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  1. #201
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    I only own two, a Beansprout Alto (Maple/Spruce) and an Ohana CK-50MG (C for concert). I’m on the waiting list for a Beansprout baritone (woods to be chosen, although Aaron has set aside some nice flamed maple for me).

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    Quote Originally Posted by clear View Post
    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
    Thanks for adding them up.
    I'm surprised that builders like LFDM, Kinnard, and some of the other builders didn't make the top 10, but of course, more people have Kamakas than LFDMs, so that's at least part of the reason.

    My top 3 is a fantasy list, rather than reality. LOL. Moore Bettah, LFDM, and Kinnard. (Concert size.) I'll never get to even try 2 out of 3, but they sure sound amazing. I at least can enjoy looking at them and listening to them online. :-)
    Oh, Collings would have to be on the list, so maybe I have a tie for #3, and can sneak a 4th choice in that way. LOL.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joyful Uke View Post
    Thanks for adding them up.
    I'm surprised that builders like LFDM, Kinnard, and some of the other builders didn't make the top 10, but of course, more people have Kamakas than LFDMs, so that's at least part of the reason.

    My top 3 is a fantasy list, rather than reality. LOL. Moore Bettah, LFDM, and Kinnard. (Concert size.) I'll never get to even try 2 out of 3, but they sure sound amazing. I at least can enjoy looking at them and listening to them online. :-)
    Oh, Collings would have to be on the list, so maybe I have a tie for #3, and can sneak a 4th choice in that way. LOL.
    They are well represented but just didn't make the top 10.

    I also did not fix any spelling mistakes. For example, a poster listed "Kamaoa" as his favorite; and I counted that towards "Kamaoa".


    Here's the full count:

    https://drive.google.com/file/d/1JCK...ew?usp=sharing

  4. #204
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    1. LFdM super tenor...I've gone through many ukes over the years and this seems to have been the UAS killer for me.
    2. Kinnard super tenor...beautiful sound and build. Wish I had kept it but I just couldn't adjust to the wider fretboard.
    3. Koaloha Noah...for such a small size, it's got really good volume and that warm Hawaiian sound.
    Last edited by wildfire070; 05-07-2021 at 05:23 PM.
    Super Tenor
    Luis Feu de Mesquita Sinker Western Red Cedar/Myrtle

    Tenor
    Mya-Moe #1976 Master Grade Koa Classic

    Concert
    Kamaka Tiki Gold Label
    Pohaku Koa/Maple Concert 10

    Long Neck Soprano
    Asturias Spruce/Rosewood
    Gerard Guasch #14 Mahogany Pineapple

    Soprano
    Romero Creations XS Soprano Spruce/Koa

    Sopranino
    Koaloha Noah
    Tyde Rainbow Poplar/Purple Heart/Cherry

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    Quote Originally Posted by wildfire070 View Post
    1. LFdM super tenor...I've gone through many ukes over the years and this seems to have been the UAS killer for me.
    2. Kinnard super tenor...beautiful sound and build. Wish I had kept it but I just couldn't adjust to the wider fretboard.
    3. Koaloha Noah...for such a small size, it's got really good volume and that warm Hawaiian sound.
    Glancing at your signature, how would you describe) the XS Soprano in comparison to your Sopranino(s)? I'm trying to understand what the XS is and is not, relative to other 'true to size' instruments.

    ~ S.

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    The XS is a soprano scale size but in a shorter length body so that it is more portable. Sound-wise it's a soprano. My other sopraninos are shorter scale and tuned to ADF#B.
    Super Tenor
    Luis Feu de Mesquita Sinker Western Red Cedar/Myrtle

    Tenor
    Mya-Moe #1976 Master Grade Koa Classic

    Concert
    Kamaka Tiki Gold Label
    Pohaku Koa/Maple Concert 10

    Long Neck Soprano
    Asturias Spruce/Rosewood
    Gerard Guasch #14 Mahogany Pineapple

