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Stevelele
03-12-2012, 08:50 AM
Chuck has posted the photo below, a few posts below. and Eric Devine has posted more mind bending photos on the second page--this guy has an ukulele museum!

Look at this guy's collection: 9 Moore Bettahs, 6 Devines, 4 Kauhisa Mori's the custom huma huma kamaka, the jake signature kamaka. Over 100 high quality ukes

stmace
03-12-2012, 08:55 AM
The link doesn't work.

Chris Tarman
03-12-2012, 09:00 AM
The link doesn't work.

It didn't for me either, but then I had a brainstorm and logged into Facebook first, then clicked the link. It worked fine then. I guess if you're not on FB, you might be out of luck...
It's a pretty amazing collection, as much for the presentation as for the actual ukes.

Stevelele
03-12-2012, 09:10 AM
sorry about that--you have to sign into Facebook. I don't want to download and post the pic, because it doesn't belong to me. But he's got them all displayed in a glass case. Looks amazing

Gadzukes!
03-12-2012, 09:15 AM
I logged in but still couldn't view it.


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Moore Bettah Ukuleles
03-12-2012, 09:20 AM
I got this of my facebook page today. I know where to go if I want to open a retail outlet in Thailand!

mr roper
03-12-2012, 09:28 AM
I'm amazed at the things people will put on FB. It's like "Come steal my ukes, please"

ukecantdothat
03-12-2012, 09:50 AM
And one piano...

Moore Bettah Ukuleles
03-12-2012, 10:02 AM
And one piano...

How do you know there's just one? ;)

ukecantdothat
03-12-2012, 10:28 AM
How do you know there's just one? ;)

Good point... :nana:

DeVineGuitars
03-12-2012, 10:41 AM
Here are a few more pics of his uke room from a couple weeks ago.
One of the Best collections I've ever heard of. Yes, just one piano, but he actually has 8 DeVines although 2 of them are guitars.:o
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Stevelele
03-12-2012, 10:59 AM
That is just plain ridiculous! I would be more than happy with just one Devine!

Lexxy
03-12-2012, 11:06 AM
I don't mean to sound silly, but could anyone provide me information on Kauhisa Mori ukes?

Lalz
03-12-2012, 11:15 AM
This actually makes me sad if it's a private collection and not a store. So many beautiful ukes kept behind glass doors that will almost never get played! :(

Hippie Dribble
03-12-2012, 11:16 AM
the most amazing uke related pictures I've ever seen....though there's something a trifle sad or depressing to see them laid out there...almost a bit mortuary like, sanitised or something...the scene is a bit sterile or dead. wonder how often he picks them up and plays them, or is he too worried about putting marks on them. Interesting. Gorgeous, tastefully arranged room though and what a jaw dropping collection. Thanks so much for the pictures guys. Would certainly like to read more about this man, his dreams and motivations, what's in the collection etc ...to find out the story behind the pics would be the really satisfying part.

Chris Tarman
03-12-2012, 11:19 AM
Holy smack-eye, Batman! I thought it was impressive from just the FIRST picture. This is really amazing. Of course, if I had a room like that, I would actually PLAY them all in a semi-regular rotation. Not saying that he DOESN'T... At least with the glass-fronted cabinets, he can see them all and access them all easily. Not like my Rubbermaid bin full of cases!

Lexxy
03-12-2012, 11:23 AM
Another photo grabbed from his page (I'm not too sure whether it's him, but I assume it is! :D)
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Now we know where BOTH the custom James Hill G-string tenors are, the JS signature tenor, the 12k Kamaka, and is that the Aaron Oya custom thinline flamed maple tenor?

Drew Bear
03-12-2012, 11:30 AM
Here are a few more pics of his uke room from a couple weeks ago. One of the Best collections I've ever heard of. Yes, just one piano, but he actually has 8 DeVines although 2 of them are guitars.:o
Eric, can you provide any back story without breaking confidence? Did you bring him another instrument this trip?

Stevelele
03-12-2012, 11:57 AM
I would not be surprised to find a picture where he's got Jake behind the glass with the original Jake uke!


Another photo grabbed from his page (I'm not too sure whether it's him, but I assume it is! :D)
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Now we know where BOTH the custom James Hill G-string tenors are, the JS signature tenor, the 12k Kamaka, and is that the Aaron Oya custom thinline flamed maple tenor?

ChrisRCovington
03-12-2012, 12:20 PM
He really needs to add that $12,000 Kamaka fish ukulele to that collection.

