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    Ziricote looks amazing! But I have heard that it is crack prone..
    Do you own a ziricote back and sides? What has been your experience?

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    I do not have experience with ziricote. I was told by two luthiers and have read that it is a touchy wood to work with. That it's hard to bend and form and has a tendency to to crack and break even when it's bent and handled extremely carefully.

    Amendment: The ziricote laminates hold up just fine. Two at my uke club, both over 4 years old, doing just fine.
    To expand upon what I was told: It's a beautiful wood with great sound. Once it's shaped and assembled, it doesn't have any more problems than other hard woods. It's getting it to that point that's the difficult part.
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    I have a Kala ziricote baritone .... it's laminate; so no worries with the wood! If it's the look you're after, then this might be an alternative ... and it actually sounds pretty good!
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    Quote Originally Posted by LimousinLil View Post
    I have a Kala ziricote baritone .... it's laminate; so no worries with the wood! If it's the look you're after, then this might be an alternative ... and it actually sounds pretty good!
    I know two people with that uke, and they've held up very well. Laminates are less delicate.
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    I think that Kala ziricote baritone is gorgeous. Almost bought one, based on the looks alone. Glad to hear they hold up well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by John boy View Post
    I think that Kala ziricote baritone is gorgeous. Almost bought one, based on the looks alone. Glad to hear they hold up well.
    "Almost bought one" applies to many makes and models for me.
    Too many ukes, but I can't stop buying!
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    I have a Sumi tenor that has solid ziricote back and sides. It travelled the world to get to the uk and due to temperature changes suffered about a 1cm crack but in the gloss only. It is by far my favourite instrument!
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    Like others, I have considered the laminate ziricote. It looks terrific and the laminate would ease my mind about durability.

    If I was to buy a solid wood uke, it would almost for sure be mango. Which I think also looks fantastic.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerryc41 View Post
    "Almost bought one" applies to many makes and models for me.
    Which is a greater quantity for you Jerry? "Almost bought one" or "Bought one"?
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    Thank you for the responses. Some one very knowledgeable about repairs said that ziricote is no more susceptible to cracking than other tropical woods that are popular. It depends on the quality of wood and the humidity control / drying if wood..

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