Blackbird Clara Group

PereBourik

Ukulele don't judge
UU VIP
Joined
Nov 5, 2012
Messages
17,473
Points
38
Are there enough of us Clara players out here to start a group?
 

SailingUke

Uke legend in my own mind
UU VIP
Joined
Jul 15, 2008
Messages
2,770
Points
38
Are there enough of us Clara players out here to start a group?

A group of what ?
Sure do like my Clara. Played it Saturday at the LAExpo, plugged in on stage it was phenomenal.
 

PereBourik

Ukulele don't judge
UU VIP
Joined
Nov 5, 2012
Messages
17,473
Points
38
A group of what ?
Sure do like my Clara. Played it Saturday at the LAExpo, plugged in on stage it was phenomenal.

UU Forum has a Group option. Not sure what the benefit would be. But it's there.
 

Andy Chen

New member
Joined
Apr 7, 2014
Messages
655
Points
0
I'm in. Big fan here, despite usually preferring tenor scale. It is so faultless in every other aspect that I overlook the slightly cramped scale length for me.
 

bborzell

Member
Joined
Mar 25, 2013
Messages
708
Points
18
I'm gonna have the home visit Clara for a week. So, I'll join for a week.
 

Ukulele Eddie

Active member
Joined
Oct 20, 2013
Messages
3,468
Points
38
I'm a Clara owner and big fan (though I must admit my new-to-me Collings UC2 is getting a lot of love right now! ;-). Not sure what benefit there would be in a dedicated group, but happy to support the idea and give it a try. FWIW, the few other groups in here I joined have been worthless. I'm not saying there aren't subgroups that are worthwhile, but the few I tried have not been.

Also, anyone close enough to LA who wants to try my Clara (sorry, you can't take it with you!), is welcome. Just PM me.
 
Last edited:

Andy Chen

New member
Joined
Apr 7, 2014
Messages
655
Points
0
There may be some purpose in this, considering Ekoa is such a new material. I think we all want to know: How it ages, how it takes an unfortunate dink or accident, how to take care of scratches, how it reacts after being exposed to rain, what are the best strings for it.. etc.
 

slackkey007

Member
Joined
May 22, 2011
Messages
405
Points
16
For all of you lucky Blackbird Clara owners, here's a nice video of bruddah Kalei Gamiao playing a Blackbird Clara @ Blackbird Guitars::cheers:

 
Last edited:

Andy Chen

New member
Joined
Apr 7, 2014
Messages
655
Points
0
Hi fellow Clara owners (and other interested parties): Do you guys remove the piece of padding on the underside of the top of the Access bag?

I just saw a Mya-Moe video about how there should ideally not be any pressure applied to the bridge by bags/cases. And it occurred to me that this piece of padding inside the Clara bag indeed applied pressure to the bridge, such that I can see indentation of the strings on it.

Should I remove it?
 

PereBourik

Ukulele don't judge
UU VIP
Joined
Nov 5, 2012
Messages
17,473
Points
38
Hi fellow Clara owners (and other interested parties): Do you guys remove the piece of padding on the underside of the top of the Access bag?

I just saw a Mya-Moe video about how there should ideally not be any pressure applied to the bridge by bags/cases. And it occurred to me that this piece of padding inside the Clara bag indeed applied pressure to the bridge, such that I can see indentation of the strings on it.

Should I remove it?

Mine shows the same indentations. I went to the Access website. That piece serves as a lower bout cushion when using the bag for a soprano. (Can't find it now.) I like the security of it, since there's nothing to secure the neck cradle. Pressure at the bridge never occurred to me. If you're worried get in touch with Joe at Blackbird. We're dealing with something unconventional here. Old rules may not apply.
 

geetee

Member
Joined
Mar 14, 2011
Messages
632
Points
16
I moved the strip to the bottom, around the lower bout. There are velcro strips to attach it there for a nice snug fit.

And you can move the neck support to the top---and now it's a soprano case in case you get one.
 

Andy Chen

New member
Joined
Apr 7, 2014
Messages
655
Points
0
Thanks geetee.

I was wondering if I should remove the padding altogether, since it covers the entire uke from top to bottom in my bag.
 

Andy Chen

New member
Joined
Apr 7, 2014
Messages
655
Points
0
Mine shows the same indentations. I went to the Access website. That piece serves as a lower bout cushion when using the bag for a soprano. (Can't find it now.) I like the security of it, since there's nothing to secure the neck cradle. Pressure at the bridge never occurred to me. If you're worried get in touch with Joe at Blackbird. We're dealing with something unconventional here. Old rules may not apply.

I shall email Joe. I am guessing you are not really concerned about it?
 

PereBourik

Ukulele don't judge
UU VIP
Joined
Nov 5, 2012
Messages
17,473
Points
38
I shall email Joe. I am guessing you are not really concerned about it?

Not concerned until I know otherwise. Ignorance is bliss.

I'm more concerned, anal actually, about keeping the other ukuleles hydrated.
 

Andy Chen

New member
Joined
Apr 7, 2014
Messages
655
Points
0
Hi there fellow Clara owners:

Is my Clara the only one that a part under the bridge which is not so smooth or shiny as the rest of the body?

I cannot for the life of me remember if the slightly rougher spot had always been there, or is it cos of the sweat from my forearm?
 

Ukulele Eddie

Active member
Joined
Oct 20, 2013
Messages
3,468
Points
38
Hi there fellow Clara owners:

Is my Clara the only one that a part under the bridge which is not so smooth or shiny as the rest of the body?

I cannot for the life of me remember if the slightly rougher spot had always been there, or is it cos of the sweat from my forearm?

Mine is consistent with the rest of the body.
 

Andy Chen

New member
Joined
Apr 7, 2014
Messages
655
Points
0
Thanks, Eddie. I may contact Joe after trying to apply some wax first
 

SailingUke

Uke legend in my own mind
UU VIP
Joined
Jul 15, 2008
Messages
2,770
Points
38
Hi there fellow Clara owners:

Is my Clara the only one that a part under the bridge which is not so smooth or shiny as the rest of the body?

I cannot for the life of me remember if the slightly rougher spot had always been there, or is it cos of the sweat from my forearm?

Mine got funny after sweating as well. At first it bothered me, now I just ignore it.
 

Andy Chen

New member
Joined
Apr 7, 2014
Messages
655
Points
0
Let's see if Joe responds here. If not, I'll email him and report back here.