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    I love my Martin S-0, with "A D F# B" tuning! Something special about that little guy! I totally respect other size and tuning preferences! But I really enjoy the challenge of developing nice-sounding arrangements of my old favorite tunes, relying on nothing but that little soprano uke and my voice! The raw simplicity has great appeal, especially after spending so many years playing electric guitar and hauling tons of gear around!

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    Yes, I'm still strumming sopranos. I've tried other sizes, but nothing else feels 'right'. I prefer ADF#B tuning too, partly because that's what I started learning years ago, but also because it just sounds happier than GCEA.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EDW View Post
    Sure, in fact many love the soprano

    https://forum.ukuleleunderground.com...rano-by-Choice
    Yep, I thought it a really good thread too. I love the Soprano size, it has it’s weaknesses but it also has so much that’s good about it too. Some folk do like to use the ‘D’ tuning on them and the smaller bodied ones might work better that way for some music; personally I prefer ‘C’ tuning and want my Sopranos to have a large sound box for a fuller and less cutting sound, YMMV.

    I don’t think that John Bianchi is active here any more, shame , but I’ve always thought that his Vita playing gives good examples of the Soprano at its best. Here’s one of his earlier videos, an instrumental : https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=xXhY_iWHChQ. Here’s a later one with him singing (an expert in that particular style or what!): https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Qnk4De5U2Z4 . Edit. And another gem: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=PWKFR1WN_3M . From his video stream I see that, many years on from the first video, he still uses his Ohana Vita - I estimate that John has had that Soprano for eight years, he could play anything else so one might guess that he really likes it.

    Edit. On further checking I suspect that John is a multi-skilled semi-pro musician, here’s ‘his’ group: http://www.buckandaquarterquartet.com/bios-1 . It’s interesting that John appears to choose Soprano; for some of what the group do guitars and larger uke’s are used but (from what I see) not by John. The group’s other Uke player is shown with a Soprano (Mainland) in his bio, see and listen to him here singing (something from 1928?) and accompanied by his Soprano: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=MioArd6oIJU.
    Last edited by Graham Greenbag; 12-25-2019 at 08:53 AM.

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    Nice interview.

    Good player, using a less expensive uke, what's not to like.
    Trying to do justice to various musical instruments.

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    My collection of ukuleles consists of one each of soprano, concert, and tenor. It took a while to find a soprano ukulele that I liked the sound of, and I finally settled on a 1925 Martin 2K.

    Tony
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    I love my sopranos the most.
    - Laura

    Martin, KoAloha, Brueko, Mele, Mainland, Outdoor, Kala, Enya, Harmony, Tempo, Globe, Vega, Silvertone, Kay, Luna, Zither Heaven, First Act

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    Sopranos all the way, baby. I'm somewhat of a traditionalist so the soprano is my go to uke size every time. Honestly, I can't even play anything larger than a concert without having to seriously adjust to the bigger size. Also, I very much like the soprano tone as well. If I ever decide to get a different uke I'll go for something completely different like a baritone.

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    I love my sopranos. Have never seriously thought about the larger size ukes.

    Mike

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    I love my soprano ukuleles. I learn a lot on my tenor, and when I get decent at it I move to the soprano. Soprano feels like the size for playing fast and tight while still keeping it loose.

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    To me, the thing is the sound.

    Sure you can't play big-time up the neck. But the sound's the cookie.
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