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Russ Sonny Kemner
07-13-2009, 05:14 PM
Not sure if I should be flattered or bummed? Two different instruments made and sold to two different individuals are now listed on e-bay.

Does this mean that the value of the instrument makes it worth re-listing in which case I would be flattered, or is this an indication that my luthier skills aren't as good as I thought?? That would be a let down.

Yikes!

Maybe I'm making too much out of this.

JT_Ukes
07-13-2009, 05:23 PM
Dunno,

Got links to the listings?

Melissa82
07-13-2009, 05:24 PM
I would just ask them why they are listed.

Ahnko Honu
07-13-2009, 06:25 PM
Are they selling for more than what they were bought for. I'm guessing the buyers aren't 'ukulele players but just someone out to make a profit. :mad:

cpatch
07-13-2009, 07:25 PM
Got links to the listings?
Search eBay for Sonny Daze.

JT_Ukes
07-13-2009, 07:34 PM
woah...
I may have to bid.. heh

Lanark
07-13-2009, 07:56 PM
I certainly can't fault your work on the Diddley Bow I've got. It's solid. It's most likely that these two were just sitting around not getting played and times being what they are they end up on eBay.

They both make a point of listing Sonny Daze in the titles, so that's a good sign. It shows that you've already established yourself and a reputation.
They're a couple of musical instruments. All you can do is send them out into the world and eventually they find the person who is meant to play them. These two are on the next leg of that journey.

Myala509
07-13-2009, 08:58 PM
That KOA baritone is sick looking!!!! im gonna bid.

Link
07-13-2009, 09:53 PM
Not sure why. You should ask them, for sure. In a non-weird way ofcourse, lol.

"Hey, wtf? Why are you selling this divine instrument!?!"

No matter what... I am tempted to buy the soprano.

deach
07-14-2009, 02:11 AM
Don't take it personally. Maybe a cigar box isn't for them. Maybe they're going through financial difficulties.

Ukulele JJ
07-14-2009, 02:11 AM
They're a couple of musical instruments. All you can do is send them out into the world and eventually they find the person who is meant to play them. These two are on the next leg of that journey.


Well put.

:cheers:

JJ

UkuleleHill
07-14-2009, 03:48 AM
Both listings I see mention your name, and they both say they are beautifuly crafted, or something along those lines. So I DOUBT its that they are bad, or poorly crafted. I think they just needed the money, or are hoping from all the rave reviews on here that they sell well.

seeso
07-14-2009, 03:49 AM
Your ukes are so cool looking.

UkuEroll
07-14-2009, 08:11 AM
I don't think it's anything to do with your luthier skills, If I had half your skills I would be a happy man.

GrumpyCoyote
07-14-2009, 09:18 AM
We uke buyers are a fickle bunch - don't take it personally.

I find that like most sub-cultures, we ukers tend to buy and sell quite a bit. It is, for some, as much a part of the hobby as playing.

It's just how some of us operate... (not me, for the record, but a signifigant number of us)

Also (and this is just a guess), I think a cigarbox can be (not always of course) more of an "also have" kind of thing rather than a primary "everyday" uke. As such, they may be more likley to get sold, no matter how well loved they are. Second child syndrome...

Your stuff is stunning - I would find it hard to belive that it was anything other than the usual UAS buying and selling...

Boozelele
07-14-2009, 09:25 AM
We uke buyers are a fickle bunch - don't take it personally.

I find that like most sub-cultures, we ukers tend to buy and sell quite a bit. It is, for some, as much a part of the hobby as playing.

I would find it hard to belive that it was anything other than the usual UAS buying and selling...

People actually SELL their ukes? I totally understand buying....

Link
07-14-2009, 09:30 AM
Damnit I've been outbid. Guess I have to wait for mine to be done.

UkuleleHill
07-14-2009, 09:51 AM
Damnit I've been outbid. Guess I have to wait for mine to be done.

LOL! Yeah... I was going to bid too... But I didn't outbid you...

rossjr
07-14-2009, 10:26 AM
Damnit I've been outbid. Guess I have to wait for mine to be done.

Buying on eBay is an art. Unless you want to drive up the price you don't bid at all until the very end, and then you should only do within the last 30 seconds. Put your highest price in as you won't have a chance to up your bid if someone else has a higher bid. It's called snipping and it can help insure that you win will not driving up the cost of the item...


