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Montoneukes
11-02-2014, 06:20 AM
Hello! Id like to show you the ukes i make in my workshop. I hope you enjoy it as much as i do making them! Greetings!

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CeeJay
11-02-2014, 06:54 AM
Okay ..I'll bite.....what is it ? What do the three strings above the four usual ones bring ...they clearly do not appear to be fretted ...are they like a sitar ,drone strings...intrigued ...have you got a sound clip...?

twentytabby
11-02-2014, 07:16 AM
I recently saw a harp guitar played in a concert, where the additional unfretted strings were used to augment finger picking. In this case, the extra strings were bass notes.
This looks a lot like it so I'm thinking it's a harp ukulele.

Montoneukes
11-02-2014, 07:20 AM
Okay ..I'll bite.....what is it ? What do the three strings above the four usual ones bring ...they clearly do not appear to be fretted ...are they like a sitar ,drone strings...intrigued ...have you got a sound clip...?



Hi CeeJay!! It is an "Harp Uke" a mix between an ukulele and harp, the three strings above is the "harp part". Exactly, the harp are not fretted, it brigs just one note per string. I have no a sound clip yet, but i should record! If you see in youtube you can find similar videos.



I recently saw a harp guitar played in a concert, where the additional unfretted strings were used to augment finger picking. In this case, the extra strings were bass notes.
This looks a lot like it so I'm thinking it's a harp ukulele.


Exactly Twenty!

Montoneukes
11-02-2014, 07:31 AM
Tenor in Laurel Wood

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Montoneukes
11-02-2014, 10:05 AM
Chinaberry soprano

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bonesoup
11-02-2014, 01:07 PM
Beautiful. I like how the fretboard tapers down in a curve where it meets the body. How do these woods sound? I'd also like to see some video of them being played.

Montoneukes
11-02-2014, 02:26 PM
Beautiful. I like how the fretboard tapers down in a curve where it meets the body. How do these woods sound? I'd also like to see some video of them being played.





Thank you! I like that datail too! I have to record a video soon. These wood sound very good ,open pore and very low dense, which produce low sounds, as much as the small box allow it.

Montoneukes
11-02-2014, 02:28 PM
Soprano cedar top, chinaberry back and sides


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Montoneukes
11-03-2014, 01:18 AM
Soprano sapelle top, chinaberry back and sides, cedar neck, lapacho fretboard.

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Jim Hanks
11-03-2014, 02:59 AM
Nice work! I can't read Spanish but it seems that these are for sale. Are the prices on the website in U.S. dollars? I think the tenor said $3000. Is that right?

Montoneukes
11-03-2014, 07:12 AM
Nice work! I can't read Spanish but it seems that these are for sale. Are the prices on the website in U.S. dollars? I think the tenor said $3000. Is that right?

Thank you Jim!! I am trying to make an English version these days. The prices are in "pesos argentinos": 1 dollar=8,5 pesos argentinos.

Jim Hanks
11-03-2014, 07:36 AM
In that case, it looks like your rates are very reasonable. Good luck!

Montoneukes
11-03-2014, 08:06 AM
In that case, it looks like your rates are very reasonable. Good luck!

It is difficult to know the correct price, build them demand a lot of work to me. Are you from USA, is that right? How much do the ukes cost there, from entry level to solid woods by luthier?

Jim Hanks
11-03-2014, 08:49 AM
Yes, "correct" price is hard to determine. $350-400USD for a hand built tenor is on the low end for a US-based luthier. Some others in this price range include Sailor Brand, Waverly Street, Gary Gill, and Cocobolo Ukuleles, to name a few I have seen on UU. Other luthiers charge much more. I've seen advertised prices from $400 to $4000 and more. In general, I'd say "up and coming" luthiers can charge $350-800 and well established luthiers can charge $1000 and up. These are only rough guidelines of course.

Montoneukes
11-03-2014, 09:20 AM
Yes, "correct" price is hard to determine. $350-400USD for a hand built tenor is on the low end for a US-based luthier. Some others in this price range include Sailor Brand, Waverly Street, Gary Gill, and Cocobolo Ukuleles, to name a few I have seen on UU. Other luthiers charge much more. I've seen advertised prices from $400 to $4000 and more. In general, I'd say "up and coming" luthiers can charge $350-800 and well established luthiers can charge $1000 and up. These are only rough guidelines of course.

Good information Jim. its good to know it, because here in Argentina, u$s1000 is a lot of mooney! The difference between the peso and the dollar is enormous. $8,5, is the official value, but it is limited, so people buy the dolar with 15 pesos in the streets, making the gap even bigger. As it is, they are political stuff. Thank you jim for the information.

Jim Hanks
11-03-2014, 09:36 AM
Just to be clear, $1000US is a lot of money in the US too. :-)

Montoneukes
11-03-2014, 10:43 AM
Just to be clear, $1000US is a lot of money in the US too. :-)

Haha yes, i understand.

Nickie
11-12-2014, 05:51 PM
Very nice! I've only seen one person who could play a uke harp....
Good luck with your business venture, it looks like a nicely made product!

Montoneukes
11-17-2014, 12:31 PM
Very nice! I've only seen one person who could play a uke harp....
Good luck with your business venture, it looks like a nicely made product!


Thank you so much for the positive energy Nickie!!

Montoneukes
11-29-2014, 11:40 AM
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Barbablanca
11-29-2014, 12:30 PM
Bienvenido desde Barcelona! Beautiful instruments! I'm a translator (25 year experience. I teach translation at the UAB (Autonomous University of Barcelona) - maybe we could do a deal I translate your website into English for a Harp Uke? Possible? Send me a private message, if you are interested. :)

Montoneukes
11-29-2014, 02:05 PM
Bienvenido desde Barcelona! Beautiful instruments! I'm a translator (25 year experience. I teach translation at the UAB (Autonomous University of Barcelona) - maybe we could do a deal I translate your website into English for a Harp Uke? Possible? Send me a private message, if you are interested. :)

Gracias Barbablanca! Lo tendre en cuenta para el futuro. Saludos!

chefuke
11-29-2014, 05:04 PM
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I like the wood inlay (very subtle) and also love the different fret markers - great to see fresh ideas and innovation like yours.

The tuners look enormous and heavy - are they?
Have you considered lightweight friction tuners?

Shame your so far away - would love to try one out.

Best of luck!

Montoneukes
11-29-2014, 06:10 PM
I like the wood inlay (very subtle) and also love the different fret markers - great to see fresh ideas and innovation like yours.

The tuners look enormous and heavy - are they?
Have you considered lightweight friction tuners?

Shame your so far away - would love to try one out.

Best of luck!


Thank you che!! The wood inlay was made with different wood species, and the fret makers, with ebony. The tuners are really very light, i think it was made with aluminum half. I can install friction pegs too if the customer wants.

Montoneukes
12-02-2014, 11:53 AM
Pickguard

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