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acabooe
10-04-2008, 02:36 PM
Well, here it is. My fall Hana Lima Ia class is over, and I am kinnda sad to not be going there n e more, but I had a great experience.
Mike, and Asa are great people.
Here are some pics of my completed Ukulele.
It is made of Bubinga, Western Red Cedar, Ebony, Spruce, and Koa, with Paua Abalone and White MoP inlays.
It is tuned Low G with Aquila strings.
Hope you guys like it.

Here is what I started with
http://i296.photobucket.com/albums/mm170/Bourque_photo/DSC09187.jpg

Here is what it looks like now
http://i296.photobucket.com/albums/mm170/Bourque_photo/DSC09291.jpg
http://i296.photobucket.com/albums/mm170/Bourque_photo/DSC09293.jpg

and here is Asa Chock, My classmate Sharon, Mike Chock, and I.
http://i296.photobucket.com/albums/mm170/Bourque_photo/DSC09289.jpg

I'll put up a sound video soon.
Aloha
Bob

BUGOY
10-04-2008, 02:40 PM
looks grrrrrreat! please post a sound clip!

rayan
10-04-2008, 02:41 PM
Bob, what a small world. Sharon is my girlfriend's brother-in-law's mom.

acabooe
10-04-2008, 04:23 PM
Hey everyone,
Here is a video of me playing my new Ukulele.
Please excuse my playing, I haven't practiced in a while :P
O well, aloha
Bob


http://i296.photobucket.com/albums/mm170/Bourque_photo/th_MOV09301.jpg (http://s296.photobucket.com/albums/mm170/Bourque_photo/?action=view&current=MOV09301.flv)

tripl3thr33
10-04-2008, 04:55 PM
that uke looks outstanding. congrats on completing the course. so what's your overall feeling about the course?

acabooe
10-04-2008, 05:10 PM
I feel awesome about it.
The way Mike breaks everything down, anyone can understand it, weather you have been a luthier for 14 years, or never touched an instrument before in your life.
Now, I need to just try and retain all of the stuff the Mike taught me and Sharon, and apply it to my future builds.

Aloha
Bob

UkuLeLesReggAe
10-04-2008, 05:45 PM
sounds great.. very bright sound

experimentjon
10-04-2008, 06:00 PM
Woah. Cool uke. How much was this class? And where was it?

thesoobz
10-04-2008, 07:29 PM
go on the hanalima site all the info is there. but its cool cause all the material is included and etc.

NICE UKE! man i bet it sounds delicious. HAHA!

UkuleleSwanlet
10-04-2008, 08:39 PM
Hi Bob,
I'm glad to see that you have finished your ukulele that is nearly the same as the one I am building from Hana Lima kit. Mine is just taking me a bit longer due to other life's commitments! I've the sides bent, the heel trimmed and now I just got inspired from your finished uke. I also have the same rosette too! By the way, I saw your other uke on Hana Lima's message board. Pretty cool shape, how does it play? Way to go Bob.:)

acabooe
10-04-2008, 10:58 PM
UkuleleSawanlets,
Hey thanks.
Yeah, I thought that our kits were pretty similar. I am happy with the progress of this one, and now I have a benchmark to beat next time.

As far as my SSU goes, it plays ok, a little quiet, and I still need to adjust a few things to get it where I want it ( hence no vid of me playing it yet ) but for a prototype designed and built completly from scratch, I am happy with it.

Great job on the progess of your build. I will be looking forward to see how yours turned out.
Good luck, and take care
Bob


Experimentjon,
The class at Hana Lima Ia was $500 for 10 4ish hour classes.
The classes were every Saturday starting at 9am, and the next classes start in about 2 weeks if you wanna get in, I still think that there is room.
You have to pay $50 deposit, and the rest of the $450 is due at the first class.
You can check out this
http://www.hanalima.com/classschedule.shtml
for more details, and if you still have questions, give Asa a call or comment, he is a good guy.

If you do go to the class, and if you wanna hear a funny story, ask Mike "why is Bob called the Thumb Man". That'll give you a laugh.

Hope this helps
Aloha
Bob

deach
10-05-2008, 01:38 AM
Very nice! Now all I have to do is convince the wife and kids to let me go to Hawaii every weekend for a couple months......

