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Bales1983
05-13-2018, 05:19 AM
Bit out of my league as a beginner but a heads up Mr Timms has just listed his next handmade masterpiece over on eBay.

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Ken-Timms-Hand-built-Soprano-Ukulele/273210824360

Hard to come buy and an almost perfect if not totally perfect instrument.

Buy buy buy!

Lee

Jerryc41
05-13-2018, 09:57 AM
I'm going to let someone else have this. : )

Graham Greenbag
05-14-2018, 03:11 AM
I'm going to let someone else have this. : )

Most unusually (for these Ukes) this one has not sold at the BIN price and is currently at £70 more than the start price. I wonder if thereís some change in the market or whether someone might get a bargain here. I canít see them ever returning to the price that they were a couple of years back, but Iím one of the many that would Ďpush the boat outí if they did.

Nickie
05-14-2018, 04:53 AM
Wow, I wish I had the bread for this Barry Maz says these are the best Martin copy soprano ukes made today.

Bales1983
05-14-2018, 05:34 AM
Most unusually (for these Ukes) this one has not sold at the BIN price and is currently at £70 more than the start price. I wonder if there’s some change in the market or whether someone might get a bargain here. I can’t see them ever returning to the price that they were a couple of years back, but I’m one of the many that would ‘push the boat out’ if they did.

Being a bit of an eBay addict ive seen this happen on many things not just Ukes, Unfortunately as soon as a bid is placed the BIN option is removed. Most often seems to be people just chancing it to see if they can get it at a cheaper price but i wouldn't be surprised if the bidding goes over the BIN price anyway.

Would probably be better if eBay kept the BIN price until bidding exceeded it really!

Lee

Jerryc41
05-14-2018, 07:53 AM
Wow, I wish I had the bread for this Barry Maz says these are the best Martin copy soprano ukes made today.

When Barry did the review in November, 2017, the price was holding steady at under $500. Now it looks like it will be going over $600. When I see what else is available in that price range, a Timms uke is not in my future. But ebay is totally supply and demand. If someone with a lot of cash is
determined to have it, he'll pay whatever it takes.

That's why I prefer entering the Cocobolo lottery on Facebook. There is one price for everyone.

pritch
05-15-2018, 02:36 PM
I've been a bit startled at the amounts of the two most recent offerings. I had a figure in mind as a maximum bid and I wasn't successful until the fourth attempt. The successful bid was less than the maximum I had set for myself so it can pay to keep watching.

Uk3player78
05-17-2018, 06:44 AM
I’ve had one. I got it for £335. After Baz’s review the prices shot up. I am happy with my Wunderkammer. Similar idea but more versatile imo.

Good luck tho. Apart from the softer wood it’s the second best ukulele I’ve ever played. :)

Graham Greenbag
05-17-2018, 07:31 AM
I’ve had one. I got it for £335. After Baz’s review the prices shot up. I am happy with my Wunderkammer. Similar idea but more versatile imo.

Good luck tho. Apart from the softer wood it’s the second best ukulele I’ve ever played. :)

Softer wood? I thought that they were both made of Mahogany, is that incorrect or are there other factors?

At the time of Baz’s review I got a lot of flack for suggesting that it might cause an imbalance in supply and demand, it seems like I was correct though as prices did rocket. I can remember when these Ukes sold for under £300, perhaps I should have grabbed one then but I didn’t have the knowledge to understand what was on offer and more than £200 is (IMHO) a lot of money for a newbie to spend on a Uke.

At the time of writing the Uke in the current auction is still sitting at £470, but the auction has 21 hours to go and in that time the price could go ‘through the roof’ or stay the same. You never quite know what will happen on eBay.

I can’t see Mr T’s Ukes returning to the old prices, and whilst the rise was good for him and existing owners it’s not so nice for potential buyers - winners and losers in everything.

kerneltime
05-17-2018, 07:39 AM
I am getting a tinguitar soprano instead..

Uk3player78
05-18-2018, 02:26 AM
Softer wood? I thought that they were both made of Mahogany, is that incorrect or are there other factors?

At the time of Baz’s review I got a lot of flack for suggesting that it might cause an imbalance in supply and demand, it seems like I was correct though as prices did rocket. I can remember when these Ukes sold for under £300, perhaps I should have grabbed one then but I didn’t have the knowledge to understand what was on offer and more than £200 is (IMHO) a lot of money for a newbie to spend on a Uke.

