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Jerryc41
03-31-2019, 01:18 AM
I tend to be an impulsive buyer, and that's what happened on Thursday. Someone posted about a beautiful Kiwaya Tenor available from Elderly. After finding a way to finance it, I placed the order and received it yesterday. Three days from ordering to arrival is pretty fast.

It's more beautiful than the pictures show, and that artwork has a beautiful texture. The sound is amazing, with sustain that goes on forever. I doubt this one will leave the house very often - definitely not a beach ukulele.

Pictures also on Google Photos.
https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipM-Wjf6nzeW8Ibz-B6YrKUWUVIk_oxXMLRtAJQD0EPG-tvrczjhWM58Y4s7OdRarA?key=aHVNRHhYMl9aZEtPN3RTcnpz WkZTZkFDN2VwTHVB


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kvehe
03-31-2019, 01:19 AM
Amazing!!!

zztush
03-31-2019, 01:37 AM
Hi, Jerry! Congrats on beautiful Kiwaya.

I am NUD man. I have to explain beautiful artworks.
Sound board: pine, bamboo and Japanese plum tree. It is like gold, silver and bronze in western culture.
Hed Stock: sakura (cherry blossoms)
Back: Mt. Fuji and crain and same as sound board and head stock.


https://i.ibb.co/cFf4Rt6/3.png (https://imgbb.com/)

Swamp Yankee
03-31-2019, 02:07 AM
That's beautiful! Congratulations!

AustinHing
03-31-2019, 03:15 AM
Oh my.. goodness!! I’m so glad you bought it, the cherry wood looks darker than the ones on elderly. But now it Looks even more amazing and really exquisite and exotic too. Any sound sample coming soon?

And what about spring, summer and autumn? U have to get those now.

Jerryc41
03-31-2019, 03:23 AM
Oh my.. goodness!! I’m so glad you bought it, the cherry wood looks darker than the ones on elderly. But now it Looks even more amazing and really exquisite and exotic too. Any sound sample coming soon?

And what about spring, summer and autumn? U have to get those now.

Actually, that must the one pictured on the Elderly site. After I bought it, they had none left. I'm not crazy about the Spring design, and I haven't seen the others. As for a sound sample, nothing I could play or record would do it justice.

mjh42
03-31-2019, 03:46 AM
I saw these Kiwaya uke's on some of the videos from music show in LA, very nice indeed!

Jerryc41
03-31-2019, 04:11 AM
I saw these Kiwaya uke's on some of the videos from music show in LA, very nice indeed!

Without UU, I wouldn't have gotten one. The Internet has cost me a fortune!

AustinHing
03-31-2019, 04:34 AM
Actually, that must the one pictured on the Elderly site. After I bought it, they had none left. I'm not crazy about the Spring design, and I haven't seen the others. As for a sound sample, nothing I could play or record would do it justice.

I’d bet a buck that you are the only person in America with this Kiwaya model!


Without UU, I wouldn't have gotten one. The Internet has cost me a fortune!
There’s more to coming your way as long as you’re on UU!

zztush
03-31-2019, 04:36 AM
Hi, Jerry!
It is winter. Headstock is not a cherry blossoms but camellia.

Jerryc41
03-31-2019, 04:42 AM
I’d bet a buck that you are the only person in America with this Kiwaya model!


There’s more to coming your way as long as you’re on UU!

I'm not a betting man, but I suspect Kiwaya sent more than one to these shores. I wonder if HMS had a Winter.

Almost everything I've bought has been because I saw it on UU. Several ukes I saw in person.

AQUATOPAZ
03-31-2019, 04:43 AM
I tend to be an impulsive buyer, and that's what happened on Thursday. Someone posted about a beautiful Kiwaya Tenor available from Elderly. After finding a way to finance it, I placed the order and received it yesterday. Three days from ordering to arrival is pretty fast.

It's more beautiful than the pictures show, and that artwork has a beautiful texture. The sound is amazing, with sustain that goes on forever. I doubt this one will leave the house very often - definitely not a beach ukulele.

Pictures also on Google Photos.
https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipM-Wjf6nzeW8Ibz-B6YrKUWUVIk_oxXMLRtAJQD0EPG-tvrczjhWM58Y4s7OdRarA?key=aHVNRHhYMl9aZEtPN3RTcnpz WkZTZkFDN2VwTHVB


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Saw that one at HMS. Definitely my favorite of the four. Enjoy.

