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ukuraleigh
01-30-2012, 07:39 AM
Remember that beautiful custom Kamaka that MGM picked up at NAMM?

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

That's quite a bit more than a few of these...:2cents:

byjimini
01-30-2012, 07:43 AM
Good luck to them.

I certainly won't be buying it though.

Mandarb
01-30-2012, 07:44 AM
Here is a thread from a few days ago talking about the same uke.... http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?59482-Casey-Kamaka-Ulitmate-Custom-Shop-One-of-a-Kind-Tenor&highlight=kamaka

ukuraleigh
01-30-2012, 07:46 AM
Here is a thread from a few days ago talking about the same uke.... http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?59482-Casey-Kamaka-Ulitmate-Custom-Shop-One-of-a-Kind-Tenor&highlight=kamaka

Whoops, did a search but didn't see that. Still, a $12k uke needs talking about some more. ;)

haolejohn
01-30-2012, 09:17 AM
I just find it funny how there was very little negative press about this 12K uke, where the Taylor Guitar/Uke package was only 2k more but you would have thought it was the end of the world

itsscottwilder
01-30-2012, 09:25 AM
I have no doubt it will eventually sell. $12,000 though... that's a lot of opportunity cost IMO

Plainsong
01-30-2012, 09:37 AM
I have no doubt it will eventually sell. $12,000 though... that's a lot of opportunity cost IMO

True dat.

Whoever buys that is going to love the hell out of fish, inlays, Kamaka, ukulele... and I could be wrong (hope I am), but it'll never be played. Much like with the Taylor set, although that does look like a bargain now. If either of these is what someone really wants, then hopefully they're not the stereotypical schmucks you expect they'll be. Anything's possible.

Gillian
01-30-2012, 09:51 AM
I just find it funny how there was very little negative press about this 12K uke, where the Taylor Guitar/Uke package was only 2k more but you would have thought it was the end of the world

I think the difference between the Kamaka humu-humu and the Taylor offerings is that the Kamaka is a singular piece of art, where the Taylor set is one of 30 being made.

But other one-of-a-kind ukes with beautiful custom inlays (Moore Bettah, DaSilva, et al.) prices don't come near this Kamaka. It will be interesting to see if and after how long, the humu-humu uke is sold and to whom.

:2cents:

itsscottwilder
01-30-2012, 09:56 AM
I just find it funny how there was very little negative press about this 12K uke, where the Taylor Guitar/Uke package was only 2k more but you would have thought it was the end of the world

I think people were expecting something totally different from Taylor.

IMO the idea of a 30 Uke limited run that doesn't even match the guitar it's being paired to is pretty disappointing after making a big deal about hiring this guy who has uber-ukulele building credentials.

I think people were expecting Taylor to tip toe into a the Uke arena with their first production Uke.

In hindsight it was probably unrealistic to think Taylor could get all the tooling together for a production run this quickly.

Maybe next year we'll see Taylor with a Uke for the rest of us. I would buy one in a heartbeat as long as the price was appropriate.

experimentjon
01-30-2012, 10:12 AM
I think I've been spending too much time on Rolex Forums...$12k feels like a typical expense for people on the internet now. That uke is gorgeous...if I were stuck between a Daytona and that uke, the uke would be mine. No doubt that it would hold its value fantastically well.

mm stan
01-30-2012, 10:20 AM
I think I've been spending too much time on Rolex Forums...$12k feels like a typical expense for people on the internet now. That uke is gorgeous...if I were stuck between a Daytona and that uke, the uke would be mine. No doubt that it would hold its value fantastically well.

Wow Jon,
I knew you were well off..but didn't realize that till now..maybe you could trade one of those presidential rolex's and donate that to the Mystery Man poor mans foundation...ha ha :o:)

Plainsong
01-30-2012, 11:08 AM
No fan of Rolex, this uke all day long. Now an Omega PO and a Speedy OTOH.. But still wouldn't be getting to 12k. Thank goodness I'm happy with my Sinn 856.

Note, I just grok watches. I'm in no position to be getting Omegas.

Raygf
01-30-2012, 11:37 AM
I thought MGM bought it.

bluesuke
01-30-2012, 11:38 AM
I thought MGM bought it.

