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Samster
07-26-2009, 01:35 PM
any help :)

DeG
07-26-2009, 01:38 PM
what size do you want? Kala has an solid koa soprano now...here (http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-KALA-SOLID-KOA-SOPRANO-dlx-w-ebony-fretboard-cs-2_W0QQitemZ370234169700QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_Defau ltDomain_0?hash=item5633ad1964&_trksid=p4634.c0.m14.l1262&_trkparms=%7C293%3A1%7C294%3A30).

vahn
07-26-2009, 01:41 PM
Soprano LD Zerone for $200
http://cgi.ebay.com/L-D-Zerone-ALL-SOLID-Koa-Soprano-Uke-Ukulele-CASE_W0QQitemZ170337717091QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_De faultDomain_0?hash=item27a8eb4b63&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=65%3A12%7C66%3A2%7C39%3A1%7C72%3A1205%7C 293%3A1%7C294%3A50

Solid Lanikai concert for 282.15
http://cgi.ebay.com/LANIKAI-Concert-Ukulele-Solid-KOA-Flame-Mahogany-Neck_W0QQitemZ350221604988QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_De faultDomain_0?hash=item518ad5987c&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=65%3A12%7C66%3A2%7C39%3A1%7C72%3A1205%7C 293%3A1%7C294%3A50

Ahnko Honu
07-26-2009, 01:55 PM
If you want a REAL made in Hawai'i 'ukulele handmade by a Hawaiian luthier you can't beat Mr. Emil Bader's Koa 'ukuleles. Here's one but grab it quick! :shaka:
http://www.globalcreationscart.com/product_4807.html
http://www.globalcreationscart.com/resources/image.php?location=../images&name=ukeKoaSoprano.jpg&width=1024&height=1024&scalemode=fit&donotresample=true

Ukeffect
07-26-2009, 01:59 PM
Solid Koa Oscar Schmidt concert $139 inc/ shipping! I have one...you won't be disappointed!
http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-OSCAR-SCHMIDT-OU5DL-DELUXE-CONCERT-SIZE-KOA-UKULELE_W0QQitemZ360172569931QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH _DefaultDomain_0?hash=item53dbf5454b&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=65%3A12|66%3A2|39%3A1|72%3A1205|293%3A1| 294%3A50 (http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-OSCAR-SCHMIDT-OU5DL-DELUXE-CONCERT-SIZE-KOA-UKULELE_W0QQitemZ360172569931QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH _DefaultDomain_0?hash=item53dbf5454b&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=65%3A12%7C66%3A2%7C39%3A1%7C72%3A1205%7C 293%3A1%7C294%3A50)

Ahnko Honu
07-26-2009, 02:01 PM
Solid Koa Oscar Schmidt concert $139 inc/ shipping! I have one...you won't be disappointed!
http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-OSCAR-SCHMIDT-OU5DL-DELUXE-CONCERT-SIZE-KOA-UKULELE_W0QQitemZ360172569931QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH _DefaultDomain_0?hash=item53dbf5454b&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=65%3A12|66%3A2|39%3A1|72%3A1205|293%3A1| 294%3A50 (http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-OSCAR-SCHMIDT-OU5DL-DELUXE-CONCERT-SIZE-KOA-UKULELE_W0QQitemZ360172569931QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH _DefaultDomain_0?hash=item53dbf5454b&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=65%3A12%7C66%3A2%7C39%3A1%7C72%3A1205%7C 293%3A1%7C294%3A50)

I'm pretty sure OS does not make a solid Koa 'ukulele this one being a laminate though a very nice laminate at that. ;)

Ukeffect
07-26-2009, 02:12 PM
I'm pretty sure OS does not make a solid Koa 'ukulele this one being a laminate though a very nice laminate at that. ;)
This is a limited custom deluxe version, and it IS solid koa... I have one tight in my hot little hands! Ahnko...that's what makes this such a good deal! He only has a few of these left!

http://i653.photobucket.com/albums/uu257/bruce_2009_01/ou5dlfront.jpg

Pippin
07-26-2009, 02:33 PM
I'm pretty sure OS does not make a solid Koa 'ukulele this one being a laminate though a very nice laminate at that. ;)

Oscar Schmidt does make a solid koa uke, but that one is not it. That is a laminated uke. The solid koa is the model OU280SWK and is $899.00 when you can find one. It is a beautiful instrument and well made. It is concert-sized. German Village Music Haus in Columbus, Ohio has one in stock right now.

