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Loz
04-29-2016, 02:14 PM
Just received this beauty from HMS. Have only had a chance to play it for about an hour or so but wow, what a first impression. Excellent tone, clarity, sustain, volume, and playability. Here are a few pics. I'll plan on posting a review once I get fully accustomed to it but my initial impression is very positive. Thank you Andrew and everyone else at HMS.

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Loz
04-29-2016, 02:15 PM
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sam13
04-29-2016, 02:23 PM
Stunning. Congratulations. I love the detail and the wood grain. Very nice.

CTurner
04-29-2016, 02:27 PM
Loz, I have an I'iwi concert that I found when visiting Hawaii a couple years ago. A wonderful and sweet sounding uke. I can well imagine what your tenor must sound like, but do play for a while and eventually post a review! I think Fukuba's work is classic Hawaiian in sound, feel and playability. Heartiest of congratulations to you!

hawaii 50
04-29-2016, 02:28 PM
Congrats...very nice uke.....Charles one of the best builders on Oahu.....have fun!!

Doc_J
04-29-2016, 02:31 PM
Stunning. Congratulations. I love the detail and the wood grain. Very nice.

I agree. wow!

Dan Uke
04-29-2016, 02:57 PM
that uke looks sweet!! congrats!

coolkayaker1
04-29-2016, 03:09 PM
that uke looks sweet!! congrats!

Ukulele Eddie
04-29-2016, 03:12 PM
What a looker!!! Have admired I'iwi's on HMS every time I've seen/heard one. Enjoy!

Camsuke
04-29-2016, 03:21 PM
Congratulations Loz, totally gorgeous!

Nickie
04-29-2016, 03:30 PM
Congratulations! What a gorgeous uke!

the flat tire
04-29-2016, 03:44 PM
Very nice! I've been eyeballing them I'iwis for a while...

CiceroAnon
04-29-2016, 05:12 PM
What type of bracing is used on this ukulele?

It certainly is a stunning instrument.

rappsy
04-29-2016, 05:22 PM
Nice head stock. Beautiful wood.

What does the 3 holes represent as far as sound projection? Are they different sizes for a reason?

Best wishes on a beautiful Uke.

kvehe
04-29-2016, 07:27 PM
Gorgeous and distinctive! Congratulations!

DownUpDave
04-29-2016, 11:37 PM
Well done, I was lusting after that very uke on the HMS site. I'iwi are very high up on my "gotta have one" list. Just stunning, congratulations. You seem to have some camera skills, great photos.

mm stan
04-29-2016, 11:57 PM
Congratulations and Happy Strummings..

Loz
04-30-2016, 01:12 AM
Thanks everyone for your comments, enjoying it it with a cup of coffee this morning ;)

janthony1
05-01-2016, 03:16 AM
Beautiful. Looking forward to your full review!

Jim Hanks
05-01-2016, 03:54 AM
What does the 3 holes represent as far as sound projection? Are they different sizes for a reason?

The best speakers have separate cones for bass, midrange, and treble frequencies. Same here. :p (OK, probably not really, but that's my story, and I'm sticking to it.) :shaka:

dkcrown
05-01-2016, 04:27 AM
Looks fantastic Loz. The I'iwi sound samples on the HMS site are always fantastic, and frankly make the ukes almost impossible to resist. Yours is beautiful. Congratulations!

igorthebarbarian
05-01-2016, 06:09 AM
A stunner. Yowza that's amazing. Beautiful headstock

good_uke_boy
05-01-2016, 07:32 AM
Beautiful instrument, and I bet it sounds beautiful too. Congratulations!

LarryS
05-01-2016, 09:48 AM
That is gorgeous!

UkeInTW
05-02-2016, 02:44 AM
Ah, so you are the one that snapped up that Koa I'iwi. Congrats. I'iwis are not talked about as much, but to me, they are right up there with the best in terms of sound and playability. They have amazing projection, and excellent sustain and tone. And I like the unique look too. I was tempted to buy that one, as I need one in all Koa, but I already have 2 I'iwi tenors, so I am trying to contain my UAS.

DownUpDave
05-02-2016, 03:09 AM
Ah, so you are the one that snapped up that Koa I'iwi. Congrats. I'iwis are not talked about as much, but to me, they are right up there with the best in terms of sound and playability. They have amazing projection, and excellent sustain and tone. And I like the unique look too. I was tempted to buy that one, as I need one in all Koa, but I already have 2 I'iwi tenors, so I am trying to contain my UAS.

If you have already bought TWO I'iwi tenors you've done a very poor job of "containing your UAS" ;). For that I applaud you sir, they are fantastic instruments

coolkayaker1
05-02-2016, 06:00 AM
Thanks for the share, Loz.

Happy!

Littlegman
05-02-2016, 01:42 PM
That maker's label inside the sound hole is exquisite. I wish all luthiers would put the same artistic effort in the label as they do on the instrument!

UkeInTW
05-07-2016, 06:08 AM
If you have already bought TWO I'iwi tenors you've done a very poor job of "containing your UAS" ;). For that I applaud you sir, they are fantastic instruments

Ha, yes. And have to admit not only with I'iwi's have I done a poor job. But, a number of others got me weak. But after around 12 in 2 years, I am trying to slow down a bit.

stevejfc
05-08-2016, 11:00 AM
What a knock out! Congrats