Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 20

Thread: NUD Anuenue UC10 Color Series Concert

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jan 2019
    Location
    Michigan, USA
    Posts
    398

    Default NUD Anuenue UC10 Color Series Concert

    As I posted about in a recent thread, I have been following Anuenue USA since they launched. While I own (and adore) an Anuenue Moonbird concert, I had toyed with buying a UC10 color series concert. I really liked the aesthetics and wanted to check out their lower end line. Sadly, by the time I had decided to do so, Anuenue USA was all out of stock. So I put a pin in that and waited.

    Well, they finally got them back in stock, so I ordered a UC10 concert in Quiet Shade (the grey color.) It arrived via USPS later that week (just yesterday as I write this.)

    Let's get a couple of things out of the way right up front. This is a sub $200 instrument. It was on sale for ~$160 at the time I purchased it. Anuenue USA charged for shipping, but I would expect nothing less for an order this cheap coming all the way from Hawaii. I believe it was about $38 to get it USPS priority mail. Given the size of the box, and having used USPS priority mail to ship some ukes within the US, this is just fine, honestly. Shipping has value, and shipping isn't cheap, so I was happy to pay for it. Even being an inexpensive instrument (one of Anuenue's cheapest), it still came with a mess of goodies: a nice gig bag (more on that in a bit), a pair of stickers, a cleaning cloth, a tuning peg winder, a capo, a couple of picks, a clip-on chromatic tuner, a thing that I think is a fridge magnet, a sound hole strap, and a Herco humidifier. Now I have a lot of ukuleles, and I probably don't need most of this, but given that this sort of instrument is aimed at a more beginner market, they are pretty nice add-ons. I can't promise they include these with every low-end instrument, but they were in my box...

    The instrument itself is extremely well made. I'm not sure it is really 100% flawless, but pretty close. The fit and finish are well above what I would expect for so little money.

    The aesthetic won't be for everyone (as many of you know if you watched Baz's recent review of the UC10.) It is a laminate mahogany back and sides with a solid spruce top that has been completely painted a sort of pastel color; grey in this case. This gives it a sort of 1950's vibe to my eye. If I had to use one word to describe the look, it is “cute.” The paint (and the rest of the finish) is very solidly “matte.” If you came expecting the shiny, smooth gloss finish that some lines have, you have come to the wrong place. I like it a lot, but it won't be everyone's cup of tea.

    The gig bag is nice, but not amazing. It is pretty well padded, and has a similar 50's sort of vibe. It has an external pocket and backpack straps. It is nicer than some of the low-end gig bags I have seen, but not the stunning Kanile'a sort of gig bag. I am perfectly happy with it for this level of instrument.

    Setup direct from Anuenue USA was good, but not Mim-level amazing. It seems a touch high at the 12th, but I haven't had a chance to measure it yet. I might take the saddle down a little bit if I find the time, but it is comfortable enough to play and doesn't seem to have any major intonation problems up the neck, so I may be lazy and just leave it.

    The instrument itself is very lightweight and resonant. It practically sings, honestly. It has a bright chime-y tone. I might call it “vibrant”? It has good volume and great sustain. It sounds delightful, and I suspect the tone will develop over time as the solid top opens up a bit.

    Simply put, this is the nicest sub-$200 instrument I have. It's fun, it's funky, and I would not hesitate to recommend this to anyone looking for a good but inexpensive instrument.

    Oh, and since someone is sure to ask, yes, I did compare the sound to the Moonbird. The Moonbird wins, hands down; it has a fuller, more robust sound. At the same time, the UC10 still sounds quite good, just different. I prefer the Moonbird, and think it sounds better, but does it, considering the price, does it sound 8-times better? I can't quite answer that question…
    Last edited by Cluze; 04-16-2021 at 06:28 PM.
    Mainly a concert player.

