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    Default F style Ukulele ?

    (Hope I'm posting in the right place)

    I've been messing around with a baritone ukulele (tuned CGDA w/ nylon guitar strings) for about a year now. It's a pleasure to play and sounds very unique.

    Are the any Uke makers who make an F-style?

    If so I'd really like one of those.

    Internet searches have turned up nothing.

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    Default Re: F style Ukulele ?

    Steve Sorensen makes something he calls a Fundolin......

    https://www.mandolincafe.com/ads/148895#148895

    After a closer look this appears to be more mandolin then ukulele, not quite what you are looking for.
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    Boat Paddle Ukes might come close. You can just convince him to do a scroll.

    But if you want a carved top one: Chennell Jazzbox. I have a feeling the scroll might add quite a bit of cost to the commission.

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    Ah, I found it... ta-da...! Aila uke made by Hatta

    Aila is a mandolin shaped ukulele "Mandolele". Please playing while drinking whiskey at sunset time.
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    Actually this is made in Japan and the cost is almost what a Fundolin would cost. I would go with the Sorenson. I bet, if you preferred, Sorenson would make it with four strings.
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    A bunch of stuff with four strings

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charles E. View Post
    Ah, that is the one I was looking for.

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    Default Re: F style Ukulele ?

    If you go to youtube and type in "mandolele" there are a number of videos.

    This looks interesting and about baritone size...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I55-wvXDYmo
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    Default Re: F style Ukulele ?

    Some great suggestions. Thank you.

    I'll look them over.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charles E. View Post
    If you go to youtube and type in "mandolele" there are a number of videos.

    This looks interesting and about baritone size...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I55-wvXDYmo
    That one in the video you link above looks like it might be a tenor. Usually the baritones don't have re-entrant tuning. Just a guess, of course.

    The problem with searching for mandolele is that you do come up with some mandolins tuned like a uke but you also come up with ukes tuned like a mandolin. Oh well...
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    Default Re: F style Ukulele ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Charles E. View Post
    This one looks interesting.

    I think he only works through an Ebay store? No web page?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoxCarJoe View Post
    This one looks interesting.

    I think he only works through an Ebay store? No web page?
    He ships out of Taiwan and many of these instruments are made in Vietnam. I think they have improved a lot in quality over the years.
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    Default Re: F style Ukulele ?

    I'm in touch with Bruce Wei and he will send me a quote for a baritone F model (custom order).

    But looking at the Tenor specs, it's really got mandola proportions.

    That's what I'm looking for, so we will see.

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    Just "pulled the trigger" on a custom (no inlay) F Style Baritone.

    It's more than I wanted to spend but a got a good feeling about this guy.

    Over two months wait so let's see.

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    Default Re: F style Ukulele ?

    [QUOTE=Jim Garber;1758788]Boat Paddle Ukes might come close. You can just convince him to do a scroll.

    The luthier changed his company name from “Boat Paddle Ukelele” to “Hoffman Lutherie” a few years ago. Tried to log in to his site but got a “server cannot be found” message. Did find this on Google https://sites.google.com/site/ukulel.../b/boat-paddle

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    Default Re: F style Ukulele ?

    Quote Originally Posted by BoxCarJoe View Post
    Just "pulled the trigger" on a custom (no inlay) F Style Baritone. It's more than I wanted to spend but a got a good feeling about this guy.
    Over two months wait so let's see.
    Ya gotta let us know what it's like. I've been posting about how sketchy those eBay Vietnamese-made, "super-bling," one-of instruments may be. If they're getting better, I should stop dissing them. It would be a real plus to have a source of decently-made unique instruments, but experience, and all I've read, has made me cautious. Hope it lives up to your expectations!
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    Quote Originally Posted by allenhopkins View Post
    Ya gotta let us know what it's like. I've been posting about how sketchy those eBay Vietnamese-made, "super-bling," one-of instruments may be. If they're getting better, I should stop dissing them. It would be a real plus to have a source of decently-made unique instruments, but experience, and all I've read, has made me cautious. Hope it lives up to your expectations!
    Here is a recent thread about Bruce Wei ukes from the Ukulele Underground forums. There are a few folks there who like them and some comments about lower quality of the cheaper ukes vs. custom and some setup problems.
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    Quote Originally Posted by allenhopkins View Post
    Ya gotta let us know what it's like. I've been posting about how sketchy those eBay Vietnamese-made, "super-bling," one-of instruments may be. If they're getting better, I should stop dissing them. It would be a real plus to have a source of decently-made unique instruments, but experience, and all I've read, has made me cautious. Hope it lives up to your expectations!
    I will.

    He supposed to send me plans for approval soon. If it's worth looking at I'll post them.

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    Bruce Wei sent me this for approval.
    Not much info there other than basic dimensions and woods.
    19" scale is making me happy. My current baritone is 20.5" and just a little uncomfortable for me.
    Now for the wait.

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