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    Quote Originally Posted by CPG View Post
    A very quick, very simple sound sample:

    https://photos.app.goo.gl/nrnBzj8RknGMiFW17
    Beautiful instrument, and beautiful playing! Ordering one myself now...
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    The Rebel Double Creme Soprano
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    Quote Originally Posted by LowDownG View Post
    Beautiful instrument, and beautiful playing! Ordering one myself now...
    Thanks. That was a great uke! I actually didn't own it very long because another uke caught my eye and I ended up selling this one to fund that one. Ultimatly didn't like the latter one as much as I like this Rebel and sold that too. Probably should have just kept the Rebel and have often thought about getting another one. Though I have 3 amazing sopranos currently so if I do it would probably be a concert or tenor.

    Rebel makes really really nice ukes! I think you'll love yours.
    Pohaku "Yellow Label" Mahogany Soprano
    Weymann Model 10 Mahogany Soprano (c. 1918)
    Uke.S.A. Hawaii (by "Pops KoAloha") Bearclaw AO Soprano

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    Nice. Looks and sounds great. Have fun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CPG View Post
    Thanks. That was a great uke! I actually didn't own it very long because another uke caught my eye and I ended up selling this one to fund that one. Ultimatly didn't like the latter one as much as I like this Rebel and sold that too. Probably should have just kept the Rebel and have often thought about getting another one. Though I have 3 amazing sopranos currently so if I do it would probably be a concert or tenor.

    Rebel makes really really nice ukes! I think you'll love yours.
    Just got it yesterday - it has the matte finish - and it sounds great. Very impressed with the build quality... thanks for the inspiration to go ahead and get one with the video you posted... I see you have the Bearclaw AO from Pops - how do you like it? Been trying to find a sound sample, with no luck...
    KoAloha KSM-10
    The Rebel Double Creme Soprano
    Blackbird Clara

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    Quote Originally Posted by LowDownG View Post
    Just got it yesterday - it has the matte finish - and it sounds great. Very impressed with the build quality... thanks for the inspiration to go ahead and get one with the video you posted... I see you have the Bearclaw AO from Pops - how do you like it? Been trying to find a sound sample, with no luck...
    Glad you like it. Rebels are such nice ukes and while not inexpensive really really good deals for what you get. If I ever get another it will probably be matte. The gloss finish was the one thing I didn't love on the one I had.

    I actually posted several sound samples of my AO when I did my NUD. You can find them here:

    https://forum.ukuleleunderground.com...-sound-samples

    I honestly had mixed feeling about the AO at first but it has opened up a lot and has really grown on. It has a beautifully clear, ringy, and direct sound. If you want the more open harp-like more KoAloha-esc sound you should get one of the other models. The AO is more barky and direct, less open and shimmery, and Ed F tells me ever so slightly not as loud more standard WOW models. It's hard to explain, it's almost like someone took a KoAloha or a WOW and e.q.'d out certain frequencies. I think the reason I had mixed feelings about it at first was because I had heard sound samples of the WOWs and it sounded different from them. It wasn't that it didn't sound good, it just didn't sound like what I thought it would sound like. Again, though I do like it a lot now. It opened up a lot and the tone generally just grew on me. I also LOVE the design and setup. Super easy playing, looks amazing, and the sloped shoulders work really well for letting one access the upper frets.

    I actually had it up for sale a few weeks ago, but decided I didn't want to sell it and pulled it down. I was going to sell it to fund a Blackbird Clara that I found a good deal on but that deal fell through and I really didn't want to sell it so decided to hold onto it. Funding the other purchase was the only reason I was going to sell it. My Pohaku remains my favorite I've ever owned and I have a soft spot for my Weymann, so of three that was the only one I was willing to part with.
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    Pohaku "Yellow Label" Mahogany Soprano
    Weymann Model 10 Mahogany Soprano (c. 1918)
    Uke.S.A. Hawaii (by "Pops KoAloha") Bearclaw AO Soprano

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    Quote Originally Posted by CPG View Post
    Glad you like it. Rebels are such nice ukes and while not inexpensive really really good deals for what you get. If I ever get another it will probably be matte. The gloss finish was the one thing I didn't love on the one I had.

    I actually posted several sound samples of my AO when I did my NUD. You can find them here:

    https://forum.ukuleleunderground.com...-sound-samples

    I honestly had mixed feeling about the AO at first but it has opened up a lot and has really grown on. It has a beautifully clear, ringy, and direct sound. If you want the more open harp-like more KoAloha-esc sound you should get one of the other models. The AO is more barky and direct, less open and shimmery, and Ed F tells me ever so slightly not as loud more standard WOW models. It's hard to explain, it's almost like someone took a KoAloha or a WOW and e.q.'d out certain frequencies. I think the reason I had mixed feelings about it at first was because I had heard sound samples of the WOWs and it sounded different from them. It wasn't that it didn't sound good, it just didn't sound like what I thought it would sound like. Again, though I do like it a lot now. It opened up a lot and the tone generally just grew on me. I also LOVE the design and setup. Super easy playing, looks amazing, and the sloped shoulders work really well for letting one access the upper frets.

