View Full Version : Ukiyo "Model T" Koa Tenor with Rope Binding - Gorgeous!

Tommy B
03-20-2012, 06:30 PM
The uke is sold. Thanks everyone!

I'll be selling a lot of stringed instruments soon, as I've decided to focus on a small core of my collection.

This is a fantastic tenor ukulele by master builder Marc Schoenberger, the man behind Ukiyo Ukuleles and most of the 3rd Wave ukuleles sold by Triplett Harps.

This is a very collectible ukulele that underscores Schoenberger's craftsmanship, meticulous attention to detail, and truly masterful luthiery. This all-koa stunner features flamey koa on front and back, striking hand-cut rope binding of maple and rosewood, an ebony fingerboard, compensated ebony saddle, ebony strap pin, and a satin finish. The strap pin and bridge pins all have an elegant abalone dot inlaid into them.

This is one of the easiest-playing tenors, if not the easiest, I've ever owned. The action is low without buzzing, and remains so up the neck. The fingerboard and string spacing are wide: perfect for fingerpickers. The uke itself is a model of lightness, weighing a mere 18 ounces. The ukulele is in nearly mint condition. There are no dings, no strum wear, no fretboard wear. The only sign I can see of it being a used instrument are a couple of nearly invisible marks on the very edge of the headstock.

The voice is bright and assertive. I have this uke strung high-G (the saddle is actually compensated for re-entrant tuning), and it reminds me of a vintage Hawaiian tenor -- although one with perfect playability and no issues!:D

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The price includes a very nice vintage-style tweed hardshell case. Payment by check, money order or PayPal. If using Paypal, I'll split the fees with the buyer. Questions? Please PM me or email me at eightpaws (at) sbcglobal (dot) net.

Thanks -- Tom

03-21-2012, 04:53 AM
Man, Tommy B- you're selling off some very nice instruments, and at amazing prices. I had a 3rd Wave soprano built by Mike Schoenberg years ago. I sold it to buy something else, but have always regretted letting that one go.

Tommy B
03-21-2012, 05:26 AM
Thanks for the endorsement, Ernie. Yes, Marc Schoenberger is a great builder. BTW, Jim D'Ville did a two-part interview with Marc, if anyone's interested:


03-21-2012, 08:05 AM
Congrats on the sale!

Tommy B
03-21-2012, 08:20 AM
And it's sold. Thanks, everyone.