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Gillian
11-17-2011, 01:18 PM
C. B. Perkins, (http://cbperkins.com/)a long-time luthier in San Jose, has started selling Kamakas, so I went to check our their first shipment.

Eric showed me several. Sopranos, regular concerts and a tenor. The new Kamaka case is nothing special. I even give it a thumbs down because there is no way to attach a carrying strap. Then he brought out a longneck concert and when he opened the case, my eyes popped....and then I opened my wallet.


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dkcrown
11-17-2011, 01:33 PM
Suhweeeeeet, Gillian. Howzit sound? Gonna change out the strings?

Ronnie Aloha
11-17-2011, 01:36 PM
Wow, that looks like its a free wood upgrade!

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
11-17-2011, 01:39 PM
Pretty pretty pretty. Congratulations!

sweetiecino
11-17-2011, 01:44 PM
C. B. Perkins, (http://cbperkins.com/)a long-time luthier in San Jose, has started selling Kamakas, so I went to check our their first shipment.

Eric showed me several. Sopranos, regular concerts and a tenor. The new Kamaka case is nothing special. I even give it a thumbs down because there is no way to attach a carrying strap. Then he brought out a longneck concert and when he opened the case, my eyes popped....and then I opened my wallet.


WOW!!!:iwant:

How come the wood pattern looks different to all the other Kamaka's i've seen on the website?

ksiegel
11-17-2011, 01:51 PM
Nice, Gillian.

So this means you're going to give up the 6-string, right? (g)


-Kurt

Gillian
11-17-2011, 02:25 PM
Suhweeeeeet, Gillian. Howzit sound? Gonna change out the strings?

I already did. I like low-g and they put on a set of low-g Aquilas for me (no charge), the only low-g set they sell at the present. I'll swap out the Aquila low-g for a Worth unwound.

As for sound, I also played a tenor and thought the concert had it beat in terms of resonance and tone. The tenor sounded amazing, but this concert surpassed it, both visually and acoustically. My intent was to buy the tenor, but when I saw, then heard this little beauty, it was a no-brainer, as they say.

Gillian
11-17-2011, 02:27 PM
Nice, Gillian.

So this means you're going to give up the 6-string, right? (g)


-Kurt

Actually, I'm thinking about it. Either the Lili'u or the Kala acacia tenor. Gotta 'thin the herd"... Interested?;-)

allanr
11-17-2011, 02:30 PM
Such incredible awesomeness... Congratulation!

kamaka_4_life
11-17-2011, 02:32 PM
WOW!! Looks amazing, congrats!! Tomorrow makes one month since I ordered my Concert Long-Neck directly from the factory. Hopefully it will be completed soon, I can't wait to share some photos and a sound sample for you all! Also, I am excited to hear and play it since your saying it has better resonance and tone. I also own a Kamaka Tenor, so hopefully this will sound just as great or even better!! Cheers :D

Trinimon
11-17-2011, 02:37 PM
WOW! Look at the curls on that beauty! I think you got a winner there! Congrats on the new uke!

dredey
11-17-2011, 02:48 PM
Very nice.

ksiegel
11-17-2011, 02:56 PM
Actually, I'm thinking about it. Either the Lili'u or the Kala acacia tenor. Gotta 'thin the herd"... Interested?;-)

As tempting as the Lili'u is, Gillian... and believe me - it is SO tempting! The money just isn't there. And won't be, for a while.

And what's this "thinning the herd" stuff? Your sig only shows Eight ukes. Eight!!!! Even with the new Kamaka, there are only nine.

We're gonna have to take your photograph off of the UAS poster, child!


-Kurt

mascompro
11-17-2011, 03:06 PM
:drool: Very Nice

roxhum
11-17-2011, 03:26 PM
Oooh it is so beautiful. Congratulations!

rem50
11-17-2011, 03:35 PM
Congrats on the new uke! Glad you saw what you liked and got it!

