PDA

View Full Version : Oceana Ukes



Eriquito
01-31-2010, 11:23 AM
Anyone ever play one of these? I saw the link on the UU main page and was wondering about them. Some of the pics look pretty nice.

Telperion
09-07-2011, 05:03 AM
I'm bumping this old post because it looks like it really never got answered. I have been wondering about these ukes for some time now and there really is very little to go on when you start searching for reviews. There has to be someone from the forum that owns one of these. I'd love to hear any thoughts/opinions from past or present owners of Oceana ukes. What is your impression of build quality, sound, playability? Any other brands/models to compare? Thanks!

hapuna
09-07-2011, 07:21 AM
Zack, I think that's his name, makes some excellent ukuleles here in the Puget Sound area. He was introduced to instrument building in South America and still has some association with folks down there. He seems to make a beautiful ukulele and folks here like them. I have not personally played them but I do think they are solid players. They are for sale in Dusty Strings which I think is a good recommendation.

coriandre
09-07-2011, 09:10 AM
I'm really curious about these as well. Did some research myself and found almost nothing. A tenor just sold on ebay yesterday for 1075$. There is a video of Aldrine playing one on youtube. Yes, Zac is the name of the luthier and I've been waiting for an email reply to questions for 2 days. Any owners out there ?

Kanaka916
09-07-2011, 11:12 AM
I think they'll be at the WCUF this weekend . . .

shrink9
09-07-2011, 05:53 PM
I own a solid Spanish Cedar tenor Oceana uke. It sounds amazing. The overall feel of the uke is quite desirable. If I had to dispose of my uke collection this would probably be one of the last five to go.

Ed Gilkison
09-07-2011, 06:57 PM
Hi Guys!
I have a couple Oceana ukulele's in my collection, a beaut cedar concert and a lovely tenor. Zac Steimle , owner of Oceana Ukuleles, lives about 30 minutes from me in Port Orchard. He has been in his new digs for only a few months, so is working like mad to get his workshop set up, and get to building ukes. The two I have were made by his partner in Ecuador, stunning work- Zac's phone # 253 -327-9583 give him a call!

Telperion
09-08-2011, 12:56 AM
Glad to see some replies to this one. I had a feeling they were pretty nice ukes, but there is very little to base that on, since I've never held one in my hand. I emailed Zac with a few questions, and he got back to me the same day. I was mostly asking questions about custom work (radiused fretboards, slotted headstocks, etc. - all of which are available options from Zac), and then some discussion about top woods and tone woods, particularly sinker tops. He was pretty thorough in his reply and seems like real decent guy. If his ukes are as great of players as they are beautiful, I sure hope he is successful with his business. It's become a competitive builders market and it would be a shame for his ukes to continue to fly under the radar.

ralphk
09-08-2011, 04:22 AM
You will find an Oceana uke played in this comparison of Bartt's uke collection

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jk81Sor_1M8&feature=player_embedded#!

Telperion
09-08-2011, 06:26 AM
You will find an Oceana uke played in this comparison of Bartt's uke collection

That dude kind of freaks me out. (Sorry, if there are a lot of Bartt fans out there.)

coriandre
09-08-2011, 06:06 PM
That dude kind of freaks me out. (Sorry, if there are a lot of Bartt fans out there.)

He freaks me out period !

Man, I laughed so hard watching this video.....the way he smiles and raises his eyebrows.
Still a very good video. Very interesting to hear all the different sounds

Ukulele Bartt
09-11-2011, 12:31 PM
Hmm ... I searched for "Oceana" to contribute some kind words for the very cool Oceana ukes, and discovered two people have been "freaked out" somehow.

I'm glad you watched the vid, sjshiner and coriandre, and certainly it's all in the spirit of fun. But really ... how on Earth were you freaked out?

coriandre
09-11-2011, 01:49 PM
Hello Mr Bartt,

I really didnt mean no offense but can see how it could be interpreted this way. I did like the video for the variety of instrument being played and the different acoustics. But I also saw this video like if it was a comedy, I laughed so hard. This is what I meant by he freaks me out. This is what I thought sjshiner meant also. English is not my first language and I am sorry if I misused the expression "freaks me out"

I have seen some other videos you have made and for example find the version of Kashmir you have done with James Hill incredibly inspired.
I am sorry if my comment offended you and really, it was not meant to offend.

Ukulele Bartt
09-12-2011, 06:05 PM
Hi, Coriandre -
No offense taken at all! I thought it was funny! Besides, these message boards are here for people to say whatever they want. Feel free!

Anyway, I do like to put some nonsense in my vids, so yeah, it was meant to be a little silly. It's all good!

Mouthy1
09-13-2011, 06:35 AM
Bartt, you freak me out and I kinda like it! Thanks for being funny and being a great Uke'r to boot!

Mouthy1
09-13-2011, 06:38 AM
Oh, by the way, great video and the Oceana did hold its own.

Telperion
09-16-2011, 05:01 AM
Hmm ... I searched for "Oceana" to contribute some kind words for the very cool Oceana ukes, and discovered two people have been "freaked out" somehow.

I'm glad you watched the vid, sjshiner and coriandre, and certainly it's all in the spirit of fun. But really ... how on Earth were you freaked out?

So sorry, Bartt. I suppose I misinterpretted your sense of humor and good nature. I'm an engineer and a pretty analytical person in general. I was expecting a dry technical comparison of ukes in the video. I think I was just caught off guard by your style. Looking at it now, I suppose it's refreshing to see someone inject some humor and joy into what they do. I'll try to take a more light-hearted aproach in the future (which is probably a good rule to follow for life in general). That's what ukulele is all about anyway, right?

Thanks,
Steve

P.S. Appreciate your insight on the Oceana ukes, too.

Ukulele Bartt
09-24-2011, 03:10 PM
All silliness aside, the Oceana is an extremely nice instrument. I also have their charango, which is perfect. If you don't know what a charango is, check out Eddy Navia: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N8v2xFw5KZ8&feature=channel_video_title
I've recorded some charango songs, might put em out this year.

Coconut Willie
09-25-2011, 08:24 AM
Aloha Bartt...I love your videos and that comparison of the ukes, guitars etc was cool. Keep doin what you do, I am a fan!!!!

beardco
10-26-2011, 01:07 AM
I've got a tenor Oceana & it sounds incredible. In fact, I have tried many other brands including the ones that are commonly considered the best sounding. They sounded nowhere near as good as my Oceana. People frequently tell me that they didn't know a ukulele could sound that good, and it wasn't my sophicated playing they were talking about. I've been wanting to buy another uke for a year now, specifically a 14 fret, but I can't find one that competes with the sound of this one.

I spent a year on the wait list of a custom builder who most on this site consider the best builder out there. A few weeks ago this builder tells me that its my turn on his waitlist but he has changed his mind because I'm just not worthy of his craftmanship. Let me see. Do I want to give $2,000 to someone with questionable ethics & honor or $1,000 to someone who delivers a guitarlike sound in a beautiful instrument. I'm in Florence right now & the Italian musicians here think my Oceana is incredible.

I don't know what Zac Steimle is doing right now but I would go back to him without hesitation, and his instruments are a great value when compared with similar priced ukuleles. When you see an Oceana uke in a music store beside other uke's, the other brands look amatuerish due to their lack of finish & detail. And the same is true with the sound.

haolejohn
10-26-2011, 01:37 AM
I've got a tenor Oceana & it sounds incredible. In fact, I have tried many other brands including the ones that are commonly considered the best sounding. They sounded nowhere near as good as my Oceana. People frequently tell me that they didn't know a ukulele could sound that good, and it wasn't my sophicated playing they were talking about. I've been wanting to buy another uke for a year now, specifically a 14 fret, but I can't find one that competes with the sound of this one.

I spent a year on the wait list of a custom builder who most on this site consider the best builder out there. A few weeks ago this builder tells me that its my turn on his waitlist but he has changed his mind because I'm just not worthy of his craftmanship. Let me see. Do I want to give $2,000 to someone with questionable ethics & honor or $1,000 to someone who delivers a guitarlike sound in a beautiful instrument. I'm in Florence right now & the Italian musicians here think my Oceana is incredible.

I don't know what Zac Steimle is doing right now but I would go back to him without hesitation, and his instruments are a great value when compared with similar priced ukuleles. When you see an Oceana uke in a music store beside other uke's, the other brands look amatuerish due to their lack of finish & detail. And the same is true with the sound.

WoW!! I'm glad you kept their name private but i can't imagine someone telling a customer this...I am stunned.

coriandre
10-26-2011, 01:46 AM
Stunned as well :confused: There has got to be more to this story ?!?!?

oceana
11-05-2011, 08:26 PM
Wow, I like what you saying.... It is an honor to be so well spoken of!
The story is we build some great ukuleles and we put a lot of love into them.
We are not new to instruments... we did not learn from the internet but a long line of tradition that has been past on from generation to generation!
We love to make music!
Zac Steimle
oceanaukuleles.com

bluesuke
11-06-2011, 03:23 AM
I played one of Zac's Ukuleles at Uketober fest this year. I was really impressed with the quality and they sound wonderful
Zac was a really nice guy to talk with.

Moore Bettah Ukuleles
11-06-2011, 06:01 AM
I spent a year on the wait list of a custom builder who most on this site consider the best builder out there. A few weeks ago this builder tells me that its my turn on his waitlist but he has changed his mind because I'm just not worthy of his craftmanship. Let me see. Do I want to give $2,000 to someone with questionable ethics & honor or $1,000 to someone who delivers a guitarlike sound in a beautiful instrument. I'm in Florence right now & the Italian musicians here think my Oceana is incredible.


It's unfortunate that Mr beardco and I have very different perceptions of the reality in this situation. What he has failed to realized is that because of the recent enforcement of the Lacey Act it is now ILLEGAL for me, or anyone else, to import or export a musical instrument with the necessary permit and required documentation. This is NOT a choice I made. It is now the law. I explained the situation fully in an email I sent out to all of my overseas customers. Of all of the responses I got in return to that email, Mr beardco was the only unsympathetic one and instead took it personally. Since he is on an extended vacation out of the USA, I suggested to him that we wait until he returned to the United States for me to begin his ukulele but that apparently was unsatisfactory. Again, anyone who is shipping instruments in or out of the country without the necessary permits and documentation is in violation of the Lacey Act. To question my ethics on this matter is an insult.

southcoastukes
11-06-2011, 06:37 AM
... because of the recent enforcement of the Lacey Act it is now ILLEGAL for me, or anyone else, to import or export a musical instrument with(out sic)) the necessary permit and required documentation... Again, anyone who is shipping instruments in or out of the country without the necessary permits and documentation is in violation of the Lacey Act...

Not trying to hijack the thread - the Oceana Ukuleles look really nice!

Everyone needs to realize what Chuck is saying; using undocumented, restricted woods or shell is a very serious business. A lot of luthiers simply have too much invested in material inventories that can't ever be documented to an extent that will satisfy the law. Maximum penalties (for those knowingly in violation) are 1/2 $million and jail. Owners of instruments with these materials are at risk when traveling as well.

Kanaka916
11-06-2011, 07:15 AM
I think at this point, the topic will have shifted from Oceana Ukes to Chuck's reply regarding beardco's comment. With all due respect to those involved, I'm gonna temporarily close this thread as it needs to be assessed. IMHO, I don't think the results will be positive.