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Thread: Kamaka Pineapple Ukulele

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    Red face Kamaka Pineapple Ukulele

    I can not decide between a vintage Kamaka Pineapple Ukulele (vintage 1930 with a blue label inside that says:KAMAKA / SPECIAL / PINEAPPLE / UKULELE" at top, on left side it reads "HAWAII'S / FINEST / UKULELE," on the right side is "PAT. JAN. 3., 1928 / No. 74178 / Strictly / Handmade By / S.K. KAMAKA," at bottom of label is "MADE IN / HONOLULU / HAWAII," versus buying a new Kamaka Pineapple. The vintage runs about $175 more than a new one would. The difference in price is relative to me, I am just looking for the better of the ukuleles. Thanks everyone in advance for your advice and help.

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    I tried a uke in Hilo last month that sounds just like what you're talking about. It felt and sounded wonderful but I couldn't justify the cost. The next day I ended up buying a new Kamaka pineapple in Honolulu. I was told the sound of the new one was "sharper" but I still think fondly of that older one. It just had a different "vibe".

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    IMHO, I like the sound of the newer model Kamakas more than the vintage ones. You should PM mmstan for his thoughts.
    Aloha,
    Ronnie



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    I haven't played that particular vintage Kamaka, but I've played many vintage Kamakas as well as many new ones (including several brand-spankin'-new pineapples). FWIW, the only ones that have ever made it home with me have been new.

    The vintage ones definitely have a "cool factor" - especially the one you mention. For a collector's piece, it would be worth having. But for an everyday player, I'd go for new.

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    I agree, I would go for new.
    RoxHum

    "Music self-played is happiness self-made"


    Sopranos: Donaldson (Myrtle), Kamaka (Koa), 2 Mainland's (Cedar/Rosewood & Mahogany),
    Nahenahe (Mahogany) (Thank you Stan)
    Concert: Mainland Classic Mahogany (low G)
    and one flashy white and gold Titano accordion

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    Aloha Kim009,
    If I bought this ukulele..it wouldn't be my daily player and go to ukulele no matter how good it sounds...just saying...maybe for a collector...check this link out....http://www.kamakahawaii.com/ukegallery.html
    Last edited by mm stan; 05-15-2011 at 10:07 AM.

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