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    Cool Tell us about your best sounding ukulele..

    This should be a fun thread to revisit.

    Sound of a uke is very subjective but should be a fun read none the less.

    For me:

    Make: cocobolo ukulele
    Model: super concert
    Strings: worth brown concert
    Tuning: high g

    How do I play it: Usually in a quiet room at a low volume.

    What do I like about it: it has a good deep tone and a balanced sound across the range. The body resonates well at around high G so standard tuning works well. Really good dynamic range, sounds good and rich when played soft or loud.
    I also like the super soprano form factor. Excellent sustain!

    I would like to have a lighter head stock and I do not like bridge pins on ukes but the playing more than compensates for the things I would like to see done differently.

    I have tried other strings and it currently has titanium strings on but I prefer worth Brown.

    Current heard:
    Makala dolphin that I sanded down.
    Martin c1k
    MM tenors: all myrtle and cedar top mahagony back cutaway.
    Concert Fluke

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    Best sounding? To whose ears?

    For me, I seem to default to mahogany with either Worth browns or Southcoast stings. Even my ultra cheap Donner solid mahogany top uke with browns sounds pretty good to me.

    But then my new koa tiny tenor with a low g is great too. Cannot fault it at all.

    Ralph

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    Martin C1K for me with M600s... it sings when I sit in the corner of the fireplace. I find that corner gives the best acoustic... I'm getting spoiled when I use the Concert Flea it just doesn't sound the same as the Martin.

    However I'm drooling over the Farrallon right now... debating whether to buy one!!

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    No particular one, but I have a few that I really like the sound of, mainly solid mahogany or solid acacia

    Different sizes, but all fitted with Living Water low G fluorocarbon (concert) strings.

    Edit: I suppose I ought to say my long neck concert KoAloha acacia, as it's my most expensive, but I really like my Ohana mahogany long necks too.
    Last edited by Croaky Keith; 04-05-2018 at 07:59 AM.
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    Can't pick a best sounding, but I can sure pick out the worst sounding.
    I don't want to live in a world that is linear.

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    Wow. That’s a tough one. I have 4 that are all quite different in their sound. Each one sounds great. My KoAloha concert is perhaps the overall sound winner. It suits most music well, is bright & happy, with good intonation everywhere on the fretboard. My Gary Gill short neck tenor is mellow and well suited to strumming, blues, country, and has great intonation. My Loprinzi cedar/ rosewood has been a little mystery uke. It sounds kind of “timid” at home but when I plug into the sound system at church on Sundays, it sings like nobody’s business. It truly sparkles! Maybe it just likes attention. Then there’s my trusty acacia laminate Islander soprano which is just flat out fun sounding around a campfire.

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    My Kinnard Super Tenor is a truly beautiful instrument & an absolute delight to play. It would have be one of the best ukes (instruments) I've ever owned

    All the best,
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    That was nice, Campbell. How do you make the video look like disembodied hands are playing? Cover yourself in black velvet?

    bratsche
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    Quote Originally Posted by bratsche View Post
    That was nice, Campbell. How do you make the video look like disembodied hands are playing? Cover yourself in black velvet?

    bratsche
    Haha, that's a good idea, it would soften my rustic looks It's all about the lighting & the cheap black skivvy from Lowes.
    All the best,
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    I can't feel the love for my Martin S1, and instead love playing a cheaper Barnes and Mullin Gresse... maybe its the mahogany I don't like, but personally, the Gresse just sounds better to me, and in honesty, as I play for me, that's the most important thing.
    Barnes and Mullins "The Gresse" Soprano + Concert + Tenor + Baritone + Martin S1 + Old Clover solid Mahogany Soprano (needing TLC) + Ohana SK21-A Sopranino

    The truth is, I don't know.....

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