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mendel
05-04-2011, 05:49 AM
I just received an email from the USPS. My "Hugs and Kisses" Donaldson Concert Custom Ukulele is in transit to my house! I can barely contain my excitement as I am sitting at my desk at work!!! It is a little bit easier because the mailman usually doesn't get to my house until almost 5:00.

UGH!!!! The waiting is the hardest part.....

v30
05-04-2011, 05:59 AM
Sounds awesome. Looking forward to see the pics.

(seriously cute baby in your avatar by the way)

mendel
05-04-2011, 06:02 AM
Thanks v30! Thats my boy Jake! He is about 5 months older than the picture now. I think he is even more adoreable, but I am biased!

fitncrafty
05-04-2011, 06:06 AM
Hang in there Mendel.. it's almost time!!! Can't wait to see photos. Have a wonderful night strumming with your family!!!

mds725
05-04-2011, 08:09 AM
Pre-arrival congratulations! Folks who can't wait to see photos of your new ukulele are sweating out the wait along with you!

bbycrts
05-04-2011, 08:20 AM
I can't believe you posted this before pictures are available! I've seen the ones Brad has posted, but there's nothing quite like pictures taken by a proud new uke owner!

Put them up as soon as you can! The waiting is the hardest part....

mendel
05-04-2011, 10:23 AM
Mailman in the immediate vicinity!!!!!!!

ksiegel
05-04-2011, 11:19 AM
Mailman in the immediate vicinity!!!!!!!

Well???

That was like, an HOUR ago!!!!!


We're waiting!

-Kurt


(Did I ever mention I have an Uncle Mendel? He just left for israel Monday...)

roxhum
05-04-2011, 11:26 AM
Mendel... Are you there? You know you are supposed to let those babies acclimatize before playing them. Pictures. Hurry hurry we can't wait.
Congratulations!!!

Lexxy
05-04-2011, 11:38 AM
Hold on to your sets mendel! Xoxo

See what i did there? :P

Hippie Dribble
05-04-2011, 12:00 PM
gee...I'm on my third bucket of popcorn and 5th bottle of Coke...look what you're doing to me Mendel :drool:

OldePhart
05-04-2011, 12:17 PM
We're waiting.... <foot tap, foot tap, foot tap>

mendel
05-04-2011, 12:39 PM
Ok! The Uke arrived. Boy- Bradford packed this thing like it is the nuclear football!!! I cut away theayers of box carefully and opened the styrofoam. Then I hit the bubble-wrap!!! At this point, I could see it...

Pictures dont do it any justice. This Uke is a beauty. The woods are stunning. The body is a bit smart than expected, and it's shape is different than my Lanikai but it feels way more naturL when I hold it. I am in lust with this instrument. I will post pics as soon as I have a moment. I cNt say enough good stuff about it's looks. I have not had the chance to play it yet as I am giving a bi of timefor it to settle I to the 90 degree south Florida air. Inside it is a nice 71, so I need to let it adjust, or so I've heard....

Hippie Dribble
05-04-2011, 12:41 PM
Ok! The Uke arrived. Boy- Bradford packed this thing like it is the nuclear football!!! I cut away theayers of box carefully and opened the styrofoam. Then I hit the bubble-wrap!!! At this point, I could see it...

Pictures dont do it any justice. This Uke is a beauty. The woods are stunning. The body is a bit smart than expected, and it's shape is different than my Lanikai but it feels way more naturL when I hold it. I am in lust with this instrument. I will post pics as soon as I have a moment. I cNt say enough good stuff about it's looks. I have not had the chance to play it yet as I am giving a bi of timefor it to settle I to the 90 degree south Florida air. Inside it is a nice 71, so I need to let it adjust, or so I've heard....

oooooooh you're naughty Mendel!!!

Another big spiel and still no pics. Behave!!!!!! :drool:

Canoe Lady
05-04-2011, 01:12 PM
My goodness, this is enough foreplay already. Let's get to it!

Bradford
05-04-2011, 01:24 PM
Glad to hear it got there safely.

Brad

mendel
05-04-2011, 02:08 PM
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This was the final layer!!!

I have a bunch more, but the baby just went down. I have to wait to get on a computer again tomorrow!

Hippie Dribble
05-04-2011, 02:15 PM
OK...no jokes no more. you are in dire need of a terrible spanking.

mendel
05-04-2011, 02:18 PM
I have a couple of questions...

I have never seen this type of bridge before. I love it because it looks so
Much cleaner to me than having the knots visible on my other Ukes, but how does this work? How can I change the strings?

I notice that the body of the Uke is a bit smaller than my other Concert sizes, but the sound is WAY more full and resonant. I'm wondering... How the heck dis Brad pack so much oomph into a smaller size!?!?!?

Final question.....
How can I ever hope to be worthy of such an incredible instrument!?!?!?

Bradford
05-04-2011, 03:12 PM
Hi mendel, I am very happy you like your uke. As for changing the strings, there are figure eight knots in the bridge end of the strings. The knot goes into the hole in the back of the bridge, out the slot and over the saddle. It will be obvious when you go to change them. Hopefully after building instruments for twenty seven years, I've learned some things on how to make them sound good. Remember, you are what brings that uke to life, just play it and enjoy it, hopefully it will be in your family for generations.

