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UKISOCIETY
06-13-2008, 07:38 AM
SOLD!
You may know that we're adopting. We hope to have a little boy from Russia by Wintertime. So I've got to make room in my closet for our new family member's clothes! Therefore, I'm selling some great ukuleles, a couple which I never thought I'd part with.

But things change. We need the space. And the money!

Here is info on the ukulele:
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3105/2575202869_e9e1d48cef_m.jpg

Unknown Japanese model - 1950's or 1960's:
This Mahogany ukulele looked like it had never been played when I bought it. In fact, it still had a tag on it telling how to tighten the friction tuners. When I played it, I found out why - the nut was way too high! But I simply sanded it down and the result was one of my best-sounding ukes! I played it alot after putting Aquila nylgut strings on it. Here's videos as I compare it with other ukes (It's labelled "Unknown brand" in the video):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JLGs4-FAwjY

I love the fretboard! It is painted to look like woodgrain. And the "inlay dots" are plastic discs glued onto the uke. But don't let that fool you - It sounds great! Some days I prefer this one to my Martin! I put new tuners on this one too!

Why buy a new Johnson uke for $45 - $50 bucks when this one sounds infinitely better for the same price? :)
Here is a video of the Uke:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zMJ2IzEVDC0

Other photos:
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3050/2575206125_0a308be41c_b.jpg
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3105/2575202869_e9e1d48cef_b.jpg
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3084/2576031144_4d6dd0373e_b.jpg
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3009/2576029842_6cb831b1ea_b.jpg
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3164/2576027776_4a0f9e8d9d_b.jpg
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3191/2576025684_aeec4a51e2_b.jpg
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3150/2576026702_8ea32a4d52_b.jpg

Asking price: $50 firm plus $15 shipping
Money order or cashier's check. For Paypal, add $5 bucks.

More ukes coming up!
Thank you for looking!

Jimmy
06-14-2008, 04:37 AM
I might be able to find someone who'd want this ukulele. Bear in mind I live in the UK, would that be okay?

UKISOCIETY
06-14-2008, 04:59 AM
I might be able to find someone who'd want this ukulele. Bear in mind I live in the UK, would that be okay?

I'll have to find out the exact shipping fee, but that's fine!

Misguided Musician
06-14-2008, 05:58 AM
I might be able to find someone intirested. In fact, I'm intirested myself.I'll let you know by next week.

misteruke
06-14-2008, 01:50 PM
I want to get your blue uke for sure, and if there is any way to save a dollar or two if I buy two, I will take this one as well. Let me know what it would be to ship both ukes to Los Angeles, and I will pay you speedy quick. I teach kids in LA, and it is the end of the school year and parents want to buy their kids their own ukes. I am trying to hook a few kids up with a little better than the entry level.
Thanks,
Bill

deach
06-14-2008, 02:12 PM
I want to get your blue uke for sure, and if there is any way to save a dollar or two if I buy two, I will take this one as well. Let me know what it would be to ship both ukes to Los Angeles, and I will pay you speedy quick. I teach kids in LA, and it is the end of the school year and parents want to buy their kids their own ukes. I am trying to hook a few kids up with a little better than the entry level.
Thanks,
Bill

Are you selling these to the kids or giving it to them?

misteruke
06-14-2008, 02:46 PM
I provide them with a mahalo during the school year, and now some of the parents want to buy their kids their own ukes. I have subsidised one student's purchase, but for the most part, if I find a deal, I offer my price to them ( I am not making a profit-and I can't afford to buy the world a uke, but I wish I could). I bought my class ukes at McCabes in Santa Monica, and they have extended a discount to my kids if they purchase their own too. One of my students just bought an Ohana from McCabes this morning.
--Bill

deach
06-14-2008, 02:49 PM
I provide them with a mahalo during the school year, and now some of the parents want to buy their kids their own ukes. I have subsidised one student's purchase, but for the most part, if I find a deal, I offer my price to them ( I am not making a profit-and I can't afford to buy the world a uke, but I wish I could). I bought my class ukes at McCabes in Santa Monica, and they have extended a discount to my kids if they purchase their own too. One of my students just bought an Ohana from McCabes this morning.
--Bill

If these are going to kids who really can't afford a decent ukulele of their own, I'll pay for half if you buy both.

misteruke
06-14-2008, 02:59 PM
If these are going to kids who really can't afford a decent ukulele of their own, I'll pay for half if you buy both.

Yes, I teach in Hollywood, and my school is nearly 100% receiving free lunch. We are title-1, and all the students are pretty poor. If you really wanted to contribute, I will contact you as soon as the seller gets back to me. This is my first full year with the class set of ukes, and it is so great to see how turned on some of these kids are. My uke students seem to practice more and harder than my guitar students.
Mahalo!
Bill

deach
06-14-2008, 03:02 PM
Yes, I teach in Hollywood, and my school is nearly 100% receiving free lunch. We are title-1, and all the students are pretty poor. If you really wanted to contribute, I will contact you as soon as the seller gets back to me. This is my first full year with the class set of ukes, and it is so great to see how turned on some of these kids are. My uke students seem to practice more and harder than my guitar students.
Mahalo!
Bill

#2 - $70
#3 - $32
tot - $102

I'll pay half.


UkiSociety - send me a PM with your PayPal address

misteruke
06-14-2008, 03:11 PM
Thanks for showing me how to get this done. I have browsed this board for quite some time, but just finally joined to reply to these posts, and wasn't sure how things worked. Your generosity has overwhelmed me, and I hope to have the pleasure of meeting you someday!
Ukisociety--PM me with your paypal info and I will pay the 2nd half!

deach
06-14-2008, 03:14 PM
Thanks for showing me how to get this done. I have browsed this board for quite some time, but just finally joined to reply to these posts, and wasn't sure how things worked. Your generosity has overwhelmed me, and I hope to have the pleasure of meeting you someday!
Ukisociety--PM me with your paypal info and I will pay the 2nd half!

My pleasure. We're helping UkiSociety and your kids at the same time.

seeso
06-14-2008, 06:38 PM
God, I love this forum.

NewbieUkie
06-15-2008, 12:50 AM
#2 - $70
#3 - $32
tot - $102

I'll pay half.


UkiSociety - send me a PM with your PayPal address

You guys are AMAZING!!!
Is it still possible for more of us to join in and help??
For example...I'll be happy to help lighten the load of the first two guys by splitting this into "Thirds" instead of each of you paying 1/2. Just let me know where to paypal the money!
Maybe if we get more members involved, we can even add some instruments!
The more of us help, the more kids can benefit, and ultimately, the less each of us are impacted financially, as in my offer....what do you think?
Please let me know!
Richard

deach
06-15-2008, 02:37 AM
You guys are AMAZING!!!
Is it still possible for more of us to join in and help??
For example...I'll be happy to help lighten the load of the first two guys by splitting this into "Thirds" instead of each of you paying 1/2. Just let me know where to paypal the money!
Maybe if we get more members involved, we can even add some instruments!
The more of us help, the more kids can benefit, and ultimately, the less each of us are impacted financially, as in my offer....what do you think?
Please let me know!
Richard

Works for me. - $34 each

UKISOCIETY
06-15-2008, 02:44 AM
Works for me. - $34 each

Dudes,

You all amaze me. I'm deeply touched by your generosity. I sent misteruke the total, which is less than what deach figured ($88), UNLESS he decides to add a third uke, a Kingston, which I didn't have time to post here yet. Here's the email I sent him:

I just thought:

I haven't put up my final uke on the board yet. Perhaps you'd be interested:

It's a "Kingston" mahogany uke, much like the Decca, except not as pretty. Plastic fret board and sounds very good. Much better than those new Johnson models at the $50 range. Here are some pics:

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3131/...7d2efa57_b.jpg
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3125/...dbc82008_b.jpg
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3035/...f983ba6b_b.jpg
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3271/...8424a0f2_b.jpg

Price: $30
If shipped with the other 2, add $5 to shipping (they would have to be in a bigger box)
Total for 3 ukes, including shipping: $123. If Paypal, add $8.

Mahalo!

UKISOCIETY
06-15-2008, 02:45 AM
God, I love this forum.

Indeed. :rock:

deach
06-15-2008, 02:47 AM
Dudes,

You all amaze me. I'm deeply touched by your generosity. I sent misteruke the total, which is less than what deach figured ($88), UNLESS he decides to add a third uke, a Kingston, which I didn't have time to post here yet. Here's the email I sent him:

I just thought:

I haven't put up my final uke on the board yet. Perhaps you'd be interested:

It's a "Kingston" mahogany uke, much like the Decca, except not as pretty. Plastic fret board and sounds very good. Much better than those new Johnson models at the $50 range. Here are some pics:

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3131/...7d2efa57_b.jpg
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3125/...dbc82008_b.jpg
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3035/...f983ba6b_b.jpg
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3271/...8424a0f2_b.jpg

Price: $30
If shipped with the other 2, add $5 to shipping (they would have to be in a bigger box)
Total for 3 ukes, including shipping: $123. If Paypal, add $8.

Mahalo!


I say YES. The more, the merrier. $44 each works for me. Guys, let me know.....

misteruke
06-15-2008, 06:38 AM
Hey guys, I will take you up on your offers.
Alan, I will take all three.
I have already sent you $55 through paypal. That should cover my third and any paypal costs and postage issues that come up.
If the other two pay $40 each we should be good to go.

There aren't enough words to tell you all how proud I am to be a part of this community. Teaching uke is already the part of the week I look forward to and prepare for with the most enthusiasm. I remember when they first started to get kind of good, hearing the kids that arrived to school early teaching each other stuff in the hall outside my room while I was walking up the stairs. All of my students were 4th graders this year, so they will all be back in Sept. I can only imagine how good they will sound on these instruments fueled by the spirit of support you are giving. If the instruments arrive before the end of school, I will see if I can make a thank-you video for youtube (if parents say its ok)
Mahalo,
Bill

misteruke
06-15-2008, 06:48 AM
I just wanted to add that if a youtube thank you doesn't work out, I will definitely post a photo of the kids getting their ukes on the board here. Now the hard part of deciding which lucky three get them...

deach
06-15-2008, 08:16 AM
Money sent!

NewbieUkie
06-15-2008, 09:32 AM
Money sent!


Mine is sent too!

To the rest of you guys...maybe we can do this on a bigger scale!

My 40 bucks won't do all that much...but imagine if we ALL put in 40 dollars!!!
How many kids could we give the gift of music to???

And ya know what?
It doesn't HAVE to be 40 dollars!
It can be 10, or even five!

Any amount, as much as you can give, can go a long way, if we get organized and make this some kind of program!

If you guys are into it, get it together, and I will be honored to participate!!

NewbieUkie
06-15-2008, 09:34 AM
How about a program called "Ukes 4 Kids"??

If you don't want to donate money, do you have a starter uke to give to a needy music student??

I'll bet MANY of us do!!

I'll donate one....just let me know where to send it!

UKISOCIETY
06-15-2008, 10:09 AM
How about a program called "Ukes 4 Kids"??

If you don't want to donate money, do you have a starter uke to give to a needy music student??

I'll bet MANY of us do!!

I'll donate one....just let me know where to send it!


Wow.

Money received and I'm packing the ukes up today. This has been an incredible experience to behold.

And may I add to the thoughts above that a ukulele donation "center" is a great idea! I've given away 2 old but playable ukuleles - one to a teacher who is now using it in her class, and one to a young girl who watches me play uke every Sunday at church. When our adoption process has concluded, I intend to give away more. Because IT FEELS GOOD TO GIVE!

I would be happy to volunteer any time, work, services, whatever to the UU site to help start and maintain an "Ukulele-In-Need" program to 1) Get free ukes to those whose lives would benefit from them and 2) allot donated funds to purchase quality low-cost ukes for distribution.

UU can change the world, can't it?

seeso
06-15-2008, 11:35 AM
I copied these last two relevant posts and created a new thread in Uke Talk for this worthy project.

You guys all rule.

http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?t=3483

deach
06-15-2008, 11:46 AM
NewbieUke - thanks for stepping up!

Misteruke - this is a cool thing you are doing!

NewbieUkie
06-15-2008, 11:48 AM
I copied these last two relevant posts and created a new thread in Uke Talk for this worthy project.

You guys all rule.

http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?t=3483


Seeso...it's guys like YOU, who make places like this possible, who truly rule!!

KamakaTexas
06-15-2008, 04:10 PM
I provide them with a mahalo during the school year, and now some of the parents want to buy their kids their own ukes. I have subsidised one student's purchase, but for the most part, if I find a deal, I offer my price to them ( I am not making a profit-and I can't afford to buy the world a uke, but I wish I could). I bought my class ukes at McCabes in Santa Monica, and they have extended a discount to my kids if they purchase their own too. One of my students just bought an Ohana from McCabes this morning.
--Bill


Bill -- may I ask? -- At what discounted price does McCabes offer their ukuleles to you and your students? And is there a particular brand and type of ukulele they have available in stock as an entry-level instrument? I went to their Website, but their online store doesn't have an inventory or price list there--unless I was doing something wrong or looking in the wrong place.

I'm interested in underwriting the cost of one new good-quality ukulele for now so that you can have four instruments to present to students. If the cost is more than what I can send you right now ($50), perhaps your fourth student wouldn't mind waiting until the end of the month when I can send the balance, if any.

Other than the Fortune brand, I'm not familiar with any brands that have good-quality beginner ukuleles and so I don't know what price range to expect. I believe my first Fortune was $50 (could have been $60, don't remember).

misteruke
06-15-2008, 05:23 PM
I haven't actually been into the shop at McCabes in a while, but I called when I knew my student was actually going to confirm that they would give them the discount (I believe it is 10-15% off) The owner got me my Mahalos at a much greater discount (I am not sure the actual cost, but they were under $20) Granted, these are not the greatest, but they stay in tune and have served my first year students well. I bought a bunch of strings from Mike Atkins when he cleaned house, and the Mahalos sound pretty good all set up. (I don't know if McCabes has anything in between, but I know that they cary Ohanas that are pretty nice sounding for the price--I think they are more than $50 though)
I will quickly go to the new thread that has been started and post some more information there. I was simply trying to get a decent instrument for my hardest working passionate students who's parents had already asked me about what would be best. I troll craigslist and bulletin boards already, so I decided to try and hook them up. I don't know if I am ready to take on much more than that, but don't let me stop this. I will do the research and get back to you with more info, but there already exists a charity called ukes for kids, and it operates out of San Diego--I guess I could start something like that in LA, but I would want to do some talking and thinking about it. There is also a great organization called Donors Choose that lets you pick specific classroom teachers and fulfill wishes for their classrooms, and they have finally added instruments (including ukuleles) I belong to this site, and although I haven't actually posted a wish yet,-- my Mahalo gig bags are quickly falling apart, and I will put in a wish there for some new bags, and then post on the boards here when I could use some help there.
One other uke charity that I am aware of is a group that send ukes to soldiers overseas. I am not sure of the orginizations name, but if you google it I am sure it would show up. I have been at the beach all day, so I need to put the kids to bed, and I will check that other thread in a while.
Thanks again to everyone!!!!!

deach
06-15-2008, 07:08 PM
Bill -- may I ask? -- At what discounted price does McCabes offer their ukuleles to you and your students? And is there a particular brand and type of ukulele they have available in stock as an entry-level instrument? I went to their Website, but their online store doesn't have an inventory or price list there--unless I was doing something wrong or looking in the wrong place.

I'm interested in underwriting the cost of one new good-quality ukulele for now so that you can have four instruments to present to students. If the cost is more than what I can send you right now ($50), perhaps your fourth student wouldn't mind waiting until the end of the month when I can send the balance, if any.

Other than the Fortune brand, I'm not familiar with any brands that have good-quality beginner ukuleles and so I don't know what price range to expect. I believe my first Fortune was $50 (could have been $60, don't remember).

Take a listen to these.

http://cgi.ebay.com/MAKALA-sparkle-black-SOPRANO-UKULELE-aquilas-HEAR-VIDEO_W0QQitemZ230261041037QQihZ013QQcategoryZ1622 4QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

misteruke
06-15-2008, 07:25 PM
I got my twins their first ukes from McCabes, and I decided to try out the Makalas. I find them same same as the Mahalos. They work, they mostly stay in tune, and they come in vibrant colors.
I love MGM, and he sets his stuff up nice, but even with the Hilos I put on the Mahalos, I came in more than $10 less than his price for the Makalas. I agree though the one in his ad sounds sweet for one of the cheapest ukes on the market.
Bill

deach
06-15-2008, 07:27 PM
I got my twins their first ukes from McCabes, and I decided to try out the Makalas. I find them same same as the Mahalos. They work, they mostly stay in tune, and they come in vibrant colors.
I love MGM, and he sets his stuff up nice, but even with the Hilos I put on the Mahalos, I came in more than $10 less than his price for the Makalas. I agree though the one in his ad sounds sweet for one of the cheapest ukes on the market.
Bill

My Mahalo was out of tune by the end of the song and I can't even play a full song. My Makala was really nice in comparison, that's why I push them so much.

salukulady
06-16-2008, 07:37 PM
I haven't actually been into the shop at McCabes in a while, but I called when I knew my student was actually going to confirm that they would give them the discount (I believe it is 10-15% off) The owner got me my Mahalos at a much greater discount (I am not sure the actual cost, but they were under $20) Granted, these are not the greatest, but they stay in tune and have served my first year students well. I bought a bunch of strings from Mike Atkins when he cleaned house, and the Mahalos sound pretty good all set up. (I don't know if McCabes has anything in between, but I know that they cary Ohanas that are pretty nice sounding for the price--I think they are more than $50 though)
I will quickly go to the new thread that has been started and post some more information there. I was simply trying to get a decent instrument for my hardest working passionate students who's parents had already asked me about what would be best. I troll craigslist and bulletin boards already, so I decided to try and hook them up. I don't know if I am ready to take on much more than that, but don't let me stop this. I will do the research and get back to you with more info, but there already exists a charity called ukes for kids, and it operates out of San Diego--I guess I could start something like that in LA, but I would want to do some talking and thinking about it. There is also a great organization called Donors Choose that lets you pick specific classroom teachers and fulfill wishes for their classrooms, and they have finally added instruments (including ukuleles) I belong to this site, and although I haven't actually posted a wish yet,-- my Mahalo gig bags are quickly falling apart, and I will put in a wish there for some new bags, and then post on the boards here when I could use some help there.
One other uke charity that I am aware of is a group that send ukes to soldiers overseas. I am not sure of the orginizations name, but if you google it I am sure it would show up. I have been at the beach all day, so I need to put the kids to bed, and I will check that other thread in a while.
Thanks again to everyone!!!!!

The organization "Ukes for Troops" has concluded it's donations. They were based out of Huntington Beach.