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Ukulele Eddie
08-12-2017, 06:57 PM
We're excited to be unveiling all six of the Luthiers for a Cause charity ukuleles at the UGH Exhibition this year. Event information:

https://www.ukuleleguildofhawaii.org/exhibitions/

It's a fantastic time to see a lot of top builders all in one spot.

Let's start a list of who will be there with the hope of encouraging any who might consider making the jaunt to get planning. Would be really fun to have a nice UU turn-out and a few get togethers!!

The UU'ers that I know are planning to attend include:

Our on-island friends Len Kojima, mmStan (international man of mystery), Andrew Kitakis, Shawn Yacavone.

Myself, Patchenu (Patchen Uchiyama), Mezcalero (Kevin Griffin), Saltytri (David Ingalls), Kevin Beddoe (Kinnard Ukes).

Who else?

Rakelele
08-12-2017, 07:48 PM
So great you get to be there and meet each other, the luthiers, and their instruments. Unfortunately I won't make it, but I wish you all a great time. Please report here with infos and pics. You're coverage last year was the next best thing to being there myself...

lfoo6952
08-14-2017, 01:35 PM
I'd love to go to this, but my boss (i.e. my wife) said no vacation this year. Hope you have a great time.

Mezcalero
08-14-2017, 06:04 PM
As Eddie mentioned, I'm planning to be there! I really looking forward to meeting some of the folks I have befriended on this forum. I've been playing the uke for a year this week, and I can sincerely say, the UU folks have really enhanced the journey for me.

rockyl
08-16-2017, 08:33 AM
I'll be there. Planned my yearly visit to my daughter in Haleiwa specially for that week.

mds725
08-16-2017, 12:37 PM
I went two years ago and had a lot of fun. I wish I could go this year but obligations and finances are going to prevent me from traveling then.

Ukulele Eddie
08-16-2017, 12:46 PM
Okay, let's keep updating the list. Surely some other folks will attend?

So for, we have:

Len Kojima
mmStan (international man of mystery)
Andrew Kitakis
Shawn Yacavone.
Ukulele Eddie (Eddie Monnier)
Patchenu (Patchen Uchiyama)
Mezcalero (Kevin Griffin)
Saltytri (David Ingalls)
Kevin Beddoe (Kinnard Ukes)
rockyl

hawaii 50
08-16-2017, 09:22 PM
Hi Eddie...don't forget Greg(Geetee on UU) he is Stan's personal driver....:) good chance Corey Fujimoto will be there this year too and hopefully Zach will be there like last year....

Ukulele Eddie
08-17-2017, 05:35 AM
So for, we have:


Okay, let's keep updating the list. So for, we have:

Len Kojima
mmStan (international man of mystery)
Andrew Kitakis
Shawn Yacavone
Geetee (Greg)
Ukulele Eddie (Eddie Monnier)
Patchenu (Patchen Uchiyama)
Mezcalero (Kevin Griffin)
Saltytri (David Ingalls)
Kevin Beddoe (Kinnard Ukes)
rockyl

slackkey007
08-17-2017, 06:07 AM
I might go ... not sure yet.

Mezcalero
08-17-2017, 07:51 AM
I might go ... not sure yet.

You can probably walk or ride a bike from where you are Kimo!

Pueo
08-17-2017, 10:58 AM
Aloha!
I will be there, my name is Damon and I am on the Ukulele Guild of Hawaii board.

I look forward to a great turnout for both luthiers and enthusiasts.
We are planning on having some kanikapila events as well so bring your ukulele and come play music with us!

Two big changes from last year:
1. We are moving back to the Princess Kaiulani Hotel (basically across the street from last year) which will give us a more secure and continuous space for the luthiers to exhibit their ukuleles.
2. We are adding an extra day, Friday, to allow more time for everyone to participate in the activities.

See you at the Princess Kaiulani Hotel November 17-19 2017!

Ukulele Eddie
08-17-2017, 11:22 AM
You can probably walk or ride a bike from where you are Kimo!

Kimo, I will be personally offended if you don't stop by! ;-)

Ukulele Eddie
08-17-2017, 11:23 AM
Pleased to meet you Damon and look forward too seeing you there!

BillM
11-18-2017, 04:44 AM
I would love to see some updates from this year's event. Anybody (please)?

Bill

Ukulele Eddie
11-18-2017, 05:34 AM
I would love to see some updates from this year's event. Anybody (please)?

