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dominicfoundthemooon
04-12-2009, 06:09 AM
hey all.. i just wanted to post up some photos and info on my "future" cigar box ukulele that is being crafted by Russ of Sonny Daze (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AES4GM2s6OE) he does all his work by hand... and makes these ukes one at a time. i found him via ebay... and after watching his sound sample and talking with him i decided to pitch an idea.

my father passed away 9 years ago. he was a bombader on a B-29 in WWII and as a small child i can remember him showing me his WWII wings.. while he was young in WWII and never went on a actual bombing mission... he did tell me stories of his training. i always had a set of these wings around growing up. another thing about my father was that he loved to sing songs from the 30's and 40's and i can recall hearing him sing "it's not the pale moon that excites me.. that thrills and delights me... it's the nearness of you" and we often would look at the starts together... he would often pint out orions belt.

with these ideas in my mind... i made a sketch a few months after his death of a tatoo that i was going to get on my back.. i gave the sketch to a good friend and he did a computer graphic on his version of the wings, the moon, and the stars of orion. a few years later i took this artwork to a tatoo artiest and he came up with another working of this art sketch. see photo..

http://i71.photobucket.com/albums/i150/domaltieri/tatoo-1.jpg

i never did get the tatoo but kept the artwork around... i had plans for making a sticker.. maybe a pickguard...until i found russ! wen i sent him the photos and asked if he could make a cigar box uke with this as the sound hole he sent me back this... which was a YES!

http://i71.photobucket.com/albums/i150/domaltieri/uke4.jpg

and thus we were off... i gave him the okay to start production... and for the past 3 weeks he has been working... this is not his main job, and he does this more for the love... and works at an artist pace..

this is the uke in stage 1...

http://i71.photobucket.com/albums/i150/domaltieri/uke5.jpg

http://i71.photobucket.com/albums/i150/domaltieri/uke6.jpg

more to come...

dominicfoundthemooon
04-12-2009, 06:11 AM
next step...

http://i71.photobucket.com/albums/i150/domaltieri/uke7.jpg

and then... WOW..

http://i71.photobucket.com/albums/i150/domaltieri/uke1.jpg

http://i71.photobucket.com/albums/i150/domaltieri/uke3.jpg

http://i71.photobucket.com/albums/i150/domaltieri/uke2.jpg

stay tuned.... more to come....

Harold O.
04-12-2009, 06:23 AM
Anyone can buy a uke. Some folks can make one for themselves. But to have an interesting instrument with a real story is something special. You will have something special. Nice collaboration with the builder.

UkEdman90
04-12-2009, 06:29 AM
really cool man! can wait to c more! i like the shape of the headstock!

Ahnko Honu
04-13-2009, 09:36 PM
The ukulele on his video sounds pretty decent, can't wait to hear what your's sound like. I like your sound hole shape, very cool. ;)

deach
04-14-2009, 08:09 AM
Nice hole !

dominicfoundthemooon
04-14-2009, 08:12 AM
Nice hole !

even my tribute to my dead father is not safe from "deach-a-facation" and that is why deach is a GREAT MAN! he can find humor in a dead baby in a trash can.. you just got to love it!! deach on deacher man.. deach on...

and no.. you can not put anything in my ukulele.. besides.. that hole is way to big.. you would just get lost..

deach
04-14-2009, 08:15 AM
even my tribute to my dead father is not safe from "deach-a-facation" and that is why deach is a GREAT MAN! he can find humor in a dead baby in a trash can.. you just got to love it!! deach on deacher man.. deach on...

and no.. you can not put anything in my ukulele.. besides.. that hole is way to big.. you would just get lost..

Oh man, I didn't read your post. I just looked at the pics. Sorry.

dominicfoundthemooon
04-14-2009, 08:23 AM
Oh man, I didn't read your post. I just looked at the pics. Sorry.

no worries.. just joking around! i love you.. you know that!!! i will even let you play it when we cross paths!!

d

Yopparai
04-14-2009, 08:36 AM
What a cool project.

