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AustinHing
03-27-2019, 11:16 PM
So I was browsing on the Kiwaya Japanese website and accidentally saw this. Not sure if this is already old news.

At only 207,252 yen (~usd 1,883), you get a limited edition solid cherry concert Kiwaya uke, only 10 pieces in the world. And seems like still available. There are other models too, but this one has the Japanese cherry wood block style painting on the back.

https://www.kiwayasbest.com/shopdetail/000000002991/ct417/page1/order/


https://youtu.be/VhtNM08rMoo

Other available 100th year anniversary models
https://www.kiwayasbest.com/shopbrand/ct417/

Edit: just saw it in elderly, $2,235. I guessed that’s after shipping stuff.

AustinHing
03-27-2019, 11:51 PM
They have other plainer anniversary models too, like this KPC-100c R. Wish I’m in japan now.


https://youtu.be/8LvqTSaSCAY

Can’t post the link, server thinks it’s a spam.

Edit:
Typo in model serial

https://www.kiwayasbest.com/shopdetail/000000003123/ct417/page1/order/

Lapyang
03-28-2019, 12:56 AM
HMS listed 2 or 3 unique ones a few weeks ago. They were sold quickly.

Swamp Yankee
03-28-2019, 01:40 AM
Elderly Music has had a few of them listed for a while... still available there.

Jerryc41
03-28-2019, 01:40 AM
Can’t post the link, server thinks it’s a spam.

Edit:
Typo in model serial

You post the text. Then you go back and "Edit" and enter the link.

Wow! What a uke! And they made only ten!

https://www.elderly.com/catalog/product/view/id/149642/s/kiwaya-100th-anniversary-limited-edition-winter-concert-ukulele/?___SID=U

RafterGirl
03-28-2019, 02:54 AM
They showed up on HMS website about a month or so ago. There were 4 models, each with a different design for the 4 seasons. Very pretty & unique. I saw one on The Elderly music website yesterday.

Ukecaster
03-28-2019, 02:59 AM
They showed up on HMS website about a month or so ago. There were 4 models, each with a different design for the 4 seasons. Very pretty & unique. I saw one on The Elderly music website yesterday.

So, you'd need all 4 for a full set! :D I don't doubt there are folks who would do that.

AustinHing
03-28-2019, 03:03 AM
HMS listed 2 or 3 unique ones a few weeks ago. They were sold quickly.
With such limited pieces per anniversary models, It’s no wonder!


Elderly Music has had a few of them listed for a while... still available there.
I just saw those, and are gorgeous. There’s 4 model designs based on 4 seasons but I think elderly got 2 of them. I prefer the summer version.
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You post the text. Then you go back and "Edit" and enter the link.

Wow! What a uke! And they made only ten!

https://www.elderly.com/catalog/product/view/id/149642/s/kiwaya-100th-anniversary-limited-edition-winter-concert-ukulele/?___SID=U

Yup, right? ten! But they have the extremely flamed, curl koa in soprano and concert, kts-100 and ktc-100 in 100 pieces each! Here’s number #27.
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Do check out the kiwaya youtube, “KiwayaCH”. The recent videos show demos of the anniversary models. I’m impressed by the sustain which are like ringing forever.


https://youtu.be/AqwC7fc7w1Y

AustinHing
03-28-2019, 03:10 AM
They showed up on HMS website about a month or so ago. There were 4 models, each with a different design for the 4 seasons. Very pretty & unique. I saw one on The Elderly music website yesterday.
The kiwaya fans should be lining up already. Haha


So, you'd need all 4 for a full set! :D I don't doubt there are folks who would do that.

You really do, and you can play a different 1 at each season!

Jerryc41
03-28-2019, 11:08 AM
The must have made ten for each season. How could they possible decide what dealers would get them? I can't imagine any one dealer would get more than four. I'm not thrilled with the looks of the Spring version.

fowl
03-28-2019, 11:24 AM
Interesting tidbit. I was just looking at a Kiwaya made in 2015 that was a 60th year uke. Now 4 years later this is a 100th year uke. Wonder how this works?

Jerryc41
03-28-2019, 11:39 AM
Interesting tidbit. I was just looking at a Kiwaya made in 2015 that was a 60th year uke. Now 4 years later this is a 100th year uke. Wonder how this works?

It works rather well to sell ukuleles. :)

Kanile'a has been around only twenty years, but they had special 20th anniversary ukes. Kamaka had their 1916 - 2016 specials.

