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  1. I never tried a Giannini, but friends have...

    I never tried a Giannini, but friends have attested to their sounding very good.
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    I've bought a stack of 32x12x10 boxes from...

    I've bought a stack of 32x12x10 boxes from U-line.
    They are about $2 a box, right sized for up to tenors and ship well.
    It will cost much more than $2 using too big a box.
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    Hmmm. Next I'd like to try ... Lichty...

    Hmmm.

    Next I'd like to try ...

    Lichty Modified Baritone
    Kala Torrified spruce super tenor
    Kanile's TRU-R Baritone
    LFdM Super tenor
    Petros tenor
    Jake model Kamaka tenor
  4. Thanks. This particular Favilla is a bit nicer...

    Thanks. This particular Favilla is a bit nicer sounding than the last one I had.



    "Delicate" is fair description of the Martin dimensions compared to the more beefy Favilla.

    Glad to hear...
  5. Comparisons of Vintage Baritones: Martin, Favilla, Harmony, etc.

    Over the years I've had a couple Favilla baritones, a Silvertone (Harmony) baritone, and most recently a Martin baritone. All were mahogany and sounded great, but somewhat different. Currently I...
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    From (luthier) Kent Carlos Everett's website, one...

    From (luthier) Kent Carlos Everett's website, one of his books: On the subject of deciding to becoming a luthier. This is very insightful and a good read. Being an artist/luthier is not for the...
  7. I like Virtuoso polish better for vintage lacquer...

    I like Virtuoso polish better for vintage lacquer finishes. Howard's did a fine job on helping to clean-up this Favilla's body as well as the fretboard. Howard's is my go-to fretboard conditioner.
  8. Howard’s Feed N Wax works great on fretboards....

    Howard’s Feed N Wax works great on fretboards. It's fine for cleaning up the body too, but there are better polishes for lacquer finishes.



    It's interesting these old baritone top & backs were...
  9. Thanks, its always rewarding when some elbow...

    Thanks, its always rewarding when some elbow grease works out well.



    Id guess this one was built around 64, so shes about 55 years old, well seasoned.



    Looks like we have twins from...
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    Amen! Very cool !

    Amen! Very cool !
  11. Cleaning, conditioning & new strings on dusty, dirty vintage uke bring it to life

    Finally found a vintage baritone at great price and in promising condition.

    Removed the dirt, dust and grime on a old Favilla with a damp paper towel, then Howard's Feed N Wax and 0000 steel wool...
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    Beautiful metalwork! Was it cast, etched, or...

    Beautiful metalwork! Was it cast, etched, or machined?
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    Another good video of the LFdM baritone from...

    Another good video of the LFdM baritone from 2017.


    https://vimeo.com/213408051

    https://vimeo.com/213408051
  14. You might want to find and contact the luthier...

    You might want to find and contact the luthier behind SouthCoast ukes, Omar Corrales. I believe he was located in Costa Rica. Good luck with the search.
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    Had a Keli'i tenor years ago. Good sound for the...

    Had a Keli'i tenor years ago. Good sound for the money. They lost much support and value for their instruments when much of their build was done overseas, but the label still claimed made in Hawaii...
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    You can tune super tenors any way you like. I’ve...

    You can tune super tenors any way you like. I’ve had wide bodied super tenors and long scale regular body tenor. They seemed to be more suited for gcea tuning, to my ears. When tuned DGBE the sound...
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    NUUD: Phil Davidson Lacewood baritone

    New Used Uke Day: NUUD

    A new-to-me, used Phil Davidson Lacewood baritone (circa 2011) arrived from the UK today. I am very pleased.

    The sound is stellar! Very open, very even, clear and warm,...
  18. Thread: UU Marketplace

    by Doc_J
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    Over the years it always seemed that August (and...

    Over the years it always seemed that August (and summer in general) was a slow used uke sales period. Vacations, school, and other interests may dominate spare time for many UU folks in the USA...
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    Gorgeous instrument Ron. Enjoyed your sound...

    Gorgeous instrument Ron.
    Enjoyed your sound samples. What a wonderful voice it has, Clear, even, warm tone, nice resonance.
    Congratulations!
  20. I agree. That sycamore is probably the most...

    I agree. That sycamore is probably the most interesting sycamore figuring I have seen. Excellent choice Lenny. I guess it is a spalted sycamore? Thanks for build updates.
    ...
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    Thanks Rich! Enjoyed the comparison. I had a...

    Thanks Rich! Enjoyed the comparison.

    I had a hard time deciding which was which when listening on my iPad.

    I am curious if either instrument had a side sound port? The side sound ports seem...
  22. Thread: new PHD product

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    You might also try reentrant (high D) DGBE...

    You might also try reentrant (high D) DGBE strings for a different baritone sound.
    PHD strings has those too.
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    Yes. Usually my hearing quality can vary by the...

    Yes. Usually my hearing quality can vary by the time of day, too. I don't trust my ears when it's late and I'm getting tired.
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    There's a D'addario web app for custom string...

    There's a D'addario web app for custom string configurations.

    Select 'ukulele ' the click "I have a custom instrument"

    This will figure out their strings for each position.
    ...
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    Congratulations Ron! Would love to hear how you...

    Congratulations Ron! Would love to hear how you compare this Rieck to the other great ones you’ve had.
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