Page 1 of 16 12311 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 159

Thread: Name YOUR top three ukes

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jul 2011
    Location
    Nashville, TN USA
    Posts
    1,331

    Default Name YOUR top three ukes

    First of all, I don’t intend for this thread to disparage or disrespect any ukulele brand or builder. There’s an amazing variety of ukes on the market, and each one is perfect for someone, somewhere, in some setting, so this isn’t about the best or the worst ukuleles, nor is it about the top three ukes on your wish list. Who’s to say which is the “best” uke, and each of us probably has a current favorite that varies from week to week, or even day to day. For those who own three or more ukes, this thread is about which of your ukes you would rank 1, 2, 3, using any criteria you like.

    Here’s my top three:

    #3. Pono RTD
    , purchased from HMS - This a Tenor uke with top, back, and sides of solid Rosewood; one of only eight built. I love the big beefy neck, and I think it has a warm, clear tone. I just love playing it. It has a passive pickup installed, and I imagine if I were a performer, this is the uke I would want to play onstage.

    #2. Kamaka HF-2L
    , purchased from HMS - This a Longneck Concert uke, with top, back, and sides of solid Koa. What can I say, it’s a Kamaka. The build quality is amazing, and it has a bright, crystal clear sound, with excellent intonation. The only drawback is the Schaller sealed gear tuners. They seem a little sloppy and imprecise, compared to Grover geared tuners. I wish Kamaka would use Grover geared tuners instead of the Schallers.

    And now, in the top spot (drum roll, please):

    #1. Maestro Mango Concert
    , purchased from dreamukes.com - This a Concert uke, with top, back, and sides of solid Mango, and it's currently bumped my Kamaka from the top spot. The build quality is very high, and it has Grover open geared tuners which are very smooth and precise. But mainly, I love its tone and the way it plays. With 12 frets to the body, it feels relaxed and has that dreamy, creamy island sound that I love. Intonation is spot on, and it has a sound port on the side that adds to its volume when I play it. I just love that mellow Mango sound.

    For full disclosure, I also have a couple of Big Island Honu ukes, which are pretty awesome, and I have a half dozen Oscar Schmidt ukes, all of which look good, play nicely, and are a good value in their price range, plus I have a half dozen Makala Dolphins and one Mahalo Smiley Face uke, all of which are tons of fun, although some are better than others. But for now anyway, none of those ukes come close to my top three.

    Edit: Almost forgot my Sailor Brand uke, purchased at the Uke Republic store in GA, USA, which is a sweet little Soprano that deserves an Honorable Mention.

    So what are the top three ukes in your collection?
    Last edited by Steedy; 02-18-2013 at 06:33 PM.
    If music be the food of love, play on! -Bill Shakespeare

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    The Bush, Alaska...
    Posts
    16,518

    Default

    hmmmm. I will stick with currently owned ukuleles and not previously owned...

    current:

    3. Mainland Red Cedar concert-2nd I got from Mainland Mike. It was cracked and glued back. I got it for classroom and camping uses. Hard to beat this beater.

    2. Mele Redwood top/koa back and sides tenor-I got it from Mele. Left it in GA so not to chance it getting damaged. Redwood is a very sweet sounding tonewood.

    1. KoAloha concert. I was given this ukulele by Papa KoAloha himself. I gave it away once to someone else, but then we traded back. I gave the guy my sceptre for it and a little bit of cash.


    All owned ukuleles:

    3. KoAloha SuperConcert
    2. KoAloha Sceptre
    1. KoAloha concert

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    Portland OR, The Rose (and Uke) City
    Posts
    2,645

    Default

    I can only comment on the three I'm playing most frequently at present. Because it will change.

    Martin 1940s Tenor
    Martin Style 1 Soprano (50s)
    Favilla Baritone, c57ish


    It gets warmer, and I'll be gravitating towards that Kamaka pineapple...
    My Soprano Empire:
    VINTAGE MARTINS: c.'48 Martin 0
    OTHER VINTAGE: c30s Blue Favilla, c50 TV Pal, 30s Redhead
    MODERN MARTINS: OXK; 2012 2M
    KAMAKA: 2010 Pineapple (RIP MGM)

    My Baritone Empire:
    '12 Kala KA-B, '69 Silvertone, c.'53-57 Favilla, c.'63 Martin, '11 Kamaka

    STRUMTESTS//ADD to The STRING DATABASE and UKE CASE DATABASE // Take the NAME THAT MARTIN test.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Location
    Central IL & Fox Valley, IL
    Posts
    7,504