    I actually had it up for sale a few weeks ago, but decided I didn't want to sell it and pulled it down. I was going to sell it to fund a Blackbird Clara that I found a good deal on but that deal fell through and I really didn't want to sell it so decided to hold onto it. Funding the other purchase was the only reason I was going to sell it. My Pohaku remains my favorite I've ever owned and I have a soft spot for my Weymann, so of three that was the only one I was willing to part with.
    Thanks for sharing the links -- the AO sounds really nice, and yes, I can see what you mean about the barky, direct, sound. Totally works with a soprano, in particular. And it looks SO unique and amazing... I had a Koaloha Soprano that I ended up selling because I thought it was too shimmery... weird, because I just didn't think that was the sound I wanted out of my soprano at the time...

    I actually have a Blackbird Clara that I might be looking to sell soon, I'm on the fence about it right now - I will let you know if I decide to sell it, It's a B-stock that looks great, and sounds incredible -- I'm sure we can work something out...
    KoAloha KSM-10
    The Rebel Double Creme Soprano
    Blackbird Clara

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    Quote Originally Posted by LowDownG View Post
    Thanks for sharing the links -- the AO sounds really nice, and yes, I can see what you mean about the barky, direct, sound. Totally works with a soprano, in particular. And it looks SO unique and amazing... I had a Koaloha Soprano that I ended up selling because I thought it was too shimmery... weird, because I just didn't think that was the sound I wanted out of my soprano at the time...

    I actually have a Blackbird Clara that I might be looking to sell soon, I'm on the fence about it right now - I will let you know if I decide to sell it, It's a B-stock that looks great, and sounds incredible -- I'm sure we can work something out...
    Funny. The one I was gonna buy was B-stock too. I'm in a guitar and banjo playing phase at the moment (I go in cycles as to what instruments I practice), but by all means let me know if you decide to sell it. If the timing is right I may very well be interested in it and may also consider parting with the AO again someday if you're ever interested.

    I had KoAloha soprano for a while too. I had mixed feelings about whether that was the tone I wanted in a soprano at the time, but honestly it's the only uke I've ever sold and regretted letting go of for any exteneded period of time. Usually I just move on to something new, but I missed that one for quite a while.
    Last edited by CPG; 05-21-2021 at 07:06 AM.
    Pohaku "Yellow Label" Mahogany Soprano
    Weymann Model 10 Mahogany Soprano (c. 1918)
    Uke.S.A. Hawaii (by "Pops KoAloha") Bearclaw AO Soprano

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    Quote Originally Posted by CPG View Post
    Funny. The one I was gonna buy was B-stock too. I'm in a guitar and banjo playing phase at the moment (I go in cycles as to what instruments I practice), but by all means let me know if you decide to sell it. If the timing is right I may very well be interested in it and may also consider parting with the AO again someday if you're ever interested.

    I had KoAloha soprano for a while too. I had mixed feelings about whether that was the tone I wanted in a soprano at the time, but honestly it's the only uke I've ever sold and regretted letting go of for any exteneded period of time. Usually I just move on to something new, but I missed that one for quite a while.
    I had/still have the same regret on the KoAloha, but more for the playability than the sound - for some reason, it felt like it had acres of space on the fretboard compared to any other soprano I've played. it was a Silver Series Factory Special that I sold SO CHEAP I'm still kicking myself... ugh.... Will definitely let you know about the Clara if I decide to move on from it...
    KoAloha KSM-10
    The Rebel Double Creme Soprano
    Blackbird Clara

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    I'm going to sell the Blackbird (sticking with sopranos only, for now, and I'm just not playing it), and would maybe be interested in some kind of a trade for the AO, or a straight purchase, if you're interested - let me know!



    Quote Originally Posted by CPG View Post
    Funny. The one I was gonna buy was B-stock too. I'm in a guitar and banjo playing phase at the moment (I go in cycles as to what instruments I practice), but by all means let me know if you decide to sell it. If the timing is right I may very well be interested in it and may also consider parting with the AO again someday if you're ever interested.

    I had KoAloha soprano for a while too. I had mixed feelings about whether that was the tone I wanted in a soprano at the time, but honestly it's the only uke I've ever sold and regretted letting go of for any exteneded period of time. Usually I just move on to something new, but I missed that one for quite a while.
    KoAloha KSM-10
    The Rebel Double Creme Soprano
    Blackbird Clara

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    Quote Originally Posted by LowDownG View Post
    I'm going to sell the Blackbird (sticking with sopranos only, for now, and I'm just not playing it), and would maybe be interested in some kind of a trade for the AO, or a straight purchase, if you're interested - let me know!
    Sent you a PM. Let me know if it didn't come thorugh. PM's get cut off here sometimes.
    Pohaku "Yellow Label" Mahogany Soprano
    Weymann Model 10 Mahogany Soprano (c. 1918)
    Uke.S.A. Hawaii (by "Pops KoAloha") Bearclaw AO Soprano

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