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    Quote Originally Posted by Pete F View Post
    I'd be interested in your experience or preferences, and sound samples if you have them. I think I know where I'm heading but incase I've missed anything, and I'm sure I have...

    Unfortunately I'm in the UK so non-CITES options for me (no rosewoods) or cocobolo (kinda rosewood) etc but still would be great to hear your personal preferences.

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    Rosewood still available in the UK, just bought a sopranino solid rosewood back and sides.. :-)
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    I have a Talsma concert size Vita style with figured redwood top and paired with cuban mahogany back and sides. It sounds great to my ear!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dsummers View Post
    I have a Talsma concert size Vita style with figured redwood top and paired with cuban mahogany back and sides. It sounds great to my ear!
    That must be fabulous sounding. Cedar and mahogany is a great combo, one of my favorites.
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    I'm not sure how it compares to cedar in tone, but my Gary Gill tenor is Douglas Fir & Mahogany. It has Worth Brown strings on it & it's got an awesome mellow sound. My Loprinzi concert is cedar & rosewood. It's somewhere in the middle tone wise between my bright koa KoAloha concert & my mellow Gary Gill tenor.
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    Mahogany is my default choice, but I am exploring other possibilities. Anyone familiar with Wenge - pronounced wen-gee which I find amusing

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    I will agree that walnut is a nice b/s material, I have a cedar/walnut ukulele. In the guitar world, macassar is used with redwood with good results. It is also a gorgeous wood that goes well with redwood.

    John

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pete F View Post
    Mahogany is my default choice, but I am exploring other possibilities. Anyone familiar with Wenge - pronounced wen-gee which I find amusing
    Good thing it is not pronounced Wedgee. Dont know if this translates across the ocean. As young boys we would sneak up behind a friend grab the underwear band and pull up real hard. Wedging the underwear up the crack of your friends butt. Yea young boys are savages.

    Sorry to get off topic......Jake of Hive Ukuleles likes and has used Wenge with good results. HMS had one of his and the sound sample was great
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    Yes I know what a wedgie or wed-gee is thank you very much!

    Good tip on the macassar ebony - that's now on my list of contenders. Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pete F View Post
    Yes I know what a wedgie or wed-gee is thank you very much!

    Good tip on the macassar ebony - that's now on my list of contenders. Thanks
    Member sam13 has a LfdM with sinker redwood and Malaysian blackwood, very similar to macassar ebony. Sounds great, I've played it numerous times
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    Ziricote is what I paired with my figured redwood top.

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