    Beansprout alto (myrtle) | Martin Konter | Kala Elite Soprano | Rebel Double Cream mango concert
    KoAloha Silver concert | Blackbird Clara | Kamaka HF-2 (special) | Kanile'a K-1 C | Bruko #6
    Anuenue UC200 Moonbird Concert | UkeSA Pineapple Sunday concert (acacia) | Pop's Pineapple Sunday (koa)

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Aug 2019
    Location
    Finland
    Posts
    952

    Default

    Very nice, I basically agree with everything regarding the looks and value. I really like the subtle colours offered for these models. The sort of baby blue coloured one that Bazmaz reviewed is probably my least favourite but all the other colours look really nice. And the weird scratch plate thing is a nice quirky touch as well. The value seems to be excellent when considering aNueNue's quality control on even their cheaper models. I'm still thinking about getting one of these as a travel uke. I know the sound probably isn't quite to my taste as I usually prefer a slightly deeper sound but I'm still very intrigued. Maybe someday...

    I didn't know it came with all those accessories. I wonder if that's just an aNueNue USA thing. Haven't seen them mentioned anywhere else aside from the gigbag obviously.

  3. #3

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Cluze View Post
    ...I ordered a UC10 concert in Quiet Shade (the grey color.) It arrived via USPS later that week (just yesterday as I write this.)
    Ah, nice! Objectively, Quite Shade is probably my favorite-- a good gray that keens blue (if seen in UC-10 array without the actual Blue one present, the Quiet Shade looks blue-gray to me).

    Yet, "Blue" was the primary hook for me on these throughout, so I allowed myself to be reeled in thereby: Blue Arona.
    Mine should be on the way to me soon.

    Let's get a couple of things out of the way right up front. This is a sub $200 instrument. It was on sale for ~$160 at the time I purchased it. Anuenue USA charged for shipping, but I would expect nothing less for an order this cheap coming all the way from Hawaii. I believe it was about $38 to get it USPS priority mail.
    Shipping: I've wanted an HMS/ukulelesite coffee tweed case for my AMM2. Its included gig bag is very fine as far as bags go, but requires me to put twice the effort into maintaining humidity levels through the winter (vs my hard cases). The gig bag is also black, which bores me, but it's really the humidifying issue that has pushed me to look further, keeping in mind the AMM2's wider lower bout.
    [I would lurve a blue Anuenue hard case, for all reasons, but those ship with the top-line ukuleles only. I have asked, and maybe asked again.]

    When it was clear the UC-10s were finally on the way (but on the Anuenue USA site only), I inquired about the possibility of shipping a ukulele purchased from Anuenue USA with a case (and some more UkeLogic strings, la) from HMS/ukulele site.

    By the time I ordered, the UC-10s were on the HMS site, making this much simpler. A corollary benefit being, HMS has a more favorable (FedEx) shipping rate.

    [Shipping just plain costs, and the challenges for smaller businesses are intense. With Amazon, possibly others, shipping costs are not just footed through membership fees and/or volume; there are investors who specifically fund shipping.... There's no 1:1 way for other entities to compete with, "And our free shipping isn't actually costing us anything!"]

    Even being an inexpensive instrument (one of Anuenue's cheapest), it still came with a mess of goodies: a nice gig bag (more on that in a bit)...
    Interestingly, my AMM2 (direct from Anuenue USA) also came with these goodies, sans the strap (I would not use a sound hole hook on the AMM2, maybe not even on others, so this was no loss). Did you also receive extra sets of strings?
    I'm curious to see if I receive the same goodies with my UC-10 via HMS, or if that's a direct-site bundle only.
    (No biggie if not, but I do enjoy the things that come with things I enjoy. )

    The instrument itself is extremely well made. I'm not sure it is really 100% flawless, but pretty close. The fit and finish are well above what I would expect for so little money.