Lanark
07-26-2009, 02:34 PM
If you want a REAL made in Hawai'i 'ukulele handmade by a Hawaiian luthier you can't beat Mr. Emil Bader's Koa 'ukuleles. Here's one but grab it quick! :shaka:
http://www.globalcreationscart.com/product_4807.html
http://www.globalcreationscart.com/resources/image.php?location=../images&name=ukeKoaSoprano.jpg&width=1024&height=1024&scalemode=fit&donotresample=true

Personally, I might lean towards this one. There's a lot to be said for an instrument made by one guy in Hawaii vs. a factory in China and if Ahnko Honu is going to vouch for the quality, I'd weigh that heavily in its favor. And the price is pretty amazing for solid koa.

thejumpingflea
07-26-2009, 02:35 PM
This is a limited custom deluxe version, and it IS solid koa... I have one tight in my hot little hands! Ahnko...that's what makes this such a good deal! He only has a few of these left!

http://i653.photobucket.com/albums/uu257/bruce_2009_01/ou5dlfront.jpg

That particular uke is a laminate . . . :(

Pippin
07-26-2009, 02:36 PM
This is a limited custom deluxe version, and it IS solid koa... I have one tight in my hot little hands! Ahnko...that's what makes this such a good deal! He only has a few of these left!

http://i653.photobucket.com/albums/uu257/bruce_2009_01/ou5dlfront.jpg

Check in the sound hole. The OU5DL has a three-layer laminated body. It is a nicely made uke with some deluxe treatments, but it is laminated.

haolejohn
07-26-2009, 02:40 PM
This is a limited custom deluxe version, and it IS solid koa... I have one tight in my hot little hands! Ahnko...that's what makes this such a good deal! He only has a few of these left!

http://i653.photobucket.com/albums/uu257/bruce_2009_01/ou5dlfront.jpg

I did some research. It is select hawaiian koa wood. I don't think it is solid because it doesn't say solid koa. The ebay listing is misleading. I could be wrong but I went to oschar schmidts website as well as others and no one had the ou5 deluxe listed as solid koa.

haolejohn
07-26-2009, 02:42 PM
To the OP-
Check out www.meleukulele.com they have great prices and great quality.

here is a link of a review I did http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oi4r-y979ro&feature=related

pithaya9
07-26-2009, 02:52 PM
If you want a REAL made in Hawai'i 'ukulele handmade by a Hawaiian luthier you can't beat Mr. Emil Bader's Koa 'ukuleles. Here's one but grab it quick! :shaka:
http://www.globalcreationscart.com/product_4807.html
http://www.globalcreationscart.com/resources/image.php?location=../images&name=ukeKoaSoprano.jpg&width=1024&height=1024&scalemode=fit&donotresample=true

Solid Koa, Made In Hawai'i, Excellent price, Endorsed by Ahnko. What are you waiting for?

DeG
07-26-2009, 02:57 PM
Solid Koa, Made In Hawai'i, Excellent price, Endorsed by Ahnko. What are you waiting for?

Agreed... I would jump on that one.

bbycrts
07-26-2009, 06:48 PM
any help :)

MGM has a HONU Concert for 399... (http://cgi.ebay.com/SALE-JUST-ARRIVED-HONU-Solid-KOA-CONCERT-UKULELE-w-cs_W0QQitemZ370233238743QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_Defa ultDomain_0?hash=item56339ee4d7&_trksid=p4634.c0.m14.l1262&_trkparms=|293%3A1|294%3A30)

bbycrts
07-26-2009, 06:49 PM
Solid Koa, Made In Hawai'i, Excellent price, Endorsed by Ahnko. What are you waiting for?

Yeah, those look GREAT, too!

Pippin
07-26-2009, 08:16 PM
I did some research. It is select hawaiian koa wood. I don't think it is solid because it doesn't say solid koa. The ebay listing is misleading. I could be wrong but I went to oschar schmidts website as well as others and no one had the ou5 deluxe listed as solid koa.

One annoying thing for me is when I see these listed as "all koa". That makes people think that it is solid, but that is really not what they are saying.

Years ago, I went to my mother's house for dinner and she showed me a new dinette table that she said was "solid wood" and it was sold to her as "all wood". It was masonite covered in a veneer. Years later, when the veneer started to peel, she finally believe me when I said that it was not solid wood. She was angry with the salesman. I knew the table was not solid that first day that I saw it. I saw the bottom side of the "top" and saw that it was masonite.

