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Rakelele
01-24-2019, 07:35 AM
Today starts the National Association of Music Merchants' Winter Show (NAMM), so let's start collecting what everybody finds out about new ukulele models and ukulele related stuff that will be new for 2019.

So if you get to visit NAMM, please post your impressions, pictures or videos in this thread.

Those of us who cannot be there in person can still contribute to this thread by posting any ukulele news from NAMM they find on social media etc., or tell everyone what they are most interested in.

As in previous years, this will be a joint effort, so please share what you see!

Rakelele
01-24-2019, 08:25 AM
First off, some of the new models that Romero Creations is showing at NAMM have already been eagerly discussed here, namely the baritone and tiny tenor guileles (https://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/showthread.php?134884-New-and-unusual-Guilele-models-from-Romero-Creations&highlight=romero) and the new concert and soprano models (https://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/showthread.php?137376-New-Concert-and-Soprano-Model-from-Romero-Creations) with the regular figure 8 shape.

Meanwhile, Pepe Romero has shown some more pictures of these new models. Here is Daniel Ho holding the new baritone size guilele with the tiny tenor body shape:

https://www.instagram.com/p/BtBc_VbAAW2/

And here is the new figure 8 concert model (looks like all solid Mahogany):

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bs8LZMagDZ_/

And here is a shot of the entire Romero Creations booth (Hall E, number 2106) with all new and older models:

https://www.instagram.com/p/BtAQZSfAg-I/

SoloRule
01-24-2019, 08:51 AM
Reading with great interest

bazmaz
01-24-2019, 08:58 AM
There is kind of a NAMM thread already?
https://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/showthread.php?137173-2019-NAMM-thread

Rakelele
01-24-2019, 09:13 AM
There is kind of a NAMM thread already?

My understanding was that the other thread was more about who is going to the show and I didn't want to impose a totally different direction onto that discussion. However, I too am all for keeping things simple and wouldn't mind to stop this thread in order to proceed with just one single thread. (On the other hand, there are currently three or four different threads which discuss the very same new brand of planetary tuners from Graphtech.)

kohanmike
01-24-2019, 09:58 AM
I'm going Sunday all day and planning to shoot photos and videos.

9 tenor cutaway ukes, 5 acoustic bass ukes, 11 solid body bass ukes, 8 mini electric bass guitars (Total: 33)

• Donate to The Ukulele Kids Club, they provide ukuleles to children in hospital music therapy programs. www.theukc.org
• Member The CC Strummers www.youtube.com/user/CCStrummers/video

Rakelele
01-24-2019, 10:26 AM
Looking forward to seeing your pictures, Mike (I hope you'll post them here).

Meanwhile, here is some more news from NAMM: There is a brand called Uma Ukulele from Taiwan presenting a fan fretted ukulele, where each fret and the bridge are set at a different angle, extending like a fan:

https://www.instagram.com/p/BtAMp55naZ0/

https://www.instagram.com/p/BsadCw6nQ4G/

Croaky Keith
01-24-2019, 11:28 AM
I have a feeling we had two threads last year, Baz, & the one that discussed new kit was the prominent one, but it's all good. :)

DownUpDave
01-24-2019, 01:01 PM
Rakelele seems to start a NAMM thread every year and does a great job gathering information. This is the thread I will be visiting regularly for updates, always fun to see the new stuff

Joyful Uke
01-24-2019, 03:45 PM
Looking forward to the posts, but also hoping my UAS doesn't get triggered. :-)

lfoo6952
01-24-2019, 05:09 PM
I stopped by the Romero booth, and he gave me a run down on what was new for 2019. Here is the link to the video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6X20m2kcaF8&feature=youtu.be

CommonCurt
01-24-2019, 06:57 PM
I stopped by the Romero booth, and he gave me a run down on what was new for 2019. Here is the link to the video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6X20m2kcaF8&feature=youtu.be

Thanks for the video. Would really like to see a close up of that new traditional shaped Soprano.

lfoo6952
01-24-2019, 07:03 PM
Father and son duo, Andrew and Jay Molina at the Kamaka booth. They look like they are having a great time.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Viri6Oe9jI

kerneltime
01-24-2019, 07:18 PM
I stopped by the Romero booth, and he gave me a run down on what was new for 2019. Here is the link to the video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6X20m2kcaF8&feature=youtu.be
Thank you for doing this and thank you to Mr Romero to talk us through!

lfoo6952
01-24-2019, 08:25 PM
Here are Sarah and Craig Chee at the Mauloa booth. Sarah has a nice voice and Craig's harmonies are not too shabby either.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rIxAnpfk9z8&feature=youtu.be

ghostrdr
01-24-2019, 08:27 PM
Looks like someone posted a K’anilea video
https://youtu.be/o3DfXSECWxE

ghostrdr
01-24-2019, 08:29 PM
I also want to hear about bags and accessories such as Mono, Crossrock, D’Addario, etc.

lfoo6952
01-24-2019, 08:30 PM
Sorry about deleting this post. Having trouble uploading the video.

Joe King
01-25-2019, 02:08 AM
I stopped by the Romero booth, and he gave me a run down on what was new for 2019. Here is the link to the video

Thanks for sharing this.

I am excited about the Tiny Tenor shaped and baritone scale guitar(lele) tuned E-to-E.

I wonder what strings they are using on that one and if they can be purchased somewhere...

lfoo6952
01-25-2019, 03:37 AM
Hi Joe:

If my memory serves me correctly, Pepe told me he uses his own brand of Romero strings on his instruments.

Luke

lfoo6952
01-25-2019, 03:40 AM
I caught the tail end of some wonderful playing on the mini-guitar at the Romero booth. It was hard to see who it was underneath the hat but I think was Daniel Ho.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FYhp_2ZyM8A&feature=youtu.be

lfoo6952
01-25-2019, 03:53 AM
I also want to hear about bags and accessories such as Mono, Crossrock, D’Addario, etc.

Hi ghostrdr:

There was not much happening at Mono, Crossrock, and D'Addario booths this year in terms of ukulele related items. Their ukulele displays were skimpy and there was nothing new for 2019. So I didn't bother to take any pictures or videos there.

Luke

captain-janeway
01-25-2019, 04:36 AM
Looking forward to seeing your pictures, Mike (I hope you'll post them here).

Meanwhile, here is some more news from NAMM: There is a brand called Uma Ukulele from Taiwan presenting a fan fretted ukulele, where each fret and the bridge are set at a different angle, extending like a fan:

https://www.instagram.com/p/BtAMp55naZ0/

https://www.instagram.com/p/BsadCw6nQ4G/

Love these ukes, but from looking at the fret markers, someone needs to visit their cardiologist lol. I actually love the music as heartbeat theme if that's what the fret markers are supposed to be.

lfoo6952
01-25-2019, 04:44 AM
This one is not ukulele related, so please excuse me for posting this guitar video. I thought it was great. The guitar player is a guy named Freebo. I had never heard of him before, so I had to look him up on the internet. Apparently he has been performing for over 40 years as a back up musician for famous acts like Bonnie Raitt. The bass player is Alice Howe, an up-and-coming singer/songwriter. Enjoy!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D0fLhRmt00M&feature=youtu.be

spookelele
01-25-2019, 05:26 AM
Looks like someone posted a K’anilea video
https://youtu.be/o3DfXSECWxE

That thin slotted headstock is sexy.......

merlin666
01-25-2019, 05:29 AM
Thanks for the videos. Unfortunately the Kamaka one is not working.

Rakelele
01-25-2019, 06:37 AM
Ortega is showing a double header ukulele called "Hydra", one neck with four strings, the other one with eight strings:

https://www.instagram.com/p/BtDitakhSkW/

https://www.instagram.com/p/BsK_iY2hWoV/

Rakelele
01-25-2019, 07:09 AM
Uke Republic has shared some photos from the Kala booth. What I spot is that they now have some floral inlays, special rosettes and different sunburst finishes in their US made Kala Elite line (scroll through the pictures to see all):

https://www.instagram.com/p/BtCXBGNn1yK/

https://www.instagram.com/p/BtCWzthHFzv/

https://www.instagram.com/p/BtCU1V4nt7R/

Rakelele
01-25-2019, 07:11 AM
A closer look at the new "Grand Concert" and "Grand Soprano" from Romero Creations:

https://www.instagram.com/p/BtC0b_gnZBo/

captain-janeway
01-25-2019, 07:25 AM
Uke Republic has shared some photos from the Kala booth. What I spot is that they now have some floral inlays, special rosettes and different sunburst finishes in their US made Kala Elite line (scroll through the pictures to see all):

https://www.instagram.com/p/BtCXBGNn1yK/

https://www.instagram.com/p/BtCWzthHFzv/

https://www.instagram.com/p/BtCU1V4nt7R/

I love some of these inlays!

ghostrdr
01-25-2019, 07:30 AM
Hi ghostrdr:

There was not much happening at Mono, Crossrock, and D'Addario booths this year in terms of ukulele related items. Their ukulele displays were skimpy and there was nothing new for 2019. So I didn't bother to take any pictures or videos there.

