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OldePhart
03-26-2011, 02:14 PM
Promised a video of this by this weekend so...here 'tis.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CLdYgzwl3cA

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CLdYgzwl3cA

John

Tudorp
03-26-2011, 02:38 PM
Man Phart.. You are a freaking idiot.. That's why I love you, and it resulted in a cool as heck Uke brutha.. ;) Nice work.... I might have to put that on my ta-doo list...

fitncrafty
03-26-2011, 02:43 PM
Impressive.. Glad that it all turned out for you!!! However you don't look anything like your avatar photo!! :)

Tudorp
03-26-2011, 02:46 PM
Impressive.. Glad that it all turned out for you!!! However you don't look anything like your avatar photo!! :)

I wasn't gonna say anything crafty. The avitar looks better... hehheh

Lori
03-26-2011, 03:13 PM
Very creative! Thanks for showing us your project.

–Lori

OldePhart
03-26-2011, 03:22 PM
However you don't look anything like your avatar photo!! :)
Uhhh...do you? (look like yours, I mean, I'd be really worried if you looked like my avatar) If you do, I hope you're going to be at UWC 'cause I've always wanted to meet Wonder Woman in person! :)

I guess I've gained weight (and teeth and hair) since that photo was taken. LOL

Actually, I just look for funny pictures of old men on the internet and use them in my avatar, I guess it's about time to find another...

John

OldePhart
03-26-2011, 03:23 PM
The avitar looks better... hehheh

Which is exactly why I use it! :)

Tudorp
03-26-2011, 03:31 PM
Actually, I just look for funny pictures of old men on the internet and use them in my avatar,


That being the case, back to my original question some time ago. Why don't you use your own real pic then? heheh

KevinV
03-26-2011, 03:54 PM
I dig it...nice job.

pdxuke
03-26-2011, 04:21 PM
Sensational. I see a new career as a coffee tin bottom resonator uke modifier!

BTW, if you're an Old Phart, I must be an ancient one!

OldePhart
03-26-2011, 05:28 PM
BTW, if you're an Old Phart, I must be an ancient one!

Heh, heh. As a friend of mine says, "it's not the age it's the mileage."

Actually, though, I started using that monicker online a few years ago (I was 50) when my cardiologist told me that I had a pretty good heart for a 75 year old man (and he doesn't have a sense of humor...). I had a heart attack well before I was near OldePhart status and it killed half of my heart (primarily a genetic thing, thanks Mom! :) ). So, I figure if I've got a 75-year-old heart I've earned my curmudgeonly old man stripes. LOL

I had my last checkup a few months ago and he said I'm holding steady, though, so maybe I just get to be an old man for a long time. ;) He also told me that that I'd surprised him, when he took my case thirteen years ago he wouldn't have given a plugged nickel for my chances of seeing fifty.

John

Gmoney
03-26-2011, 05:58 PM
Man, you almost gave ME a heart attack when I saw that hole I thought you had cut in the Red Cedar Tenor you bought off of me! (I was secretly glad it was just the concert uke instead). Glad you did the experiment for the rest of us so we won't have to!

As to the "old fart" & heart issues, I can empathize w/you. I haven't had a heart attack, so my heart muscle is in good shape, but had my first 90% blockage fixed w/a stent at age 42(!), then another stent in the same vessel (the Left Anterior Descending artery - AKA the widow maker if it closes off completely). Then on August 16th, 2001 I had a single bypass of the SAME LAD - since then, everything is going fine! Coming up on my 10 year anniversary of THAT day & believe me, I'm gonna celebrate!

So, don't be cutting no holes in one of your KoAloha's or I will have a heart attack & you can't afford to make a widow out of my bride!

mm stan
03-26-2011, 06:15 PM
Aloha John,
Wow a frankenuke...how cool!!! man talking about outside of the box...tee hee hee..nice job...looks well done except for the temporary screws...thanks for the video, awesome dude..
Ahhhh finally we get you, our first peek at the man behind of the Avatar..lol and what you wrote..hmmm..Actually, I just look for funny pictures of old men on the internet and use them in my avatar...lol
Thanks for sharing...it was fun for me to watch...and probally for you to do....so what's your next project??? Doctor???

greenway
03-26-2011, 10:56 PM
Pretty interesting craft! I don't see me doing anything like that, ever. :D


Just by the way, you kinda sound like Johnny Cash. Or am I mental?

joeybug
03-26-2011, 11:54 PM
Glad it all worked out! Sounds good :D You're a braver man than me, I couldn't do anything like that to my Ukulele I'd be too scared!

hoosierhiver
03-27-2011, 06:11 AM
Very cool!

OldePhart
03-27-2011, 08:48 AM
...had my first 90% blockage fixed w/a stent at age 42(!), then another stent in the same vessel (the Left Anterior Descending artery - AKA the widow maker if it closes off completely).

