View Full Version : New Guy with New Used Uke

01-28-2010, 03:03 PM
Greetings. I've been lurking around these parts and learning what I can. I've never played a ukulele but got the idea recently to try it after listing to Joe Purdy's Julie Blue CD a few hundred times. Knowing what I know about guitars, I was hoping to avoid a mass produced laminate but the prices for solid wood, as you all know, can be surprising. Then I came upon this on ebay (it arrived today):





It's a Tangi tenor ukulele. All solid flamed koa, 7 years old with hardly a mark on it. It has a few surface cracks that I'm not sure go through the wood. I'll have that checked out tomorrow when I buy some new strings. I'm sure you all know about Tangi and his circumstances. His ukuleles seem to get high marks but they're not discussed as much as some others. I think I did pretty good for a hand made in Honolulu uke but I'd like some input. Is there anything anyone can tell me about this instrument? Was $100 a great price, a reasonable price or did I get robbed?

01-28-2010, 03:09 PM
Welcome, Raymond! I don't know anything about that uke, but $100 for a solid koa sounds like a good deal to me!!!

01-28-2010, 03:28 PM
Can't go wrong, you got a Tanji for a $100. Being a local builder in the 808 is very competitive and you do hear of his instruments from time to time. Looks like a single piece top and back considering a lot of them are bookmatched. Other than that, I didn't notice anything out of the ordinary.

01-28-2010, 04:06 PM
I don't know if you quite hit the jackpot, but you sure got a great deal! Tangis are great - I had a manini for a little while and I was very impressed with the build. Not so impressed with my awkward fingers which didn't like playing such a tiny instrument - but the uke itself was great! And single piece top and back is just another big plus. BE VERY HAPPY!

01-28-2010, 04:20 PM
Welcome Raymond! That's a beatiful and sweet looking ukulele. $100.00 is not bad for a Tangi.

01-29-2010, 02:25 AM
Thanks for the positive comments. I was originally looking for a concert uke because I'm used to guitar and even then I prefer a slightly wider neck for my fat little fingers. I knew a soprano wasn't going to be easy to play but this tenor should do just fine. I heard from Tangi last night. He thought this could have been a $500 ukulele new 7 years ago. I sent him some pics to confirm.