The reason I haven't posted is I had a really bad fall in mid June and spent a little over 3 weeks in a transitional care unit. Healing is slow but steady. In the meantime I decided I would share the weekly readings I've been doing on my Instagram account!
I get into a habit of looking for used ukes on eBay every now & again,when I spied this Donner uke up for bid. Listed as concert size,missing 2 strings,and for under $35 the seller said it worked,had a couple of minor dings,and had tags. So- I won it at opening bid,and when it arrived,did I get a surprise.
The tags were for Donner bass uke. Obviously someone just stuck tags on it to make it look more new,I guess. The real surprise was this wasn't a concert size at all. It's a tenor. Amazing what deals you can get when a seller doesn't do their research! Anyway,all it needed was 2 batteries and the built in tuner & electronics work great.
The body and neck are mahogany,and I haven't a clue as to what wood the fingerboard is made with. However the glow of the mahogany is simply beautiful. The sound hole decor looks to be a decal.
I never heard of Donner before,and it made me think of Santa's reindeer. I must say the quality of this uke is surprisingly good. Action is wonderful,intonation is spot on,and one of the cooler things is the see thru closed tuners shown below:
And the tuners are very smooth and decent quality. I strung it with La Bella strings,which I like the feel of. The control panel for the electronics has a treble,mid,and bass control so when you're playing thru an amp,you do have some tone control without having to go to your amp.
Another plus I wish more uke companies did is there are 2 strap pins- one on the heel of the neck,and the other at the bottom of the body. This makes it possible to use mandolin or guitar straps. The model of this particular uke is the DUT-4E. Do check one out if you get a chance!
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