Luke

Wow. Thanks for the update! Much more efficient than my refreshing youtube and looking for videos. I thought Mono made a new Ukulele gig bag that was more a sleeve. Maybe that was last year.

Rakelele
01-25-2019, 07:34 AM
Video from the Lanikai booth:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ZxJuV8DPJ0
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ZxJuV8DPJ0

SoloRule
01-25-2019, 08:12 AM
I caught the tail end of some wonderful playing on the mini-guitar at the Romero booth. It was hard to see who it was underneath the hat but I think was Daniel Ho.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FYhp_2ZyM8A&feature=youtu.be

I believe is Daniel Ho! See photo below You must used an external mic? It’s great sound quality. Thank you so much for posting
What a great sounding guitar. I think downupdave owns the same one. I will play this song on his guitar tomorrow!

115056

lfoo6952
01-25-2019, 10:47 AM
Hi Brenda:

Thanks. No external mic. The sound quality I was getting was a result of several factors working in my favor. The video recorder that I used was an HDR-MV1 Sony recorder that has a wide angle lens. It has CD-quality audio (44 khz 16-bit). Secondly, the sound system used at the Romero booth was a Bose system - great sound coming out of the speaker. Thirdly, I had positioned my camcorder right in front of the speaker.

regards,
Luke

lfoo6952
01-25-2019, 10:50 AM
Thanks for posting Rakelele. These are some great shots.

CommonCurt
01-25-2019, 04:35 PM
I wonder how well these will work?


https://youtu.be/fmX2W_haq54

Rakelele
01-25-2019, 09:21 PM
Thanks so much for adding your videos, Luke. They give us all a good impression of what is going on at NAMM.

This video goes through the possibilities of the new Kala Elite models that are made in California. They now add all kinds of inlay work and sunburst finishes, extend their line of super tenors (next to the all Maple model, they now have an Ebony model with a torrefied Spruce top with a satin finish), and most importantly: all Elite models will now have an X bracing instead of fan bracing, which seems to open up the sound, according to them:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=31oB0Vm8slk
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=31oB0Vm8slk

CommonCurt
01-25-2019, 09:52 PM
Thanks so much for adding your videos, Luke. They give us all a good impression of what is going on at NAMM.

This video goes through the possibilities of the new Kala Elite models that are made in California. They now add all kinds of inlay work and sunburst finishes, extend their line of super tenors (next to the all Maple model, they now have an Ebony model with a torrefied Spruce top with a satin finish), and most importantly: all Elite models will now have an X bracing instead of fan bracing, which seems to open up the sound, according to them:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=31oB0Vm8slk
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=31oB0Vm8slk



This is one of the videos I've been waiting to see. Thanks :)

I wish they would try offering some different soprano models, as well as sopranos with 1.5 nuts.

Glad to see they are going with Worth strings, and using UPT tuners on some models.

Rakelele
01-25-2019, 10:06 PM
Kala has teamed up with Mandy Harvey from America's Got Talent to produce her own design of an entry level ukulele package (UU is probably not the main target group for this sort of bundle, I just accumulate what I find about new models etc.):


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cRFLYS20a84
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cRFLYS20a84

FinnP
01-25-2019, 10:31 PM
Andreas at the Takumi stand:

https://youtu.be/GuxLgt1MzcU

DownUpDave
01-25-2019, 10:36 PM
Thanks for sharing this.

I am excited about the Tiny Tenor shaped and baritone scale guitar(lele) tuned E-to-E.

I wonder what strings they are using on that one and if they can be purchased somewhere...

The strings are........ Pepe Romero Classical Guitar strings GHF, which are Hard tension carbon trebles. I own the baritone small guitar (guitar-lele). You can purchase the strings at Strings by Mail in the classical guitar section, look for Pepe Romero strings (powered by LaBella). If You go to Pepe Romero- Luthiers website they have a list of retailers and good info on all the strings

Rakelele
01-25-2019, 10:42 PM
Here's a presentation of what's new in Kala's import line. They say they have already launched about 45 new products this year. First off, there is a solid Spruce top with laminate striped Ebony back/sides and some added herringbone purfling and rosette in concert, tenor and baritone cutaway. The same model will be available with flamed exotic Mahogany back/sides. Street price for both models is around $250 USD.

Next is an 8 string and 6 string model in the successful Cedar/Acacia line.

They extend their travel slimline with an all laminate Maple for $159 USD.

In addition to the all solid Acacia models, they now add an all solid Maple line with a slotted headstock, a cutaway, and Purpleheart binding in concert and tenor.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cM9dbmz0MqE
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cM9dbmz0MqE

Edited to add some pictures from the Kala Elite and their import line:

https://www.facebook.com/UkeRepublic/photos/pcb.10157274761007150/10157274760487150/?type=3&theater

https://www.facebook.com/UkeRepublic/photos/pcb.10157274788827150/10157274788672150/?type=3&theater

Rakelele
01-25-2019, 11:03 PM
Cynthia Lin playing Van Morrison's "Brown Eyed Girl" at the Ohana booth:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LIh2q3DU5wQ
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LIh2q3DU5wQ

I have been wondering about Ohana: While they presented some unique models last year at NAMM, including a baritone body with a tenor neck and a tenor guitar which both never seemed to have hit the market, this year they appear to have a more traditional lineup, I haven't spotted any new models from them (so far).

Rakelele
01-25-2019, 11:05 PM
Another look at the Takumi booth, representing Kiwaya and several other Japanese luthiers/factories (scroll through the picture feed to see all):

https://www.instagram.com/p/BtFD6BinCW-/

https://www.instagram.com/p/BtFHRWVnmhm/

https://www.facebook.com/UkeRepublic/photos/pcb.10157277258077150/10157277256742150/?type=3&theater

Rakelele
01-25-2019, 11:29 PM
Not ukulele related stricto sensu, but for those of us who enjoy small guitars, Ed Sheeran has just launched his own line of small guitars made by Lowden:

https://www.musicradar.com/news/namm-2019-lowden-announces-affordable-ed-sheeran-guitars-line

https://sheeranguitars.com/

I was excited to see a new line of well made small guitars, but then I realized that they still have a scale length of 24+ inches, which is close to a regular guitar and longer than I prefer. They do add some nice new options to the market of Mini Guitars, such as the Little Martin and the Baby Taylor.

Rakelele
01-25-2019, 11:50 PM
Here is a look at the shared booth from KoAloha, Opio and Rebel. I haven't spotted any new models yet, pretty much a lineup of all their current models (including some unique pyro artwork):

https://www.facebook.com/KoAlohaUkulele/photos/a.441681459206371/2503173089723854/?type=3&theater

https://www.facebook.com/UkeRepublic/photos/pcb.10157274799552150/10157274799332150/?type=3&theater

I wonder what happened to their KoAlana line they showed last year at NAMM; haven't seen these models come to stores and I don't see them on the picture posted above.

Rakelele
01-25-2019, 11:59 PM
Some pictures from the Maestro booth. Looks like they have their own take of a Guilele / Guitalele model with a side sound port (scroll through the feed to see more pictures of it):

https://www.instagram.com/p/BtDJAhoHiET/?igshid=vpg6chpxqk0l&utm_source=fb_www_attr

They also have an 8 string model with a side sound port and a beveled armrest:

https://www.instagram.com/p/BtETaVinhL6/?igshid=1ufkuto7motzl&utm_source=fb_www_attr

Nickie
01-26-2019, 05:36 AM
This one is not ukulele related, so please excuse me for posting this guitar video. I thought it was great. The guitar player is a guy named Freebo. I had never heard of him before, so I had to look him up on the internet. Apparently he has been performing for over 40 years as a back up musician for famous acts like Bonnie Raitt. The bass player is Alice Howe, an up-and-coming singer/songwriter. Enjoy!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D0fLhRmt00M&feature=youtu.be

I met Freebo one time, he was at our church, backing up another performer, but I can't remember who it was!
He was great, though, and very friendly.

Choirguy
01-26-2019, 06:36 AM
I wonder what happened to their KoAlana line they showed last year at NAMM; haven't seen these models come to stores and I don't see them on the picture posted above.

