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DownUpDave
08-10-2014, 06:13 AM
I am considering buying a Loprinzi mahogany soprano. What do you think of them, anyone own one or has played one. How do Loprinzi stack up against other instruments in a similar price point. Thanks for your help

UkerDanno
08-10-2014, 06:49 AM
personally, I would look for a vintage Martin...oh, wait, I already have one!

d-mace
08-10-2014, 07:38 AM
Two things I like about them:
1. Really thin neck.
2. The neck connects at the 14th fret to the body making the soprano scale feel a little roomier.

d-mace
08-10-2014, 07:42 AM
Also, a total bargain right now...$295 new!
http://www.hawaiianukuleleonline.com/hand-made-ukuleles/loprinzi-handmade-florida-usa-ukulele-soprano/loprinzi-handmade-ukulele-mahogany-standard-longneck-solid#intro
I just bought the maple one. I had one years ago and it's one of the few ukes I miss.

Down Up Dick
08-10-2014, 07:51 AM
Never heard of them--sounds Italian. Stradivari made some pretty good fiddles. Go ahead, buy one; ahh, you don't have a baritone or a Banjolele yet . . .

TJ Uke
08-10-2014, 08:07 AM
Two things I like about them:
1. Really thin neck.
2. The neck connects at the 14th fret to the body making the soprano scale feel a little roomier.

Long neck/"super-" ukes are where it's at!!!

SteveZ
08-10-2014, 08:14 AM
Have a Loprinzi Cherry Concert and it's a gem. Plays slick, sounds great and made about 75 mikes from my home. It's a quality instrument and a winner.

PhilUSAFRet
08-10-2014, 08:55 AM
Also, a total bargain right now...$295 new!
http://www.hawaiianukuleleonline.com/hand-made-ukuleles/loprinzi-handmade-florida-usa-ukulele-soprano/loprinzi-handmade-ukulele-mahogany-standard-longneck-solid#intro
I just bought the maple one. I had one years ago and it's one of the few ukes I miss.

This an extremely great buy on a custom quality mahogany uke. You just can't go wrong if a uke like this is on your want list. It will continue to improve with time as all really good solid wood instruments generally do.

PhilUSAFRet
08-10-2014, 08:56 AM
Never heard of them--sounds Italian. Stradivari made some pretty good fiddles. Go ahead, buy one; ahh, you don't have a baritone or a Banjolele yet . . .

Means you should probably expand your knowledge of custom uke makers, especially American ones, LOL!

Yukon Cornelius
08-10-2014, 09:15 AM
I am considering buying a Loprinzi mahogany soprano. What do you think of them, anyone own one or has played one. How do Loprinzi stack up against other instruments in a similar price point. Thanks for your help

One of the best kept secrets out there. Handmade in America. Ukerepublic sells them. They do have a thin neck which I love. Build quality is as good as any k brand.

PhilUSAFRet
08-10-2014, 09:23 AM
One of the best kept secrets out there. Handmade in America. Ukerepublic sells them. They do have a thin neck which I love. Build quality is as good as any k brand.

Ohta San had Loprinzi build him a uke. Now the Herb Ohta Model: http://www.augustinoloprinzi.com/herb-ohta-signature-model.html

DownUpDave
08-10-2014, 10:59 AM
Also, a total bargain right now...$295 new!
http://www.hawaiianukuleleonline.com/hand-made-ukuleles/loprinzi-handmade-florida-usa-ukulele-soprano/loprinzi-handmade-ukulele-mahogany-standard-longneck-solid#intro
I just bought the maple one. I had one years ago and it's one of the few ukes I miss.

Great to hear you think so highly of them, I have been drooling over the Maui Music retro you have for sale..........somebody needs to buy that.

Funny story, the one that you just linked is the exact one I was thinking about buying. I like long neck sopranos and had emailed that store a few questions earlier today but with the time difference I did not expect to hear back until late EST.

Then you post the link, it is a great bargin as both you and Phil pointed out and I panicked.........thinking someone will now see it and steal it right out from under me. Well they can't do that because I just ordered it. All your fault d-mace :biglaugh::biglaugh::biglaugh:

bunnyf
08-10-2014, 11:41 AM
I have two LoPrinzis. A custom mahogany tenor and a standard walnut soprano. Both very fine instruments. The soprano has a sweet, not excessively bright voice, very thin neck, excellent intonation and low action. It is somewhat understated in appearance but is a quality build with a meticulous finish. I wasn't looking for flash on this one ( I like the satin finish for our hot humid Florida climate, I find the high gloss too slippery when playing outdoors or poorly air conditioned venues), just a great player at a super affordable price. Got it new from Donna at the last TBUS festival for $300 and considered it an excellent bargain.

d-mace
08-10-2014, 11:57 AM
Downupdave, sweet! You were missing a nice mahogany soprano in your signature.