Stevelele
03-12-2012, 12:28 PM
He has it! Take a look at the pic Lexxy posted


He really needs to add that $12,000 Kamaka fish ukulele to that collection.

Dan Uke
03-12-2012, 12:30 PM
But does he own a Dolphin?? :p

Just Kidding. That's why I find it amusing that people are complaining how someone could pay $$$$$ for a uke or any other item. There's a lot of wealthy individuals out there. In U.S. alone, there are over 3.1 Million Millionaires. I'm sure they have a little disaposable income.

There's no envy on my side...ok...just a little but I am very happy with my small collection. It's all good in the uke world.

mm stan
03-12-2012, 12:31 PM
I heard of this millionaire guy who I believe bought the Vedder uke..for 17,000 was a charity auction I think.
One of his connections said he wanted to buy my kamaka 50's tenor..gold label simply amazing collection
and all behind glass cases...talking about disposable money..I am truely jealous..:drool:

DeVineGuitars
03-12-2012, 12:49 PM
Eric, can you provide any back story without breaking confidence? Did you bring him another instrument this trip?

Sure.
He actually only plays a little bit, it's his girlfriend who is the big player of the household. She is quite a talented player I might add with an absolutely beautiful voice. Although he does not play much, he is as enthusiastic about the uke as anyone I know! He can see the true beauty in this tiny wonder.
Yes, it is true that most of the ukes in this collection don't get played much, but there is good reason for that. A large part of this collection are very old rare vintage ukes with a lot of history behind them. Those old ukes were mostly never played or played very little which is why they are around to be in a collection like this. Not that I think all ukes are meant to be displayed not played, but for instruments to remain in perfect condition 100+ years later so we (in this time) can see what they were doing back then, it has to happen that way.
You will also notice that quite a few are signed custom models or ukes with a special story behind them, like the Kamaka Eddie Vedder played in one of his videos (mentioned above). Again, these ukes were sold to be collected not played.

I personally love the room and the way it feels. It may come across as steril to some, but once you have been to Thailand and felt the absolutely brutal humidity and heat... Having a safe place to keep your precious ukes is a necessity.
Most of the "newer" ukes are out in easy reach, ready to be played.

I did bring one uke to Thailand specifically for the show, and after the hospitality they showed us, I felt it only fair to let him have first crack at it.

mm stan
03-12-2012, 02:01 PM
Eric, been to Thailand but never in a house that nice....for sure and I been in many...luxury at it's highest....over the top..

UkuleleAdventure
03-12-2012, 03:07 PM
I wonder where he got all that money...

ChrisRCovington
03-12-2012, 03:14 PM
Good catch. Okay so this guy has THE best ukulele collection I've ever seen photos of... Too bad most of us will never get to see it up close. At least he is keeping all of these fine instruments safe for another generation to see and research one day.

SuzukHammer
03-12-2012, 04:07 PM
Wow. What a great collection!!!

Some of the comments are somewhat odd. If people post pictures of collections, how will people know how to steal the items? I have lived in Thailand and there usually is good security at houses or condos with closed communiites. There are millionaires all over Thailand but concentrated in Bangkok neighborhoods and most robberies occur for money or gold. I don't think common Thai criminals know how to escape with a nice little guitar and how to sell it. If you are thinking I'd steal any of this, no. I'd love to see the room and possibly play some; but, steal - no.


As I am putting together a humidor room in my house, I was looking at these photos cause I haven't seen how he keeps the humidity up. Those lights can pack alot of heat; so, I'd like to talk to him about that. Thailand sometimes loses electricity but only for short periods.

Floods and fire would be concerns and I'd like to see his plan of action for those 2 possibilities. haha.

Its funny cause I saw Eric Devine with his uke in the case and Mmstan's friend with the backpack at the festival so it looks like he took the uke to that man that day. I was hoping Eric would show me the uke but it looked like Eric didn't want to open the case. haha, now I know.

kapahulu50
03-12-2012, 04:17 PM
Holy crap that is awesome! What a great patron to have as well, for the luthiers who are producing truly great works of art.

MGM
03-12-2012, 04:28 PM
you guys got it all wrong. this is just one angle...wait till you see the rest of Nans other walls...

SuzukHammer
03-12-2012, 04:30 PM
Seriously, if you had that room,........ I'd invite Suzukhammer over for uke jamms. I'd bring a gallon of distilled water each time I visited, I promise. Yes, I'd even polish the ukes too (once Stan tells us all how to do it correctly in a thread)

maclay
03-12-2012, 05:39 PM
Here are a few more pics of his uke room from a couple weeks ago.
One of the Best collections I've ever heard of.

