NBUD: Michael Kelly Sojourn Port Acoustic Travel bass

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I posted this in the Bass forum, but I thought I would also post it here for more people to see.

Sunday I was preparing for my senior uke group's regular Monday afternoon Zoom session and decided to use my Gold Tone GT 23" fretted MicroBass that I haven't used for a few months, but when I tuned it, the Pahoehoe strings way over wrapped the spools. The E and A string also rattled between the 1st and 5th frets, and the pickup did not amplify evenly, needing the cut apart fix I posted about in the past. I wished I could change the strings to the Gold Tone/La Bella MBLS flatwound 25" scale, but there's no convenient way to do it, So I put the bass aside to deal with at another time.

Then Monday morning I saw a post on the Talk Bass forum that mentioned the Michael Kelly Sojourn Port Acoustic Travel bass, which caught my attention. I did a search and it's beaut, but slightly longer than I like, 24.7" scale. I found it on a variety of sites for $399, but only pre-order for a 6-8 week delivery. I saw that Sam Ash carries it, so I called and was told my local store had one in stock.

I flew there and looked it over. It's all glossy koa with a Fishman Presys II preamp and a sound hole on the side. The scale felt pretty good, so I bought it with a $20 discount, $379. When I got it home, I rotated the pickup to face me, added a matching strap button to the neck heel, and changed the strings to the MBLS 25" flatwound using short spacers at the bridge so they would only wrap the silks on the spool of the tuniing machines.

I used it Wednesday with 6 members of my uke group in the backyard of one member, with masks and safe distance. They complimented it and even took a couple of pictures. The action is a bit high up the fret board, sanding down the bottom of the saddle should fix it. Otherwise it worked very well, so I'm going to sell my Gold Tone MicroBass because my wall only fits 30 basses, which controls my GAS to a degree.

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This is Michael Kohan in Los Angeles, Beverly Grove near the Beverly Center
9 tenor cutaway ukes, 4 acoustic bass ukes, 12 solid body bass ukes, 14 mini electric bass guitars (Total: 39)

Donate to The Ukulele Kids Club, they provide ukuleles to children in hospital music therapy programs. www.theukc.org
Member The CC Strummers: www.youtube.com/user/CCStrummers/video, www.facebook.com/TheCCStrummers
 
I posted this in the Bass forum, but I thought I would also post it here for more people to see.

Sunday I was preparing for my senior uke group's regular Monday afternoon Zoom session and decided to use my Gold Tone GT 23" fretted MicroBass that I haven't used for a few months, but when I tuned it, the Pahoehoe strings way over wrapped the spools. The E and A string also rattled between the 1st and 5th frets, and the pickup did not amplify evenly, needing the cut apart fix I posted about in the past. I wished I could change the strings to the Gold Tone/La Bella MBLS flatwound 25" scale, but there's no convenient way to do it, So I put the bass aside to deal with at another time.

Then Monday morning I saw a post on the Talk Bass forum that mentioned the Michael Kelly Sojourn Port Acoustic Travel bass, which caught my attention. I did a search and it's beaut, but slightly longer than I like, 24.7" scale. I found it on a variety of sites for $399, but only pre-order for a 6-8 week delivery. I saw that Sam Ash carries it, so I called and was told my local store had one in stock.

I flew there and looked it over. It's all glossy koa with a Fishman Presys II preamp and a sound hole on the side. The scale felt pretty good, so I bought it with a $20 discount, $379. When I got it home, I rotated the pickup to face me, added a matching strap button to the neck heel, and changed the strings to the MBLS 25" flatwound using short spacers at the bridge so they would only wrap the silks on the spool of the tuniing machines.

I used it Wednesday with 6 members of my uke group in the backyard of one member, with masks and safe distance. They complimented it and even took a couple of pictures. The action is a bit high up the fret board, sanding down the bottom of the saddle should fix it. Otherwise it worked very well, so I'm going to sell my Gold Tone MicroBass because my wall only fits 30 basses, which controls my GAS to a degree.



This is Michael Kohan in Los Angeles, Beverly Grove near the Beverly Center
9 tenor cutaway ukes, 4 acoustic bass ukes, 12 solid body bass ukes, 14 mini electric bass guitars (Total: 39)

Donate to The Ukulele Kids Club, they provide ukuleles to children in hospital music therapy programs. www.theukc.org
Member The CC Strummers: www.youtube.com/user/CCStrummers/video, www.facebook.com/TheCCStrummers

That's a nice looking uke. I like ukes that have non-traditional features. I also like that see-through mask. Waiters are receiving smaller tips because customers can't see them smile. I'm surprised those masks aren't more readily available.
 
That's a nice looking uke. I like ukes that have non-traditional features. I also like that see-through mask. Waiters are receiving smaller tips because customers can't see them smile. I'm surprised those masks aren't more readily available.

Thanks Jerry. I bought the mask on Etsy, and added a nose clamp with a garbage bag tie and a little double face foam tape. It was designed for people who knows someone who is deaf and reads lips, but it's good for anyone who would like to show that they're smiling.
 
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