No I dont think so I think Hawaiian music supply has it

Raygf
01-30-2012, 11:39 AM
I just find it funny how there was very little negative press about this 12K uke, where the Taylor Guitar/Uke package was only 2k more but you would have thought it was the end of the world

Yeah, and the actual price for the Taylor guitar/ukulele set was just under 8K. All too rich for my bank account.

Raygf
01-30-2012, 11:40 AM
No I dont think so I think Hawaiian music supply has it
I know. I just thought he bought it when I was watching the NAMM videos.

wolfybau
01-30-2012, 11:45 AM
:iwant: that is the most beautiful ukulele Ive ever seen! only one thing be more beautiful a nd I want more. To see an end to things like disposable plastic and the health of our oceans for the real humu. That is an awful lot of money, it would be a nice gesture and good mana if they would consider donating some fo the profit toward that cause. then it would be more justified imho.

UkuleleAdventure
01-30-2012, 11:49 AM
Might want to look at this thread... (http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?59482-Casey-Kamaka-Ulitmate-Custom-Shop-One-of-a-Kind-Tenor&highlight=casey+kamaka)

mm stan
01-30-2012, 12:06 PM
Mike works for Hawaii Music Supply now....he he

experimentjon
01-30-2012, 07:36 PM
Wow Jon,
I knew you were well off..but didn't realize that till now..maybe you could trade one of those presidential rolex's and donate that to the Mystery Man poor mans foundation...ha ha :o:)

LOL I don't think I'll have that kind of money to spend for a long time. But when I do, you had better believe that I'll be buying awesome ukuleles like this. I'd much rather have two of these than one YG DayDate.

I wonder what the floor price on this instrument was...I suspect it was around $10k cash...which, honestly, from an investment+enjoyment standpoint would make it a very good investment. On the topic of watches, it would almost certainly hold it's value better than the equivalent watches. When it comes to holding value or appreciating, no other brand can touch Kamaka in the ukulele world.

And Plainsong, the Sinn 856 is a fine watch...not easy to find in the US...and quite pricey too.

MadMatt
01-30-2012, 07:51 PM
Thank goodness I'm happy with my Sinn 856.

Ok, i know,OT :) but Sinn make great watches. I have 2 back from when Helmut Sinn was still at the helm and they provided the best value for the money. Any time I visit the factory I barely manage to leave empty handed ;)

Coming back on topic... That is definitely one of the prettiest Ukus I have ever seen. It's functional art... I have seen people spend more on non functional art :-)

-M@

MGM
01-30-2012, 08:28 PM
Aloha all. Yes I bought it for the store but am trying to,figure away of keeping it for myself....I haven't worked in about 8 months so dishing out $$$$ is not the easiest for me....Casey Kamaka knows I want to keep it for myself. Lol. Maybe I should raise the price...ha ha

Plainsong
01-30-2012, 08:47 PM
And Plainsong, the Sinn 856 is a fine watch...not easy to find in the US...and quite pricey too.

Yeah thanks to that deal with Watchbuys. Imagine there was one company in the US from which you could get your Kamaka.

Being so far from home, I love the dual timezone thing, and of course, the Sinn-ness of the specs. (back OT!)

Plainsong
01-30-2012, 08:49 PM
Aloha all. Yes I bought it for the store but am trying to,figure away of keeping it for myself....I haven't worked in about 8 months so dishing out $$$$ is not the easiest for me....Casey Kamaka knows I want to keep it for myself. Lol. Maybe I should raise the price...ha ha

Make the shipping cost the price of a 1st class ticket! :)

MGM
01-30-2012, 09:08 PM
Better yet. Buy it and I will hand deliver it to your door USA.....well maybe international if the country is one I need to visit.

Plainsong
01-30-2012, 10:54 PM
And of course you're included with the uke, it needs 24 hour service, and only you can play it. :)

MadMatt
01-30-2012, 11:15 PM
Better yet. Buy it and I will hand deliver it to your door USA.....well maybe international if the country is one I need to visit.

