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    Default Black Limba

    I was looking for a strap, and of course had to look at ukuleles too while I was at it. LOL.
    I saw a LoPrinzi that is made of Black Limba. I haven't heard of that before, and was wondering what it's like. Has anyone had experience with it?
    Still looking for a strap, and still telling myself that I don't have UAS.

    Here is the link:
    https://store.dustystrings.com/p-675...nzi-abl-c.aspx

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    Don’t know anything about Black Limba, but that is a sweet looking ukulele.

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    If you like that one don't go looking at Kimo or Barron River

    Like this
    http://www.kimoukulele.com/2018/03/2...tenor-ukulele/

    or this
    https://www.brguitars.com/gallery/ba...imba_baritone/
    Ukulele:
    Iriguchi Tenor "Weeble" - A, WoU Clarity
    Blue Star 19" baritone Konablaster - DGBE
    Cocobolo 16" SC#1-gCEA, SC SLMU
    Ono #42 19" baritone, Ab, LW
    Imua iET-Bb, M600
    Covered Bridge CLN pineapple - Eb cuatro, SC XLL
    Rogue bari
    Bonanza super tenor, cFAD SC LHU
    Kala KSLNG, Eb SC XLU
    Hanson 5-string tenor, dGCEA
    Bonanza SLN GCEA
    Bonanzalele concert
    Guitars:
    Jupiter #47, G, TI CF127
    Pelem, B reentrant
    Jupiter #71, A, UG1

    !Flukutronic!

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    Jim, you just had to include the link to that Baritone Ukulele, didn’t you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Osprey View Post
    Jim, you just had to include the link to that Baritone Ukulele, didn’t you.
    Yep,
    Ukulele:
    Iriguchi Tenor "Weeble" - A, WoU Clarity
    Blue Star 19" baritone Konablaster - DGBE
    Cocobolo 16" SC#1-gCEA, SC SLMU
    Ono #42 19" baritone, Ab, LW
    Imua iET-Bb, M600
    Covered Bridge CLN pineapple - Eb cuatro, SC XLL
    Rogue bari
    Bonanza super tenor, cFAD SC LHU
    Kala KSLNG, Eb SC XLU
    Hanson 5-string tenor, dGCEA
    Bonanza SLN GCEA
    Bonanzalele concert
    Guitars:
    Jupiter #47, G, TI CF127
    Pelem, B reentrant
    Jupiter #71, A, UG1

    !Flukutronic!

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    I have a spruce top tenor with black limba back and sides. I don't know a ton about the wood, except that it's an African wood that's been likened to mahogany, nicknamed "korina" and popularized by vintage solid-body electric guitars. It's usually described like a bright mahogany, which is also my impression. For mine, I can't say for certain what's coming from the spruce and what's coming from the black limba, but one thing that stands out for me is it's clarity. Bright but full sounding at the same time. Besides the usual comparison to mahogany, mine also conjures up impressions of myrtlewood. It also feels like my lightest instrument, though I haven't weighed any of them. My black limba tenor was made by DJ Morgan, who doesn't seem as talked about here on UU as some other British builders, but I think he's an amazing builder.

    Edit: I tried uploading pics, but I'm having trouble with the manage attachments thing.

    http://djmorganukuleles.co.uk/portfo...tenor-ukulele/
    Last edited by snowdenn; 09-01-2020 at 01:21 PM.

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    Nice looking wood. I agree with snowdenn, it reminds me of Myrtle.

    Great looking instruments y'all.
    There is a subtle yet profound difference between the learning of something and the knowing of that thing.
    You can learn by reading, but you don’t begin to know until you begin to try to do.

    —Lou Churchill, Plane & Pilot Magazine

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    Pete Howlett has built quite a few black limba ukes over the years and speaks well of its tonal properties. It ranges from very plain in appearance to very interesting. This is an outstanding board that's been sitting in my shop for a while. Got to build something with it!!


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    Sure is pretty wood.
    I don't have UAS, I don't have UAS.

    It is interesting to see all the different woods being used. So many options.

    I found this YT which compares a few different woods, including Black Limba. Not ukulele, though. But you can definitely hear the differences in sound in the guitars.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tBg0NBnSwAI
    Last edited by Joyful Uke; 09-02-2020 at 05:48 AM.

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