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OldePhart
01-25-2014, 04:54 AM
So, I was watching some YouTube vids of Taimane and they've got me jonesin' for a five-string (because obviously the only reason my playing doesn't sound like hers is because I need that fifth string :rolleyes: ).

Anyway, I know Ohana makes/made a TK-35G-5, and HMS has a Maui Music 5-string that costs about double what I can spend on an instrument right now. Are there any options in the $800 - $1k range?

I've actually been eyeing my Mainland mango tenor. If I cut a new bone nut, change to string-through-bridge, and switched to UPT tuners I might be able to add a tuner and make it work. It's also already got a MiSi pickup and sound that I love...

John

Kanaka916
01-25-2014, 05:10 AM
John, Kanilea has it as an option on their site for an additional $92. I think you may have to inquire with the other builders.

dkcrown
01-25-2014, 05:25 AM
John, Boat Paddle makes five strings and you might be able to get a Kayak model in your price range.

Doc_J
01-25-2014, 05:57 AM
JC Clark made me a nice 5-string in your price range.
http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/showthread.php?80564-Pheasant-wood-tenor-build/page3&highlight=Pheasant

sirwhale
01-25-2014, 06:00 AM
Rob Collins is making me one right now...

Lori
01-25-2014, 06:12 AM
The Ohana 5 string is really nice. I would go for that one first if I were you, before going to the higher price point. If you do find an Ohana 5 string, it might just satisfy your craving, and you would have more money for another uke. If you decided to later go ahead and get a more expensive uke, I bet you could resell the Ohana, because it is such a nice instrument and hard to find.

–Lori

Gillian
01-25-2014, 06:50 AM
Sylvan Music has a gorgeous 5-string Compass Rose for sale.

http://www.sylvanmusic.com/inventory.php?function=view&id=2081&search=Ukuleles

OldePhart
01-25-2014, 09:04 AM
Thanks everybody - I didn't realize that there were so many options. Kanilea might be a good way to go as I love their tenors, anyway. Boat Paddle also an interesting option. That CLark pheasant wood is a real beauty - I followed your thread before without even realizing it was a five string. Tunnel vision, I guess. @Gillian the CR is beautiful but I'd have to sell some stuff before I spent that much...and every time I sell an instrument I end up wishing I hadn't. LOL

sirwhale
01-25-2014, 09:08 AM
Rob Collins makes good instruments are very reasonable prices, check him out:

http://tinguitar.com/gallery/5-string-tenor-ukulele/

rar jungle
01-25-2014, 11:33 AM
Oscar Schmidt makes the Willie K. 5 string acoustic/electric tenor. It sounds good and is pretty nice for a laminate.

Lalz
01-25-2014, 01:02 PM
I seem to recall seeing Sailor Brand 5-string uke on the Uke Republic webshop a while ago?

Hippie Dribble
01-25-2014, 01:25 PM
Allen McFarlen of Barron River makes em. Recently finished one for Bosko and it sounds crazy good...


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XPFo8EBYbZA

hilot.h.
01-26-2014, 06:44 AM
Oscar Schmidt makes the Willie K. 5 string acoustic/electric tenor. It sounds good and is pretty nice for a laminate.

This Willie K is the only one I have tried and I loved it.Looks and sounds nice for a laminate.Ebay prices around340.00 compared to 400+ at local music stores.

toddir58
01-26-2014, 09:01 PM
why not look into the willie k model that oscsr schmidt puts out,on amazon only $350+,great high gloss finish too...

ukeeku
01-27-2014, 01:45 AM
Boat Paddle is known for them as well

OldePhart
01-27-2014, 02:55 AM
That Barron River does sound sweet - and he plays almost exactly like me, too...oh, wait, that was in my dreams. LOL

I am leaning kind of hard toward Boat Paddle, probably an M model but without bling. A little more than I was looking to spend but not by a lot and it will probably do me good to learn a little patience. :)

John

UkueBass23
01-27-2014, 03:44 AM
It is amazing to me that Bosko has those chops with SUCH long fingers. That is one beautiful sounding uke though!

PereBourik
01-27-2014, 05:43 AM
Boat Paddle Kayak is on my list but I always seem to fall in love with something else just before I get there. Cost could be kept under a grand if you don't need the bling.

