PDA

View Full Version : New Uke!



RyanMFT
04-18-2010, 09:22 PM
Hey Everyone, just wanted to share that I am pretty excited about a uke I just picked up today.....a Kamaka Soprano! It was purchased from the Kamaka factory, brought back to the mainland, and then promptly stashed away for the next 11 years in its case! I am pretty blown away by the sound....I took off the original strings and restrung it. Dressed and polished the frets and tuners while I was at it, and then played for a couple hours. It sounds so sweet....I feel so lucky!

Tell me what you think......!!!
http://i827.photobucket.com/albums/zz199/RyanMFT_photos/Kamaka1.jpg

Dane
04-18-2010, 11:07 PM
What do I think? I think that is awesome. It looks new! But yet, it has a more classic look about it. Very cool. Did you get it for a steal, did the person know what they had?

guitharsis
04-19-2010, 12:21 AM
Congrats! What a beauty.

dkcrown
04-19-2010, 02:14 AM
Nice job Ryan. I bet she was just dying to be played after 11 years in exile.

Skitzic
04-19-2010, 02:37 AM
Beautiful. Although I also wonder if you got it for a steal...if it was in hiding for 11 years it's possible they didn't know what they had.

mailman
04-19-2010, 04:52 AM
What do I think? I think I hate you....

(just kidding!) Great find! Enjoy it!

cornfedgroove
04-19-2010, 04:58 AM
What do I think? I think I hate you....

(just kidding!) Great find! Enjoy it!

LOL...feeeeeel the burn!!!
she looks sweet man

haolejohn
04-19-2010, 05:03 AM
I can't see the pics but I am amazed at the people that buy "K" ukuleles as souviners. I mean how much money are you making to buy $500 plus instruments as souviners?

cletus
04-19-2010, 05:14 AM
It's a beauty, but I am indeed curious about the history. More story, please.

bbycrts
04-19-2010, 05:28 AM
What a find! Now...go wear the finish off it!

Chris Tarman
04-19-2010, 05:57 AM
I can't see the pics but I am amazed at the people that buy "K" ukuleles as souviners. I mean how much money are you making to buy $500 plus instruments as souviners?

He never actually said it was bought as a souvenir. I'm guessing that if they bought it at the factory, then at least SOMEONE knew what they had. Maybe the SPOUSE of the purchaser didn't know what they had...

RyanMFT
04-19-2010, 06:55 AM
Thanks EVERYONE for your kind words! This is why I love UU....people genuinely happy for others in this thing that we share.....

Here's the story.....
The guy I bought it from had a beautiful house, inside and out, just as spotless as the uke. I don't think money was an issue for this guy. He had a couple banjos and a guitar but told me he really doesn't play but just likes to dabble. He told me that when he was in Hawaii on vacation he decided to take a walk to the Kamaka factory from his hotel and that it ended up being a VERY long walk. He said after he bought it he only played it once or twice because his hands are too big for a soprano. So, it sat in the case for the next 11 years.

He knew he had a quality uke but just chose a VERY fair price. I paid about half of what I see these go for on eBay, so I think it was a great deal. Here's how big a dork I am....on the drive home, it was sitting on the floor in its case, and after a few minutes I just couldn't stand it. I put it on the passenger seat and opened the case just so I could look at it and reach over and touch it! The sound is rich and full and although in the picture the finish look kind of glossy, it is really a nice matte finish.

Here is one more picture if I can be so bold, next to a Kumalae. Koa....what a beautiful wood! Come on over and play it :)
http://i827.photobucket.com/albums/zz199/RyanMFT_photos/Kamaka3.jpg

haolejohn
04-19-2010, 07:14 AM
He never actually said it was bought as a souvenir. I'm guessing that if they bought it at the factory, then at least SOMEONE knew what they had. Maybe the SPOUSE of the purchaser didn't know what they had...

LOL!! I know but let's think about it, If I buy an instrument and never play it, I am either an collector or souviner gatherer:) Of course, this statement was just a generalization. I mean how else can you justify locking a kamaka up for 11 years?

