of my pics. More pics are on the Kinnardukes.com website (http://www.kinnardukes.com/Pictures.html)
http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=58828&d=1379462723
http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=58831&d=1379462852
http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=58829&d=1379462790

pcspud
09-17-2013, 02:24 PM
Looks and sounds AWESOME! Congratulations

soupking
09-17-2013, 02:32 PM
That thing is SICK, Doc! Class from head to toe! Congrats!

mkatz
09-17-2013, 02:38 PM
It is a beauty Hodge and sounds great. I was so smitten with the photos on the website that I ordered one like it but without the slotted head stock.

Mitch

lakesideglenn
09-17-2013, 03:05 PM
That is one fine uke Hodge! Congrats!

GinnyT11
09-17-2013, 03:07 PM
Oooooooooooohh! Spectacular!

connor013
09-17-2013, 03:37 PM
Stunning, just stunning. Congratulations.

What's it strung with? (I can't believe how balanced it sounds!)

Ukejenny
09-17-2013, 03:49 PM
Incredible in looks and sound. Love the slotted head, the binding, and the slotted bridge. Love the finish as well. The sound sample was very sweet and deep. It seems almost like I'm hearing harmonics/partials/overtones or something - the sound is so multi-layered and rich.

Doc_J
09-17-2013, 04:05 PM
Thanks everyone for the nice comments. This uke really has the total package, looks, playability, and sound.


Stunning, just stunning. Congratulations.

What's it strung with? (I can't believe how balanced it sounds!)

It really is smooth and even. I believe it is strung using Worth CT with a wound Aquila low G.

dkcrown
09-17-2013, 04:40 PM
Congrats Hodge. I figured it was only a matter of time before you took delivery on that beauty. Welcome to the club! Small, but exclusive.:)

hawaii 50
09-17-2013, 04:56 PM
Hey Doc

nice uke!

mm stan
09-17-2013, 05:06 PM
Congratulations Hodge, what a score Happy Strummings..

iDavid
09-17-2013, 05:20 PM
One of the nicest ukes I have ever seen.

Dan Uke
09-17-2013, 07:44 PM
Very nice looking and sounding uke!!

PhilUSAFRet
09-18-2013, 12:01 AM
Congrats, that thing is freakin AWESOME! Sounds as good as it looks. Wow. :drool:

CTurner
09-18-2013, 02:47 AM
Hodge, it is spectacular in sound and looks. A super classy look and I think the headstock is wonderful. Congratulations!

Doc_J
09-18-2013, 04:11 AM
Hodge, it is spectacular in sound and looks. A super classy look and I think the headstock is wonderful. Congratulations!

Thanks Craig. Being an artist in several media, John has a great eye for proportion, lines, and shapes that work cleanly together. This particular slotted headstock works so well with the overall design of this uke. I also like the rosewood fretboard with only side markers, it really fits the look of the instrument. I've been told, and observed in a few ukes, that the slightly larger mass of a slotted headstock, has a positive effect on the tone. I believe that is the case here. Yet, this tenor is still crazy light and well balanced. I feel very fortunate to play this uke.

CTurner
09-18-2013, 08:40 AM
I'm intrigued by what you talk about with headstock mass. That is something I've always questioned in ukulele design, though I suppose the devil is in the details and John Kinnard works those pretty well. :) And yes to the side markers! Again, congratulations Hodge.

Moore Bettah Ukuleles
09-18-2013, 09:01 AM
I'm intrigued by what you talk about with headstock mass.

Some builders believe that a bit more weight/mass in the head stock is beneficial in enhancing the sustain of the instrument.
Nice uke BTW.

fernandogardinali
09-18-2013, 10:21 AM
Wow!!! Stunning uke!

Nickie
09-18-2013, 03:43 PM
wow, very nice, and worth the wait! congratulations!