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pahu
12-19-2011, 03:43 AM
I've had a Mainland at the top of my "Want List" for a few months & a nice one just showed up on the 'Bay. Unfortunately, I just 'blew' my 'uke budget on a vintage Gibson, so have at it y'all!

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Mainland-Solid-Mahogany-Tenor-Ukulele-w-Pickup-and-Hardcase-Bag-/190616767014?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2c61a50a26

Ukulele JJ
12-19-2011, 01:37 PM
Gaaah! Just the type of Mainy I want... except for the cut-away. :-(

Oh well.

JJ

happa95
12-19-2011, 02:39 PM
Gaaah! Just the type of Mainy I want... except for the cut-away. :-(

Oh well.

JJ

My sentiments exactly. :(

Gwynedd
12-21-2011, 11:10 AM
I want a solid, tenor Uke. I didn't want a cutaway, don't care about a pickup (but nice to have if you end up doing ensemble stuff) and I am TEMPTED. NICE uke.

I see all kinds out there, and I want a solid wood. It's confusing, so many brands. This is a pretty good deal.

OldePhart
12-21-2011, 12:51 PM
Going to be watching this one, for sure. At the current bid it's too good to pass up...we'll see what happens nearer to auction close...

OldePhart
12-25-2011, 01:14 PM
Well...I'll be darned. I put a small bid on this (the minimum it would let me) just so it would be in my active auctions so I wouldn't forget to check it nearer to auction close. I hadn't decided for sure if I was going to snipe it but knew for sure I was willing to pay what it was going for.

Anyway, I put the small bid so I wouldn't forget about it...then forgot about it (oldtimer's disease, I think).

So, this evening I check my email and discover that my "placeholder" bid was the winning bid. Cool!

Also, let me remember never to schedule an auction to close on Christmas day when everybody is too busy to snipe eBay.... LOL

Merry unintended Christmas to me...merry unintended Christmas to me. :)

John

coriandre
12-25-2011, 02:46 PM
Well congrats ! It just happens like that sometimes

coolkayaker1
12-26-2011, 06:47 AM
That's weird, oldephart. I was the lone other bidder on it! I did the same as you, "placeholder bid" of $260. LOL

You have a nice ukulele there for the price. Sweet. I really didn't need another uke but those "placeholder" bids sometimes yield gold. As yours did for you. Cheers!

OldePhart
12-26-2011, 07:11 AM
That's weird, oldephart. I was the lone other bidder on it! I did the same as you, "placeholder bid" of $260. LOL

You have a nice ukulele there for the price. Sweet. I really didn't need another uke but those "placeholder" bids sometimes yield gold. As yours did for you. Cheers!

Ahh, I feel kinda bad, now. If I'd known the first bidder was a UUer I wouldn't have bid. It's not as if I need another uke, either. I am looking forward to this though as I've been wanting to try a mahogany uke - all of mine so far (aside from lams) have been koa or some other variety of acacia. The main thing that sold me though was the cutaway and pickup - good chance I'll get to use this one with the band at some point.

John

strumsilly
12-27-2011, 02:58 AM
you're right. I was thinking of bidding if the price stayed low and forgot about it due to Christmas things. congrats, nice looking uke, Ive been wanting to try one of those pickups.

cahaya
12-27-2011, 03:02 AM
Congrate OldePhart, that is a beautiful uke u won there ^^

coolkayaker1
12-27-2011, 05:11 AM
HI, John. No regrets...like you, I'm all uked out. Just trying to grab it if someone is "giving" it away on eBay. lol.

Looking forward to your posts about it, your impression of it. You can always sell it again on UU or eBay for the same price, likely, when you're through noodling on it.

I think it may be ideal for what you espouse, as an electric banger for a small uke band. Enjoy, John. And I like your posts on UU. Fun. Steve

OldePhart
12-27-2011, 07:24 AM
Ahh, I feel kinda bad, now. If I'd known the first bidder was a UUer I wouldn't have bid. It's not as if I need another uke, either. I am looking forward to this though as I've been wanting to try a mahogany uke - all of mine so far (aside from lams) have been koa or some other variety of acacia. The main thing that sold me though was the cutaway and pickup - good chance I'll get to use this one with the band at some point.

John

Edited to correct: Just realized I said all my solid ukes have been acacia - left out the Rosewood/Red Cedar tenor that I gave to my son-in-law. It was a nice uke and played well but I couldn't warm up to the cedar - sounded a little to guitarish to my ear even when strung reentrant.

Rondog
12-28-2011, 05:44 AM
Too funny! I almost sniped it but wasn't sure what was going on with the charger issue. That and I've never heard a Mainland before so was thinking about it and forgot about it. I may still be interested in it down the road OldePhart but would like to get my tenor long neck soprano first. ;-)

OldePhart
12-29-2011, 08:29 AM
The MiSi charger was a non-issue for me. I already have one for my mango tenor... :) Also, the cool thing about these is you can actually recharge the internal capacitor in about a minute using an ordinary instrument cable and a nine volt battery (it charges in half the time - about 30 seconds - using the charger).

