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wickedwahine11
10-06-2010, 09:39 AM
Neiman Marcus has published their 2010 Christmas catalog, filled with crazy $15,000 gingerbread playhouses and other items of extravagance.

One of the items this year is a $6000 Danny Ferrington gourd ukulele.
http://www.neimanmarcus.com/category/christmasbook/NMO4841/NMO4841_mx.jpg

http://www.neimanmarcus.com/store/sitelets/christmasbook/fantasy.jhtml?cid=CBF10_O4841&r=cat33500731&rdesc=The%20Fantasy%20Gifts

It looks beautiful, but it is annoying that they claim ukuleles originated in Hawaii, not Portugal. Though I did like this quote, "Today it's the composing go-to instrument for many popular musicians as well as a virtuoso instrument for a new generation of performers."

Ukulele Dave
10-06-2010, 09:48 AM
I reckon out of the 808 alone for $6,000 a lotta luthiers could make you one heck of a even more personalized uke

wickedwahine11
10-06-2010, 09:54 AM
I reckon out of the 808 alone for $6,000 a lotta luthiers could make you one heck of a even more personalized uke

I agree. If I had it, I'd pay quite a lot for a Moore Bettah custom...

sukie
10-06-2010, 09:58 AM
I reckon out of the 808 alone for $6,000 a lotta luthiers could make you one heck of a even more personalized uke

Your dream ukulele can be had for much less and it'll be FANTASTIC!!!

Ukeffect
10-06-2010, 10:05 AM
I agree. If I had it, I'd pay quite a lot for a Moore Bettah custom...
You know, I'd much rather have a Moore Bettah than that uke...no offense to that luthier, but Chucks' work is exquisite! Heck I'd rather have a top end Kanilea than that particular ukulele!

mm stan
10-06-2010, 11:17 AM
Aloha Staci,
I cant imagine paying $6000.00 for that ukulele...however I would definetly choose one of Chuck Moore's baby anyday!!!
Thanks for sharing, I appriciate it...wonder How it sounds???By the way, anybody know who is this luthier, Danny Ferrington?
MM Stan...

molokinirum
10-06-2010, 11:27 AM
You know, I'd much rather have a Moore Bettah than that uke...no offense to that luthier, but Chucks' work is exquisite! Heck I'd rather have a top end Kanilea than that particular ukulele!

I agree 100%!!! No way is that uke worth $6,000!

SuperSecretBETA
10-06-2010, 11:40 AM
Neiman Marcus... more like "Needless Markup."

pulelehua
10-06-2010, 11:41 AM
Not to be a killjoy, but the ukulele did originate in Hawaii. The machete is from Madeira, anyway, and I think wasn't that popular in mainland Portugal, right?

For $6000, I'd buy a seriously great ukulele, then fly the family to Rome for a holiday.

BadLands Bart
10-06-2010, 11:45 AM
Are there any left???? Did they sell out??? I need about 6 for Christmas presents!!!!

bbycrts
10-06-2010, 12:06 PM
Six THOUSAND dollars for a gourdulele? Seriously? I think I need to rethink what I plant in the garden next year...

Pukulele Pete
10-06-2010, 12:56 PM
Are there any left???? Did they sell out??? I need about 6 for Christmas presents!!!!

Yes , they are out of their gourd uleles

MGM
10-06-2010, 01:45 PM
N Marcus must be out of their gourd....lol Nice looking ukulele though

Jason Paul
10-07-2010, 04:01 AM
Guys, I don't think their market is ukulele players.

Jason

70sSanO
10-07-2010, 04:28 AM
Sound samples???

LOL

John

Sambient
10-07-2010, 04:44 AM
"Gourd" my a$$.
The shape on that ukulele reminds me more of the latter part of my statement.

sukie
10-07-2010, 07:24 AM
Guys, I don't think their market is ukulele players.

Jason
I guess I don't have enough money. Why would anyone want to spend 6 grand on that ukulele? I don't get it. For that kind of money I would want to have one made just for me. Who is their market?

70sSanO
10-07-2010, 08:58 AM
Who is their market?

Per the Ad... George Harrison, Johnny Depp, Keith Richards, and Chrissie Hynde...

... it is unfortunate that George is longer with us.

John

Ronnie Aloha
10-07-2010, 12:04 PM
Are there any left???? Did they sell out??? I need about 6 for Christmas presents!!!!

