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Moore Bettah Ukuleles
05-04-2011, 08:41 AM
Well, a lot of new things actually. This one is milo and spruce. Milo is rarer and probably higher valued than koa is. It has excellent tonal properties. The combination of the two woods make the uke a real powerhouse. The gecko sound holes have a carbon fiber backing and the dual side sound ports are very effective. I installed a MiSi pickup in it because I was worried the acoustics might be poor. I could've saved myself the trouble. This is an uke I built to sell on spec but I think I'll be keeping this one for a while.
Thanks for looking.

SailQwest
05-04-2011, 08:50 AM
Another beauty! If you decided to let it go... ;)

Gmoney
05-04-2011, 09:28 AM
WOW! Another real beauty... And it looks like you've switched to Worth clears instead of Aquila's? Or what strings are they? Would love to hear a sound sample.

SweetWaterBlue
05-04-2011, 09:31 AM
Its redundant to say that a Chuck Moore ukulele is beautiful, but what the heck - its beautiful.

UncleElvis
05-04-2011, 09:35 AM
First off, it's GORGEOUS, of course!

Secondly, Kim, that would be perfect for you. A remembrance of the islands!

tattwo
05-04-2011, 09:45 AM
Very nice Chuck. I would love to hear it

Moore Bettah Ukuleles
05-04-2011, 09:48 AM
WOW! Another real beauty... And it looks like you've switched to Worth clears instead of Aquila's? Or what strings are they? Would love to hear a sound sample.

Every uke is different and since this one is so different I decided to try the Worth CH on them which I like better than the T2s. I had a feeling the spruce would be too bright so I thought the Worths would be a better choice than the Aquilas. If I were going to keep this uke for myself I would try other strings. You need to try different strings anyway as the uke develops and matures. The Worths seem like a safe string to start with. I like them, but only in the Clear Hard. I haven't yet tried the Extra Hards.

Moore Bettah Ukuleles
05-04-2011, 09:53 AM
Very nice Chuck. I would love to hear it

Yeah, wish I could do something about that. The two things you need to post a good demo video are a competent player and someone who knows how do make a video. Neither of which I'm qualified for. I need to hire someone to do just that.
My wife and I attempted to make a video of something last Christmas. I spent two days on the computer trying to sort it out, trying to understand file formats, compressing, downloading other programs....... sheesh, I gave up finally. And NO thank you, I don't care to learn how at this point. There are just some things I can't do......

bbycrts
05-04-2011, 10:10 AM
Chuck -

You do realize you are an amazing artist, don't you?

Stunning.

I love geckos.

Kanaka916
05-04-2011, 10:48 AM
OK I'll take it . . . . actually I like one NSB . . .

mketom
05-04-2011, 11:19 AM
It's beautiful! Nice detail in the gecko sound holes. How are you cutting the carbon fiber backing?

Lexxy
05-04-2011, 11:44 AM
Chuck, PICK ME!! :P

Once again, the uke is pretty. My eyes feel like it's gonna explode from pretiness.

Moore Bettah Ukuleles
05-04-2011, 11:48 AM
It's beautiful! Nice detail in the gecko sound holes. How are you cutting the carbon fiber backing?

The carbon fiber is epoxied to the back of the sound board. I glued (watered down Titebond) the gecko pattern right on to the wood after sealing it a bit. I then used my inlay router with a carbide downcut spiral bit to rout the sound holes out. The carbon fiber sheet itself is simply cut with metal shears.

Steve vanPelt
05-04-2011, 01:44 PM
Sweet! Love the binding.

Kekani
05-04-2011, 07:38 PM
Of course you know, once the secret of Milo gets out, you and I are going to charge what the wood is really worth . . .

UncleElvis
05-04-2011, 07:45 PM
Yeah, wish I could do something about that. The two things you need to post a good demo video are a competent player and someone who knows how do make a video. Neither of which I'm qualified for. I need to hire someone to do just that.
My wife and I attempted to make a video of something last Christmas. I spent two days on the computer trying to sort it out, trying to understand file formats, compressing, downloading other programs....... sheesh, I gave up finally. And NO thank you, I don't care to learn how at this point. There are just some things I can't do......

Chuck, if you have an iPhone or can swing a new iPod Touch (an 8G is, like, $230), the built in videocamera has an automatic upload to YouTube. Just shoot the vid, get somewhere with WiFi, click upload, fill in the login stuff and video details (if you want) and you're done.
You won't win an Oscar for cinematography, but it's more than enough for us skags!

Pueo
05-04-2011, 08:09 PM
Of course you know, once the secret of Milo gets out, you and I are going to charge what the wood is really worth . . .
Good thing I already have TWO milo ukuleles.

Chuck, you are making my decision process much more difficult. How am I supposed to narrow down my desires and focus when you keep innovating?
I am so looking forward to being a Moore Bettah owner in addition to a Moore Bettah admirer.

