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Ukecaster
03-23-2018, 04:54 PM
Saw this one on eBay, a fancy old one with Brazilian Rosewood back, sides and top. Vintage Bling! I'm no ukexpert, but don't think I've ever seen a uke with a rosewood top, never mind Brazilian. I wonder how an all rosewood top/body uke would sound?

https://www.ebay.com/itm/HOLLYWOOD-SCHIRESON-CONCERT-STYLE-10-UKULELE/112883953975?hash=item1a48687137:g:~FgAAOSwUg9aZlB D

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EDW
03-23-2018, 05:16 PM
There was this one posted a little while back

http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/showthread.php?131006-FS-New-Soprano-Rosewwod-Ukulele-by-Black-Bear

You bidding on that one?

(You ay have to sell a few more ukes to fund it!)

Jim Hanks
03-23-2018, 05:18 PM
Well, isn't cocobolo a variety of rosewood? Cocobolo Ukulele seems to be doing all right with it.

Ukecaster
03-23-2018, 05:24 PM
...You bidding on that one?

Nah, I'll leave that one for you. The ivory bridge puts me off. :D

EDW
03-23-2018, 11:47 PM
Too blingy for me!

Jarmo_S
03-24-2018, 12:19 AM
I was thinking that maybe the nut width might be somewhat too narrrow. Also the bridge not as conventional. And ivory, huh, but if it is vintage, ok I guess.
Might be a good sounding instrument though.

Jerryc41
03-24-2018, 01:09 AM
Saw this one on eBay, a fancy old one with Brazilian Rosewood back, sides and top. Vintage Bling! I'm no ukexpert, but don't think I've ever seen a uke with a rosewood top, never mind Brazilian. I wonder how an all rosewood top/body uke would sound?

https://www.ebay.com/itm/HOLLYWOOD-SCHIRESON-CONCERT-STYLE-10-UKULELE/112883953975?hash=item1a48687137:g:~FgAAOSwUg9aZlB D

107527

And the bidding starts at $6,500? That's a bit extreme.

If you want rosewood, Butler Music has "demo" Ohana Vita Ukes with rosewood back and sides for $200 delivered. A friend just bought one, and I got one from Mim a couple of weeks ago. I see Mim has them again.

Jerryc41
03-24-2018, 01:10 AM
Too blingy for me!

Yeah, that's my excuse, too. :)

stevepetergal
03-24-2018, 03:13 AM
That seller needs to edit his post. He must have accidentally hit the "0" key three times.

Ukecaster
03-24-2018, 03:33 AM
That seller needs to edit his post. He must have accidentally hit the "0" key three times.

C'mon, he already dropped the price by $1k from the other 2 auctions that drew no response! :D

hoosierhiver
03-24-2018, 05:36 AM
That seller needs to edit his post. He must have accidentally hit the "0" key three times.

Heck of a starting bid.

OhioBelle
03-24-2018, 05:37 AM
Well, isn't cocobolo a variety of rosewood? Cocobolo Ukulele seems to be doing all right with it.

:agree:

Plenty of reviews of cocobolo-topped instruments around, including two by Barry Maz of a super soprano and a tenor.

http://www.gotaukulele.com/p/ukulele-reviews.html

Also, Black Bear has done at least one. Duane discusses rosewood used as a top in this thread. Not sure if this one is still for sale. Might be! And for far less than the eBay uke! :cool:

http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/showthread.php?131006-FS-New-Soprano-Rosewwod-Ukulele-by-Black-Bear

Ukecaster
03-24-2018, 05:48 AM
Well, I guess it is a rare uke from the 20s, and there is probably a collector somewhere who would want it.

BlackBearUkes
03-24-2018, 06:13 AM
My rosewood uke has sold. As to how rosewood topped ukes sound, they can sound very good even though rosewood is quite hard. Actually, any wood can be made to sound good and even excellent if made right. My next uke is made of Russian Olive and will be offered this coming week. Working with different woods is quite fun.

