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    Default I never cared for baritone ukuleles until.....

    Today I met a relatively new uker, who brought his bari with him to our rehearsal, just o show it to me.
    He had a very pretty Kala bari. He had strung it up GCEA. He let me strum it a few times, and pick it a little.
    My hands were very tired from lots of playing (and I had shut my hand in the backyard gate yesterday) and WOW.
    I loved it. The Kala had a better tone than any bari I'd ever held. But the clincher was the tuning.
    GCEA sounded so wonderful, I wanted to keep it!
    Has anyone else done this, and did you like it?
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    Yes and yes.

    Some examples on my blog.

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    Haven't tried mine in GCEA, but I do have mine re-entrant and absolutely LOVE it that way.

    It's amazing with campanella, because it sustains forever. Everything is so rich and connected.

    Only problem is stretching my fingers. I'm working on it. They DO stretch. Slowly... LOL!
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    Quote Originally Posted by vcs700s View Post
    Yes and yes....
    same here

    also baris in FIFTHS tunings, CGDA and GDAE, big difference in tone compared to DGBE or GCEA tunings, with ALL NEW chord fingerings to learn for fifths tunings, but I have no trouble with that.

    ALL chord shapes are symmetrical and movable everywhere in fifths tunings
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    Yes I have done this in the past and as you say Nickie it sounds wonderful. It is basically like comparing the sound of a soprano to a tenor. The larger body will be deeper and fuller sounding with more resonance and sustain. It is a super super tenor of sorts
    Ukuleles.............yes please !!!!

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    No, i never tried GCEA. I really like the lower tones the best, and that's why I bought my Kala baritone. I had a chance to trade my Gold Tone concert banjolele in for a GT baritone banjolele, but I opted for a tenor instead. I could kick myself.

    I only play my concert ukes, once in a while, for singing accompaniment. My baritone fingerstyle is comin' along.
    Kala "Spalted" baritone - Lo D GBE

    Kala tenor eight string - gG cC EE AA
    Gold Tone tenor banjolele - Hi-F BbDG

    Luna "Peace" concert - Lo-G CEA
    Flea "Red" concert - Hi-G CEA

    Kala "Exotic Mahogany" soprano - Hi-A DF#B

    Mahalo yellow "Smiley" soprano (Dad's Day gift) - Wallhanger
    Ka-Lai Pineapple soprano (old) gift - Wallhanger

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    Love the sound tone of baritones, deep & rich with lots of sustain, more like guitar than a traditional uke, but without having the extra strings, bulk & weight.

    I think a good combination is baritones & concert sized ukes, best of both worlds.
    Trying to do justice to various musical instruments.

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    ubulele, for once I understand all that you're saying and agree with you.

    uke1950, good post. I agree with you too.
    Kala "Spalted" baritone - Lo D GBE

    Kala tenor eight string - gG cC EE AA
    Gold Tone tenor banjolele - Hi-F BbDG

    Luna "Peace" concert - Lo-G CEA
    Flea "Red" concert - Hi-G CEA

    Kala "Exotic Mahogany" soprano - Hi-A DF#B

    Mahalo yellow "Smiley" soprano (Dad's Day gift) - Wallhanger
    Ka-Lai Pineapple soprano (old) gift - Wallhanger

    Eat, drink and make merry for tomorrow you’ll be too old.

    God gave us old age so we wouldn't mind dying so much.

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    If some bugger broke into our place and took everything, I just hope they'd leave
    a soprano and a baritone behind.
    Glad you discovered the baritone, Nickie.
    Bout bloody time, woman!

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    I keep one tuned low GCEA, one low DGBE, and one high dGBE. Love them all, and their various tones and uses.

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