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cpatch
05-27-2009, 09:40 AM
Pretty straightforward...what's the most money you've spent on a uke (for yourself)? Around US$700 for me for my Kanile'a (if you count shipping and the case).

Bratset
05-27-2009, 09:43 AM
Only have one Uke... Sadly :p
My cheap one that cost about 50USD roughly translated from Norwegian Kroners.. Whish I could afford a better one though :p

cpatch
05-27-2009, 09:49 AM
Oops, sorry...I should have listed prices as US$.

Jimmy
05-27-2009, 09:53 AM
My Pete Howlett tenor was £350 which is about 560 USD. Worth every penny/cent.

GX9901
05-27-2009, 10:04 AM
Pretty straightforward...what's the most money you've spent on a uke (for yourself)? Around US$700 for me for my Kanile'a (if you count shipping and the case).

cpatch,

Is the DeVine ukulele in your sig this DeVine (http://devineguitars.com/htmlContent/Prices.htm)? I've always assumed yours is the DeVine I've linked to, but those cost much more than your Kanile'a.

Denno
05-27-2009, 10:32 AM
20 bucks...and its crap! :D

Ahnko Honu
05-27-2009, 10:32 AM
$315 plus shipping for my MELE Koa Concert pineapple.

SailQwest
05-27-2009, 11:04 AM
About a year-and-a-half ago I spent $800 for one of the K's, but it was such a piece of crap I sent it back.

I think the dealer had not stored it properly...the finish was cracked all over and the intonation was horrible. I was so disappointed. :(

Roy Jovero
05-27-2009, 11:14 AM
I spent $775 on my KoAloha not too long ago. I'm actually looking to going big with a one-off custom uke by the end of the year. Starting to save now, and donations are always welcome. :)

cpatch
05-27-2009, 11:14 AM
Is the DeVine ukulele in your sig this DeVine (http://devineguitars.com/htmlContent/Prices.htm)? I've always assumed yours is the DeVine I've linked to, but those cost much more than your Kanile'a.
Yes, same builder. Mine is one of the first ukuleles he made (well before he went to the Kasha design) and it's not as well built or appointed as the current models (still beautiful though). I got a steal on it through eBay years ago and paid less than $500. I've tried to contact him to get a rough idea of what it's really worth since I'll be putting it up for sale soon but I have yet to get a response. It used to be pictured on his web site but he pulled the photos a while ago when he started to focus more on higher-end designs.

Thumper
05-27-2009, 11:28 AM
I barely made it into the $201-$400 range with the concert Flea I just ordered.

wfwhitson
05-27-2009, 11:44 AM
MAKAI Concert CK-55 $40.00
Santa Rosa Baritone BU17 $65.00
MAKALA Soprano (for Grandson) $94.95
MAKALA Soprano (for other grandson)$94.95
KALA Concert KA-MC $239.00
KALA Cutaway Tenor KA-ASMTEC $254.00
And always looking for more.

russ_buss
05-27-2009, 11:45 AM
the least i've spent was $25, the most was $275.

ukantor
05-27-2009, 11:57 AM
The most I've ever paid was around $500, but my favourite uke cost me nothing. It is an Ohana SK35G. The store gave it to me because it arrived with the back loose and lifting off. I glued and clamped it, and spent several hours setting it up just as I'd like it to be. I love the way it plays and sounds, and the visible evidence of the repair just gives it a character of its own.

Ukantor.

iamdanielle
05-28-2009, 06:17 AM
my big island honu XXX was only $750 or so from MGM... wayyyy lower than on the big island website. :)

psesinkclee
05-28-2009, 06:23 AM
Most I've spent would be 388$ on my Kala Solid Lacewood Tenor Cutaway. Worth every penny ;)

jdmcnasty
05-28-2009, 08:32 AM
$800 on my Kanile'a K-1 Tenor :)

wearymicrobe
05-28-2009, 08:37 AM
~3500 on my Kanile'a 8 string.
~3000 for the 4 string S.Tenor ~300 for modification. (Worth every penny)
~Don't want to say for the Moore Bettha.
~Don't want to say for the Glyph

I have a feeling the 5K if and when I track a realy good one down will be the most expensive. I also really have my heart set on one of the Duane bell replicas of the L 5K's.
10-15 or so around 700-1000.

GrumpyCoyote
05-28-2009, 10:24 AM
Just over $400US. and severaly in the $200-400 range.

However my next major purchase should be around 3-4k if I can find someone to build it.

haole
05-28-2009, 02:18 PM
$400 for a new Kamaka soprano, five years ago. They've gone up a lot since then. :eek:

Luckily, my two dream ukes are "only" about $1500 each. ;)

thejumpingflea
05-28-2009, 02:53 PM
My Kamaka Concert was bought from MGM 3 years ago for 1200.

Now the retail is 1750 and I have yet to see another one in stock. I don't regret a thing. ;)

Moore Bettah Ukuleles
05-28-2009, 02:59 PM
Now the retail is 1750
:eek:!!!!!!!!!!

thejumpingflea
05-28-2009, 03:14 PM
:eek:!!!!!!!!!!

Yeah I know!

'Specially when I know I just have to call a certain treehouse owner to make me an awesome one.... ;)

Kurobashi
05-28-2009, 10:18 PM
For me that would be
~ $700 Kanile'a K1 Concert
~ $450 vintage Martin soprano
~ $70 Islander
$0 Risa Uke'ellie

Looking to buy a decent banjolele (like the vintage Gibsons) :cool:

Mobben
05-28-2009, 10:49 PM
I got hit by UAS and ordered a Pono Mango Tenor.. 520 $ :)

Greeno
05-29-2009, 01:14 AM
Possibly the best 18 I've ever spent!

jkevinwolfe
05-29-2009, 01:28 AM
I see a lump of us in the $600 to $1000 range. I'd be curious how many of those are customs. But then maybe that's a new poll.

I bought a custom Boat Paddle Kayak soprano from Jerry Hoffman in the low end of that range complete with a stellar pickup and preamp. I did a lot of research and able to have him build a uke that has the sound I was looking for, both acoustic and plugged in.