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    Default No love for concert scale

    Warning.....I'm going to hop on my soapbox for a few seconds.

    Why are most of the really cool ukes that I see on the HMS website tenors? Today, they send out an email with all these really cool new custom ukes. I get excited, then see that they are all tenors. Tenor choices on HMS outnumber concerts 2:1 most of the time. I know they have the Hoffman & the aNueNue Moonbird concerts right now, but it seems that the bulk of the really special ukes are tenors. How about some concert love!
    Just an observation & some whining by a concert scale lover. I'll hop down now.
    My ukulele family.....
    KoAloha Koa concert - circa 2006
    aNueNue Moon Bird concert - Spruce & Rosewood - 2018
    Blackbird Clara - 2019
    Kanilea KCS-SSP super soprano - circa 2016

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    So many cool tenors, cause all the cool people play tenor

    Sorry couldn't help myself.

    Jake, James Hill, Daniel Ho.......dont get much cooler than that
    Currently enjoying these ukuleles : *LdfM tenor, *LfdM 19" super tenor. *LfdM baritone, *I'iwi tenor , *Koolau tenor, *Webber tenor, *Kimo tenor, *Kimo super concert, *Mya Moe baritone, *Kamaka baritone, *Gianinni baritone, *Fred Shields super soprano, *Kala super soprano, *Loprinzi super soprano, *Black bear ULO concert , *Enya X1 concert, *Enya X1 pineapple soprano, *Gretsch tenor, *Korala plastic concert

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    I'm loving concerts more and more, and the majority of mine are tenors. My newest (and last? hahahaha) with be an alto- concert neck and a body between a soprano and concert - from Beansprout. I'm pretty sure it will immediately be my favorite uke!

    UAS Symptoms:
    Beansprout #346 walnut/cedar - alto
    Mya Moe #2150 walnut resonator - tenor
    G-String CST1 custom koa - tenor
    G-String CB semi-custom koa - tenor
    Deering Goodtime banjolele - tenor
    Risa Les Paul steel-string electric - tenor
    Risa Uke Solid - tenor
    Asonu whale-shaped Tahitian - concert
    Outdoor Ukulele - soprano
    Kala UBass
    Ohana O'Nino
    Fluke

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    I find myself drawn to the concert scale as well, and am not bothered by the lack of “high end” concerts, as all of the K-Brands offer concert instruments, and any of those instruments will sound just as good as any custom; they just won’t be as “blingy.”
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    Quote Originally Posted by DownUpDave View Post
    So many cool tenors, cause all the cool people play tenor

    Sorry couldn't help myself.

    Jake, James Hill, Daniel Ho.......dont get much cooler than that
    Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. Maybe the concert players would be cool kids if we had the cool toys to play with
    My ukulele family.....
    KoAloha Koa concert - circa 2006
    aNueNue Moon Bird concert - Spruce & Rosewood - 2018
    Blackbird Clara - 2019
    Kanilea KCS-SSP super soprano - circa 2016

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    I love concert scale, my favourite building scale is concert. My most played personal uke's / banjo ukes are all concert.
    Kind Regards
    Dennis

    dponeil@xtra.co.nz
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    New Zealand.

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    Wasn’t always that way. Some famous builders focused on concert-sized ukes when they made them. Santa Cruz and Collings are examples.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RafterGirl View Post
    Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. Maybe the concert players would be cool kids if we had the cool toys to play with
    Hey, I think I'm pretty cool. :-)

    I've sold all the ukuleles I've had that weren't concerts, & don't expect to buy anything but concerts going forward. So, like you, it's disappointing when there are far more choices for tenors than concerts. But I think of the $ I potentially save by getting tempted by fewer ukuleles.

    My hands are also picky about the neck, so that knocks some concerts out of the running too.

    While the "standard" ukuleles are great to play, IMO there is something special about some of those "cool" ukuleles that make playing those extra enjoyable, especially when playing fingerstyle. It's not just about bling.

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    I don’t care as much about bling, but custom builds have unique wood, design, and of course sweet sound.
    My ukulele family.....
    KoAloha Koa concert - circa 2006
    aNueNue Moon Bird concert - Spruce & Rosewood - 2018
    Blackbird Clara - 2019
    Kanilea KCS-SSP super soprano - circa 2016

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    Quote Originally Posted by RafterGirl View Post
    I don’t care as much about bling, but custom builds have unique wood, design, and of course sweet sound.
    That's it exactly.

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