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DownUpDave
05-02-2017, 08:09 AM
I received this used Ko'olau CS Spruce Myrtle tenor from HMS about two weeks ago. It showed up on their vimeo channel and I was floored by the sound. Because it was not on the HMS site for sale I thought it was a customers. A couple days later it went up for sale and I immediately bought it. A Ko'olau CS Spruce top tenor has been on my bucket list for a long time. It was worth the wait. These are everything you can imagine a custom should be. Light, well balanced, flawless build and a sound and playability to die for. It is the most even toned uke I own, the note fundamentals are great and it would record exceptionally well............in the right hands...........read not mine :p

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Osprey
05-02-2017, 08:34 AM
That's a real stunner, Dave. Nice bright looking spruce top and that grain on the back is SWEEEEEEET!

Patchenu
05-02-2017, 08:44 AM
That is really nice. I just got a Ko'olau as well and they are really nice.

Ukulele Eddie
05-02-2017, 08:54 AM
Congrats, Dave!!! I had the pleasure of recently playing Patchenu's Ko'olau. Very, very nice. And the details on the build execution (e.g., finish, purflings, cleanliness of joins, etc.) were right up there with Hive and Kinnard, my two benchmarks for that aspect.

keod
05-02-2017, 09:11 AM
Very nice Dave! I had watched the video and though it sounded outstanding. Another great acquisition. Enjoy.

Alytw
05-02-2017, 12:19 PM
Spectacular Dave. It is really articulate and well balanced. Very nice addition.

DownUpDave
05-02-2017, 12:59 PM
vimeo.com/209658932

This is the reason I bought this uke. Sometimes a sound or tone just speaks to you. It is all very personal and I do like this song. Playing this instrument for myself I am not disappointed

keod
05-02-2017, 02:05 PM
:)

vimeo.com/209658932

This is the reason I bought this uke. Sometimes a sound or tone just speaks to you. It is all very personal and I do like this song. Playing this instrument for myself I am not disappointed

I'm learning that and trying very hard to go with my gut on what sounds "great" to my ears and not be swayed by public opinion:).

And it seems to change over time - tonewood pairings I didn't like before now sound much sweeter. I'm finding now it is even more specific to a particular uke and less about brand, size or even wood.

Love that song too. I can see why this uke "spoke" to you.

DownUpDave
05-02-2017, 02:47 PM
Thanks for the nice comments everyone, I appreciate it.

Casey I have learned that tone preference can even change from one day to the next. Some days I might almost dislike my LfdM or Kinnard spruce tops, I will crave a warmer mellower cedar or redwood sound.

Here are a few close up pics

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Pueo
05-02-2017, 02:54 PM
Wow, fantastic, I really want a Ko`olau most of any K brand. What a great purchase!

SoloRule
05-02-2017, 02:58 PM
I had the previlge of "touching" that uke not once but twice!
It's a great looking and sounding uke.
Congratulations downupdave !
It's always fun to play your fine collection of instruments !

ukuleleden
05-02-2017, 03:01 PM
Way to go, Dave! That is a nice looking Uke acquisition! Enjoy it.

stevejfc
05-02-2017, 03:05 PM
Congrats Dave. That is one outstanding uke. Enjoy!

librainian
05-02-2017, 03:40 PM
I'm extremely happy to hear you and this uke found each other. Great instruments should be owned by someone who can appreciate their unique sound and craftsmanship. In this regard it is definitely in the right hands.

Mahalo!

Jim Hanks
05-02-2017, 04:27 PM
Love that myrtle back :drool:

OhioBelle
05-02-2017, 04:39 PM
Dave, that is a spectacular looking and sounding ukulele! Lovely combination of sweetness and warmth, showcased perfectly by Kalei on that Beatles tune. I'm so glad it "has flown" home to you, and hope it brings you many hours of joy.

keod
05-02-2017, 05:23 PM
Casey I have learned that tone preference can even change from one day to the next. Some days I might almost dislike my LfdM or Kinnard spruce tops, I will crave a warmer mellower cedar or redwood sound.


Gorgeous!
Almost dislike LFdM or Kinnard - sacrilege:biglaugh:.
I know what you mean - I am battling with myself over cedar or spruce next and change my mind a dozen times a day. I know what you'd say......get both LOL.

Doc_J
05-02-2017, 06:43 PM
Sweet looking Ko'olau, Dave. Congrats.
Outrageously beautiful myrtle on it.


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Jeffelele
05-02-2017, 08:58 PM
That is really a special uke. Hope you get many years of great playing on it Dave.

dkcrown
05-03-2017, 12:54 AM
Congrats Dave. What a score on a beautiful and magnificent sounding uke.

1931jim
05-03-2017, 03:10 AM
As all before me have written.......Congratulations on a very special tenor ukulele Dave. The bookmatched Myrtle back is quite striking as is the total execution from the luthier. The binding is a real compliment to the Spruce, the tuners also with the headstock choice, everything has been well done. Enjoy the sunshine today. Regards.

Nickie
05-03-2017, 04:22 PM
Mmmmm....tasty.
Gawd, Dave.
That's my favorite K brand.....
What a lovely tone!

luv2uke
05-03-2017, 05:12 PM
Congrats Dave, really fine looking and sounding uke! Enjoy!!!

pritch
05-03-2017, 05:56 PM
Love it. Congratulations. I hope you will be very happy together. :)

DownUpDave
05-04-2017, 11:56 AM
Thanks again everyone for the compliments. I always feel divided about thanking everyone individually or not
When you do that the post gets pretty large and it feels like you are just bumping your own post by saying thanks to individuals.

Here is some more "Uke Porn". Noah (the luthier) used some nice red purfing very skillfully and at interesting spots, like around the rosette.
No thread would be complete without some sideways pictures........arggggh :p

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slackkey007
05-04-2017, 08:07 PM
Thanks again everyone for the compliments. I always feel divided about thanking everyone individually or not
When you do that the post gets pretty large and it feels like you are just bumping your own post by saying thanks to individuals.

Here is some more "Uke Porn". Noah (the luthier) used some nice red purfing very skillfully and at interesting spots, like around the rosette.
No thread would be complete without some sideways pictures........arggggh :p

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So ..... you're the buggah that beat me to buying this wonderful Ko'olau tenor!!! I was @ work ... working @ the busiest hospital in the Pacific. Didn't have time to get onto the HMS website because our patient workload was ridiculously heavy. Just as you, I saw the video on Vimeo before it was posted for sale on HMS. I had a feeling that this uke was going to go up for sale, but it always comes down to being able to get on the HMS website at the right time just after it is posted to be the first person to pull the trigger on it. You lucky guy!!! CONGRATS!!! You scored on a mighty fine uke!!!:shaka: It couldn't have ended up with a more deserving guy!

DownUpDave
05-05-2017, 01:56 AM
So ..... you're the buggah that beat me to buying this wonderful Ko'olau tenor!!! I was @ work ... working @ the busiest hospital in the Pacific. Didn't have time to get onto the HMS website because our patient workload was ridiculously heavy. Just as you, I saw the video on Vimeo before it was posted for sale on HMS. I had a feeling that this uke was going to go up for sale, but it always comes down to being able to get on the HMS website at the right time just after it is posted to be the first person to pull the trigger on it. You lucky guy!!! CONGRATS!!! You scored on a mighty fine uke!!!:shaka: It couldn't have ended up with a more deserving guy!


Thank you very much.........I'm sorry I got to it before you, that has happened to me before. I saw your post WTB a Ko'olau with adi spruce top and koa back and sides. Hopefully you will find the one you are after. If it any consolation this is a shallow body.

bariukish
05-05-2017, 04:42 AM
Sublime.....both in beauty and voice. What a treasure.

sam13
05-05-2017, 05:03 AM
Thank you very much.........I'm sorry I got to it before you, that has happened to me before. I saw your post WTB a Ko'olau with adi spruce top and koa back and sides. Hopefully you will find the one you are after. If it any consolation this is a shallow body.

Kimo, he is the buggah that got to it before me as well!!! lol. The only saving grace for me is I get to watch him play and enjoy it, and cry inwardly. LOL.

However, Kimo is a happy man today ... and I will let him share his story.

Fabulous job on the Uke Dave, I am glad you were able to get it and will have it to enjoy for years. ... unless you want to sell it to me, then it might only be a year or so ...

DownUpDave
05-05-2017, 05:17 AM
Kimo, he is the buggah that got to it before me as well!!! lol. The only saving grace for me is I get to watch him play and enjoy it, and cry inwardly. LOL.

However, Kimo is a happy man today ... and I will let him share his story.

Fabulous job on the Uke Dave, I am glad you were able to get it and will have it to enjoy for years. ... unless you want to sell it to me, then it might only be a year or so ...

Hey Buddy.....you know you can come over to my house and play it anytime you want. Just make sure you leave it where you found it :p