AustinHing
03-31-2019, 05:33 AM
I'm not a betting man, but I suspect Kiwaya sent more than one to these shores. I wonder if HMS had a Winter.

Almost everything I've bought has been because I saw it on UU. Several ukes I saw in person.

I guess having UAS is better than most hobbies. So I’m curious on this kiwaya cherry, obviously she’s a quality uke. But how high up when compared to the 4Ks, Anuenue moon bird, vintage martins? I heard the sound sample from kiwaya YouTube and it has the longest sustain I ever heard, but again, my experience is limited.

Lacole
03-31-2019, 05:42 AM
Sweet. I’ve ordered from Elderly and they are fantastic.

Jerryc41
03-31-2019, 06:09 AM
I guess having UAS is better than most hobbies. So I’m curious on this kiwaya cherry, obviously she’s a quality uke. But how high up when compared to the 4Ks, Anuenue moon bird, vintage martins? I heard the sound sample from kiwaya YouTube and it has the longest sustain I ever heard, but again, my experience is limited.

I used to have several old English cars, and this hobby is cleaner, easier, and less expensive. :)

As for quality comparisons, that doesn't interest me. I'm happy with this Kiwaya.

hawaii 50
03-31-2019, 07:02 AM
I'm not a betting man, but I suspect Kiwaya sent more than one to these shores. I wonder if HMS had a Winter.

Almost everything I've bought has been because I saw it on UU. Several ukes I saw in person.

HMS(The Ukulele Site) had all four seasons once it was posted sold very quickly

here are two of the Kiwaya seasons with sound sample
https://vimeo.com/315035325
https://vimeo.com/319634507

John boy
03-31-2019, 07:05 AM
Wow, that is truly beautiful. A work of art, as someone said. Congrats!

YogiTom
03-31-2019, 07:21 AM
Thank you for removing that temptation from my life. :p

Beautiful uke, hope you enjoy it!

Joyful Uke
03-31-2019, 07:41 AM
Wow, that's a special ukulele for sure. Even the case is super fancy, based on the HMS Vimeo clip. Enjoy!

AustinHing
03-31-2019, 02:15 PM
I used to have several old English cars, and this hobby is cleaner, easier, and less expensive. :)

As for quality comparisons, that doesn't interest me. I'm happy with this Kiwaya.

Must be hell of a work keeping the vintage cars up and running! Used to do reef-keeping and it is a money sucking machine.

You are right, each uke has its own merits. As long as it makes you happy, then it’s worth it. :)

AustinHing
03-31-2019, 02:30 PM
HMS(The Ukulele Site) had all four seasons once it was posted sold very quickly

here are two of the Kiwaya seasons with sound sample
https://vimeo.com/315035325
https://vimeo.com/319634507

Thanks for posting the sound samples, and that case (in one of the videos) is sick! They sounded different, I’m not sure if it is the cherry wood tone, but they sounded (when picked) kind of bouncy and springy in a good way, of course. When strummed, it has a Martin sound or at least that what my ears are saying.

Nickie
03-31-2019, 03:56 PM
Geezus, Jerry. That's drop dead gorgeous. Congrats.

Lapyang
03-31-2019, 04:01 PM
Congratulations, Jerry. Your Kiwaya is exquisite!

Kenn2018
03-31-2019, 08:37 PM
I used to have several old English cars, and this hobby is cleaner, easier, and less expensive. :)

As for quality comparisons, that doesn't interest me. I'm happy with this Kiwaya.

And hopefully the ukulele doesn't leak!

Beautiful instrument Jerry. The art work is very nice. I'm glad the art is harmonious with the instrument's sound. Congratulations.

Jerryc41
03-31-2019, 11:38 PM
Must be hell of a work keeping the vintage cars up and running! Used to do reef-keeping and it is a money sucking machine.

My two old runners were a '52 MF TD and a '67 Jag E-Type. Once I get them fixed up and running , they were fine. It's amazing how the price of parts escalated. I'd never be able to do that now. During an engine rebulid, I discovered that the Jag engine block had been cracked and repaired. I found a complete used engine for $250. I stripped it down and rebuilt that, and it ran fine.

Jerryc41
04-01-2019, 12:00 AM
And hopefully the ukulele doesn't leak!

Beautiful instrument Jerry. The art work is very nice. I'm glad the art is harmonious with the instrument's sound. Congratulations.

The English car makers of the early years could have avoided all that oil leaking if they had just left the oil out. They didn't need undercoating. The steady drip of oil coated the entire lower surface of the car.