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CPG
04-24-2019, 11:07 AM
Sorry, no pics yet, but I couldn't wait to post about it. It arrived today and is sitting in my neighbors house until I get home. Thankfully, my neighbor works from home and was able to bring it inside, as the FedEx idiot left it on my front step in the middle of West Philly. I can't wait to try it. Photo's and perhaps a sound sample to come tonight after I get the 2-year old to bed.

Read on for boring details of my decision to buy this:

For a little while I've been keeping my eye out for something special. A couple weeks ago, I noticed a 2015 concert sized mahogany Takumi TC-1M listed in Elderly's used section. Previously, I had never had much interest in concerts, preferring either the traditional sound of the soprano or the big sound of a tenor, but I just kept going back and looking at this. Then last week, I was playing one of my sopranos and started thinking, "Man it would be nice to have something that sounded louder, bigger, and fuller than this, but maintained more of that traditional uke sound then a tenor". While I'd long thought I might like a super soprano, it wasn't until that moment that I, for the first time, understood the appeal of the concert size.

This uke was more than I had planned to spend on my next instrument, but I just kept going back and looking at it. It just checked so many boxes for me. So, I posted a for sale ad for my solid acacia Cordoba 35T-CE to my uke club's Facebook page (it sold promptly), and after two more days of going back and forth pulled the trigger on the Takumi. Hope I love it!

Kenn2018
04-24-2019, 11:17 AM
I hope it exceeds your expectations! Best of luck.

RafterGirl
04-24-2019, 03:03 PM
I know the one you’re talking about. Definitely an eye catcher on Elderly’s website. Congrats.

CPG
04-24-2019, 03:34 PM
Some pics.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/FLguoYf1oiBq8Sna6

Its gorgeous. A couple little scratches but in otherwise excellent condition. Insanely light build. Super resonant (though I've barely played it yet). Not sure what strings came on it. I had initially assumed they were Fremont blacklines, but they are a little rough feeling. They don't feel like flourocarbon. They are too dark to be the Martin premium strings. I think might be nylon. Regardless, I'll play with them on for a bit but then switch them to Martin 600s which are my go-to strings.

Nickie
04-24-2019, 06:00 PM
Congratulations!
That's a pretty fine looking uke ya got there.

Kenn2018
04-24-2019, 07:22 PM
Wow! A very good looking concert. Enjoy.

prb035
04-24-2019, 07:40 PM
Very beautiful, congrats! :)

Pirate Jim
04-25-2019, 12:57 AM
I love the Takumis, enjoy!

CPG
04-25-2019, 01:57 AM
Thanks all. This thing is sweet. It's way too good for me. I will aspire to get my playing worthy of its quality.

Jerryc41
04-25-2019, 02:34 AM
Some pics.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/FLguoYf1oiBq8Sna6

Its gorgeous. A couple little scratches but in otherwise excellent condition. Insanely light build. Super resonant (though I've barely played it yet). Not sure what strings came on it. I had initially assumed they were Fremont blacklines, but they are a little rough feeling. They don't feel like flourocarbon. They are too dark to be the Martin premium strings. I think might be nylon. Regardless, I'll play with them on for a bit but then switch them to Martin 600s which are my go-to strings.

Beautiful! They look like Gotoh tuners.

CPG
04-25-2019, 02:45 AM
Beautiful! They look like Gotoh tuners.

Indeed they are. Came with a nice crossrock case too. This thing wasnt inexpensive, but for what it is it was a hell of a good deal.

Swamp Yankee
04-25-2019, 03:05 AM
beautiful ukulele! congratulations!

Ziret
04-25-2019, 06:06 AM
I saw that one and admired it. Congratulations!