That's the one that got me. 100% blockage when I was barely 41 - and I'd thought I was in pretty decent shape right up until the moment it hit. No prior symptoms at all. In fact, just the year before I'd kicked a bunch of twenty-somethings backsides at laser tag. I wasn't athletic, but I was very active, a little stocky but well within my height/weight ratio (weighed what I had when I was in the AF, in fact). (I've gained more than forty pounds in the years since, even though I watch my diet pretty closely most of the time, because the medications they've got me on have slowed my metabolism to a crawl - before I hurt my back I was exercising hard an hour a day, five or six days a week, and just holding my weight steady.)

Anyway, the "big one" killed the whole front wall of my heart. Had another little heart attack and more stents a year later, and they finally talked me into a bypass two years after that. The surgeon ended up doing five grafts - so I've got more of my leg in my heart than in my leg! :)

BTW, folks, if you're in your thirties or above - get your physicals, already! I went my whole life without hardly ever seeing a doctor. I think I went to sick call twice in twelve years in the Air Force. Since the "big one" I've more than made up for that with all the time I've spent in doctor's offices!

John

Huna
03-27-2011, 08:51 AM
he looks pretty young lol... no grey hairs!

OldePhart
03-27-2011, 08:57 AM
Just by the way, you kinda sound like Johnny Cash. Or am I mental?

I've had a lot of people tell me that, especially when my wife and I used to sing in church. It's kind of funny because I never really consciously set out to emulate him or anything. I wouldn't even call myself a fan. It's not that I disklike his music or anything, I just don't very often listen to that kind of music. I'm more a blues and rock guy, but, unless I make a conscious effort not to sound like him, I kinda sound a little like him when I'm singing. When I did the "What is Hip?" video for Mim's contest, that was pretty much my natural singing voice. The other videos I had to work at more. :)

John

OldePhart
03-27-2011, 09:00 AM
he looks pretty young lol... no grey hairs!

LOL - "only his hairdresser knows for sure..."

OldePhart
03-27-2011, 09:05 AM
Thanks for sharing...it was fun for me to watch...and probally for you to do....so what's your next project??? Doctor???

Don't have anything planned...yet. Usually inspiration just kind of strikes out of the blue and I act before I have time to ponder second thoughts and be stopped by good sense! LOL

I have kind of been trying to figure out some way to attach a uke to my five-string bass so I can have both slung around my neck so I can switch between them as needed. I figure that would be the "ultimate double neck."

John

philpot
03-27-2011, 12:36 PM
Thats pretty dang awesome dude!! Love the sound :D

Doc_J
03-27-2011, 02:28 PM
John, that D-I-Y resonator was genius. Very well done. I see a new side business in your future.
I might have to try something like that on a Grizzley soprano kit.

50 is the new 30 I think.

BobN
03-28-2011, 01:41 AM
Which is exactly why I use it! :)

I fixed your teeth
https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/_ImetSt3gnak/TYkaJ_5bb8I/AAAAAAAAAD0/0m1MKibtKPM/s128/toothyoldman.jpg

ksiegel
03-28-2011, 09:47 AM
I have kind of been trying to figure out some way to attach a uke to my five-string bass so I can have both slung around my neck so I can switch between them as needed. I figure that would be the "ultimate double neck."

John

I spent 4 years in West Virginia, so I can envision exactly what you want to do.

A couple of "C" clamps ought to git 'er done.

'Taint purty, but if it works, watcha gonna complain fer? (g)


-Kurt

(Thinking about some of the car repairs I'd seen in Clarksburg...)

OldePhart
03-28-2011, 11:49 AM
John, that D-I-Y resonator was genius. Very well done. I see a new side business in your future.
I might have to try something like that on a Grizzley soprano kit.


Heh, heh. Well, I don't know about genius, but I am pretty happy with it. No business, though. Life is too short and I don't need money badly enough to turn a loved hobby into work!

Of course, the way the economy is going... LOL

John

OldePhart
03-28-2011, 11:50 AM
I fixed your teeth
https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/_ImetSt3gnak/TYkaJ_5bb8I/AAAAAAAAAD0/0m1MKibtKPM/s128/toothyoldman.jpg

BWAAA-HAAA - now that's genius!

OldePhart
03-28-2011, 11:54 AM
I spent 4 years in West Virginia, so I can envision exactly what you want to do.

A couple of "C" clamps ought to git 'er done.

'Taint purty, but if it works, watcha gonna complain fer? (g)


-Kurt

(Thinking about some of the car repairs I'd seen in Clarksburg...)

Heh, heh. Don't think C-Clamps will work but I do have rolls of the handy man's secret weapon (duct tape, for those who aren't fans of the Red Green show).

Seriously, I'm thinking about a simple plexiglass panel and velcro. Have the panel attach to the back of the bass and the back of the uke with velcro. Can take it off without much trauma when it's not needed. Just haven't decided which uke I'm willing to mar even the back of with self-adhesive velcro... All of my present ukes are pretty nice. Also, a hollow body would probably tend to pick up noise when I'm pounding on the bass, so maybe I need to get a solid-body eleuke...

(Oh, the ways we justify our UAS!) LOL

That project is going to have to wait until after UWC, though, or I might not have the bux to attend!

John

John

Maiyah888
03-28-2011, 12:02 PM
Wow that is DIY genius!