How's that for my 100th post, some helpful information....:shaka::cool:

jazzuke
07-14-2009, 11:02 AM
Or, it's that sickness of

"I got a great uke, but gotta buy more...and I can't keep them all so have to make the tough choice...and these are so good, I know I can get my money back from them, and maybe more besides so I can go buy some more ukes"

DeG
07-14-2009, 11:06 AM
I'm waiting to snipe on the Concert one. Putting on my ghillie suit as we speak... :D

http://images.quizfarm.com/1155431705sniper.jpg

Teek
07-14-2009, 11:34 AM
I saw some of your work sell originally and wanted to bid then, but funds were tight and it's worse now. I still want to bid but I'd be shot if another uke showed up on the front porch!

I used to be an artist, I put the work out there and had to let it go and it was so hard sometimes, but you can't look back. I also had a ton of it stolen and have no idea where most of it is. I figure some day I'll find a bronze on eBay going for pennies on the dollar, and if so may have to buy it back for my own inventory.

But hey, if they go for more than the original price you sold them at then you will have a new price level set, so let's all bump! Then the seller might feel really bad, in a way. :D

cornfedgroove
07-14-2009, 04:59 PM
russ, your stuff looks great...bottom line is: they may be selling it but

1: you got paid
2: they're still talking good about you

I'm sure they got they're reasons, and now you got like double the exposure

WhenDogsSing
07-15-2009, 08:32 AM
A Sonny Daze soprano went last night on EBay for $76. I was the fortunate one who will hopefully see it come in the USPS truck in the next day or so...Needless to say, I am very pleased to have been able to get one at that cost and will treasure it dearly...I can't believe how "flamey" the maple neck is and I hear they play very easily...Great workmanship...!!!

This one will have taken its last trip for a long, long while as it has now found a loving home...:D

WhenDogsSing
07-15-2009, 08:37 AM
I'm waiting to snipe on the Concert one. Putting on my ghillie suit as we speak... :D

http://images.quizfarm.com/1155431705sniper.jpg

I'm glad I got the one I did before you blasted away with that thing...:D

I won't be able to bid on the concert as I've run out of funds and haven't told my wife yet about the one last night...:D

UkuleleHill
07-15-2009, 08:41 AM
A Sonny Daze soprano went last night on EBay for $76. I was the fortunate one who will hopefully see it come in the USPS truck in the next day or so...Needless to say, I am very pleased to have been able to get one at that cost and will treasure it dearly...I can't believe how "flamey" the maple neck is and I hear they play very easily...Great workmanship...!!!

This one will have taken its last trip for a long, long while as it has now found a loving home...:D

I wondered if the bidder was on here! Congrats on the new uke!

WhenDogsSing
07-15-2009, 09:02 AM
I wondered if the bidder was on here! Congrats on the new uke!

I've been watching the build progress on yours and it looks like you're going to get an awfully nice one too...Can't wait to see the finished gem...:D

WhenDogsSing
07-15-2009, 09:05 AM
I shouldn't keep jumping in here but I see that there's a Sonny Daze tenor on EBay now too...that makes a concert and a tenor yet to go in the next week or so...:D

Link
07-15-2009, 09:19 AM
Good googa mooga that tenor is incredible.

Russ Sonny Kemner
07-15-2009, 01:51 PM
I built the soprano and one of the tenors for a guy and his wife. I asked why he was selling, He e-mailed me back and said he was moving and had a lot of instruments, so decided to sell them. Also he admired the craftsmanship, but wanted more sound projection.

He added the geared tuners. I had built both of these with friction violin pegs. The soprano box doesn't pump out as much volume compared to my usual work, the tenor does.

Sometimes with the difference in box material, there is only so much you can do for tone and sound projection. As with all my projects, I give the new owner sound samples and photo's before any agreement to ship. These two are what I would consider nice looking and middle of the road sounding.

Since these two builds, I have discovered the value of a finger planer, and what can be done inside the box to improve the sound.

Let me know your thoughts when your uke arrives.

Russ Sonny Kemner
07-15-2009, 03:57 PM
This instrument is pretty sweet. I have learned a little more about building since this one was made, but still this one turned out pretty good. I think I still have some sound clips of this one, so if you are interested let me know and I'll e-mail them to you.

note: I am not U2hairy, he is the guy that bought this one on e-bay last sept. so nothing to gain on my part, just thought if someone was watching the e-bay listing the sound clips might be helpful.

WhenDogsSing
07-16-2009, 02:01 AM
Let me know your thoughts when your uke arrives.

I'll get with you after the soprano arrives...I prefer tenors so I may also be asking if you can build me a tenor sometime soon...your work is very nice...:D