Sorry, I bought the last five. I'll sell you one for $8,000 though... :)

France
10-07-2010, 06:59 PM
I think it is a nice looking uke but $6ooo, hmmm not that nice.

Chris Tarman
10-07-2010, 07:37 PM
Didn't Danny Ferrington make some of Richard Thompson's guitars? If it's the same Danny Ferrington (and I suspect it IS), then he's a pretty well-respected custom luthier. I didn't know he made ukuleles at all. I don't think I'd ever pay $6000 for one. I don't imagine it would cost $6000 from him. NM has to get their cut, you know! But still, it isn't like he's an unknown luthier.

haole
10-07-2010, 07:39 PM
No set-up? No clip-on tuner? No chordbook? Neiman Marcus needs to step up their game if they want to sell these. :B

Ronnie Aloha
10-08-2010, 01:52 AM
Didn't Danny Ferrington make some of Richard Thompson's guitars? If it's the same Danny Ferrington (and I suspect it IS), then he's a pretty well-respected custom luthier. I didn't know he made ukuleles at all. I don't think I'd ever pay $6000 for one. I don't imagine it would cost $6000 from him. NM has to get their cut, you know! But still, it isn't like he's an unknown luthier.

Since 1975, he's been quietly handcrafting custom string instruments for legends such as George Harrison, Johnny Depp, Keith Richards, and Chrissie Hynde. The son of a Louisiana cabinetmaker, Danny Ferrington is the music world's premier creator of custom guitars and string instruments. In his workshop in Santa Monica, CA, he has built everything from acoustics to double-neck electrics to classical string quartets. For this exclusive commission, he will create classic four-string concert ukuleles, using split gourds as the bodies.
Created in the Hawaiian islands by Micronesian immigrants in the 1870s, the ukulele quickly became integral to the Hawaiian cultural heritage. As its popularity spread out across the world in the 1900s, it continued that cross-cultural pollination and helped define Jazz Age music in the 1920s. Today it's the composing go-to instrument for many popular musicians as well as a virtuoso instrument for a new generation of performers.
As he does with every instrument he creates, Ferrington will build each extremely rare ukulele from scratch, with hand-selected woods for acoustics and balance and rich mother-of-pearl inlays. He purposefully stays low-tech (no computers or Internet) to focus his artisan skills on creating the best sound and style from each magical instrument – one at a time.

Jason Paul
10-08-2010, 03:30 AM
I think their market is people who can easily drop $6,000 on a whim, for whatever catches their eye.

Jason

GX9901
10-08-2010, 04:25 AM
I'm actually kind of impressed that a ukulele made it to a Nieman Marcus catalog. I think the shape of the ukulele is unfortunate (the bottom part of the uke reminds me of, well, someone's bottom), but it does appear to be a quality instrument judging from the one picture they have. Of course $6000 is probably too much, but I'm guessing NM marked it up at least 100%.

Ronnie Aloha
10-08-2010, 05:24 AM
16588

Like this?

rasputinsghost
10-08-2010, 05:36 AM
Micronesian? Do they mean Madeiran?

Thirding the "I could get like, 3 Moore Bettah Tenors at that price" feeling.

Also that uke looks like a butt. Or balls. Anyway, not worth $6k!

cletus
10-08-2010, 06:09 AM
16588

Isn't that legendary guitarist Johnny Depp?

Lori
10-08-2010, 08:03 AM
Well, it I hope the gourd shape makes it sound really, really good! But no sound samples, so I guess we may never know. I am surprised they didn't show the curved back, unless it is unattractive. I don't care much for the shape of the body from the front... kind of droopy and saggy. I personally, can think of 3-4 excellent ukuleles that I could get for that money, and they would sound fantastic and be really beautiful too.
–Lori

bbqribs
01-04-2011, 09:07 AM
As a ukulele player, and a gourder, I am a little taken aback by all the cracks (RA) about a gourd ukulele. This one is cheaper: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=180607888654&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT And check out the Richmond Indigenous Gourd Orchestra http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=96bgUJUtrdg&feature=player_embedded Enjoy!

Plainsong
01-04-2011, 12:07 PM
And I suspect George would have a Kamaka over this one.


Per the Ad... George Harrison, Johnny Depp, Keith Richards, and Chrissie Hynde...

... it is unfortunate that George is longer with us.

John

experimentjon
01-04-2011, 12:21 PM
I just saw this, and oh my, that gourd shape is quite...unattractive. Still, I like seeing anything that has the ukulele coming out into the mainstream.