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BillandBarbara2
07-20-2014, 07:53 AM
I'm having trouble finding a Baritone uke with a cutaway and active pickup, that I can tune as a tenor, and won't cost me over $1,000.
So that leads me pondering this question: Has anyone ever tried to string a U-Base with tenor (Low-G-C-E-A) tuning?
Thanks

Jim Hanks
07-20-2014, 08:10 AM
U-bass strings are huge. I would think you'd have a hard time getting normal strings to work.

How about adding a pickup to this?
http://ukerepublic.bigcartel.com/product/ohana-round-back-cutaway-baritone

Also found this for right at $1000 with the pickup:
http://www.meleukulele.com/shopdisplayproducts.asp?id=73&cat=19+in%2E+Baritone+

$1100 with pickup added
http://www.theukulelesite.com/pono-abshc-cedar-acacia-slothead-baritone-cutaway.html

And another one:
http://www.ukuleleworld.com/Ohana-BK-20CE-Solid-Mahogany-Top-CUTAWAY-Baritone-Ukulele-Really-nicely-voiced-with-electronics-our-price-269.html

Paul December
07-20-2014, 08:24 AM
Pono or Pono

boogie10
07-20-2014, 09:54 AM
If you don't mind ordering from the Philippines, here's another option .https://m.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1500475653500301&id=1387623261452208&set=pb.1387623261452208.-2207520000.1405882109.&source=42 I've got mine through them and they make beautiful ukes and sounds really good. Overall price will also be cheaper even with shipping.

sam13
07-20-2014, 02:13 PM
Pono or Pono I am with Paul on this one .... Pono or Pono. Call Andrew at HMS ... more coming in August ... they are really sweet.

HMS has some great videos on their Vimeo channel ... https://vimeo.com/theukulelesite/albums

Cornfield
07-20-2014, 02:20 PM
I'm having trouble finding a Baritone uke with a cutaway and active pickup, that I can tune as a tenor, and won't cost me over $1,000.
So that leads me pondering this question: Has anyone ever tried to string a U-Base with tenor (Low-G-C-E-A) tuning?
Thanks

If you are looking for a "High-end Baritone with a cutaway and a pickup for under $1000" I think you have to look around in the used market.
I guess it really boils down to "What is high-end to you?"
I have owned a Pono tenor, it was a fine tenor and I'm sure they make some mighty nice baritone ukes but I would hesitate to call a Pono ukulele "high-end".

Paul December
07-20-2014, 02:49 PM
If you are looking for a "High-end Baritone with a cutaway and a pickup for under $1000" I think you have to look around in the used market.
I guess it really boils down to "What is high-end to you?"
I have owned a Pono tenor, it was a fine tenor and I'm sure they make some mighty nice baritone ukes but I would hesitate to call a Pono ukulele "high-end".

He said under $1k
...I think most would consider the better Pono stuff costing $800-$1,000 " high end" in the way of sound and price.

Patrick Madsen
07-20-2014, 04:58 PM
Ponos are nice but for me, their neck is too thick. Good uke though. Does it have to be a cutaway? How often are you playing that high on the neck? I bought a high end Webber baritone for 1/2 the price of a new one. Unless it's a custom, I always check used first.

tangimango
07-20-2014, 10:59 PM
You can find used kanilea or kamaka baritones well under $1000.

PhilUSAFRet
07-21-2014, 02:26 AM
A ditto on Jim's suggestion you consider a Mele. A cutaway may be the "fly in the ointment" in a high end baritone in your price range.

BillandBarbara2
07-21-2014, 07:09 AM
Thanx, Jim.
I'm currently considering exactly those ukes that you mentioned. May I ask: Are the Mele ukes on par with or better than the Ponos?

Note: End of thread

Thanks to all who helped me

BillandBarbara2
07-24-2014, 06:16 AM
U-bass strings are huge. I would think you'd have a hard time getting normal strings to work.

How about adding a pickup to this?
http://ukerepublic.bigcartel.com/product/ohana-round-back-cutaway-baritone

Also found this for right at $1000 with the pickup:
http://www.meleukulele.com/shopdisplayproducts.asp?id=73&cat=19+in%2E+Baritone+

$1100 with pickup added
http://www.theukulelesite.com/pono-abshc-cedar-acacia-slothead-baritone-cutaway.html

And another one:
http://www.ukuleleworld.com/Ohana-BK-20CE-Solid-Mahogany-Top-CUTAWAY-Baritone-Ukulele-Really-nicely-voiced-with-electronics-our-price-269.html

Thanx, Jim.
I'm currently considering exactly those ukes that you mentioned. May I ask: Are the Mele ukes on par with or better than the Ponos?