(when I was growing up, "dead baby" jokes were all the rage.)

deach
04-14-2009, 08:52 AM
no worries.. just joking around! i love you.. you know that!!! i will even let you play it when we cross paths!!

d

Cool. I'll let you play my ghetto cigar box uke I made the other day.

russ_buss
04-14-2009, 08:54 AM
great design. can't wait to see/hear the finished product!

Ahnko Honu
04-14-2009, 01:24 PM
my father passed away 9 years ago. he was a bombader on a B-29 in WWII and as a small child i can remember him showing me his WWII wings.. while he was young in WWII and never went on a actual bombing mission... he did tell me stories of his training. i always had a set of these wings around growing up. another thing about my father was that he loved to sing songs from the 30's and 40's and i can recall hearing him sing "it's not the pale moon that excites me.. that thrills and delights me... it's the nearness of you" and we often would look at the starts together... he would often pint out orions belt.



Dom, e kala mai ia'u (please excuse me), I don't know how I too missed the details relating to your dad. I think it's a great thing you're doing to honor the memory of your dad, he sounds like a very cool guy. I too lost my dad but more recently in June of 2007 just 2 months after my mom's passing he dying of a broken heart after almost 60 years together. He too was WWII veteran fighting in the Pacific Theatre in New Guinea, the Philippines, and outlying islands. He too always loved to sing the oldies, and loved his Kamaka pineapple that I grew up hearing. I am eventually going to replace his stolen Kamaka, personalize it in his memory, and place it where he always kept his in easy reach above his bed in the old homestead which I presently call home again after a 29 year absence. Maybe when you get your cigar box you can do a tribute to dad, I know I will when I finally find a replacement Kamaka pineapple for my dad. Here's a toast to all our veteran dads who made so many sacrifices which made our lives today better. :cheers:

dominicfoundthemooon
04-14-2009, 06:16 PM
UPDATE UPDATE!!!

my builder has come up with some ideas for the headstock and other details.. i am saying yes to both ideas..

the wing pattern is from the wings... my father was born in 1921... and the B-29 is the plan my father flew on in WWII see photos..

http://i71.photobucket.com/albums/i150/domaltieri/1921.jpg

http://i71.photobucket.com/albums/i150/domaltieri/b-29.jpg

sweet!

Ahnko Honu
04-14-2009, 10:03 PM
Aloha Dom, just curious what month was your Dad born? My dad too was born in 1921 in August. Was your dad on the bombing runs over Japan? My Dad was part of the first occupation forces to land in Japanese home isles at the end of hostilities. He said every major Japanese city by the end of the war was leveled 90% or more. B-29s and their crew were very efficient. IMHO the B-29 was the most awesome bomber of WWII. Within 5 years most cities were already rebuilt due the industriousness of the Japanese people.

B-29s over Mt. Fuji
http://www.atkinsopht.com/jpgfiles/b-29fuji.jpghttp://www.korean-war.com/images/KWAircraft/US/USAF/b29.jpg

HaileISela
04-14-2009, 11:46 PM
IMHO the B-29 was the most awesome bomber of WWII.

no offence, but how could a bomber be awesome that killed civilian people too? This is not against any of your fathers, seriously, I'm glad the WWII didn't end with the Nazis on the winner side. but no innocent civilian person, no child, no woman, no man should have been a target for any bomber of any nation. war against soldiers is bad enough, but war against civilians is worse. wether it was the German Luftwaffe dropping bombs on UK, the British RAF the other way round or the US Air Force dropping not only conventional bombs but also the A-Bomb on cities.

IMHO, people are human beings, not English, German, American, French, Italian or whatever. life's not about which nation you're born in but what you do in your life. If politicians or other people with "power" want to fight each other, well, go ahead, but don't abuse other people to fight in your army and die for someone else's interests.

sorry for being that off-topic. I really like the idea of your new Uke Dominic, I hope you'll have a good time with it and I think your father would love it.

dominicfoundthemooon
04-15-2009, 02:31 AM
Aloha Dom, just curious what month was your Dad born? My dad too was born in 1921 in August. Was your dad on the bombing runs over Japan? My Dad was part of the first occupation forces to land in Japanese home isles at the end of hostilities. He said every major Japanese city by the end of the war was leveled 90% or more. B-29s and their crew were very efficient. IMHO the B-29 was the most awesome bomber of WWII. Within 5 years most cities were already rebuilt due the industriousness of the Japanese people.

