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Thread: NUD: Cocobolo Concert #460 (2nd)

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    Default NUD: Cocobolo Concert #460 (2nd)

    Okay, so now I have two Cocobolo concerts. #412, which I got through the lottery several months back, and added the MiSi pickup, and the Snakewood button. (And a case.) When all was said and done, this wonderful instrument set me back $739.00, and is worth every penny.

    I just got Concert #460 - it was listed as a Second Quality- Keith said that the wood was darker than they prefer. So I entered the lottery, and won it.

    I have extra cases, so chose not to get one. Therefore this little uke, delivered, was $478.00. It arrived yesterday, and I'm letting it sit for a while and acclimate; the strings were loose upon arrival, as expected.

    Keith packed it very well - double boxed with lots of paper around the interior box, and then again around the bubble wrap surrounding the uke.

    As I looked at the bubble wrap, all I could think of was "Wow! That is darker!" Then I realized it wasn't that much darker, it was wrapped in velvet.
    001_ wrapped.jpg

    When I unwrapped it, here's what I had:

    002_concert 460.jpg

    I had to compare it with my existing Cocobolo, of course. (new uke is always on the left, older always on the right)

    003_ compare tops.jpg

    004_ compare backs.jpg

    And the labels, of course...


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    More photos next post
    Last edited by ksiegel; 05-12-2020 at 11:15 AM. Reason: I can't speel rite.
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    Concerts:Cocobolo #460 &#412, Ohana CK450QEL, CK-65D, Rosewood Vita, Mahogany Vita,
    Donaldson Custom, Epi Les Paul, National Triolian Reso, Republic
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    The view from the top, while playing:

    005_compare up side.jpg

    And the view from the floor:

    006_compare down side.jpg

    I haven't tuned it up yet, so I can't compare sound quality.

    I did notice two things, which tell me that the ukes were built by two different luthiers:

    The location of the back braces nearest the neck:

    009_ compare top back brace.jpg

    And the bridges. #412 is a string-through bridge, and #420 is a tie bridge.

    008_ compare bridges.jpg

    And, of course, both ukes came with maracas - the set with #412 were tied together with string, the set with #460 were loose.

    I've already got videos posted playing #412; when #460 is ready, I'll post some there.

    -Kurt
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    Banjo Ukes: Southern Cross, Firefly, Stella
    Sopranos: Donaldson, Timms, Moku, Waterman, Bugsgear, Outdoor, Waverly Street, Harmony
    Concerts:Cocobolo #460 &#412, Ohana CK450QEL, CK-65D, Rosewood Vita, Mahogany Vita,
    Donaldson Custom, Epi Les Paul, National Triolian Reso, Republic
    Tenors: Kala KA-KTG-CY, KoAloha Sceptre, Fluke, Cordoba 20TM
    Bass: Fluke Timber

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    Wow, very pretty! Will one have a different tuning?

    Congratulations!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nickie View Post
    Wow, very pretty! Will one have a different tuning?

    Congratulations!
    Not yet. Possibly a Low G in the future, or maybe I'll tune it to D tuning... But if they have sufficiently different sounds, I may leave it alone.

    -Kurt
    Banjo Ukes: Southern Cross, Firefly, Stella
    Sopranos: Donaldson, Timms, Moku, Waterman, Bugsgear, Outdoor, Waverly Street, Harmony
    Concerts:Cocobolo #460 &#412, Ohana CK450QEL, CK-65D, Rosewood Vita, Mahogany Vita,
    Donaldson Custom, Epi Les Paul, National Triolian Reso, Republic
    Tenors: Kala KA-KTG-CY, KoAloha Sceptre, Fluke, Cordoba 20TM
    Bass: Fluke Timber

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    Quote Originally Posted by ksiegel View Post
    I did notice two things, which tell me that the ukes were built by two different luthiers:
    Huh. I thought it was a one-man operation. Can I ask: what made you want to buy a second of (roughly) the same model?

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    Quote Originally Posted by snowdenn View Post
    Huh. I thought it was a one-man operation.
    If you read the About page, http://www.cocoboloukuleles.com/about-us
    There are at least 4 people involved in the construction at the moment. The way production has been ramped up lately I wouldn't be surprised if there were more, but I have no knowledge of that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by snowdenn View Post
    Huh. I thought it was a one-man operation. Can I ask: what made you want to buy a second of (roughly) the same model?
    Well, as it is, I have two Ohana Vita Ukes - one the Mahogany laminate, and one the Rosewood. They don't sound the same; glad I have them both.For that matter, I have a total of 25 ukuleles now, including my bass uke; they all sound and play differently.

    But I really like the sound of my Cocobolo, and for roughly half the price, It thought it was worth having another one - one with a pickup, one without. As it is, they look different, sound different (as the strings are setting), and if I choose to have one Low- G and one re-entrant, that's also a plus.

    -Kurt
    Banjo Ukes: Southern Cross, Firefly, Stella
    Sopranos: Donaldson, Timms, Moku, Waterman, Bugsgear, Outdoor, Waverly Street, Harmony
    Concerts:Cocobolo #460 &#412, Ohana CK450QEL, CK-65D, Rosewood Vita, Mahogany Vita,
    Donaldson Custom, Epi Les Paul, National Triolian Reso, Republic
    Tenors: Kala KA-KTG-CY, KoAloha Sceptre, Fluke, Cordoba 20TM
    Bass: Fluke Timber

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    If the sound is good I'd certainly be happy with that second.....A little darker they said?????? I'd be happy with that color.......enjoy the new concert!

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    Congratulations they are both beautiful. It is very interesting that the newer one has a tie bridge as opposed to the older one with a string through. The saddle seems shorter on the tie bridge and the string spacing seems a bit narrower, might just be the photo.

    Regardless they are a great looking pair of ukuleles and I am sure you will really enjoy them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DownUpDave View Post
    Congratulations they are both beautiful. It is very interesting that the newer one has a tie bridge as opposed to the older one with a string through. .
    It's my understanding that they've made a few adjustments based on reviews and feedback. Very praiseworthy, I think, for a business to adapt to customer feedback.
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