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Thread: Ok, who owns a resonator uke, and who makes good one?

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    Default Ok, who owns a resonator uke, and who makes good one?

    Would appreciate some honest feedback on resonator ukes from those who own one (or more). I am primarily interested in tenor resonators, but any feedback welcome.

    In particular, which builders make good resonator ukes, which choice of woods make the best resonator ukes (or does that choice make as much difference in a resonator), do most have biscuit or spider type bridges, how difficult are string changes ( if any different from standard ukes), and are all other parameters basically the same - scale length, nut width, flat fingerboard, etc. - compared to standard ukes.

    Thanks!

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    Mya Moe hands down make the best sounding resonators in my view. The National's sound OK but are a bit harsh to my ears, though their wooden models have a warmer tone. Beltona in NZ also make fairly nice ones but come with appalling string sets. I'd stay well away from the Kala, Ohana and Republics and Regals if I were you mate though again, totally a subjective assessment. String changes no prob. Most have the biscuit bridges. I noticed too that Peter Hurney (Pohaku) has started building them and I bet they sound amazing if his other models are anything to go by.

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    john morton puts out a reallly nice uke.http://www.jmorton.us/pages/CurrentM...rUkuleles.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by eugene ukulele View Post
    Mya Moe hands down make the best sounding resonators in my view. The National's sound OK but are a bit harsh to my ears, though their wooden models have a warmer tone.
    Mya Moe buy their cones from National, and as the saying goes "It's the cone!"
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    Quote Originally Posted by jimdville View Post
    Mya Moe buy their cones from National, and as the saying goes "It's the cone!"
    good point Jim. I still think their finished builds sound better than the National resonators though, but I've only tried a couple of N's so I'm just an armchair critic. Hey if Bob Brozman endorses National they gotta be pretty good eh

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    here's a National steel body:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YEOzD...eature=related

    and a mya moe, just for what it's worth :
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vKlsr...feature=relmfu

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    I've had both the national and mya moe resonators. The national maple reso was so well made, a bit of a tank, but a joy to play. It made me wish for a woodier tone and I sold it to purchase a mya moe. I made the right decision for me. National is tough to beat, though.

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    The wood bodied Nationals are laminate, correct?

    I wonder if that has to do with the difference between Mya Moe and National.

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    Lil' Rev plays a Mya Moe... for what it's worth... although it isn't in this video, I've seen him play it...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eYDPm...lCuaflazHMY%3D
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    Both are great, well made instruments. It all boils down to what sound the player prefers.
    Columbia Hawaiian Mahogany Soprano 1920's
    Martin Style O 1932
    R.L. Saul Mahogany Concert 2004
    National Reso-phonic Maple Concert 2004
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