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    Quote Originally Posted by robinboyd View Post
    I'm not claiming to be an expert by any means, but I've found that the lower string tension of a concert offsets the extra string length of a tenor in this regard.
    I am not an expert either, just my experience. You have a valid point about lower string tension, a larger body size does help though. It really does come down to individual instruments. Some ring out better than others higher up the neck
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    This is a bit off topic, but I really like satin necks on all my instruments (coming from violin). Do I run the risk of scratching a satin/oil finish on a ukulele over time with strumming techniques? I wish ukulele companies made gloss bodies with natural/oil/satin necks.

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    You can make a glossy neck satin using mild abrasives, or remove the finish entirely if you wish. Or if you don't trust your abilities, have a luthier do it for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bazyliszek View Post
    I wish ukulele companies made gloss bodies with natural/oil/satin necks.
    The new Pono Master Series features exactly that: a high gloss body with a satin finished neck...

    https://www.theukulelesite.com/catal...+master+series

    Other than that, there are several custom makers who offer this combination, like Ko'olau and Kinnard, but they will cost triple the price of a Pono. Kanilea offers this option upon request.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bazyliszek View Post
    I was wondering if a tenor ukulele has any advantages, like playing more advanced songs up the fingerboard?
    All things equal in build and technique, a tenor will sound clearer with more sustain when you play up the fret board.
    The physics of a longer string... just do that.
    Then again... you might not need a longer sustain, or want that sound, or want to deal with the higher string tension.

    As people say, there is a different sound and character to a tenor.
    It's one I prefer, but different strokes for different folks.

    There's no right or wrong answer, but there is a difference.

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    So much of this is personal - finger and hand size, ability to fret chords on a small instrument etc - then come issues of the size of your wallet. I now have four sopranos and two tenors. I had a concert but did not really connect with it, it was personal. If you have decent strings on a quality instrument you will never be let down. On the other hand a poor instrument poorly set up will be horrible whatever the size. In the middle of that there will be difficulties with a quality instrument that is badly set up. I have bought and sold several instruments before deciding on my preferred instruments.
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    Quote Originally Posted by frianm View Post
    So much of this is personal - finger and hand size, ability to fret chords on a small instrument etc - then come issues of the size of your wallet. I now have four sopranos and two tenors. I had a concert but did not really connect with it, it was personal. If you have decent strings on a quality instrument you will never be let down. On the other hand a poor instrument poorly set up will be horrible whatever the size. In the middle of that there will be difficulties with a quality instrument that is badly set up. I have bought and sold several instruments before deciding on my preferred instruments.
    Play lots and make decisions carefully.
    That is so true. I bought a concert to start, and then I bought another concert upgrade. I just figured I was a concert kind of guy. Then after four years of playing concert ukuleles, I bought a soprano just to have around and as maybe a backup. I've only played the concert a few times since. But the question was concert vs tenor, and in my case anyway, I had to draw the line in regards to how big I wanted to go and still feel like I'm playing a ukulele. I drew the line at concert. Of course, that could change. I try not to become so committed to something that I am not open to change.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DownUpDave View Post
    I have probably offended owners of fleas, sopranos and sub $1500 instruments.
    GRRR, I'm SO offended, both of my most expensive ukes cost just over 1500 total!




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    Quote Originally Posted by Bazyliszek View Post
    This is a bit off topic, but I really like satin necks on all my instruments (coming from violin). Do I run the risk of scratching a satin/oil finish on a ukulele over time with strumming techniques? I wish ukulele companies made gloss bodies with natural/oil/satin necks.
    I hear ya, I hate gloss finish necks. UGH!
    The 1st thing I did to my guitar and banjouke was take the finish off!
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    [QUOTE=Nickie;2026967]I hear ya, I hate gloss finish necks. UGH!
    The 1st thing I did to my guitar and banjouke was take the finish off![/QUOTE

    I hate gloss full stop. Always looks like plastic to me.
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