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valde002
01-25-2017, 03:50 PM
I only play concerts. After I saw that the Collings concert was no longer for sale, I thought I'd let the thread group know that I am always looking out for a possible new/used concert that is not run of the mill. If anyone ever has any to put up here, please PM me or know that I am constantly scanning. Thanks.

Ukulele Eddie
01-25-2017, 05:15 PM
I'm a big Collings fan myself (have both a UC3MSB and UT3MSB). Check out the Takumi's at HMS. Takumi is the distributor for Kiwaya and LoPrinzi and they have these made by a very talented Japanese luthier. They are fantastic sounding and flawlessly finished. I've played both of them that are at HMS as well as several that were at NAMM this year (one of which I am buying through HMS). I believe they are exceptional values.

I have a cedar/flamed koa Covered Bridge concert that I planned to post in the next week or so. I took it on trade for a banjo uke only because I thought it would be easier to sell than a banjo uke. $750 shipped. PM me if you're interested.

valde002
01-26-2017, 03:32 PM
I'm a big Collings fan myself (have both a UC3MSB and UT3MSB). Check out the Takumi's at HMS. Takumi is the distributor for Kiwaya and LoPrinzi and they have these made by a very talented Japanese luthier. They are fantastic sounding and flawlessly finished. I've played both of them that are at HMS as well as several that were at NAMM this year (one of which I am buying through HMS). I believe they are exceptional values.

I have a cedar/flamed koa Covered Bridge concert that I planned to post in the next week or so. I took it on trade for a banjo uke only because I thought it would be easier to sell than a banjo uke. $750 shipped. PM me if you're interested.

I saw the Takumi on HMS. Seems like it's been there a long time. And there are hardly any reviews/videos on it. The Takumi website doesn't even have it listed on there. What's wrong with it I wonder??

Thanks on the CB, will do some research on it.

Ukulele Eddie
01-26-2017, 03:43 PM
I saw the Takumi on HMS. Seems like it's been there a long time. And there are hardly any reviews/videos on it. The Takumi website doesn't even have it listed on there. What's wrong with it I wonder??

Thanks on the CB, will do some research on it.

There is nothing wrong with it. It's as good as any concert I've played. There were two but one sold recently. I think the reason they haven't sold it is they are new to having ukes under their own name. Most importantly, they are made by Yusuke Kawakami, who is not new ot making ukes. Takumi is the process of upgrading their web site.

The one I'm getting is Honduran Mahogany. I'll post a review of it when it arrives (probably a few weeks away as it has to go to HMS first).

Croaky Keith
01-26-2017, 11:17 PM
I have an unusual concert, at least I haven't seen another one like it, it's a Baton Rouge solid spruce thinline cutaway with a MiSi pickup, (just for info though, as I'm not intending to sell it). :)

Django
01-27-2017, 12:32 AM
My wife and I have been collecting antiques for many years and I have learned that if something is unique or hard to find, and you want it and have the funds available, that you work out a price as soon as possible because you may not get the opportunity again. If you wait for the seller to reduce the price because it has not sold, you run the high risk of someone else buying it or the seller deciding that, as in the case of my Collings, realizing that they don't want to part with it after all. Just food for thought.

I have received a few emails regarding the Collings and I apologize to anyone that was trying to decide whether or not to buy it. I realize that it was not inexpensive, so an immediate decision is sometimes not an option, but in this case, the more I played it, the more I wanted to play it. In the last week I have played it more than any other and I am glad that I still have it. The wood has a beautiful glow and 3D shimmery affect like Koa. It was also suggested by another member that because Collings no longer makes Ukuleles, I might want to keep it. I don't know if Collings ever made another in Mountain Cedar, that being a non standard wood for a UC2. If they didn't, they should have.

Booli
01-27-2017, 03:56 AM
...Takumi is the distributor for Kiwaya and LoPrinzi...

HMS may not be the only Loprinzi vendor, since Uke Republic has more than a dozen different models in stock right now.

see: http://cargo.ukerepublic.com/products?utf8=%E2%9C%93&search=LOPRINZI

I have also heard through the grapevine that the 'Sailor Brand' ukes sold by Uke Republic may be of similar build, quality and tone to the Loprinzi ukes, but I admit that have no first-hand experience with either brand.

Pirate Jim
01-27-2017, 04:13 AM
I have the prototype for the Omega Klasiko limited run ukuleles - it's a cedar top concert. It's a bit rough and ready - needed the fret ends filing, there's a bubble in the laminate sides and some untidy glue in the body - but it's a sound cannon. Matt over at Omega (now at World of Ukes) offered me it at a steal. I've sometimes thought about offering it up for a new player as good sound at a low price but I've always held off. It is one of a kind and it does sound brilliant. Either I'll always have it or there will be someone who'll really benefit from it that I'll pass it on to.

Ukulele Eddie
01-27-2017, 04:23 AM
HMS may not be the only Loprinzi vendor, since Uke Republic has more than a dozen different models in stock right now.



