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uke4life
03-26-2011, 06:12 PM
I'm going to be traveling there a handful of times this year and was wondering if there are any shops with a good selection of ukes or possibly some custom builders in the area that I might be able to swing by for a look or loss of cash ;) Anyway, thanks in advance for any assistance. Mahalo :spam:

NatalieS
03-26-2011, 06:28 PM
Loprinzi Ukuleles is in Clearwater FL, about 2 hours away. They do high end ukes and some customs.

uke4life
03-26-2011, 06:36 PM
Loprinzi Ukuleles is in Clearwater FL, about 2 hours away. They do high end ukes and some customs.

Hmmm...Thank you Natalie...Always wanted to possibly add a Loprinzi...Heard good things about them, but never had the privelege of playing or owning... :-)

Gmoney
03-26-2011, 06:43 PM
Hmmm...Thank you Natalie...Always wanted to possibly add a Loprinzi...Heard good things about them, but never had the privelege of playing or owning... :-)

Can't go wrong w/a LoPrinzi. They are the "K" brand of the Continental US IMO. I love mine & I noticed that a dealer has a few on eBay presently. This one is simply beautiful:

http://cgi.ebay.com/Loprinzi-Solid-Koa-NOVA-Soprano-Ukulele-/260732582796

A recent write up in the St. Petersburg Times

http://www.tampabay.com/news/humaninterest/shop-in-clearwater-is-source-for-ukuleles-sought-worldwide/1151287

uke4life
03-26-2011, 06:50 PM
Thank you gmoney...I love the NOVA I think it was but need a tenor and like the geared tuners...But the ebay guy has a Kanilea Tattoo Uke that has been calling me for over a year now and I've been holding off...I love that brand and the markings but not sure if it's worth it because I like the look...LOL

mm stan
03-26-2011, 08:53 PM
Aloha Uke4life.. or Uker4life???
LoPrinzi is on my wish list....hope to see one in the marketprice(did that on purpose)I meant marketplace at a good price....hee hee MM Stan..

Uke Republic
03-27-2011, 03:19 AM
If you can make it over to Tarpon Springs in November, LoPrinzi will be on hand with ukuleles. Concerts , workshops, jams and fun to be had. Hey and I'll be there too:)

uke4life
03-27-2011, 03:36 AM
If you can make it over to Tarpon Springs in November, LoPrinzi will be on hand with ukuleles. Concerts , workshops, jams and fun to be had. Hey and I'll be there too:)

Oooooo, what's at Tarpon Strings? I'm suppose to be there in Novemer??? That would be my last trip there of the year. That is assuming that USA hasn't got me in trouble already. Not sure I can wait till November...LOL

Gmoney
03-27-2011, 03:57 AM
Thank you gmoney...I love the NOVA I think it was but need a tenor and like the geared tuners...

LoPrinzi used the "Thurman Multidimensional Soundport" in steel string guitars before creating his Nova ukulele. There's several samples on the web of the tenor model (notably MusicGuyMike has sold a few over the years). Here's one:

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

The "Thurman Soundport" adds a level of performer "feedback" somewhat attempted w/the addition of a "personal soundport" seen on many ukes by various makers, custom & factory made. LoPrinzi takes custom orders if a one of the models isn't available through the dealer channel.

uke4life
03-27-2011, 04:24 AM
I'm loving that NOVA more and more...I saw it from the NAMM show and have been keeping a watchful eye on them...I'm just hoping I can afford one? I haven't been brave enough to ask the price yet...:(

Uke Republic
03-27-2011, 10:48 AM
I'm loving that NOVA more and more...I saw it from the NAMM show and have been keeping a watchful eye on them...I'm just hoping I can afford one? I haven't been brave enough to ask the price yet...:(
Don't be shy:) The soprano made with Honduran mahogany list for $750.00 and we sell em for $675.00 and give you a case, concert and tenor list for $825.00 we sell those for $745.00 either one. Koa is available too but adds around $200.00.

uke4life
03-27-2011, 10:55 AM
Don't be shy:) The soprano made with Honduran mahogany list for $750.00 and we sell em for $675.00 and give you a case, concert and tenor list for $825.00 we sell those for $745.00 either one. Koa is available too but adds around $200.00.

Thank you...You're killing me...LOL And you have those in stock?

SWD
03-27-2011, 12:51 PM
Okay, so now I'm curious too. What is happening in Tarpon Springs in November???

bassfiddlesteve
03-27-2011, 07:33 PM
Okay, so now I'm curious too. What is happening in Tarpon Springs in November???

The Tampa Bay Ukulele Getaway! (http://www.tampabayukulele.com)

- Steve

Pippin
03-27-2011, 09:51 PM
The Tampa Bay Ukulele Getaway! (http://www.tampabayukulele.com)

- Steve

My wife and I are hoping to cover the event again this year. Last year's event was really great, you'd never know that it was the debut year. It was very nicely organized and the lineup of entertainers was really great.

PhilUSAFRet
03-27-2011, 11:02 PM
See you in Tarpon Springs in November!