Bill

It’s been very busy with the unveiling of the Luthiers for a Cause “Voice of the Luthier” ukes. But I will make some time today and tomorrow to get some more pics and share when I can it may be Mon). If anyone has any particular type uke they are interested in, happy to check them out. Let me know.

Mezcalero
11-18-2017, 06:47 AM
Very bummed I could not make it! So, looking to live it through your photos again like last year Eddie. . .

Wish list:

Luthiers For a Cause ukuleles, and any of the custom ukes on display. . .

BillM
11-18-2017, 07:35 AM
It’s been very busy with the unveiling of the Luthiers for a Cause “Voice of the Luthier” ukes. But I will make some time today and tomorrow to get some more pics and share when I can it may be Mon). If anyone has any particular type uke they are interested in, happy to check them out. Let me know.

Nothing in particular. Like Mezcalero, I'm simply living vicariously through whatever is shared on the forum. :) Of course, if David Ingalls and Ono are displaying anything this year, I'm a fan.

Ukulele Eddie
11-18-2017, 07:49 AM
Nothing in particular. Like Mezcalero, I'm simply living vicariously through whatever is shared on the forum. :) Of course, if David Ingalls and Ono are displaying anything this year, I'm a fan.

I’m a big fan of David’s work amd of him as a person. He has one of his new Wahoo edition premium (upgraded woods, slotted head stock, etc) ukes. It has a gorgeous quilted sapele body and torrefied spruce top. A stunner in looks and a gorgeous tone. It is sold already.

Pics to come!

geetee
11-18-2017, 06:58 PM
Here's some pictures and a video.

https://imgur.com/a/BiX51



https://youtu.be/lAPYFiJzV9M

DownUpDave
11-19-2017, 01:06 AM
Here's some pictures and a video.

https://imgur.com/a/BiX51



https://youtu.be/lAPYFiJzV9M

Thank you very much for taking all that time and effort to share this with us. It was very enjoyable and made me wish I was in attendance.. Enjoy the rest of your time there.

Rakelele
11-19-2017, 01:20 AM
Thanks so much for the video and the pictures, GT. Great stuff, and next best thing to being there. Please keep the pics and reviews coming, guys!

Anyone tried Pepe Romero's Baritone Guitalele?

dkcrown
11-19-2017, 02:03 AM
Thanks geetee. I have been very curious about the LFAC ukes, it was great to see them displayed all together.

BTW, say heello to Stan for me!

Ukulele Eddie
11-19-2017, 06:15 AM
I don't think all my photos finished uploading to Flickr, but here is a link what I have so far. I'll try later today when I'm traveling to update with thoughts on a few standouts for me.

https://flic.kr/s/aHsm9Qp8Wi

Tof
11-19-2017, 06:54 AM
Finally the unveiling of the LFAC ukes, so exciting!
Norway is a bit far from Hawaii unfortunately, but I can't wait to hear them played.

By the way Eddie, last time I checked it was impossible to order from Dartermall for non-US residents. Is there another way to order t-shirts and polos?

Ukulele Eddie
11-19-2017, 07:29 AM
Finally the unveiling of the LFAC ukes, so exciting!
Norway is a bit far from Hawaii unfortunately, but I can't wait to hear them played.

By the way Eddie, last time I checked it was impossible to order from Dartermall for non-US residents. Is there another way to order t-shirts and polos?

PM me or email me at eddie@luthiersforacause.org to work out details. I’ll ship to our international friends personally. Tell me what you want to order (be specific) and ship-to address. We’ll figure it out.

We so appreciate the support!

dkcrown
11-19-2017, 07:56 AM
I don't think all my photos finished uploading to Flickr, but here is a link what I have so far. I'll try later today when I'm traveling to update with thoughts on a few standouts for me.

https://flic.kr/s/aHsm9Qp8Wi

Thanks Eddie. Now I have to wipe the drool off my keyboard! :)

jer
11-19-2017, 09:55 AM
Awesome. Thanks for the video! I'm wondering what that thin carbon fiber ukulele at around the 2:30 mark in the video is?

BillM
11-19-2017, 10:09 AM
Thanks so much for the video and photos, Eddie and GeeTee. Very much appreciated. Ono's ukuleles are stunning, as always.

Bill

DownUpDave
11-19-2017, 11:59 AM
Eddie, you are the best, thanks for doing this again as you did last year. It really is fun to look at all the pictures, congratulations on Luthier for a Cause, the exposure is awesome.