Just to avoid any misunderstanding, HMS is a LoPrinzi dealer. As is Uke Republic. Takumi is the distributor.

Telperion
01-27-2017, 04:58 AM
If you're still interested in a Collings concert, there are a couple used ones to be had at AMW. Steve Miklas is pretty nice guy to deal with as well. Very well connected to Collings.

http://acousticmusicworks.com/ukuleles/new-collings-ukulele-uc-2-custom-walnut-2150

http://acousticmusicworks.com/recent-arrivals/collings-uc-2-custom-spalted-pecan-full-body-sunburst-2150

Every Collings concert I've played has been tremendous, so I would highly recommend trying one. Keep watching the boards. Another is bound to turn up eventually.

Good luck!

-Steve

Ukulele Eddie
02-08-2017, 10:06 AM
There is nothing wrong with it. It's as good as any concert I've played. There were two but one sold recently. I think the reason they haven't sold it is they are new to having ukes under their own name. Most importantly, they are made by Yusuke Kawakami, who is not new ot making ukes. Takumi is the process of upgrading their web site.

The one I'm getting is Honduran Mahogany. I'll post a review of it when it arrives (probably a few weeks away as it has to go to HMS first).

While I don't expect to have it until next week, here is the Takumi concert that captured my heart at NAMM:


https://vimeo.com/202900214

Really love its tone!

hawaii 50
02-08-2017, 10:47 AM
This one is kind of different.....

https://vimeo.com/202994890

valde002
02-08-2017, 12:39 PM
This one is kind of different.....

https://vimeo.com/202994890

Thanks. Very nice. But it's not for sale.

valde002
02-08-2017, 12:41 PM
very nice. I did not see this for sale at the HMS site. You must've gotten special dibs?

hawaii 50
02-08-2017, 01:01 PM
very nice. I did not see this for sale at the HMS site. You must've gotten special dibs?


unless it sold already you have to email Andrew and see if still available...most of the custom ukes from HMS goes to the Ukulele Site Vimeo Channel first then they are listed....:)

valde002
02-08-2017, 01:23 PM
unless it sold already you have to email Andrew and see if still available...most of the custom ukes from HMS goes to the Ukulele Site Vimeo Channel first then they are listed....:)

thanks for the info! I emailed and asked, but I never get lucky enough to get stuff like this.

trevorg888
02-10-2017, 12:00 PM
hi I have this beautiful 16in scale concert for sale - http://www.trevorgollaghermusic.com/store/p106/As_New_2nd_Hand_-_Barron_River_16_inch_Scale_Concert-_All_Curly_Mahogany.html

Joyful Uke
02-11-2017, 11:14 AM
While I don't expect to have it until next week, here is the Takumi concert that captured my heart at NAMM:


https://vimeo.com/202900214

Really love its tone!

Wow, that sounds lovely!

trevorg888
03-01-2017, 11:00 PM
Hi i have a wonderful honduran magany with amazing inlay work . It has a 16in scale nexk
You can see at my website in webstore - www.trevorgollaghermusic.com

valde002
03-02-2017, 01:01 AM
Hi i have a wonderful honduran magany with amazing inlay work . It has a 16in scale nexk
You can see at my website in webstore - www.trevorgollaghermusic.com

thanks! Was just looking at that. Not familiar with river barron. will have to research. BTW, Panjo is out of date just FYI

JesterBlod
03-02-2017, 02:09 AM
This one is kind of different.....

https://vimeo.com/202994890

Worldofukes in the UK have a very similar model http://worldofukes.co.uk/concert-ukuleles/world-of-ukes-pioneer-1c-concert-ukulele

spongeuke
03-02-2017, 08:42 AM
How about a Johnny Marvin Professional Tenor, air plane bridge? It is a mahogany concert made by Harmony in the 1930s. I play a 1943 Martin concert that is a keeper.

valde002
03-02-2017, 08:52 AM
Worldofukes in the UK have a very similar model http://worldofukes.co.uk/concert-ukuleles/world-of-ukes-pioneer-1c-concert-ukulele

looks like a cool design. Unfortunately, located in the US

Dana Reed
03-03-2017, 10:20 AM
I have 2 great Pohaku's made by Peter Hurney, Berkeley, CA. One a hand-painted all mahogany Betty Boop (real cool) model and the other a very contemporary Art Deco styled all koa model with off-set sound hole and sound port in the upper bout. Both, of course, concerts and in nearly mint condition.

Ukulele Eddie
03-03-2017, 11:21 AM
See the UC3K that just popped up here in the marketplace. I'm a big Collings fan (have owned four and currently own 2) and think you generally cannot go wrong with Collings, especially their concerts.

valde002
04-27-2017, 03:35 PM
looks like there are more WTBs, than FSs on this thread!

valde002
05-02-2017, 11:12 PM
Just bought a bunch more new and used concerts. Am good for a while, if not forever! May get into tenors next, lol. We'll see, as I just ordered one. Thanks to all, and sorry to all.