Once charged the capacitor holds up for a long time. Last year I played our Christmas service after forgetting to charge - it worked fine even though it had been about six weeks since I'd charged it.

808boy
12-29-2011, 09:02 AM
Aloha John,
Congrats on the unexpected X-mas gift. I have a question, why are people so against ebay? I've purchased many things from ebay and never had any problems. Am I the lucky one?
Anyway, enjoy your new uke................................BO............. ...............

KimosTherapy
12-29-2011, 10:05 AM
Aloha John,
Congrats on the unexpected X-mas gift. I have a question, why are people so against ebay? I've purchased many things from ebay and never had any problems. Am I the lucky one?
Anyway, enjoy your new uke................................BO............. ...............


Howzit Bruddah BO,

I think the negativity is mostly for the eBay Sellers. The eBay & Paypal fees take a big chunk out of the Sellers profit. I actually do quite a bit of buying & selling on eBay and I feel the bite of the fees when I do sell something. But all in all, I like using eBay.

Aloha,

Kimo

OldePhart
12-29-2011, 11:49 AM
Aloha John,
Congrats on the unexpected X-mas gift. I have a question, why are people so against ebay? I've purchased many things from ebay and never had any problems. Am I the lucky one?
Anyway, enjoy your new uke................................BO............. ...............

In my case it's because I've been around long enough to remember when eBay was like a big garage sale (way back in the 90's). Back then you could get really good deals all the time. Now, honestly, it is extremely rare to find really good deals. Mostly you have to get lucky and find somebody who posts a sale under a misspelling (Peevey amps vs Peavey for example) or who has an auction close in the afternoon on Christmas day in the US.

Most of the sellers now are professionals - either bricks and mortar shops (and especially pawn shops) with a computer in the back room or 100% eTailers. eBay themselves encouraged this paradigm shift.

It's still possible to find the occasional good deal - but not anything like the old "garage sale" days when you could sometimes strike real gold. Now, it's pretty much like any place else with most sales being "buy it now" (relatively few auctions when once that's all there was) and lots of pros out looking to make a buck. There are some good people (like Mim, MGM when he had his store, and so on) but an awful lot who aren't. They are careful not to do anything that is an outright ripoff - but beyond that it's buyer beware. As an example - I've been thinking about getting a Taylor T-5 Standard guitar. List on them is something like $2300 but street price is more in the $1500 range. I can choose from several at a local mom & pop store for the $1500 price, or order from an established outfit like Musician's Friend or Sam Ash for the $1500 price, shipping included. The exact same model on eBay - selling new by "pros" - runs $1400 to almost $1900 plus shipping. The store with the highest price also has deceptive advertising - in part they claim "projects as well unplugged as an acoustic guitar." This is an outright falsehood. Everyone knows that the T5 projects no more acoustically than say, a Casino hollow-body electric. There are other good reasons to buy a T5 - but acoustic projection ain't one of them. This kind of false advertising happens all the time on eBay. It happens less with "mainstream" eTailers because they have bigger reputations to protect so they tend simply to reprint the manufacturer's own claims. Taylor would never claim the T5 projects like an acoustic - in fact in all of their literature they stress the fact that it is basically an electric guitar that is versatile enough to give pretty good natural plugged-in tone.

Okay, off my soapbox now :)

OldePhart
12-30-2011, 07:08 AM
Okay, it survived the tender mercies of UPS (box crushed as usual but UkeCrazy hardfoam case saved it).

I only have one word to describe this uke - keeper!

It's strung low G with a wound G and the balance across all the strings is really nice. I suspect it was probably purchased as a high-G because the low-G string is wound differently and I needed to widen the slot in the nut a touch for perfect intonation at the first fret. Otherwise, the setup was excellent. Intonation at the 12th fret was pretty close to spot on except, again, for the low G - so I need to find out what set of strings these are. They look like Aquila tenors, probably.

I almost didn't buy this because of the slotted headstock (I had an 8-string with slotted headstock that I didn't care for because the first pair of tuners were so close to the nut that it interfered with some chords - like E7). That's not an issue with this as the tuners are far enough away. Still a pain in the backside to change strings (my other beef against slotted headtocks). But, hey, the cutaway is what I wanted and the uke sounds beautiful. If anything, it's a little louder than my Mainland mango tenor even though it's cutaway - of course, on the mango I've got a softer set of strings, too.

It also has plain bindings (looks like 4 ply, might be 3) which I much prefer to the rope bindings on other Mainland ukes - of course, that's purely cosmetic.

John

Kanaka916
01-16-2012, 06:53 AM
Thread closed! Bidding has ended on this item and OldePhart was the successful bidder, congrats! . . .