In 1995, I bought a Honda Gold Wing. It had a big "20th Anniversary" badge on back. Five years later, they had a "25th Anniversary" model.

AustinHing
03-28-2019, 01:02 PM
Guess it’s more of a anniversary since the birth of the company. In any case, it’s good news that we have more options for some limited ed stuff.

Quoted from Kiwaya, “KIWAYA was established in 1919 as a maintenance service company for gramophones in Tokyo.
The founder of KIWAYA, Kitaroh Okamoto was changing the business model from gramophone maintenance toward becoming a music shop in the 1940's.

Famous ukulele- the first season model(1950's)
In 1957, Ryouji Okamoto joined KIWAYA as the president, and he led KIWAYA's transition to become a musical instrument company.
Then, the boom of "Hawaiian music" swept all over Japan.”

AustinHing
03-28-2019, 02:00 PM
The must have made ten for each season. How could they possible decide what dealers would get them? I can't imagine any one dealer would get more than four. I'm not thrilled with the looks of the Spring version.

Well, you could buy directly from the Kiwaya site too, provided that you got residence in Japan! I rather think that the usual normal sales dealers may not really be that hot on these. HMS and elderly are reputated and carry high end ukes can afford to do so. there may be lot of Kiwaya fan but to fork out extra dough for a fancy painting on an uke? There are, but not too many.

I agreed. The spring version may be captivating initially, but I found myself liking the summer more. Too pinkish and cute for the spring

ukantor
03-28-2019, 10:30 PM
"In 1995, I bought a Honda Gold Wing. It had a big '20th Anniversary' badge on back. Five years later, they had a '25th Anniversary' model."

I remember the introduction of the Honda 'Gold Wing' back in the mid 1970s. I rode one of the very early examples. It was a heck of an experience for someone brought up on on BSAs and Triumphs!

John Colter.

Jerryc41
03-29-2019, 12:06 AM
I remember the introduction of the Honda 'Gold Wing' back in the mid 1970s. I rode one of the very early examples. It was a heck of an experience for someone brought up on on BSAs and Triumphs!

John Colter.

Cruise control, AM/FM/CB/intercom, reverse gear, smooth and quiet, good power and handling. It was an experience riding it.

AustinHing
03-29-2019, 01:07 AM
They are lacquered not painted. A Japanese art form in itself called Maki-E. So its a work of Japanese art as well as a musical instrument. I doubt that the pictures do the work justice, I suspect if you could see and hold any of the models you would not want to let it go. Underneath the lacquer is a cherry wood ukulele.
Not unlike buying a uke which has fine art quality inlay and or carving.
The blurb says only 10 were made, so its a limited edition as well.
They will sell out to collector buyers who enjoy fine Japanese art forms, they will try to get a set of four. I will be surprised to see a UU member buy one.
But its something interesting for Uke Talk.

You are absolutely right on the art technique and form. And it’s definitely not for casual use. I would imagine the set of four in a glass box, despite their amazing build would barely get any play time.”

Jerryc41
03-29-2019, 01:22 AM
You are absolutely right on the art technique and form. And it’s definitely not for casual use. I would imagine the set of four in a glass box, despite their amazing build would barely get any play time.”

I would have to buy a special shirt for it to rest against while I played it. Definitely not a denim jacket. :D

Although, at that level of quality, I suspect it will be a durable instrument. This isn't something painted on with watercolors from Walmart.

AustinHing
03-29-2019, 02:03 AM
I would have to buy a special shirt for it to rest against while I played it. Definitely not a denim jacket. :D

Although, at that level of quality, I suspect it will be a durable instrument. This isn't something painted on with watercolors from Walmart.

This is a better shirt, IMO. Haha.
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Edit:
Seems like this lacquer paint stuff uses real gold powder. Now I definitely won’t want to accidentally scrape any of the gold off.

LPeacock
03-29-2019, 04:14 AM
116550 I ordered this Kiwaya Centennial Soprano Ukulele from Elderly Instruments. It's Cherry wood and the Maki-e lacquer ware technique on this one is simpler than on the concert "Season" ukes. I was looking for a Kiwaya Soprano anyway, and I liked this one. Also liked that it came with a Crossrock hard shell case. Will be receiving it in May as I will first be back in the States in May. And, to respond to a response further below in this thread; yes I'll be playing it and expect to enjoy it.