My other issue is that I don't care for the sound of linear tuning. I've only been playing for a couple of years. Each time I string one up low G it leaves me cold. I don't know if a 5 string octave pair in G would sound good to me. Would it still have the low G grunt I don't like or would the additional high G fill in what I miss when its not there? Nobody I play with has one so the mystery remains.

3+ hours of driving each way for me to get to Jerry's shop. Maybe this spring...

SailingUke
01-27-2014, 06:49 AM
The Ohana 5 string is really nice. I would go for that one first if I were you, before going to the higher price point. If you do find an Ohana 5 string, it might just satisfy your craving, and you would have more money for another uke. If you decided to later go ahead and get a more expensive uke, I bet you could resell the Ohana, because it is such a nice instrument and hard to find.

–Lori
ditto on the Ohana, I have one of the first runs. I would also consider a boat paddle, but since it is not my primary ukulele, the Ohana price point works better for me.

OldePhart
01-27-2014, 06:53 AM
@Pere - I can relate to not caring a lot for low-g tuning. I don't mind linear tunings so much when strumming but they just don't sound right to me when doing finger rolls and such (I know, just the opposite of most folks, who prefer the low-G for picking). I think with a five string you can kind of adjust how much low vs. high g you "grab" - at least when doing rolls and such.

John

OldePhart
02-12-2014, 04:00 PM
Just thought I'd follow up on this.

I took the plunge and decided on a Boat Paddle M style 5-string in walnut and spruce with body binding and MOP thumbnail fret markers, MiSi pickup, and case. It was a bit more than I was looking to spend but not a great deal more and I have a PIP bonus check coming in March. I still haven't decided whether to have the fret board bound or not but the deposit check is going in the mail either way tomorrow.

I told Jerry if Thom or David happen to drop by the shop after it's finished he should get them to play some mojo into it for me. :)


John

PereBourik
02-12-2014, 04:50 PM
Just thought I'd follow up on this.

I took the plunge and decided on a Boat Paddle M style 5-string in walnut and spruce with body binding and MOP thumbnail fret markers, MiSi pickup, and case. It was a bit more than I was looking to spend but not a great deal more and I have a PIP bonus check coming in March. I still haven't decided whether to have the fret board bound or not but the deposit check is going in the mail either way tomorrow.

I told Jerry if Thom or David happen to drop by the shop after it's finished he should get them to play some mojo into it for me. :)


John

Congratulations John! I hope you follow up the thread with some sound samples. I'm really drawn to Boat Paddle as a builder.

Dulcilo
02-13-2014, 01:49 AM
I am sure you will be very happy with your decision. I was not intending to buy a five string when I went to MusicFolk in St. Louis, but they had a five string tenor Boat Paddle there and I really liked the sound of it. I also like their unique pinned nut which allows you to use strings of any guage. I'm not that patient to custom order, so I bought it on the spot.

Doc_J
02-13-2014, 02:16 AM
Just thought I'd follow up on this.

I took the plunge and decided on a Boat Paddle M style 5-string in walnut and spruce with body binding and MOP thumbnail fret markers, MiSi pickup, and case. It was a bit more than I was looking to spend but not a great deal more and I have a PIP bonus check coming in March. I still haven't decided whether to have the fret board bound or not but the deposit check is going in the mail either way tomorrow.

I told Jerry if Thom or David happen to drop by the shop after it's finished he should get them to play some mojo into it for me. :)


John

Congrats John!

Boat Paddle is an excellent choice! I'd go with the bound fretboard.

Gloss or oil?

OldePhart
02-13-2014, 02:02 PM
Thanks folks, I'm looking forward to it. I'll definitely post a NUD thread when it arrives. But, I'm not going to be in any hurry...right! :)

John

kvehe
02-13-2014, 02:09 PM
That's terrific news, John. I love my Boat Paddles, and can hardly wait to see yours.

dsummers
02-13-2014, 03:00 PM
I have a 5 string Boat Paddle Kayak concert cedar top/cocobolo back and sides/MISI pu and it is great! The action/set up is perfect and Jerry is great to work with. I can't see anyone being disappointed in getting one. I plan on getting a Style D concert next.