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Tonya
11-10-2015, 07:43 PM
Okay, I know it's been a long time since I've posted. But, back when I was shopping for an ukulele on Oahu I wrote (again, lots of details) about all the ukulele shops I visited...yet I admitted that I just hadn't found the ukulele of my dreams.

I've finally (blame work, family health issues, you name it) written up the discovery of my dream uke while visiting Hawai'i Island—and that instrument is a doozy, it's a Moore Bettah tenor.

So, here's "the rest of the story" of how it all came about.... http://ukuleletonya.com/blog/2015/11/a-moore-bettah-ukulelefor-me-oh-yes

I hope you have fun reading it. And, my advice: If you're on the Big Island, definitely give a shout out to Chuck Moore!

the flat tire
11-10-2015, 08:06 PM
Great story!

Peace Train
11-10-2015, 08:54 PM
I loved every moment of this inspiring story and how you were able to achieve your dream uke without so much as a worry about all the other factors mentioned. One of my favorite parts, “Hi, I know you just gave me a new Porsche, but I really don’t care for the color of the steering wheel, so I think I’ll take a pass…” :D I understand this and catch myself doing the same thing. Glad Chuck was persistent in sending you pics!

Andy Chen
11-10-2015, 10:37 PM
Ignorance, really, is bliss.

Congrats!

Booli
11-10-2015, 11:05 PM
Thanks for the great story. Happy for you that you got 'The One'...

Mahalo

mm stan
11-11-2015, 12:20 AM
Aloha Tonya, long time no see, glad to see you back posting on uu ...and great story and blog :)

Doc_J
11-11-2015, 02:04 AM
Thanks for sharing your Moore Bettah story. I enjoyed reading it. That must've been a hard choice, choosing between those two beautiful tenors.

spookelele
11-11-2015, 02:07 AM
omg. You're soo lucky!
Congrats!

UkieOkie
11-11-2015, 03:55 AM
Great story. Thanks for sharing.

UkerDanno
11-11-2015, 04:08 AM
Great story and that would have been my choice too!

good_uke_boy
11-11-2015, 04:37 AM
Your signature says you own two MBUs. If so, wow. Thanks for sharing your story.

Cornfield
11-11-2015, 04:43 AM
Great story. I'll be hoping to duplicate it is I ever make it to Hawaii.

Ukulele Eddie
11-11-2015, 05:52 AM
Very cool story. Thanks for sharing!

M3Ukulele
11-11-2015, 07:19 AM
Congratulations. You are lucky in so many ways chuck is a classy guy. Enjoy. That is a special ukulele.

Tonya
11-11-2015, 09:36 AM
Your signature says you own two MBUs.

Yep. There are two *more* "Chuck stories" (but just one additional ukulele!) to be written. And, since I'm in Hawaii right now and have a little free time (in between sitting on the lanai and staring at those waves), I'm gonna be penning (or, more accurately, keyboarding) them.

Stay tuned! (always stay tuned...unless you like playing out of tune)

BigMamaJ40
11-11-2015, 01:42 PM
Great story, great spouse!

6025
11-11-2015, 02:48 PM
Okay, I know it's been a long time since I've posted. But, back when I was shopping for an ukulele on Oahu I wrote (again, lots of details) about all the ukulele shops I visited...yet I admitted that I just hadn't found the ukulele of my dreams.

I've finally (blame work, family health issues, you name it) written up the discovery of my dream uke while visiting Hawai'i Island—and that instrument is a doozy, it's a Moore Bettah tenor.

So, here's "the rest of the story" of how it all came about.... http://ukuleletonya.com/blog/2015/11/a-moore-bettah-ukulelefor-me-oh-yes

I hope you have fun reading it. And, my advice: If you're on the Big Island, definitely give a shout out to Chuck Moore!

The Milo is currently onsale by the current owner at the Flea Market.

gregc
11-11-2015, 03:18 PM
Congratulations. Great story. Thanks for sharing.

wickedwahine11
11-14-2015, 05:03 AM
Yep. There are two *more* "Chuck stories" (but just one additional ukulele!) to be written. And, since I'm in Hawaii right now and have a little free time (in between sitting on the lanai and staring at those waves), I'm gonna be penning (or, more accurately, keyboarding) them.

Stay tuned! (always stay tuned...unless you like playing out of tune)

Congratulations on a great uke. I look forward to hearing about the other one as well. I love my MB ukes more than anything I have ever owned - they are magical. And Chuck and Bonnie are amazing people, they add a lot to the sentimental value of these instruments.

joekulele
11-14-2015, 05:18 AM
It is good to hear from you again Tonya. I look forward to the next MB installment.
Joe

NatalieS
11-14-2015, 07:57 AM
What a great story and a beautiful uke! I look forward to hearing about the second one too. :)

hawaii 50
11-14-2015, 08:49 AM
The Milo is currently onsale by the current owner at the Flea Market.

the MB on FFM is a used 2012 Moore Bettah...the one that Tonya is talking about is a new 2015 model....

good_uke_boy
11-14-2015, 09:02 AM
the MB on FFM is a used 2012 Moore Bettah...the one that Tonya is talking about is a new 2015 model....

Actually, Tonya's story seems to be about that 2012 MBU. Her story is about events in 2013, and the uke pictured on her blog is the same one pictured on FMM.

hawaii 50
11-14-2015, 09:11 AM
Actually, Tonya's story seems to be about that 2012 MBU. Her story is about events in 2013, and the uke pictured on her blog is the same one pictured on FMM.

haha..i guess I did not read the story in detail....and the pictures...no string through bridge and not as wide lower bout than the new ones...:)

I thought the one on FMM was sold by the original owner.....my mistake.....

Tonya
11-14-2015, 09:22 AM
Nope, you're right. The milo I was able to choose from *is* the one that's for sale over on the FMM Marketplace and I believe the man selling it is the original owner. Chuck shipped it to Florida after I chose the koa ukulele; it was in November 2012 (and, yes, I know, I'm just getting around to writing about it).

FWIW, the milo was just as incredible of an ukulele as the one I chose; I just listened to my heart and bought the koa because it felt like "my" ukulele that was meant to be. The milo instrument for sale was lovely in sound and appearance...and looks as if the owner has kept it that way. Good luck to him in selling it (but I know that whole discussion has its own thread).

I'll write about the new ukulele (and it's a wonder, too) soon. First I've updated the site to a hula lesson and a slack key concert (both with ukulele tie-ins). I also want to write about a visit with Chuck and Bonnie at their shop in 2013 when my ukulele got its one-year check-up by Dr. Chuck. I know a lot of people here have visited the legendary workshop, but perhaps my pix and account will add something to the communal knowledge. :-)

LittleCeci
11-14-2015, 04:25 PM
Wow! Such a long story, a wonderful one!

Nickie
11-15-2015, 03:24 PM
Congrats on finding your perfect MB ukulele!