Deceptive advertising and trade practices stink. The term "select" actually does mean that the wood used in the veneer was picked for aesthetics and that it is knot-free and visually a high grade. Unfortunately, many people take that to mean solid wood. "All koa", however, is just plain lying.

Ahnko Honu
07-26-2009, 08:17 PM
This is a limited custom deluxe version, and it IS solid koa... I have one tight in my hot little hands! Ahnko...that's what makes this such a good deal! He only has a few of these left!

http://i653.photobucket.com/albums/uu257/bruce_2009_01/ou5dlfront.jpg

Not for $139.00 not even if made in Indonesia.

petah
07-26-2009, 09:02 PM
go with Ahnko Honu.

Don't be turned off by the price. The luthier isn't trying to max his profits so he sells them dirt cheap.

Ahnko Honu
07-26-2009, 09:30 PM
Solid Koa, Made In Hawai'i, Excellent price, Endorsed by Ahnko. What are you waiting for?

Mr. Bader makes each 'ukulele by hand in his small shop at a very low volume. He not only makes his 'ukuleles by hand but he also mills the majority of his wood from logs that he has collected himself. He mills all his top, bottom, and side boards using a band saw, and a drum sander. The only thing he doesn't make himself is pretty much the fret wire, tuners, and strings. Each instrument is unique and different unlike a CNC machined mass produced KALA which are churned out by the thousands like clones though high quality but somewhat soulless. Each of Mr. Baders 'ukuleles I consider a work of art. Because there is so much hand work involved no two are alike. Don't expect a flawless 100% cosmetically perfect 'ukulele, expect a hand made work of art made by a man who also plays the 'ukulele with his main concern being sound. He could spend more time on finish and charge more but again he is more concerned with sound than finish, and though his finish is beautiful it might not pass a magnifying glass test of more particular customers. I am very satisfied with the quality and sound of my first two Emil Bader 'ukuleles, and I look forward to my 3rd a special order Milo wood tenor neck concert pineapple.

clayton56
07-26-2009, 09:45 PM
I just bought a koa ukulele, and now you show me the Baders?

Is there a "Uke of the Month Club" I could join?

At least, I have made the decision to buy only sopranos from now on. I bought one concert and it's nice but too big. So that simplifies the UAS.

Kanaka916
07-27-2009, 04:03 AM
I just bought a koa ukulele, and now you show me the Baders?

Is there a "Uke of the Month Club" I could join?

At least, I have made the decision to buy only sopranos from now on. I bought one concert and it's nice but too big. So that simplifies the UAS.
There is a thread (http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?t=14843) dated 15 June regarding Emil Bader Ukuleles.

bbycrts
07-27-2009, 04:51 AM
I did some research. It is select hawaiian koa wood. I don't think it is solid because it doesn't say solid koa. The ebay listing is misleading. I could be wrong but I went to oschar schmidts website as well as others and no one had the ou5 deluxe listed as solid koa.

To me, when looking at instruments, the word "Select" is a red flag that the wood is a laminate. They can't say Solid, because that's a flat-out lie, so they use Select to make it sound especially fancy...

Pippin
07-27-2009, 08:27 AM
If you want a REAL made in Hawai'i 'ukulele handmade by a Hawaiian luthier you can't beat Mr. Emil Bader's Koa 'ukuleles. Here's one but grab it quick! :shaka:
http://www.globalcreationscart.com/product_4807.html
http://www.globalcreationscart.com/resources/image.php?location=../images&name=ukeKoaSoprano.jpg&width=1024&height=1024&scalemode=fit&donotresample=true

I just might have to get one of those.:)

ukulelearp
07-27-2009, 09:06 AM
Those Guava wood ones look really cool.

Bluke
07-27-2009, 05:57 PM
Koa is nice. Craftsmanship is better. Both together are great. If you go too cheap, you won't get great tone and playability. Mahogany or rosewood (and many other types) are beautiful and sound good if the instrument is made well. Red spruce tops sound best, I think. But, for the koa lover, my Pono all koa is available...

http://www.machinearts.com/auctionpics/pono.jpg

DeG
07-27-2009, 05:59 PM
what is that a long neck soprano or super concert? hard to get the scale on it for the pics...

Disregard..I googled PKC-2 Concert... The neck seem disproportionately long for some reason... maybe the angle of the pic?