Nixon
05-05-2011, 12:08 AM
I think you should hire me as your cameraman/sound tech in exchange for that uke :P

Timbuck
05-05-2011, 12:24 AM
I'll try and get some UK builders together so we can and buy it..And make sure it never sees the light of day ever again.
:mad:
Yours truely Jealous builder:D

brucemoffatt
05-05-2011, 01:15 AM
Here's the deal. Send it to me. I'll spend the time, no matter how long, to get good at the video thing and the playing thing, no charge to you. Then when I'm good enough I'll make your vid and send it back to you. Can't say better than that.

Uncle Leroy
05-05-2011, 02:12 AM
Chuck, is there any kind of uke that you cannot build? Stunning.

Michael Smith
05-05-2011, 06:44 AM
Beautiful execution as always. When you make an instrument do you make a few of the same design?

Moore Bettah Ukuleles
05-05-2011, 07:03 AM
Chuck, if you have an iPhone or can swing a new iPod Touch (an 8G is, like, $230), the built in videocamera has an automatic upload to YouTube. Just shoot the vid, get somewhere with WiFi, click upload, fill in the login stuff and video details (if you want) and you're done.
You won't win an Oscar for cinematography, but it's more than enough for us skags!

iPods, WIFI, YouTubes!!!!!!
People, you just don't understand how primitively I live! It's not by choice I make my own electricity. There are no power, phone, or cables lines within miles of where I live. No 3G, 4G, any kind of G. Gee, I have to drive into town just to get cell phone reception. I gather my own water to bathe in and to drink. I have to collect my mail in town because the carrier can't get here. Amazingly I have a coconut satellite Internet connection that allows me to be on the Internet some of the time. I've learned to play steel guitar while waiting for pages to load.
So while I appreciate the suggestion, I'm pretty much happily stuck in the 19th century. Like Gilligan's Island, "as primitive as can be". (God, what I wouldn't give for an iPhone. Or an i anything.)

UncleElvis
05-05-2011, 07:12 AM
iPods, WIFI, YouTubes!!!!!!
People, you just don't understand how primitively I live! It's not by choice I make my own electricity. There are no power, phone, or cables lines within miles of where I live. No 3G, 4G, any kind of G. Gee, I have to drive into town just to get cell phone reception. I gather my own water to bathe in and to drink. I have to collect my mail in town because the carrier can't get here. Amazingly I have a coconut satellite Internet connection that allows me to be on the Internet some of the time. I've learned to play steel guitar while waiting for pages to load.
So while I appreciate the suggestion, I'm pretty much happily stuck in the 19th century. Like Gilligan's Island, "as primitive as can be". (God, what I wouldn't give for an iPhone. Or an i anything.)

I just had a wave of jealousy... and nostalgia! I lived like you do now, every summer when I was a kid, out on my sisters' island in Bermuda's Great Sound. We had a wind up antique record player that we played Bob Marley records on. No electricity at all, pumping our water out of the rainwater tank to bathe and drink and wash dishes. This was the 70s, so there was no internet, no cellphones... we just... were.

And I loved it. I'd kill for that again, if only for a little while. I guess the closest I'll get this year is UWC.

You're a truly lucky man, Chuck. I hope you treasure it.

Oh, and don't listen to that Nixon guy! You should hire ME as your videographer! *grin*

mzuch
05-05-2011, 08:11 AM
I'm pretty much happily stuck in the 19th century. Like Gilligan's Island, "as primitive as can be".

It's all good, as long as you are there with your equivalent of Ginger or Mary Ann.

SweetWaterBlue
05-05-2011, 08:31 AM
Chuck - that reminds me a lot of my grandfathers old place in the hills of Appalachia. No running water, no electricity and some pretty rough dirt roads just to get to the place. One thing he did do was to build his house over a spring, so all you had to do to get water was go down into the basement. My grandmother cooked on a wood stove. The other neat thing was that where he dug out the hill for the basement foundation, there was an exposed coal seam. There was never any shortage of coal for heat.

For most of his life he delivered mail on horseback. He had an old army jeep but some of the roads were impassable when the weather was bad. He also was a watch and clock repairman, and even went to school to get certified for that. I remember when he finally got electricity he was happy because he was able to get a small electric lathe to make clock parts on.

We went there every year on vacation. I spent untold hours playing their foot pumped organ, but about all they had was hymn books to work with.

Moore Bettah Ukuleles
05-05-2011, 08:41 AM
I've got power, water, and some of the "modern" conveniences. The only difference is that I've had to provide them all myself and I have to maintain them. I could surely use your grandfather and his horse to get me my mail though!

Michael Smith
05-05-2011, 10:00 AM
Perfectly executed as usual!!!

If you put a wireless router on your internet connection you will have wifi for your ipad.

ukegirl13
05-05-2011, 06:39 PM
Well, a lot of new things actually. This one is milo and spruce. Milo is rarer and probably higher valued than koa is. It has excellent tonal properties. The combination of the two woods make the uke a real powerhouse. The gecko sound holes have a carbon fiber backing and the dual side sound ports are very effective. I installed a MiSi pickup in it because I was worried the acoustics might be poor. I could've saved myself the trouble. This is an uke I built to sell on spec but I think I'll be keeping this one for a while.
Thanks for looking.

Ohhhhhhh, very, very nice! I luuuuuuuvve the geckos!