I've been waiting for that KoAlana line, too. I'd buy a concert right away.

captain-janeway
01-26-2019, 06:42 AM
Another look at the Takumi booth, representing Kiwaya and several other Japanese luthiers/factories (scroll through the picture feed to see all):

https://www.instagram.com/p/BtFD6BinCW-/

https://www.instagram.com/p/BtFHRWVnmhm/

https://www.facebook.com/UkeRepublic/photos/pcb.10157277258077150/10157277256742150/?type=3&theater

I want the Takumi with the crane and the Kala with the peep hole! UAS is becoming strong with this one.
Gee, can you even purchase ones like this (yes, I understand these are prototypes)? I just don't see anything like they existing at all on Takumi site (though I may have missed it). Anyway, gorgeous!

bukeh
01-26-2019, 05:36 PM
Are Kanile'a at NAMM? If so, are they showing the new platinum pineapple tenor?

RafterGirl
01-26-2019, 05:52 PM
Are Kanile'a at NAMM? If so, are they showing the new platinum pineapple tenor?
See post #25

Rakelele
01-26-2019, 09:50 PM
Are Kanile'a at NAMM? If so, are they showing the new platinum pineapple tenor?

Yes and yes! Here is Joe Souza showing the new Kanilea Platinum 2019 Pineapple Tenor:

https://www.instagram.com/p/BtG93FxnfPq/

Rakelele
01-26-2019, 10:01 PM
Eco friendly ukulele straps and felt picks from D'Addario:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TNnPibjhe7I
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TNnPibjhe7I

Looks like they have a JS Shima ukulele to demo (in the background).

Rakelele
01-26-2019, 11:32 PM
First appearance at NAMM from Mauloa, a Chinese OEM company that has been providing several well-known brands with instruments and is now showing their own Mauloa line along with their Kawena budget line at NAMM for the first time. Kalei Gamiao has a signature model from them that is all blinged out across the fretboard. Some models have an arm bevel or an offset soundhole, different cutaways, and a very special slotted headstock (same as Ohana has presented last year).

Comment in the video is German (Andreas David from "Gute Ukulele"), summarized above, sound samples at 3:40, 6:30, 7:50 and 9:30.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XK-ga3l0M0Q
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XK-ga3l0M0Q

Rakelele
01-26-2019, 11:36 PM
Mauloa also presents a U-Bass with a gloss finish, a bevel cutaway, and some bling, wound strings and probably a somewhat longer scale than some of the existing models (Kala, Islander, etc.):

https://www.instagram.com/p/BtHOmI-H9LZ/

Rakelele
01-26-2019, 11:41 PM
Cordoba adds a U-Bass with wound nylon strings to their lineup, based on their Mini II Guitar model:

https://www.instagram.com/p/BtG6HyoFLZd/

Rakelele
01-27-2019, 12:16 AM
Mim will be a dealer for Rebel ukes! Here is her statement from Instagram:


Big sound and big design! I can't wait to get them up on my site when I get home! As a new Rebel dealer it is time to add a new product tab to my website!!! My NAMM goal was to aquire one new high-end brand that I could get behind completely, and Rebel is the perfect fit for me! High quality, artistic builds, with a juicy soul-filling tone! It helps too that the people behind the brand are some of the kindest people I know, they have my trust, and they have a true passion for ukulele! Kindness, Trust, and Passion is important to me! I am looking forward to the future offering these ukuleles.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BtH8UGJHR7y/

https://www.instagram.com/p/BtEufxZnkKi/

Rakelele
01-27-2019, 12:27 AM
The Rebel company from Thailand (who is building the Opio line for KoAloha) will present a more affordable version of the Pops KoAloha Pineapple Sunday. Comment and a sneak peek taken from "Southern Ukulele Store" Facebook page:


[…] I decided to give you folks a glimpse of "Rebel Ukuleles" - a Thailand based brand that can not only boast that they are behind the world class KoAloha Opio Ukuleles but also that they will be bringing a more affordable version of the Pops KoAloha Pineapple Sunday to the world very soon.

https://www.facebook.com/southernukulelestore/photos/pcb.2685556704804198/2685549691471566/?type=3&theater

Joe King
01-27-2019, 04:17 AM
The strings are........ Pepe Romero Classical Guitar strings GHF, which are Hard tension carbon trebles. I own the baritone small guitar (guitar-lele). You can purchase the strings at Strings by Mail in the classical guitar section, look for Pepe Romero strings (powered by LaBella). If You go to Pepe Romero- Luthiers website they have a list of retailers and good info on all the strings

Thanks Dave!

I found them on Strings By Mail :)

Rakelele
01-27-2019, 05:00 AM
Ukecaster has rightfully pointed out in another thread (https://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/showthread.php?137479-New-Kanilea-model) that Kanilea is introducing a budget line called Oha with a Koa top, but Mahogany back and sides, a walnut fretboard and bridge instead of Ebony and green Poplar fretmarkers and logo instead of Abalone that will be priced around $800 USD. Here is a link to their website:

https://www.kanileaukulele.com/shop/uncategorized/oha/

By the way, Kanilea has also designed a special edition line for "Southern Ukulele Store" in the UK that is meant to be a bit more budget friendly, using "Alaskan Rainbow Cedar" for the top and Mahogany for the back and sides:

https://www.southernukulelestore.co.uk/catalogsearch/result/index/?dir=asc&order=price&q=alaskan+rainbow+cedar

https://www.facebook.com/southernukulelestore/photos/a.537489006277656/2606785239348012/?type=3&theater

lfoo6952
01-27-2019, 05:55 AM
First appearance at NAMM from Mauloa, a Chinese OEM company that has been providing several well-known brands with instruments and is now showing their own Mauloa line along with their Kawena budget line at NAMM for the first time. Kalei Gamiao has a signature model from them that is all blinged out across the fretboard. Some models have an arm bevel or an offset soundhole, different cutaways, and a very special slotted headstock (same as Ohana has presented last year).

Comment in the video is German (Andreas David from "Gute Ukulele"), summarized above, sound samples at 3:40, 6:30, 7:50 and 9:30.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XK-ga3l0M0Q
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XK-ga3l0M0Q

I love Andreas' videos, even though I don't understand most of what he is saying. His videos are always fun to watch.

Rakelele
01-27-2019, 06:30 AM
First demo video of the Ortega Hydra double neck ukulele:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2FL6GbjE9pY
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2FL6GbjE9pY

slackkey007
01-27-2019, 10:19 AM
Aloha everyone here on the UU!


HAPPY SUNDAY!!! Here is Andrew's 1st video from the 2019 NAMM Show, along with some of the HMS/The Ukulele Site crew, Uke at NAMM 2019 - Part 1- vlog 19.2:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OLFiElwJUcI



Aloha!:shaka:

Choirguy
01-27-2019, 01:57 PM
First demo video of the Ortega Hydra double neck ukulele:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2FL6GbjE9pY
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2FL6GbjE9pY

I've got to be honest...I'm curious what the price will be on that.

Joe King
01-27-2019, 02:01 PM
Ernie Ball, long time maker of guitar strings, had dipped their toe in the water now, with ball-end nylon ukulele strings!


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fmX2W_haq54
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fmX2W_haq54

These will likely not work with most slotted bridges and depending on the diameter of the ball-end, may be problematic for pin-bridges unless you feed from underneath the sound board and up through the hole.

However, for a tie-bridge, these might be just perfect for either a beginner or for someone with hand problems, either of whom that has difficulty with doing a tie-bridge string installation.

kohanmike
01-27-2019, 03:02 PM
I'm interested in them for string through on a couple of my ukes.

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Joyful Uke
01-27-2019, 04:38 PM
I'm interested in them for string through on a couple of my ukes.

If you do, let us know what you think.
I was hoping they'd have fluorocarbon strings, but am still interested.

Joyful Uke
01-27-2019, 04:42 PM
Aloha everyone here on the UU!


