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  1. #191
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    My top three are:

    1. Pohaku soprano - spruce and curly maple

    2. Ukiyo Vita soprano - spruce and ribbon mahogany

    3. KoAloha tenor - all Koa tuned re-entrant dGBE

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    Still my tenor necked concerts, my tenor necked soprano, & my concert necked sopranos.....
    Trying to do justice to various musical instruments.

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    Looking at my first post to this thread, there's been a definite change for my top ukes, although clearly they're constantly in flux. Current top 3 is probably

    1. Custom Laulu Soprano Ukulele, made from solid alder and by Juha Lottonen

    2. aNueNue UC3K, definite new uke bias with this one though

    3. KoAloha KSM-00, fell in love again with this one after making a new saddle for it

  4. #194
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    1: Kanilea K1 dlx tenor
    2: Anuenue Light Bird cedar tenor
    3: Kanilea K1 SF concert
    Ohana TK-35G, Ohana SK 38, Kanilea K1 DLX tenor, Kanilea K1 SF concert, Imua ICN, Famous FS-5, Luna (Kiwaya L400), Islander AC4, Flea concert, Anuenue Light Bird cedar tenor, Kala-Acacia-FS U-Bass, The Rebel Double Cheesecake

  5. #195
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    It's interesting how our favourite ukuleles change over time.

    My current top three are:

    Kamaka HF-3 Tenor
    Kanile'a K-1 Tenor
    Romero Creations Tiny Tenor

    They're the ones I play the most these days. The Kanile'a has a high G string and the other two are strung low G.

    Also, it's funny how sometimes it takes me a while to warm up to a uke after acquiring it. That was the case with both the Kamaka and the Kanile'a Tenors when I bought them in 2016. Both are very nice of course, but I wasn't just blown away and couldn't play anything else when I first got them.

    Then with each of them, it was like I pulled it out one day, started playing and thought, "Wow, this uke plays like butter and sounds amazing!" So now, I keep both my Kamaka and Kanile'a Tenors out and within easy reach in my music room.

    My Tiny Tenor is a different story. As soon as it arrived, and I opened the box and started playing, I loved it. It just felt good and sounded great right away. I've never bonded with a uke so quickly as that one.

    That's the top three in my rotation for now. Next week, next month, or next year, they all may be different.
    If music be the food of love, play on! -Bill Shakespeare

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    1. NaLeo Koa Concert:
    very rare Instrument. It was a high end approach from leolani. Solid Hawaiian Koa and built in Hawaii. No bling, but very good and elegant look.
    Such a sweet tone...

    2. Ayers Uluru Kohala II:
    All olid Cedar and Rosewood. Best tuners of all my ukes
    This Uke feels a bit like playing a tenor. It play so "exact", and has a bit of a guitar sound

    3. Maestro UC-40:
    Solid Spruce and Rosewood
    Absolutely stunning look. Very nice sweet tone.

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    I wish I could. I had planned to sell some ukes "in the spring," and "the spring" is swiftly coming to an end. I can't even decide on which one of one hundred I am willing to sell. Ukes, I realize I have a problem.

    If I were forced to choose, a favorite would have to be Hawaiian-made, and probably a KoAloha, Kamaka, or Kanile'a.
    Too many ukes, but I can't stop buying!
    https://www.catskillukulelegroup.com/

  8. #198
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    Ah - for Low G . . . KoAloha KTM00
    For Bari . . . Pono Master Series Tenor with Guadalupe Strings (designed to tune a tenor to DGBE); its surprisingly good.
    For pure fun . . . Harmony 6 string Bari tuned with a low low G string from Guadalupe.

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    Here're the top 10 most-liked ukes (as of post #198):

    Brand Count
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    Kamaka 34
    KoAloha 31
    Martin 29
    Pono 27
    Kanile'a 25
    Kala 22
    Moore Bettah 16
    Kiwaya 11
    Ohana 10
    Loprinzi 10

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    That's good info clear, thanks for counting!
    If music be the food of love, play on! -Bill Shakespeare

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