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    I have been playing a Tenor Uke for a few years now and looking to try out a baritone. Other than the different tuning (same chord shapes, but they play different chords) anything I should look out for when making this change ?? I am currently looking at the Kala KA-BE. Any advice would be appreciated !

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    My suggestion is to purchase some Pepe Romero Baby Baritone strings or a set by Guadalupe Strings designed to allow a tenor uke to be tuned as a Bari (DGBE). Both are really good. If you have an extra tenor, a set of these strings is an inexpensive way to get your feet wet.

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    I enjoyed the difference is sound and resonance when I went from a tenor to baritone. I think it is a very worthwhile move if you like a warm mellow tone.

    One suggestion is nut width, try and keep it the same if you not experienced with different instruments and different nut widths. Most tenors are 1-3/8” wide, baritones can be that or 1-1/2” is fairly common.
    Currently enjoying these ukuleles : *LdfM tenor, *LfdM 19" super tenor. *LfdM baritone, *I'iwi tenor , *Koolau tenor, *Webber tenor, *Kimo tenor, *Kimo super concert, *Mya Moe baritone, *Kamaka baritone, *Gianinni baritone, *Fred Shields walnut pineapple super soprano, *Kala super soprano, *Loprinzi super soprano, *Black bear ULO concert , *Enya X1 concert, *Enya X1 pineapple soprano, *Enya Nova *Gretsch tenor, *Korala plastic concert

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    this is very particular to me, but I wouldn't even consider a baritone without a cutaway...but, as I said, that's me and how I play

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    There's really nothing unexpected to look out for. It'll just feel like a slightly larger tenor, but with baritone tuning.
    It adds a nice variety of sounds.

    Just be careful, as it can be a gateway drug to guitars !

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    Quote Originally Posted by about2 View Post
    My suggestion is to purchase some Pepe Romero Baby Baritone strings or a set by Guadalupe Strings designed to allow a tenor uke to be tuned as a Bari (DGBE). Both are really good. If you have an extra tenor, a set of these strings is an inexpensive way to get your feet wet.
    Over the years I've tried the DGBE tuning on tenor several times and never been satisfied. The tenor scale length and body size doesn't seem to handle DGBE tuning very well (muddy, thuddy, strings too thick).

    I find playing a Baritone and a tenor tuned like a baritone to be very different experiences.

    But sure, if you don't have a baritone ukulele but simply need something that's tuned like a baritone out of necessity (such as for a recording) the string set option would be helpful in a pinch. However, I don't think it's a really representative experience of an actual baritone.

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    The jump in scale length is bigger than any of the other ukes, (3"), & I found it rather awkward, but the extra resonance kept me trying.
    Trying to do justice to various musical instruments.

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    Thanks for the advice everyone!!! I actually got wife approval yesterday to get one, so I am all over it now

    I had thought about getting the DGBE strings for my Tenor, but I only have one Uke right now and like playing that just the way it is now and don't want to be changing strings back and forth.

    I play bass too, so not too worried about the nut width

    I do like deeper richer sounds and I am not really interested in learning guitar. Plus I think a baritone will open up more tabs for me as I will now be able to look at guitar tabs too and play most of them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by greatone88 View Post
    Thanks for the advice everyone!!! I actually got wife approval yesterday to get one, so I am all over it now

    I had thought about getting the DGBE strings for my Tenor, but I only have one Uke right now and like playing that just the way it is now and don't want to be changing strings back and forth.

    I play bass too, so not too worried about the nut width

    I do like deeper richer sounds and I am not really interested in learning guitar. Plus I think a baritone will open up more tabs for me as I will now be able to look at guitar tabs too and play most of them.
    Good to know you are comfortable with a 1-1/2” nut width as that is common on baritone. Because of the low tension tuning due to the short scale length some baritones can sound dull or muddy, especially an all laminate wood. What is your budget, do you already have a tone wood preference?
    Currently enjoying these ukuleles : *LdfM tenor, *LfdM 19" super tenor. *LfdM baritone, *I'iwi tenor , *Koolau tenor, *Webber tenor, *Kimo tenor, *Kimo super concert, *Mya Moe baritone, *Kamaka baritone, *Gianinni baritone, *Fred Shields walnut pineapple super soprano, *Kala super soprano, *Loprinzi super soprano, *Black bear ULO concert , *Enya X1 concert, *Enya X1 pineapple soprano, *Enya Nova *Gretsch tenor, *Korala plastic concert

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    [QUOTE=DownUpDave;2277475]Good to know you are comfortable with a 1-1/2

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