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    Default Hand made (by me) ukuleles

    I am a small builder, who has been at ukulele building for a couple of years now. I have worked very hard to make an instrument which both looks wonderful, as well as sounds great. I am in Eastern Pennsylvania, and have been using local woods almost exclusively. Many of my back and sides started with me, a tree, and a chain saw. Sycamore is wonderful, but it has to be cut just right, which requires treating each cut in a special way. (My sycamore is better than almost anything one could buy.) My favorite top wood is redwood recycled from old water tanks that used to be on the top of apartment buildings in New York City. I currently have a number of instruments for sale, ranging in price from $500 to $700 These can be seen on my web site (recently edited) "jupiteruke dot com", as well as an activity blog, some testimonials, sound samples, some other instruments, some examples of custom pearl inlay, etc.

    I love wood and have come to really like building instruments. There is always something new to try, some lovely piece of wood that I have come across/harvested, some way that I can make things better. (My overall goal is to make every instrument better than the last one.) I am retired from my 'day job', and I do not have to build/sell ukuleles to put food on the table, which gives me a great deal of freedom. I mostly sell them to support building the next ones, tools, and my wife does not think we need to have 10 or 12 ukuleles around the house.
    - Jonathan Dale
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    Beautiful ukuleles with a wonderful story. I enjoyed your blog.
    - Laura

    Sopranino - Vintage 1930's Camp Uke (Birch)
    Soprano - Koaloha Opio (Sapele), Martin OXK (HPL), Brueko No. 2 (Maple), Kala ASOV -S (Spruce/Ovangkol), Vintage 40's Silvertone (Mahogany), Vintage 50's Harmony (Birch), Zither Heaven (1 Black Walnut & 1 Cherry), First Act Discovery (Plastic)
    Concert - Luna (Spruce top)
    Tenor - Outdoor Ukulele (Composite Polycarbonate), Mainland (Mahogany)

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    Gorgeous!
    I love the minimal headstock.
    If your uke is too loud, your neighbours are wrong.

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    Very nice! I was really glad to see that the "Australian Pine" has a beautiful use! The trees are all over here. The heartwood is a very nice red color. I praise you for being eco-friendly. I love the headstock design, it's different.
    I really wish I could afford one of your ukes.
    Great website too. Here's the link to make it easier to find: http://jupiteruke.com/
    Best wishes with your projects!
    Last edited by Nickie; 12-06-2017 at 06:16 AM.
    "Those who bring sunshine and laughter to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves".

    Music washes from the soul, the dust of everyday living.

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    "Austrailian pine", (Casuarina equisetifolia and Casuarina glauca) is my new favorite wood. It has a reputation for twisting and cracking when it dries so there is no commercial harvesting, you can not buy it (advantage me - makes the instruments really unique). Most trees grow with a spiral grain, and I can see how cutting these into lumber would give all sorts of problems, but I have been able to cut smaller, perfectly quarter-sawn blocks from trees which show a straighter grain and have had little problems. It is as hard as ebony, heavy (sinks even when dry), small pored, takes a wonderful polish all by itself, has a lovely color, a nice contrast between heart wood and sap wood, and I am cutting what is considered an invasive species in Florida. A great combination of 'features'.

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    Your art and work is incredible. Interesting you are using the Australian Pine. You are correct they were planted extensively in Central South Florida as wind breaks for citrus and crops. I notice only the first uke page has a price, do we contact you for the others? Interested in Tenor Low G.

    ALSO::::::: What song is he playing at the end of the Glen Hirabayashi sound sample? It is in my head but I cannot remember the name/band.

    Best regards.

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    Nice looking and sounding ukes!
    The song played by Glen is Breezin' a George Benson song.

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    Thanks! Could not remember it or get it out of my head

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    Yes, please contact me, "jupiteruke at gmail dot com" for prices on particular instruments. Prices range from $550 to $800. I used to post prices on the web site (missed one) but I have found that this just created complications when dealing with consignments at stores, and also did not allow easy discounting on older instruments that have been in the inventory for a while.

    I generally string all the tenors I make with a low-G as I like that fuller and 'rounder' sound. Indeed, my build processes have been oriented to trying to get that deeper, richer sound, with a good volume. A redwood top is wonderful for a low-G tenor. You may note that I use a zero fret. One advantage of this is that one can go from low-G to high-G strings and no filing of the nut or nut replacement is required. Just change the strings.

    I have 4 more tenors 'on the bench' right now, with expected completion some time in January. I'm going to post a progress update to my blog this evening.

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    Brian Griffin of Griffin ukes also uses the old redwood water tank wood from New York. It's an amazing soundboard wood. Sounds like the two of you are oriented towards the same goal in your builds.
    http://www.griffinukuleles.com He keeps a great blog.

    Really nice instruments Jupiter. Definitely a site I have earmarked for a future build or buy.

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