Pono MB - Mahogany Baritone (Special! Free Oahu Hard Case)

Pono MB - Mahogany Baritone (Special! Free Oahu Hard Case)

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Special Price $447.00

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Let's try a BARITONE!
I play guitar so it was inevitable I would want to try a Baritone Uke with DGBE tuning. However, not knowing if I would really like it I decided to buy the Pono MB and not make a huge investment. Or if I really liked it I would upgrade to one of the Pono Pro models later. The MB is an absolute gem. I tune it down a half step to match my voice range and the 5 to 6 second sustain on Ko'olau strings is more than enough. Don't feel any need to upgrade. Totally happy with this Bari.
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Review by Kirk / (Posted on 12/25/2012)
IT'S A KEEPER
Wasn't sure I would like a Baritone but I wanted to try one because I also play guitar and the DGBE tuning appealed to me. I am familiar with Pono quality and especially HMS setup which is a great bonus so I knew it would be a good value. This instrument is better than I expected. Simple, flawless construction. I tune mine down a half step for an easy, mellow sound and long sustain.
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Review by Kirk / (Posted on 12/25/2012)
PONO IS GREAT
I received my Pono MB in Québec in less than a week. It didn't' come with the announced case but I received it in a couple of days after a simple e-mail. I changed the strings for all-metal Guadelupe (IMO more convenient for the verry expresive mahogany). Great uke!
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Review by Duprélélé / (Posted on 12/24/2012)
Perfect Niche
This is not a custom ukulele, and it is not a "Made in Hawaii" by Hawaiians ukulele. If you can live with these two facts, then I'd argue this is the best (and really, this extends to all Ponos) ukulele on the market. Here's why:

1. The Tone. It's consistent and resonant. The basses are unmuddied, and the trebles are clear. You don't have to be a great player to notice it.

2. The Build. It's not the lightest uke, but it's well balanced, cleanly built and expertly set-up (HMS!). For someone who doesn't care about bling, it's form follows function perfected.

3. The Neck. It's beefier than Ohana's and Mainland's but not as wide and flat as Kanilea's Islander. For me, it's the easiest, most comfortable neck to play, especially barre chords.

4. The Price. If you compare it to other imports, you'll pay a little bit more for a lot more uke.

I've owned all the brands mentioned above (although not all baritones) and a few customs. For me, Pono is the best option short of a custom or Hawaiian made ukulele. If I were smarter, I would have bought a Pono sooner!
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Review by connor013 / (Posted on 12/24/2012)
Review of the Pono MB Baritone
Mine was purchased as a Micro-Blemished model for a substantial savings. The two cosmetic blemishes were very minor and did not have any functional effect & the rest of the fit and finish are very good. It has open geared tuners & there can be a bit of play in them. After the strings settled in, I found that the "B" string at the 3rd fret did not ring well, so I contacted Andrew. He responded very quickly & gave me suggestions about truss rod adjustment & said that I may need to ship it back so they could work on it. Andrew also extended my return period and sent me a new set of Ko'olau strings. I am not sure what did the trick, minor truss rod tweaks or the strings (like another reviewer, I am now using Southcoast Linear strings, tuned DGBE), but it is sounding good now … thanks for your persistence Andrew!
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Review by DougN / (Posted on 12/24/2012)
Great ukulele
Purchased a MB last summer to see if I liked a baritone. All I can say is that I absolutely love it. The build quality and sound had me at Hello. My brother in law who is a professional musician and also has a baritone was impressed by the sound. I have a hard time picking up my concert these days but this baritone I a great compliment to my Koaloha.
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Review by Walter / (Posted on 12/23/2012)
Tough to Beat!
I got this baritone from HMS a little over six months ago, and I am very pleased with it. It plays like a dream, and sounds just as good as the demo sound clip here on the site. HMS does a great job, not only in answering questions and customer service, but the set up of my Pono was perfect. Andrew was a help discussing string and tuning selection, and after trying several different brands, I am currently using, and very happy with Southcoast, non-wound linear lowGCEA.
This ukulele is a great value - if you are looking for a baritone, in this price range, nothing else comes close.
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Review by GregT / (Posted on 8/11/2012)

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