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KimosTherapy
01-26-2012, 06:45 AM
Aloha everyone,

Here's the Casey Kamaka Ultimate Custom Shop-One of a Kind-Tenor. It was displayed @ the 2012 NAMM SHOW ... until Mike(MGM) snagged it up for HMS. After Mike snagged this fabulous tenor with the Humuhumunukunukuapua'a(Hawaiian State Fish) inlays, it was no longer displayed - and put away for safe keeping. I can only DREAM .............................

Wake me up!!! On second thought ... don't wake me up! Lol!:biglaugh:

http://www.theukulelesite.com/kamaka-tenor-ultimate-custom-shop-one-of-a-kind.html

bongolele
01-26-2012, 06:49 AM
Sweet. I love the 'Be the first to review this product' link on that page. lol

ETA: Even the case is worth more than most ukes! :eek:

pwcgecko
01-26-2012, 08:05 AM
The case comes with a case.

tnfishdaddy
01-26-2012, 08:10 AM
I just showed it to my class and informed them that there were exactly 70 days until my birthday. If all my students from all my classes pitch in, each student would only have to pay $159. Seems like a deal to me. :)

fernandogardinali
01-26-2012, 08:12 AM
The case comes with a case.

a matrioshka-lele

Loz
01-26-2012, 08:34 AM
Wow, that is a stunning instrument. My wife would LITERALLY kill me and bury me in the backyard if I were to pull the trigger and purchase that one though... I now feel the need to go out and buy a lottery ticket.

RyRod
01-26-2012, 08:44 AM
Honestly, with all the respect for Kamaka and Craig Lavin, I would never spend that kind of money unless the uke played itself.

I understand the value in the name "Kamaka", but really, when MGM played it in his video in the lobby, it didn't sound any better than some other high end ukes like a Moore Bettah, or Aldrine's Kanile'a. I know that the quality wasn't great by any means and it will be better in one of HMS' demo videos.

Still, the fact is that you're paying for the one-of-a-kind thing and the super time consuming inlays by Mr. Lavin.

I'd just be too scared to play it.

CoLmes
01-26-2012, 09:00 AM
I played this uke.

It looks great, feels great, and sounds great.

But I have to agree with RyRod.. unless it played itself or birthed smaller versions that I could sell, I don't see the price making sense. For this uke or any uke.

Then again I guess it's one of a kind. :o

GX9901
01-26-2012, 09:08 AM
This uke is not unlike the "Sea Life" tenor made by Ko'olau. I think that one was about $10k, so I guess that's the going rate for custom ukes with tons of marine life inlays. You're obviously paying for all the inlay work and premium woods on ukes like these. If I was rich enough (i.e. multimillionaire) I'd go for one.

Drew Bear
01-26-2012, 09:14 AM
Few of us on UU are the target market for this instrument. It'll go to someone (probably in Asia) who barely even notices the price tag.

rasputinsghost
01-26-2012, 11:14 AM
Few of us on UU are the target market for this instrument. It'll go to someone (probably in Asia) who barely even notices the price tag.

Quite possibly, but I know I've seen some forum members whose collections definitely get to the $10k level (and beyond)..

UkuleleAdventure
01-26-2012, 11:26 AM
Very cool uke. Wish I could have it :iwant:

mds725
01-26-2012, 12:52 PM
Warren Buffett could afford this ukulele, but he seems to have a preference for inexpensive ukes.

ukeeku
01-26-2012, 01:10 PM
I guess I am missing something. It played nice and all, but the inlay is kind of simple. I think $5000 would be more realistic.

v74
01-26-2012, 01:24 PM
Love the curly koa of this one a lot.
'Worthiness' for everyone isn't equal. So I have no comment about the price.

Congratulation to the owner. :)

Boosted
01-26-2012, 01:43 PM
Quite possibly, but I know I've seen some forum members whose collections definitely get to the $10k level (and beyond)..

I'm sure there are quite a few "collections" that are north of the $10k level, however most of those collections got there 1 uke at a time. Not too many people can plop down $11k for 1 instrument. If I could afford it, I would love to have this one in my collection. :cool:

Moore Bettah Ukuleles
01-26-2012, 01:56 PM
Beautiful uke.

(Note to self: Raise prices....)

Ronnie Aloha
01-26-2012, 02:29 PM
Beautiful uke.

(Note to self: Raise prices....)

Note to Chuck: NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!

foxfair
01-26-2012, 02:30 PM
Beautiful uke.

(Note to self: Raise prices....)

Lol... Chuck please dont do this before I drop my order! Just sometime in the future.
And, I think this is a fight back to Taylor in concept. Or Casey finally finishes all those Jake signature orders in last quarter, and he wants to make something "more fun"(like what he said in NAMM interview videos).

haolejohn
01-26-2012, 02:34 PM
Where usa all the back lash? 11k for a Uke? By itself?

Moore Bettah Ukuleles
01-26-2012, 02:41 PM
My next uke will only be offered with my old 1999 Chevy van which I've been trying to unload forever. It'll come with Waverly tuners and 1/4 tank of gasoline.

Drew Bear
01-26-2012, 02:45 PM
...I think this is a fight back to Taylor in concept. Or Casey finally finishes all those Jake signature orders in last quarter, and he wants to make something "more fun"(like what he said in NAMM interview videos).I don't think this price was set by the Kamaka family. Go back and watch the NAMM video coverage closely. Or maybe it was in the written coverage.

Trinimon
01-26-2012, 02:47 PM
LOL, are we gonna see sexy uke porn pics of this in your collection soon? :)


Love the curly koa of this one a lot.
'Worthiness' for everyone isn't equal. So I have no comment about the price.