Hmm... tempting! with me being a beginner I need to have someone come along who can demonstrate what the instrument is capable of :) (no, I am not serious... I do not have that kind of expendable income)

I don't know if I would like to be in your shoes... On the one hand you have played it... on the other hand you probably see it every day and know it will probably move on some day.

-M@

webby
01-31-2012, 02:33 AM
It's still just a plinky plonk, this thread is hillarious.

Talk about penis envy lol

Plainsong
01-31-2012, 02:49 AM
I promise I don't want a penis. Wouldn't that be a shock for the husband.

Why oh why do I click on ignores?

vanflynn
01-31-2012, 03:11 AM
Better yet. Buy it and I will hand deliver it to your door USA.....well maybe international if the country is one I need to visit.

Even Minnesota in February?

Plainsong
01-31-2012, 03:34 AM
I wonder if it isn't warmer in Helsinki. It's 10, feels like 4. There's a few feet of snow, but easy to walk on at these temps. Pixie isn't yet holding up her paws outside. She won't do that until -4 F or so. Explain how a dog with a thick wire coat, happily dives through snow outside, but inside will happily dive into a t-shirt? Something we learned after her surgery, she loves clothes, who knew?

wickedwahine11
01-31-2012, 04:24 AM
Ladies and gentlemen, please keep it on topic -- watches are lovely items, but they are not relevant to this thread, or this section of the forum.

bongolele
01-31-2012, 04:38 AM
It'll be like that burnt-cheese-on-toast-virgin-mary that casino bought. Everyone talks about 'the $12k uke' so much that it snowballs in its own publicity, makes it desirable as a 'collectable' and ensures the value appreciates.

A bit like that piece of toast.

Plainsong
01-31-2012, 08:53 AM
Ladies and gentlemen, please keep it on topic -- watches are lovely items, but they are not relevant to this thread, or this section of the forum.

It was a guy with a Hawaiian watch brand (Bathys) that even got me into ukulele, told me how to pronounce it, told me the good brands... It's totally related. The two industries have similar challenges especially comparing the smaller brands.

At least you can play the uke! Can't really eat the grilled cheese now. :)

webby
01-31-2012, 05:34 PM
I promise I don't want a penis. Wouldn't that be a shock for the husband.

Why oh why do I click on ignores?

Get yourself a dictionary and look up the word "ANALOGY".

it's amazing what a little bit of education can do for you.

experimentjon
01-31-2012, 08:47 PM
It was a guy with a Hawaiian watch brand (Bathys) that even got me into ukulele, told me how to pronounce it, told me the good brands... It's totally related. The two industries have similar challenges especially comparing the smaller brands.


I've actually had a Bathy's 100 Fathoms on my wrist today. Black PVD, quartz model. Love that watch. And indeed, interesting story behind the company, esp with their recent struggles...not quite the same problems faced in the ukulele industry though. It was really unfavorable FX swings (thus the need to hedge), bad distribution channels, and capital management problems which plagued John Patterson's company. You don't have those problems so much with ukulele manufacturing.

But back on topic, MGM, you can definitely make this uke yours...depends on how much inventory you still have from your eBay store...I'm sure there are some interested wholesale buyers.

Plainsong
01-31-2012, 09:44 PM
I replied in pm. It's ok to be attacked, those posts are fine. I can be called names or insulted and that's fine. But I better not talk about watches! (it's a good rule, just don't get why it doesn't extend to attacks)

wickedwahine11
02-01-2012, 02:23 AM
Everyone, I already told you to stay on topic. I'm now asking you to keep it civil in here and refrain from making personal attacks on one another. I have no intention of locking this thread, but will do so if it continues to deteriorate along this path.

Nickie
02-01-2012, 02:28 AM
Oh my goodness gracious...

joejeweler
02-01-2012, 04:13 AM
True dat.

Whoever buys that is going to love the hell out of fish, inlays, Kamaka, ukulele... and I could be wrong (hope I am), but it'll never be played. Much like with the Taylor set, although that does look like a bargain now. If either of these is what someone really wants, then hopefully they're not the stereotypical schmucks you expect they'll be. Anything's possible.

It already has been played. The demo went on 2 1/2 minutes,....probably more with any retakes.
So $12K for a "used" ukulele???? :wtf::rotfl::uhoh::rotfl:


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