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Jerryc41
09-24-2018, 06:45 AM
I try to look at Barry Maz's review every week, just in case there's something I must buy. There was! As soon as I saw the first picture, I hoped the price was reasonable so I could buy one. Mine will arrive in 4-6 weeks.

These are made by a husband and wife team in MN, so production is slow. Be sure to read how he builds these - like no other production ukulele.

https://www.gotaukulele.com/2018/09/bonanza-ukuleles-oreo-tenor-review.html

https://www.bonanzaukuleles.com/

Bill Sheehan
09-24-2018, 08:33 AM
Oh my, Jerry, those look very interesting! I can only imagine the number of forum members who thought their acquisition syndrome had finally settled down, who are now going "Hmmmmmmmm..., maybe just ONE more...."

photoshooter
09-24-2018, 08:46 AM
Congrats on the purchase. I was in the same frame of mind when I read the review. When I saw that it was reasonably priced it took a great deal of restraint to keep from adding another to the collection.

good_uke_boy
09-24-2018, 09:33 AM
Which woods did you select?

Kenn2018
09-24-2018, 10:20 AM
Congrats! I too thought seriously about getting one. Outrageously fun. Let us know how it sounds and plays.

Jerryc41
09-24-2018, 10:25 AM
Congrats! I too thought seriously about getting one. Outrageously fun. Let us know how it sounds and plays.

Just like the uke reviewed. Black walnut and aspen - with the cutout but no pickup.

Joyful Uke
09-24-2018, 10:47 AM
Interesting ukulele. Enjoy!

I must be really hungry. Right now I'd rather have a cookie than a new ukulele. LOL. But, after dinner, my UAS might flare up again. :-)

Jim Hanks
09-24-2018, 12:56 PM
Mine will arrive in 4-6 weeks...These are made by a husband and wife team in MN, so production is slow
Good for you Jerry!

6 weeks is pretty darn quick for a “made to order” build even if it isn’t exactly “custom”. Especially with all the orders they’ve been getting lately.

Walnut/aspen will be a very classy combo, although I’m not sure there is a bad combo with the woods they are offering now.

Spicysteve
09-24-2018, 05:31 PM
Congratulations Jerry, can’t wait to see your NUD on it !!! I really think the woods just as Barry reviewed it are a great choice. :cheers:

Jerryc41
09-25-2018, 04:24 AM
Congratulations Jerry, can’t wait to see your NUD on it !!! I really think the woods just as Barry reviewed it are a great choice. :cheers:

It was Barry's review that made me buy it. :D

mjh42
09-25-2018, 12:23 PM
I'm tempted to order one myself after seeing the Barry Maz review the other day, also. I'm pretty sure my next ukulele will be able to be plugged in so I'm looking for video with a plugged in Oreo to see how it sounds. Haven't found one yet. In time......

Choirguy
09-26-2018, 01:01 AM
I’m lucky enough to live in Wisconsin and work in Minnesota—and to be involved in activities where Pete and Shelley Mai (Bonanza) bring their instruments. I have bought one for myself and a customized one for my school. Both are wood ukuleles, as My personality doesn’t really match the HPL patterns.

Pete is a tinkerer, and he just keeps trying things and adding new features. It’s remarkable—in an era where most companies have stopped innovating. The only things you can’t get are custom necks or inlays (laser engraving, of course, is available).

My favorite ukuleles are my KoAlohas, due to the sound. But my most comfortable ukulele is my Bonanza Amoeba.

I’ve been in love with the looks of the cut out Oreo from the day I saw it...and I’m also the person that first called it an Oreo. I played a bunch of them at the Two Harbors Festival (and made a video—available on YouTube) and I will eventually own an Oreo. I’m thinking a tenor body with concert neck.

As for pickups, Pete can out anything in there. I might add a MiSi, too.

Jerryc41
09-26-2018, 01:29 AM
I’m lucky enough to live in Wisconsin and work in Minnesota—and to be involved in activities where Pete and Shelley Mai (Bonanza) bring their instruments. I have bought one for myself and a customized one for my school. Both are wood ukuleles, as My personality doesn’t really match the HPL patterns.

Pete is a tinkerer, and he just keeps trying things and adding new features. It’s remarkable—in an era where most companies have stopped innovating. The only things you can’t get are custom necks or inlays (laser engraving, of course, is available).

My favorite ukuleles are my KoAlohas, due to the sound. But my most comfortable ukulele is my Bonanza Amoeba.

