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joejeweler
08-07-2011, 08:14 AM
Hi Bradford,.....just happened to come across a review of one of your builds on ukeeku.com , with a nice writeup also from July 26. 2011.

http://ukeeku.com/2011/07/26/brad-donaldson-vintage-s-full-review/

.....thought others might enjoy the read, and maybe keep you pretty busy! :cheers:

Nice to have some folks like you around. :shaka:

PhilUSAFRet
08-07-2011, 09:37 AM
Had seen this but thanks for sharing

Teek
08-07-2011, 10:30 AM
If anyone is itchy for a custom, you can't go wrong with a uke from Brad. Just from emails back and forth with him, I got a dream uke that fits me perfectly, tailored better than my expectations because Brad knows all the things that I don't about building, and filled in all the blanks for me. If all my ukes but one had to be sold, his would be the one I would have to keep.

shrink9
08-07-2011, 11:51 AM
Like Teek, I too am quite fond of my uke from Bradford. The sound quality and volume is amazing. The koa he used on mine cannot be beat.

Gmoney
08-07-2011, 01:48 PM
Soon as I read Tim's review, I got on the build list for one of these beauties! Excited to be owning one of these in a couple of months.

joejeweler
08-07-2011, 01:53 PM
Soon as I read Tim's review, I got on the build list for one of these beauties! Excited to be owning one of these in a couple of months.

Hehehe,....kinda what i was thinking also,....you beat me to it! :drool:

Planning on emailing Bradfort shortly,....maybe for a slightly upgraded version that the details can be worked out once i think about it a bit.

ukeeku
08-08-2011, 04:47 AM
Thanks for the repost. I was wondering why this article was trending again!!
Great uke for the price.

iDavid
08-08-2011, 05:05 AM
I got on the list also. I have a few months to decide and it is DIFFICULT... lol. I've already learn a great deal from my email to Brad.... great guy.

Dan Uke
08-09-2011, 10:53 AM
Aarrrgghh!!! Since you guys already contacted him, the wait list is now 6 months!!! I'll think about it for a few days to see if I can wait that long. Only risk is that once I decide, it'll be a nine month wait. lol

wconley
08-12-2011, 10:01 AM
Hey, my Bradford soprano looks just like the one reviewed and I have to say that to these untrained eyes and ears I would agree with everything in the review. I saw mine in Dusty Stings in Seattle and loved the sound immediately and recognized it as a fantastic deal. The only thing I could possibly add to the review is that it is so cute and sounds so good, my wife also fell in love with it and didn't say anything about me getting another uke! It doesn't get any better than that.

joejeweler
08-12-2011, 10:27 AM
Aarrrgghh!!! Since you guys already contacted him, the wait list is now 6 months!!! I'll think about it for a few days to see if I can wait that long. Only risk is that once I decide, it'll be a nine month wait. lol

Yeah,....i posted the link to the article BEFORE i got on the list myself! SIX months out for me too!

Did that bass-ackwards. :D

Now i'll have to keep an eye on the calander and watch the days roll by... :rotfl::uhoh::rotfl:

tattwo
08-12-2011, 10:35 AM
Thanks for the repost. I was wondering why this article was trending again!!
Great uke for the price.

It said Eugene Oregon He builds out of Cannon Beach Oregon

http://donaldsonukuleles.com/about-me/

Gmoney
11-11-2011, 10:25 AM
Got email from Brad - he is starting mine soon! Can't wait to see it "in process" & better still, in my hands! Wonder what case it will fit in??

Dan Uke
11-12-2011, 05:37 AM
Got email from Brad - he is starting mine soon! Can't wait to see it "in process" & better still, in my hands! Wonder what case it will fit in??

Lucky you!! What are the specs???

Gmoney
11-12-2011, 05:43 AM
Lucky you!! What are the specs???

Mine will be as described in Tim's original review of the Vintage-S here:

http://ukeeku.com/2011/07/26/brad-donaldson-vintage-s-full-review/

I'm expecting it be pretty much just like that w/any refinements Bradford might be doing since building several of these. I'm sure that it will be amazing!