LPeacock
03-29-2019, 04:23 AM
They are lacquered not painted. A Japanese art form in itself called Maki-E. So its a work of Japanese art as well as a musical instrument. I doubt that the pictures do the work justice, I suspect if you could see and hold any of the models you would not want to let it go. Underneath the lacquer is a cherry wood ukulele.
Not unlike buying a uke which has fine art quality inlay and or carving.
The blurb says only 10 were made, so its a limited edition as well.
They will sell out to collector buyers who enjoy fine Japanese art forms, they will try to get a set of four. I will be surprised to see a UU member buy one.
But its something interesting for Uke Talk.

I ordered the Soprano version in cherry wood. Much cheaper than the more elaborately lacquered Concerts and not very far off base, price wise from other solid wood Kiwaya sopranos.

AustinHing
03-29-2019, 05:15 AM
116550 I ordered this Kiwaya Centennial Soprano Ukulele from Elderly Instruments. It's Cherry wood and the Maki-e lacquer ware technique on this one is simpler than on the concert "Season" ukes. I was looking for a Kiwaya Soprano anyway, and I liked this one. Also liked that it came with a Crossrock hard shell case. Will be receiving it in May as I will first be back in the States in May. And, to respond to a response further below in this thread; yes I'll be playing it and expect to enjoy it.

Congrats on acquiring the cherry soprano! I think less is more is accurate on this. I hope you are able to share a NUD with us when you have it.

Kenn2018
03-29-2019, 07:42 AM
Very classy. I'm sure it will have an elegant sound as well.

LPeacock
03-29-2019, 08:09 AM
Will do, when I get it.

LPeacock
03-29-2019, 08:10 AM
Very classy. I'm sure it will have an elegant sound as well.

I am hoping so.

AustinHing
03-31-2019, 04:41 AM
I am hoping so.

Not sure if you are aware this model has only a production of 20 pieces. Just for your info only.

LPeacock
03-31-2019, 09:03 PM
Thank you for that information. I wasn't aware of that.

AustinHing
04-01-2019, 02:17 PM
Full list of the 100th anniversary models
1. KPS-100c R Soprano - production of 10
2. KPC-100c R Concert - production of 10

This is the plain cherry uke with rope top purfling and rosette.

Specs:
Soprano Fret: (14F / 17F)
Concert Fret: (14F / 18F)
Body: Cherry wood
Neck: mahogany wood
Head plate: onion mahogany
Fingerboard: Rosewood
Nut / Saddle: Cow bone
Tuner: Gotoh UPT-UBN-CW
String: KIWAYA x Worth KBM Fluorocarbon
Finish: Lacquer (matte finish)
Strap Pin: End pin


https://youtu.be/8LvqTSaSCAY

More coming. The Google translator don’t exactly translate properly.

AustinHing
04-01-2019, 02:52 PM
3. KTS-100 I Soprano - production of ??, currently known: #30, #31, #33, #34, #35, #36, #38
4. KTC-100 I Concert - production of ??, currently known: #19, #21, #22, #23, #24, #25, #26, #27, #28

Specs
Soprano Fret: (14F / 19F)
Concert Fret: (14F / 19F)
Body: Master grade Hawaiian Koa
Neck: African mahogany
Fingerboard / Bridge: Rosewood
Nut / Saddle: Cow bone
Tuner: Gotoh UPT-UBN-CW
String: KIWAYA x Worth K-BM

No video samples found.

AustinHing
04-01-2019, 03:48 PM
5. KTS-100 II Soprano - production of 4, currently known: #6, #7, #8, #9
6. KTC-100 II Concert - production of ??, currently known: #15, #17

Specs
Soprano Fret: (14F / 19F)
Concert Fret: (14F / 19F)
Body: Master grade Hawaiian Koa
Neck: Master grade Hawaiian Koa
Fingerboard / Bridge: Master grade Hawaiian Koa
Nut / Saddle: Cow bone
Peg: Gotoh UPT-UB8-GG
String: KIWAYA x Worth K-BM

Video sample for KTS-100 II

https://youtu.be/-9yTEEycEzQ

Video sample for KTC-100 II

https://youtu.be/M6TiifJEMtE

Jerryc41
04-02-2019, 01:51 AM
My tenor is #1971.

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AustinHing
04-02-2019, 02:32 AM
My tenor is #1971.

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Great! Thanks, I will add it in once i reached the season ukes!