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    I hate unboxing videos, the truly vile thing that is appearing now is unboxing videos by the manufacturer. Seriously?

    Baz's videos and reviews are great because he actually plays the instrument for a couple of weeks before he records the review so strings get time to settle and he gets an idea of sound over more than one session.

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    I think the best review a ukulele can have is someone simply playing it. A lot of videos are 90% waffling and 10% 'playing', usually not very well. I can look up things like nut width or what the tuners are like, I don't need that described to me in great detail.
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    Even if you have very different preferences for your ukulele than Barry, you can make informed decisions from his reviews. e.g. "Barry doesn't like that neck profile, but I do. Now I know about the neck profile". Or Barry doesn't like that it's quiet, but you don't want a loud one so now you know it's quiet. Few reviewers go into the same level of detail (although a few are picking up on it to some degree now). Quality is less subjective. If it's poor quality, you really want to know.

    And as far as sound ... you can only get so much information from a sound sample. It can steer you into a direction one way or the other, but until you have it in your hands, you don't have the full picture. How many times have you been convinced by sound samples that you found the perfect ukulele, just to be a little (or a lot) disappointed when it arrives that it's not quite what you wanted?

    But definitely watch multiple videos, especially ones with playing styles similar to yours (or what you hope to sound like someday).
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    Quote Originally Posted by glennerd View Post
    How many times have you been convinced by sound samples that you found the perfect ukulele, just to be a little (or a lot) disappointed when it arrives that it's not quite what you wanted?
    Never. There are some great comparison videos out there where someone plays 10 different tenors for example and it gives you a very good and in my experience accurate idea of what you can actually expect.
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    "You certainly don't get a good feel for the sound of an instrument on that site. YouTube is a much better resource for that"

    Listening to an instrument in a video tells you nothing about how the instrument sounds. It tells you how the instrument sounded when played by a certain person, in a particular environment, electronically recorded using some variable type of equipment, the signal transmitted by cables and/or radio waves, and eventually picked up and played through your equipment.

    The sound you hear will be nothing like that you would experience if you were playing it yourself, or if you were actually present when the recording was made.

    I'm not saying that you tube videos have no value, but do not expect the actual uke to sound like what you hear on line. A spoken, or written report from someone whose opinion can be trusted (an important caveat) is much more helpful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Counter View Post
    I think the best review a ukulele can have is someone simply playing it. A lot of videos are 90% waffling and 10% 'playing', usually not very well. I can look up things like nut width or what the tuners are like, I don't need that described to me in great detail.
    Playing and hearing it are of paramount importance, yes. It is a musical instrument and therefore FOR ME how the ukulele sounds is far more important than a nice gloss finish, binding, inlays and what not. However, there are players who find greater pleasure in its looks, because they have issues with their hearing.
    Are some reviewers not good enough at playing the instrument they review on YouTube? Even basic or non-players can give you that sound sample, even if they don't have any other useful critiques. A fantastic player will quickly find out which genre and songs a particular instrument suits. They will be able to showcase it with its limitations (because even the best uke will still have those). Though, in my opinion a mediocre or even a beginner player can demonstrate some basic chord shapes.

    I don't like it that certain influencers don't come clean on their ties with a brand. It diminishes credibility of other - more ethical - reviewers. Some people doing reviews are open about discounts or offers they have had. Others are just dishonest. I have seen people mentioning that they have received a package and they 'don't know what it might be or who sent it'. Next thing you know they are unboxing their own signature uke they helped design. Then there are people who can order an instrument themselves and will be reimbursed afterwards (so it reflects your and mine Amazon or eBay experience more closely).
    Choirguy is honest that he received certain instruments, that he asked for a defective and therefore returned uke. That enabled him to destroy one and build the FrankenEnya.

    For some brands you would need to spend quite a lot of time on research to find nut width. I like it that this is now included in Barry's reviews. Barry even tells you how difficult or comfortable the neck is. The very narrow nut width on the Enya Nova was a bit of a surprise. However, should you have looked up the specs on a very detailed product sheet you probably would think that it wasn't going to be roomy enough for adults.

    So, if your purchase is meaningful to you, you should be willing to invest a lot of time in the whole process of listening to as many sound clips as possible, read up about the specs, find out about the target audience, decide what uke you need, which ticks the most boxes given your budget, where you could potentially try one out and so on. It's a bit like homework, but it should be exciting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Counter View Post
    Never. There are some great comparison videos out there where someone plays 10 different tenors for example and it gives you a very good and in my experience accurate idea of what you can actually expect.
    I wish I had your skill/luck. I can change my mind from day to day which one I like better when I listen to those. But I see from your signature, you're shopping in a completely different price category than me, so maybe that's got something to do with it. Still, I've been left "meh" after picking up a high end instrument I thought I liked, so that's my curse. Maybe I'm too picky.
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    Such a happy ukulele community...
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    Ukes include (!) Kanile'a K1 Tenor, Tinguitar custom solid tenor, Fluke, Flea, Tinguitar Reclaimed Mahogany soprano, KM Ukuleles Dreadnought Concert, Brüko walnut soprano

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    Quote Originally Posted by ukantor View Post
    "You certainly don't get a good feel for the sound of an instrument on that site. YouTube is a much better resource for that"

    Listening to an instrument in a video tells you nothing about how the instrument sounds. It tells you how the instrument sounded when played by a certain person, in a particular environment, electronically recorded using some variable type of equipment, the signal transmitted by cables and/or radio waves, and eventually picked up and played through your equipment.

    The sound you hear will be nothing like that you would experience if you were playing it yourself, or if you were actually present when the recording was made.

    I'm not saying that you tube videos have no value, but do not expect the actual uke to sound like what you hear on line. A spoken, or written report from someone whose opinion can be trusted (an important caveat) is much more helpful.
    Totally and completely agree. Which is why I never actually used YouTube to start with. I reluctantly started to add them because enough people asked for them. I straw polled people not that long ago and it was pretty much evenly split between 'we want words and pictures', and 'we want short videos'... So, what to do....

    For me the videos are 'part' of the review only. Some people seem to prefer pictures, some reading, some watching. It's nice I suppose to be able to offer all three. If people don't like certain parts they don't need to use them. Different ways of gettng the same information across.

    But all the reviews I have EVER put up have made it clear, whether written word or video, that they are merely one persons view. Nothing more.

    I've never done them to tell people that 'THIS is what you will feel and enjoy..'.. I've only ever done them to add to the pool of opinions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bazmaz View Post
    Such a happy ukulele community...
    Aren't we though!?
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