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    Default Why no carved ukulele tops?

    Another quizzical question. Coming from the world of mandolins, and about to try building a Ukulele or two, I wonder why I never see carved tops? I understand, they're much more "expensive" in terms of time, and a uke doesn't have to withstand the hundred pounds downward force of an 8-steel-stringed mandolin. I'm wondering about a very, very thin carved top. I can make up an answer for myself, but wondering if any of you builders have journeyed in this direction at all?

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    First let me say I'm not a builder of ukuleles but a buyer and one who enjoys the builders and art of the instrument.

    Carved like my Mini Wei or carved arched top like this beauty made for the 2X4 challenge in the thread of the same name?

    http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/...09#post1802709

    Or this Tenor?

    http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/...61#post1628861

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    why no nylon strung mandolins.....?

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    Cool

    You're just not looking hard enough

    Toby Chennell's JazzBox Ukes are a good example.






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    Quote Originally Posted by Beau Hannam Ukuleles View Post
    why no nylon strung mandolins.....?
    Mandolins used to be strung with gut strings, if I am not mistaken...

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    Quote Originally Posted by mainger View Post
    You're just not looking hard enough

    Toby Chennell's JazzBox Ukes are a good example.





    Beautiful instruments yet I believe that they are pressed (if thats the right term) rather than carved.

    Anthony

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    Iriguchi has done some fully carved ukes : http://iriguchiukuleles.com/ukuleles-2/models-sizes/

    Ukulele:
    Iriguchi Tenor "Weeble" - A, WoU Clarity
    Blue Star 19" baritone Konablaster - DGBE
    Cocobolo 16" SC#1-gCEA, SC SLMU
    Ono #42 19" baritone, Ab, LW
    Imua iET-Bb, M600
    Covered Bridge CLN pineapple - Eb cuatro, SC XLL
    Rogue bari
    Bonanza super tenor, cFAD SC LHU
    Kala KSLNG, Eb SC XLU
    Hanson 5-string tenor, dGCEA
    Bonanza SLN GCEA
    Bonanzalele concert
    Guitars:
    Jupiter #47, G, TI CF127
    Pelem, B reentrant

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    Ok! Excellent. Flat tops are always louder. But uke's are at the low force end of the spectrum. So they don't necessarily need an arch structure. But very very thin might do something interesting to the spectrum and then be of functional use. Just asking.

    There are, indeed, nylon mandolins but what would be the point. I made one so my weary hands could play 5ths tuning with lowered forces. But the mandolin is about very high potential energy unleashed in explosions of pitch over a broad range. That resistance to plucking --- the escapement --- in nylon I s a mere shadow of the steel version To mention one thing.

    Thanks for the carved ref. Now I know where to look

    That aside, have any of you cogitated on this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by anthonyg View Post
    Beautiful instruments yet I believe that they are pressed (if thats the right term) rather than carved.

    Anthony
    The photo on the bottom is mine. The tops and bottoms are all handcarved from solid wood. I also own a bass that's handcarved by Toby. I've put steel strings on the baritone. Sounds great. the sound is not as loud as a round soundhole. May add a pickup to the bari. The bass has the best neck I've played on any bass I've had in the 56 years of playing.

    Here's a photo of the front of the baritone. one of my bass and a photo of his standup bass; all handcarved.
    Last edited by Patrick Madsen; 03-14-2016 at 07:07 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Patrick Madsen View Post
    The photo on the bottom is mine. The tops and bottoms are all handcarved from solid wood. I also own a bass that's handcarved by Toby. I've put steel strings on the baritone. Sounds great. the sound is not as loud as a round soundhole. May add a pickup to the bari. The bass has the best neck I've played on any bass I've had in the 56 years of playing.

    Here's a photo of the front of the baritone. one of my bass and a photo of his standup bass; all handcarved.
    Thanks for the correction. I was wrong.

    Anthony

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