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Thread: NUD: Brad Donaldson Long Neck Soprano

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    Default NUD: Brad Donaldson Long Neck Soprano

    I have wanted to own a long neck, or super soprano for several years. The first time I tried one was at the Mya-Moe picnic in White Salmon, Washington. I loved the sound and "feel" of the uke, but decided to buy a Koa concert instead - a decision I have never regretted, but that long neck soprano stayed in the back of my mind.

    Jump to a few months ago when the following thread appeared on UU:
    https://forum.ukuleleunderground.com...uilding-Thread

    Needless to say, I contacted Brad and discovered he was in Cannon Beach at that time and could make a similar long neck soprano for me. We began to plan out the specs and he was able to complete the soprano a few days before he returned to Kauai. We met at a Barnes & Noble and when he opened the case I knew the build was exactly what I had wanted. Brad was great to work with on this project, and I encourage anyone interested to contact him. His builds are light and responsive, and his build quality is top notch. I can't provide a decent sound sample, but am pleased with the sustain and volume.

    Specs are:
    Vintage model, long neck soprano
    12” radius on fretboard
    Top, Engelmann spruce harvested in 1995
    Back and sides, very hard and dense koa
    Neck, old growth H. mahogany with carbon fiber rod
    Fretboard, bridge and bindings are Indian rosewood
    Alaska yellow cedar linings
    PegHed tuners
    Sitka spruce braces
    Koa bridge patch

    Photos are at: https://photos.app.goo.gl/NWZXNxz4CUJpZ76i9
    Sorry for the bedspread/old iPhone photo quality. I have included a few shots comparing the size of Donaldson soprano to my Mya-Moe concert.

    Bill
    Last edited by BillM; 11-10-2019 at 12:58 PM.

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    Nice. I bet that uke from Cannon Beach lives up to its name.
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    Congratulations Bill, well done
    Grandma Penny

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    Nice uke! I get to meet Brad and some of his ukes this winter. Which would never have happened with this forum--and his generosity. I'm even more excited now, thanks Bill.

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    That's a real beauty!
    Too many ukes, but I can't stop buying!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Hanks View Post
    Nice. I bet that uke from Cannon Beach lives up to its name.
    You're right! It is a cannon at times.

    Quote Originally Posted by prb035 View Post
    Congratulations Bill, well done
    Thanks. I've heard about Brad's builds for a few years, and am happy that I now own one.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ziret View Post
    Nice uke! I get to meet Brad and some of his ukes this winter. Which would never have happened with this forum--and his generosity. I'm even more excited now, thanks Bill.
    Agreed. Brad is a great guy and quite the artist.

    Quote Originally Posted by Jerryc41 View Post
    That's a real beauty!
    Thanks Jerry. I agree.

    Bill

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    Wow, very nice. I'd love to get my hands on a really good soprano, just for playing Baroque. Congrats!
    "Those who bring sunshine and laughter to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves".

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    Congrats on the beautiful uke. I would definitely like to see/ hear that Soprano.
    K
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