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    Quote Originally Posted by Patrick Madsen View Post
    For me it's about the action on the neck, intonation, feel of a thin neck. If intonation is on, tone is on.
    I can't really agree with the last sentence. Yes, intonation is extremely important and it is very fair to say that if the intonation is poor the tone will suck. But, you just can't flip that around and say that if the intonation is good tone will follow - tone is too complex for that and I've heard many instruments with very good intonation that were at best very average. In fact, I had one a couple of years ago - an 8-string acoustic-electric ukulele that came out of the factory box with excellent intonation all up and down the neck and simply the best factory setup I've seen on a uke. Unfortunately, the tone and volume were both so dreadful it was like trying to play a wet dog. I've seen other ukes with good intonation but terrible, thin, harsh, fingernails on blackboard tone.

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    Sound and playability are tied for first on my list of desirable ukulele qualities. Volume is not really a consideration. (And yes, I consider myself a "strummer".)
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    I'll just echo what the others have been saying, the quality of the sound is more important to me as well. I can see where volume might be a factor if performing live, or with others where you don't want to be drowning everbody else out. Of the three ukes I have now, I would say that my BI mango would be percieved as the "quitest" of the pack. Although, I find I often pick it up first because it has such a sweet sound to it, I just really enjoy hearing it.
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    Once you get into good quality, solid body ukes, it's expected that intonation and sound will be "spot on".

    Then, it's about volume.

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    I probably will never play for anyone other than close family and friends. Therefore, I do not really care about how loud my uke is. If I can hear it, its good enough. All I really care about is quality in the sound and tone.







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    Quote Originally Posted by frankiefirefox View Post
    I probably will never play for anyone other than close family and friends. Therefore, I do not really care about how loud my uke is. If I can hear it, its good enough. All I really care about is quality in the sound and tone.
    Coming from a KoAloha guy, that's quite a statement.

    As you own more ukes over the years, you will see that volume, even to your ear, especially as you've owned a KoAloha, does make a difference.

    This thread should be closed now.
    Last edited by coolkayaker1; 10-23-2012 at 03:44 AM. Reason: to ask fff permission to close someone else's thread

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    THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR TIME AND VERY KIND OPINIONS.

    I sought opinions because I am a beginner who doesn't know what performers and long time players prefer or look for when purchasing a new instrument. I personally like the mellow, dark tone which others may call "guitary" sound.

    I really appreciate eveyone's opinion.

    Coolkayaker1's request to end and close this thread is not cool at but thank you.

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    Steve's just taking a (justified) shot at me. All in good fun!
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    I chose my uke because the tone fit my playing style - strumming and picking, usually with vocals but sometimes not. I.e. a uke that sounds good, to me, for solos and accompaniment. It so happens that this same uke also plays well at many different volume levels. SO as far as preference, it's up to you. Do you like loud? Ok, then play loud. DO you like tone quality? Ok, then bring that out in your playing. But it doesn't have to be one or the other.

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