PDA

View Full Version : KoAloha Scepter on eBay



Jerryc41
06-19-2018, 06:05 AM
Here's a chance to get yourself a KoAloha Scepter. Bidding started at $1,200, but it's described as "Mint."

https://www.ebay.com/itm/KoAloha-Sceptre-Concert-Ukulele-VERY-RARE-Mint-Condition-/123195744201

Ukecaster
06-19-2018, 12:27 PM
Yeah, you could record the uke version of Dueling Scepters! :D

Actually, I think I'd be afraid to own a high end uke like that, that I'd smash one of those body points...ouch!

RafterGirl
06-19-2018, 01:43 PM
No No No......don't look.......back away from the computer :drool:

ksiegel
06-19-2018, 02:12 PM
I just checked the KoAloha web site. A New Concert Sceptre has an MSRP of $1300.00, and comes with friction tuners.

Granted the used one has a case, but... if I were in the market for a Sceptre, I'd pay an additional $100 for a new one, and get my own case.


Of course, I have no plans on replacing my Tenor Sceptre....



-Kurt

Xtradust
06-19-2018, 05:14 PM
I can't find one on the Koaloha site, but the one on eBay has a bid...

Jerryc41
06-20-2018, 12:23 AM
I just checked the KoAloha web site. A New Concert Sceptre has an MSRP of $1300.00, and comes with friction tuners.

Granted the used one has a case, but... if I were in the market for a Sceptre, I'd pay an additional $100 for a new one, and get my own case.


Of course, I have no plans on replacing my Tenor Sceptre....



-Kurt

I saw that, but I also noticed that there is no picture. Does that mean it's not available? In any case, one is enough for me. Someone should design a pointy case for the Scepter. Of course, the market for those cases would be tiny, so either the price of the case would be very high, or the company would lose money on each one.

I see the tenor is listed for $1,550 with an "Image Coming Soon."

RafterGirl
06-20-2018, 03:58 AM
I shouldn't have gone to the KoAloha website......now I want a Pineapple Sundae.

Jerryc41
06-20-2018, 04:13 AM
I shouldn't have gone to the KoAloha website......now I want a Pineapple Sundae.

Pretty - and pretty pricey. You notice how they spell it "Sunday," rather than "Sundae"? If they spelled it "Sundae," it would have to be edible. ;)

Xtradust
06-20-2018, 05:42 AM
I talked to Alan Okami at the Koaloha booth at Namm and asked him about releasing/building more Sceptres/Sunday’s. He said his dad is definitely not making any more and that they’re just putting the finishing touches on a few that were still hanging around the shop.

So if you’d like a new one...this is the time. :)

Jerryc41
06-20-2018, 07:10 AM
I talked to Alan Okami at the Koaloha booth at Namm and asked him about releasing/building more Sceptres/Sunday’s. He said his dad is definitely not making any more and that they’re just putting the finishing touches on a few that were still hanging around the shop.

So if you’d like a new one...this is the time. :)

My concert is as good as new, as far as I'm concerned, and $1,200 can buy a lot of ice cream. ;)

Jerryc41
06-20-2018, 10:33 PM
If you get two you can use one for parts in the future if you need to. In the meantime you do some duets and treat your visitors to enjoying a nice uke while they take in the mountain air.
It is a pity that the seller will only ship to the 48 states. The rest of the planet has no chance at buying the uke, so it is of passing interest. I think the market would increase just by doing the work to ship to Europe and Hawaii. It looks like there is a single bid for $1200, so someone is going to get it. There will probably be a flurry of bids in the last minute, so those who can buy it and who want it probably need to be set up to post a bid in the last 40 seconds if they want to make the winning bid.

I agree that shipping to other countries can work, provided people are willing to pay the high shipping cost. It cost me $45 to send a uke from NY to CA. Imagine the cost to ship to Italy or Slovakia. When I sell on eBay, people sometimes ask about the cost of shipping to their country. Very often, it is near $100. The Scepter I bought on Reverb cost $55 to ship from Japan, which isn't bad at all, and it arrived in four days. A uke I bought in FL took seven days to get here.

I'll be amazed if the bids go much higher than $1,200.

Xtradust
06-22-2018, 06:52 AM
Anyone see this?


https://youtu.be/yJfR7JSeDNA

Looks like Pops found the first five existing Sceptres, and they're for sale. :)

Jerryc41
06-22-2018, 07:42 AM
Anyone see this?


https://youtu.be/yJfR7JSeDNA

Looks like Pops found the first five existing Sceptres, and they're for sale. :)

Yes. You have to call for the price, though. : )

Jerryc41
06-22-2018, 10:48 AM
I talked to Alan Okami at the Koaloha booth at Namm and asked him about releasing/building more Sceptres/Sunday’s. He said his dad is definitely not making any more and that they’re just putting the finishing touches on a few that were still hanging around the shop.

So if you’d like a new one...this is the time. :)

I'm surprised that they still list them on their web site, although pictures are "Coming Soon."

The one on eBay is starting to climb. It was over $1,300 the last time I looked. I bet it will go over $1,500. We'll have to check back tomorrow night.

merlin666
06-22-2018, 11:20 AM
Anyone see this?

Thanks for posting. Can anyone figure out if he strums and picks just with his thumb or also use other fingers?

Jerryc41
06-22-2018, 03:51 PM
Still a day to go. The last 50 seconds is going to be interesting.

The last ten seconds will be interesting. I hope I remember to watch. Whoever bids on this will not be a casual bidder. There will definitely be sniping right at the end. On the other hand, someone could have entered a bid of $2,000, and eBay will raise his bid as necessary.

Since no more are being made, I wonder if this will be worth more in the future. Planning to sell it for more in the future is definitely risky.

Jerryc41
06-23-2018, 12:02 AM
It a very risky way to purchase a ukulele, but good luck to them anyway! :D

I've bought four on eBay, and all worked out okay.

kvehe
06-23-2018, 05:20 PM
It went for $1725.

experimentjon
06-23-2018, 06:30 PM
I talked to Alan Okami at the Koaloha booth at Namm and asked him about releasing/building more Sceptres/Sunday’s. He said his dad is definitely not making any more and that they’re just putting the finishing touches on a few that were still hanging around the shop.

So if you’d like a new one...this is the time. :)

Wow, when'd they stop producing these? I am quite a bit out of the loop. So happy to have a Sceptre--great instruments.

Jerryc41
06-24-2018, 01:10 AM
It went for $1725.

That's a hefty price. I doubt the buyer will be selling it for anything higher.

Jerryc41
06-24-2018, 01:12 AM
Wow, when'd they stop producing these? I am quite a bit out of the loop. So happy to have a Sceptre--great instruments.

I don't know when they stopped production, but I'm glad I found one on Reverb a month ago. Someone posted that Pops said they won't be making any more, although they will be selling five prototypes.

Jerryc41
06-27-2018, 03:20 AM
I just checked the KoAloha web site. A New Concert Sceptre has an MSRP of $1300.00, and comes with friction tuners.

Granted the used one has a case, but... if I were in the market for a Sceptre, I'd pay an additional $100 for a new one, and get my own case.


Of course, I have no plans on replacing my Tenor Sceptre....



-Kurt

Unfortunately, there will be no more new Scepters. I think there is still one of the prototypes available for $3,000.