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Steveperrywriter
09-06-2014, 04:14 PM
So, I am on a luthier's schedule for a new, and from what I have seen so far, gorgeous tenor. Dunno when it will be done, there are several others also in-progress ahead of me, but in the not-too-distant future.

Quality takes time, and I am not pushing, it gets finished when it gets finished. C'est la vie. I take pleasure in seeing the other customers' axes as they are worked upon, photos of which are posted on a private FB page. I am happy for them. We get to ooh and ahh at each other and it's fun.

To help the process along, I am doing peripherals for the new tenor: so far, I have a new strap; a new case hygrometer; a charger and rechargeable batteries for the Roland AC 33 acoustic amp (on its way); a new D'addario NS micro-tuner; the uke will come with a new case ...

How do you deal with the anticipation of a new instrument?

Jim Hanks
09-06-2014, 04:25 PM
I send the builder requests for updates at least once a day, no, twice. :p

Jim Hanks
09-06-2014, 04:28 PM
Actually, I try to think about projects I want to do with it, what tuning/strings I want to try, and what other ukes need to be rehomed when it arrives (not that I'm doing a very good job with that last part.)

vanflynn
09-06-2014, 05:56 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uoLoyg3JKRQ

Have a burger?

Doc_J
09-06-2014, 07:21 PM
I think anticipation is just part of the fun. Embrace it. Enjoy it. It's the journey.

Dan Uke
09-06-2014, 08:44 PM
play your other ukes and think of songs that you would like to record with the new uke.

consitter
09-06-2014, 09:24 PM
So, I am on a luthier's schedule for a new, and from what I have seen so far, gorgeous tenor. Dunno when it will be done, there are several others also in-progress ahead of me, but in the not-too-distant future.

Quality takes time, and I am not pushing, it gets finished when it gets finished. C'est la vie. I take pleasure in seeing the other customers' axes as they are worked upon, photos of which are posted on a private FB page. I am happy for them. We get to ooh and ahh at each other and it's fun.

To help the process along, I am doing peripherals for the new tenor: so far, I have a new strap; a new case hygrometer; a charger and rechargeable batteries for the Roland AC 33 acoustic amp (on its way); a new D'addario NS micro-tuner; the uke will come with a new case ...

How do you deal with the anticipation of a new instrument?

I feel your pain. I waited five years for my custom. The last year was the actual build. He sent me pics along the way to help quench my thirst, so to speak. It took so long, because he oversaw the running of the KoAloha production shop, and he made many out of country trips for advertising purposes (and fun along the way).

The last few months I did what you are doing right now. I ordered a custom Ameritage case, and, believe it or not, a Roland AC 33. Bought the AC 33 because my wife has a Girl Scout Troop, and when they camp where there's no electricity, I can play uke along with the campfire songs.

You're not going to believe this, but when my uke got to me finally, I was almost disappointed...not by the uke in any way...but by the fact that the communication between Paul and I was coming to an end. Don't get me wrong...we still email occasionally, and we've played a constant 'words with friends' game for nearly 6 years now. BUT, the connection you have when collaberating during a build is something special. We, meaning both of us, came up with several changes mid-build, both in woods and inlay. Example: he decided that since my wife and I had such a connection with Hawaii, he wanted to build the uke with wood that was all indigenous to Hawaii.

Then he decided to do a private inlay on my fretboard. Private from me that is. I got to see nothing until I received it. Let me just say it is absolutely beautiful. It was Hawaiian mountains, a waterfall, a lake, and four tarot plants, which represented the members of my family.

I'm going way off course here, but to put it in a nutshell...get as involved with the build as your luthier will allow you without being a 'helicopter' customer. Not only will it help with the anticipation, but in the end, you will feel much closer to not only the luthier, but your ukulele as well.

wickedwahine11
09-06-2014, 11:02 PM
Ooh boy do I know how you feel. I waited six years to get my custom uke -- just hoping to get on the build list (patience and perseverence). Once I was on the list, it was hard to think of anything else, and once it was being built I could NOT think of anything else.

I started working on a slideshow video so that each time I received photos, I would add them to the slideshow. I bought some of the strings my luthier puts on his ukes and put them on another uke so I could get used to wound strings. And I drove my spouse and mother crazy -- talking about nothing else -- from the day my build started. And that was with me censoring the conversation down as much as I could.

When the uke arrived, I was actually terrified to open the box -- I was nervous that I had built it up so much in my head that it could never live up to the uke I imagined. Boy was I wrong, it surpassed my dreams and is all I could have ever wanted, and more.

Enjoy the ride, and I look forward to seeing your new ukulele when it arrives.

