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    I've owned and am a fan of both LoPrinzi and MP. LoPrinzi is a production shop, not really a custom shop. They also do guitars, if you're sticking with your original requirement of only ukes, as does MP. It's your list, but not sure it would matter if somebody made guitars as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ukulele Eddie View Post
    I've owned and am a fan of both LoPrinzi and MP. LoPrinzi is a production shop, not really a custom shop. They also do guitars, if you're sticking with your original requirement of only ukes, as does MP. It's your list, but not sure it would matter if somebody made guitars as well.
    Original post has been changed to include any and all good builders...

    Thanks
    Last edited by AlohaKine; Yesterday at 06:45 PM.
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    Fred Shields Ukulele's

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    https://m.facebook.com/Fred-Shields-...0995551945357/

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    Quote Originally Posted by 70sSanO View Post
    Fred Shields Ukulele's

    La Mesa, Ca

    https://m.facebook.com/Fred-Shields-...0995551945357/

    John

    Thanks 70sSanO
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    This list is helpful, thanks AlohaKine!
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    Quote Originally Posted by DanY View Post
    This list is helpful, thanks AlohaKine!
    I'm trying...

    It would be nice if one of the Mods would sticky it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ukulele Eddie View Post
    I've owned and am a fan of both LoPrinzi and MP. LoPrinzi is a production shop, not really a custom shop. They also do guitars, if you're sticking with your original requirement of only ukes, as does MP. It's your list, but not sure it would matter if somebody made guitars as well.
    Uh, Donna does do custom orders, although they may not be common. Several TBUS members have one-off ukes from her. I know of at least 3 of them that are truly one of a kind, right here in town. She has told me she will build whatever I want.
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    I don't see the need to make this xenophobic list a sticky on UU. It excludes far too many ukulele makers to be seen as useful for a serious ukulele collector or player. The author only joined UU in September 2017, a major failing of the list is the exclusion of a lot of UU members who have been members for many years before September 2017 and who have contributed a lot UU and who make excellent musical instruments. It also excludes some great makers who work in Europe, Asia, and Australasia.
    While some of the long term members who have been excluded by silly rules may be offended by the exclusion, I don't have a problem with the thread, it is something many collectors do. Make a list of nearby makers, and find one to order your new uke from. A good take away for all UU members is to have a go at identifying all your local makers, where ever you live. Many will only be found by word of mouth and wont really want to see their name in lights on a board like UU, they will have plenty of work and wont need a newbie annoying them with questions unless there is a serious intent to buy.
    However, the step of providing free advertising to such a confined exclusive group as a sticky on UU is really something that does not do a lot for the international membership of UU when they are looking for a maker. A maker sticky on UU needs to have much wider rules so that all members, can see a wide range of options when they are looking for a custom uke. It is not hard for UU members to narrow down the list themselves, most really don't need to be told how to look at a list of makers and work out which ones work in the USA.
    And for the makers who are UU members, if you feel left out, do something (positive) about it. If other UU members don't seem to realise that you exist when they are buying a new ukulele, UU has some rules which help out and allow some commercial activities to help you become better known if you want to be. You can't expect to hide in the luthiers lounge and connect with potential buyers if you want to sell product. Of course many UU member makers are not into hyped up sales and marketing plans, they just join to get some knowledge and encouragement, which is fine, they probably would not want to be on a list like the one in the OP. However, if you do want to be on such a list, whether it is posted or just made at home by a potential customer, you really do need to have a sales and marketing plan which targets the market that is following the OP. You wont sell anything by hoping someone is going to find you by ESP. Selling is not easy, it requires active work and planning, if you want to sell you need to do the work and planning.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nickie View Post
    Uh, Donna does do custom orders, although they may not be common. Several TBUS members have one-off ukes from her. I know of at least 3 of them that are truly one of a kind, right here in town. She has told me she will build whatever I want.
    Understood, but they are very rare and she doesn't indicate on her website that she even does customs. I'm a fan of her work, but her focus is not on customs.
    More an appreciator of the ukulele than a true player. My motto is: "Don't matter how good it ring if it ain't got some bling."

    Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd.—Voltaire

    Curious about the relative importance of tonewood vs. the luthier? See Luthiers for a Cause to learn more!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill1 View Post
    I don't see the need to make this xenophobic list a sticky on UU. It excludes far too many ukulele makers to be seen as useful for a serious ukulele collector or player. The author only joined UU in September 2017, a major failing of the list is the exclusion of a lot of UU members who have been members for many years before September 2017 and who have contributed a lot UU and who make excellent musical instruments. It also excludes some great makers who work in Europe, Asia, and Australasia.
    While some of the long term members who have been excluded by silly rules may be offended by the exclusion, I don't have a problem with the thread, it is something many collectors do. Make a list of nearby makers, and find one to order your new uke from. A good take away for all UU members is to have a go at identifying all your local makers, where ever you live. Many will only be found by word of mouth and wont really want to see their name in lights on a board like UU, they will have plenty of work and wont need a newbie annoying them with questions unless there is a serious intent to buy.
    However, the step of providing free advertising to such a confined exclusive group as a sticky on UU is really something that does not do a lot for the international membership of UU when they are looking for a maker. A maker sticky on UU needs to have much wider rules so that all members, can see a wide range of options when they are looking for a custom uke. It is not hard for UU members to narrow down the list themselves, most really don't need to be told how to look at a list of makers and work out which ones work in the USA.
    And for the makers who are UU members, if you feel left out, do something (positive) about it. If other UU members don't seem to realise that you exist when they are buying a new ukulele, UU has some rules which help out and allow some commercial activities to help you become better known if you want to be. You can't expect to hide in the luthiers lounge and connect with potential buyers if you want to sell product. Of course many UU member makers are not into hyped up sales and marketing plans, they just join to get some knowledge and encouragement, which is fine, they probably would not want to be on a list like the one in the OP. However, if you do want to be on such a list, whether it is posted or just made at home by a potential customer, you really do need to have a sales and marketing plan which targets the market that is following the OP. You wont sell anything by hoping someone is going to find you by ESP. Selling is not easy, it requires active work and planning, if you want to sell you need to do the work and planning.

    Original post has been changed to include any and all good builders...

    Thanks
    Last edited by AlohaKine; Yesterday at 06:46 PM.
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