Brad

rem50
05-04-2011, 03:23 PM
Mendel are you serious? Is that the only picture you had time to post? You're killing us!

mendel
05-04-2011, 03:28 PM
Thanks so much Bradford. It would make me very happy if the Ukulele is something that I am able to share with my children and grandchildren. I think music makes for a happy home, and I hope that the Hugs and Kisses Uke can fill my family's home and hearts with music long after I am gone.

bbycrts
05-04-2011, 08:23 PM
Ahem:

Mendel:

I am delighted to hear of your happy news. So excited to hear about your special new addition to the family. What a joyous day this must be for you.

But:

POST SOME CLEAR PICTURES, DARN IT!

Thank you.

Hippie Dribble
05-04-2011, 08:36 PM
na. I'm over it. Just give him a darn good whoopin' :deadhorse:

mendel
05-05-2011, 03:20 AM
http://i429.photobucket.com/albums/qq11/richm2778/789218f6.jpg
http://i429.photobucket.com/albums/qq11/richm2778/cf7270d8.jpg
http://i429.photobucket.com/albums/qq11/richm2778/29666035.jpg
http://i429.photobucket.com/albums/qq11/richm2778/ce9ff8ea.jpg

mendel
05-05-2011, 03:21 AM
http://i429.photobucket.com/albums/qq11/richm2778/20e135ff.jpg
http://i429.photobucket.com/albums/qq11/richm2778/bb5afa6f.jpg


Here are the pics I promised you guys. Sorry it took so long to post them!!!

Kauai808
05-05-2011, 03:26 AM
Snykees!! That is one hot uke. I have never seen anything close to that before. The two different woods for the soundboard is genius!

mm stan
05-05-2011, 04:10 AM
Aloha Mendel,
Congratulations on the new ukulele...it looks awesome..and it must have cost you a million dollars..ha ha Brad did awonderful job...and the design and materials he used it very creative and
beautiful...it must sound like a dream...Have Fun and enjoy..Happy Strummings..MM Stan

Hippie Dribble
05-05-2011, 04:17 AM
wowza. now that was worth the wait Mendel. Amazingly beautiful uke. Just gorgeous. Enjoy mate, enjoy! :)

mds725
05-05-2011, 07:58 AM
That is one stunning ukulele! It reminds me of a Picasso painting, with the asymmetrical "eyes" on the soundboard and the angle of the seam in the two soundboard woods. :)

70sSanO
05-05-2011, 09:14 AM
Mendel,

Beautiful ukulele!

Was the soundboard split for acoustic reasons?

Someone on UU owns a tenor that has a split top with redwood on the bass side and spruce on the tenor side. Supposedly it was done to so the different wood qualities would enhance the low/high note frequencies.

John

Bradford
05-05-2011, 10:16 AM
I had good results with the koa myrtle combination on the original Fun Build ukulele, so I went with it again. In my experience koa and myrtle are similar acoustically.

Brad

mendel
05-05-2011, 11:27 AM
It sounds fantastic Brad!!!! My mind is blown. Such great intonation up and down the fretboard!!! Such a powerful voice!!! I absolutely love it!!!!

bbycrts
05-05-2011, 11:40 AM
Mendel, can you post pics of the headstock? I haven't drooled enough yet today...

OldePhart
05-05-2011, 12:01 PM
Wow...very, very pretty uke. Let's have a video, quick! :)

ksiegel
05-05-2011, 12:17 PM
Oh, yeah... That is a sweet lookin' instrument!

Cute Staffordshire Bull Terrier, too.

But the uke is...

Oh, heck.. .the only phrase that I can come up with, that even remotely approaches what I want to express is....






ME WANT!



(Unfortunately, Me Can't Afford, so I'll just have to be really, really happy for you!)


-Kurt

mendel
05-05-2011, 04:34 PM
Mendel, can you post pics of the headstock? I haven't drooled enough yet today...

There will be one tomorrow for you!!!

Teek
05-05-2011, 09:01 PM
Holy Frijoles! or Cool Beans!

Brad, holy smokes you really outdid yourself, I didn't think that was possible. Your work is just so impeccable. What a trophy for your book o' builds! After this one you will be too famous to build my archtop for me at a price I can afford. Sigh. :worship:

Mendel if I had a jealous bone in my body, I would be. Instead I am so dang tickled for you! Wow, was this one worth the wait! Yeehaw, now for a video or a soundfile at least. :love:

PS: You have to take the "In progress" off the signature and name your new honey.

mendel
05-06-2011, 04:40 AM
http://i429.photobucket.com/albums/qq11/richm2778/d4f8a68a.jpg

Headstock pic for you!

bbycrts
05-06-2011, 05:57 AM
http://i429.photobucket.com/albums/qq11/richm2778/d4f8a68a.jpg

Headstock pic for you!

Gorgeous !

fitncrafty
05-06-2011, 05:58 AM
http://i429.photobucket.com/albums/qq11/richm2778/d4f8a68a.jpg

Headstock pic for you!

Mendel (and Brad) WOW.. I think I have already said it, but I just LOVE everything about this uke, It is just beautiful and makes me smile looking at it!! So happy for you mendel. I hope you are happily strumming away....