Ukejenny
09-07-2014, 06:05 AM
I don't think y'all could be any happier, prouder, or more in love if you'd grown these little babies in your own stomachs, and could feel them kicking and growing during the process! I'm hearing and feeling a lot of prenatal love on this thread!!!

hawaii 50
09-07-2014, 07:02 AM
congrats...did you finally get on Chuck's list....:)
the best wait in the Uke World....

Steveperrywriter
09-07-2014, 08:20 AM
Nope, not Chuck, it's Beau Hannam. I saw the video of a Corey playing Stan's redwood-topped/blackwood tenor and thought it sounded and looked terrific. I asked some questions, liked his response, and communicated with some satisfied customers. Not cheap, but I am willing to pay for quality when I can afford it.

Not an instrument I'll ever have worry about outgrowing, given my meager abilities as a player.

hawaii 50
09-07-2014, 08:26 AM
Nope, not Chuck, it's Beau Hannam. I saw the video of a Corey playing Stan's redwood-topped/blackwood tenor and thought it sounded and looked terrific. I asked some questions, liked his response, and communicated with some satisfied customers. Not cheap, but I am willing to pay for quality when I can afford it.

Not an instrument I'll ever have worry about outgrowing, given my meager abilities as a player.

I thought you got Chuck's attention sorry...maybe soon....:)
the only person who I know that has a Beau H. is my friend Stan I played it..it was nice and Andrew is getting 7 or 8 the last time I heard.....:)

Dan Uke
09-07-2014, 08:04 PM
Ooh boy do I know how you feel. I waited six years to get my custom uke .

wow, I didn't realize you've been playing so long! Made your customs much more special.

Bao
09-07-2014, 09:46 PM
I'm feeling exactly the same! This is my first custom (and probably last if it's absolutely wonderful) uke and I simply can not stop thinking about it as the days pass.

mds725
09-07-2014, 10:34 PM
I'm in the same boat as you, Steve (matching tenor ukulele and tenor guitar). Fortunately, Beau likes to post photos on Facebook, and not so fortunately, I have some stressful things in my life that occasionally take my mind off the fact that I am waiting for something I can only see photos of online. I have learned not to wish for time to pass because, well, there's only so much of it, and the more that passes the less there is left. Buying stuff for the uke you're waiting for seems to be a good way of coping.

ukantor
09-07-2014, 10:43 PM
This post is on topic, but only just. A friend of mine has been waiting for a custom made guitar for at least fifteen years. He placed the order, paid up front, and then the builder had chronic health problems, which caused him serious financial difficulties. His workshop, tools and stock were impounded for several years.

To cut a very long story short, the build has resumed recently, and delivery is imminent. My friend has long since lost interest in the guitar, and says he will sell it as soon as it is delivered.

Enjoy your (brief) wait. It will soon pass.

John Colter.

coolkayaker1
09-07-2014, 11:30 PM
Based on the waits of Scott's and Staci's ukes, and John's friend's guitar, a 14 month wait for a Mya Moe is an eye blink!

consitter
09-07-2014, 11:33 PM
Based on the waits of Scott's and Staci's ukes, and John's friend's guitar, a 14 month wait for a Mya Moe is an eye blink!

Your Mya Moe wait is a custom KoAloha or Moore Bettah wait in dog years.

wickedwahine11
09-08-2014, 12:51 AM
wow, I didn't realize you've been playing so long! Made your customs much more special.

Ha, that is because I am still not any good! :) I have played for six years, but not well. I will say my classic pattern has been play the songs I can play, then put the uke down. I am working at improving with this new uke, and trying to force myself to stretch my comfort zone by not just "practicing" songs I can already play. I feel I owe that to this uke.

So there - that is one more thing to do in prep for your new custom -- find new challenging material to play on it. That being said Daniel, ya still will never hear me! I have tremendous performance anxiety -- that is the main reason I dropped out of the ensemble class/group I was in. I love playing -- in a group -- but the instructor had us take solos and improv, and it was tremendously uncomfortable for me. The drive was long to the classes, but knowing I would have to play by myself in front of people made me not want to have anything to do with it anymore.


Your Mya Moe wait is a custom KoAloha or Moore Bettah wait in dog years.

If there was a like button, I would click it. :)

consitter
09-08-2014, 01:14 AM
If there was a like button, I would click it. :)


http://image.shutterstock.com/display_pic_with_logo/705394/126252026/stock-photo-blue-like-button-126252026.jpg


Here ya go...:)

DownUpDave
09-08-2014, 05:01 AM
" How do I handle the wait" .............not as well as some and better than others :confused: I try to think about it as little as possible. I play my instruments and buy and sell others, must......keep......busy

sukie
09-08-2014, 06:47 AM
Nope, not Chuck, it's Beau Hannam. I saw the video of a Corey playing Stan's redwood-topped/blackwood tenor and thought it sounded and looked terrific. I asked some questions, liked his response, and communicated with some satisfied customers. Not cheap, but I am willing to pay for quality when I can afford it.

