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    Quote Originally Posted by j.roth View Post
    I play fingerstyle on the soprano because I like the way it sounds best. Who else here is partial to the soprano?
    I'm partial to ukulele. The size is irrelevant.
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    Something about the soprano with low G makes me wants to pick it up more than any other uke types.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Graham Greenbag View Post
    Iíve tried all the three main sizes in standard tuning and currently play the Soprano as my size of choice. Each size has its proís and conís but for me the Soprano has the best balance of pluses and minuses for my use. That said Iíve found that, to my ears, some Sopranos are overly cutting or shrill whilst others others sing.

    Others might think Sopranos should be jangly or cutting but I want something more balanced and melodic from my instruments, over the past few years Iíve tried and then passed on several Sopranos that didnít quite hit the spot for me and retained two that do - neither were expensive so itís not all about paying a lot. How you accurately identify a sweet sounding instrument from its design alone I donít know and hence, for me, its been a process of case of buying them, setting them up and playing them to see whatís what. Any suggestions on an improved initial purchase selection process criteria would be appreciated, at the moment mineís - rather too simplistically - down to go for a single piece top (so no stiffening along butt joint support piece) and a large lower bout.

    TLDNR. Some Sopranos sing and some cut through, pick what works for you.
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    Anything larger than a soprano is cheating .
    " Anything larger than a soprano is cheating "
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    Quote Originally Posted by j.roth View Post
    I play fingerstyle on the soprano because I like the way it sounds best. Who else here is partial to the soprano?
    I never met a uke I didn't like. : )
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    Graham Greeburg I think would like a 20 year old Larivee.
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    I have had one uke choice in my life. It was between my soprano and a concert of the same series.

    'nuff said.
    Have a good soprano

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    Quote Originally Posted by PetalumaRescuke View Post
    Graham Greeburg I think would like a 20 year old Larivee.
    Buy one now, and in 20 years, you'll have one. : )
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    A friend of mine has a Larivee soprano. I don't know its age but he bought it second hand, about ten years ago. I've never seen a better made ukulele. It is immaculate in every respect. It is most attractive, visually, and it sounds wonderful.

    I covet that uke - not his wife, or his ass - just the uke.

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    Soprano with standard Am7 tuning can be so floppy, depending of the strings of course. So one must have a really good technique to not over bend them with fingering.

    Some chords are also easier to play with larger scales, depending of course also of the spacing of strings. Just my thoughts.

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