B-29s over Mt. Fuji
http://www.atkinsopht.com/jpgfiles/b-29fuji.jpghttp://www.korean-war.com/images/KWAircraft/US/USAF/b29.jpg

my father was born in June of 1921 and just as your father that would have made them both young for WWII. my father did a lot of training on the b-29 and then was put in a training role. due to this he never went on any over seas missions. near the end of the war he did have orders to go on a mission in Guam. they were preparing the b-29 for this flight when news of the bomb hit the US and the war was over 5 days later. my father was discharged at the end of the war and went home to Kansas City. our fathers were just about the same age to the day! my father had me when he was 56 so this is why a person who is 31 has a WWII father.. thanks for sharing your story.

so i see you are on the islands.. did you grow up there?

dominicfoundthemooon
04-15-2009, 02:46 AM
no offence, but how could a bomber be awesome that killed civilian people too? This is not against any of your fathers, seriously, I'm glad the WWII didn't end with the Nazis on the winner side. but no innocent civilian person, no child, no woman, no man should have been a target for any bomber of any nation. war against soldiers is bad enough, but war against civilians is worse. wether it was the German Luftwaffe dropping bombs on UK, the British RAF the other way round or the US Air Force dropping not only conventional bombs but also the A-Bomb on cities.

IMHO, people are human beings, not English, German, American, French, Italian or whatever. life's not about which nation you're born in but what you do in your life. If politicians or other people with "power" want to fight each other, well, go ahead, but don't abuse other people to fight in your army and die for someone else's interests.

sorry for being that off-topic. I really like the idea of your new Uke Dominic, I hope you'll have a good time with it and I think your father would love it.

when looking at the word "awesome"
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awe⋅some [aw-suhm] –adjective

1. inspiring awe: an awesome sight.
2. showing or characterized by awe.
3. Slang. very impressive: That new white convertible is totally awesome.

Origin:1590–1600; awe + -some 1

Related forms:
awe⋅some⋅ly, adverb
awe⋅some⋅ness, noun
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HaileISela i was using this word in class to describe much of what you talked about in your message. but i was using it in the #1 which has no value judgment on it. it just means HUGE, GREAT, LARGE.. the b-29 had an AWESOME distractive power to it.. a HUGE destructive power. but not as the slang would suggest a GOOD power, or one that should be looked upon with happiness. i think that this is what was meant in the other post.

i am teaching my students about WWII this week. yesterday they learned that 100,000 people were killed with the first atomic bomb and that 60,000 where killed with the 2nd bomb instantly, while around 40,000 died slowly over time with the after effects. this fact is AWESOME in such a bad bad way. in a matter of 4 days 200,000 human lives were taken of the face of the earth. and no matter what side you are on, no matter if you think it was right to drop the bomb or not drop the bomb it has to be one of the saddest days in human history and sound be remembered as such.

i could go on for a long time talking about this topic but i do not want this thread to turn into any kind of argument. i think you know where i stand on peace and love. and if you want to know where i stand on this event and many like it in history please see Howard Zinn "A Peoples History" you can pick it up at most book stores in any language, download the audio book, i think there is even a free copy of it on the web. if you don't have the time to read it. check out Howard Zinn you can't be neutral on a moving train the DVD. you will thank me!

d

HaileISela
04-15-2009, 06:59 AM
when looking at the word "awesome"
---------------------------------------------------------------------
awe⋅some [aw-suhm] –adjective

1. inspiring awe: an awesome sight.
2. showing or characterized by awe.
3. Slang. very impressive: That new white convertible is totally awesome.

