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Thread: Opinions? Boulder Creek Rip Tide US-11NS, waiting for it to arrive.. impulse buy

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    Question Opinions? Boulder Creek Rip Tide US-11NS, waiting for it to arrive.. impulse buy

    Saw one selling for 135 shipped and in good condition..
    Have not heard much about this..

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    I've never handled one in person but I always thought they had a nice style to them.
    Sarah seems to like them...

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    As I've seen other members say, it doesn't exist without a photo, so here it is.




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    I played a couple of RipTides when I first started, and really liked them, but the store that had them couldn't get the model I wanted, then couldn't get me an HSC for one of the ones that they had, so I passed.

    I even stopped at a store near their home in Gilroy CA, but they didn't have what I wanted, couldn't get it as it had been discontinued, and the new models wouldn't be in for quite a while. As I live in upstate NY, that didn't work for me.

    A musical duo called The Don Juans, who perform often with Tom Paxton, use RipTide ukes. They sound wonderful, and the guys are very successful (Grammy-winning Nashville songwriters Don Henry and Jon Vezner,who is married to Kathy Mattea) and could have any ukuleles that they wanted. And they do - RipTides.

    So if it sounds good when you get it, then for $135, you got a great deal. Mazel Tov!


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    My spouse plays a tenor Riptide, and she loves it. They have the nicest neck shape of any Chinese made uke I've ever held.
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    Everything I've read and heard about Riptides has been very positive. The price seems fair, to me.
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    [QUOTE=kohanmike;2101845]As I've seen other members say, it doesn't exist without a photo, so here it is.



    Interesting design features:
    • The side sound hole is larger than the front face sound hole
    • The saddle/bridge looks to have a pretty big angle compensation (But that could be image keystone-ing from a wide angle lens.)
    • The bridge design is way thicker at the 4 string than at the 1. Is this to change the way the top vibrates, or a design affectation?

    It's a quirky design, but on the whole, I kinda like it.

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    I have a concert and I love it. I bought it for $65 used and I was so happy to get it I started talking uke with the seller and didn’t notice three big cracks. So it’s my travel Uke now, but it sounds so nice I sometimes play it at home.
    The side hole provides a nice amount of volume when I play quietly inside and the solid top doesn’t seem to effect how it projects when I play with a group. Even with the cracks, it’s a wonderful Uke.

    I originally loved the tuners because of the big flat knobs/buttons, but I find that the are easily knocked out of tune because of their size, so I only give them a “like” now.

    Looks like the fixed the button size in the pic above.
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    That looks nice, especially considering the reduction from the $250 list price. Is that the one from Reverb?
    Too many ukes, but I can't stop buying!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerryc41 View Post
    That looks nice, especially considering the reduction from the $250 list price. Is that the one from Reverb?
    Yes, got it off reverb, there was a dealer getting rid of his stock, a new uke that has been sitting around in a shop for a year or so.

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