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Thread: Blackbird Fight! Clara v. Farallon

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    Default Blackbird Fight! Clara v. Farallon

    Ok, I'm not as good as most of you, but I thought it would be fun to compare the two.

    these were recorded on my iPhone with a Shure MV88 mic.

    I just strummed a few first position chords and then played a couple notes on the A string up the fretboard.



    Which is first in the sound sample?

    Do you like one or the other?

    To me, they sound a little different when I'm playing them, but it could be the sound ports, who knows.

    Cheers!

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    They are very very similar in sound. The second sounds a touch "fuller" so guessing that is the Farallon. Same strings on both?

    With such a similar sound, one might choose on the neck size/spacing ... concert vs tenor... instead the size.

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    I’ve never played either but sure would like to try then so I can buy one or the other. Of course string can play a big part. Based on what I’ve read about Clara being a cannot, my guess .......first is Clara and second if Farallon.......just to play along. I play tenor but like the Clara shape. I’ve never played a concert, always tenor so been thinking a Farallon. Just need to play them both. Congrats on having two great ukuleles.. I await other opinion and the reveal.
    Thanks for posting..

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    Second one has a much deeper sound. The first one is muddier.

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    #1 - Clara
    #2 - Farallon

    I own a Clara, and there are several Claras and Farallons in my uke groups, so let's see if I'm right?
    My ukulele family.....
    KoAloha Koa concert - circa 2006
    KoAloha Special Issue longneck soprano - Port Orford Cedar & Koa - circa 2015
    aNueNue Moon Bird concert - Spruce & Rosewood -2018
    Blackbird Clara - 2019

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    The Farallon is strung Oasis Brights and Fremont soloist

    The Clara is strung with Worth Browns (my best guess) and Fremont soloist

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    They both sound very nice, thanks for taking the time to post a comparison
    Happy just to be a Newbie +, Penny

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    Both sound nice. #1 Clara. #2 Farallon??

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    The second one definitely seems to have a warmer, deeper tone, so my guess is 1) Clara and 2) Farallon. However, the strings can make a big difference. The Browns on the Clara are gonna be warmer than the Oasis Brights on the Farallon, so that could flip things around completely. I kind of hope that it is 1) Farallon and 2) Clara. It would serve as a good illustration of the difference the string sets can make.

    BTW...I hope you made the little volcano noises in your head after strumming the chords.

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    Farallon 1
    Clara 2
    Kiwaya KTS-4 - High G - Living Water
    Moon Bird UC200 - High G - Black Water
    Blackbird Clara Sunburst - Low G - Fremont
    Kanile’a K-2 Premium Concert - High G - Living Water
    KoAloha KCO-10 Acacia - High G - Stock
    Flea Concert - High G - Living Water
    Aiersi OU-31M - High G - Worth

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