Origin:1590–1600; awe + -some 1

Related forms:
awe⋅some⋅ly, adverb
awe⋅some⋅ness, noun
------------------------------------------------------------------------

HaileISela i was using this word in class to describe much of what you talked about in your message. but i was using it in the #1 which has no value judgment on it. it just means HUGE, GREAT, LARGE.. the b-29 had an AWESOME distractive power to it.. a HUGE destructive power. but not as the slang would suggest a GOOD power, or one that should be looked upon with happiness. i think that this is what was meant in the other post.

i am teaching my students about WWII this week. yesterday they learned that 100,000 people were killed with the first atomic bomb and that 60,000 where killed with the 2nd bomb instantly, while around 40,000 died slowly over time with the after effects. this fact is AWESOME in such a bad bad way. in a matter of 4 days 200,000 human lives were taken of the face of the earth. and no matter what side you are on, no matter if you think it was right to drop the bomb or not drop the bomb it has to be one of the saddest days in human history and sound be remembered as such.

d

Thank you for explaining that to me Dom. I didn't know awesome had that meaning too. I'm gonna check that guy out!

Ahnko Honu
04-15-2009, 08:19 AM
My apologies if I gave a wrong impression when describing the B-29 with the word "awesome", not praising the negative aspects, just making a general statement of the design and technology. In many ways Dom your father was very fortunate not to see the combat first hand that people like my dad had to go through for over 2 years. He didn't talk about those years too much but he was haunted by nightmares for many years afterwards. I was fortunate to receive from my dad's sister a few years ago all the letters home that dad wrote her and his mom during the war years, amazing the things going through a young man's mind between missions.

dominicfoundthemooon
04-15-2009, 08:23 AM
My apologies if I gave a wrong impression when describing the B-29 with the word "awesome", not praising the negative aspects, just making a general statement of the design and technology. In many ways Dom your father was very fortunate not to see the combat first hand that people like my dad had to go through for over 2 years. He didn't talk about those years too much but he was haunted by nightmares for many years afterwards. I was fortunate to receive from my dad's sister a few years ago all the letters home that dad wrote her and his mom during the war years, amazing the things going through a young man's mind between missions.

what a "treasure"!!!!! i think this both as the son of a WWII vet and a US History Teacher..

no need for sorry.. i know what you meant.. i think clarification was all my rasta buddy wanted..

anxiously waiting for the next update!

d

Ahnko Honu
04-16-2009, 12:15 AM
Sorry Dom, forgot to answer your question, yup I'm island boy thru and thru raised on Oahu in Kailua but also have lived on Big Island, and Maui too. I did try living in "America" back in the early 80s in Idaho, and Cali but missed Hawaii too much so that lasted just a year.
I thought my dad had me late at 39 years of age. There are just 2 survivors left who were under my dad's command, WWII vets are getting rare. I have my Uncle Harold on Maui who's 96 and also a Pacific Theatre veteran, just went to his wifes funeral on Maui this past Saturday, Aunt Betty was 88. I inherited my dad's boat so I named it in his honor. Also I was able to find on eBay 2 each of all the patches he wore during his service framing a set for him, and sewing a set on a denim jacket for my self, they look really cool. Maybe you can find your dad's patches on eBay too. I'm trying my best to honor my dad but it never seems enough. :(
Can't wait to see what your ukulele looks like when complete. :)

Ahnko Honu
04-16-2009, 12:19 AM
Dom, take a look at these, maybe put one on the gig bag. ;)
http://shop.ebay.com/items/?_nkw=army+air+patch+wwII&_sacat=0&_trksid=p3286.m270.l1313&_odkw=army+air+corp+patch+wwII&_osacat=0
http://cgi.ebay.com/B-29-Super-Fortress-PATCH_W0QQitemZ300261840034QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_D efaultDomain_0?hash=item300261840034&_trksid=p3286.m20.l1116

HaileISela
04-16-2009, 02:08 AM
Btw, I thought it might be interesting to know that my grandfather was a Luftwaffenhelfer (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luftwaffenhelfer) in WWII, stationed in his hometown Leipzig. He survived heavy injuries but is still alive (though he was never a healthy person). I think he told me he once shot a American airplane... It's quite strange if you think about it, back in those days noone would have ever thought that it could be possible to have communities as we do have today. I'm very glad the Third Reich lost the war!

dominicfoundthemooon
04-22-2009, 01:24 PM
no new news on the uke as of yet.. so i thought i would post these..

