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    Default Ortega CONCERT SIZED - RUSL-HSB - anyone

    I've done some searches on here, and found nothing.
    Does anyone have comments on this model at all?

    RUSL-HSB Ortega Concert.

    Thanks

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    There is one pretty negative review, in French, on Amazon, but there are three five star reviews on Thomann for the product.

    It is certainly an interesting combination...an archtop style ukulele without an archtop, yet still using a mandolin tailpiece in the design.

    https://www.ukerepublic.com/store/p3...ame_Maple.html

    As for sound, I'd expect a very general laminate tone...but I could be wrong.

    I would recommend finding a place that has one in stock and playing it before you commit to it.
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    Dropping in to try one is not an option unfortunately.
    Nearest dealer is over 1,000km from me, and they'd need to order it in.

    Here's a link to Ortega's listing.

    https://ortegaguitars.com/en/product...sb-m13321.html

    If I see the same review as you, the buyer was upset that the uke arrived with a scratch on it. Not a complaint about the playability or sound
    Last edited by Gerald_G; 02-08-2021 at 06:44 PM.

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    Why not contact Uke Republic directly. Mike frequently posts videos on YouTube about the ukes they sell. Maybe he could do a video about this one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Choirguy View Post
    There is one pretty negative review, in French, on Amazon, but there are three five star reviews on Thomann for the product.

    It is certainly an interesting combination...an archtop style ukulele without an archtop, yet still using a mandolin tailpiece in the design.

    https://www.ukerepublic.com/store/p3...ame_Maple.html

    As for sound, I'd expect a very general laminate tone...but I could be wrong.

    I would recommend finding a place that has one in stock and playing it before you commit to it.
    Are you sure it's not really an arched top? Hard to tell from photos, but looks arched to me :/

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    Here are some video reviews. The first directly states it has an arch top, the second, in Japanese, shows it from the side. It has an arched back, too.

    https://youtu.be/p6VB32SkVm8
    https://youtu.be/_2toap2YzFk

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    Thanks for the links. I had seen the first one. Wish I could understand the second.

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    Kala used to, maybe still do sell a similar arched top model which I have played a few times and to be honest it was nothing special.

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    Thanks - based on what I've discovered so far, Kala makes an archtop in Tenor size, not concert.
    I have come to realize that I may actually need two ukes (is this how UAS starts), as I like the music that is written for low G, but would also like a high G tunes uke around.
    How common is it for folks to have a concert tuned to high G, and a tenor to low?
    Last edited by Gerald_G; 02-16-2021 at 06:36 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gerald_G View Post
    How common is it for folks to have a concert tuned to high G, and a tenor to low?
    Around here? Just about all of us!

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