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    My best sounding tenor 'ukulele is an all-koa Moore Bettah that I was fortunate enough to buy from its original owner. With a set of Chuck Moore curated strings, it rings like a bell. Warm Hawaiian voice with nice sustain. Mahalo nui, Chuck!

    My best-sounding traditional baritone is my Ono baritone with bearclaw spruce top and padauk back and sides. The sound is radiant. Mahalo nui, David!

    I also need to give a shout-out to the steel string Compass Rose baritone 'ukulele that was built for me by Rick Turner. The steel strings give it a warm guitar-like sound and it has great tone and sustain. Mahalo, nui Rick!

    Quote Originally Posted by Camsuke View Post
    Well done Brenda, it must be such a relief to have unloaded that unlovable guitarlele.
    I like to think that, as with most people, most ukuleles are lovable, but just not by everyone. I hope this instrument has found a home where it is loved and cherished for what it is, and not unloved for failing to meet someone's expectations.

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    Aloha Folks!
    My best-sounding ukulele is my newest acquisition, my Compass Rose Redwood top, cocobolo back and sides, 5-String tenor.
    I like everything about it! Plays great up the neck, great tone, the doubled G gives it a nice extra oomph, It responds well to a light touch, but will handle aggressive strumming, just awesome!
    #2 would probably be my Pono PKT-1 right behind it. I have had that ukulele for about 10 years now, and it sounds so good to my ear that it has actually prevented me from buying several nice ukuleles - because I always say to myself, "Sure, it sounds nice, but does it really sound [insert value] dollars nicer than my Pono?
    Up until I played my Compass Rose, the answer was always "no."
    I'm not saying the Compass Rose is the best-sounding ukulele I have ever played, but it is easily the best-sounding ukulele I am able to afford!
    Cheers!
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    My Quiver: S & J Craft Milo Tenor "Liliu" six string custom and Milo and Lychee concert by Emil Bader
    Pono PKT-1 Koa Tenor w/MiSi, Lanikai LU-21T - Autographed!, Hikare CU 528 Baritone
    R&L all koa mini concert, Mainland Gecko, Epiphone Les Paul Vintage, Kala Concert
    Compass Rose 5 string
    Nothin' left to do but : ) : ) : )

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    Oh, and Brenda, I can totally relate. I bought an ukulele a few years ago that I really wanted to like so much. Beautiful wood, good sound, fun to play, but...
    Something just kept me from bonding with it.
    It had some Quality Control issues. It was good, but not great. It cost pretty much double what I paid for my Pono. I tried to love it for years, but I eventually sold it for half of what I paid for it and it helped pay for the Compass Rose.
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    My Quiver: S & J Craft Milo Tenor "Liliu" six string custom and Milo and Lychee concert by Emil Bader
    Pono PKT-1 Koa Tenor w/MiSi, Lanikai LU-21T - Autographed!, Hikare CU 528 Baritone
    R&L all koa mini concert, Mainland Gecko, Epiphone Les Paul Vintage, Kala Concert
    Compass Rose 5 string
    Nothin' left to do but : ) : ) : )

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    Since I bought my Kala tenor solid cedar top with preamp, I considered it my best sounding and playing uke, lots of projection, good sustain, hi-g with the original Aquila strings. Then about a month ago I bought a Lanikai Thinline figured bocote and it's just as good, if not slightly better, also with preamp and original Aquila strings. It really surprises me the sound that comes out of thinlines, Kala and my Lanikai.






    8 tenor cutaway ukes, 3 acoustic bass ukes, 8 solid body bass ukes, 8 mini electric bass guitars

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    I have been eyeing the compass rose for sometime! Time to go check them out again!

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    Have to change my vote to a shiny new Moore Bettah (Spruce + Ebony, #1808) I was lucky/blessed to get.
    Playing it, feels like putting out a big UAS forrest fire deep inside. I wait for the right moment to open and play it..

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    My best sounding uke is not, unfortunately one that I built. It is a Martin O style mahogany soprano. Picked it up on EBay a few years ago. It has the decal on the peg head, that they started using in 1932, and bar frets which Martin quit using in 1934. It was missing a tuner, so I put on a set of Grover friction tuners. The finish was badly cracked and crazed, so I first applied some shellac and then sprayed a couple of light coats of nitro over it. That welded the finish together nicely. The finish crazing is only slightly visible now, and more importantly it is ready for another 80 years. The body is totally sound, no cracks at all and zero fret wear. It sounds amazing, loud with an incredible dynamic range, but lacking any of the harshness sometimes present with loud instruments. I feel very fortunate that it wound up in my hands.
    Brad

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    Best seems to change as my mood changes and the songs change

    *Bright and articulate....LfdM tenor sitka spruce and Amazon rosewood. This instrument is the easiest playing uke I have ever touched, means alot

    *Warm loud and very resonant....I'iwi tenor redwood and walnut. This is light and so well balanced

    * Even toned, excellent mid range sound great for strumming, singing and performing live.....Ko'olau tenor spruce and myrtle

    If the house was burning down I would grab the LfdM and run
    Last edited by DownUpDave; 05-17-2018 at 01:32 AM.
    Ukuleles.............yes please !!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DownUpDave View Post
    Best seems to change as my mood changes and the songs change
    If the house was burning down I would grant ab the LfdM and run
    I am glad you know the answer to that quandary!

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    If they weren't all the best or didn't look great, I wouldn't have them. I'm not a sound snob, and all of my ukuleles sound like ukuleles. The m,ore expensive ones do tend to sound better, though. The Koaloha has a great sound.
    Too many ukes, but I can't stop buying!

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