    The aesthetic won't be for everyone (as many of you know if you watched Baz's recent review of the UC10.) It is a laminate mahogany back and sides with a solid spruce top that has been completely painted a sort of pastel color; grey in this case. This gives it a sort of 1950's vibe to my eye.
    BazMaz's review sealed the deal for me, as t'were-- I love the aesthetic, and the palette, but not more than a functional (and hopefully well-made) ukulele. I'm glad to hear your impressions as well.

    The gig bag is nice, but not amazing. It is pretty well padded, and has a similar 50's sort of vibe. It has an external pocket and backpack straps. It is nicer than some of the low-end gig bags I have seen, but not the stunning Kanile'a sort of gig bag. I am perfectly happy with it for this level of instrument.
    Did you receive the linen-look gig bag featured up to this point, or the gingham-gutsed blue one shown on HMS? I like the look of the original linen one better (I don't reallly need the pocket, so prefer the more neutral, streamlined original), but hey-- at least the newer one is BLUE.

    Setup direct from Anuenue USA was good, but not Mim-level amazing. It seems a touch high at the 12th, but I haven't had a chance to measure it yet. I might take the saddle down a little bit if I find the time, but it is comfortable enough to play and doesn't seem to have any major intonation problems up the neck, so I may be lazy and just leave it.
    I applied some of my shipping savings* to having the HMS folks set this one up for me; knowing that the instrument is in their hands, I knew I'd regret not giving them the chance to present it to me at its best.
    *Yes, I rationalize well....

    Simply put, this is the nicest sub-$200 instrument I have. It's fun, it's funky, and I would not hesitate to recommend this to anyone looking for a good but inexpensive instrument.
    A very good report, indeed. Thanks!

    Oh, and since someone is sure to ask, yes, I did compare the sound to the Moonbird. The Moonbird wins, hands down; it has a fuller, more robust sound. At the same time, the UC10 still sounds quite good, just different. I prefer the Moonbird, and think it sounds better, but does it, considering the price, does it sound 8-times better? I can't quite answer that question…
    I hope to see a Moonbird in person someday, when "in person" is a thing again. In addition to tone and feel, I'm interested in the visual presentation in person. The "Muffin deflated by a stick" first impression wasn't endearing-- and then I realized the effect is created by binding, and is not actually the shape of the top! :-)

    Thanks for taking the time to write out all that you have.



    ~ S.
    Last edited by Spieler; 04-17-2021 at 03:16 AM. Reason: Paste in Complete Post

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Mar 2016
    Location
    Darlington UK
    Posts
    1,046

    Default

    Looks aren't important I suppose but I prefer to see wood grain
    You don't stop playing when you get old. You get old when you stop playing

    Tanglewood TU13M concert
    Brunswick BU4-B baritone
    And a whole heap of other instruments...

    My Music Blog

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jan 2019
    Location
    Michigan, USA
    Posts
    398

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Dohle View Post
    Very nice, I basically agree with everything regarding the looks and value. I really like the subtle colours offered for these models. The sort of baby blue coloured one that Bazmaz reviewed is probably my least favourite but all the other colours look really nice. And the weird scratch plate thing is a nice quirky touch as well. The value seems to be excellent when considering aNueNue's quality control on even their cheaper models. I'm still thinking about getting one of these as a travel uke. I know the sound probably isn't quite to my taste as I usually prefer a slightly deeper sound but I'm still very intrigued. Maybe someday...

    I didn't know it came with all those accessories. I wonder if that's just an aNueNue USA thing. Haven't seen them mentioned anywhere else aside from the gigbag obviously.
    I didn't know if I would really embrace the sound either, but it really is something nice. I also usually prefer a deeper tone, but while this one is bright, it isn't really "thin", if that makes sense?
    Mainly a concert player.

