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Mike Anderson
07-27-2011, 07:45 AM
Aloha all. Wondering if anyone can tell me what Eddie Kamae plays? That lovely 2-hole slotted-headstock baritone as seen here:

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I am guessing this was built for him the '70s...mahalo for any input.

EDIT: oh, and is anyone building anything like this? Can't think why I didn't ask that the first time around. :)

Kekani
07-27-2011, 08:12 PM
Its an Eddie Kamae.

hmgberg
07-27-2011, 08:25 PM
Its an Eddie Kamae.

No kidding! Wow. The body looks huge. It sounds fabulous. Such a talented guy. "Heart of the Ukulele" is one of my favorite records. He and his wife make films, too. And, he's even a high school graduate.

http://video.app.msn.com/watch/video/ukulele-legend-earns-high-school-diploma/1d01k70zb

Good for him!

Mike Anderson
07-28-2011, 04:06 AM
Its an Eddie Kamae.

No kidding indeed! He built it himself? Designed it and had someone else build it? I'm working my way through his book "Hawaiian Son" and hoping to learn more. Thanks for the reply!

Mike Anderson
07-28-2011, 07:53 AM
Oh, and still wondering about the second part of my question - are there similar instruments being made now?

@hmgberg - gonna end up buying all his books and DVDs eventually I expect. This man is a living treasure and has gathered so much knowledge from the elders. Amazing stuff!

Pueo
07-28-2011, 09:00 AM
I got to see Eddie Kamae play that ukulele at the Hawaii Book and Music festival last May. What a treat! He signed my ukulele too.

Mike Anderson
07-28-2011, 09:11 AM
Lucky guy! :) The Sons are my favorite band of all time. Gabby is pretty much my hero on voice and slack key, Feet Rogers on steel, and Eddie on 'ukulele. So anything I can learn is like ambrosia to me.

I see Tangi made 2-puka instruments, but they have stopped production. Research continues...

Kekani
07-28-2011, 09:41 PM
Steve Grimes?

If you don't need the puka's in the upper bout, you need to hang out in the Luthier's Lounge more, where Chuck and Eric dwell (both of whom have done double holes, but with one on top, and one on the side).

Aaron

mm stan
07-28-2011, 10:04 PM
Lucky guy! :) The Sons are my favorite band of all time. Gabby is pretty much my hero on voice and slack key, Feet Rogers on steel, and Eddie on 'ukulele. So anything I can learn is like ambrosia to me.

I see Tangi made 2-puka instruments, but they have stopped production. Research continues...
Aloha Mike,
Have you ever seen a double puka custom kamaka yet.. mele makes them too....I have a tenor one...

mm stan
07-28-2011, 11:50 PM
I watched tonight on PBS a hour story of Eddie and Mryna Kamae..on PBS it was awesome..google it...http://mauinow.com/2011/07/20/those-who-came-before-kamae-documentary-airs-july-28/

Mike Anderson
07-29-2011, 05:28 AM
Hi all, thanx for your replies. I don't think I'm in Steve Grimes territory financially Kekani, but great suggestion, his work is beautiful. mm stan, I did find the Mele double puka baritone yesterday, very reasonable price too, pretty much what I'm looking for. And man would I love to see that documentary - our PBS affiliate is Detroit I think, if it was on last night I missed it.

Everyone's been most helpful here, thanks again. I read something in "Hawaiian Son" last night about how Eddie switched to a "custom baritone with 8 strings in two courses". This of course is nonsense, and the kind of minor annoyance that happens when a non-musician writes a book (Eddie is not the author). You can find multiple references to Feet Rogers playing a "pancake" steel. Obviously he means frypan, but that isn't even true - he played a Rickenbacker (or Rickenbacher) B6.

aloha and mahalo,
Mike.