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« on: December 09, 2016, 04:24:51 AM »

Hopefully this isn't the wrong place for this...

My beginnings of fretted stringed instruments started with my dad teaching me stuff on his uke, so I could accompany him while he played piano.  He learned ukulele when he was in Hawaii/Korea/Japan in the early 50s.  At this point, I have a half dozen (or so) ukes...  sopranos, concert, baritone, banjo, etc.

Several (uhm, about 20) years ago, my dad lost the tip of one of his fingers docking his boat during a storm...  the rope wrapped around his finger as he was trying to tie the boat up to a pier.  After it healed some, I got him a decent tenor (I forget the make, all solid mahogany) figuring it would be good therapy to help rebuild strength in that finger (and hand).  It worked pretty well in that capacity.

Several years later, and he complains that it's not "plinky" enough.  It's too full sounding.  The goofy thing, is that I know what he means. 

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« Reply #1 on: December 25, 2016, 05:11:42 PM »

I know what you mean too.  The old traditional is a very percussive sort of sound.  Maybe this is why some people are so into the vintage plastic stuff.  I think my Koa top/mahogany back/sides Keli'i soprano sounds a lot more plinky than my all-Koa Haleakoa tenor.  Never heard a Larrivée uke.  Do you use high or low g tuning?

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