Kala U Bass should it be considered as a Ukulele

Paul1973UK

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Thank you. Looks beautiful. Would love to hear how it sounds.
I wanted to hear it too, so i watched the video at the bottom of the linked page, unfortunately it was drowned out by the accompanying sopranino!
 

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This could be a matter of semantics....
Our band is called the Ladies of Uke....there are 4 ukulele players and one Ubass player....we call her the "bassist".
The UOGB has a Ubass player....
I guess it's what we wanna call it.
 

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Okay, I listened. Beautiful instrument, the Allegro Bassino. Listen and see if you like the sound. I think it’s surprisingly loud for its size. The bloke playing seems to have no trouble getting his fingers around the frets. To me it seems most appropriate for a Renaissance setting, not the Donald Duck Dunn grooves I try to approach on my electric solid body Kala ubass.
 

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Okay, I listened. Beautiful instrument, the Allegro Bassino. Listen and see if you like the sound. I think it’s surprisingly loud for its size. The bloke playing seems to have no trouble getting his fingers around the frets. To me it seems most appropriate for a Renaissance setting, not the Donald Duck Dunn grooves I try to approach on my electric solid body Kala ubass.
Re: demo sound… I believe it’s plugged in.
 

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Interesting... just left the KalaBrand.com website and looked for their marketing info on their U Bass... They don't claim it to be an 'ukulele, and under their product categories, under 'Ukulele, the "bass" isn't listed. Instead it's a category of its' own.

"The U•BASS® by Kala is the Original, short-scale bass developed and brought to the market in 2009. Used by bass artists around the world - live and in the studio. The portable U•BASS® makes a great addition to any bassist’s arsenal. Recognized as one of the music industry’s most innovative products, the U•BASS® has received multiple BEST IN SHOW awards from publishers, retail leaders and review websites." blah blah blah...
 

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Interesting... just left the KalaBrand.com website and looked for their marketing info on their U Bass... They don't claim it to be an 'ukulele, and under their product categories, under 'Ukulele, the "bass" isn't listed. Instead it's a category of its' own.

What is a U•BASS®? [The Original Ukulele Bass Instrument Explained!]​

 

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I didn't see that in their blog. However, they only reference it ('ukulele-wise) parenthetically and when the scale is described as that of a baritone uke. All the other descriptive and demonstrative characterizations are to that of getting a bass in a smaller package. :)
 

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I've always thought of it as a bass ukulele. Partly because I've always heard it mentioned in the same breath as other ukuleles, and seen it displayed with other ukuleles. But also because "bass" isn't a family of related instruments in the same way "ukulele" is. It's a pitch range. Many families of instrument have a bass version: tubas, recorders, clarinets, balalaikas.... It just happens that there's some overlap of players and music between the double bass (violin family) and the bass guitar (guitar family).
 

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For such a friendly community y'all discriminate a lot haha

Hi, My name's Paul and i love Ukulele's (even if they are a bass)... but i love Banjolele's MORE! 🥰
(Please don't shun or evict me) :rolleyes: