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    Wow! Congratulations!

    I'm really curious about how cherry sounds like comparing to spruce/cedar/koa,... And now even more curious about the book lying back there: "Idiots' solos and improvisation"!
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    Quote Originally Posted by hikaru View Post
    I'm really curious about how cherry sounds like comparing to spruce/cedar/koa,... And now even more curious about the book lying back there: "Idiots' solos and improvisation"!
    I have recorded a quick demo with this uke compared to a cedar baritone and Cocobolo concert but it's not going to be an "apples to apples" comparison since they all have very different tunings and strings. Still, it's a start. I don't have any spruce or koa so you're out of luck there, I'm afraid.

    Haha! Obviously I didn't give much thought to my photography composition. Just some hastily snapped iPhone pics.
    The book is this one: https://books.google.com/books/about...kp_read_button
    I haven't looked at it in years. Maybe I should.
    Current Stable:
    -Ohana TKS-15E - Eb cuatro
    -Iriguchi Tenor "Weeble" - Bb, SC SMU
    -Blue Star 19" baritone Konablaster - DGBE
    -KPK pineapple SLN-GCEA
    -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, FBL cFAD
    Once upon a time:
    -RISA Concert Stick
    -Bruko sop. custom #6
    -Lanikai lam hog bari
    -Kala SLNG
    -Bruko bari
    -Gold Tone BUT


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    Sound sample up:
    Current Stable:
    -Ohana TKS-15E - Eb cuatro
    -Iriguchi Tenor "Weeble" - Bb, SC SMU
    -Blue Star 19" baritone Konablaster - DGBE
    -KPK pineapple SLN-GCEA
    -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, FBL cFAD
    Once upon a time:
    -RISA Concert Stick
    -Bruko sop. custom #6
    -Lanikai lam hog bari
    -Kala SLNG
    -Bruko bari
    -Gold Tone BUT


    Jim's Blog

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    Congratulations Jim. The sound is very soothing. I enjoyed reading your thought process for this unique super tenor.
    Tenor: Kinnard, Mya Moe 2052, Mya Moe Resonator 1581
    Concert: Hoffmann ML, Oceana Slothead Cutaway, LoPrinzi Nova MS-C, Kanile'a KPA C, Kiwaya KMC-K, Pono RC-C-PC, KoAloha Mango, Waterman KA CWB
    Soprano: Lanikai LU-21(Starter uke!), Kamaka Pineapple 100th Anniversary, Maui Music SK-41 "Pre-Fire", Romero Creations XS, Ohana SK 50G, Zimnicki #20, Makayla Dolphin Light Blue Burst, Fred Shields Oval, KoAloha KSM-02 (Long Neck), Barron River
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    A little off topic, but your Cocobolo looks really brown versus the red. Was it always that color or has it faded in time?
    Playing ukulele since January 2016.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Choirguy View Post
    A little off topic, but your Cocobolo looks really brown versus the red. Was it always that color or has it faded in time?
    I hadn't thought about it, but looking back at the album from my NUD post: http://s12.photobucket.com/user/jimh...?sort=3&page=1
    (I hate photobucket but that's where the pics were at the time)
    it is hard to tell as the lighting wasn't great there either, but I suspect you're right that the colors have faded a bit over almost 3 years since I've had it.
    Current Stable:
    -Ohana TKS-15E - Eb cuatro
    -Iriguchi Tenor "Weeble" - Bb, SC SMU
    -Blue Star 19" baritone Konablaster - DGBE
    -KPK pineapple SLN-GCEA
    -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, FBL cFAD
    Once upon a time:
    -RISA Concert Stick
    -Bruko sop. custom #6
    -Lanikai lam hog bari
    -Kala SLNG
    -Bruko bari
    -Gold Tone BUT


    Jim's Blog

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    Cool long-scale tenor! Congratulations Jim.
    That’s a great way to try a 19” scale super tenor.

    I enjoyed your sound sample.
    -Hodge
    Humble strummer of fine ukes.

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    Congrats, Jim! Very cool that you found somebody to take on the challenge and it turned out very well.
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    thanks for the comparison video. very fun to hear the contrast in sizes/strings/tunings. and you just reminded me of how beautifully those cocobolos ring! I need to get mine out and play....
    Cocobolo Pineapple #1
    Ohana Sopranissimo
    Maccaferri Islander
    Harmony Soprano
    D. Heilman ULO #7 Concert
    Mainland Cedar Baritone
    Kala Elite Custom Lebanese Cedar Tenor
    Kanilea K-1 SC
    Bonanza Retro Mint Pear Tenor
    Druid Moon Koa Tenor
    Primrose Cedar/Maple Soprano
    Flea Lava Soprano

    Cocobolo Cedar Top Tenor
    1933 Martin 1K Soprano

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    Very cool build, love it! It was a well thought out process.

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