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What is a bell-like tone?

bonesoup — Feb 24, 2015 10:07AM HST

When people describe a uke as having a bell-like tone, what does that mean? Which ukes do people generally agree have a bell-like tone? If anyone has links to illustrate the sound, that would be most helpful. Thanks!

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Andrew Kitakis - Feb 24, 2015 at 12:58PM HST

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Think about the sound of a bell; a bright, clear note, followed with a long ringing sustain.

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Dan Ledbetter - Feb 26, 2015 at 01:55PM HST

The particular example of bell-like tone that comes to mind for me is from a Kanilea KPA-TP (serial number 11306). On Hawaii Music Supply's Vimeo channel, Corey plays a demo that gives a very clear example of bell-like tone in my opinion.

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Andrew Kitakis - Feb 26, 2015 at 02:00PM HST

The Ukulele Site Agent

A lot of that sound in the video is the room. After we had built the new setup workshop and before we moved everything in we did some videos in there. The big empty room and brick wall and super high ceiling gave a sound that was so sweet!

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bonesoup - Feb 27, 2015 at 11:50AM HST

Thanks Andrew and Dan. Very helpful. Okay Andrew, please deliver that room sound with purchase of my next uke!

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Jerry - Feb 28, 2015 at 01:30PM HST

A Bell-Like tone would be loud and very clear; no buzz, and is usually achieved on open strings with a relatively higher action. The lower the action (distance of string to fret board), the less Bell-like will be the sound. Strings "ring" louder and more clear when the action is higher, and one tends to lose the clarity as the strings are lowered. While the tone is more clear when the strings are higher, the playability decreases, so the majority of players will sacrifice a little clarity for much improved action by lowering the saddle/bridge and sometimes lowering the nut, as well. Usually, ease of play takes precedence over clarity of sound, but it only takes slight adjustments in string height to make a very real difference.

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