At the time of writing the Uke in the current auction is still sitting at £470, but the auction has 21 hours to go and in that time the price could go ‘through the roof’ or stay the same. You never quite know what will happen on eBay.

I can’t see Mr T’s Ukes returning to the old prices, and whilst the rise was good for him and existing owners it’s not so nice for potential buyers - winners and losers in everything.

Easily dented. I had an Uluru that was the same way. Like accidental fingernail indents are possible. I considered it a bit more fragile thus I kept it in its case. This may vary by wood stock. My Wunderkammer is out all the time. It has fell over (kids) but it is immaculate. I’ll state again the Wunderkammer is the better sound, for me anyway.

Graham Greenbag
05-18-2018, 06:38 AM
Bit out of my league as a beginner but a heads up Mr Timms has just listed his next handmade masterpiece over on eBay.

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Ken-Timms-Hand-built-Soprano-Ukulele/273210824360

Lee

For those interested the auction ended at £555. (Edit. The original BIN price was £600.)

@uk3player78. Thank you for the information, IMHO it’s always good to hear alternative perspectives and experiences.

Jerryc41
05-18-2018, 08:20 AM
Wow! I can't believe someone bid that high. That's over $800. As I think I said above, if someone is determined to get it, and he has the money, he'll get it. Value is irrelevant. Ken must be thrilled by this trend.

twokatmew
05-18-2018, 12:06 PM
Wow! I can't believe someone bid that high. That's over $800. As I think I said above, if someone is determined to get it, and he has the money, he'll get it. Value is irrelevant. Ken must be thrilled by this trend.

I'll bet he is. Sadly this means I'll never own one of these lovely instruments.

Bales1983
05-18-2018, 10:22 PM
Another new one just listed :)

Jerryc41
05-19-2018, 12:31 AM
Another new one just listed :)

Starting the bidding at £400, with a Buy i Now of £600. I'll follow this and see how it goes. I start every ebay sale at .99, and the final price is always what it should be.

Mkel12
05-19-2018, 10:27 AM
I got outbid on that Timms soprano but scored one this morning for the BIN price shortly after it went up on eBay. It is scheduled to arrive on 5/24. Very excited! I tried a Kiwaya from the Ukulele Site last year, but ended up returning it. No such option with this one, but I am sure it is a keeper!

twokatmew
05-19-2018, 12:24 PM
I got outbid on that Timms soprano but scored one this morning for the BIN price shortly after it went up on eBay. It is scheduled to arrive on 5/24. Very excited! I tried a Kiwaya from the Ukulele Site last year, but ended up returning it. No such option with this one, but I am sure it is a keeper!

So you got it. Congratulations! When I saw the post above saying another was available, I went looking for it, but it was already gone! :)

Jerryc41
05-19-2018, 12:56 PM
I got outbid on that Timms soprano but scored one this morning for the BIN price shortly after it went up on eBay. It is scheduled to arrive on 5/24. Very excited! I tried a Kiwaya from the Ukulele Site last year, but ended up returning it. No such option with this one, but I am sure it is a keeper!

Congratulations! Which side of the Atlantic are you on?

Mkel12
05-19-2018, 02:49 PM
Thanks! I am across the pond from the UK, on the west coast of the US, near San Francisco. Amazingly, the new uke is scheduled to arrive via UPS on Thursday. For $30 USD, that is a nice shipping rate!

I have been eyeing these little gems on eBay for awhile. I reached out via eBay to Ken late last year, and he did respond, saying he was shutting down production for the winter. I was a bit disappointed on missing out on the last one, so I was hell bent on getting this one, even though I paid the Buy it Now price. I have a couple of Blackbird Farallons, one strung low G and one reentrant... so spending about $800 for a quality uke is a bargain to me. The Blackbirds are a wee bit more! One thing the Blackbirds do not provide is that punchy, old-timey tone. The Timms Style 0 does, and should fill that void for me.

DPO
05-19-2018, 04:12 PM
Starting the bidding at £400, with a Buy i Now of £600. I'll follow this and see how it goes. I start every ebay sale at .99, and the final price is always what it should be.

All ebay final prices are what they should be whatever the start price. Any item is worth what a willing buyer will pay, and a willing seller will accept.

Graham Greenbag
05-20-2018, 01:20 AM
All ebay final prices are what they should be whatever the start price. Any item is worth what a willing buyer will pay, and a willing seller will accept.