I’ve been in love with the looks of the cut out Oreo from the day I saw it...and I’m also the person that first called it an Oreo. I played a bunch of them at the Two Harbors Festival (and made a video—available on YouTube) and I will eventually own an Oreo. I’m thinking a tenor body with concert neck.

As for pickups, Pete can out anything in there. I might add a MiSi, too.

Yes, my KoAlohas are also my favorites. A poll here confirmed that KoAlohas are the most preferred.

It's nice to know that you were the one who originated that Oreo name. I hate waiting for things to arrive. On Friday, I should receive the Klos that I ordered on June 1. Four months is a long time to wait.

gitarzan
10-02-2018, 11:57 PM
I just bought Bonanza Baritone Black Walnut Oreo #291 from Pete and Shelley at the Ohio Ukulele Campout last weekend. What a great couple of people.

The uke plays great, sounds great. Just lovely sounding.
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Pete concocted a fun new game called a Flash Songs. Wooden chips, where you draw from boxes containing words and phrases about Who, What, Where, etc. You may then reorder them however you wish and you must create a song. It was fun. I did it a couple times.

If you are ever at an event where Pete and Shelly are, be sure to say hi. Wonderful folks they are.

Jeffelele
10-03-2018, 03:13 AM
It was Barry's review that made me buy it. :D

That man has much to answer for!

Jerryc41
10-03-2018, 03:24 AM
That man has much to answer for!

Definitely! :)

Wescanfly
02-05-2019, 05:43 AM
Well ...... did you receive it and how do you like it? I met Pete and Shelley in January at the Brown County Ukulele Festival in Nashville Indiana. Very, very nice people and some beautiful instruments. Unfortunately at the time I didn’t have the funds to invest in yet another ukulele but there’s always next year.

hendulele
02-05-2019, 05:47 AM
I owned a Bonanza long-neck soprano and wound up selling it because I'm generally not comfortable with tenor scale (though I do own an Islander). I have no other complaints with it, though, and was hoping Santa would leave a soprano or concert Oreo under the tree! They're really fine ukes, especially when you consider the personal touches Pete and Shelley add.

Davoravo
02-06-2019, 09:24 AM
I am keen on the baritone, the thin line worries me a bit. Is the tone and sustain as good as deeper uke with the special construction he uses?

captain-janeway
02-06-2019, 09:48 AM
Thanks for the link to the review. I really like the look. Congrats Jerry!

bazmaz
02-06-2019, 09:51 AM
Naturally, I love them.. but it goes a bit further than just liking the instruments (which I think are great).

Pete and Shelley are both really nice people to deal with and I am a big fan of supporting local talent.

The other thing is how Pete is an innovator. When I first saw his HPL instruments online and how they are made I thought, 'nah... won't work' - then I played one. So when I saw the Oreo I knew it would.

Highly recommended.

mikelz777
02-06-2019, 10:26 AM
I've got to quit reading these threads. Now I want one of these! I've already got my first rationalization - I'd be supporting a local craftsman! (I am a Minnesotan but 270 miles away. :cool:) If I eventually decided to get one I'd have to let one of my current loves go. (I'm at the one in/one out phase for me.)

What kind of case would you put this in since it has such a thin body?

Spicysteve
02-06-2019, 10:27 AM
I have a Walnut and Cherry Oreo Baritone on order. I spent quite a bit of time listening to Barry’s review of the Tenor along with reading the written review.I also inquired with others that had purchased Oreo Ukuleles, before deciding to order one.
When it came time to order I received the kind of customer service you dream about, Shelley made certain that every detail of my thoughts/choices were exactly what I had in mind.
I can’t say enough about the great service. Excited for it to arrive, should only be a couple of more weeks.

bazmaz
02-06-2019, 10:36 PM
What kind of case would you put this in since it has such a thin body?

The Oreo Pete shipped to me was in a regular hard case with a bit of padding behind it. Worked fine and survived a flight across the Atlantic!

mikelz777
02-07-2019, 02:24 AM
The Oreo Pete shipped to me was in a regular hard case with a bit of padding behind it. Worked fine and survived a flight across the Atlantic!

Of course! I was so focused on thinking it needed a special case for its special size that I overlooked the simple answer.

mikelz777
02-07-2019, 02:32 AM
Do the Oreos come with a standard setup akin to a factory setup or will they work with you if you need low action?

bazmaz
02-07-2019, 03:05 AM
Again - that's one to discuss with Pete - the one he sent me was set up just as I would like it, but I get that people have their own thoughts. The beauty of ordering from him is you get to speak to a real person. Just tell him how you would like it.

