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Uke Republic
06-21-2010, 02:14 AM
Just got back from the NAMM show in Nashville Tenn and what a great time. I'll post pics and vids ASAP along with more details. Basics-Kiwaya will distribute 2 solid bamboo sopranos that should be in July-Aug they sound great. UK based Tanglewood guitars and ukes are now available here in the US, nice entry ukes that are priced really well. New models from Makai, Kala, Big Island, Cole Clark etc.Oh new Gator cases for ukes that ROCK!!!
Okay I'm editing pics back latra.

ichadwick
06-21-2010, 04:48 AM
Anything on Kala's steel-string solid body uke?

haolejohn
06-21-2010, 06:12 AM
Anything on Kala's steel-string solid body uke?

No information while there. Kala did mention a solid body U-Bass. Maybe fall?

bt93
06-21-2010, 07:39 AM
No information while there. Kala did mention a solid body U-Bass. Maybe fall?

they already have a video of it right here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jISKMToa55A)

ichadwick
06-21-2010, 07:41 AM
I've heard mention of a regular/steel stringed uke as well as the bass... maybe just a rumour?

bt93
06-21-2010, 08:14 AM
I've heard mention of a regular/steel stringed uke as well as the bass... maybe just a rumour?

ya pippin mentioned it on the fleamarket bulletin board

haolejohn
06-21-2010, 08:20 AM
I've heard mention of a regular/steel stringed uke as well as the bass... maybe just a rumour?

Mike said they didn't have one at NAMM but did talk about the U-Bass. But he was told a lot of new stuff in the pipeline. maybe fall.

haolejohn
06-21-2010, 08:21 AM
they already have a video of it right here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jISKMToa55A)

the UBass is good to go. the steel string uke maybe fall. i was typing quickly before I forgot the scoop.

MGM
06-21-2010, 02:44 PM
This is the original Road toad solid body bass uke that the kala is based on
This is one of my personal ukes/basses



http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c345/musicguymic/024-8.jpg

cletus
06-21-2010, 02:48 PM
Just a moment, I can't breathe... nice little bass!

Brad Bordessa
06-21-2010, 04:32 PM
This is the original Road toad solid body bass uke that the kala is based on
This is one of my personal ukes/basses

http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c345/musicguymic/024-8.jpg

That's how you could teach beginners! "Pick the A string - no not that one! The red one!"

Cherry.

UncleElvis
06-21-2010, 04:40 PM
That's a gorgeous instrument!

And what's this about a bamboo ukulele?

Can't WAIT to see piccies of THOSE!

Uke Republic
06-21-2010, 05:42 PM
Pictures are up. Check out my album of Summer NAMM. Here's a picture of a Loprinzi, figured KOA, with Crushed Stone Purfling. Really innovative!
http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=13925

Uke Republic
06-21-2010, 05:44 PM
Here's the UBASS with the new solid bodies. Sound FANTASTIC!!!
http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=13924

Uke Republic
06-21-2010, 05:48 PM
Here is one of the solid Bamboo Sopranos from the Kiwaya Distributor. This one is a proto-type. The production model will feature a nicer bridge. Has an arched back and sound really great. The cutaway with a soft case will be around $240 and the standard soprano will be about $200 with soft case.
http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=13926

iDavid
06-22-2010, 12:03 AM
Loprinzi is making some serious ukes.

I love the look of the new Big Island, will they be a bit cheaper with the simpler headstock?

Those Mangos look just like Mainland, are they from the same factory?

Sambient
06-22-2010, 01:03 AM
I'll take one of each please.

Sambient
06-22-2010, 01:58 AM
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs071.ash2/36937_436904517149_255643082149_5833683_2988491_n. jpg

These are curiously identical to some amps I encountered last month by U.S. Blues. The exact same colors too. I got a black one for cheap. I wonder if the Kala ones have any more power. I'm assuming that like mine, these are battery operated.

ukeeku
06-22-2010, 03:07 AM
Just got back from the NAMM show in Nashville Tenn and what a great time. I'll post pics and vids ASAP along with more details. Basics-Kiwaya will distribute 2 solid bamboo sopranos that should be in July-Aug they sound great. UK based Tanglewood guitars and ukes are now available here in the US, nice entry ukes that are priced really well. New models from Makai, Kala, Big Island, Cole Clark etc.Oh new Gator cases for ukes that ROCK!!!
Okay I'm editing pics back latra.

I was there also, so sorry I missed meeting you.
here is my post on it http://ukeeku.com/2010/06/22/summer-namm-2010/

csr5z
06-22-2010, 04:08 AM
Thanks for posting the photo album. It's a shame Big Island has changed their headstock on the "rope" style ukuleles. The current headstock is distinctive and, to my eyes, rather pretty. The new one seems utterly conventional and not nearly as appealing.

Uke Republic
06-22-2010, 04:10 AM
I was there also, so sorry I missed meeting you.
here is my post on it http://ukeeku.com/2010/06/22/summer-namm-2010/

Wish we could have met too. Great coverage of the show on your post.

Uke Republic
06-22-2010, 08:30 AM
Thanks for posting the photo album. It's a shame Big Island has changed their headstock on the "rope" style ukuleles. The current headstock is distinctive and, to my eyes, rather pretty. The new one seems utterly conventional and not nearly as appealing.

I'm sure it wasn't an easy choice. I like both styles but the Honu headstock is unique. Anyway I think he has a few still with the Honu headstock and rope combo. The 3 point hasn't come in yet.

angelopb
06-22-2010, 11:01 AM
i really like the Kiwaya bamboo uke. Sounds like a winner if it sounds good and holds up. Sustainable resource + looks + tone + low cost. Would love to play one in person. I wonder if the solid U-bass sounds different that the hollow body. It seems the solid would be more road worthy but the hollows would sound more acoustic. Do they have truss rods?

bt93
06-22-2010, 06:11 PM
Ukerepublic:
Who made those cases that you had in your album, and how much are they?

Uke Republic
06-23-2010, 03:45 AM
Ukerepublic:
Who made those cases that you had in your album, and how much are they?

Freemont made the rectangular shaped ones. They are really nice with wood in the construction it fits the pineapple shape. mikem@ukerepublic.com if you could email me the size I will get you a price.

Doctroid
06-23-2010, 05:22 AM
These are curiously identical to some amps I encountered last month by U.S. Blues. The exact same colors too. I got a black one for cheap. I wonder if the Kala ones have any more power. I'm assuming that like mine, these are battery operated.

Indeed! http://www.theguitarfiles.com/product_id-2714.html

Mim
06-23-2010, 05:30 AM
I missed meeting you Uke Republic. I think I missed you by like 5 min at the Makai booth! They were talking you out. I am still pooped from the show. I need to snap out of it! But I had a blast and it was fun being surrounded by all things music. I so hope I can get out to the Cali one!

Uke Republic
06-24-2010, 08:47 AM
I missed meeting you Uke Republic. I think I missed you by like 5 min at the Makai booth! They were talking you out. I am still pooped from the show. I need to snap out of it! But I had a blast and it was fun being surrounded by all things music. I so hope I can get out to the Cali one!

Missed you as well Mim. These shows wear you out all allright. So excited with new items then walking and all that free champagne! Sorry, free guitar picks ...