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Markr1
11-26-2011, 12:23 PM
Well I've been looking for a used Kamaka HF-3 but all of them I see are at least $1000 used. I couldn't stand it anymore I went to Artisan guitars in Nashville. Theirs were all sold but they said they would be getting a new shipment in the last of December. The original price was $1150 new with Kamaka case and free shipping and goodies as they called it tho not sure what the goodies are. I received an email back from them saying the price had increased to $1245 but since they had already quoted the $1150 that they would honor that. I put a down payment on it and they are giving me first choice on which one of the batch I want and are going to send pics of all the HF-3s that come in. I think new is the route to take for me since all the used HF-3s I see listed at a grand have a ding or 2 in them. I don't mind paying an extra $150 for a new one of my choice rather then a used one with dings and playwear.

janeray1940
11-26-2011, 12:26 PM
Congratulations, and good for Artisan for honoring the previously quoted price. They sound like good people.

That recent Kamaka price increase certainly drove up the price of used instruments - I've noticed the same thing, around a grand for an instrument with dings. I'm waiting until I can just spring for the full retail and be done with it. Might be a bit of a wait though :)

Markr1
11-26-2011, 12:34 PM
Congratulations, and good for Artisan for honoring the previously quoted price. They sound like good people.

That recent Kamaka price increase certainly drove up the price of used instruments - I've noticed the same thing, around a grand for an instrument with dings. I'm waiting until I can just spring for the full retail and be done with it. Might be a bit of a wait though :)
They have been very helpful and responded to all my emails of questions. Are you looking for an HF-3 also Jane or a Kamaka in general? I have heard so many good things about them I just had to have one. Artisan guitars have a lot of nice ukes on their site. If they hadn't of honored the original quoted price I probably wouldn't have bought it. Everywhere else I've looked has had the higher price for a while now. Places like Elderly and Mandolin brothers just to name a couple.

janeray1940
11-26-2011, 12:41 PM
Are you looking for an HF-3 also Jane or a Kamaka in general?


An HF-3 specifically - I've already got a Kamaka soprano and two concerts. I'm still not entirely certain that it's a good choice for me (I have really small hands with really short fingers) but every time I play my friend's HF-3 the UAS kicks in!

Fortunately I spend a lot of time at a music shop that stocks Kamakas. I'll know when the time is right - if I'm ever there when they get several HF-3s in and I can do a side by side comparison, that's probably when I'll pull the trigger. When I bought my Kamaka pineapple I was able to do that and it's turned out to be my perfect uke.

Markr1
11-26-2011, 12:51 PM
I almost bought a Collings concert a week ago to go with my Collings UT-3 but am glad I didn't because the HF-3 is what I really wanted. Good luck in your quest to find one.
An HF-3 specifically - I've already got a Kamaka soprano and two concerts. I'm still not entirely certain that it's a good choice for me (I have really small hands with really short fingers) but every time I play my friend's HF-3 the UAS kicks in!

Fortunately I spend a lot of time at a music shop that stocks Kamakas. I'll know when the time is right - if I'm ever there when they get several HF-3s in and I can do a side by side comparison, that's probably when I'll pull the trigger. When I bought my Kamaka pineapple I was able to do that and it's turned out to be my perfect uke.

foxfair
11-26-2011, 01:28 PM
Remember to try different strings when you get your HF-3. Kamaka's default tenor strings are doing okay, at least I think it is better than the concert strings on HF-2. Congrats on the new HF-3, its a great instrument and I hope you like it!

Markr1
11-26-2011, 01:41 PM
Remember to try different strings when you get your HF-3. Kamaka's default tenor strings are doing okay, at least I think it is better than the concert strings on HF-2. Congrats on the new HF-3, its a great instrument and I hope you like it!
Thanks foxfair, I have Aquila yellow and brown wrapper and some worths. Which would you recommend I start with?

foxfair
11-26-2011, 02:02 PM
Thanks foxfair, I have Aquila yellow and brown wrapper and some worths. Which would you recommend I start with?
You can start off from fluoro strings like FREMONT Blackline or Worth. I've tried Worth CT, and still have Worth CH-LGHD and Fremont blackline to wait for testing. Or check this video out, Aaron compared several types of strings all on HF-3. Pick the one you prefer up.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ocz6mFsTN1s&feature=related

Markr1
11-26-2011, 02:07 PM
You can start off from fluoro strings like FREMONT Blackline or Worth. I've tried Worth CT, and still have Worth CH-LGHD and Fremont blackline to wait for testing. Or check this video out, Aaron compared several types of strings all on HF-3. Pick the one you prefer up.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ocz6mFsTN1s&feature=relatedThanks foxfair.,

Brad Bordessa
11-26-2011, 02:16 PM
Worths, definitely.

I remember when I got my HF-3 for a little less than $700. That was only 4 years ago! I'd like to know for sure why prices have gone up SO much (I think I know why). I don't think the product has changed at all.

Trinimon
11-26-2011, 02:39 PM
I guess the good thing about the Kamaka is that they hold their value but I agree. The used HF3 all seem to be around the $900 mark and at that level, I'd rather save a little longer and pay the extra for a brand new one without wear marks or dings and have the peace of mind with the warranty. Congrats on your pre-Kamaka buy. :)

mds725
11-26-2011, 02:42 PM
Congratulations on your new HF-3! Be sure to post photos once you get it. I think that paying only an additional $150 to get a new uke instead of a used one is a no-brainer.