HAPPY SUNDAY!!! Here is Andrew's 1st video from the 2019 NAMM Show, along with some of the HMS/The Ukulele Site crew, Uke at NAMM 2019 - Part 1- vlog 19.2:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OLFiElwJUcI

Aloha!:shaka:

An hour long! Thanks for posting this. I look forward to watching it.

kohanmike
01-27-2019, 08:00 PM
I shot as many ukulele booths as I could find, there were more than I expected. Here's the first three of about 24. Who ever she is, she's a great bass player.

http://www.kohanmike.com/uploads/IMG_2647.jpg
http://www.kohanmike.com/uploads/IMG_2648.jpg
http://www.kohanmike.com/uploads/IMG_2649.jpg

kohanmike
01-27-2019, 08:03 PM
Next three.

http://www.kohanmike.com/uploads/IMG_2650.jpg
http://www.kohanmike.com/uploads/IMG_2651.jpg
http://www.kohanmike.com/uploads/IMG_2652.jpg

kohanmike
01-27-2019, 08:05 PM
Three more, some bass ukes too.

http://www.kohanmike.com/uploads/IMG_2653.jpg
http://www.kohanmike.com/uploads/IMG_2655.jpg
http://www.kohanmike.com/uploads/IMG_2656.jpg

kohanmike
01-27-2019, 08:07 PM
And continuing with more. Kala had a gigantic booth.

http://www.kohanmike.com/uploads/IMG_2663.jpg
http://www.kohanmike.com/uploads/IMG_2664.jpg
http://www.kohanmike.com/uploads/IMG_2665.jpg

kohanmike
01-27-2019, 08:12 PM
Another set. In case it's not clear, the first is Islander.

http://www.kohanmike.com/uploads/IMG_2666.jpg
http://www.kohanmike.com/uploads/IMG_2667.jpg
http://www.kohanmike.com/uploads/IMG_2668.jpg

kohanmike
01-27-2019, 08:15 PM
These are the last.

http://www.kohanmike.com/uploads/IMG_2669.jpg
http://www.kohanmike.com/uploads/IMG_2670.jpg
http://www.kohanmike.com/uploads/IMG_2671.jpg

Rakelele
01-28-2019, 12:27 AM
I've got to be honest...I'm curious what the price will be on that.

The Ortega Hydra double neck ukulele can already be ordered from some stores in Europe, the price is £360 GBP, or about $430 USD.

DownUpDave
01-28-2019, 12:58 AM
Kohanmike.......thank you for all those pictures. You have great photography skills, they are beautiful. How did you like the wall of bass ukes?

Rakelele
01-28-2019, 02:28 AM
Thanks for all your pictures, Mike! Nicely done, they show a lot of blind spots that I missed by just searching the internet.

Here is another demo of that Ortega Hydra double neck, along with other things from that brand, including an inexpensive line of colorful Sopraninos:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5tvUJ_w7eCs
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5tvUJ_w7eCs

Rakelele
01-28-2019, 03:27 AM
The guys from Southern Ukulele Store talking to Joe Souza from Kanile'a about their new models and cases. At the end, they also talk about Rebel, indicating that they really liked their instruments. They also show the concept of a side sound port that can be closed by a lid:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zNRxK1ZzzVE
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zNRxK1ZzzVE

Rakelele
01-28-2019, 03:28 AM
Another video from the Kala booth:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ihOhchROsgQ
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ihOhchROsgQ

Rakelele
01-28-2019, 03:35 AM
Here is a closer look at the closing side sound port and brass inlay by Rebel, taken from their Facebook page (scroll through the picture feed to see the details):

https://www.facebook.com/therebelguitars/photos/pcb.2230226757254176/2230226620587523/?type=3&theater

Rakelele
01-28-2019, 04:19 AM
With this year's NAMM show coming to an end, I'm curious to hear what everybody liked best? Did you make out any trending topics?

I think one trend can bee seen in beveled armrests. Kanilea is doing a very subtle bevel, while other brands such as Rebel or Mauloa use more of a Laskin type armrest that is somewhat more obtrusive.

Still trending are mini basses, it seems, with new concepts being added from makers such as Mauloa or Cordoba, while others just copy the original U-Bass from Kala.

For the second year in a row, I am most impressed by the innovation coming from Romero Creations. I really like those three different Guilele or Mini Guitar models, as well as their idea of extending the concept of the Grand Tenor to the Concert and Soprano size.

Kanilea is introducing some nice things as well: a Pineapple tenor with very cool design elements, their new affordable Oha line, and their new cases. My personal favorite from them would be the KSR-T with a slim slotted headstock, Gotoh Stealth tuners, and a very subtle armrest. Their new bracing seems to work really well, and I bet a lot of players will love that they now use a silk finish on the neck instead of the gloss.

Seems like Rebel is getting a lot more attention, with vendors such as Mim and Southern Ukulele Store in the UK deciding to carry them. Another relatively unknown brand that has been very well received is Mauloa.

What are your impressions and favorites?

Thanks again to everyone who contributed to this thread, especially those who added their own videos and pictures!

Ziret
01-28-2019, 04:49 AM
OMG so shiny. I'm going to be distracted all day! Really pretty.


Here is a closer look at the closing side sound port and brass inlay by Rebel, taken from their Facebook page (scroll through the picture feed to see the details):

https://www.facebook.com/therebelguitars/photos/pcb.2230226757254176/2230226620587523/?type=3&theater

captain-janeway
01-28-2019, 05:25 AM
Here is a closer look at the closing side sound port and brass inlay by Rebel, taken from their Facebook page (scroll through the picture feed to see the details):

https://www.facebook.com/therebelguitars/photos/pcb.2230226757254176/2230226620587523/?type=3&theater

I WANT! What woods do they come in. Gorgeous!

captain-janeway
01-28-2019, 05:27 AM
You all must be blind looking at that many ukes. Looks like it was fun.

kohanmike
01-28-2019, 05:51 AM
Kohanmike.......thank you for all those pictures. You have great photography skills, they are beautiful. How did you like the wall of bass ukes?

Attribute that to minoring in photography in college 47 years ago, and for the last 10 years as the staff photographer for the Los Angeles Lawyers Philharmonic/Big Band of Barristers/Legal Voices Chorus.

I always like bass ukes, but there aren't enough at 23" scale, my comfort size. Although a Japanese company Hosco was showing a solid body 23" scale bass, Tiny Boy Bass, but it's not available yet and it's over priced, they say around $600 when they get US distribution.

http://www.kohanmike.com/uploads/Tiny Bass dark flame.jpg



Still trending are mini basses, it seems, with new concepts being added from makers such as Mauloa or Cordoba, while others just copy the original U-Bass from Kala.

I've seen the Mauloa on AliExpress for a long time, to me they're like the Kala because of the scale. I don't know how I missed the Cordoba. I see they have a 22.9" scale acoustic guitar, I assume they made that into a bass. Yes, I just looked it up, good pricing, but they don't have it in cutaway like the guitar.
9 tenor cutaway ukes, 5 acoustic bass ukes, 11 solid body bass ukes, 8 mini electric bass guitars (Total: 33)

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bukeh
01-28-2019, 05:51 AM
You all must be blind looking at that many ukes. Looks like it was fun.

The idea that it makes you go blind or makes hair grow on your hand has been debunked. (My apologies for the very bad joke.)

bukeh
01-28-2019, 05:56 AM
With this year's NAMM show coming to an end, I'm curious to hear what everybody liked best? Did you make out any trending topics?

I think one trend can bee seen in beveled armrests. Kanilea is doing a very subtle bevel, while other brands such as Rebel or Mauloa use more of a Laskin type armrest that is somewhat more obtrusive.

Still trending are mini basses, it seems, with new concepts being added from makers such as Mauloa or Cordoba, while others just copy the original U-Bass from Kala.

For the second year in a row, I am most impressed by the innovation coming from Romero Creations. I really like those three different Guilele or Mini Guitar models, as well as their idea of extending the concept of the Grand Tenor to the Concert and Soprano size.

Kanilea is introducing some nice things as well: a Pineapple tenor with very cool design elements, their new affordable Oha line, and their new cases. My personal favorite from them would be the KSR-T with a slim slotted headstock, Gotoh Stealth tuners, and a very subtle armrest. Their new bracing seems to work really well, and I bet a lot of players will love that they now use a silk finish on the neck instead of the gloss.

Seems like Rebel is getting a lot more attention, with vendors such as Mim and Southern Ukulele Store in the UK deciding to carry them. Another relatively unknown brand that has been very well received is Mauloa.

What are your impressions and favorites?

Thanks again to everyone who contributed to this thread, especially those who added their own videos and pictures!

I may be biased because of my intense interest in the Kanile'a pineapple and the Romero Creations D Ho 6, but it seems like the pineapple and pineapple-inspired shapes are trending for larger instruments and for higher end niches. Maybe there would need to be another builder or two making a similar offering for it to qualify as a trend.