    Soprano
    Romero Creations XS Soprano Spruce/Koa

    Sopranino
    Koaloha Noah
    Tyde Rainbow Poplar/Purple Heart/Cherry

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    1. Koaloha anniversary red label all koa tenor - it's balanced in sound, is highly responsive to player input, and has limits way higher than I can play. I also can't sell it because I'll never see another one like it again.
    2. Kamaka HF-3 - I just got this but to my surprise, (with Worth browns) it's what I want in an ukulele and little else.
    3. Koaloha KSM-02 soprano longneck - this uke gets the third spot because it sounds fantastic and comes as a warranty replacement. Not only has it better tone and looks than the original - everything surrounding how it came to be goes to show just how awesome are the folks at Koaloha.
    Last edited by eternal tinkerer; 05-09-2021 at 08:20 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wildfire070 View Post
    The XS is a soprano scale size but in a shorter length body so that it is more portable. Sound-wise it's a soprano. My other sopraninos are shorter scale and tuned to ADF#B.
    Ah, I'd forgotten about the scale length-- thanks! I have an Ohana Sopranino strung with Fremont Hard Black strings that allow me to tune to GCEA without too much slack (I like the feel, actually), but the full soprano scale on a shorter (and unique) instrument intrigues me.

    My current top three:
    1) Rebel Acacia Concert
    2) Rebel Mango Soprano
    3) Anuenue UC-10 Concert

    Numbers one and two are interchangeable, depending on the day; I love my Rebels! But the Acacia is slightly more forgiving and thus more instantly accessible, and I just plain enjoy its tone.

    [With the soprano, the effect of the lighter tension strings plus ultra-chimy mango means more finesse is sometimes needed to not pull strings sharp or blow out(?) the sound. A modicum of more careful approach/technique-- which I find rewarding to pursue and improve, all told-- and the thing sings.]

    The UC-10 pips my AMM2 due to playability and: Blue. The AMM2 has the better tone, but in an apples-to-oranges way: spruce over laminate is obviously going to leave it all upfront vs the delectable deeper tones of the AMM2, likely my best-sounding ukulele.
    I do wonder if my impression of the AMM2 would change had it been setup by HMS as my UC-10 was. But, it still wouldn't be blue, so there's that.

    My own Alto Beansprout is newly complete, and heading my way this coming week. Booyah! My rankings just might change....

    ~ S.

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    Favorites right now:

    1. LFDM Tenor: Sinker Redwood and quilted Maple - Deep, rich sound that loves jazz, excellent sustain, clarity all the way up the neck to the nose bleed section. I've never had a custom before and wow, it's amazing.

    2. Kala Elite 3 Concert: Koa - it used to be number three. I don't know whether my technique improved or it's the Uke Logic strings or if it's opened up with daily play, but lately it has more projection and the sustain goes for miles. What a sweet voice.

    3. Blackbird Clara: It used to come before the Kala Elite. While I still love her, the sound of that Koa in the #2 spot has me by passing the Clara more. However, the Clara always comes out to play with others and goes on road trips.

    Bluesy.

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    1: Custom Compass Rose Luxo Little Jumbo tenor cutaway with slotted headstock by Rick Turner: bloodwood back and sides with carbon fibre bracing, Adi spruce top, bolted-on (not glued) flamed maple neck, cantilevered ebony fretboard

    2: Custom Compass Rose Standard tenor (B): walnut back and sides, bolted-on one piece walnut neck, giant sequoia top, cantilevered ebony fretboard

    3: Blackbird BTU carbon fibre tenor, individual string pick-ups with RMC pre-amp. (uke not made anymore)

    I also have a Koaloha soprano that I use when we have Hawaiian Night at our uke club and a Duke 10 banjolele for those country/Western/Bluegrass songs, but I love my low-g strung tenors.
    Gillian
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    ~KoAloha longneck soprano (KSM-02)
    ~Compass Rose custom tenor
    ~Compass Rose custom microjumbo tenor
    ~Blackbird BTU tenor
    ~Romero Creations Tiny Tenor (koa)
    ~Duke 10 tenor banjo ukulele


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