http://i71.photobucket.com/albums/i150/domaltieri/photo.jpg

http://i71.photobucket.com/albums/i150/domaltieri/photo2.jpg

both photos of my father... and the wings are on his shirt... a lot of people say i look like him.. maybe..

anyhow.. just more history behind the uke and such..

olokun82
04-22-2009, 03:10 PM
Those are great photos man....... maybe my biggest regret of my enlistment was not getting more pictures while I served. Ah well, theres always photo shop now I suppose haha(Kidding)

HaileISela
04-22-2009, 11:14 PM
no new news on the uke as of yet.. so i thought i would post these..

http://i71.photobucket.com/albums/i150/domaltieri/photo.jpg

http://i71.photobucket.com/albums/i150/domaltieri/photo2.jpg

both photos of my father... and the wings are on his shirt... a lot of people say i look like him.. maybe..

anyhow.. just more history behind the uke and such..

You do look alike. For a moment, I was trying to find a Uke in the pics.

I think he would love the idea of a cigar box Uke.

dominicfoundthemooon
04-23-2009, 06:29 PM
UPDATE... this is the uke as it is now.. the builder said it is about a week away from DONE... he will be providing more detailed photos and a youtube sound check before i buy! how cool is that! Here are the pics..


http://i71.photobucket.com/albums/i150/domaltieri/uke21.jpg


http://i71.photobucket.com/albums/i150/domaltieri/uke22.jpg


http://i71.photobucket.com/albums/i150/domaltieri/uke23.jpg


http://i71.photobucket.com/albums/i150/domaltieri/uke24.jpg

JT_Ukes
04-23-2009, 07:43 PM
looks great!

HaileISela
04-24-2009, 01:05 AM
Wow Dom, that think looks neat! I really like the style of the neck where it's attached to the body

grappler
04-24-2009, 02:49 AM
i think thats so awesome. It makes it more special to have something symbolic on the uke aswell. Cant wait.

Yopparai
04-24-2009, 02:59 AM
What is the bridge and tail piece made of? Purple heart?

dominicfoundthemooon
04-24-2009, 03:21 AM
i am not sure what it is all made of... i am going to ask the guy to write up a description of all the stuff me made the uke out of. i have a lot of e-mails from him and back and forth stuff that we have talked about. it has actually been a very personalized process. his father was also in the war, and he lost him late last year. this has turned into something i had no idea it would. i will be sure to keep you all posted..

i am anxious to get the uke, but patient for it as well.. he still needs to do all the detail work and finishing... also putting a pickup in the uke...

he does these one at a time! and mostly by hand, all the sanding and such.. all the wood cuts...

cool right..

dominicfoundthemooon
05-03-2009, 05:18 PM
i do not have the uke yet.... a case has to be made.... but here is the uke all finished... sound samples are going to be posted soon.. he always does them before you pay.. i think she looks amazing..

http://i71.photobucket.com/albums/i150/domaltieri/uke-b-9.jpg


http://i71.photobucket.com/albums/i150/domaltieri/uke-b-8.jpg


http://i71.photobucket.com/albums/i150/domaltieri/uke-b-7.jpg


http://i71.photobucket.com/albums/i150/domaltieri/uke-b-6.jpg

dominicfoundthemooon
05-03-2009, 05:20 PM
http://i71.photobucket.com/albums/i150/domaltieri/uke-b-5.jpg

http://i71.photobucket.com/albums/i150/domaltieri/uke-b-4rr.jpg

http://i71.photobucket.com/albums/i150/domaltieri/uke-b-4.jpg

http://i71.photobucket.com/albums/i150/domaltieri/uke-b-3.jpg

dominicfoundthemooon
05-03-2009, 05:21 PM
http://i71.photobucket.com/albums/i150/domaltieri/uke-b-2.jpg

http://i71.photobucket.com/albums/i150/domaltieri/uke-b-1.jpg

dominicfoundthemooon
05-03-2009, 05:21 PM
wow right!! i can't wait to hear the sound samples.. and i will post them here..

thoughts???

