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    Quote Originally Posted by Uke Don View Post
    Thanks everyone. I ordered an Enya HPL just for fun.
    Very cool, did you order a tenor. I have a round (camp sytle) soprano and a pineapple soprano. What is great is you can't find sopranos with a radius but Enya X1 has it.

    I know a member here that has a baritone and she loves it. She has other expensive baritones so that is a good endorsement. Please give us a review when you get your Enya, I enjoy mine.
    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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    Most custom luthiers offer a radius. As to production lines, Collings ukes also have a radius.

    I can't tell from your original message if you've played other radius ukes besides Pono. If not, I'd encourage you to try others to really see if a radius makes a big difference on other ukes. It may very well. But for me, neck shape is actually more important than radius or not. I like a radius when it's available but have plenty of ukes without radius and don't really notice a difference.
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    Radius is actually a really big deal for me, more so than neck profile. I've tried playing on a flat finger board, but ended up returning a couple of ukes because I just couldn't get used to it. My guitars and mandolin all have a radius board. It's interesting that more ukes don't have them. Radius vs. flat is a big item of debate in the mandolin world, kind of like strings for ukes .

    I'll let you all know how the Enya turns out. It will be the least expensive stringed instrument I've ever owned, that's for sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ukulele Eddie View Post
    But for me, neck shape is actually more important than radius or not. I like a radius when it's available but have plenty of ukes without radius and don't really notice a difference.
    Quote Originally Posted by Camsuke View Post
    I totally agree Eddie, the neck profile makes a huge difference, for me a radius is nice, but not a game changer
    Quote Originally Posted by Rakelele View Post
    One thing I discovered lately is that a tighter radius makes it even more comfortable for me to play. As far as I know, most makers use a radius of 12" or 16". Jay Lichty offers a radius of 9" and that makes a huge difference to me.
    I'm with Eddie and Campbell regarding the neck. A comfortable neck is much more important. But like Rakelele mentioned, different builders use a different radius. But even if the radius is the same doesn't mean playability will be. I had 2 cocobolo ukes that had a 12" radius. I sold them rather quickly because my fingers kept sliding off the edges on the A & G strings. It just wasn't comfortable to play. I attributed it to the radius. The I got my hands on a Collings, also with a 12" radius, and it was a completely different experience. I think it goes to Collings having some of the best shaped necks in the business.
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    Concert: Collings UC2 | Collings UC2K | Talsma Style 3 | Ono Pineapple

    Tenor: Collings UT2 | Collings UT3SMB

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    Quote Originally Posted by Uke Don View Post
    I'll let you all know how the Enya turns out.
    Thanks for starting this thread, I was going to post the same question. So what's the verdict on the Enya, Don?
    Last edited by Lillymo; 03-16-2018 at 05:20 AM.

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    I'll second Lillymo's request for your opinion. I bought a nice Pono, and suddenly I could make barre chords that almost sounded good! I've never been able to get them to play on my other instruments, only now using the radius fret board. I'd like to get another, less expensive radius uke to take places.
    Last edited by rob g.; 03-16-2018 at 09:42 AM.

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    The Ibanez UEWT5 has a radius fret board. Just got one from Amazon last week. Nice uke. Would LOVE to get a Cocobolo but I'm allergic to Facesuck and that's how they do the lottery. SUCKS.

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    I appreciate a radiused fingerboard on a steel string guitar, but on a ukulele, I don't find that I notice it. My Pono tenor has a radius, but my Kiwaya and Romero tenors do not and I do not really notice a difference in my ability to bar.
    Current Herd:

    Sopranos:
    Recent Martins: 3 Centennial, 5K, 3 Cherry and OXK
    Vintage Martin: 1950s #1
    Laughlin 3K, (1920 Martin 3K Bow Tie and Kite copy, 1 of 2) and Mahogany 3

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    Laughlin 3K
    Kiwaya Mahogany Taropatch

    Tenor:
    Kiwaya KMT-K
    Romero Creations Replica, Mahogany
    Anuenue Moonbird

    Tiple:
    Yasuma (Martin T28 copy, Rosewood with Spruce top)

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    Quote Originally Posted by rob g. View Post
    I'll second Lillymo's request for your opinion. I bought a nice Pono, and suddenly I could make barre chords that almost sounded good! I've never been able to get them to play before using the radius fret board. I'd like to get another, less expensive radius uke to take places.
    I will answer your questions about the Enyas, I also have owned Ponos. I went to a radius because barre chords were so much easy with it for me as well. I own 6 tenors and 2 baritones with radius then there are the Enya X1 round soprano, pineapple soprano and concert. The Enyas for the most part are well made but on the quiet side. The radius is either shallow or the fretwires small but I don't find the radius as helpful as some others. It might just be the shorter scale length with less space between fret wires because all my other ukes are larger sized.
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Lillymo View Post
    Thanks for starting this thread, I was going to post the same question. So what's the verdict on the Enya, Don?
    Regarding the Enya, it's well made, the neck is comfortable, but the radius is too small to matter much. I haven't measured it but it's not the 12" radius on a Pono (which is the same radius that Fender uses on it's electric guitars). It's better than no radius though.

    But the Enya is very quiet. It seems that the laminate really absorbs the high frequencies. When I measured the sound levels the A string was around 10 db quieter than the C string. That is a lot.

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