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    Seeing the thread about beautiful Tonewoods for mango gave me the idea to ask what's your favorite top/back and sides.

    My favorite tops are either Sinker Redwood OR Koa
    As for back and sides, I'm open to anything that looks beautiful and they all look great :-). That being said when it comes to picking the actual wood for a build I'm fussy.
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    I really like the sound of sinker cedar for the top, also spruce but probably cedar more. Also mango and koa sound for all same solid wood ukes.
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    Spruce top, Koa back and sides. Or all mango.
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    Spruce top is number 1 for me followed by redwood and cedar. For the back it's rosewood, then walnut and myrtle.
    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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    At first, I didn't like spruce, but I've come around. Still, I don't go searching for light colors. I like a wood that looks nice. Koa, and other woods, come in different grades. I prefer a fancy grade, although the price is often out of reach.
    Too many ukes, but I can't stop buying!
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    Acacia, mahogany, cedar, & then maybe spruce.

    I have an all solid acacia, several all solid mahogany, one cedar top, & one solid spruce, in my collection.
    Trying to do justice to various musical instruments.

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    Although I do have a HPL uke, it's koa and hog for me. Just a traditional guy I guess.
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    I'm going to go a different route and answer this based on pure looks.

    For all solid I'll go with this. I don't think any commentary is necessary.
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    Favorite non-all solid soundboard/tonewood combo, I'll take this. Adirondack Spruce with, I believe, African Ebony. Someone correct me if I'm wrong. The crisp, clean contrast is just gorgeous in my eyes.
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    Given that one's a Moore Bettah, and the other's a Hive, I don't think sound would be a problem.

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    Caveat: I have not played a wide range of tonewoods. That being said:

    It depends. It depends on the tune and the arrangement. There are tunes that scream out for a bright sound, others absolutely require a mellower sound. Yes, the size of the uke plays into this, but not entirely.

    A local luthier, Brian Griffin, occasionally brings a set of shakers to our monthly sessions. Each one made from a different tonewood, and sound differences are dramatic. Now I am in a quandary - I have no idea what tonewood I’ll want when I’m in a place to upgrade my tenor (Kala KA-TE).

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    Most of my ukuleles are mahogany. I do have one maple flame but do not play it often as it is a larger size.
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    Eddy Finn EF-Moon Concert Mahogany gCEA Aquila SuperNylgut
    Beaver Creek BCUKE-S Soprano Mahogany gCEA D’addario Black Nylon
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    Ohana PKC-25G Concert Mahogany Pineapple gCEA Aquila
    Donner DUC-3 Concert Spruce/Mahogany gCEA Donner

    CPM CT-Q2 chromatic clip on tuner
    Snark SN-4 tuner
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