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Big_Fred
11-30-2009, 01:44 PM
I just wanted to say Hello. I have just recently rediscovered my love of the Ukulele. I have found this site to be a great resource.

I am proud to say I bought my first Ukulele for around 30 dollars directly from the Kamaka factory back in the early seventies. I grew up on Oahu; This was an elementary school field trip. Sadly, I do not have that one anymore.

We were out out vacation last year (sharing childhood memories with my wife and kids) and I came across a local luthier at the aloha swap meet. He had a pair of Koa tenors which we bought both for a discount price. One for myself and one for sister. I took the one with blue bindings. Awesome sound and playability. Edmund Bacani EBB "Nice Ukulele" was his brand. I see some other UU'ers have some of his ukes. Pics later.

.BMAC.
11-30-2009, 02:23 PM
Welcome to UU! Nice story you've got there. It's always cool to hear how members were originally drawn to the Uke. Can't wait for the pictures. Maybe even a video? :eek:

Oh, and lucky... I wish I could go on a field trip to the Kamaka factory. ahaha. That'd be one expensive field trip for our school though, coming all the way from the Northeast Mainland.

buddhuu
11-30-2009, 11:42 PM
Yo Fred. Welcome to UU! :D

ukeshale
12-01-2009, 03:35 AM
Welcome to UU :)

Kanaka916
12-01-2009, 05:12 AM
E Komo Mai to the Underground! So which school you went?

Big_Fred
12-01-2009, 06:02 AM
Ah, the Hawaii question.

Lanikai Elementary (field trip)

Where you wen 'grad?

I was blessed to attend Punahou, grades 4-12.

Big_Fred
12-01-2009, 06:23 AM
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2628/4149884513_4378040c0a_b.jpg

Nice Ukulele Tenor, Solid Spalted Koa, Kala Red strings.

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2671/4149884519_180ae39a4c_b.jpg

According to Ed, ground up and reconstituted pool ball mixed with epoxy as the binding.

Fred Miu
12-01-2009, 06:46 AM
welcome Fred! (man its weird to say that to another fred, lol)

hope you enjoy UU! :)

-Fred

Kanaka916
12-01-2009, 06:52 AM
Ah, the Hawaii question.

Lanikai Elementary (field trip)

Where you wen 'grad?

I was blessed to attend Punahou, grades 4-12.
Aw right, brah! FHS too long ago fo mention. Befo dat, Likelike Elementary and den Kalakaua. Stay livin up hea on da mainland afta I got out of da service. 808 is still home. Get enuff locals up hea and we kanikapila on Fridays at Hawaiian Style Grill, stay owned by couple a local boys. And yea, dey wen grad FHS. Eh, brah I talk to you on da boards. If get question, no shame, send one PM.

johncaudrey
12-01-2009, 06:53 AM
Welcome to UU Fred and enjoy your stay!
Wow, that blue binding is very different, still undecided as to whether I like or not!

hoosierhiver
12-01-2009, 09:40 AM
Welcome to UU, I don't think I've ever seen blue binding before.