Swamp Yankee
02-07-2019, 03:38 AM
Interesting ukuleles for sure, but unless I'm mistaken, "Oreo" is still a registered trademark. Who knows whether Mondeléz International would enforce the trademark.... but.

Jerryc41
02-07-2019, 05:38 AM
Interesting ukuleles for sure, but unless I'm mistaken, "Oreo" is still a registered trademark. Who knows whether Mondeléz International would enforce the trademark.... but.

Yes, that will be a problem down the road.

years ago, a friend opened a country store call Cracker Barrel. Years later, a restaurant started up and chose that name - and registered it. Some time later, he got a notice that he had to change the name of his store. Now it's the ... I forget what it is. "Cracker Barrel" is stuck in my head. Cracker Mill???

bazmaz
02-07-2019, 07:38 AM
Interesting ukuleles for sure, but unless I'm mistaken, "Oreo" is still a registered trademark. Who knows whether Mondeléz International would enforce the trademark.... but.

I don't think that would be a huge headache for Pete - it's just a nickname he could change if asked. I don't believe he has sunk big money into designing branding or marketing materials that rely on that name

mikelz777
02-07-2019, 07:50 AM
Interesting ukuleles for sure, but unless I'm mistaken, "Oreo" is still a registered trademark. Who knows whether Mondeléz International would enforce the trademark.... but.

I was wondering that as soon as I heard the uke's name. It's kind of a shame because it's a perfect nickname and I am hard pressed to come up with a better alternative. It wouldn't surprise me at all if there were a cease and desist letter sent to them somewhere down the line. I can't imagine that Bonanza ukes would be on their radar but all it takes is one person telling them that a uke maker is using the Oreo name and selling product.

mikelz777
02-07-2019, 07:57 AM
Again - that's one to discuss with Pete - the one he sent me was set up just as I would like it, but I get that people have their own thoughts. The beauty of ordering from him is you get to speak to a real person. Just tell him how you would like it.

I'll have to get in touch with them with my questions. Right now I can recognize that I am in the infatuated/lust stage so I'll have to give myself a cooling off period to see if an Oreo is still as desireable a month or two down the road. (My gut feeling is that it will be.) I have a new uke coming to me today so I shouldn't already be looking for another!

Davoravo
02-07-2019, 09:05 AM
Sorry guys, anyone who owns the baritone how does the volume and tone compare to a usual width solid top Instrument? Baz’s Review suggests the volume is quiet but acceptable on the tenor

mikelz777
02-07-2019, 09:40 AM
Check out their Facebook page. There's a lot of videos there of ukes that they are about to ship out. They have some baritone videos there.

bazmaz
02-07-2019, 09:44 AM
Sorry guys, anyone who owns the baritone how does the volume and tone compare to a usual width solid top Instrument? Baz’s Review suggests the volume is quiet but acceptable on the tenor

No, I didn't say that. I said:

"Sound wise you would expect a narrow body built this way to suffer on volume and whilst it is not the loudest ukulele on the block, I was pleasantly surprised by what it does have. No, it's not 'melt your face' in volume but it is no slouch and louder than many tenors I have played"

I didn't say it's quiet. Sure, it's quieter than my tenor Koaloha, but that's hardly a surprise. I've played quieter regular body tenors.

Kenn2018
02-07-2019, 12:09 PM
I was wondering that as soon as I heard the uke's name. It's kind of a shame because it's a perfect nickname and I am hard pressed to come up with a better alternative. It wouldn't surprise me at all if there were a cease and desist letter sent to them somewhere down the line. I can't imagine that Bonanza ukes would be on their radar but all it takes is one person telling them that a uke maker is using the Oreo name and selling product.

Yeah, "Hydrox" just doesn't have the same ring to it... :(

mikelz777
02-07-2019, 12:19 PM
Yeah, "Hydrox" just doesn't have the same ring to it... :(

"Hydrox" would be the name of an inferior, second-rate ukulele. ;)

Davoravo
02-07-2019, 12:31 PM
"

I didn't say it's quiet. Sure, it's quieter than my tenor Koaloha, but that's hardly a surprise. I've played quieter regular body tenors.

Sorry did not mean to misquote you. And thanks for helping with my volume question.

bazmaz
02-07-2019, 12:44 PM
Sorry did not mean to misquote you. And thanks for helping with my volume question.

I equally dont want to mis-represent it - it's not loud, but it's not quiet either. Kind of average i'd say - sorry if that is vague!

Kenn2018
02-07-2019, 05:20 PM
"Hydrox" would be the name of an inferior, second-rate ukulele. ;)

A genuine Laugh Out Loud moment! :D