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tmm200
01-05-2012, 05:44 AM
I received two packages from HMS this morning. It's been quite cold here in Connecticut, so I'm going to let the packages warm up before I open them. I don't how long I'll be able to resist. It took a little over a week for them to arrive. More pictures to come

http://i271.photobucket.com/albums/jj130/Aquion/8fa3441d.jpg

Trinimon
01-05-2012, 06:13 AM
Wooo! I luv a good mystery! :)

Drew Bear
01-05-2012, 07:35 AM
I received two packages from HMS this morning. It's been quite cold here in Connecticut, so I'm going to let the packages warm up before I open them. I don't how long I'll be able to resist.Maybe crack open the boxes and put them in a room that's not too warm? The uke is usually in another box inside the big box. You could always call HMS to confirm the double boxing.

Coconut Willie
01-05-2012, 07:42 AM
ohhhh the pain of waiting!!!!!! What did you get???????

tmm200
01-05-2012, 08:02 AM
Well, I was able to refrain from opening the boxes for two hours.

http://i271.photobucket.com/albums/jj130/Aquion/89922697.jpg

Drew Bear
01-05-2012, 08:26 AM
That's longer than I could've waited.:) Those are foam cases and are still pretty well insulated. I really wonder how cold it gets inside those cases. Here I'd partially unzip the cases to allow some airflow to occur.

Trinimon
01-05-2012, 08:45 AM
Well, I was able to refrain from opening the boxes for two hours.

http://i271.photobucket.com/albums/jj130/Aquion/89922697.jpg

The plot thickens!! I'm curious as heck now to see what's inside! A new Pono? An Islander? I rule out Kamaka since it's not in a Kamaka hard case... lol

UkueBass23
01-05-2012, 08:52 AM
I'm also into the mystery! Looks like one case is slightly larger than the other. Hopefully an Islander! They are beautiful! I am also waiting on one and would not be able to wait this long!

allUkedup
01-05-2012, 09:01 AM
I'm new to ordering through the mail. I've only got my first uke in January of last year and it was from guitar center. If ordered online and it is mailed, do you really have to wait to open it? Can it damage the uke if you don't?

tmm200
01-05-2012, 09:12 AM
I made it another hour, but that was all I could take.

http://i271.photobucket.com/albums/jj130/Aquion/64690109.jpg

PoiDog
01-05-2012, 09:36 AM
I made it another hour, but that was all I could take.

http://i271.photobucket.com/albums/jj130/Aquion/64690109.jpg

You did a sound job waiting as long as you did.

Two KoAlohas? That must have been the longest wait of your life.

Congrats on a very fine pair.

fitncrafty
01-05-2012, 09:38 AM
Wow you are having a grand time aren't you! Very pretty!!

rem50
01-05-2012, 09:48 AM
I fell off my chair when I saw the pic! You have great taste! Those are gorgeous!

Drew Bear
01-05-2012, 09:51 AM
Big time congrats! A very nice "trade" for one guitar.

UkueBass23
01-05-2012, 10:17 AM
As I was waiting for the picture to load (it's slow at work, loading top to bottom) I see the two headstocks and literally my jaw hit the floor. Damn. Fine. Stuff. You. Got. There.

tnfishdaddy
01-05-2012, 10:26 AM
Very nice. I am very jealous.:)

MisterRios
01-05-2012, 10:57 AM
Wowsa! Two beauties.

Trinimon
01-05-2012, 11:05 AM
Wow! Most cool! Congrats on the two new K's!

ukuraleigh
01-05-2012, 11:21 AM
Congrats on the two new ukes. I have a KoAloha long neck soprano and I have a big grin on my face every time I pick it up. Then I start playing and remember that I can't yet do it justice! ;)

Loz
01-05-2012, 11:40 AM
Wow, stunning instruments. Congratulations!

erivel
01-05-2012, 11:40 AM
I remember when I got two Koalohas on the same day over a year ago. Special day indeed! Congrats!!

OldePhart
01-05-2012, 11:53 AM
Sweeeeet! I don't think I could have held out three hours... Fortunately our weather here is not very often that cold. Who am I kidding, it's like 60f out there today.

3nails4holes
01-05-2012, 12:14 PM
enjoy the new koalohas! they make very special instruments! that waiting must've been tough!

dkcrown
01-05-2012, 03:02 PM
Do I see yet another new bridge style from KoAloha on that tenor? I like it better than the previous bowtie bridge

kaizersoza
01-05-2012, 03:10 PM
well even my writings gone green with envy

mds725
01-05-2012, 03:12 PM
Congratulations! Those are both beauties!

Honestly -- which one did you play first? :)

wickedwahine11
01-05-2012, 03:25 PM
Do I see yet another new bridge style from KoAloha on that tenor? I like it better than the previous bowtie bridge

Ditto. I saw one on a tenor today at Puapua. I like it much better than the bowtie style. It actually reminds me of the Kamaka bridges -- though with KoAloha spelled out on it. I'm sure everyone would love a closeup photo of that bridge.

Congratulations on your new beautiful ukes. :)

tmm200
01-05-2012, 03:45 PM
Here is a picture of the tenor's bridge. My first though upon seeing it was a recent post here on the forums in which the author was having a problem with the strings starting to enlarge the holes on hismKoAloha's bridge. Maybe that was a common problem. The new bridge seems reinforced in order to keep that from happening.

http://i271.photobucket.com/albums/jj130/Aquion/9f1f4f5f.jpg

tmm200
01-06-2012, 01:57 AM
@ AllUkedup: I have read that you should let any wooden instrument come to room temperature before opening it when it's been shipped to you during the winter. The thought is that the wood and the lacquer will heat up at different rates and that can possibly ruin the finish if the instrument is allowed to warm up too quickly. I've never seen a photo of an instrument which was damaged in this way, so I don't know if it's true or not. I figured better safe than sorry.

@mds725: I played the concert first. It's amazing. The tenor is set up for low g tuning. It's my first experience with low g, and it sounds a little odd to me. Country songs sound nice on it. I'm sure it will be great for fingerpicking too. The concert really has my attention at the moment though. I can't believe how light and loud it is.