Not an instrument I'll ever have worry about outgrowing, given my meager abilities as a player.
I see a lot of his stuff on FB. It's gorgeous. His finishes are lovely. I don't have UAS, but if I did.....

Steveperrywriter
09-08-2014, 07:11 AM
I have tremendous performance anxiety -- that is the main reason I dropped out of the ensemble class/group I was in. I love playing -- in a group -- but the instructor had us take solos and improv, and it was tremendously uncomfortable for me. The drive was long to the classes, but knowing I would have to play by myself in front of people made me not want to have anything to do with it anymore.


Yeah, I hear that. When I was younger and stupider, I would uncase my classical guitar and strum my three chords for all and sundry, no fear, any time, any place.

Ignorance is bliss.

I mostly quit playing guitar for a long time, took it back up in my late fifties, and because I had heard some really good players during the break, realized how clueless and awful I had been. So as I learned better, I played at home, for the dogs, for seven or eight years, unwilling to risk humiliation in public.

Problem was, I was expecting to be able to play without making any mistakes. I mean, listen to anybody's records, they weren't screwing up, right?

Make a long story short, I ventured out into a jam group where I could hide in the background, then eventually worked my nerve up to leading songs in another open jam group at a local pub. Still get butterflies, but I learned I could do it, and nobody knew how nervous I was unless I told them. (I am still working on leads on the uke, but I've done one and gotten through it.)

What really helped was realizing that even world-class players sometimes hit clams. Saw Bruce Springsteen lose the lyrics of a song he wrote, on a PBS special. He said, I knew the words to this song when I started it. And he laughed and began again. I also heard a couple of world-class classical guitarists buzz or miss notes, during live performances, and they shrugged it off and kept going.

If you follow baseball, anybody who consistently hits four of ten is a superstar. Nobody bats a thousand.

For me, it's a a slow process, and since I am in charge, I get to go at my own speed. Knowing that I'll never be as good as the best ... ? So what? You do the best you can with what you got ...

hawaii 50
09-08-2014, 08:21 AM
" How do I handle the wait" .............not as well as some and better than others :confused: I try to think about it as little as possible. I play my instruments and buy and sell others, must......keep......busy


if you don't like waiting here is one on the Flea Market

https://www.fleamarketmusic.com/marketplace/default.asp

DownUpDave
09-08-2014, 05:28 PM
if you don't like waiting here is one on the Flea Market

https://www.fleamarketmusic.com/marketplace/default.asp


You are not helping me :music::music: but there are a lot of nice ukes for sale there. Thanks...........I think, lol

Rick Turner
09-08-2014, 05:54 PM
re. performance anxiety...Just accompany a great singer who knows how to command a room. He or she will cover your butt, and later people will think you were brilliant. The other thing to do when soloing is to just play the melody on one string. Just the simple melody. That gets them every time. Not kidding about that, either. Forget shredding; play something simple and meaningful.

consitter
09-08-2014, 07:40 PM
I mostly quit playing guitar for a long time, took it back up in my late fifties ...

Holy cow...you're in your late fifties, and you're having to wait??

No wonder you're anxious...time is of the essence!! :D

Steveperrywriter
09-08-2014, 08:07 PM
Holy cow...you're in your late fifties, and you're having to wait??

No wonder you're anxious...time is of the essence!! :D

Um ... Well. I was in my late fifties.

Ten years ago ...

consitter
09-08-2014, 08:34 PM
Um ... Well. I was in my late fifties.

Ten years ago ...

Ummm, I hope you've already got it willed to whoever you want to have it.

You know, just in case...;)

Steveperrywriter
09-09-2014, 07:11 PM
I am taking it with me. I hope I don't have to worry about the humidity where I am going ...

Dan Uke
09-09-2014, 07:12 PM
there's several ahead of you Steve. What number are you in the queue?

hawaii 50
09-09-2014, 07:12 PM
I am taking it with me. I hope I don't have to worry about the humidity where I am going ...

Haha...good one if i must say so myself....:)

Jim Hanks
09-09-2014, 07:14 PM
I am taking it with me. I hope I don't have to worry about the humidity where I am going ...
I guess that could be taken two ways. :eek: Might want to clarify. :p

hawaii 50
09-09-2014, 07:16 PM
I guess that could be taken two ways. :eek: Might want to clarify. :p

Hey Jim..i think Steve making a Funny...what are you talking about

Steveperrywriter
09-09-2014, 08:44 PM
Hard to say exactly where I am in the queue; like a lot of builders, Beau has several in-progress at the same time, so there are several that are partially built, including mine. Probably three or four folks got there before I did, but not by much.

consitter
09-09-2014, 08:50 PM
I am taking it with me. I hope I don't have to worry about the humidity where I am going ...