SoloRule
11-19-2017, 06:00 PM
Thank you Eddie. I see lots of ukuleles and I see Len!
Greeting from San Diego !

hawaii 50
11-19-2017, 06:41 PM
Thanks so much for the video and the pictures, GT. Great stuff, and next best thing to being there. Please keep the pics and reviews coming, guys!

Anyone tried Pepe Romero's Baritone Guitalele?


the Pepe Baritone was very nice...the other builders all liked it..super light for a Baritone
Pepe built 2 of them the other one went to Jack Johnson

Rakelele
11-19-2017, 10:29 PM
I'm wondering what that thin carbon fiber ukulele at around the 2:30 mark in the video is?

I think it is one made by Steve Sydow:

http://www.sydowguitars.com

geetee
11-20-2017, 02:05 AM
That is correct. Local musicians Henry Kapono, Brother Noland, and John Cruz have carbon fiber guitars made by Steve. He also had two very thin body wooden ukes on display.

Here are some more pictures from Sunday, except for one from Friday afternoon when Eddie and Patchen did the Luthiers For A Cause presentation.

https://imgur.com/a/UIHo0

And the final song from the three day long kanikapila.


https://youtu.be/jDkAbXa1Wf4

Ukulele Eddie
11-20-2017, 11:40 AM
A few comments based on my perspective of those ukes I was able to check out. Please note, I did not see -- let alone carefully exam/play -- everything there. I also didn't take notes. In other words, there are a lot of fine ukes I may have seen or maybe didn't see and aren't noted below.

-- The Luthiers for a Cause ukes naturally got a lot of attention and it was really cool to unveil them where the whole idea originated last year. Kinnard, Beau Hannam, Jay Lichty and Steve Grimes also displayed other ukes beyond their project ukes, which were of course wonderful. I'll mention them first

-- Two of the Grimes ukes will be on the Ukulele Site soon; an all maple and a redwood/ziricote. I really liked the redwood/ziricote and took an opportunity to play it in a quiet area. Steve uses nylon strings which I generally don't like, but even with these it had a nice voice in the upper registers. He also had a German spruce/Brazilian rosewood tenor that had the most beautiful straight grain BRW I've seen. It was from the personal stash of famous guitar builder Michael Gorian. Loved its voice. And Steve let me know it sold on Sunday evening, so now I can try to stop obsessing about it. Maybe I should be thankful henhas no more of that wood left in uke size. For you guitar players, I belive he may. It’s like a $10K upcharge for a guitar set.

-- Jay Lichty had a Ziggy model (19" scale) with torrefied spruce top / myrtle body which sold at the show. It was super nice and a Ziggy is now on my must-have list. He also displayed his personal arch top 23" scale baritone, which was gorgeous.

-- Kevin Beddoe showed three lovely Kinnards, including Luthier's Reserve #3 (cedar/Padauk), a redwood/maple (sold) and a Series 3 cutaway with redwood top and cocobolo body that I particularly liked. Also, we visited Shawn Yacavone/Ukulele Friend while on Oahu. He has an as-new lovely spruce (nice sinking in the top)/East Indian rosewood Series 2 with upgrades for $1,800.

-- Beau displayed my 19" Selmer body shape tenor which got a lot of accolades. There's another thread on that so I'll save my gloating for that thread. ;-)

-- I also ask luthiers whose other ukes particularly impressed them. Beyond the Luthiers for a Cause ukes, the two most common answers I received were on an Ono Uke and a Duane Noble, so I'l comment on them next:

-- David Ingalls/Ono Ukes showed a new Wahoo Series torrefied spruce top / sapele body that a lot of luthiers commented on as one of their favorites. It's already sold. I loved this uke's look and tone. David also showed a 20" 6-string spruce/Makore baritone and a 16" redwood/myrtle concert that I believe are both going to The Ukulele Site.

-- Duane Noble had a WRC/Brazilian rosewood Harp uke that garnered a lot of attention. It was extremely well done and is also going to The Ukulele Site. He also displayed a WRC/Madagascar rosewood tenor that was one of my personal favorites at the show. I had not seen his ukes before and he is definitely somebody I will watch as I was really quite impressed.

-- Les Stansell had an all myrtle tenor that I liked a lot. It will be on The Ukulele Site soon.

-- Oceana had a Port Oxford cedar / quilted maple body with some of the nicest maple I've seen and a scalloped fretboard. I wished I had taken this uke to a quiet area to spend some quality time with it.