Rakelele
01-28-2019, 05:58 AM
Mike, here is a demo video from Cordoba's Mini II Bass with a Spruce top (scale length is 22 7/8"):


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e43EUUGGoms
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e43EUUGGoms

Here is the Mahogany version:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JAsKGuXLuaU

And here is a demo of the Mauloa bass which is different from what you find with a Google search:

https://www.instagram.com/p/BtHOmI-H9LZ/

kohanmike
01-28-2019, 06:11 AM
Just saw it. I edited my above post with it.

Rakelele
01-28-2019, 06:19 AM
I've seen the Mauloa on AliExpress for a long time, to me they're like the Kala because of the scale.

Yes I know, those are the ones you find with a Google search. However, in this video, you'll see and hear a totally different model with a bevel cutaway, gloss finish, a lot of bling, and probably a longer scale (starting at 32:29):

https://youtu.be/OLFiElwJUcI?t=1949

fowl
01-28-2019, 06:44 AM
I always like the Magic Fluke stuff. Did anyone go to the booth? Are there any videos?

merlin666
01-28-2019, 07:26 AM
I am quite distracted by the level of bling on these "new" Mauloa and Rebel brands. Call me old fashioned, but I think that bling belongs only on the highest end models of a line when all other options that lead to improvements of playing comfort and sound, and quality of materials are already maximized. And I actually prefer the understated look of the plain Kamaka ukes. So seeing this level of bling on what I consider budget entry level ukes is just very confusing to me. But I assume that younger generations really dig it and think it looks great.

lfoo6952
01-28-2019, 09:13 AM
I always like the Magic Fluke stuff. Did anyone go to the booth? Are there any videos?

Hi fowl: now that you mention it I didn't see Magic Fluke at the show. Normally you would see all the major players at the same location every year. I didn't see Magic Fluke at their normal location. Either they moved their booth to a different location, or they did not exhibit this year, or I was blind.

lfoo6952
01-28-2019, 09:27 AM
I've seen the Mauloa on AliExpress for a long time, to me they're like the Kala because of the scale. I don't know how I missed the Cordoba.


Mike: did you get a chance to go to the 2nd level? Cordoba shared a room with Guild on the 2nd level. Maybe that's how you missed it.

kohanmike
01-28-2019, 10:11 AM
Yes I know, those are the ones you find with a Google search. However, in this video, you'll see and hear a totally different model with a bevel cutaway, gloss finish, a lot of bling, and probably a longer scale (starting at 32:29):
Aha, looks like an entire new line. Nice looking and steel string, but might be too big for me.


I always like the Magic Fluke stuff. Did anyone go to the booth? Are there any videos?

Either they moved their booth to a different location, or they did not exhibit this year, or I was blind.
I talked to them last week, they did not attend this year.


I am quite distracted by the level of bling on these "new" Mauloa and Rebel brands. Call me old fashioned, but I think that bling belongs only on the highest end models of a line when all other options that lead to improvements of playing comfort and sound, and quality of materials are already maximized. And I actually prefer the understated look of the plain Kamaka ukes. So seeing this level of bling on what I consider budget entry level ukes is just very confusing to me. But I assume that younger generations really dig it and think it looks great.
I'm 69 and I think they look great, in fact, my guess is they are high end.


Mike: did you get a chance to go to the 2nd level? Cordoba shared a room with Guild on the 2nd level. Maybe that's how you missed it.
I did, and saw that booth but didn't stop in.

kvehe
01-28-2019, 10:19 AM
Did anyone see Blackbird? Anything new for them?

spookelele
01-28-2019, 10:38 AM
I am quite distracted by the level of bling on these "new" Mauloa and Rebel brands. Call me old fashioned, but I think that bling belongs only on the highest end models of a line when all other options that lead to improvements of playing comfort and sound, and quality of materials are already maximized. And I actually prefer the understated look of the plain Kamaka ukes. So seeing this level of bling on what I consider budget entry level ukes is just very confusing to me. But I assume that younger generations really dig it and think it looks great.

I think that rebel with the red rosette is fairly high end. It appears to be an updated livingston, which hms was selling at $2.7k.

TBH, I don't like the sliding port hole. Seems like something that might buzz, and open/closing it will likely put wear on the finish.

Don't get me wrong... i love rebel, and own two. They sound great imho.

If you like simpler, that mago concert rebel is super clean/simple and also sounds great.

M3Ukulele
01-28-2019, 11:03 AM
Are the UU guys like Aldrine not at the show this year. I have not seen a post from them and usually they do a daily summary? Their interviews are always great.

I do like HSM guys posted also.

merlin666
01-28-2019, 11:18 AM
I'm 69 and I think they look great, in fact, my guess is they are high end.


I didn't watch all the videos or read all comments, but had the impression that Mauloa was mainly a supplier to many other brands and is now stepping up. The German video stated that all but one ukulele were in the $500 to 600 range, which for me is far from high end. They seem to have quite a few "Koa" models but it is not clear if this Hawaiian or locally sourced Chinese Koa. As for Rebel, I think there was some mention that they are the Thai supplier of overseas KoAloha ukuleles, that also just launched as their own brand. So I figured they would more options at the Opio levels and not compete with the Hawaiian KoAlohas. But I am sure we will learn more about the specific prices soon.

SoloRule
01-28-2019, 11:34 AM
Did anyone see Blackbird? Anything new for them?

Great minds think alike. I was just about to ask

counsel1
01-28-2019, 11:42 AM
What about aNueNue?? No moonbirds at NAMM?

DownUpDave
01-28-2019, 01:01 PM
Great minds think alike. I was just about to ask

You have owned every model uke Blackbird have made. You could show us :biglaugh::biglaugh::biglaugh:

spookelele
01-28-2019, 01:08 PM
As for Rebel, I think there was some mention that they are the Thai supplier of overseas KoAloha ukuleles, that also just launched as their own brand. So I figured they would more options at the Opio levels and not compete with the Hawaiian KoAlohas. But I am sure we will learn more about the specific prices soon.

Rebel is from the team that builds the opio yes. But I think they were building before they got the opio gig. It's not like... koaloha is going to give the job to newbies.

They make their own line of guitars and ukes, and are not exactly new, as I've had mine for a few years now, and they weren't new back then.

Although they do make the opio's, the rebel line is their custom stuff. Premium woods, gotoh tuners, etc. They don't need to compete with opio, because.. they already make those.

Joyful Uke
01-28-2019, 01:55 PM
What about aNueNue?? No moonbirds at NAMM?

I wondered that too. :-)

hawaii 50
01-28-2019, 06:48 PM
Aloha everyone here on the UU!


HAPPY SUNDAY!!! Here is Andrew's 1st video from the 2019 NAMM Show, along with some of the HMS/The Ukulele Site crew, Uke at NAMM 2019 - Part 1- vlog 19.2:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OLFiElwJUcI



Aloha!:shaka:





Thanks Kimo for posting...I missed it when the video came out Sunday...Andrew and the guys go over lots of stuff on what he will be getting in stock soon...the interviews were good...looking for part 2 now...

see you at the Ukulele Picnic or the Kaka'ako store soon

mgsondance
01-28-2019, 08:23 PM
Some pictures from the Maestro booth. Looks like they have their own take of a Guilele / Guitalele model with a side sound port (scroll through the feed to see more pictures of it):

https://www.instagram.com/p/BtDJAhoHiET/?igshid=vpg6chpxqk0l&utm_source=fb_www_attr

They also have an 8 string model with a side sound port and a beveled armrest:

https://www.instagram.com/p/BtETaVinhL6/?igshid=1ufkuto7motzl&utm_source=fb_www_attr

That 6-string looks sweet! I'm also eager to try the TT mini guitar from RC.

mgsondance
01-28-2019, 08:27 PM
Yes and yes! Here is Joe Souza showing the new Kanilea Platinum 2019 Pineapple Tenor:

https://www.instagram.com/p/BtG93FxnfPq/

Oh my gosh- that is gorgeous. Plus that shape works for me; I'm eager to get something with the side sound port.

mgsondance
01-28-2019, 08:29 PM
The Rebel company from Thailand (who is building the Opio line for KoAloha) will present a more affordable version of the Pops KoAloha Pineapple Sunday. Comment and a sneak peek taken from "Southern Ukulele Store" Facebook page:



https://www.facebook.com/southernukulelestore/photos/pcb.2685556704804198/2685549691471566/?type=3&theater

A more affordable pineapple sunday? You are triggering my UAS....

lfoo6952
01-29-2019, 04:28 AM
Great minds think alike. I was just about to ask

I did not see Blackbird at the show.
I did not see aNueNue at the show either.

Luke

Cluze
01-29-2019, 04:39 AM
A more affordable pineapple sunday? You are triggering my UAS....

