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steel rider
09-14-2018, 06:32 AM
Edit: Sonny calls this a 16 7/8 Tenor scale ukulele, so it's essentially a long neck soprano. The bell shaped body adds volume and makes it seem almost like a concert to me but I suppose it is not quite concert sized. It has the bright sound of a soprano with the playability of a tenor neck.
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I bought this ukulele a few years ago (you can see old post on UU), had a lot of work done by Mike of DaSilva Ukuleles including: Lower action, new nut and bridge, install MISI active pickup.

I donít play it at all still, as I have too many ukes and tend to only play the same two. I also really want to fund a cyclocross bike purchase.

If you know about Sonny D you know they are hand made by him in Hawaii and most every one is quite different.

This uke is made of several woods including an olive. Itís quite resonant and loud. Iím sure I changed the strings but I donít recall which. They look like Aquila Nygluts which I donít tend to use. He meant it to be low g but itís strung hi g now. You can see Sonnyís hand written specs and writeup in the photos, which I think is pretty cool.

This was a demo model used for a concert I THINK by Herb Ohta Jr. but I cannot confirm that.

I paid $350 plus $125 for the DaSilva work, plus maybe $75 for the pickup. Selling for $425 plus any shipping but would rather sell local. I donít have a case specific to this uke and I donít own a gig bag to include.

Itís a beauty that got a lot of comments at the uke gatherings but I never bonded with it.

Thatís all I can think of at the moment!

steel rider
09-14-2018, 06:34 AM
Photo of the back and Sonny's hand written spec sheet.

steel rider
09-14-2018, 01:34 PM
Was hoping for a pretty quick sale. Is this price too high?

IMO it’s a special uke, but I guess it needs someone who will appreciate it. Maybe someone a bit quirky. Too bad no one like that plays the ukulele! :)

barisaxer
09-15-2018, 12:50 AM
Try to PM to buy and message will not go through please PM me

barisaxer
09-15-2018, 06:06 AM
Still shows your inbox full and will not allow me to pm you.

steel rider
09-16-2018, 08:30 AM
Sorry about that. I just sent you a PM with my number and I deleted my inbox messages.


Thanks!

steel rider
09-18-2018, 07:57 AM
Still available. Pickup is a MISI. Wish I had it on my other ukes. Convenient wall charging.

Croaky Keith
09-18-2018, 08:09 AM
Nice looker, but it looks a bit like a long neck soprano in your pictures, maybe adding some dimensions will help a sale. :)

Unfortunately/fortunately, I have enough ukes - plus it's the wrong Continent for me, luckily. ;)

steel rider
09-18-2018, 12:10 PM
Funny I was just thinking that after speaking to someone about it, and came here to do exactly that!


Thanks!


Nice looker, but it looks a bit like a long neck soprano in your pictures, maybe adding some dimensions will help a sale. :)

Unfortunately/fortunately, I have enough ukes - plus it's the wrong Continent for me, luckily. ;)

Bob DuBos
09-23-2018, 02:40 PM
Interested in Sonny D uke if it is still available. Please email me. Thanks
Bob DuBos Tacoma WA.
bikerbob@harbornet.com

steel rider
09-24-2018, 05:59 PM
Will do now. For some reason I am not getting email notifications from the list even though I subscribed. Guess I will double check my spam settings.


Interested in Sonny D uke if it is still available. Please email me. Thanks
Bob DuBos Tacoma WA.
bikerbob@harbornet.com

Kenn2018
09-24-2018, 06:15 PM
Really interesting build. I imagine the new nut and saddle improved the sound. MiSi pickups are very nice.

steel rider
09-25-2018, 09:07 AM
Really interesting build. I imagine the new nut and saddle improved the sound. MiSi pickups are very nice.

It definitely improved the playability by lowering the action. Sound is still very loud and bright, which I think you want for a small bodied uke.

steel rider
09-27-2018, 09:56 AM
Bump. Price drop: $375

steel rider
10-07-2018, 11:33 AM
Uke is Sold