UKISOCIETY
05-03-2009, 06:04 PM
beautiful! Congratulations on the birth of a beautiful uke!

HaileISela
05-03-2009, 10:13 PM
wow, it is a beauty!

bt93
05-04-2009, 12:48 AM
http://i71.photobucket.com/albums/i150/domaltieri/uke-b-1.jpg

does it have a pickup?

Yopparai
05-04-2009, 03:39 AM
Thems some pretty wood in that neck! Great looking uke. Kudos to the builder! And to the commissioner as well.

dominicfoundthemooon
05-04-2009, 03:43 AM
does it have a pickup?

yes it DOES!! how cool is that! i have sent payment now.. and i should have the uke in a a week or so. when i get it i will take more photos and do a sound sample video with the uke! i am super excited to be getting this. i will also pass along the builder info for future refrence for people that want something made for them. he is a super nice guy and i cant tell you what a joy it has been working with him. he sent me photos along the whole way as you have seen here in this post. i am thinking about writing up a blog post about this...

beeejums
05-04-2009, 06:36 AM
That is gorgeous. Great story, too. I can't wait to hear it!

dominicfoundthemooon
05-04-2009, 07:08 AM
while i wait on my uke.. i thought i would shoe more of this guys work!! i found this site.. http://www.deuceofclubs.com/tunes/ukes/sancho.htm there are tons of photos of his uke that was made in 2006. check it out..

http://www.deuceofclubs.com/tunes/ukes/images/sancho.gif

yet another creation http://www.deuceofclubs.com/tunes/ukes/images/grand_cru.gif


russ also made this.. http://www.captainkazoo.com/CBG.HTML

http://www.captainkazoo.com/5c_1.JPG


again.. i will post sound samples of mine.. once i get it.. if you contact russ.. tell him Dominic sent you.. and that you saw his info on ukuleleunderground.. i told him i would send people his way.. and this i am doing!!!

peace

dominicfoundthemooon
05-04-2009, 07:16 AM
here is RUSS on our site.. he has yet to post.. but he has signed up

http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/member.php?u=8565

go friend him.. say hello.. order a uke!

Ahnko Honu
05-04-2009, 11:48 AM
http://i71.photobucket.com/albums/i150/domaltieri/uke-b-9.jpg

That is just plain booty-full, Dad would be proud. :)

bt93
05-04-2009, 12:10 PM
shes purdy:D:D:D

sukie
05-04-2009, 12:38 PM
Nice ukulele! Enjoy it.

cpatch
05-04-2009, 01:04 PM
does it have a pickup?
Look at the photo again.

dominicfoundthemooon
05-04-2009, 04:44 PM
Look at the photo again.

not only look at the photo... but now he has posted a sound sample of it plugging it to show how it sounds..

so all you guys who have followed this.. check this out!!! send him a nice comment or two.. he is so so so nice! sub his page! have him make you an uke!!

check it out!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=efrps187N9s

dominicfoundthemooon
05-04-2009, 04:47 PM
here is the bad boy NOT PLUGGED IN!! i think it sounds bluegrass ish.. am i wrong.. or what.. i love it!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vI_MiDsJuk4

once again.. comment him up.. and sub him.. super nice guy!

Russ Sonny Kemner
05-04-2009, 05:32 PM
Hi,

I am new to this group. I'll have to mess around with this to get used to how it works. Anyway, thanks for the comments on the flying fortress. I hope you have as much fun playing this as I had building it. Someone asked about the woods. The box is an old red wood Don Rey. The older boxes seem to resonate better, they typically are not plywood like the boxes of today, but actual redwood. Normally they have some dings, scratches and are not always square, but I think that adds character. The nut, bridge and string retainer are bloodwood - super hard. The neck is flame grained maple with a really rich grain pattern.

Almost forgot, I am better at building these than I am at playing and my digital camera really didn't capture the tone well in the videos.

dominicfoundthemooon
05-04-2009, 05:37 PM
Hi,

I am new to this group. I'll have to mess around with this to get used to how it works. Anyway, thanks for the comments on the flying fortress. I hope you have as much fun playing this as I had building it. Someone asked about the woods. The box is an old red wood Don Rey. The older boxes seem to resonate better, they typically are not plywood like the boxes of today, but actual redwood. Normally they have some dings, scratches and are not always square, but I think that adds character. The nut, bridge and string retainer are bloodwood - super hard. The neck is flame grained maple with a really rich grain pattern.