I am left wondering; is this the PineappleX Sunday that was semi-announced back in October of last year, or is this something else? I will have to go back and look at the video that Pop's posted (https://www.facebook.com/441615209212996/posts/1009619572551103) to see if he talks about where the PineappleX Sunday will be made. Given that the ones seen at NAMM don't appear to have the pyrography, I think it may be the "something else." Time will tell.

My hope is that it is something else and will end up being the Opio equivalent of the Pineapple Sunday.

slackkey007
01-29-2019, 04:49 AM
Here's the latest video from Andrew Kitakis of HMS/The Ukulele Site taken in his hotel room. Uncle Jerome Koko and bruddah Daniel Ho introducing 2 new instruments, the Romero Creations Soprano and a 6 string sized baritone 21" scale tuned E to E exactly like a guitar and shaped like the Tiny Tenor:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aGgnVmdcUP8

:shaka:

RafterGirl
01-29-2019, 05:41 AM
Huge thanks to all of you folks who are posting pictures, videos, and links to information. So much cool stuff to process. My UAS synapses are firing big time. Now the patient wait to see what new stuff shows up on Mim/HMS/ Uke Republic, etc.

Ziret
01-29-2019, 06:02 AM
Here's the latest video from Andrew Kitakis of HMS/The Ukulele Site taken in his hotel room. Uncle Jerome Koko and bruddah Daniel Ho introducing 2 new instruments, the Romero Creations Soprano and a 6 string sized baritone 21" scale tuned E to E exactly like a guitar and shaped like the Tiny Tenor:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aGgnVmdcUP8

:shaka:

Oh my. I'm inclined to buy everything Pepe and Daniel come up with.

Rakelele
01-29-2019, 09:47 AM
How about Pono? I guess they didn't have a booth at the show this year again?

Rakelele
01-29-2019, 10:03 AM
Andreas David from Germany talking about and demoing some ukes from Enya Music in China. His comment is in German, here is a quick translation: He was surprised to find out that Enya has a booth at NAMM since they told him they weren't going to be there. They have a "futuristic" looking model called M6 with a pointy cutaway and a headstock like an electric guitar, string-through bridge, and all their models come with a radius fretboard. He also presents their expensive flagship model that has a lot of Abalone purfling and inlay, and of course a beveled armrest. Andreas says this one is heavier and doesn't sound as full to him as the other model which he intents to carry in his store in Germany (gute-ukulele.de).


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WdNqklDxCLs
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WdNqklDxCLs

Ukecaster
01-29-2019, 10:09 AM
Oh my. I'm inclined to buy everything Pepe and Daniel come up with.

Yeah, that soprano scale instrument, with big deep body, sounding like a tenor, that looks cool!

Rakelele
01-29-2019, 10:09 AM
Pepe Romero talks to Andreas David about his new Grand Concert and Grand Soprano model with an enlarged lower bout and deeper body for a fuller low-end:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o7UrouW2OTY
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o7UrouW2OTY

Rakelele
01-29-2019, 10:17 AM
The guys from Southern Ukulele Store talking about Maestro, Kala Elite, Kiwaya, Tiny Boy Basses, Graphtech Ratio tuners and Gold Tone Banjo ukes with lights:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7QKIo7ZV4Uk
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7QKIo7ZV4Uk

Maestro as well is doing a lot of armbelvels, side sound ports and cutaways.

Joyful Uke
01-29-2019, 10:40 AM
Anything new from Kamaka? I see that they had a booth, but didn't see, (maybe overlooked it?), if they had anything new.

slackkey007
01-29-2019, 07:43 PM
Aloha my fellow UU'ers!


HAPPY TUESDAY ... late evening here in Hawaii - 8:41pm!!! Here is Andrew's 2nd video from the 2019 NAMM Show, along with some of the HMS/The Ukulele Site crew, Uke at NAMM 2019 - Part 2- Performances & Previews:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UXqi-Kcyb2w



Aloha!:shaka:

Ziret
01-29-2019, 07:52 PM
It really does.

slackkey007
01-30-2019, 05:08 AM
Here's the latest video performance from Andrew and the HMS/The Ukulele Site crew. Featuring Lisa Lee's "Jellyfish Dream" Original Ukulele Instrumental with the new Kanile'a KSR model and Zach backing her up with an Islander guitar:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-quB95lnCTQ


:shaka:

Joyful Uke
01-30-2019, 09:49 AM
Aloha my fellow UU'ers!


HAPPY TUESDAY ... late evening here in Hawaii - 8:41pm!!! Here is Andrew's 2nd video from the 2019 NAMM Show, along with some of the HMS/The Ukulele Site crew, Uke at NAMM 2019 - Part 2- Performances & Previews:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UXqi-Kcyb2w

Aloha!:shaka:

Some great performances on this video!

Steedy
01-30-2019, 10:56 AM
Here's the latest video performance from Andrew and the HMS/The Ukulele Site crew. Featuring Lisa Lee's "Jellyfish Dream" Original Ukulele Instrumental with the new Kanile'a KSR model and Zach backing her up with an Islander guitar:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-quB95lnCTQ


:shaka:

Very lovely playing! I like the sound of that Islander guitar too! :cool:

Joyful Uke
02-01-2019, 11:14 AM
HMS has video 3 up. I'm part way through it and suffering from UAS.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BmNi8trW-EY

Joyful Uke
02-01-2019, 02:41 PM
NAMM videos are good for triggering UAS. LOL.

Mango seems to be a wood being mentioned a lot. Is that a good substitute for koa?

Does anyone have a Rebel ukulele? They sure look interesting.
But after watching/listening to the videos, a long list of ukuleles look interesting.

Rakelele
02-01-2019, 11:03 PM
Taken from the NAMM coverage from HMS (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BmNi8trW-EY): Kamaka wants to include the tenor size bell shaped Otha-San as a regular model and plans to bring back a 19" scale baritone, but they don't have them ready to show yet.

M3Ukulele
02-02-2019, 08:33 AM
Tenor Otha-SAN would be cool. I hope they go with ebony binding and not rope. I jus am not a fan of rope binding. Tenor in that shape from Kamaka would be very cool

mikelz777
02-02-2019, 09:13 AM
Aloha my fellow UU'ers!


HAPPY TUESDAY ... late evening here in Hawaii - 8:41pm!!! Here is Andrew's 2nd video from the 2019 NAMM Show, along with some of the HMS/The Ukulele Site crew, Uke at NAMM 2019 - Part 2- Performances & Previews:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UXqi-Kcyb2w



Aloha!:shaka:

Leave it to me to ask a question totally unrelated to anything the video is intended for. I loved the great performances but I had a question about the HMS guy on the far right. Is he wearing Red Wing Work Chukkas in charcoal leather?

Rakelele
02-02-2019, 11:40 PM
Ohana has rounded up what they debuted at NAMM, like a new Cynthia Lin signature model, a performance line with a solid Spruce top, some new gigbags, and finally the tenor-neck-on-a baritone-body they showed last year (BKT-70G):

https://ohana-music.com/namm-2019-round-up/

Last year, they also had some guitars, including a tenor guitar that I have never seen in stores. Looks like Ohana is focusing more on ukes again now.

Rakelele
02-02-2019, 11:48 PM
Seems like every year, there are some newcomer ukulele brands at the NAMM show. One I spotted this year, is Kahua:

https://www.facebook.com/kahuaukuleles/photos/pcb.632971873790153/632971680456839/?type=3&theater

With their laminate Zebrawood, Mahogany, Ziricote and other models, they look a lot like other brands you see around.

Apparently, they are associated with Hal Leonard.

Rakelele
02-03-2019, 12:29 AM
Here is a different look at the new Ernie Ball Ukulele strings with ball ends:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_jVKc6cJr4
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_jVKc6cJr4

Rakelele
02-03-2019, 12:35 AM
Another video from the Takumi / Kiwaya / Seilen / LoPrinzi / Da Silva booth:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KvanxSVSeNc
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KvanxSVSeNc

Rakelele
02-03-2019, 12:42 AM
Even though the NAMM show ended last Sunday, new videos pop up from different makers, so I just keep compiling what I find.