You're good to go.

Ukuleles have replaced harps up there.

hawaii 50
09-09-2014, 08:58 PM
there's several ahead of you Steve. What number are you in the queue?

Hey Daniel...when did you order yours same time as Jen and Stan? when is yours ready?

ksiegel
09-10-2014, 03:03 AM
re. performance anxiety...Just accompany a great singer who knows how to command a room. He or she will cover your butt, and later people will think you were brilliant. The other thing to do when soloing is to just play the melody on one string. Just the simple melody. That gets them every time. Not kidding about that, either. Forget shredding; play something simple and meaningful.

Have to agree with Rick here about the soloing - I took part in a workshop with Stu Fuchs this summer, (Jazz workshop) and was surrounded by great players - trombone, bari sax, guitars, fiddles, mandolins, guitars, when Stu turned to me and told everyone I was going to take a solo on the uke. I almost froze, but remembered Stu's mantra "No Wrong Notes". I slid up and down a couple of times to the notes I wanted, on the single strings, and when I did a chord run, but even when I was wrong, I did a "play it like you mean it" thing - and it went a long way toward getting rid of my performance anxiety. (As to having a great singer, go find any of the Uke Ellington Videos. She's even better live!)

As for waiting for a custom uke, I waited about 15 months for my Donaldson, and it was worth it. I love that instrument! I'm saving up again for another custom, but it will be a couple of years down the road before I can order it - and that is only IF the Luthier is still making ukuleles by then.


-Kurt

Jim Hanks
09-10-2014, 07:07 AM
Hey Jim..i think Steve making a Funny...what are you talking about
Yeah, I get the joke I think - don't have to worry about humidity issues in heaven. You won't have to worry about humidity in the other place either but it's the heat that'll get ya. Ok, doesn't sound that funny to me now either. Never mind. :-)

Dan Uke
09-10-2014, 11:01 AM
Hey Daniel...when did you order yours same time as Jen and Stan? when is yours ready?

Based on when Beau sent it to Addam Stark to finish them, I'm number 3. I figure he should be done sometime in Oct or Nov as he's going to Hawaii for a few weeks.

hawaii 50
09-10-2014, 11:17 AM
Based on when Beau sent it to Addam Stark to finish them, I'm number 3. I figure he should be done sometime in Oct or Nov as he's going to Hawaii for a few weeks.


sounds good! Andrew should be getting a few too....

Dan Uke
09-10-2014, 02:11 PM
sounds good! Andrew should be getting a few too....

Cool. He's a big influence on what I buy as I know that if he's carrying it, it's met his high standards. Of course, the bar is set higher for customs and he still needs to make money. HMS customer service is top notch. If one of these custom builder's waitlist is full or too long, I would definitely go through HMS.

I think this is the longest I've ever waited for any ukes and it's tough...I see why builders require deposits as I might have purchased several other ukes by now as I'm very fickle. :p His ukes look so good and I've tried Stan's so I'll wait just a little bit more! :drool:

hawaii 50
09-10-2014, 04:52 PM
Cool. He's a big influence on what I buy as I know that if he's carrying it, it's met his high standards. Of course, the bar is set higher for customs and he still needs to make money. HMS customer service is top notch. If one of these custom builder's waitlist is full or too long, I would definitely go through HMS.

I think this is the longest I've ever waited for any ukes and it's tough...I see why builders require deposits as I might have purchased several other ukes by now as I'm very fickle. :p His ukes look so good and I've tried Stan's so I'll wait just a little bit more! :drool:

What this wait is nothing.....I have a Rollo on order that won't start until 2016..if I am lucky.....:)
Yeah I played Stan's uke too...in fact Andrew recorded it for Stan and HMS a while ago....so I am happy Andrew getting a few ukes from Beau as I never heard of him before then....
I hope yours as nice as Stan's....
btw how long did you wait for your MBU....:)

Dan Uke
09-10-2014, 06:18 PM
What this wait is nothing.....I have a Rollo on order that won't start until 2016..if I am lucky.....:)
Yeah I played Stan's uke too...in fact Andrew recorded it for Stan and HMS a while ago....so I am happy Andrew getting a few ukes from Beau as I never heard of him before then....
I hope yours as nice as Stan's....
btw how long did you wait for your MBU....:)

Did I say that I didn't wait that long? Oooooppppsss. :o