Dan Uke
11-12-2011, 05:51 AM
Sweet!!! Mine are being made in Dec.

Bradford
11-12-2011, 07:19 AM
Thanks very much everyone, I really appreciate all your support. This is turning out to be quite an adventure and I am having a blast.

Brad

coolkayaker1
11-12-2011, 07:57 AM
Hi everyone. I'm the proud owner of the actual Vintage S in Tim's lovely ukeeku review. Tim had it for review loan, and featured it at UWC 2010 and sold it to me on behlaf of Brad about two months ago.

It's a gem, a real gem. I own, and you'll think I'm nuts but I wouldn't say it if I didn't mean it, a KoAloha Soprano, and I like Brad's uke more. Brad's vintage S is small and tidy and easy to hold, the Peghead tuners work flawlessly, and I appreciate that the action is real low on the strings (with not a buzz at all) so it's easy to pick and strum. And it plays with such volume, impressive. I play it almost every day.

I think one of it's key features is the lightness of the instrument and the thin solid koa wood. It rings like a bell!

If anyone considering an order from Brad needs info (dimensions, etc.), let me know. Love it, love it, love it. Appreciate knowing Tim Ukeeku and owning Brad's gem, Vintage S. You will, too.

Gmoney
11-12-2011, 09:41 AM
[QUOTE=coolkayaker1;801548]Hi everyone. I'm the proud owner of the actual Vintage S in Tim's lovely ukeeku review. SNIP ...QUOTE]

I wondered who might be the owner of that one or another like it. I was wondering what case it might fit, so it would be nice if you could post the dimensions. The usual measurements - overall length end to end, width at upper bout, waist, & lower bout; length from body to the tip of the peghead; body depth should about do it.

It looks so similar to the AnueNue 1879 that I wonder if it might fit the cases they have for that model - looks somewhat like a violin case. Anyway, looking forward to having it in hand.

ukeeku
11-12-2011, 03:53 PM
this is the case I had it in
http://cargo.ukerepublic.com/product/retro-tweed-ukulele-hard-case

so....

Scott S.
11-13-2011, 05:46 AM
I had been thinking of ordering a custom instrument from Brad for about 6 months. YouTube videos and occasional comments on UU kept me interested in his work. This thread pushed me over the top, and I contacted him yesterday. My name is now on the list for a myrtle/redwood tenor with two soundholes (like Keola Beemer's guitar and some Mele ukes). Brad seems like a genuinely nice person, and his price is an incredible bargain for a beautiful hand-built custom instrument. Yes, the 6 month wait will be a patience builder for me, but I think well worth it. The fact that his production schedule is growing so rapidly tells me that he is doing something right.

flutinggnee
11-13-2011, 06:12 AM
I feel your excitement! I'm on his list, too! I haven't decided exactly what woods yet...I had thought Koa but now I want something else, I think. He said a few months ago that he'd be getting to me around February. Not too long! :) Long enough! But completely understandable with hand-crafted instruments that are definitely worth the wait.

Scott S.
11-13-2011, 06:45 AM
[QUOTE=flutinggnee;802053] Not too long! :) Long enough! QUOTE]

Time is relative and a matter of perspective. And I'm betting that the closer we get to the build date, the more time will slow down. Gmoney has got to be getting excited as he starts the build process. I've been thinking about wood choices for awhile, and know that at some point I will have to make a decision. :) With Brad it was great - I contacted him with a number of possible options including woods, neck width and profile, and the two-soundhole design (which I thought might be a little out there). Brad comes back with "that sounds fine". What Brad does is not just build us an instrument, he builds us our instrument. How cool is that?

bbycrts
11-13-2011, 08:57 PM
I have a vintage S body with a long, wide neck and it is amazing. I am lucky enough to be within an easy drive from Brad so I got to visit his shop to discuss the specs. Brad is so much fun! My uke is everything I ever wanted and sings like an angel - I love it!