Great collection. Eric, tell this guy to give me a call....lol.

Stevelele
03-12-2012, 07:02 PM
ok, I just saw the rest of the photos. mgm is right--what you see in these photos is only a fraction of what he has. I doubt that there is another collection like it in the whole world.

dkcrown
03-13-2012, 03:10 AM
I wonder what his favorite or go to uke is? And hers?

SuzukHammer
03-13-2012, 05:24 AM
I can't see the rest of the collection. Can somebody be gracious enough to post pics of the rest?

Stevelele
03-13-2012, 06:06 AM
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Stevelele
03-13-2012, 06:07 AM
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Stevelele
03-13-2012, 06:12 AM
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Last one!

mschway
03-13-2012, 06:39 AM
Only one reso-uke?:drool:

I had to show the whole series to my wife who thinks Uas is pronounced "You A**!!!" :p

Doc_J
03-13-2012, 07:12 AM
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Great good news! In comparison, we all have too few ukes.;)

Stevelele
03-13-2012, 07:17 AM
Yes, I had previously felt kind of embarrassed by how many ukes I have and how much I've spent on them. This makes me feel a heck of a lot better!


Great good news! In comparison, we all have too few ukes.;)

bdukes
03-13-2012, 07:55 AM
What a beautiful collection! I'm really digging the room too. Nice rugs, high ceilings, comfy couch... definitely a spot to hang out in. I also think the mirrors are great idea. They make the room feel bigger and let you see the great work on the backs.

mm stan
03-13-2012, 08:39 AM
that is totally insane..ha ha and I though I was bad..ha ha see what money does..

SuzukHammer
03-13-2012, 09:52 AM
Yes, I had previously felt kind of embarrassed by how many ukes I have and how much I've spent on them. This makes me feel a heck of a lot better!

Same here and there are more here who likely would say the same thing but they are more discreet and humble then us who get too excited about sharing our pictures of ukes.

How many people are like him? I thought there must be some Japanese like him and obvious Americans. I think I saw pictures of another Thai man who seems to be avidly hunting for high end ukes as well.

The Souzas told me that Koreans are hot on the uke; so, high end ukes may get scarcer. Let's hope the Russians, Chinese, and/or Indians don't become enamored with the uke too soon or it could be hard to find rare good ukes. I have seen recent ground swell in Malaysia and Indonesia uke interest.

SuzukHammer
03-13-2012, 09:54 AM
Thanks for the pictures SYFC. I wish I can get a library card to visit this uke room.

bigchiz
03-13-2012, 11:30 AM
I bet Sammy would like to come in and play some of those ukes too! :drool:

http://www.baysidebulletin.com.au/news/local/news/general/ukulele-playing-sammy-is-a-one-dog-band/2477744.aspx

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UkueBass23
03-14-2012, 05:22 AM
I am totally showing these pics to my wife, who thinks I already have too many ukes. UAS my A**!

1931jim
03-14-2012, 06:46 AM
I am totally showing these pics to my wife, who thinks I already have too many ukes. UAS my A**!
My wife doesn't Think I have too many,,,,,,,,she knows I have too many. She always says you can't play two ukes at the same time.....I'm married a long time............always get the last word......."Yes dear"

Kekani
03-14-2012, 06:47 AM
Another photo grabbed from his page (I'm not too sure whether it's him, but I assume it is! :D)
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. . . is that the Aaron Oya custom thinline flamed maple tenor?

Yes it is. I gotta admit, I told MGM "no way that's going to work" when the first Koa one went to Japan, so imagine what I thought when he wanted a Maple one? Nice to be in good company . . . Craig Lavin did a great job on the humumunukunukuapua'a.

Aaron

mendel
03-14-2012, 01:55 PM
This may sound stupid, but I would take a dinged up but playable Uke any day over those. They are beautiful, for sure, but they are missing the character and the love that this instrument is supposed to have. Those seem cold...heartless, even. I'd rather play a Uke with some warmth and life in it. I hope I am wrong, but it hurts me to know that there are so many unfortunate people out there who would love to make those babies sing- and yet, there they sit. Alone. Lonely. Behind a wall of glass for other to ogle their misfortune....

foxfair
03-14-2012, 01:59 PM
The owner and his girl, especially the later, loves playing ukes. That is why they have so many. So I don't worry about uke not been played at all. What a wonderful collection, I am glad these ukes sit in a "ukulele's heaven" rather than another place without perfect storage facility.

