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Thread: What's your favorite? (sound comparison)

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    Default What's your favorite? (sound comparison)

    A few weeks ago I bought two Martin Centennial sopranos. Today I let one go. Before I put it in its case to leave for its final destination, I recorded a sound demo of both instruments.

    I think, they're quite similar. Anyway, I did have a definite favorite.

    #1: http://ukulelezeit.de/wp-content/upl...nial-15821.mp3
    #2: http://ukulelezeit.de/wp-content/upl...nial-16022.mp3

    What's yours?

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    I liked the first one better. Had a more rounded, harp-like sound. Seemed to have a slightly more cohesive sound.

    I assume the strings were the same?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kenn2018 View Post
    I assume the strings were the same?
    Both still have the Martin stock strings on.

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    Both sound good, the first one sounded fuller/rounder to my ears. Hope you kept that one!
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    Hard to tell the difference on my computer using headphones to listen. I guess #1 was a bit more mellow (whatever that means), so that would edge out #2, but really not a meaningful difference to me. Which one did you keep?
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    Boy, they’re pretty similar. I think I’m going to go with the consensus, I like #1. @deadpool said it was mellower, the word that came to my mind was sweeter. However, if, in real life, you felt #2 was better, there’s no need to second-guess your choice.

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    Second one for me. I mean, they were really similar, and I don't know if I could identify which was which, but from listening to the sound samples twice, I preferred the second.

    I don't know if I would have described the first as more mellow, but I do tend not to prefer mellower ukes, so maybe that's it.

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    They were pretty similar, with nice bass resonance. The second one had a bit more note separation, making it maybe more suited for soloing. Lovely to hear these comparisons, so thanks for taking the time and documenting the samples.

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    Thanks for all your comments; that's very interesting. I added a poll to the thread and will reveal my choice and why a bit later. :-D Good to see that there seem to preferences for both instruments.

    It was a tough decision. That's why it took me two month.

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    So, here's the reveal: I went with #2. (on the right)

    DSC_0778-2.jpg

    As mentioned, they're pretty close but #2 just seemed a bit more "clear sounding" to me, especially at its sweet spot around the 12th fret.

    Ms Bean mentioned, #2 might be better for "soloing". Well, THAT's me - sitting with his ukes all alone in his spot for hours.

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