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    All-time favorite is Rosewood b&s with Spruce top.*

    *Subject to change without notice.
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    It is interesting how some people base their preference on looks and others, myself included base it on sound.

    On looks alone my Kimo tenor with curly koa puts me in a trance. The flamed maple back and sides are pretty nice as well

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    Plain old Honduran mahogany. I like its all purpose tone, where it’s not too bright nor too mellow. Also I just felt my skill level is not worthy of the extremely curly or flamed woods.
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    I'm fickle. One day my favorite will be one ukulele, and another one doesn't hit that sweet spot for me that day. Another day, the previously less favored one is the greatest one ever.

    Current favorite: maple with spruce top.

    Then again, last night I played each one for a while, and they were all my favorite. They each have their own special voice.

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    To look at, definitely flame maple or koa.
    To hear, cocobolo. Man, that wood sings! I think it's highly underrated...
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    Quote Originally Posted by DownUpDave View Post
    It is interesting how some people base their preference on looks and others, myself included base it on sound.
    And some of us base it on both ;-)
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    Mahogany on a soprano and cedar on a bari. Although my acacia soprano is so different it's pretty cool too.

    Mango's been intriguing me lately, but I'm staying away from that one. Don't need to go down another rabbit hole.
    Glenn

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    I had asked this question last spring. Earlier today I had a conversation about soundboards with a Luthiers that my taste has changed. At one time I wasn't a fan of spruce or maple and now enjoy both. However I don't think I have a favorite anymore. I'm definitely open to whatever sounds good to me.

    I'm still interested in hearing others opinions and backup videos would add to the conversation.
    For spruce tops:
    https://youtu.be/bOobaqlKNUQ (Tenor) and
    https://vimeo.com/163129227 (Soprano)
    Redwood
    https://vimeo.com/340778252 (Tenor)
    https://vimeo.com/282032273 (Tenor Harp)
    And Koa:
    https://vimeo.com/315035534 (Tenor Pineapple)
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    Quote Originally Posted by keenonuke View Post
    ... At one time I wasn't a fan of spruce or maple and now enjoy both. However I don't think I have a favorite anymore. I'm definitely open to whatever sounds good to me.
    Were you not a fan because of how spruce sounds? or looks...
    keeping an eye out for a very special pre-owned concert....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wukulele View Post
    Were you not a fan because of how spruce sounds? or looks...
    Earlier on this thread DownupDave mentioned how some chose based on looks, others on sound. I'm of the later group and chose based on sound. Looks would be a bonus for the top board. Although the back and sides looks enters the picture.

    I used to feel that Spruce and Maple were too bright. I had preferred the deeper, mellow sounds. I didn't fully appreciate sound demos playing up the neck. I only wanted to hear the deepest tones possible from a uke. Thankfully my tastes have grown. And I really appreciate when an instrument can play up the neck and continue to demonstrate sustain, intonation, etc..
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