Almost forgot, I am better at building these than I am at playing and my digital camera really didn't capture the tone well in the videos.

Russ you are here now!!! good to see you chime in on this post!!! Since you made the UKE.. THANKS SO MUCH FOR ALL YOUR HARD WORK!

dominicfoundthemooon
05-04-2009, 05:39 PM
here are a few more samples of russ work..

http://i71.photobucket.com/albums/i150/domaltieri/top1-9.jpg

http://i71.photobucket.com/albums/i150/domaltieri/SonnyDazeKeeper.jpg Signed by JAKE.. yes THE JAKE!!!

http://i71.photobucket.com/albums/i150/domaltieri/Hend.jpg

nice work all around russ.. can't wait to get mine!

Link
05-06-2009, 03:40 PM
Amazing!!! I love the headstock inlay, amongst other things (everything)

dominicfoundthemooon
05-06-2009, 06:08 PM
UPDATE.. UPDATE... not only do i get the uke.. but a CUSTOM CASE!! I had no idea this was part of it...

check this out.. this is DOPE!!

http://i71.photobucket.com/albums/i150/domaltieri/crate2.jpg

http://i71.photobucket.com/albums/i150/domaltieri/crate1.jpg

the ship date is friday.. with an ETA of TUE or WED of next week.. be ready for a round of photos.. and a sound sample from me..

ichadwick
05-15-2009, 02:20 AM
I just got a cigar box uke from Tom Guy and immediately fell in love with it. makes we water for more. Wonderful, funky instrument.

Are these only soprano or are they available in tenor and concert?

And what's the price range?

dominicfoundthemooon
05-15-2009, 02:23 AM
I just got a cigar box uke from Tom Guy and immediately fell in love with it. makes we water for more. Wonderful, funky instrument.

Are these only soprano or are they available in tenor and concert?

And what's the price range?

i have seen his go for 100ish - 400ish on ebay. you can e-mail him, or send him a message on UU as he is now a member.. the one i got is a little larger than a concert.. but not quite as long as a tenor.. (i think) he can build whatever you like.. and he has one for sale here on UU right now!! check him out!!!

i will be posting a video of this one when i get some time to put a good one together..

d

UkuleleHill
05-15-2009, 12:06 PM
Thanks for letting me know about this! I'm going to contact him!

dominicfoundthemooon
05-15-2009, 01:02 PM
Thanks for letting me know about this! I'm going to contact him!

yes do.. e-mail him! i mean you know what it sounds like.. you just watched me stream it live!! thanks for stopping in!!

but yeah.. contact him for sure! i am not sure if he gets on UU all the time so send it to his e-mail listed in this thread..

i will post a video with the uke soon!

d

Hankthetank
05-15-2009, 02:53 PM
Wow Dom, what a great tribute! She is a beauty. I have to say that I never really gave cigar box ukes a second look until now. Thanks for opening my eyes to new things.
:shaka:

psesinkclee
05-15-2009, 08:03 PM
I wasn't fond of cigar-box ukes until I saw this one. It sounds fantastic! :)

UkuleleHill
06-12-2009, 02:17 PM
Dom, I can't wait for mine to be ready, every time I think about it I come and look at yours. I hope you are enjoying it! Thanks for telling me about Russ!

Uke-lahoma
06-12-2009, 02:41 PM
I like the fretboard "dots".

UkuleleHill
06-12-2009, 03:50 PM
I like the fretboard "dots".

One of the biggest reasons I liked it!

dominicfoundthemooon
06-12-2009, 04:11 PM
yes.. i have been playing mine a lot! you all need to order one form RUSS SONNY!! hey post pics when you get her.. add them here.. he is nice man.. and good at what he does!

d

UkuleleHill
06-12-2009, 04:49 PM
Yes he is! I will deff post pics!