Bunny, can you post a pic of your walnut soprano...I've never seen one with that wood. Sounds nice!

bunnyf
08-10-2014, 12:48 PM
Here you go! I liken walnut to mahogany, kinda mellow but still sweet.69828

d-mace
08-10-2014, 01:02 PM
Nice! Binding also!

Nickie
08-10-2014, 01:22 PM
Yes, get it! It's a steal at that price. Donna LoPrinzi is the builder now, (Augustino's daughter), and she learned well. Her instruments are impeccable, and there is a year waiting list. A friend of mine just ordered a concert from her. Steve Boisen has a cherry LoPrinzi, and it's the best sounding uke I've ever heard around here. LoPrinzi is also a sponsor of TBUS.

keod
08-10-2014, 01:58 PM
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Great to hear you think so highly of them, I have been drooling over the Maui Music retro you have for sale..........somebody needs to buy that.

Funny story, the one that you just linked is the exact one I was thinking about buying. I like long neck sopranos and had emailed that store a few questions earlier today but with the time difference I did not expect to hear back until late EST.

Then you post the link, it is a great bargin as both you and Phil pointed out and I panicked.........thinking someone will now see it and steal it right out from under me. Well they can't do that because I just ordered it. All your fault d-mace

If you hadn't snapped at this quite so quick, I would have LOL. I've been looking for longneck soprano for a long now but nothing else has struck my fancy that is within my budget :(. Your gain, my loss. Enjoy.

DownUpDave
08-10-2014, 02:11 PM
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If you hadn't snapped at this quite so quick, I would have LOL. I've been looking for longneck soprano for a long now but nothing else has struck my fancy that is within my budget :(. Your gain, my loss. Enjoy.

Yea I have been looking for a while now myself. Almost bought a Kelii and was just looking at the KPK, thread on them here in "uke talk" with a link. Saw this and figured I had better jump on it. Hope you find what you are looking for, best of luck.

1300cc
08-10-2014, 11:33 PM
I own a solid mahogany soprano AMS, if I can return it I'll send it back. The frets have sharp edges, always need to tune it. I can't believed the frets on my $25 mahalo is much smoothier compared to loprinzi soprano I bought it online from HMS a year ago.

Skinny Money McGee
08-11-2014, 02:00 AM
:(

If you hadn't snapped at this quite so quick, I would have LOL. I've been looking for longneck soprano for a long now but nothing else has struck my fancy that is within my budget :(. Your gain, my loss. Enjoy.

Looks like they have more than one. Still says "In Stock", and allows you to add it to your cart. Thinking about it myself

ukegirl
08-11-2014, 03:00 AM
I was a proud owner...a very fine Ukulele, I think you will be pleased!

wayfarer75
08-11-2014, 04:01 AM
I own a solid mahogany soprano AMS, if I can return it I'll send it back. The frets have sharp edges, always need to tune it. I can't believed the frets on my $25 mahalo is much smoothier compared to loprinzi soprano I bought it online from HMS a year ago.

Wouldn't the fret issue be an easy fix? I think I would do that myself and I'm really gun-shy about tinkering with my ukes.

I briefly owned a LoPrinzi soprano and had to return it due to a twisted neck. It had done some traveling before it got to me, so I think that was the likely cause. It was nearly flawless otherwise, so I really doubt it left the LoPrinzi shop like that.

PhilUSAFRet
08-11-2014, 04:06 AM
I'm sure Donna would readily fix anything like that............if..........it's a problem. The LoPrinzi's I've seen and played have had no "issues."

wayfarer75
08-11-2014, 12:55 PM
I'm sure Donna would readily fix anything like that............if..........it's a problem. The LoPrinzi's I've seen and played have had no "issues."

That's a good point. And believe me, my own experience hasn't deterred me from wanting another LoPrinzi. I thought long and hard before I made the return. Now I plan on getting a tenor, after I buy a Kamaka pineapple. They are such a great deal, even when not on sale.

sam13
08-11-2014, 02:59 PM
Great to hear you think so highly of them, I have been drooling over the Maui Music retro you have for sale..........somebody needs to buy that.

Funny story, the one that you just linked is the exact one I was thinking about buying. I like long neck sopranos and had emailed that store a few questions earlier today but with the time difference I did not expect to hear back until late EST.

