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Pete Howlett
10-10-2008, 12:41 PM
This still appears on Dusty strings website tho they haven't had a uke from me for 3 years. Uke on the far left of the image is my Sharpuke...

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f352/ukulele_pete/Harpuke.jpg

I did do some experimental stuff before I saw the light :o

dnewton2
10-24-2008, 05:08 PM
Just curious. Why stop experimenting?

UkeNinja
10-24-2008, 06:11 PM
I did do some experimental stuff before I saw the light :o
If you had mentioned this earlier, people would have understood earlier why you have chosen the straight road now :eek:
Was that thing on the left inspired by... ah, what's that maker's name again. There that weird ukulele with a huge bowlike thing for a neck. Anyway, did you make yours inspired on that or were you pioneering the "never going to find a case for that one" models?

At least we now know where you are coming from :D

sweets
11-02-2008, 03:34 PM
This still appears on Dusty strings website tho they haven't had a uke from me for 3 years.

I had to bump this because I was in the shop today and they (still?) have a beautiful dreaduke of yours. Lovely koa with rope binding, I think.

leaveit2jane
11-04-2008, 07:33 AM
I'd love to see one of Pete's Ukes in person. Any I've heard in clips absolutely define what my mind tells me is "the" sound. I don't know if I'd have the guts to pick it up though. I seem to be able to ding them up just looking at them.

deach
11-04-2008, 09:17 AM
I had to bump this because I was in the shop today and they (still?) have a beautiful dreaduke of yours. Lovely koa with rope binding, I think.

Where is this shop located sweets?

Pete Howlett
11-04-2008, 01:28 PM
It's nice of you to say but I don't think it could be mine with rope binding - the only instruments that had this treatment were my Weissenborns...

The isntrument on the left was inspired by my own guitar which looks like it - I'll do a video for you and post it on YouTube...

sweets
11-04-2008, 07:34 PM
Where is this shop located sweets?

Fremont Neighborhood, Seattle, WA. The self-proclaimed "center of the universe".


It's nice of you to say but I don't think it could be mine with rope binding - the only instruments that had this treatment were my Weissenborns...

The isntrument on the left was inspired by my own guitar which looks like it - I'll do a video for you and post it on YouTube...

Maybe I'm wrong about the binding, but definitely had a dreadnought shape and a howlett label. I'll go back and take a pic.

Pete Howlett
11-05-2008, 06:54 AM
Must have been on the planet Zog when I did that one then...

drubin
11-05-2008, 03:03 PM
This still appears on Dusty strings website tho they haven't had a uke from me for 3 years. Uke on the far left of the image is my Sharpuke...

Hey Pete, I was in Seattle over the weekend and cruised by Dusty Strings for fun one afternoon. They had one of your UK Ukes in stock, I didn't check from which year though or if it was new or used. It was a fabulous concert model I believe with the dreadnought shape. Some very nice koa. Flawless construction. I really enjoyed playing this uke. Sounded just wonderful. :D

Best regards,

David

allinfun
11-05-2008, 04:18 PM
I may have seen it as well, being very nicely made I didn't pick it up for fear of hurting it. They have a nice selection, almost like Hawaii Music Supply where we get our UAS fix. Dusty Strings has some amazing instruments, like that yummy koa guitar in the used section.

Edit: Did I just use "yummy" as an adjective? My sincere apologies to all.

Pete Howlett
11-06-2008, 01:57 AM
Here's (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wq7gAwqxnXA) the weird stuff in action....

sweets
11-08-2008, 02:04 PM
Okay, I was was having lunch nearby and ran in to snap a couple pics (including Pete's cool label):

http://dl-client.getdropbox.com/u/23239/IMG_0090.JPG
http://dl-client.getdropbox.com/u/23239/IMG_0089.JPG

As you can see, I was wrong about the rope.

Pete Howlett
11-08-2008, 10:42 PM
That is a lovely Big Island koa concert Ditson shape. I have loads of this particular tree and it makes great ukes - in my recent video I am using a uke built from the same board as this one. Thanks for showing.

drubin
11-09-2008, 09:33 AM
Nice photos, Sweets. That's the one I test drove! A really fine uke. :D