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    Default Favorite Ukulele You've Played

    Whether you've owned it or not, what is your favorite ukulele that you've played? What size was it?

    I'm a concert player, and my favorite has been Kinnard. But, there a lot that I've never tried, so what are some of your favorites?

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    I'll be interested to hear the replies. Especially as it relates to tone and balance. What was it about the Kinnard that made it your favorite?
    "Everyone I know who is into the Ukulele is 'crackers' so get yourself a few and enjoy yourselves" - George Harrison


    the ukes and year of acquisition:
    Pono RTSH-C-PC Cedar/Rosewood tenor 2016
    Koaloha KSM-02 Koa longneck soprano 2016
    Blackbird Farallon with sound port 2017
    2008 Kiwaya KTC-02 Mahogany concert 2018
    aNueNue Moonbird Spruce/Rosewood concert 2018

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    There are so many that I've never tried, but of the ones I have, I always come back to my KoAloha. There's just something about it that I love. Concert is my preferred size.
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    KoAloha concert - circa 2006
    Gary Gill concert scale tenor, Douglas Fir & Mahogany
    aNueNue Moon Bird concert - Spruce & Rosewood

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    I have been through many, buying trying keeping or selling. The ones I have now are all keepers, I prefer tenors and baritones. My favorite is my LfdM tenor with spruce top and Amazon rosewood back and sides. It is the instrument I judge all others by. The tone is like a classical guitar and ease of playing is the best I have ever touched. A close second is my I'iwi tenor redwood top/walnut back and sides. The tone on this one is it's strong suit, full, warm and really resonant.

    They are very different from one another but are both my favorites

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    In terms of the favorite I own, currently, I'd have to say my Blackbird Clara. It probably gets more play time overall than any other instrument, since it's my travel uke when I have to fly for work. It's also my "save me from making a purchase" uke at festivals, because it is inevitably louder and clearer than most other instruments out there. It's a real treat to be able to play and I really appreciate the opportunity. My "close second" right now would have to be my Koaloha tenor, which is just so unbelievably powerful, clear, and resonant.

    In terms of the uke I'd like to own, it's this one from Tyde Music, which I played at a festival very recently. https://www.instagram.com/p/Be1G-eqh...n-by=tydemusic

    I believe their asking price is $6000-$7000, and for good reason. The inlays are exquisite. The sinker redwood top is beautiful, the curly koa is some of the best I have ever seen. The wonderful bevel work all the way around the top and back is really impressive. The sound was beautiful and very resonant. You know a build is special when the sides really resonate... not just the top and back. If I had that kind of cash free at the moment (in California, adoptions and houses aren't cheap), I would've bought it on the spot. They are two extremely talented and extremely creative builders.

    I loved it so much that I've decided that my next instrument will have to be a Tyde custom... maybe not of the $6000-$7000 variety, but with their creative thinking and design nonetheless. The idea will be to give them $2000-$3000 for a tenor and ask them to just create something cool using local California woods and whatever design elements they like. I'll probably sell a couple instruments to help finance it so I can get it going in the next year or so.
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    Lfdm for tenor
    Clara for concert
    I am done buying. Very happy with all my ukes , lfdm remains my number one ! Unbeatable!

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    Quote Originally Posted by etudes View Post
    I'll be interested to hear the replies. Especially as it relates to tone and balance. What was it about the Kinnard that made it your favorite?
    Beautifully made, incredible tone and sustain, and ease of playing.

    Of course, one person's preferred tone isn't going to appeal to everyone, and a neck that is great to play for me might not work well for someone else. That's part of what will be interesting about responses, since we haven't all tried the same ukuleles and don't have the same tastes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DownUpDave View Post
    I have been through many, buying trying keeping or selling. The ones I have now are all keepers, I prefer tenors and baritones. My favorite is my LfdM tenor with spruce top and Amazon rosewood back and sides. It is the instrument I judge all others by. The tone is like a classical guitar and ease of playing is the best I have ever touched. A close second is my I'iwi tenor redwood top/walnut back and sides. The tone on this one is it's strong suit, full, warm and really resonant.

    They are very different from one another but are both my favorites

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    Quote Originally Posted by SoloRule View Post
    Lfdm for tenor
    Clara for concert
    I am done buying. Very happy with all my ukes , lfdm remains my number one ! Unbeatable!

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    Your Lfdm's look amazing Dave and Brenda. Brenda I heard your recording online of the Mercedes tune- beautifully played and the special voice of the Lfdm really comes through. I hope to get a chance to play one in person. I guess I need to get to a uke festival in the coming year.
    "Everyone I know who is into the Ukulele is 'crackers' so get yourself a few and enjoy yourselves" - George Harrison


    the ukes and year of acquisition:
    Pono RTSH-C-PC Cedar/Rosewood tenor 2016
    Koaloha KSM-02 Koa longneck soprano 2016
    Blackbird Farallon with sound port 2017
    2008 Kiwaya KTC-02 Mahogany concert 2018
    aNueNue Moonbird Spruce/Rosewood concert 2018

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    Quote Originally Posted by El Viejo View Post
    I loved it so much that I've decided that my next instrument will have to be a Tyde custom... maybe not of the $6000-$7000 variety, but with their creative thinking and design nonetheless. The idea will be to give them $2000-$3000 for a tenor and ask them to just create something cool using local California woods and whatever design elements they like. I'll probably sell a couple instruments to help finance it so I can get it going in the next year or so.
    I hadn't heard of them. I'm off to Google to check them out.
    Hope that you get to have one in the near future.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joyful Uke View Post
    Beautifully made, incredible tone and sustain, and ease of playing.

    Of course, one person's preferred tone isn't going to appeal to everyone, and a neck that is great to play for me might not work well for someone else. That's part of what will be interesting about responses, since we haven't all tried the same ukuleles and don't have the same tastes.
    So true, it's such a subjective thing and we all approach the instrument a differently, but it's great you found one that really works for you. The Kinnards look amazing-- next time I'm in San Diego for work..
    "Everyone I know who is into the Ukulele is 'crackers' so get yourself a few and enjoy yourselves" - George Harrison


    the ukes and year of acquisition:
    Pono RTSH-C-PC Cedar/Rosewood tenor 2016
    Koaloha KSM-02 Koa longneck soprano 2016
    Blackbird Farallon with sound port 2017
    2008 Kiwaya KTC-02 Mahogany concert 2018
    aNueNue Moonbird Spruce/Rosewood concert 2018

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