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dkcrown
09-02-2011, 04:52 AM
After searching in earnest since last November, I have finally found a Kamaka Liliu that is "the one" for me. Having looked at a number of used and new ones through many different sources, this is the one that I have settled on. I purchased it from Mandolin Brothers in NY.

The sound is incredible. Very complex, full, rich, and loud. The action is a tad high at the nut, but I will lower it some when I change out the strings. I am not enamored with the Kamaka strings and will probably change them out to Worths. It of course came tuned the standard Kamaka way with both the C and A strings tuned an octave apart and a "high" G string. The more I play it the more I am liking this tuning, although when I re-string it I will try some other options including a low G with the C's tuned in octaves and the A's in unison.

It is definately different than playing a four string. No sloppy fretting here. Because of that, I think that it will improve my playing over time. Strumming it is fantasic. I have done some limited finger picking so far, and that will require some adjustments. But I really bought it for strumming.

So without further adieu, here are some pics. This will be the first time I have loaded phots from Photobucket, so hopefully I will be succesful.

http://i1106.photobucket.com/albums/h368/dkcrown1/KamakaLiliu005.jpghttp://i1106.photobucket.com/albums/h368/dkcrown1/KamakaLiliu004.jpghttp://i1106.photobucket.com/albums/h368/dkcrown1/KamakaLiliu007.jpghttp://i1106.photobucket.com/albums/h368/dkcrown1/KamakaLiliu008.jpg

Mandarb
09-02-2011, 04:55 AM
Sweet!! Enjoy!!

dkcrown
09-02-2011, 04:55 AM
some more pics

http://i1106.photobucket.com/albums/h368/dkcrown1/KamakaLiliu009.jpghttp://i1106.photobucket.com/albums/h368/dkcrown1/KamakaLiliu010.jpghttp://i1106.photobucket.com/albums/h368/dkcrown1/KamakaLiliu013.jpghttp://i1106.photobucket.com/albums/h368/dkcrown1/KamakaLiliu017.jpg

dkcrown
09-02-2011, 04:57 AM
And some final pics. One with her cousin :)

http://i1106.photobucket.com/albums/h368/dkcrown1/KamakaLiliu018.jpghttp://i1106.photobucket.com/albums/h368/dkcrown1/KamakaLiliu016.jpghttp://i1106.photobucket.com/albums/h368/dkcrown1/KamakaLiliu019.jpg

wickedwahine11
09-02-2011, 05:39 AM
without a doubt the nicest koa I have ever seen on a Lili'u. Congrats, it is beautiful. So very jealous....

gyosh
09-02-2011, 05:45 AM
Beautiful! What kind of stand is that?

Ronnie Aloha
09-02-2011, 05:54 AM
This reminds me of the two of the Three Stooges...Curly and Curly Joe!

Nice grabs Dana!

wickedwahine11
09-02-2011, 05:55 AM
Beautiful! What kind of stand is that?

If I recall he makes them himself. I know I would buy one!

dkcrown
09-02-2011, 05:58 AM
Thanks Staci and Ronnie. gyosh, those are a couple of stands that I make myself. None for sale though, thanks for inquiring

fabioponta
09-02-2011, 06:02 AM
OMG beautiful curly koa. It looks a special order: congrats!

mds725
09-02-2011, 06:24 AM
Beautiful instruments! Congratulations! I have my heart set now on a Kamaka 8-string, and I hope I find one as nice as both of yours.

dkcrown
09-02-2011, 06:24 AM
gyosh, some pics of a couple of my stands, including one I made for a Sceptre.

http://i1106.photobucket.com/albums/h368/dkcrown1/004.jpghttp://i1106.photobucket.com/albums/h368/dkcrown1/005.jpghttp://i1106.photobucket.com/albums/h368/dkcrown1/006.jpg

Ronnie Aloha
09-02-2011, 06:56 AM
gyosh, some pics of a couple of my stands, including one I made for a Sceptre.

http://i1106.photobucket.com/albums/h368/dkcrown1/004.jpghttp://i1106.photobucket.com/albums/h368/dkcrown1/005.jpghttp://i1106.photobucket.com/albums/h368/dkcrown1/006.jpg

Show off... : )

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
09-02-2011, 06:58 AM
Gorgeous ukulele, Dana, congratulations!

gyosh
09-02-2011, 07:13 AM
gyosh, some pics of a couple of my stands, including one I made for a Sceptre.

http://i1106.photobucket.com/albums/h368/dkcrown1/004.jpghttp://i1106.photobucket.com/albums/h368/dkcrown1/005.jpghttp://i1106.photobucket.com/albums/h368/dkcrown1/006.jpg

I was going to say "now you're just showing off," but Ronnie Aloha beat me to it. Those stands are way cool. I might have to copy your design :) Awesome collection of instruments too. No Pineapple Sunday? I'm pretty jealous. Thanks for the pics.

-Gary

ksiegel
09-02-2011, 07:17 AM
Great instruments - I've played Gillian's Kamaka 6-string, and it is lovely - finger picking was no problem at all - she has it strung with Worth Browns.

And that stand for the Sceptre is glorious! I could use one for mine! (BTW - what kind of case do you use for your Sceptre?)


-Kurt

molokinirum
09-02-2011, 07:43 AM
That is a beauty!! Congrats!! I was just at the Kamaka Factory and was playing their 6 string and then I tried the 8 string....now I gotta start saving money again for that 8 string!!!

Trinimon
09-02-2011, 08:19 AM
Sweet ukes! Most jealous! Congrats! :)

dkcrown
09-02-2011, 09:13 AM
That is a beauty!! Congrats!! I was just at the Kamaka Factory and was playing their 6 string and then I tried the 8 string....now I gotta start saving money again for that 8 string!!!

molo, I have seen that Kanilea six string in your signature for a long time know and often wondered how it sounded. I have had my sights set on the Kamaka for a long time now, but had a second hand Kanilea or KoAloha come up for sale somewhere, I might have wavered.

dkcrown
09-02-2011, 09:55 AM
I was going to say "now you're just showing off," but Ronnie Aloha beat me to it. Those stands are way cool. I might have to copy your design :) Awesome collection of instruments too. No Pineapple Sunday? I'm pretty jealous. Thanks for the pics.

-Gary

Gary,

Feel free to copy my stands. I used Mahogany, Curly Maple and ebony for accents. Black velour for the padding. The curved Mahogany support is attatched to the base with a through mortise and tenon, secured with an ebony wedge.

Oh, and only because you asked about it.....http://i1106.photobucket.com/albums/h368/dkcrown1/017.jpg

dkcrown
09-02-2011, 10:02 AM
Great instruments - I've played Gillian's Kamaka 6-string, and it is lovely - finger picking was no problem at all - she has it strung with Worth Browns.

And that stand for the Sceptre is glorious! I could use one for mine! (BTW - what kind of case do you use for your Sceptre?)


-Kurt

Kurt,

I use one of Chuck Moore's cases for my Sceptre. The fit is perfect around the perimeter. However, because the Sceptre is thinner than a standard uke, you might need to place a towel on top of it to prevent it from moving up and down when traveling. My MB now lives in an Ameritage Gold case.

http://i1106.photobucket.com/albums/h368/dkcrown1/014.jpg