I’d like to attempt to review this Ukulele, but I have to admit I’m not proficient enough to do it justice. However, after a few weeks with a cheap soprano uke, upgraded with Aquila strings, even a novice like me can notice the difference. See my previous post for more on my new found ukulele addiction.
This Barnes & Mullins model is an end of range model made with “Spalt Maple”. I originally thought this was a typo, referring to the split pattern on the back of the instrument, but it’s actually a natural discolouration of wood caused by fungi. It gives the wood an incredible pattern, used to great advantage by some woodworkers, including Barnes & Mullins who crafted this uke.
What gives it some advantage is no doubt the craftsmanship and materials, but this particular uke is a ‘Concert’ size, which gives my fingers a little more room on the fretboard, handy for practicing those awkward chords. Beginners ukes are normally soprano size, really tricky for beginners to get to grips with I reckon. The sound though is deep, clear and toneful, difficult to explain, but side by side with my cheap uke, there’s simply no comparison.
Moving between chords is easier and slicker, so it’s more rewarding to play not just in sound, but in movement as well.
Then, it is just incredible to look at. Everyone who sees it comments how beautiful it is. Highly polished, smooth to the touch, it’s something to behold.
Even if you are a beginner, but you want to spend a little more money on something decent that will almost certainly make learning easier and certainly more rewarding, then one of these lovely instruments can’t be a bad choice!