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    Default Longneck Love

    I've been playing seriously for eight years now, practicing almost two hours per day. I've learned a lot of sophisticated picking and a lot in terms of classical and jazz uke.

    After experimenting with various sizes and basically settling on tenors strung some with high g and some with low g, I recently purchased a longneck Ceniza concert and what a revelation that was, and now I've purchased a longneck Kala soprano and a longneck Ohana concert.

    I live both in Honolulu and in the SF Bay Area, so I spread my ukes out.

    What a revelation longnecks are! If you like a long neck but also the sound of a concert or a soprano, get one.

    Kala makes soprano mahogany and spruce longnecks very inexpensively. I hear that the Gretsch longnecks are decent also.
    Ohana makes some great concert and soprano long necks. The Ohana I got is a soprano with a tenor neck. Yes, it looks weird, like a giraffe, but what a joy to play. Check out David Beckingham playing In the Mood on one on youtube.

    If you want an even higher quality uke, Kamaka and Koaloha both make longnecks.

    It took me eight years to discover them. Check them out if you feel the shorter spacing between frets on concerts and sopranos is too short for you. String tension is firmer on the longnecks and that gives more volume.

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    I love my Kamaka long-neck concert -- right size, right sound!
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    I agree with your post and am looking into a Kamaka or Kanile'a ... I like the sound of the instruments ... more or everything ... volume and timbre.
    How bad is your UAS?

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    good discovery, wait until you play a concert scale on tenor body or soprano scale on concert body

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kimosabe View Post
    If you like a long neck but also the sound of a concert or a soprano, get one.
    I like long necks, but I also love the sound of a tenor.

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    I agree with you, Kimosabe. I sure wish I never sold my tenor-necked soprano KoAloha.
    Martin Sopranos: 0M: 30, 64 ---
    1M: 22Dit, 23Dit, 24Dit, 49, 55--1K 26
    2M: 22, 23Dit, 23Dit, 49, 60, 12 --- 2K: 25, 12
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    Itsme,

    Don't get me wrong. I still love my tenors but long necks have allowed me to love concerts and sopranos.

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    Quote Originally Posted by coolkayaker1 View Post
    I agree with you, Kimosabe. I sure wish I never sold my tenor-necked soprano KoAloha.
    Theb maybe you should get another one? KoAloha has a gorgeous factory special for sale: http://www.koaloha.com/product/tenor...prano-fdsm-t2/

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    I love my super-concert. It's the best of both worlds. It took a while to get used to the tenor size neck, but I did it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by g'est View Post
    Theb maybe you should get another one? KoAloha has a gorgeous factory special for sale: http://www.koaloha.com/product/tenor...prano-fdsm-t2/
    Nabbed it, g'est! Thanks so much for the tip off. I was wanting one for a long time (since I, stupidly, sold my last). I salute you!

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