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TheWannabe90
06-05-2009, 08:52 AM
I can only choose one...
http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=373&pictureid=2090

A few months ago I contacted "The Ukulele Shop" London for a uke.
They told me they were having some damaged Kanile'a Tenor ukuleles repaired,
these both had a small crack in the soundboard because they were sent from Hawaii without a case.
I sent them like every week an email to check if they had already come in
(It was almost stalkerish). Luckily they remained very friendly.
Today they finally came in. And although "The Ukulele Shop" is closed they still want to sell it to me as a personal transaction.

And now the hard part... They have 2 beautiful ukuleles to choose from.
Now can you guys help me decide which one to buy? Or shouldn't I at all?
Any advice/warning for cracks/personal taste is appreciated


This is the one on the left hand side of the picture
The darker big dots on the pictures are apparently reflections.

http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=373&pictureid=2099

This is the crack on the left one

http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=373&pictureid=2096

and this is her back

http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=373&pictureid=2097

TheWannabe90
06-05-2009, 08:54 AM
this is the one on the right hand side

http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=373&pictureid=2094

the crack

http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=373&pictureid=2092

and the back

http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=373&pictureid=2093


Now which one is the prettier twin?

Spooner
06-05-2009, 08:57 AM
Lefty. :shaka:

1014
06-05-2009, 08:57 AM
can you play them?

TheWannabe90
06-05-2009, 09:14 AM
can you play them?
Unfortunately not...
Does anyone know if those cracks might have changed the sound, although they been repaired by a professional luthier?

Kanaka916
06-05-2009, 09:28 AM
I vote LEFT . . .

TheWannabe90
06-05-2009, 09:51 AM
So left is winning :) motivation?
Looking at the pictures I think the crack may be smaller on the right one but more visible than on the left...

Spooner
06-05-2009, 09:59 AM
I like Lefty's look better and from the pics it looks like the crack is more visible on the right uke.

They both look nice but of course I would pick the one with the least damage....not that I would buy a damaged uke myself.

Dirka
06-05-2009, 10:05 AM
I really like the idea of giving a broken soul a second chance. It's great to have something that's not perfect.

Spooner
06-05-2009, 10:10 AM
I really like the idea of giving a broken soul a second chance. It's great to have something that's not perfect.

I think that's called a wife. :p

UK Dave
06-05-2009, 11:12 AM
Unfortunately not...
Does anyone know if those cracks might have changed the sound, although they been repaired by a professional luthier?

I wouldn't be worried at all if its a model you REALLY want and the price is super good. However, if its just for the sake of having another Uke I'd be a little hesitant as if you decide you don't like how it plays and want to sell it down the road you'll have a pretty limited market.

As far as repairs go, I had a lefty Gibson 5 string Banjo that had both the neck and resonator repaired and that old gal sounded just as good as a new one 10 years down the line. Not quite the same I know and I was also saving around $2500 but none the less, if the luthier is good it shouldnt change a thing otherwise you'd see one hell of a lot of vintage ukes going for pennies because they'd all sound like crap :o

ukebrudder
06-05-2009, 11:19 AM
How much are you getting the uke for, and is he selling both of them?

DaveVisi
06-05-2009, 04:52 PM
I like the richness of the darker colored one on the right. But the lighter honey color of the left one is pretty nice too. Tough choice...

If the crack was professionally repaired, I doubt it will affect the tone very much.

Question: Why do Ukes not use soundhole rosettes(besides the obvious cost issue)? They were added to classical guitars to help reinforce the soundhole from this kind of damage. I just think they look somehow "incomplete" without one.

CoffeeJunkee
06-05-2009, 05:03 PM
Question: Why do Ukes not use soundhole rosettes(besides the obvious cost issue)? They were added to classical guitars to help reinforce the soundhole from this kind of damage. I just think they look somehow "incomplete" without one.

it really depends on the make and model.... some do and some dont..... BTW welcome to UU!

DaveVisi
06-05-2009, 06:37 PM
Thanks for the welcome. I've been browsing the other parts of UU, but just found the forum today. Feels sort of like "home" already.

bt93
06-06-2009, 04:38 AM
can i buy the one u dont get?:D

TheWannabe90
06-06-2009, 07:12 AM
How much are you getting the uke for, and is he selling both of them?
The price is £300, which is €341.22 or 483.75$, including tax, case and postage.
He told me I could choose one and he would keep the other one for himself.
Good price or not?

Kanaka916
06-06-2009, 10:30 AM
Here's the cost of a Kanile'a K-1 Tenor (http://kanileaukulele.com/k-1_soprano.php?osCsid=eb687a28645086722a82c6db9d259 ff7). . . I don't think you'll go wrong for that price.

ukulele2544
06-06-2009, 11:40 AM
I would get the one on the right

TheWannabe90
06-06-2009, 01:31 PM
I would get the one on the right
any particular motivation about the crack or is it just prettier?

experimentjon
06-06-2009, 02:13 PM
The price is 300, which is 341.22 or 483.75$, including tax, case and postage.
He told me I could choose one and he would keep the other one for himself.
Good price or not?

Professionally repaired for that price is pretty good, especially if it includes a case. I'd go for the one on the left.

I actually have no experience with professional repairs, and have only tried repairing a massive crack on my mele tenor by myself. I'd say that it did dampen the sound...but that's because I repaired it like a retard by gluing on a thick splint that pretty much prevented vibration across a large part of the soundboard. I'd assume that for the price professional crack repairs cost, your uke wouldn't have such retarding on it.

TheWannabe90
06-06-2009, 10:54 PM
Thanks for all the input so far. I'm so bad at choosing...
I'll probably hurt one's feelings :)


Here (http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/album.php?albumid=373)are some more pictures


I think the left one maybe looks a tiny wee bit prettier but the crack also seems bigger...

I should make this into a poll.

TheWannabe90
06-07-2009, 12:09 AM
Left

http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=373&pictureid=2099


Right

http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=373&pictureid=2094

Dino
06-07-2009, 12:21 AM
I like the one on the right.

TheWannabe90
06-07-2009, 09:19 AM
Bump... Must decide fast...

upskydowncloud
06-07-2009, 12:26 PM
Thanks for all the input so far. I'm so bad at choosing...
I'll probably hurt one's feelings :)


Here (http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/album.php?albumid=373)are some more pictures


I think the left one maybe looks a tiny wee bit prettier but the crack also seems bigger...

I should make this into a poll.

I'm going to go for the one on the left as well.

Ultimately though you won't be unhappy with either really, they both look good!

RevWill
06-07-2009, 02:09 PM
It prolly doesn't matter, to be truthful. I would suspect they are essentially similar and neither will be better in any signficant way than the other.

But according to cognitive dissonance theory, you will likely buy one and wonder whether you should have bought the other. You will be haunted and tortured.

Therefore, buy them both and give the one you like less to me