Clara- The 1st Plant Fiber based Composite Concert Ukulele
Blackbird is a small group of luthiers in San Francisco doing some really cool things with alternative resources. For a few years now we have carried the carbon fiber tenors when available. They are different from traditional ukes because they are not made of wood but of carbon fiber. This makes them impervious to the environmental dangers wood instruments face and the geniuses over at Blackbird managed to design comfort and tone to satisfy a musician’s need. So we were excited to recently get another tenor along with a new carbon fiber tenor we will show you soon. However, what really knocked our socks off was this new concert they call “Clara”. Joe from Blackbird claimed that this new concert would be “a game changing instrument that delivers previously unobtainable vintage tone with exceptionable durability”. Sound like a lot of marketing fluff? Well, we give it to you straight here at the review. This is one of the finest sounding concerts to come to The Ukulele Site.
I was on the the Big Island when it came in and Corey texted me a picture and his opinion,
this uke is badass
When I got back I pulled it out and played it for at least an hour. Considered keeping it. Texted Corey back,
concert blackbird is mind blowing
dude, I can’t get over the tone of it…it’s so warm
So there’s some personal dialog. I’ll go over some more details and Corey will share a sound sample. Dry, unaltered audio from this light weight tone monster.
Looks like coconut husk and sounds like vintage mahogany. Here’s what Blackbird says about it,
Ekoa is made up of fiber reinforcement fabric in resin matrix, but one that is worker and planet-friendly. The plant-based fabrics and biobased resins have a beautiful designer material quality, which does not always require finishing along with distinct performance advantages over other composites. The Clara ukulele, is the debut application of Ekoa which is suitable for numerous other applications from sports equipment to furniture.
All I can say is congratulations to Joe and the team at Blackbird. I think this is a special instrument and am sure it will be a huge success.