Here is yet another look and discussion of the Takumi booth, with the boys from Southern Ukulele Store talking about Sumi Kobo, Gibson style inspired building, and Toda ukulele:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HmNX9BgXGGI
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HmNX9BgXGGI

Rakelele
02-03-2019, 12:46 AM
Another great look at the new models from Romero Creations, provided by Kamuke from Australia:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H9FXJtj8_TQ
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H9FXJtj8_TQ

Rakelele
02-03-2019, 12:50 AM
And here is an interview from the Leolani / Kumu booth, discussing their new "Tuxedo" semi-gloss finish:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AvBTU79T-2Y
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AvBTU79T-2Y

Rakelele
02-03-2019, 12:53 AM
Interview with Casey Kamaka at the Kamaka booth:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aGGGAAR4hHE
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aGGGAAR4hHE

Wukulele
02-03-2019, 02:07 AM
Not uke-specific (not specifically about uses at all).

8:28-9:04, John Mayer captures one reason why some may have headed towards a uke after (a) guitar(s).

https://youtu.be/qqOVzUR6tsI?t=507

There may be other a-ha moments in this video... I listened to it piecemeal so can't quite remember all of them...

ghostrdr
02-03-2019, 04:49 AM
Here is a different look at the new Ernie Ball Ukulele strings with ball ends:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_jVKc6cJr4
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_jVKc6cJr4

That’s pretty smart! Everyone should do that!

slackkey007
02-05-2019, 05:06 PM
Abe Lagrimas Jr. "Africa" ukulele instrumental:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=18L0ykDuN-Y

slackkey007
02-05-2019, 05:09 PM
Brit Rodriguez "Maybe I'm Insane"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mucwUPEjsDs

Rakelele
02-06-2019, 10:58 PM
I don't think they showed this at NAMM, but looks like KoAloha is working on their very own take of a side sound port, using their triangular Musubi shape (these might be custom orders for now, though):

https://www.instagram.com/p/BtadHMChtaH/

The Pashmeister
02-07-2019, 01:18 AM
I've watched a few youtube videos of NAMM this year and checked out a few websites, but what I've seen so far worries me greatly.
There seems to be a great concentration on the large size ukuleles - long-neck sopranos, concerts, tenors, super tenors, baritones, etc., but I haven't seen any standard sopranos.
I know that the Chinese market is dominated by concerts and tenors, but has that influenced the west so much? Are we going to see the sad demise of the humble soprano because Jake, James and Taimane all play the big boys?
It's very hard to find an upmarket soprano on the Kala website too. The more expensive varieties seem to be the larger sizes.
Please, will somebody tell me that I'm wrong?

Rakelele
02-07-2019, 02:19 AM
I've watched a few youtube videos of NAMM this year and checked out a few websites, but what I've seen so far worries me greatly.
There seems to be a great concentration on the large size ukuleles - long-neck sopranos, concerts, tenors, super tenors, baritones, etc., but I haven't seen any standard sopranos.
I know that the Chinese market is dominated by concerts and tenors, but has that influenced the west so much? Are we going to see the sad demise of the humble soprano because Jake, James and Taimane all play the big boys?
It's very hard to find an upmarket soprano on the Kala website too. The more expensive varieties seem to be the larger sizes.
Please, will somebody tell me that I'm wrong?

I think your observation may have to do with the fact that most reports from NAMM such as the ones collected in this thread focus on news and innovation which will favor all sorts of crossover instruments. One of the trends may indeed lean towards bigger sizes, while another one seems to be going even smaller than Soprano, with new brands introducing their Sopranino and Sopranissimo models. Personally, I am happy about this growing variety and don't see it as a threat to the standard size Soprano. I haven't seen any evidence of brands stopping to make Sopranos, from colorful plywood and plastic to the Hawaiian K brands who all still offer their soprano models.

slackkey007
02-08-2019, 09:50 AM
Leave it to me to ask a question totally unrelated to anything the video is intended for. I loved the great performances but I had a question about the HMS guy on the far right. Is he wearing Red Wing Work Chukkas in charcoal leather?


Ok ... first of all Mike, since you brought up this question totally unrelated to anything the video was intended for - I know now that there are many of us who have inquiring minds and are eager to find out what the answer to your question is in regards to the Chukkas.

However, I MUST first identify the "HMS guy on the far right". He is none other than Joel Blechinger. He manages the setup department for HMS/The Ukulele Site with an honest and diligent work ethic like no one Andrew Kitakis has ever known. He is a crucial member of the team and has been setting up ukes full time for about 10 years now and estimates at least 30,000 setups. His natural talent for this work is a big part of what makes HMS/The Ukulele Site the best value. Joel was the head setup tech for MGM(Music Guy Mic) until MGM had to close down his physical retail store and online eBay store due to health issues. So, props go out to bruddah Joel for his stellar expertise!!!

For those of you who don't know who MGM was, he was a legend in the ukulele industry. He sold ukuleles via his retail uke shop in Kaneohe, HI and on eBay where many of us around the world were privileged to get to know him while inquiring about and/or purchasing an instrument he was selling. He has many uke demos on You Tube, even though he has since passed away. Many of us have purchased multiple ukes from him over the years. WE MISS YOU MGM!!!

Bruddah Joel contacted me this morning after I inquired about his Chukkas that he was wearing in the video. He took some time off after the NAMM Show and today is his first day back to work. With Joel's blessing, I am now going to reveal the maker of the Chukkas. Bruddah Joel, mahalo for your honest and humble response!

This is Joel's response: "I wish I had some Red Wing's in Charcoal leather ... the boots I have are some brand named "Crevo", but no way they can handle any real work. Those boots never set foot on a job site, they would disintegrate."

So, there you have it! I actually searched the Red Wing Shoes website and found a similar pair of Charcoal leather Chukkas that they make ... but IMHO, the one's that Joel has, looks WWAAAAAYYYYY better than the Red Wing Chukkas!!!

For those of you that haven't gone through the entire Thread to read through all of the posts, this is the video regarding the question totally unrelated to any uke or NAMM Show stuff:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UXqi-Kcyb2w


Aloha and have a great weekend!!!:shaka:

Steedy
02-08-2019, 10:48 AM
However, I MUST first identify the "HMS guy on the far right". He is none other than Joel Blechinger.


AKA "Smooth Joel" :cool:

mikelz777
02-08-2019, 10:50 AM
Ok ... first of all Mike, since you brought up this question totally unrelated to anything the video was intended for - I know now that there are many of us who have inquiring minds and are eager to find out what the answer to your question is in regards to the Chukkas.

However, I MUST first identify the "HMS guy on the far right". He is none other than Joel Blechinger. He manages the setup department for HMS/The Ukulele Site with an honest and diligent work ethic like no one Andrew Kitakis has ever known. He is a crucial member of the team and has been setting up ukes full time for about 10 years now and estimates at least 30,000 setups. His natural talent for this work is a big part of what makes HMS/The Ukulele Site the best value. Joel was the head setup tech for MGM(Music Guy Mic) until MGM had to close down his physical retail store and online eBay store due to health issues. So, props go out to bruddah Joel for his stellar expertise!!!

For those of you who don't know who MGM was, he was a legend in the ukulele industry. He sold ukuleles via his retail uke shop in Kaneohe, HI and on eBay where many of us around the world were privileged to get to know him while inquiring about and/or purchasing an instrument he was selling. He has many uke demos on You Tube, even though he has since passed away. Many of us have purchased multiple ukes from him over the years. WE MISS YOU MGM!!!

Bruddah Joel contacted me this morning after I inquired about his Chukkas that he was wearing in the video. He took some time off after the NAMM Show and today is his first day back to work. With Joel's blessing, I am now going to reveal the maker of the Chukkas. Bruddah Joel, mahalo for your honest and humble response!

This is Joel's response: "I wish I had some Red Wing's in Charcoal leather ... the boots I have are some brand named "Crevo", but no way they can handle any real work. Those boots never set foot on a job site, they would disintegrate."

So, there you have it! I actually searched the Red Wing Shoes website and found a similar pair of Charcoal leather Chukkas that they make ... but IMHO, the one's that Joel has, looks WWAAAAAYYYYY better than the Red Wing Chukkas!!!


Aloha and have a great weekend!!!:shaka:

Ha ha and wow! :D At this point I didn't expect a response to my question at all so this was quite a surprise! Thank you for the response and for your introduction of Joel. He's got quite the ukulele resume!

This is what I thought he might be wearing. I liked the look of what Joel was wearing and wondered if they were Red Wings and if that's what they might look like when they were broken in. I'm in the market for a pair but I like what Joel was wearing too. They look pretty similar.
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DownUpDave
02-09-2019, 05:23 AM
Ha ha and wow! :D At this point I didn't expect a response to my question at all so this was quite a surprise! Thank you for the response and for your introduction of Joel. He's got quite the ukulele resume!