UkeNinja
10-05-2008, 02:25 AM
Very nice! Now all I have to do is convince the wife and kids to let me go to Hawaii every weekend for a couple months......
I believe Aldrine has a chicken coop you can share with Manny... just get your sleeping bag and tell the wife you're "on a business trip to the Amazon to sell courses in real estate management to the locals".

Those classes sound cool though. Getting a custom uke is nice, but making your own *if it sounds nice enough* must be really great.

Pete Howlett
10-05-2008, 02:47 AM
Well done - bright sounding and plenty of sustain. Just what the new wave players want. Three cheers...

Howlin Hobbit
10-05-2008, 05:49 AM
Beautiful ukulele. The position markers look like it was at a party and confetti got thrown. :)

russ_buss
10-05-2008, 08:33 AM
great job bob! she's a beauty. thanks for the video sample too. sounds good!

acabooe
10-05-2008, 12:23 PM
Very nice! Now all I have to do is convince the wife and kids to let me go to Hawaii every weekend for a couple months......

Haha, well actually, if you are seriously interested Hana Lima Ia does offer an accelerated course that is 5 days a week for 2 weeks. The days are longer, and time is always an issue, but it happens every year, and is open to people from the mainland, other countries, and outer islands.
The cost is still $500.
You might check that out for next year if it sounds interesting.

Also, thanks to everyone for the wonderful compliments.

Aloha
Bob

HumbleSounds
10-05-2008, 12:36 PM
That is really inspiring Bob. Thanks for sharing.

seeso
10-05-2008, 04:39 PM
Way to go! She looks ands sounds sweet, Bob. Congrats!

CenizaT&K-01
10-05-2008, 05:51 PM
i have a question...do they give you an option on what kind of wood you like use? and different features you want on it? or is all that extra? or do you have to bring in those materials your self?

Basically how does this work? is everything given to you and its like a buffet line and you get to choose your stuff for one set price of 500.00? or is it like a freaking sushi bar, you can have anything you like but it is all ala carte, each costing something a little different?

acabooe
10-05-2008, 06:59 PM
i have a question...do they give you an option on what kind of wood you like use? and different features you want on it? or is all that extra? or do you have to bring in those materials your self?

Basically how does this work? is everything given to you and its like a buffet line and you get to choose your stuff for one set price of 500.00? or is it like a freaking sushi bar, you can have anything you like but it is all ala carte, each costing something a little different?

Well, to answer your question, I'll just tell you about my first class.

On my first day, I went in, and Mike Chock was there, and he introduced himself.
I met my class mate Sharon, and then we got to it.
On the work table before us lay different sets.
We had the choice of Engleman Spruce or Western Red Cedar for the soundboard.
Next to the sound board selections, there were Bubinga and Mahogany side and back sets that we were to choose from.
And beside that, there was our choice of Honduran Mahogany, Sapele Mahogany, and a few other woods that I can't remember. Those were our choice of neck kits.
We were told to pick out a sound board, and a backboard/side set, and a neck kit.
I chose Western Red Cedar soundboard, Bubinga ( african rosewood ) side and back set, and a Honduran Mahogany neck kit.
Then Mike asked if we wanted low g or high g tuning, and we both chose low.
The we started to make our templates.
On a side note, I had broungt a full set of curly Koa front, back, and side plates, but Mike said that I had to use the sets that he had there.

At the other times during the 10 weeks, we were sometimes given a choice, such as our marker dots, our rosette material, and which tuners we wanted. However, for the fretboard, and bridge, Mike just gave us more bubinga to match our back and sides. Also we were given Aquila strings.

So, to summarize, some of the things that they offer, you get a choice of, and some other things, they pick for you.

The best thing to do, if you have questions is to go here:
www.hanalima.com and go to the bottom of the page to the contact link, and send them any questions. Asa, or Mike will get back to you in a few days with the answers.
I am very glad that I graduated Hana Lima, it was a wonderful experience that taught me so much, and now I am applying it to make ukuleles for sale.
Hope this helps.
Aloha
Bob

CenizaT&K-01
10-05-2008, 08:25 PM
thanks a lot! i appreciate the help