    Default

    Pohaku All Koa Baritone dGBE

    Martin 1940 1 Concert

    Martin 2M 2012 Soprano
    Martin Sopranos: 0M: 30, 64 ---
    1M: 22Dit, 23Dit, 24Dit, 49, 55--1K 26
    2M: 22, 23Dit, 23Dit, 49, 60, 12 --- 2K: 25, 12
    3M: 25, 48, 55x2, 12(ch) 3K: 29
    The Gibsons: Styles 2&3 28;1&2&3x3 27;UB1 25
    Tonk American 28; Favilla 55; Smeck Vita 30; Kamaka Gold Deluxe 60
    Kiwaya Thinline KS-0P Soprano; Gretsch American 30
    Covered Bridge Honduran Hog tenor
    Pono Maple Tenor, BE Acacia Bari & MS Sop

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    Portland OR, The Rose (and Uke) City
    Posts
    2,645

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by coolkayaker1 View Post
    Pohaku All Koa Baritone dGBE

    Martin 1940 1 Concert

    Martin 2M 2012 Soprano
    Don't know what a Pohaku is, Steve. Point me to a picture?
    My Soprano Empire:
    VINTAGE MARTINS: c.'48 Martin 0
    OTHER VINTAGE: c30s Blue Favilla, c50 TV Pal, 30s Redhead
    MODERN MARTINS: OXK; 2012 2M
    KAMAKA: 2010 Pineapple (RIP MGM)

    My Baritone Empire:
    '12 Kala KA-B, '69 Silvertone, c.'53-57 Favilla, c.'63 Martin, '11 Kamaka

    STRUMTESTS//ADD to The STRING DATABASE and UKE CASE DATABASE // Take the NAME THAT MARTIN test.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    Philadelphia, PA
    Posts
    7,360

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by pdxuke View Post
    Don't know what a Pohaku is, Steve. Point me to a picture?
    Oh, are you in for a treat:

    http://www.pohakuukulele.com/



  7. #7
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    Portland OR, The Rose (and Uke) City
    Posts
    2,645

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by RichM View Post
    Oh, are you in for a treat:

    http://www.pohakuukulele.com/
    very cool!
    My Soprano Empire:
    VINTAGE MARTINS: c.'48 Martin 0
    OTHER VINTAGE: c30s Blue Favilla, c50 TV Pal, 30s Redhead
    MODERN MARTINS: OXK; 2012 2M
    KAMAKA: 2010 Pineapple (RIP MGM)

    My Baritone Empire:
    '12 Kala KA-B, '69 Silvertone, c.'53-57 Favilla, c.'63 Martin, '11 Kamaka

    STRUMTESTS//ADD to The STRING DATABASE and UKE CASE DATABASE // Take the NAME THAT MARTIN test.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Location
    East Bay, CA
    Posts
    1,390

    Default

    My Pohaku, my other Pohaku, and my HF1...they are all my #1!

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Location
    Central IL & Fox Valley, IL
    Posts
    7,504

    Default

    Curly-Koa-Baritone-01.jpgCurly-Koa-Baritone-02.jpgCurly-Koa-Baritone-08.jpgCurly-Koa-Baritone-05.jpgCurly-Koa-Baritone-09.jpg

    Thanks, Rich. Yes, Peter's gallery is worth a look. Mine is in the photos above. I played it tonight, in fact. It's a jewel, an absolute jewel. BUt it also plays so darn perfectly. It radiates sound. Ideal sound, truly. I adore it. I really do. Eric V. turned me onto these..and Jay and Ginny and Craig Robertson and a few others have them. Thanks, Eric, btw!!

    Rich, what are your three favorites?
    Last edited by coolkayaker1; 02-18-2013 at 06:37 PM.

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    Portland OR, The Rose (and Uke) City
    Posts
    2,645

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by coolkayaker1 View Post
    Curly-Koa-Baritone-01.jpgCurly-Koa-Baritone-02.jpgCurly-Koa-Baritone-08.jpgCurly-Koa-Baritone-05.jpgCurly-Koa-Baritone-09.jpg

    Thanks, Rich. Yes, Peter's gallery is worth a look. Mine is in the photos above. It's a jewel, an absolute jewel. BUt it also plays so darn perfectly. It radiates sound. Ideal sound, truly. I adore it. I really do. Eric V. turned me onto these..and Jay and Ginny and a few others have them. Thanks, Eric, btw!!

    Rich, what are your three favorites?
    Suh-weet! Custom?
    My Soprano Empire:
    VINTAGE MARTINS: c.'48 Martin 0
    OTHER VINTAGE: c30s Blue Favilla, c50 TV Pal, 30s Redhead
    MODERN MARTINS: OXK; 2012 2M
    KAMAKA: 2010 Pineapple (RIP MGM)

    My Baritone Empire:
    '12 Kala KA-B, '69 Silvertone, c.'53-57 Favilla, c.'63 Martin, '11 Kamaka

    STRUMTESTS//ADD to The STRING DATABASE and UKE CASE DATABASE // Take the NAME THAT MARTIN test.

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
  •