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    My loudest soprano is my Ohana SK70MG - lovely mahogany laminated back and sides, solid spruce front. I won it in a raffle, and at first I thought I didn't like it much, but that was because I was playing it in a small room. The first time I played it in a larger space, where it could "stretch its legs", I thought, "Wow! This is SOME uke."

    I still love my mellower ukes, but if loud is what you want, test drive a spruce fronted Ohana.

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    I just checked in to see how many Mainland replies there were, and y'all didn't disappoint. DeG's Mainland cedar is what comes to my mind as a loud soprano. I have a Honeybee, but the cedar booms.

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    I'm gonna go against the Ohana/Mainland hype. In my experiences, Koaloha and Kiwaya (and possibly Loprinzi) have been the loudest.

    Maybe you could look into jumbo sopranos (soprano scale neck, concert body). I played this one at the 09 SoCalUkeFest, and the sound was HUGE. Looking back, I should have bought it.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E-ZuVt2X9h0

    Strangely, the loudest soprano I ever had was a relatively unknown Kailua laminate that I won from MGM, which I later gave to my cousin. It weighed almost nothing!
    http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/fo...0901#post70901


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    The loudest and richest sounding soprano I have ever played is my mahogany soprano made by Pete Howlett.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EH3kX2F5QNY

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    I own this one - a Makai LK-80W

    110 bucks at Elderly.

    It's the same as the Ohana Sk-50WG, except for additional rope binding around the body - and 100 bucks less than the Ohana! Solid Cedar top, laminate willow and sides, but LOUD! Here's a video I did with it comparing the sound with a Mainland Red Cedar concert. The Mainlands are great too. Can't go wrong with them.
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    Most of the solid koa K-brands are loud. If you can get your hands on that crazy soprano-scale, concert-body KoAloha... The regular KoAloha soprano has some bite to it, too, as does the Kamaka.

    Check out the Ohana Vita for another big body, small neck uke: http://cgi.ebay.com/OHANA-CKP-70-VIT...ht_1839wt_1106

    I think they're fugly, but an absolute joy to play.

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    My loudest is an Ohana Vita .

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    my vote for Koaloha !

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    My Kala Flame Spalted Maple soprano with a solid spruce top has a very bright voice and is pretty loud for a small uke!

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