-- Eric DeVine showed a redwood / Brazilian rosewood tenor and an all The Tree with 24K gold inlay that is quite the stunner. Both were commissioned and will be tremendous additions to any collection.

-- Crist Punk/Kula had several ukes with pretty wild inlays. I had also played one of his ukes, without inlay, at Ukulele Friend that was quite nice in tone.

-- Keith Mason had two 19.5 baritone's on display. Both featured tasteful, small inlays. In particular, I liked the tone of the redwood/walnut one. I was really impressed with his execution, especially for the price point (about $2,150).

-- The Ukulele Site had a few ukes on display, too. They had a gorgeous Dave Sigman/Little River all koa tenor with a holekua etched inlay on the "string-thru" headstock. I am not often a fan of all koa ukes, but I've played 5 all koa ukes from Dave and REALLY liked each one. The Pepe Romero guitelele was also popular with folks. And the cedar/ebony Hoffman concert was really nice as well.

-- We also had time to visit Shawn Yacavone (Ukulele Friend) in his new, by-appointment showroom (see pics in Flikr link). If you go to Oahu, don't miss it. It is really nice done. In addition to an amazing selection of vintage ukes and guitars, he has a nice selection of fine, used custom ukes (a few new ones, too). Notable standouts for me were a really nice Hive Hornet spruce/Wenge, a Tommy Rodriguez WRC/EIR concert that is super special, a neat Oulcraft long-neck soprano that is feather light with nice playability and tone and a John Kinnard (mentioned above) Series 2 with upgrades, spruce top and EIR body. There was also a spruce/maple I'iwi that I liked quite a bit.

jer
11-20-2017, 12:49 PM
I think it is one made by Steve Sydow:

http://www.sydowguitars.com
Thanks! I'd never heard of Steve. I really like his designs.

DownUpDave
11-20-2017, 12:54 PM
Eddie you have done a fine job of setting my UAS on fire.............a fine job:eek:

Peace Train
11-20-2017, 12:57 PM
That’s a nice recap, Eddie. On the Ukulele Guild of Hawaii’s Facebook page, I browsed pics and watched many of the videos they posted. That, along with this thread and what you’ve posted here, made me feel like I was in attendance. Looks like everyone had a fun time!

Joyful Uke
11-21-2017, 11:36 AM
Thanks so much for letting us take part vicariously.
Some really beautiful ukuleles, and I bet there is going to be a lot of UAS going around. :-)
My wish list keeps growing all the time.

Ukulele Eddie
11-26-2017, 04:13 AM
Here is a Corey demonstrating some of the instruments I mentioned that HMS picked up:

The gorgeous Duane Noble harp uk:
https://vimeo.com/244506758

The two Grimes I mentioned (redwood/ziricote and all maple):
https://vimeo.com/244433516

https://vimeo.com/244433472

The Little River Hokule'a:
https://vimeo.com/244433412

And another fine Ono, a 6-string baritone:
https://vimeo.com/244502116

Rakelele
11-26-2017, 11:11 PM
Some of the other ukes that were exhibitied at the show are now for sale at "Ukulele Friend (http://ukulelefriend.com/uke-store/)": the Duane Noble tenor, two Kula tenors, and a baritone from Kevin Mason (not sure if this one was at the show).

Ukulele Eddie
11-27-2017, 04:50 AM
That’s great that Shawn picked those up. And, yes, both were at the show. I spent more time with the other Kevin Mason 19.5 baritone which I think Kimo Hussey may have picked up. They were nicely done.

That Duane Noble WRC/Madagascar rosewood tenor was one of my favorites at the show. A special uke in all regards.

hawaii 50
11-27-2017, 08:22 PM
Thanks so much for the video and the pictures, GT. Great stuff, and next best thing to being there. Please keep the pics and reviews coming, guys!

Anyone tried Pepe Romero's Baritone Guitalele?



Rakelele here is the video..did you get the Pepe...:)

https://vimeo.com/244471661

Rakelele
11-27-2017, 08:58 PM
Rakelele here is the video..did you get the Pepe...:)

https://vimeo.com/244471661

No, it was already sold when I saw it. :(

geetee
11-28-2017, 04:16 PM
By way of a thank you to all who thanked me for my video, here is a much nicer one put together by Jay Lichty and his better half, Corrie:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JzCTBmP4iRo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JzCTBmP4iRo