Congratulation to the owner. :)

jackwhale
01-26-2012, 02:50 PM
Hold on!! A 1999 Chevy van and I get a uke too.
Pretty funny Chuck.

ukeykondo
01-26-2012, 02:59 PM
I guess that part of the reason why it's priced so high is because of its exclusivity. But if that's the case, would it be possible to take a finished Kamaka and get Lavin to do a similar inlay on it? Or does it just not work that way? If it were possible by some process that wasn't extremely severe, then I don't really understand the price breakdown. I wouldn't think that the uke is worth more than 4k, and I also wouldn't think the inlay is more than 4k. Like I said I could see an upcharge for exclusivity and collectibility, but if you could really do this with any really nice kamaka if you just work with lavin or someone comparable, then I don't get the price. I could be totally wrong about whether it's possible to do the inlay on a finished uke though... I'm sure that someone will let us know.

Moore Bettah Ukuleles
01-26-2012, 03:06 PM
Doing inlay on a finished instrument is certainly possible but what a PITA. In such a case the inlay would cost more than if it were done at the time of the build.
BTW, I think that because of the uniqueness of this particular Kamaka there should be no problem selling it at the asking price. Is it worth it? It will be to the person who pays that much for it.

philpot
01-26-2012, 03:16 PM
Yeah, something like that is obviously not marketed to the masses. All it takes is one wealthy individual that appreciates the design and their goal will be fulfilled. Personally the inlay doesn't sell me on it (speaking as a detached third party that could never afford that of course :P), but SOMEONE will love it. It doesn't matter if we do :)

foxfair
01-26-2012, 03:19 PM
And I didn't say it was set by Kamaka.

Harold O.
01-26-2012, 03:31 PM
A neighbor of mine re-built a 1947 Bentley, known as the Franay Mark VI. He had it for some time, then sold it at auction for the (then) highest price ever paid for a car, $1.7 million. That was in 2006. That same car went up for auction again this past weekend and sold for $2.5 million.

Point is, while this particular ukulele will likely never be found on the stage scene, it's owner will nonetheless treasure it until it comes time to part. Then he may realize a profit. Let's grant a 10 percent increase in value over time; 10% of $12,000 is better than 10% of $1000. Out of my league either way.

I've strummed both a Kanilea and a Moore Bettah. My playing is nowhere near worthy.

BTW, here's a link to the car:
http://silodrome.com/franay-bentley-mark-vi/

haolebrownie
01-26-2012, 04:04 PM
BTW, I think that because of the uniqueness of this particular Kamaka there should be no problem selling it at the asking price. Is it worth it? It will be to the person who pays that much for it.

I agree completely. This is a one-of-a-kind piece from Kamaka. In a lot of ways it is like any other piece of art (or car... I have a problem collecting cars that are more or less rare, so I like that analogy too). Value comes from exclusivity, uniqueness, and your own strange connection to a piece (especially from a name that can command that kind of price). It isn't about production cost being all that it is worth. A finely crafted instrument is really like art that you can interact with. When you look at it that way, it should make more sense. People pay WAY more money for the original than what it would cost to reproduce.

v74
01-26-2012, 04:19 PM
Beautiful uke.

(Note to self: Raise prices....)
Don't do that . . . please :D


LOL, are we gonna see sexy uke porn pics of this in your collection soon? :)
It's definitely out of my price range. Can't afford one.
But if I could buy one, I would love to get one though.

mm stan
01-27-2012, 12:28 AM
Love when the fish swim up...it is a symbol of good luck...and a pretty ukulele at that.....

ksiegel
01-27-2012, 05:33 AM
My next uke will only be offered with my old 1999 Chevy van which I've been trying to unload forever. It'll come with Waverly tuners and 1/4 tank of gasoline.
So the Waverlys are to make it easier to get the van tuned up? Or is the gasoline for when you're doing some high-octane playing?

Either way, Chuck, I'm dropping my coins to save up for one of yours, one day...

At $25/week, my savings and your masterpieces should coincide in price somewhere in the next 10 years! By then, I won't need the gas, or a van. (g)



-Kurt

Uke Whisperer
01-31-2012, 09:24 AM
I agree completely. This is a one-of-a-kind piece from Kamaka. In a lot of ways it is like any other piece of art (or car... I have a problem collecting cars that are more or less rare, so I like that analogy too). Value comes from exclusivity, uniqueness, and your own strange connection to a piece (especially from a name that can command that kind of price). It isn't about production cost being all that it is worth. A finely crafted instrument is really like art that you can interact with. When you look at it that way, it should make more sense. People pay WAY more money for the original than what it would cost to reproduce.

For that price I can think of many things that I could "interact with"!

haolebrownie
01-31-2012, 09:54 AM
:D Fair enough. But my point was that people pay way more for something that you can only look at. At least you can play this... Very gently. ha ha

joejeweler
02-01-2012, 03:49 AM
Beautiful uke.

(Note to self: Raise prices....)

(Note to self: Raise prices....)

Hehehe,....i do believe i have read that somwhere before. Ummmmm??????? :rotfl::uhoh::rotfl:

A Moore Bettah has been such a screaming "buy" for so long, we've all gotton used to the super reasonable prising. It's no wonder you can't keep them in stock more than 10 or 20 minutes when offered for sale. But if anyone deserves additional financial compensation,....YOU do! Someday you will want to retire, and Hawaii is a wonderful place to do so. But cheap to live there it "ain't"!
With Chuck you get the inlay artist and builder as ONE with the instrument!

BTW,.....that special Kamaka sounds nice,......just somthing "fishy" about it. :cheers: