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Lexxy
08-29-2010, 02:38 AM
http://cgi.ebay.com.au/Solid-Acacia-Koa-Tenor-Ukulele-inlay-hummingbird-U1289-/360295046746?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0#ht_5929wt_704

Mind to check the other items from this seller? They all seem so cheap.

mm stan
08-29-2010, 03:17 AM
Bidding just started over nine days to go, seller hopes that a biddding war starts on them..and for his safety there's probally a reserve on it for him...

farmerboy
08-29-2010, 03:19 AM
because they probably use children to help make them, pay the adults next to nothing and pick up the bulk of the fee from the postage costs.

UkuLeLesReggAe
08-29-2010, 03:20 AM
regardless the reason. I'm bidding ;)

Lexxy
08-29-2010, 03:21 AM
I think farmerboy has a point.

UkuLeLesReggAe
08-29-2010, 03:23 AM
everything has it's reasons.

Kanaka916
08-29-2010, 05:32 AM
Those instruments are made in Vietnam. There are several vendors on Ebay who sell what seems to be an identical (to me anyways) item. A few members have successfully bidded on them and will vouch the instruments are of a decent build. There are also others who say they aren't all that and use them as wall hangar/deco (because of the inlay work and a little too busy for me). Anyway, you may be be getting it for a cheap cost, but the shipping and handling is the killer ($60). Let's just say $20 on the bid and $60 for the shipping . . . if you're interested, go for it. Just my dos centavos.

ukecantdothat
08-29-2010, 05:35 AM
because they probably use children to help make them, pay the adults next to nothing and pick up the bulk of the fee from the postage costs.

Ding ding ding ding ding! Looks like one of those heavily inlaid jobs you see coming from Indonesia. A friend of mine has a gorgeous 6 string bass like that he got off eBay for about what it would cost for the tuners alone at Guitar Center. I dunno. The guilt would be so overpowering. Not consistant with the aloha spirit...

Ahnko Honu
08-29-2010, 07:26 AM
He makes all his profit on the shipping and handling fee since no way the shipping alone is $60.00.

ichadwick
08-29-2010, 11:17 AM
Well, from everything I've read here an on other forums about these instruments, within a few months they crack and you end up with a collection of splinters and tinder.

ichadwick
08-29-2010, 11:18 AM
He makes all his profit on the shipping and handling fee since no way the shipping alone is $60.00.
Sure it is. From Taiwan? Easily. It's $50 from Hawaii to Canada.

the52blues
08-29-2010, 12:29 PM
I have bought 3 tenors so far from this guy (Taisamlu) off ebay and I bought a soprano from Anatonisai. Taisamlu products have all been amazingly beautiful and play and sound great. They are comparable to a $900 Ohana (and Ohana charges another $99 for their case). Most of the tenors he auctions get up to near $100 plus the $60 shipping. That is well worth it for the quality of his work. Anatonisai is another story. I heard a lot of bad things about his work. The soprano I got from him was $70 shipping but I only paid $10 on the auction but that was still $80. He doesn't use Aquila strings like Taisamlu does so I didn't like the muted tone I got from the uke. It looked pretty good so I sold it. If you check Taisamlu's store you will see he sells the auction ukes for around $155 - $225 plus shipping as "Buy it now". The inlay is intricate and lovely. The intonation was bang on and the sound very sweet. They are what he says solid koa, acacia, maple, spruce etc. The case is nice workmanship too. I say go for it. If you can win one for under a $100 even the $60 shipping makes it a good deal. I just bought another one that has not arrived yet that is solid Koa sides and back with a solid spruce top and a cutaway. I can't wait til it arrives. Just like anything else everyone has a different opinion but I really like this guy's ukes.

Ahnko Honu
08-29-2010, 01:18 PM
Sure it is. From Taiwan? Easily. It's $50 from Hawaii to Canada.

I recently sent a soprano 'ukulele from Hawai'i' to the UK and it cost $16 and some change bubble wrapped, and double boxed.

UkuLeLesReggAe
08-30-2010, 02:11 AM
My Kanilea from Hawaii is only $20US... AMAZING. last uke I got from there cost me $55US

ichadwick
08-30-2010, 02:25 AM
I recently sent a soprano 'ukulele from Hawai'i' to the UK and it cost $16 and some change bubble wrapped, and double boxed.
I just checked MGM's prices for mailing a uke expedited parcel, USPS, and it's $40-$50 for most tenors (with case). He's pretty reasonable in my experience. I've always paid at least $30 in shipping from the US to Canada. Elderly Music quoted me $70 for a soprano without a case. I think I paid $50 for my cigar-box and $35 for Dave's banjolele.

byjimini
08-30-2010, 03:06 AM
The thing that gets me is they put the design on the BACK of the uke, right where you can't see it...

UkuLeLesReggAe
08-30-2010, 03:24 AM
meh, people get tattoos on their backs too.

Lexxy
08-30-2010, 03:29 AM
On the bum :P

pulelehua
08-30-2010, 04:31 AM
There's a quote that goes something like:

Every time you spend money, you create the world in which you live.

the52blues
08-31-2010, 10:32 AM
The shipping rate depends a lot on how you ship it. If you send it USPS (by mail) without insurance it's fairly cheap even to Canada. Anytime I've used this method I have never been asked for duty or taxes BUT if you ship by UPS or Fedex they will charge you triple plus duty plus taxes and easily make a tenor uke a $70 delivery.

ErnieJ
08-31-2010, 12:27 PM
Perfect! My splinter and tinder collection needs freshening.

That is sad about the child labor thing if it is true. It is a mean old world.

jordan bello
08-31-2010, 03:39 PM
I have bought 3 tenors so far from this guy (Taisamlu) off ebay and I bought a soprano from Anatonisai. Taisamlu products have all been amazingly beautiful and play and sound great. They are comparable to a $900 Ohana (and Ohana charges another $99 for their case). Most of the tenors he auctions get up to near $100 plus the $60 shipping. That is well worth it for the quality of his work. Anatonisai is another story. I heard a lot of bad things about his work. The soprano I got from him was $70 shipping but I only paid $10 on the auction but that was still $80. He doesn't use Aquila strings like Taisamlu does so I didn't like the muted tone I got from the uke. It looked pretty good so I sold it. If you check Taisamlu's store you will see he sells the auction ukes for around $155 - $225 plus shipping as "Buy it now". The inlay is intricate and lovely. The intonation was bang on and the sound very sweet. They are what he says solid koa, acacia, maple, spruce etc. The case is nice workmanship too. I say go for it. If you can win one for under a $100 even the $60 shipping makes it a good deal. I just bought another one that has not arrived yet that is solid Koa sides and back with a solid spruce top and a cutaway. I can't wait til it arrives. Just like anything else everyone has a different opinion but I really like this guy's ukes.

Antoniotsia has an entire website dedicated to how bad his instruments turn out to be:http://www.chionline.com/Antoniotsai/index.html

On that website there are several references to Taisamlu which state he is not a ripoff like Anatonisai.

But I have no experience with either of them so I cannot say whether the website is accurate or not. Just wanted to give fair warning.

the52blues
09-01-2010, 06:40 PM
My new Taisamlu arrived today. What a beauty. This is my 3rd one from him.
http://i975.photobucket.com/albums/ae232/the52blues/Instruments/uke4001.jpg
http://i975.photobucket.com/albums/ae232/the52blues/Instruments/uke4002.jpg

the52blues
09-01-2010, 06:44 PM
Just so you know....this is the soprano from "the other guy"
http://i975.photobucket.com/albums/ae232/the52blues/Instruments/tony001.jpg

Lexxy
09-01-2010, 09:28 PM
My new Taisamlu arrived today. What a beauty. This is my 3rd one from him.
http://i975.photobucket.com/albums/ae232/the52blues/Instruments/uke4001.jpg
http://i975.photobucket.com/albums/ae232/the52blues/Instruments/uke4002.jpg

Really nice. Sound sample? :)

RKNNDY
09-02-2010, 09:41 AM
I'm going to reinforce the "It'll crack in a few weeks" point. Antoniotsai's ukuleles are the worst of the Indonesia-Malaysia-Taiwan eBay imports, but the other guy's all get their exotic woods from China, finish them cheaply, often while the wood isn't fully dried, and at the wrong temperature. The lack of proper facilities means that the glues and finishes are almost never sturdy, either. Just as often as you get a decent sounding uke at a low price, you get a total piece of crap. Oh, and look out for additional charges, as most of these guys impose massive processing and customs costs that just add to the $60 shipping.

the52blues
09-03-2010, 06:23 AM
I'm not sure where you got the bad taste in your mouth about Taiwanese ukes> Yes, there are some like Antoniosai that make a sub-standard uke and there are many ebay sellers that charge too much shipping charge to cover the lower selling price but the extra charges are usually put on by customs when you ship by UPS or Fedex. For some reason, if you ship by regular mail, these charges are not added. I have not been charged any extra charges on the 4 ukes I've bought. All 4 ukes (including the soprano from Antoniosai) were all finished nicely without flaws and have not cracked. Maybe I'm just lucky....4 times lucky. I won't buy another from Antoniosai. It had a rather dull sound probably due to the cheap strings he uses. If I replaced them with Aquila strings it might have sounded better. I may never know. I sold it and the guy that bought it says it's great the way it is....no accounting for taste...

lindydanny
09-03-2010, 06:56 AM
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