This is what I thought he might be wearing. I liked the look of what Joel was wearing and wondered if they were Red Wings and if that's what they might look like when they were broken in. I'm in the market for a pair but I like what Joel was wearing too. They look pretty similar.
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Would this picture qualify it for a NSD.........New Shoe Day

mikelz777
02-09-2019, 05:58 AM
Would this picture qualify it for a NSD.........New Shoe Day

I'm hoping for a NUD and a NSD in my future. Neither one will be cheap!

slackkey007
02-09-2019, 08:47 AM
I'm hoping for a NUD and a NSD in my future. Neither one will be cheap!


What the HECK???!!! Why not??? Just go ahead and splurge on both!!!:shaka: I don't see anything wrong with that!:2cents:

slackkey007
02-09-2019, 11:00 PM
Here's another video from Andrew(HMS/The Ukulele Site) - Daniel Ho Introduces 2 New Instruments:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TMEoZQ5Ut7k

RafterGirl
02-14-2019, 01:55 AM
In this thread I saw a video from Kumu ukuleles. I'd love to find a Kumu, but no one seems to carry them. Uke Republic has them on their website, but the last time I asked, they said they didn't have them in stock, and didn't know if or when they'd get any. They still have them listed as "For Sale" on their website, so I'm checking with them again. I've emailed Kumu directly, but never received an answer. The last entries on the Kumu Facebook page are from 2017.

Anyone have any new info on Kumu?

hawaii 50
02-14-2019, 06:53 AM
In this thread I saw a video from Kumu ukuleles. I'd love to find a Kumu, but no one seems to carry them. Uke Republic has them on their website, but the last time I asked, they said they didn't have them in stock, and didn't know if or when they'd get any. They still have them listed as "For Sale" on their website, so I'm checking with them again. I've emailed Kumu directly, but never received an answer. The last entries on the Kumu Facebook page are from 2017.

Anyone have any new info on Kumu?

call the Ukulele Site they have them but the ones they have in stock are selling fast...Kumu ukulele company 5 mins from the The Ukulele Site in Kaka'ako

RafterGirl
02-14-2019, 10:01 AM
call the Ukulele Site they have them but the ones they have in stock are selling fast...Kumu ukulele company 5 mins from the The Ukulele Site in Kaka'ako
I’ve never seen them on the HMS website. Do they order them on request? I’m currently using an Islander acacia laminate soprano as my camping uke, but would like a nice laminate concert instead. Looking at all options. No... I don’t want a Flea or a Blackbird Clara.

hawaii 50
02-14-2019, 10:26 AM
I’ve never seen them on the HMS website. Do they order them on request? I’m currently using an Islander acacia laminate soprano as my camping uke, but would like a nice laminate concert instead. Looking at all options. No... I don’t want a Flea or a Blackbird Clara.

the Kumu ukes not on the HMS website...make sure you call the Kaka'ako store they are there....

rainbow21
02-14-2019, 03:30 PM
Kumu Koa laminate concert listed on Uke Republic.

RafterGirl
02-14-2019, 05:54 PM
Kumu Koa laminate concert listed on Uke Republic.
Yeah. Uke Republic has had them on their website for awhile, but when I checked with them last year, they didn’t actually have them in stock. They didn’t know if or when they’d get any. I heard from Leolani ukulele today, and Mike at UR has ordered some.

RafterGirl
02-15-2019, 04:20 PM
Order for Kumu concert placed with Uke Republic. I’ll report back when it arrives.

Nickie
02-16-2019, 02:31 AM
Order for Kumu concert placed with Uke Republic. I’ll report back when it arrives.

You kinda got bit by the bug pretty hard, didn't you?

RafterGirl
02-16-2019, 03:31 AM
You kinda got bit by the bug pretty hard, didn't you?
I've sold two ukes lately and have been refining my herd so to speak. My Moon Bird has far exceeded my expectations and has become my everyday player. I also have my KoAloha that has a very different sound to it. I had some ukulele money to spend, and those new Kanileas really were tempting. But, after listening to sound samples on HMS, I thought they were too similar to the Moon Bird. What I really needed was a new concert size camping/paddling/rafting/travel uke. My Islander soprano works ok, but concert really is my preferred size. I didn't want a Flea (don't like the neck) and a Clara is too $$$$, and Outdoor doesn't make a concert, and I really wanted a decent laminate. So....... I saw the Kumu video from NAMM & I remembered that I had contacted Mike at Uke Republic last year about the Kumu. He didn't have them at that time. There's not much out there about them, but the sound samples I've found are good. It has the 1.5 nut that I want to try, and the koa veneer on it is really pretty, and it's a satin finish. Once I get it & know that I'm happy with it, I'll probably give the Islander to someone as a starter uke or maybe donate it to the music therapy program at work.

Hey Nickie...... I'm thinking about TBUG in the fall. I'm a native of St. Pete & have family there still. I'll have a new great niece by then, so maybe a combo "meet the new baby/uke festival" trip????

slackkey007
02-17-2019, 12:02 PM
Another fabulous video from Andrew Kitakis and the HMS/The Ukulele Site crew taken in their hotel room while attending the NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA. Here's Brittni Paiva playing "Somewhere Over the Rainbow"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MLXWAu8kUOg

Nickie
02-17-2019, 05:34 PM
Hey Nickie...... I'm thinking about TBUG in the fall. I'm a native of St. Pete & have family there still. I'll have a new great niece by then, so maybe a combo "meet the new baby/uke festival" trip????

That sounds like a plan! Craig and Sarah and Mim are coming....

slackkey007
02-17-2019, 06:47 PM
Another awesome video from Andrew and the HMS/The Ukulele Site crew featuring Mandy Harvey, who is an amazing jazz and pop singer, songwriter, and finalist on America's Got Talent. If you can believe it, Mandy has been deaf since the age of 18 years old. Unbelievable talent and truly an inspiration! Here is another song of hers called, "Release Me":

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=shnNoupW6GU

mgsondance
02-17-2019, 09:46 PM
I've sold two ukes lately and have been refining my herd so to speak. My Moon Bird has far exceeded my expectations and has become my everyday player. I also have my KoAloha that has a very different sound to it.

I have been interested in both of these- I also prefer the concert neck. Can you talk more about how they are different??

RafterGirl
02-18-2019, 01:10 AM
I have been interested in both of these- I also prefer the concert neck. Can you talk more about how they are different??
The Moon Bird has a very well-rounded sound, with more low end than I had expected with a spruce top. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dm2q4qC26Is

The KoAloha is very bright, bell-like, & loud. Very distinctive sound. https://www.theukulelesite.com/shop-by/brand/koaloha/koaloha-concert-koa-ukulele-kcm-00-19262.html

Ziret
02-18-2019, 04:40 AM
Thanks! I love Brittni's playing.


Another fabulous video from Andrew Kitakis and the HMS/The Ukulele Site crew taken in their hotel room while attending the NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA. Here's Brittni Paiva playing "Somewhere Over the Rainbow"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MLXWAu8kUOg

CommonCurt
02-24-2019, 06:12 PM
Sorry, didn't know where to post this, and wasn't sure if I should post a new thread, but:

For all the people that saw the NAMM videos from Kanile'a and hated the green fret markers/headstock logo on their new upcoming Oha Series.
According to their website they will be using black Position markers & Logo.
I'm not sure if they changed it due to feedback, or not, but If they are indeed going to be black, then I will consider getting a soprano when they make them available.

https://www.kanileaukulele.com/shop/hawaiian-made-ukuleles/oha-series/

Rakelele
02-24-2019, 10:39 PM
Sorry, didn't know where to post this, and wasn't sure if I should post a new thread, but:

For all the people that saw the NAMM videos from Kanile'a and hated the green fret markers/headstock logo on their new upcoming Oha Series.
According to their website they will be using black Position markers & Logo.
I'm not sure if they changed it due to feedback, or not, but If they are indeed going to be black, then I will consider getting a soprano when they make them available.

https://www.kanileaukulele.com/shop/hawaiian-made-ukuleles/oha-series/

Thanks for posting this. The Oha line of Kanilea is now available at HMS. And yes, the logo as well as the fret markers and side dots are now stained black (not sure how visible those will be in the dark):

https://www.theukulelesite.com/kanile-a-koa-tenor-package-oha-t-19771.html

Joyful Uke
02-25-2019, 06:48 AM
Thanks! I love Brittni's playing.

Me too. I just started trying to learn to play her version of SOTR. Her playing is so inspiring. I'll never sound like that, but will keep on trying!

Ukecaster
02-25-2019, 11:25 AM
Interesting (from the Kala video above) that they are changing from using Kala flouro strings, to now using Worth Browns on all new Kala Elites.