Then you post the link, it is a great bargin as both you and Phil pointed out and I panicked.........thinking someone will now see it and steal it right out from under me. Well they can't do that because I just ordered it. All your fault d-mace :biglaugh::biglaugh::biglaugh:

Don't let fear run your UAS, young man ... look forward to strumming the heck out of it! What is that now, eight?

GinnyT11
08-11-2014, 03:31 PM
I have a Loprinzi soprano, with cedar top and mahogany back and sides. I've had it for some time and I really enjoy it.

However, if I wanted to buy an excellent mahogany soprano, I'd buy dirtiestkidever's Timms Style 0 mahogany soprano (see his thread in the Marketplace section). I'd be after that uke myself, but I have one of my own, which is spectacular in form, finish and sound.

UkerDanno
08-11-2014, 05:40 PM
I have a Loprinzi soprano, with cedar top and mahogany back and sides. I've had it for some time and I really enjoy it.

However, if I wanted to buy an excellent mahogany soprano, I'd buy dirtiestkidever's Timms Style 0 mahogany soprano (see his thread in the Marketplace section). I'd be after that uke myself, but I have one of my own, which is spectacular in form, finish and sound.

I second that...:shaka:

DownUpDave
08-11-2014, 11:24 PM
I have a Loprinzi soprano, with cedar top and mahogany back and sides. I've had it for some time and I really enjoy it.

However, if I wanted to buy an excellent mahogany soprano, I'd buy dirtiestkidever's Timms Style 0 mahogany soprano (see his thread in the Marketplace section). I'd be after that uke myself, but I have one of my own, which is spectacular in form, finish and sound.

Ginny, I agree 100% with you on the Timms. I only like the super soprano neck length, the AS-4 that I own is a long neck. I also looked at the long neck Kelii but I feel the Loprinzi is a better instrument so I have purchased it. Now we wait from Hawaii to just outside Toronto, Canada. Should get here before the snow flies ;)

rappsy
08-22-2014, 08:56 AM
Also, a total bargain right now...$295 new!
http://www.hawaiianukuleleonline.com/hand-made-ukuleles/loprinzi-handmade-florida-usa-ukulele-soprano/loprinzi-handmade-ukulele-mahogany-standard-longneck-solid#intro
I just bought the maple one. I had one years ago and it's one of the few ukes I miss.

Just missed the boat on this one. I called them today and they are out of stock on it. They are not expecting anymore.

DownUpDave
08-22-2014, 10:16 AM
Just missed the boat on this one. I called them today and they are out of stock on it. They are not expecting anymore.


I got the one and only one they had. I asked him if the picture was of the actual uke and he said yes. I am still waiting on it, been 11 days now. USPS tracking says it is still at Canada customs since the 18th............waiting is the hardest part, sounds like the words to a song :music:

seneystretch
08-23-2014, 09:31 AM
I am considering buying a Loprinzi mahogany soprano. What do you think of them, anyone own one or has played one. How do Loprinzi stack up against other instruments in a similar price point. Thanks for your help

Mosey on down to http://www.sprucetreemusic.com/ukes_loprinzi.html .

They gots wut u wants. And they're a great dealer.

I have an LP koa concert, a work of art. You'll keep it for a lifetime.

rappsy
08-23-2014, 11:21 AM
Mosey on down to http://www.sprucetreemusic.com/ukes_loprinzi.html .

They gots wut u wants. And they're a great dealer.

I have an LP koa concert, a work of art. You'll keep it for a lifetime.
Thanks for the link. I called them and they did not have the long necks. They are expecting the Concerts in soon.

If anybody who recently bought the Loprinz AM-S-LN longneck and has changed their minds or has buyers remorse, let me know. I am interested.

DownUpDave
08-23-2014, 12:22 PM
Thanks for the link. I called them and they did not have the long necks. They are expecting the Concerts in soon.

If anybody who recently bought the Loprinz AM-S-LN longneck and has changed their minds or has buyers remorse, let me know. I am interested.

I would sell you mine but I don't have it yet :wtf: Maybe I should actually play it first before selling it :music:

1300cc
08-23-2014, 01:31 PM
Im selling mine but im down under

rappsy
08-23-2014, 01:32 PM
I would sell you mine but I don't have it yet :wtf: Maybe I should actually play it first before selling it :music:
Play it and then review it please. (When it comes in of course.:D ) I am curious as I don't find anything on it other than it's a Loprinzi. I talked to Donna Loprinzi and it is one of hers. They sell it directly to HawaiianOnlineOutlet, not on their own site.