View Full Version : Is this a joke?

01-31-2012, 11:41 AM
I was browsing through Ebay, and BAM I found this... (http://www.ebay.com/itm/RARE-Worlds-Largest-Hawaiian-Ukulele-Tangi-kamaka-Koa-One-Kind-/150705478784?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2316bf1c80#ht_979wt_1342)

01-31-2012, 11:55 AM
It is odd, for sure. Sort of like a 23-lb baby.

It's shown up here on the board before, so I guess it's not a quick sale: http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?56385-World-s-Largest-Ukulele&highlight=Tangi+ebay

01-31-2012, 12:10 PM
This shows up in the text for the auction:

"Was made in 1996 for Tangi Tully’s Birthday. It was the display mascot for Tangi Ukuleles. It was built just like a regular ukulele and to scale. What is remarkable is that it is playable and tunable. Thickness of wood is to scale."

It's a plausible explanation for why the ukulele was built. The asking price, however, may be a "joke."

01-31-2012, 12:47 PM
Imagine getting a Calton case to fit.
I would not even want to pay the shipping charges.

01-31-2012, 02:37 PM
Barre chords are a b*#%h!

01-31-2012, 03:24 PM
You'd need an awfully long uke leash to play it while standing

01-31-2012, 03:54 PM
You'd need an awfully long uke leash to play it while standing

Uke leash, aka "noose"

01-31-2012, 09:52 PM
It's not Hawaiian either if it's on of Tangi's and the Vietnamese company made it... but it would probably cost plenty to get another one made.

02-01-2012, 11:50 AM
Hmmm, now there's a real bass uke...

02-05-2012, 08:28 AM
The asking price, however, may be a "joke."

The current asking price is just less than $5000.

Do you think that's too low? It is used, afterall.

Those are supposedly big chunks of real ebony, not black-painted particle board. 75 times the material for less than 75 times the price (realize that scaling up by a factor of 4.22 in all three dimensions is a materials scale factor of 75).

It's a one-of-a-kind, meticulously detailed, functional, handmade, large piece of artwork constructed with custom-machined parts using custom-built forms and jigs. $5k doesn't seem at all out of line to me (but, then again, I certainly don't have that kind of money to throw at art collecting).

02-05-2012, 10:00 AM
Was not expecting that. I would love to have a jam on it.