I would would agree that any item is worth what a willing buyer will pay, and a willing seller will accept, but I think that that ‘worth’ is only true for any one point in time and space. Whether that agreed price is the best price for the seller or buyer is a different matter. eBay is, I think, generally a good trading platform but for many reasons prices do fluctuate on it - final prices are not always what you would expect that they should be and sometimes you make a good buy or a bad sale.

The end of auction price of any item is it’s worth to the (one) winning bidder and no more than that. A whole lot of other people below the winning bidder have (by limiting their bids) decided a lower limit to an item's worth, their opinion has merit too and is a less fluctuationing indicator of an item’s monetary value.

Barrytone
05-20-2018, 02:55 AM
£555 winning bid

kerneltime
05-21-2018, 07:23 AM
http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/showthread.php?133230-Tinguitar-has-a-Soprano-available-now

twokatmew
05-24-2018, 06:41 PM
If you see a uke on eBay and want it and you have the money buy it, you can either do a buy it now or take the risk to get in a winning bid in the last 40 seconds.Either way, don't wallow around in UU opinions.
If you see a uke on eBay and don't want to buy, don't do anything. Don't post links or try to help out buyers, in the end you wont help the buyers. Most people know how to set up a search on eBay, part of the fun for them is finding the item and making the bids. You spoil a lot of the fun and attract lazy buyers by posting links and comments on UU.
The best time to post about an eBay uke is after you win the auction or after the auction closes. Then you wont be spoiling anyones' ukulele searching and buying fun. Also you will be helping people learn about eBay without spoiling their collecting fun.
This is just my opinion.

I appreciate seeing notifications of instruments like the Timms. Yes, I have a search that notifies me when a new uke is posted, but it doesn't always work!

Graham Greenbag
05-25-2018, 01:31 AM
Easily dented. I had an Uluru that was the same way. Like accidental fingernail indents are possible. I considered it a bit more fragile thus I kept it in its case. This may vary by wood stock.


Thanks for the info. I like not easily dented myself but each builder will have their own reasons for what they do and customers who like it that way.

For what it’s worth I found a lot to agree with in Bill’s now removed post. Whilst the alerts are nice for some the additional interest in an item does (either potentially or actually) spoil someone else’s purchase or bargain hunt.

RafterGirl
05-25-2018, 01:52 AM
This all sort of reminds me of the process for getting river permits for my rafting trips. Some of the most popular & coveted rivers in the western US put a limit on the number of groups that can launch each day. This is done to preserve the resource & prevent overcrowding. The permits are awarded by a random lottery. After the lottery, unclaimed or returned permits used to be released randomly, within 24 hours of them being returned. Someone who was diligent in checking the website multiple times a day, was often rewarded by snagging a cancelled permit. Now the cancelled permits are released once a day within a one hour time frame. Everyone on the planet who wants a cancellation knows exactly when to look & the fastest finger on the computer keyboard wins. I miss the searching & the random reward.

My last ukulele was the result of a random browsing of Reverb.

Pirate Jim
05-25-2018, 02:11 AM
My last ukulele was the result of a random browsing of Reverb.

Mine too! Funnily enough, a result of a random eBay search throwing up a fantastic instrument at a fantastic price. It was a lot of fun! On the flip side, I like to see independent traders do well and so any extra money going to Mr Timms due to his product being of excellent quality and popular is well earned I think. I celebrate his success.

Bales1983
05-25-2018, 10:07 AM
Im aware some are not keen on tip offs but 2nd hand Timms just appeared, not from Ken but being sold on for £450 with gig bag, well under current market price! https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Ken-Timms-hand-built-soprano-ukulele-with-Gig-bag/332663608871

Graham Greenbag
06-14-2018, 11:47 AM
I’ve had one. I got it for £335. After Baz’s review the prices shot up. I am happy with my Wunderkammer. Similar idea but more versatile imo.

Good luck tho. Apart from the softer wood it’s the second best ukulele I’ve ever played. :)

Normally I wouldn’t upset the market but for those that it might interest here’s one for sale - at a buy it now price - that’s possibly a bit special and just £600 including a case : https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Ken-Timms-Soprano-Ukulele-with-Kinsman-case-MINT/192568672220?hash=item2cd5fcbfdc:g:NtQAAOSwlgNbIjW Y

I can’t be certain and perhaps I’m wrong but that particular seller seems to have a link to a popular reviewer ...... check the facts for yourself and make your own judgements.

Ukecaster
06-14-2018, 01:15 PM
“Just” 600 pounds? :confused:

Hey, don’t start any conspiracy theories.

My theory? From the listing: “genuine reason for sale”. Translation: seller wants to make some money. :D