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Stevelele
02-28-2017, 06:56 AM
POST EDITED FOR BIG PRICE CHANGE


Four years ago I bought this custom baritone from a local luthier, William Del Pilar, who is highly regarded as a classical guitar maker. As some of you know, I'm very picky about the ukes I buy, and it was his meticulousness and ideas about sound that intrigued me. He created a bracing for which he owns a patent and it's been featured and complimented in news articles. But most importantly, it sounds great.

http://www.nytimes.com/1993/02/03/nyregion/master-guitar-makers-are-leery-of-their-art.html

http://www.nydailynews.com/latino/building-guitars-frequency-article-1.376856

The uke is made out of curly rock maple back and sides and west german spruce top. I certainly don't profess to know anything about whether the special bracing does anything more than a regular fan bracing, but this clip is a decent representation of what it sounds like--to me, it very much has a classical guitar-like sound. You can't buy anything from him anymore because he's moved away, and I think he retired. I'm selling this because I am getting too busy to play the uke and trying to clear space. I would sell this for $1150 plus shipping and insurance (you pay fees). It's in perfect condition.

See photos in a post below

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pdnbiLJUEb4

Stevelele
03-07-2017, 11:06 AM
Since there is no interest in this, I will reduce the price to ONE MILLION DOLLARS--it's one of the best I've played....

-- edit-- ok, so maybe I really do want to clear space and one million dollars is a bit high. Willing to let it go for $1700 plus shipping though

Stevelele
03-09-2017, 01:42 PM
Closing this thread for now -- can't believe that I almost sold one of my best and favorite ukuleles!

Stevelele
05-01-2017, 06:08 AM
I've waffled on this one, but I've now accepted that selling it is fine.

Ukulele Eddie
05-01-2017, 02:28 PM
Steve - On the video you say it has a cedar top but your posting says german spruce top. I suspect your post is correct, but can you clarify. Also, the video doesn't show the instrument as well as pics. Maybe post some pics?

Stevelele
05-01-2017, 05:25 PM
Its spruce not cedar-- apologies for the error. Will try to take some photos soon

Stevelele
05-01-2017, 05:54 PM
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Stevelele
05-12-2017, 10:24 AM
price reduced to $1500

Stevelele
07-10-2017, 04:28 AM
I will be moving imminently, so reducing the price on this to $1350 including shipping to CONUS

Stevelele
12-30-2018, 06:36 AM
Ive been gone for a while now—moved for a new job which is very busy. Got married and have a bunch of new things I’m juggling. I’ve stopped playing the ukulele altogether so reduced the price on this substantially to $1150 plus shipping. I originally bought it for just over $2000

Kenn2018
12-30-2018, 07:46 AM
Congratulations on your marriage. May you have many happy years together. Best of luck with the new job as well. A pity you don't play anymore.

Sorry, I don't play baritone. Looks like a great deal for someone who does.

Griole
12-30-2018, 08:46 AM
No price on your latest post. Current price? Thanks.

Stevelele
12-30-2018, 08:57 AM
$1150 plus shipping


No price on your latest post. Current price? Thanks.

Stevelele
12-30-2018, 08:58 AM
Thanks so much!


Congratulations on your marriage. May you have many happy years together. Best of luck with the new job as well. A pity you don't play anymore.

Sorry, I don't play baritone. Looks like a great deal for someone who does.

mgsondance
12-30-2018, 09:39 AM
Do you have a Sound sample? Thanks

Stevelele
12-30-2018, 09:46 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pdnbiLJUEb4


Do you have a Sound sample? Thanks

Griole
12-31-2018, 05:22 AM
Just a couple of questions -

Is a case or gigbag included?

Are there side dots/position markers on the neck?

I know the second question is blasphemy to classical guitar players, but this is a baritone uke, right?

Thanks!

mountain goat
12-31-2018, 05:34 AM
do you mind doing another sound demo please, Steve.
just some simple picking across some basic chords
and single strums to give us a sense of the resonance and warmth of the instrument.
also, can you please let us know what it is currently strung with?
thanks.

Stevelele
12-31-2018, 07:18 AM
It’s in a case—stagg . And it’s a baritone ukulele
Side position markers


Just a couple of questions -

Is a case or gigbag included?

Are there side dots/position markers on the neck?

I know the second question is blasphemy to classical guitar players, but this is a baritone uke, right?

Thanks!

Stevelele
12-31-2018, 07:37 AM
I tried to do one but it was so bad bc I canít remember how to play the ukulele. I can try to post it but itís not going to be as good as the YouTube clip. If you want I can try to skype you or something and play the chords you want.



do you mind doing another sound demo please, Steve.
just some simple picking across some basic chords
and single strums to give us a sense of the resonance and warmth of the instrument.
also, can you please let us know what it is currently strung with?
thanks.

Stevelele
12-31-2018, 08:09 AM
Oh and I think I put south coast strings on them a while ago but not totally sure. Waverly tuners too

Mezcalero
12-31-2018, 09:56 AM
When I was in acquisition mode, this one was on my radar at $1500.00. $1150.00 is a great price! Best of luck with the sale Steve ~

Stevelele
12-31-2018, 11:55 AM
Thanks and happy new year! My former self would have Killed my current self for selling it at this price. But my current self can’t even remember how to play the uke!


When I was in acquisition mode, this one was on my radar at $1500.00. $1150.00 is a great price! Best of luck with the sale Steve ~

Stevelele
01-04-2019, 11:26 AM
This is sold! The person who bought it got an amazing bargain in my opinion. I now only have two ukes left after having owned like 60