Ukeffect
04-19-2010, 07:36 AM
Locked....upp!?!?! *sputter* Why that's cruelty to ukuleles! I'm outraged...I'm livid...I'm ...sooooo greeen with envy! Congrats...ermmm, I don't suppose he has a sister of this gurl hidden away? *blink-blink-innocent look*
:drool:

Chris Tarman
04-19-2010, 08:54 AM
LOL!! I know but let's think about it, If I buy an instrument and never play it, I am either an collector or souviner gatherer:) Of course, this statement was just a generalization. I mean how else can you justify locking a kamaka up for 11 years?

Well, he could have died and his wife could have been selling it. I know MINE would... but she would definitely NOT wait 11 years to unload my various collections!

haolejohn
04-19-2010, 09:21 AM
Well, he could have died and his wife could have been selling it. I know MINE would... but she would definitely NOT wait 11 years to unload my various collections!

LOL!! My wife actually kinda plays if you call once every three months as playing.

RyanMFT
04-19-2010, 11:15 AM
You know what's funny, after my wife and I saw the movie "Mighty Uke" she wanted to play, and has learned some basic chords. When I saw this Kamaka I was feeling guilty about wanting to buy it and she said I should go buy it for her because she likes it.....knowing that she already can play any and all the ukes I already have........she was just trying to let me off the hook from feeling guilty.

If I die early, I hope she gives all my ukes to people who will love them as much as I did! Maybe send them to people on UU forums, I would like that!

molokinirum
04-19-2010, 11:43 AM
WOW!!! What a find and what a beauty!!!! Congrats!!!

Chris Tarman
04-19-2010, 06:02 PM
LOL!! My wife actually kinda plays if you call once every three months as playing.

I tried to show my wife a few things on uke, thinking it would be nice to have someone else to play with (I am the only ukelele player I know here). She got frustrated after about 2 minutes and has expressed no interest since. The poor thing likes to listen to music, and she doesn't mind me playing uke at all (sometimes gets fed up with me BUYING them though), but she has NO music ability whatsoever. She will try to sing along with really simple tunes that everyone knows and it isn't even CLOSE. She realizes this, and is ok with it. I'll work on teaching her a few chords again sometime though. I would like to have chordal accompaniment so I can try to play melody lines, or chord inversions. I seriously need to find some people to play with!

cornfedgroove
04-19-2010, 06:08 PM
Maybe send them to people on UU forums, I would like that!

put me on top of that list...just dont get in a hurry to do it lol

Dane
04-19-2010, 08:55 PM
put me on top of that list...just dont get in a hurry to do it lol

'You know your UAS is bad when........' You hope a friend passes so you can rummage through their ukulele collection.

cornfedgroove
04-20-2010, 01:14 AM
we were never that close anyway, lol

arashi_nero
04-20-2010, 05:21 AM
I tried to show my wife a few things on uke, thinking it would be nice to have someone else to play with (I am the only ukelele player I know here). She got frustrated after about 2 minutes and has expressed no interest since. The poor thing likes to listen to music, and she doesn't mind me playing uke at all (sometimes gets fed up with me BUYING them though), but she has NO music ability whatsoever. She will try to sing along with really simple tunes that everyone knows and it isn't even CLOSE. She realizes this, and is ok with it. I'll work on teaching her a few chords again sometime though. I would like to have chordal accompaniment so I can try to play melody lines, or chord inversions. I seriously need to find some people to play with!

haha, i feel ya, man! my wife is a concert pianist and a great musician, but has no aptitude for the ukulele. i guess my bro-in-law tried to teach her guitar years ago and it left a bad taste in her mouth for string instruments. i've tried to talk her into letting me teach her the uke so i have a constant person to play with, but she won't even try. i did once get her to try out the bassoon, tho. she didn't enjoy that either because her fingers are short and was hard to reach all the keys. one day i'll get her to play the uke, i think. right now, i'm working on teaching the uke to my son, but he's only 4 and has short fingers (japanese curse, i guess). it's also going to take a long while to get him to where we can just play tunes together. i do go to a uke club, but it's associated with a local university and now that finals are just about over, everyone is going home for the summer (most to hawaii lol). i think if i don't find other people to play with during the summer, i'm going to go nuts!

arashi_nero
04-20-2010, 09:01 AM
oh, i forgot to put in my above reply that that's a good looking uke. good find!!

RyanMFT
04-20-2010, 10:12 AM
'You know your UAS is bad when........' You hope a friend passes so you can rummage through their ukulele collection.

Dane, this made me laugh our loud!

Thanks everyone for your kind words!