I was a vendor at a ukulele festival yesterday. A fellow named Glen Hirabayashi from the Aloha Boys who was one of the instructors and performers came by and played a couple of my ukuleles. He really seemed to like them, he came back 3 times. Here are two videos, the beginning of a piece he played, and the end. There actually two different instruments. Both with casuarina back and sides and redwood tops, but one has a standard 17″ scale, and the other is a custom 19″ scale model. The 17″ scale instrument (the ‘beginning’) has a streaky redwood top, and the 19″ scale (the ending) has a clear curly redwood top. Glen played the same thing on both so one can compare the sound.
Here are some small ukulele sound samples. Simple video recordings with my phone, but it should give you a sense of what the instruments are about.
A friend playing Soldier’s Joy” on the “Tribute to Martin” ukulele:
Here is Soldier’s Joy on a redwood topped uke (high G):
Here are the same two instruments, with a different tune. First the “Tribute to Martin”:
Then there is the redwood topped uke, which is strung with a high G string: