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hollisdwyer
06-16-2017, 06:41 PM
With the top on and pore filling in progress you can get an idea of what my new Beau Hannam Tenor will look like. Final finish will have a hand rubbed burst. I'll post more photos as they become available.

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Ukulele Eddie
06-16-2017, 07:05 PM
Nice! Ours are litter mates. ;-) Mine (19" Selmer Tenor) will also get a sunburst.

hollisdwyer
06-17-2017, 01:00 AM
Nice! Ours are litter mates. ;-) Mine (19" Selmer Tenor) will also get a sunburst.

"Litter mates", that's funny.

dkcrown
06-17-2017, 01:44 AM
I like the rosette Hollis. Your uke is coming along nicely.

DownUpDave
06-17-2017, 02:01 AM
Looking great Hollis. I always love how artist Beau is with his design and details. I am a huge fan of sunbursts, can't wait to see the finished instrument

hollisdwyer
06-17-2017, 03:07 AM
Thanks Dana and Dave. I'm really looking forward to picking it up when we are in the States later this year.

I think that this commission will be my last Hurrah but I will have the best Ukes after I retire and am living in that cardboard box under the bridge.

wayfarer75
06-17-2017, 03:45 AM
Looks amazing so far. I'm sure you must be so excited!

sam13
06-17-2017, 07:27 AM
Thanks Dana and Dave. I'm really looking forward to picking it up when we are in the States later this year.

I think that this commission will be my last Hurrah but I will have the best Ukes after I retire and am living in that cardboard box under the bridge.

Fabulous Uke Hollis.

And good to see you have your retirement priorities in the right order. :agree:

mmfitzsimons
06-17-2017, 10:37 AM
I follow Beau on Facebook, and was admiring this very uke. I love his bursts; yours is going to be a stunner!

Nickie
06-18-2017, 08:48 AM
Very nice looking wood!

stevejfc
06-18-2017, 03:34 PM
Thanks Dana and Dave. I'm really looking forward to picking it up when we are in the States later this year.

I think that this commission will be my last Hurrah but I will have the best Ukes after I retire and am living in that cardboard box under the bridge.
Trust me, the cardboard box ain't so bad..............see you there!
Seriously though, that's gonna be one spectacular ukulele!

Ukulelerick9255
06-21-2017, 04:33 PM
I love Beaus work, he built my custom Selmer that's pictured on my profile page and its stunning. Beau is up there with any of the great builders out there.

hollisdwyer
06-21-2017, 07:19 PM
I love Beaus work, he built my custom Selmer that's pictured on my profile page and its stunning. Beau is up there with any of the great builders out there.

Just had a look at the photos you posted of your Selmer. I asked for the same tuners that you have but I'm having a slotted headstock.

hollisdwyer
06-27-2017, 06:17 PM
I spy with my little eye the body of my players model tenor on Beau's workbench.

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hollisdwyer
07-12-2017, 11:00 PM
Another sneak peak of the gorgeous work of Beau Hannam. My finger board is the one in the foreground.

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DownUpDave
07-13-2017, 01:25 AM
Another sneak peak of the gorgeous work of Beau Hannam. My finger board is the one in the foreground.

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That fretboard is a work of art........just like every other aspect of Beau's work. Very lovely Hollis.

Ukulele Eddie
07-13-2017, 09:44 AM
Gorgeous!!

hollisdwyer
07-18-2017, 08:24 PM
Some new build photos from Beau today:
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Ukulele Eddie
07-19-2017, 07:44 AM
Some new build photos from Beau today:
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That headstock, :drool::drool::iwant:

hollisdwyer
07-20-2017, 01:44 AM
Wait for it, doing something different. All will be revealed soon.

hollisdwyer
08-02-2017, 10:32 PM
Dust coat of the hand rubbed burst applied today.
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DownUpDave
08-03-2017, 02:09 PM
Dust coat of the hand rubbed burst applied today.
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Looking wonderful Hollis. I LOVE sunbursts and this one is going to be a dandy!!!

Ukulele Eddie
08-03-2017, 03:02 PM
Dust coat of the hand rubbed burst applied today.
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I've been admiring this in Beau's posts. Looks fantastic!

DanY
08-03-2017, 06:03 PM
Wow that headstock and sunburst... gorgeous! I can't wait to see the completed uke

Osprey
08-04-2017, 03:38 AM
Dust coat of the hand rubbed burst applied today.
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I want a sunburst ukulele, I want one now!

That is going to look particularly spectacular!

hollisdwyer
08-04-2017, 05:55 AM
I want a sunburst ukulele, I want one now!

That is going to look particularly spectacular!

Wait until you see the bridge. There's something special that we planned. Also, I must say that I am immensely pleased to have had the opportunity to have a luthier of the caliber of Beau Hannam create an instrument for me.

Here's another build photo. The neck in the middle and the body on the right are my tenor.

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hollisdwyer
10-07-2017, 01:51 PM
Just a few weeks away from completion. Here are some recent updates I just received.

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OhioBelle
10-07-2017, 04:12 PM
Some new build photos from Beau today:
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:drool: Those TUNERS!!! What kind are they?

What a spectacular instrument this is going to be!

hollisdwyer
10-07-2017, 05:41 PM
They're Rubner tuners.

Rakelele
10-08-2017, 01:28 AM
Wow, that was a long wait, but it looks like it was completely worth is. This is going to be one special uke. Beau's the best!

hollisdwyer
10-08-2017, 05:35 AM
Wow, that was a long wait, but it looks like it was completely worth is. This is going to be one special uke. Beau's the best!

Re the wait, as I was planning on visiting the USA in September I suggested to Beau that he push me down his build list as I could pick it up while there. He was also involved with the luthiers for a cause project. As it turned out I didn't go to the States but am traveling here in Oz and I didn't want him to ship it until I was back home, which I will be in early November.

All good things come to those who know how to wait. He sure has done a great job.

hollisdwyer
10-10-2017, 04:45 AM
A couple of new photos flowing through from Beau today.

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slackkey007
10-10-2017, 06:25 AM
WOWEE!!! A Beau Hannum slothead tenor!!! She's absolutely GORGEOUS!!!:drool::iwant:

DownUpDave
10-10-2017, 06:43 AM
It really is looking spectacular. Good things are definitely coming to you for your wait Hollis

cyber3d
10-10-2017, 08:37 AM
That is insanely beautiful.

hollisdwyer
10-26-2017, 01:44 AM
A photo arrived today of another element of the build:

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Osprey
10-26-2017, 04:36 AM
A photo arrived today of another element of the build:

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WOW!!! Just WOW!!!!

Ukulele Eddie
10-26-2017, 11:13 AM
Spectacular!! Love the fine appointments you chose. As an example, the 12th fret marker. Perfect! I tend to like something other than simple dots for my markers, which can range from no fingerboard markers, to non-dot shapes to more ornate. On my BH which Beau has been working alongside yours, we did black mother of pearl rectangles.

Peace Train
10-26-2017, 09:09 PM
Everything on this masterful piece of art (uke) is perfectly designed, and flows nicely from one element to the next. From the wood selection to the fretboard, rosette to the...I never realized I liked bursts until I saw this uke. Amazing!

hollisdwyer
10-27-2017, 12:54 AM
Everything on this masterful piece of art (uke) is perfectly designed, and flows nicely from one element to the next. From the wood selection to the fretboard, rosette to the...I never realized I liked bursts until I saw this uke. Amazing!

Thanks! That pretty much sums up the way I feel about it also.

PereBourik
10-27-2017, 03:41 AM
Say what you want about the beauty of Beau's builds, that takes a back seat to the sound and feel. I'm still discovering nuances in the tone and the playability after a year. The beauty is definitely more than skin deep.

Enjoy the last leg of the wait Hollis. It's worth it.

luv2uke
10-27-2017, 04:06 PM
Really beautiful. Looking forward to hearing a sound sample. Congrats!

hollisdwyer
11-07-2017, 10:50 PM
New update received today: Initial setup with sacrificial strings- It sits for a few days, then final set up.

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Ukulele Eddie
11-08-2017, 04:26 AM
Hollis - Here's an idea...Fly to Hawaii next week for Ukulele Guild of Hawaii's Ukulele Festival (Nov. 17-19), and you can pick up your uke there. ;-)

hollisdwyer
11-08-2017, 05:02 AM
Hollis - Here's an idea...Fly to Hawaii next week for Ukulele Guild of Hawaii's Ukulele Festival (Nov. 17-19), and you can pick up your uke there. ;-)

A great idea Eddie and wish I could do it but still doing my chemotherapy. Hope to be in Hawaii to visit a good friend next northern hemisphere fall. You’re picking yours up at the Guild show, no?

Ukulele Eddie
11-08-2017, 05:05 AM
A great idea Eddie and wish I could do it but still doing my chemotherapy. Hope to be in Hawaii to visit a good friend next northern hemisphere fall. You’re picking yours up at the Guild show, no?

I had no idea you are dealing with a health situation. Sending you the very best thoughts in that regard.

Yes, I'm picking mine up next week in Hawaii. Beau will display it at UGH and then it will come home with me.

Beau Hannam Ukuleles
11-08-2017, 09:20 AM
This was ordered as a "Players model" but has ended up a full custom- a fine looking uke with hand rubbed burst- I really like the fingerboard with only a 12th fret inlay. It will soon be in your hands :)

Peace Train
11-08-2017, 11:12 AM
I've been as excited watching this build as I am my own. Saying BH really outdid himself is an understatetement, especially with all the fine touches and full-custom upgrade. I can understand your patience Hollis as I've been addressing my own wellness concerns. All my best and positive thoughts to you!

hollisdwyer
11-08-2017, 02:05 PM
I've been as excited watching this build as I am my own. Saying BH really outdid himself is an understatetement, especially with all the fine touches and full-custom upgrade. I can understand your patience Hollis as I've been addressing my own wellness concerns. All my best and positive thoughts to you!

Thanks for your kind words and thoughts. I’ll soon have a better idea of how I’m traveling and until then I’m staying positive.

hollisdwyer
11-14-2017, 06:34 AM
Received some final build photos before Uke is shipped.

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DownUpDave
11-14-2017, 06:41 AM
That is so beautiful, you must be extremely pleased with the results Hollis. You have waited a long time, and been through a tough one so you certainly deserve this.

hollisdwyer
11-14-2017, 01:44 PM
That is so beautiful, you must be extremely pleased with the results Hollis. You have waited a long time, and been through a tough one so you certainly deserve this.

Thanks a lot Dave and yes, I do deserve this. We all deserve to have the finest instruments possible within our means or even sometimes outside it(I’d eat a lot of tuna casserole if I could have more Ukes of this quality).

hollisdwyer
11-17-2017, 02:30 AM
The new BH Tenor arrive today safe and sound and yes, it’s pretty amazing. Almost 2700 of you have read this post so you know it’s visually stunning but you have to play an instrument to truely know it. Initial perception was, Wow! Sound and weight balance are exemplary as is its ability to produce beautiful ringing tones both below and above the 12th fret.
I’m very involved with medical issues right now so can’t post a review that this instrument deserves. But I will as soon as I can.

I will however make a comment on the Rubner tuners that I asked for. Very, very nice! I would recommend them without hesitation.
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DownUpDave
11-17-2017, 02:33 AM
The new BH Tenor arrive today safe and sound and yes, it’s pretty amazing. Almost 2700 of you have read this post so you know it’s visually stunning but you have to play an instrument to truely know it. Initial perception was, Wow! Sound and weight balance are exemplary as is its ability to produce beautiful ringing tones both below and above the 12th fret.
I’m very involved with medical issues right now so can’t post a review that this instrument deserves. But I will as soon as I can.

A big big congratulations on receiving and getting to play your awesome new BH. Enjoy your time with it Hollis, I look forward to a review when you get the time. Good luck with everything and get well my friend

keod
11-17-2017, 03:16 AM
So happy for you! It is stunning.
Thanks for sharing...be well, our thoughts and prayers are with you.

hollisdwyer
11-17-2017, 08:16 AM
So happy for you! It is stunning.
Thanks for sharing...be well, our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Thanks for your kind words and thoughts.

Peace Train
11-17-2017, 11:27 AM
Congratulations Hollis, I can only imagine how it feels to have that baby finished and in your hands—your excitement shines through! Of course you must know, where one journey ends a new one begins, and this feels like the beginning of all that is good. Enjoy playing lots of beautiful music together as you heal.

hollisdwyer
11-17-2017, 02:01 PM
Congratulations Hollis, I can only imagine how it feels to have that baby finished and in your hands—your excitement shines through! Of course you must know, where one journey ends a new one begins, and this feels like the beginning of all that is good. Enjoy playing lots of beautiful music together as you heal.

Thanks for that. I know from experience that music and the friends that you make music with, are the best medicine.

Ukulele Eddie
11-17-2017, 05:38 PM
Focus on you and enjoy the uke as you can. We’ll look forward to a review when you can and, more importantly, that your medical concerns are behind you. In the mean time, holding happy thoughts for you.

Beau Hannam Ukuleles
11-20-2017, 01:03 PM
Here are some other pics from my facebook page (i still have to load another 20 or so pics so check it in a few days)
https://www.facebook.com/BeauHannamGuitarsandUkuleles/media_set?set=a.1526997280722313.1073741903.100002 361680367&type=3

Hollis, it was an absolute please to make this uke for you and I hope that it lightens your days and nights with joy when life can seem dark in regard to health concerns- I think this is the 3rd uke ive delivered to someone undergoing chemo so I understand what it can mean to bring a smile to your face when you are feeling knocked around by the chemo. Hopefully this weapon of joy will be another instrument that you can use to kick cancer's butt :)
All the very, very best. Now and always.
Beau Hannam

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cyber3d
11-20-2017, 01:29 PM
Wow, that is just amazing.

DownUpDave
11-20-2017, 01:35 PM
HOLY F**K was all I could say as I looked at each picture. Sorry if that was profane but that was my reaction. Incredible !!!!!!!!!!

Peace Train
11-20-2017, 01:54 PM
HOLY F**K was all I could say as I looked at each picture. Sorry if that was profane but that was my reaction. Incredible !!!!!!!!!!

I echo your sentiment. Something about this uke really captivates me every time I see it. I marvel at how the elements come together. Simply magnificent!

Ukulele Eddie
11-20-2017, 05:02 PM
Beau, another absolute beauty. And you've done a nice job with the photos. The very definition of uke porn! Serious suggestion. Consider selling a uke calendar.

hollisdwyer
11-20-2017, 05:06 PM
Hollis, it was an absolute please to make this uke for you and I hope that it lightens your days and nights with joy when life can seem dark in regard to health concerns- I think this is the 3rd uke ive delivered to someone undergoing chemo so I understand what it can mean to bring a smile to your face when you are feeling knocked around by the chemo. Hopefully this weapon of joy will be another instrument that you can use to kick cancer's butt :)
All the very, very best. Now and always.
Beau Hannam

Beau, receiving the realisation of your craftsmanship has certainly given me a great pick up. I consider myself very fortunate to be the custodian of this wonderful instrument. Every time I play it I experience a sense of wonder that such a small instrument can produce such sounds. This will give me many years of joy well past the time when I do kick my cancer in the ass.

hollisdwyer
11-20-2017, 05:09 PM
HOLY F**K was all I could say as I looked at each picture. Sorry if that was profane but that was my reaction. Incredible !!!!!!!!!!

Dave, yes that was my reaction when I took it out of the case for the first time and again when I started playing it.

saltytri
11-20-2017, 07:07 PM
Hey, Hollis,

Over the past few days at the UGH show, I've seen Eddie's and the one Beau did for Luthiers for a Cause. They're just crazy beautiful and I can imagine how wonderful yours is and how much pleasure it will bring. :)

hollisdwyer
11-21-2017, 01:01 AM
Hey, Hollis,

Over the past few days at the UGH show, I've seen Eddie's and the one Beau did for Luthiers for a Cause. They're just crazy beautiful and I can imagine how wonderful yours is and how much pleasure it will bring. :)

Eddie’s sure is a fantastic looking instrument. I would really love to have the opportunity to play it one day.

dkcrown
11-21-2017, 01:23 AM
Hollis and Beau. Congratulations on a magnificent ukulele. And best of luck to you Hollis, moving forward in your battle. Sending prayers your way.

Beau Hannam Ukuleles
11-22-2017, 04:05 AM
Hey, Hollis,

Over the past few days at the UGH show, I've seen Eddie's and the one Beau did for Luthiers for a Cause. They're just crazy beautiful and I can imagine how wonderful yours is and how much pleasure it will bring. :)

Did you say hello???

Beau Hannam Ukuleles
11-22-2017, 04:07 AM
Beau, another absolute beauty. And you've done a nice job with the photos. The very definition of uke porn! Serious suggestion. Consider selling a uke calendar.

Would the calendar be pics of me lounging on a sofa or just of my ukes?- Can I borrow your firemans hat for the shoot?

saltytri
11-22-2017, 05:01 AM
Did you say hello???

Yes, but I’m in disguise here. “saltytri” = Ono Ukulele. :)

Beau Hannam Ukuleles
11-22-2017, 03:36 PM
Yes, but I’m in disguise here. “saltytri” = Ono Ukulele. :)

AHHHHH!!!!!!!!!
Tricky David!!!!