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ukulelepuapua
03-13-2012, 01:45 PM
I thought it would be best to inform the community as well as the collectors in here that the hugely talked about KoOlau Archtop prototype is up on our site. There should be a demo later today.

Having looked at and stummed ever so gently on this piece of history myself- I gotta say its pretty sweet!

http://www.hawaiianukuleleonline.com/koolau-archback-prototype.html

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For all those debating the price:

Hey thanks for the feedback, the thing is that there will only ever be ONE of these, this is a prototype model- so goes the world with anything that is the first of its kind. What I can tell you is that the amount of labor that went into this Ukulele as well as the materials needed made the cost of it high enough to warrant that price. It may be something you have to hold to appreciate. As one user on here commented- the top alone took over 40 hours to carve- BY HAND.



http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=uPruCHsZA4o

VinnyQH
03-13-2012, 02:05 PM
looks awesome!! ouch on that price tag!

keliiyama
03-13-2012, 03:29 PM
Haha! Wow, I could buy a killer one of a kind Batson Guitar for that price. I'll wait till they figure out their archtop. And I would prefer F style sound holes. As a collector's item, someone's gotta nab it!

dkcrown
03-13-2012, 03:34 PM
I think that there might be someone in Thailand that would be interested in this uke. I'm sure that he could find a spot inside one of those glass cases for it. :)

SuzukHammer
03-13-2012, 03:34 PM
That's nice.

Joshypogi
03-13-2012, 09:26 PM
I got to see and hold this when I picked up my Koolau custom. Noa Bonk said it took 40+ hours just to carve the top, like a violin.

chrimess
03-14-2012, 12:00 AM
Great instrument but the price is just not right- you can actually get the Batson at around 3K and even at Taylor you get the free guitar with your uke on the builder's reserve.
I get the feeling PuaPua price the high end for the Japanese marlet where there seems to be negative price elasticity-the more expensive the more desirable.

Trinimon
03-14-2012, 04:26 AM
Not to knock Ko'olau or Ukulele Puapua but at $8K, I'm getting in the DeVine waiting list.

kapahulu50
03-14-2012, 08:46 AM
I didn't see any empty shelves in the Thai "uke museum" photos, but if I were marketing a one-of-a-kind instrument I'd price it around $8-10k too. Know your customer!

Drew Bear
03-14-2012, 09:10 AM
Folks said the two DeVine ukes listed recently at ~$8k were also too expensive. They're out of stock on those. The Kamaka NAMM special was "too expensive" at $12k. We all know where that is now. Just because a uke is too expensive for some of us doesn't mean it's priced incorrectly.

Dan Uke
03-14-2012, 10:46 AM
Folks said the two DeVine ukes listed recently at ~$8k were also too expensive. They're out of stock on those. The Kamaka NAMM special was "too expensive" at $12k. We all know where that is now. Just because a uke is too expensive for some of us doesn't mean it's priced incorrectly.

Agreed......................................but too expensive for me:(

bongolele
03-14-2012, 12:06 PM
Where did the Kamaka end up?

Drew Bear
03-14-2012, 01:42 PM
Where did the Kamaka end up?
A guy with an incredible collection in Thailand: http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?61968-Unbelievable-Collection&p=891863#post891863

ukulelepuapua
03-15-2012, 12:30 PM
Great instrument but the price is just not right- you can actually get the Batson at around 3K and even at Taylor you get the free guitar with your uke on the builder's reserve.
I get the feeling PuaPua price the high end for the Japanese marlet where there seems to be negative price elasticity-the more expensive the more desirable.

Hey thanks for the feedback, the thing is that there will only ever be ONE of these, this is a prototype model- so goes the world with anything that is the first of its kind. What I can tell you is that the amount of labor that went into this Ukulele as well as the materials needed made the cost of it high enough to warrant that price. It may be something you have to hold to appreciate. The Tahitian black pearl tuner pegs are quite dazzling. Also if you want to talk tuners- Waverly tuners go for $400 by themselves.



A guy with an incredible collection in Thailand: http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?61968-Unbelievable-Collection&p=891863#post891863

Thanks for the Defence Drew Bear :) Always coming to the rescue



I got to see and hold this when I picked up my Koolau custom. Noa Bonk said it took 40+ hours just to carve the top, like a violin.

Thats TRUE!

OldePhart
03-15-2012, 01:20 PM
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Holy crap!
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That's more than both of my cars together are worth. I'm sure it will sell, though. Just as I'm sure I'll never understand collectors. :)

JOhn

WhenDogsSing
03-15-2012, 01:34 PM
Anyone fall off a turnip truck lately...???

WhenDogsSing
03-15-2012, 01:38 PM
http://www.stewmac.com/shop/Tuners/Guitar,_solid_peghead_tuners/Waverly_Guitar_Tuners/Waverly_Guitar_Tuners_with_Black_Pearl_Knobs,_for_ Solid_Pegheads.html?renamed=true

chrimess
03-15-2012, 01:42 PM
Anyone fall off a turnip truck lately...???

The marketeer or the uke?

WhenDogsSing
03-15-2012, 02:56 PM
The marketeer or the uke?

Hee! Hee! Hee!

ukulelepuapua
03-15-2012, 04:12 PM
My goal here was to introduce the item to any collectors and anybody who was interested in seeing it- thats all. I think there are many in this forum who would appreciate that kind of heads up.. For those of you who understand that as well as why the item is valuable and a piece of Uke history- mahalo! For anybody else- please let me know if you have any questions at all, I would be more than happy to assist

chrimess
03-15-2012, 04:20 PM
Didnt think I would find trolls here :) To be fair- I am most of the online presence of Ukulele PUAPUA- I am the webmaster and built the entire site; not just the marketing side of things. Anyway- My goal here was to introduce the item to any collectors and anybody who was interested in seeing it- thats all. For those of you who understand that as well as why the item is valuable and a piece of Uke history- mahalo! For anybody else- please let me know if you have any questions.
Sean, please don't get me wrong, I have no intention of dissing you guys, in fact, pls feel free to look up a very favorable review of your establishment I placed a few weeks ago on this forum. This is a free country with free trade and freedom of speech.

ukulelepuapua
03-15-2012, 04:22 PM
Chrimess :) I really appreciate not only the review but also the clarification. We try to be as fair as possible with all our prices.

Goats Can Eat Anything
03-15-2012, 05:20 PM
Trolls???? Really????

I understand the whole "it's worth what someone will pay" line -- but you could have this (http://www.themusicemporium.com/product-detail/product/collings-ut-maple-archtop-ukelele.html) for less. And the Collings is WAY more sexy...

It is fair for people to say that something is overpriced (an unfortunate consequence of the free market from the perspective of the seller), just as it is fair for the seller to set a price, stick to it, and wait until someone is willing to pay. At eight grand, there are a lot of options. I'm sure you are fair with prices, but the market is free to question them.