Doc_J
03-24-2018, 06:53 AM
Saw this one on eBay, a fancy old one with Brazilian Rosewood back, sides and top. Vintage Bling! I'm no ukexpert, but don't think I've ever seen a uke with a rosewood top, never mind Brazilian. I wonder how an all rosewood top/body uke would sound?

https://www.ebay.com/itm/HOLLYWOOD-SCHIRESON-CONCERT-STYLE-10-UKULELE/112883953975?hash=item1a48687137:g:~FgAAOSwUg9aZlB D

107527

I've got an all rosewood baritone with steel strings that sounds terrific.http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/showthread.php?130247-Rosewood-Baritone-steel-string-from-Aaron%92s-Music-Service

Wow they are asking $6500 for that 20's Hollywood rosewood concert. It better sound good. Looks amazing for being nearly a 100 years old.

Rakelele
03-24-2018, 07:00 AM
Pono has done a special edition of all rosewood tenors (including rosewood tops), about six years ago. They have been eagerly discussed here, if you use the forum search. If I remember correctly, Brüko has made some all Rosewood ukes as well.

Henning
03-24-2018, 08:03 AM
I would fear the 35% VAT added to the shipping costs too. :stop:

mountain goat
03-24-2018, 10:33 AM
The Hollywood ukes are in my opinion the most beautiful ukulele designs ever built.
Their models were graded in style from numbers 7-10 based on the woods used and decorative components.
This is their model 10. I've seen these sell for well in excess of 2k
but this one does seem a bit steep. I'd still buy it if I were able to afford it.
They are rare birds these days, especially in this condition. They play and sound wonderful.

frolicks
03-24-2018, 10:51 AM
If I remember correctly, Brüko has made some all Rosewood ukes as well.

You do indeed remember this correctly. A friend of mine owns one, an all Brazilian Rosewood soprano Brüko with a flat body. It looks marvelous. But honestly, compared too my fully bodied Brazilian Rosewood soprano longneck with a cedar top - which is a real canon - it doesn't really sound that impressive. It sounds nice, though, of course. But the cedar top as well as the full body height make a huge difference, I feel.

But when I got mine, about four years ago, they told me that they are running out of Brazilian Rosewood which they had acquired in the days before CITES, in the 1980s. So there might not be too many new Brükos made of BR, and, in any case, you wouldn't finde them on their website, due to all these trade restrictions. I had to go there personally to come to know about it, in the first case. And on buying, I was advised to rather not taking it to the US.

Steedy
03-24-2018, 11:31 AM
Here's an HMS video of the Pono Rosewood Tenor Deluxe - RTD:

https://vimeo.com/40958657

They were from 2012 and only eight of them were made.

ksiegel
03-24-2018, 03:49 PM
I played a rosewood 5-string Compass Rose uke at Sylvan Music a few years back. I wasn't impressed - too guitar-like for me.

A couple of years later, same uke - great sound. I asked Rick Turner if the uke had changed, or if it was all me (since I had been playing less than a year when I encountered it the first time.)

He said it was most likely me, and that my experiences playing more often and multiple ukes had most likely opened my ears and expanded my horizons to where I wasn't expecting a particular sound or feel, but was looking forward to the experience.

Whatever the reason, it seemed to be a much better instrument the second time we encountered each other.

Anyway, Rosewood tops have a nice sound, at least to me.


-Kurt

Nickie
03-25-2018, 05:34 PM
Yep, Jim, you're right, cocobolo is a type of rosewood, and yes, Cocobolo Ukuleles do quite well with it.
I agree with the person who posted about the ivory on the bridge. You couldn't give me a uke with anything ivory on it, I wouldn't be able to sleep with the thought in my head that an elephant died for its tusks, so someone could have that stupid stuff.

Jerryc41
03-26-2018, 01:42 AM
You have to wonder why he would have a starting price of $6,500. He could pay $6.00 (or whatever) and have a reserve price and have the bidding start at a more reasonable level.