    Beansprout alto (myrtle) | Martin Konter | Kala Elite Soprano | Rebel Double Cream mango concert
    KoAloha Silver concert | Blackbird Clara | Kamaka HF-2 (special) | Kanile'a K-1 C | Bruko #6
    Anuenue UC200 Moonbird Concert | UkeSA Pineapple Sunday concert (acacia) | Pop's Pineapple Sunday (koa)

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Jan 2019
    Location
    Michigan, USA
    Posts
    398

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Spieler View Post
    Interestingly, my AMM2 (direct from Anuenue USA) also came with these goodies, sans the strap (I would not use a sound hole hook on the AMM2, maybe not even on others, so this was no loss). Did you also receive extra sets of strings?
    I'm curious to see if I receive the same goodies with my UC-10 via HMS, or if that's a direct-site bundle only.
    (No biggie if not, but I do enjoy the things that come with things I enjoy. )


    ......



    Did you receive the linen-look gig bag featured up to this point, or the gingham-gutsed blue one shown on HMS? I like the look of the original linen one better (I don't reallly need the pocket, so prefer the more neutral, streamlined original), but hey-- at least the newer one is BLUE.


    ~ S.
    Strangely, it didn't come with an extra set of strings. I was kind of surprised by that. It isn't a big deal for me, as I have *many* sets of strings on hand, but I did notice it.

    The "extras" might just be an Anuenue USA thing, not sure.

    The gig bag is a more linen look. I'll try to get a picture of the case (and the goodies) with the instrument later today and post it.
    Mainly a concert player.

    Beansprout alto (myrtle) | Martin Konter | Kala Elite Soprano | Rebel Double Cream mango concert
    KoAloha Silver concert | Blackbird Clara | Kamaka HF-2 (special) | Kanile'a K-1 C | Bruko #6
    Anuenue UC200 Moonbird Concert | UkeSA Pineapple Sunday concert (acacia) | Pop's Pineapple Sunday (koa)

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Jan 2019
    Location
    Michigan, USA
    Posts
    398

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by LarryS View Post
    Looks aren't important I suppose but I prefer to see wood grain
    I tend to prefer the natural beauty of wood grain as well, but... I suspect (but can't prove) that part of the way they can sell a solid spruce top at this price point is that they are taking the spruce that doesn't look "pretty" and using it in a model that is painted.

    Still sounds nice though!
    Mainly a concert player.

    Beansprout alto (myrtle) | Martin Konter | Kala Elite Soprano | Rebel Double Cream mango concert
    KoAloha Silver concert | Blackbird Clara | Kamaka HF-2 (special) | Kanile'a K-1 C | Bruko #6
    Anuenue UC200 Moonbird Concert | UkeSA Pineapple Sunday concert (acacia) | Pop's Pineapple Sunday (koa)

  8. #8

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by LarryS View Post
    Looks aren't important I suppose but I prefer to see wood grain
    Oh, I find looks to be very important!
    I wouldn't like these UC-10s if the entire body was painted, but the retro vibe of the contrast between the painted top and the mahogany back and sides-- set off with the binding-- really floats my boat.

    My preference, far and away, is for wood grain-- but, with the world (and, er, my immediate environment) flush with lovely examples of solid wood of various species and visual appeal, this is a fun and welcome addition.

    ~ S.

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Sep 2018
    Location
    NorCal
    Posts
    810

    Default

    This is in the price range of a "step up from my first uke" and appears to be an excellent entry in this $150 - $200 marketplace. The solid wood top checks some boxes here. The color choices will likely appeal to many. For those that don't like this look, they have other finished wood solid top models to choose from.

    It looks to be a good fit into the marketplace. They will likely sell a lot of them, just maybe not to this crowd.

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Aug 2019
    Location
    Finland
    Posts
    952

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Cluze View Post
    I didn't know if I would really embrace the sound either, but it really is something nice. I also usually prefer a deeper tone, but while this one is bright, it isn't really "thin", if that makes sense?
    Definitely does. I've played many solid top laminate back and sides ukes that still have a nice complexity in their sound and lots of resonance in the high frequencies. No real reason to doubt that with this one.

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •