I would expect a semi-gloss finish to be halfway between, as well. I was somewhat confused because the other day I found a blog entry by a manufacturer about finishes, which claimed that matte, satin, and semi-gloss are all the same.
I think they are indeed the same. Matte, satin, etc., are all some form of glossy finish that's been buffed to smoother look and feel. Whether or not that results in a smooth or grainy texture regarding the feel depends on what kind of finish was applied in the first place, grain-filled or open pore. At least that's what I've been told on the subject. I think I've heard the term silk
used as well. Surely just another term for the same thing.
Which do I prefer to add to my collection? I'm not sure! I'm trying to decide. No, I'm not looking for a majority -- just good reasons for choosing one or the other. I'm still leaning toward a concert, but good arguments (such as easier fingerpicking) could sway me.
Thanks very much for the link to the poll! It's interesting -- tenors are clearly the most popular (for the 150 who voted, anyway), but it's interesting how close sopranos and concerts are in popularity.
Tenors aren't automatically easier for fingerpicking or anything else really. That comes down to simply personal preference. I prefer concerts to tenors because I find fingerpicking and playing in general easier on a concert because I don't have to stretch as much on a concert. Also since I also play sopranos it's easier for me to adjust to a concert than to a tenor when switching ukes. I think you should just go with whatever feels best for you. Of course a tenor - especially when comparing the same model - will give a fuller, more resonant sound, but if that's not an issue for you then you should focus on just playability.
Regarding the Rebel brand in general, I think you find lots of them on sale used because
1) they're manufactured in relatively high numbers which would result in lots of used sales, and
2) they're one step below the revered Hawaiian K brands in terms of prestige/quality. I'm guessing lots of people who move on to the K brands will sell their Rebel (or Opio/similar quality uke). Personally, I don't find that much difference between Rebel ukes or similar ukes produced in the Far East compared to the K brands, or at least the standard models. I've seen some shoddy examples of KoAloha and Kanile'a ukes, even Kamaka ukes, and I've seen some brilliant examples of Far Eastern made ukes from the likes of Millar, Pono and indeed Rebel that, in my opinion,
would rival some of those revered K brands. I wouldn't worry about the quality of Rebel at all. There's always the risk you'll get a dud but that can happen with any brand. If you buy from a reputable dealer you can always return it.