Nickie
03-14-2012, 05:35 PM
I'm certainly not worried about my UAS anymore.
Strange, when a person collects so much stuff, we call him a hoarder.
If he has a house full of cats, we call him crazy.
If he hoards money, we call him wealthy.
If he buys a ton of ukuleles, we call him a collecter.
Interesting.

jackwhale
03-14-2012, 06:22 PM
Well a person who has a wonderful collection of ukuleles should probably be called a collector. :))

Kekani
03-14-2012, 10:52 PM
This may sound stupid, but I would take a dinged up but playable Uke any day over those. They are beautiful, for sure, but they are missing the character and the love that this instrument is supposed to have. Those seem cold...heartless, even. I'd rather play a Uke with some warmth and life in it. I hope I am wrong...

You are.

Aaron

1931jim
03-15-2012, 03:03 AM
I'm certainly not worried about my UAS anymore.
Strange, when a person collects so much stuff, we call him a hoarder.
If he has a house full of cats, we call him crazy.
If he hoards money, we call him wealthy.
If he buys a ton of ukuleles, we call him a collecter.
Interesting.
What do you call a couple who collect food stamps....."The coupon couple."

Chris Tarman
03-15-2012, 04:00 PM
It's interesting to see how many people seem to be assuming that these ukes are just "sitting behind glass, never being played". I don't know what they're basing the "never being played" part on. Ok, so if you have that many, it's probably not possible to play many of them very MUCH... but to just infer that they NEVER get played is kind of a big jump. Even if he isn't much of a player, he obviously enjoys them, and apparently he can afford them, and he's keeping them in good condition... and collections eventually get liquidated.
I did notice a gaping hole in the collection though... I don't see a single Martin.

Stevelele
03-15-2012, 04:34 PM
Just to let you all know, I have learned that this guy absolutely loves his instruments and does play them and that he's got an abundance of aloha spirit. He's the kind of guy who could talk about ukes all day long. In other words, he's not that different from many of us.

jackwhale
03-15-2012, 06:13 PM
Except I have a Martin.

Jake Wildwood
03-15-2012, 06:31 PM
Forget everything else -- the sheer number of 1920s-30s pineapples is amazing. It takes effort to get that many in one place.

1931jim
03-16-2012, 04:19 AM
Except I have a Martin.
I hope you didn't pay too much for a name brand. HaHa!! As we all know sometimes the name turns out to be a shame.

jackwhale
03-16-2012, 04:42 AM
1931--Of course I paid too much. Hah!

wmboy
03-16-2012, 06:50 AM
Any Mya Moe or Collings in there?

guitharsis
03-16-2012, 06:57 AM
Looks like a lot of K brands too. The ukes that are outside of the cases on stands are the ones that are probably being played on any given day/week. Unbelievable collection for sure. Besides a major monetary investment, admire the thought and effort they put into compiling this amazing collection. Love the way they have them displayed and also the rest of the furnishings; a well thought out design, elegant yet comfortable and inviting.

krisseye
03-16-2012, 07:10 AM
Any Mya Moe or Collings in there?

Probably too low-brow for him :)

zac987
03-16-2012, 07:27 AM
I don't understand why people are looking down on this guy for having so many instruments. He obviously has the money for it, and it's what he loves. If he's happy, his girlfriend is happy, and his bank account is happy, then I don't see a problem.

wmboy
03-16-2012, 10:13 AM
I don't understand why people are looking down on this guy for having so many instruments. He obviously has the money for it, and it's what he loves. If he's happy, his girlfriend is happy, and his bank account is happy, then I don't see a problem.

The builders' bank account got to be happy too. The pics are absolute eye candies for me. I am cured of UAS induced guilt, but not UAS! ;)

Pueo
09-12-2013, 07:27 AM
My wife doesn't Think I have too many,,,,,,,,she knows I have too many. She always says you can't play two ukes at the same time.....I'm married a long time............always get the last word......."Yes dear"
Next time just ask your wife how many purses she needs.

hawaii 50
09-12-2013, 08:16 AM
Next time just ask your wife how many purses she needs.

Nan has the best collection in the World I would think and I am sure his wife has a great handbag collection too...

Hey Damon just wanted to say it was nice to hang with you and the Mailman at The Ukulele Site 2 weeks ago...
and I wanted let the UU members that you are one good ukulele player...wow I was impressed....all Hawaiian music and you can sing too...

