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JMendel
07-01-2010, 08:55 AM
I'm fairly new here on the Ukulele Underground, I am in the middle of building my first ukes and have been building other instruments and repairing for several years. In addition to that I have been writing mandolin builder interviews for Mel Bay's mandolinsessions.com for several years also. Today I was asked by my editor, Joe Carr, if I thought there would be enough interest in these type of interviews with uke builders and if so would I do them. I'm here to ask, would you folks be interested in reading about uke builders and their thoughts on building them? If so please let me know.
You can post here, PM me, or e-mail me @ joe@jmendelfrets.com
Thanks,
Joe Mendel

http://jmendelfrets.com/
http://mandolinsessions.com/

ukulelearp
07-01-2010, 09:32 AM
Definitely, I would be very interested.

casarole45
07-01-2010, 11:36 AM
yup definately, a lot of us here are interested in what makes a good uke and the technieques, woods used... ah the list goes on.

mzuch
07-01-2010, 01:13 PM
I read Mandolin Sessions regularly, and I've enjoyed your interviews. I also subscribe to Mandolin Magazine, perhaps you write for them as well? I'd be very interested in uke builders since I play both mandolin and ukulele.

JMendel
07-01-2010, 05:28 PM
It's good to know someone is reading the interviews, I don't have access to any information about how many people look at it. Thank for reading them. I have not written for Mandolin Magazine, but I do subscribe to it.
I don't know if this is a done deal or if it is something that is being discussed. I have learned a lot from the interviews I have done and I'm sure I would learn a lot through these also, and hopefully readers would, too.
If anyone else is interested, please say so. If there isn't much interest, it may not happen.
Joe
http://jmendelfrets.com/
http://mandolinsessions.com/

Steve vanPelt
07-01-2010, 05:39 PM
If there was an interview in front of me, I'd read it for sure. I'd even check out Mel Bay's site to do it. As a matter of fact, I just did check it out for the first time. That mando-playing lizard rocks.

Moore Bettah Ukuleles
07-01-2010, 06:02 PM
We live, eat, dream and breathe this stuff. Of course we'd read it. We're junkies! We can never get enough.

fahrner
07-01-2010, 06:15 PM
Yep. It's one of those situations where more is better.

JMendel
07-02-2010, 09:19 AM
It looks like this is a go, I'll post more wen I find out the details. In the mean time, if you'd like to start suggesting builders for interviews, please do.
Joe
http://jmendelfrets.com/
http://mandolinsessions.com/

Timbuck
07-02-2010, 09:59 AM
It looks like this is a go, I'll post more wen I find out the details. In the mean time, if you'd like to start suggesting builders for interviews, please do.
Joe
http://jmendelfrets.com/
http://mandolinsessions.com/
OK I suggest ...e'rrrrr .."Ron S" :confused: but he seems to have gone away ...Or how about "Sven" Oh he's going away for a while into the "Kossacks":confused: ..So it's got to be a toss up between "Vic D" .. "Matt Clara" and "Koaloa Paul"...Save the boring one's like PH and CM for last.:D:D

mzuch
07-02-2010, 10:28 AM
If you're doing this for Mandolin Sessions, I think Rick Turner would be a great one to start with. He can talk about the differences in the way he approaches ukuleles and mandolins.

fahrner
07-02-2010, 10:29 AM
And let's not forget Mrs. Timbuck, queen of the French polish.

RevWill
07-02-2010, 10:40 AM
And Chuck Moore. Nobody is making more beautiful-looking ukuleles.

A Moore Bettah tenor with rope binding and a sideport, with a United Methodist Cross and Flame inlay on the 12th fret is my fantasy uke.

Pete Howlett
07-02-2010, 12:12 PM
I was interviewed ages ago by dave passant - lots of others were also interviewed over time. The interviews I think are published on Kevin Crossett's forum... 'Pippin' does it also online with his ukulele magazine. So... I'm not gonna say it.

Moore Bettah Ukuleles
07-02-2010, 12:41 PM
Personally, I'd love to see Pete and RonS go ten rounds in an interview! Now that's entertainment. Things have been so dull around her since RonS disappeared.

Pete Howlett
07-02-2010, 01:39 PM
I've calmed down now Chuck. 'sides, there's not much more I can say without repeating myself or saying something I have said before :)

Yeah, what happened to RonS? We never did get to se his 'turned' uke and that pile of ebony came to nothing too...

Just watched a documentary on Anvil, the Canadian metal band. Sad and fascinating at the same time.

JMendel
10-13-2010, 01:41 AM
The first actual interview is up now http://ukesessions.com/
Though it's really the second column, in the first I was asked to introduce myself & I felt a little strange about that. More interviews are in the works. Thanks for the suggestions and please keep them coming. If you have any ideas for improving things, I'd like to hear them.
Joe
http://jmendelfrets.com/
http://ukesessions.com/
http://www.mandolinsessions.com/

hmgberg
10-13-2010, 04:03 AM
I'd recommend Joel Eckhaus / Earnest Instruments.

http://www.earnestinstruments.com/

Matt Clara
10-13-2010, 06:16 AM
OK I suggest ...e'rrrrr .."Ron S" :confused: but he seems to have gone away ...Or how about "Sven" Oh he's going away for a while into the "Kossacks":confused: ..So it's got to be a toss up between "Vic D" .. "Matt Clara" and "Koaloa Paul"...Save the boring one's like PH and CM for last.:D:D

It's not often true when I say it, but that made me LOL. If the article is about the new crowd of wannabes, then by all means--could be interesting, in the hands of the right writer. (Except Paul is a real builder, with the big boys, at least as far as I know! As I recall, and I'm often mistaken, he builds many of the custom Koaloha ukes.)

You can start with Timbuck!

spruce
10-13-2010, 06:46 AM
In the mean time, if you'd like to start suggesting builders for interviews, please do.


The Kamakas are quite accessable and would make a fine interview, although the Fretboard Journal (http://www.fretboardjournal.com/magazine/pride-and-pineapples) did one not too long ago....
I just took a tour over at their factory, and it's very photogenic.
Pics here (http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=76581&id=1212426629&l=58c4c40b63)...

Joseph Souza at Kanile'a (http://www.kanileaukulele.com/) always has some really interesting things to say about the building process...

Bob Gleason at Pegasus (http://www.pegasusguitars.com/) too...

Hell, there are so many.... ;)

The thing to do would be to show up at one of the uke festivals in Hawaii with recorder in hand....
Folks really love to talk about building ukes, and I--and I'm sure many here--would just love to hear all about it.... ;)


I'd recommend Joel Eckhaus / Earnest Instruments.


+1....

JMendel
10-14-2010, 04:57 PM
Thanks for the suggestions, I will definitley be getting in touch with these guys.
Hey Spruce, would you like to talk about wood?
Joe

sukie
10-14-2010, 05:46 PM
How interesting. I just got my custom from Chuck. I would love to hear more about how ukuleles become ukuleles. There is some beautiful work being done. I'd like to learn more.

tattwo
10-15-2010, 05:27 AM
How interesting. I just got my custom from Chuck. I would love to hear more about how ukuleles become ukuleles. There is some beautiful work being done. I'd like to learn more.

Would love to see it. Post some pictures please :drool:

Lexxy
10-15-2010, 05:46 AM
Would love to see it. Post some pictures please :drool:

Hey tattwo, incase you missed it, here it is!
http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?36657-New-uke-day!!&highlight=moore+bettah

tattwo
10-15-2010, 05:57 AM
Hey tattwo, incase you missed it, here it is!
http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?36657-New-uke-day!!&highlight=moore+bettah

OH MY GOD!! Thats Amazing. I better start saving my money ;)....Thanks for the link Lexxy

spruce
10-15-2010, 06:01 AM
Hey Spruce, would you like to talk about wood?


Sure!
(Although folks out there are probably sick of me by now.... ;)
GAL, Strings, Strad, etc.)

Lexxy
10-15-2010, 06:05 AM
OH MY GOD!! Thats Amazing. I better start saving my money ;)....Thanks for the link Lexxy

No problem! We share the interest here bruddah!

Vic D
10-15-2010, 04:39 PM
OK I suggest ...e'rrrrr .."Ron S" :confused: but he seems to have gone away ...Or how about "Sven" Oh he's going away for a while into the "Kossacks":confused: ..So it's got to be a toss up between "Vic D" .. "Matt Clara" and "Koaloa Paul"...Save the boring one's like PH and CM for last.:D:D

Ain't now way, uhuh, I don't need that embarrassment staring back at me in my future lol. Hit me up in a few years.

But I'd definitely love to read interviews of any of the cats on the Partial List of Builder's" Page; http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?12834-A-Partial-List-of-Custom-Builders

Sven
10-16-2010, 10:25 AM
...Or how about "Sven" Oh he's going away for a while into the "Kossacks":confused:
Even worse today... I landed in Jerusalem to expand the Swedish general Consulate. I spent the afternoon in the old town, cruising through arab, christian and hebrew quarters [looking for a bar] and now I'm finally back at "Christmas Hotel".

But why would anyone want to intreview me, I've only built 25 ukes so far, and all in my apartment. But ok, I got a sort of proper miniature workshop in my apartment.

Atb / Sven