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    Default Short review of my Cocobolo concert uke

    This is my 1st attempt at reviewing an ukulele, so please bear with me.
    Well, since I have been playing this uke since I got it in February, I feel qualified to review it for you.
    It is a concert scale. It's an even better uke than the tenor I tried out last year, which I fell in love with, but couldn't reach all the chords on.
    My favorite thing about the uke is that it is striking in appearance. The contrast of the heartwood and the sapwood is impossible not to notice.
    My only gripe (not really a grip, but an observation) is that it is a bit on the heavy side.
    However, this seems to help give it great sustain, which it has gobs of.
    Of the 15 ukes I've owned, it blows away everything else.
    The Grover planetary tuners are smooth as silk, and when I pick it up, I almost hope it's out of tune so I can play with them. They look like they belong on a violin, which isn't a bad thing, and they don't stick out of the sides of the headstock, which improves the appearance.
    The fretboard is radiused, as are all other Cocobolo Ukuleles. This is standard on their ukes. The frets are nice and smooth on the ends, rough fret ends is no longer an issue with Cocobolo. There are 15 frets, 12 off the body. They look like brass, but I don't know what metal they are.
    The saddle and nut are bone, that may give it more sustain, I'm not sure. The action seems perfect.
    It came with side fret markers. Also a side port was put in, and I love how it throws music up in my face.
    There's a K&K pickup inside, and I LOVE not having to deal with those !@*&^%#$@! batteries anymore! It has real WOW factor when plugged in.
    The neck is mahogany, with a cocobolo "truss rod" through it.
    The headstock is a pretty common shape, but looks good due to the cocobolo wood work done on it.
    I can't find a single drop of over-glueing inside.
    It came with Aquila strings, which I don't love but don't hate. The bridge is through the body stringing, which Cocobolo says also gives a boost to sustain. I'll restring it with something else when I wear these out.
    The intonation is pretty darn near spot on all the way up the neck, which I think is very important.
    I wasn't loud at all when I unboxed it. But the more I play it, the louder it seems to get.
    What I find so amazing about this uke over anything else I've every played is, it seems to darn near play itself, I mean it's very easy to play, to me. Everyone else that tries it says that too.
    One thing that makes it so comfortable to play, is Silvio rounded the left hand side of the lower bought of the top of the uke, so that my right arm doesn't get nearly as sore when I play a lot. It's barely noticeable looking at it, but it feels great.
    All this for less than $650, delivered with a hard foam case.
    My UAS is cured, for now.
    If you are looking for something better-than-average, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend a Cocobolo.
    Just sayin'....
    Thanks for reading.
    "Those who bring sunshine and laughter to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves".

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    WOW Nickie!

    That's a very detailed and comprehensive review. Good job and nothing to apologize for.

    I will definitely be adding Cocobolo Ukes to my list.

    Maybe later when you have time you can show off the look of the wood and the wonderful sound with some pics and video, even if you just use your phone (or iPad if you have one) to capture it all.

    I surely hope that new baby brings you much continued joy in the future. I know how much the anticipation was killing you while you waited for it to be built and it is extremely gratifying to see that now you have played it for a while that it has met or exceeded all of your expectations.

    LONG LIVE NICKIE!

    BTW - when you have your audition for the Suits at work - will you be playing this instrument? It might help to convince them, no?
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    Great review, but yeah,
    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, A, EJ45LP

    !Flukutronic!

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    Really good review, I enjoyed your personal observations about weight and the frets, little things someone else may have glossed over.

    But Nickie you have been here long enough to know the rules...........no pictures and it didn't happen
    Currently enjoying these ukuleles : *LdfM tenor, *LfdM 19" super tenor. *LfdM baritone, *I'iwi tenor , *Koolau tenor, *Webber tenor, *Kimo tenor, *Kimo super concert, *Mya Moe baritone, *Kamaka baritone, *Gianinni baritone, *Fred Shields walnut pineapple super soprano, *Kala super soprano, *Loprinzi super soprano, *Black bear ULO concert , *Enya X1 concert, *Enya X1 pineapple soprano, *Enya Nova *Gretsch tenor, *Korala plastic concert

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    Great review. Pictures please.
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    Sopranos: Kamaka Gold Label, Martin S1 (Mexico, currently in violin tuning for my wife), ??Regal?? no-name, Dixie Banjo-lele
    Concerts: Mele Mahogany, Kala Traveler, Kala KA-ACP-CTG (slot head, cedar top, acacia back/sides, low G), Gretsch G9112 Resonator (low G)
    Tenors: Kala KA-ASAC-SP-TGE-C-MM Marcy Marxer, RipTide Mahogany A/E
    Baritone: Silvertone
    U-Bass: Kala Hutch Hutchinson

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    Great review, a cool ukulele I can look forward to when I get back to the USA next year.

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    Booli, yes I will play that uke in the audition.
    Dave, the pics were posted under Uke Talk in a NUD post right after I got it. My camera blew up so no more pics for a while, sorry. When we activate the new iPhones we just got and I learn how to use them, I'll try that way.
    I have NO clue how to make a video.
    Thanks for your compliments, everyone, on my 1st uke review.
    (If I ever find out how to make videos, you people will get sick of 'em)
    "Those who bring sunshine and laughter to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves".

    Music washes from the soul, the dust of everyday living.

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    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, A, EJ45LP

    !Flukutronic!

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    Nice lookin' Uke, Nickie, and a very good write-up. I hope you have a ball playin' it--Happy Strummin'.
    Kala "Spalted" baritone - Lo D GBE - Finger style
    Gold Tone “Mini” Travel banjo - Steel GCEA - Noodling
    Luna “Peace” concert - CGBD Plectrum music

    Kala tenor eight string - gGcCEEAA Strum

    Flea "Red" concert - Hi-G CEA - Wall hanger
    Kala "Exotic Mahogany" soprano - Hi-A DF#B Wall hanger
    Mahalo yellow "Smiley" soprano - Wall hanger
    Ka-Lai Pineapple soprano (old) gift - Bookshelf

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    Thanks!
    And thanks for the link, Dave.
    Sometimes it takes a village.....
    "Those who bring sunshine and laughter to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves".

    Music washes from the soul, the dust of everyday living.

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