Strumdaddy
09-12-2013, 01:33 PM
He IS just like us.... Who among you - given millions of dollars, wouldn't keep buying beautiful ukes. I would certainly have a go - no matter what my liberal/socialist/humanitarian theories. I suppose I would feel like balancing out that concentration of resources by donating ukes to schools, or something like that. But only so that I could feel "Moore Bettah" about my next container of gorgeous ukes!!!!

HBolte
09-12-2013, 02:14 PM
I'm happy that this thread was revived as I hadn't seen it. What an amazing collection!

1931jim
09-12-2013, 02:21 PM
He IS just like us.... Who among you - given millions of dollars, wouldn't keep buying beautiful ukes. I would certainly have a go - no matter what my liberal/socialist/humanitarian theories. I suppose I would feel like balancing out that concentration of resources by donating ukes to schools, or something like that. But only so that I could feel "Moore Bettah" about my next container of gorgeous ukes!!!!
Well here we all are again, I am a little older and definitely not getting any wiser. HaHa!!
greenman wrote...Who among you given millons of dollars wouldn't keep buying beautiful ukes ??
I just seem to be missing a few zeros on the millions but on Sept. 5th last on our local buy and sell Kijiji I bought a preloved Leolani Concert from Hawaii. Made by OMI international Inc. PO box 2342 Honolulu 96804.
It was a vacation buy according to the seller. Imagine being able to afford a vacation all the way from Canada to Hawaii. Wow.
Anyhoo "their pain was my gain" as they say. It had never been played.
I tuned my beautiful Zebra 2.5 mm front back and sides plywood everything up and started to play. It kept going out of tune however.
A quick check and lo and behold the bridge was lifting. Being an old fixerupper for many years, a 1/16" bit and two nice 1/2" #4 oval headed screws into the stained rosewood bridge and she is perfection.
It came with black strings which I could change to some "Senorita brand Ukulele nylon strings/ a product of E & O Mari Inc. Made in USA" which are clear nylon. I told you I am an old enthusiast. Biggybig question.
Will my Leolani Concert Zebra plywood everything sound like a million dollars if I save up my nickles for Aquilas or Fremonts please.??
Boy I sure ramble on don't I.?
Regards.
PS: You type real fast HBolte. I typed this slowly because I know you's'n's can't read too fast.

Ukejenny
09-13-2013, 06:10 AM
Oh how I would love to see a nice, big coffee table book published based on this man's collection. If you can't have the real things, at least have nicely done photos and information about the things. That is an insanely wonderful room. If I had money to invest in something, why not ukuleles? They are beautiful art and they make beautiful music. Mind boggling to think of the insurance he has on just that one room. Luckiest girlfriend on the planet.

Ukejenny
09-13-2013, 06:12 AM
And how amazing it would be if this guy allowed an exhibit to visit the states...just for a few weeks. The East Coast, the West Coast, then Atlanta so I am within driving distance. So lovely, so much history.

stevepetergal
09-13-2013, 08:18 PM
And one piano...

That's not a piano.

didgeridoo2
09-13-2013, 08:50 PM
Can you imagine managing the string inventory on all of these? Lets see that photo.

luv2uke
08-26-2017, 10:40 AM
Just stumbled across this thread and wanted to share with those, whom like me, have recently joined UU or haven't seen this thread and the beautiful collection of ukuleles.

Strumdaddy
08-26-2017, 04:17 PM
It just occurred to me that he must also have great collection of cases too - and a special room to keep them in!
I would imagine a log of which case goes with which uke so he/she can go out to the local uke gathering with the right combination.

sam13
08-28-2017, 11:20 AM
Very nice collection ...

experimentjon
08-28-2017, 04:22 PM
Another photo grabbed from his page (I'm not too sure whether it's him, but I assume it is! :D)
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Now we know where BOTH the custom James Hill G-string tenors are, the JS signature tenor, the 12k Kamaka, and is that the Aaron Oya custom thinline flamed maple tenor?

Very old post, I know; but that is spectacular. I remember that humu humu Kamaka on auction.

A lot of respect to the family for amassing that collection and displaying it so prominently in their home. They truly have found some of the most outstanding ukuleles ever made and collected them.

mmfitzsimons
08-28-2017, 04:43 PM
Well heck I feel so much less guilty about my own purchases, I'm a barefoot monk compared to these folks, lol...

Played often or not, those ukes sure appear to be loved. :)