Everywhere else I've looked has had the higher price for a while now. Places like Elderly and Mandolin brothers just to name a couple.

Gryphon Stringed Instruments in Palo Alto CA is currently selling a pre-price increase Kamaka HF-3 with the older Kamaka hard case (http://www.gryphonstrings.com/instpix/36898/36898.php)for $1,093 and a second pre-price increase Kamaka HF-3 with the new Kamaka branded hard case (http://www.gryphonstrings.com/instpix/37334/37334.php)for $1,185. Great people -- yesterday, Frank adjusted the action on a used HF-3 I bought there in July (http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?51118-New-(used)-ukulele-day!)at no charge, and Gryphon was also great to deal with when I bought my baritone and 8-string. I'm not sure whether this is a reflection of recent price increases or if Gryphon just offered a great deal, but that used HF-3, which was built in 2005 but looked brand new when I bought it (no dings or scratches), was $795.

fordie55
11-26-2011, 02:48 PM
One advantage of used is it had time to open up. I bought a new Kamaka HF-3 last year and it took a change of strings and some months to really open up and sing.

Having both a Mya Moe and Kamaka tenor,,,,,I would keep the Mya Moe any day over the Kamaka

mm stan
11-26-2011, 03:10 PM
Aloha Mark,
congrats on the Kamaka tenor purchase...Yes your timing is right on the ball...way better to get a new one for that small price difference...that is for sure..I hope you got to choose your uke
too..Let me kow how it turns out....yes a string change would be good too, everyone has their own personal preferences... Happy Strummings..

coolkayaker1
11-26-2011, 03:23 PM
Hi Mark. Your new uke sounds like it'll be a winner. Couple questions, though. You already have the lovely Koaloha Sunday and Sceptre, and although not tenors (I don't think), why a Kamaka tenor. You've got a boatload of ukes already. Lol. And, since you went to the store to order one, and you get the first pick of what comes in, wouldn't you want to drive there and spend a couple hours trying them all out and find that absolute jewel? Just wondering.

Again, congratulations.

coriandre
11-26-2011, 03:38 PM
I was offered a used HF-3 in mint condition for 800$........should I jump on this ?!?!?

Trinimon
11-26-2011, 03:41 PM
Is that the one located in Montreal?! LOL, I almost jumped on it but figured I'm gonna get my "special" so I resisted the temptation. Do it!! :)

coolkayaker1
11-26-2011, 03:44 PM
I was offered a used HF-3 in mint condition for 800$........should I jump on this ?!?!?

Only if you want to play it for a month or two, then sell it for $1000 to anyone looking at $1250 new, and make $200 instantly.

Other than that, no, you don't need to buy it.

kamaka_4_life
11-26-2011, 04:03 PM
Congrats bro!! Hopefully you pick just the right one to your liking :) i'm sure it will be a beautiful instrument!!!

Markr1
11-26-2011, 04:14 PM
I have some nice ukes I'm not sure if I can give you an answer to the why another tenor other then I want it. I like my pineapple and my Sceptre and my Collings and have been wanting a Kamaka for a while since hearing really good reviews on them.
Hi Mark. Your new uke sounds like it'll be a winner. Couple questions, though. You already have the lovely Koaloha Sunday and Sceptre, and although not tenors (I don't think), why a Kamaka tenor. You've got a boatload of ukes already. Lol. And, since you went to the store to order one, and you get the first pick of what comes in, wouldn't you want to drive there and spend a couple hours trying them all out and find that absolute jewel? Just wondering.

Again, congratulations.

Gillian
11-26-2011, 04:15 PM
Congratulations on your new HF-3! Be sure to post photos once you get it. I think that paying only an additional $150 to get a new uke instead of a used one is a no-brainer.
Gryphon Stringed Instruments in Palo Alto CA is currently selling a pre-price increase Kamaka HF-3 with the older Kamaka hard case (http://www.gryphonstrings.com/instpix/36898/36898.php)for $1,093 and a second pre-price increase Kamaka HF-3 with the new Kamaka branded hard case (http://www.gryphonstrings.com/instpix/37334/37334.php)for $1,185. Great people -- yesterday, Frank adjusted the action on a used HF-3 I bought there in July (http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?51118-New-(used)-ukulele-day!)at no charge, and Gryphon was also great to deal with when I bought my baritone and 8-string. I'm not sure whether this is a reflection of recent price increases or if Gryphon just offered a great deal, but that used HF-3, which was built in 2005 but looked brand new when I bought it (no dings or scratches), was $795.

Ukulele Source (http://ukulelesource.com) in San Jose is also selling pre-price-increased Kamaka tenors for $1085, IIRC. They don't come with the new Kamaka case, which is no big deal IMO. I just bought a Kamaka long-neck concert that came with the obligatory new Kamaka case and I don't care for the case. There is no shoulder strap capability nor does it have those Velcro safety straps that go over the neck to prevent your uke from falling out should you forget to latch the case and the Kamaka "brand" is a cheesy decal. There are sticky gaps along the inside edge where the lining wasn't adhered to the sides properly.

But the long-neck concert inside the case was jaw-dropping...http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?56082-New-Uke-Day-Kamaka-Longneck-Concert

Toucan Mango
11-27-2011, 07:19 AM
I got my Kamaka Pineapple from Artisan guitars, great people to deal with and I received an excellent instrument.

NatalieS
11-27-2011, 12:59 PM
I also bought a uke from Artisan Guitars. They are a really nice group of people, and they know how to pack a uke like no other! My little soprano came in a huge box with tons and tons of padding, haha.