Plainsong
11-17-2011, 03:37 PM
I know it shouldn't matter, but thing I love most about this uke? The headstock. It's the little things I guess. Welcome to Club Superconcert!

mm stan
11-17-2011, 03:57 PM
Aloha Gillian,
Congrats..as a Kamaka Lover, I am soooo jealous..Happy Strummings...now that is teasing me...shoots...:iwant:

philpot
11-17-2011, 04:16 PM
That is the most beautiful thing I think I have ever seen. :')

shrink9
11-17-2011, 05:41 PM
I am soooooo jealous! Congratulations on becoming the owner of this beautiful instrument!

PelicanUkuleles
11-17-2011, 06:00 PM
:drool:
Congratulations! Very nice!

Steedy
11-17-2011, 06:27 PM
Gorgeous uke! Does it sound as good as it looks?

tigersister
11-17-2011, 06:34 PM
It's beautiful. Congrats, I hope you have many happy hours playing it.

foxfair
11-17-2011, 11:53 PM
The wood grain is just amazing, you've got a good one! congrats!

molokinirum
11-18-2011, 05:08 AM
Wow...that is a real beauty!!!! Congratulations!!!!!!!!

guitarsnrotts
11-18-2011, 07:46 AM
Beautiful grain. I noticed on the Kamaka web site that the standard concert use the slotted bridge as opposed to the loop bridge. Do you know if that is an option or do they use it on the longer scales due to string tension?

Uke Whisperer
11-18-2011, 08:24 AM
Had not seen one of those. Wow! Nice!

BadLands Bart
11-18-2011, 09:51 AM
Wow, awesome looking uke! Congratulations

Gillian
11-18-2011, 02:36 PM
Beautiful grain. I noticed on the Kamaka web site that the standard concert use the slotted bridge as opposed to the loop bridge. Do you know if that is an option or do they use it on the longer scales due to string tension?

The only thing I know is that this is a tenor neck so your tension theory regarding slot vs tie bridge might be correct.

Also, being a tenor neck, I was delighted it has geared tuners. The standard concert comes with friction tuners.

Nickie
11-18-2011, 02:43 PM
Congrats! Wow, what a beautiful instrument. I hope you are very happy with it. I got to order a new uke today, hope I get it, this is my third try!
Uh, silly question: Why is the long neck easier to play?

Gillian
11-19-2011, 06:14 AM
Congrats! Wow, what a beautiful instrument. I hope you are very happy with it. I got to order a new uke today, hope I get it, this is my third try!
Uh, silly question: Why is the long neck easier to play?

I find the tenor neck more comfortable to play. I don't feel as hunched or cramped. I also think the tenor neck allows more notes to be played before sounding plinky, but that may just be my mediocre playing technique.;-)

GinnyT11
11-19-2011, 06:58 AM
Egad, Gillian--what a great uke! The best part of your story is the lightning that struck you when that case was opened. Amour fou for sure! Have you set the uke down since you got home?

Gillian
11-19-2011, 07:30 AM
Egad, Gillian--what a great uke! The best part of your story is the lightning that struck you when that case was opened. Amour fou for sure! Have you set the uke down since you got home?

I must say this uke buying experience at C.B. Perkins was very enjoyable. I was escorted to their sound proof room to try them all. I was surrounded by Kamakas in their cases like I was shopping for shoes. No pressure and good prices. Being a luthier, Eric knows his woods and even he said "Wow" when he opened the case.

bdukes
11-19-2011, 07:31 AM
Beautiful ukulele! As someone commented earlier, looks like a wood upgrade for sure. Enjoy.


I know it shouldn't matter, but thing I love most about this uke? The headstock. It's the little things I guess. Welcome to Club Superconcert!

I'm with you. I'm so glad they went with that headstock. It is uniquely Kamaka and sets it apart from their other models nicely. I think I have uke-envy.

guitharsis
11-19-2011, 10:40 AM
Gorgeous uke. Definitely looks like an upgrade. Enjoy!