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    Quote Originally Posted by PhilUSAFRet View Post
    Thank you for your great assessment of these instruments Katy. It is extremely helpful and informative. I will read it several times (I'm old and it takes me a while, LOL)
    You are welcome. This is, of course, personal to me. Some people really like the Gold Tone Basses. To me the solid body is too big and is ungainly. That I got a defective one certainly affected my impression also. I've also read some complaints on Talk Bass from folks who say they got a "bad" Kala California. On the whole, as in most things, you get what you pay for - for the most part. I think the Rondo basses, especially the acoustic ones, are "better" than what they cost but they aren't as good as the Kalas. The California uBass is an instrument that I've really bonded with. I've been playing it over a year and I love it - it feels right to me - so that emotion definitely impacts my judgment.

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    Since we're discussing different Bass options: What would you guys say is the loudest of these small Basses for playing acoustically, i.e. unamplified? Perhaps the Ohana OBU, as it has steel strings? I know all of these are basically made to be plugged in, but I play mostly at home. I have a first generation Mahogany Kala U-Bass, and it barely suffices to play along with one uke.

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    I tried the Ohana last November in Tampa. It is a substantial, heavy (for it's size) bass and has decent volume. With just a cursory exam, appears to be quality. Louder than the Kala's I've tried.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kohanmike View Post
    I bought the Oscar Schmidt, I don't mind being the guinea pig.
    Received the Oscar Schmidt, but the preamp or pickup was DOA so I immediately returned it, and updated my signature. Instead, I took in my Bruce Wei custom bass uke to be fixed, and have the Gotoh tuners and Thunder Reds added to it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rakelele View Post
    Since we're discussing different Bass options: What would you guys say is the loudest of these small Basses for playing acoustically, i.e. unamplified? Perhaps the Ohana OBU, as it has steel strings? I know all of these are basically made to be plugged in, but I play mostly at home. I have a first generation Mahogany Kala U-Bass, and it barely suffices to play along with one uke.
    I have never seen one except in a picture on the net, but the Aquila Shortbassone is reputed to be loud enough to be heard with a couple of acoustic instruments.

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    Found this on the Chinese AliExpress site. Looks like the exact same manufacturer as the Rondo Hadean basses, but I like that the headplate is the same color as the body. Since it's being shipped from China, which is usually around $60-70, the price is about the same. (Don't worry, I'm not buying it.)

    http://www.aliexpress.com/item/MiNi-...302287333.html


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    Quote Originally Posted by kohanmike View Post
    (Don't worry, I'm not buying it.)
    why not? you are the resident BAS guy right?
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    The one difference with those and the hadean is those are neck through, they are listed on eBay as well. Still not enough to make me but one, but they are slightly different. Probably the same factory.

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    Besides the ones on my signature, I have one in waiting, that's enough for now, learned the lesson with the Oscar Schmidt.

    Not sure what that difference is with neck through.

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    Quote Originally Posted by katysax View Post
    I have never seen one except in a picture on the net, but the Aquila Shortbassone is reputed to be loud enough to be heard with a couple of acoustic instruments.
    I'd be VERY interested in finding one and hearing it. Having played a number of regular sized acoustic/electric basses on gigs, only the Tacoma Thunderchief and Warwick Alien models really hold their own in a truly acoustic setting. And the bodies of both of those are gigantic.


    Quote Originally Posted by kohanmike View Post
    Not sure what that difference is with neck through.
    Many say that a neck-through bass has better sustain and tone, because the transfer of sound from the neck to the body is not interrupted by a neck joint. But with such a small bodied instrument like the U-Bass, I highly doubt you're going to notice ANY tonal difference at all.
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