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mo9090x
06-15-2012, 02:07 PM
Hi UU,
Do any of you know a good online retailer to buy a Risa uke? and would you trust the factory set up?

I know a local store in Los Angeles to buy one, but I'd rather save money and buy online if possible (from a trustworthy e-tailer).

Thanks in advance!

mm stan
06-15-2012, 02:15 PM
Aloha Mo,
Risa is a great company and I feel their ukes come pretty good from the factory...Mine has amazing intonation, action, and a great pickup to die for...try the one at the store....

mo9090x
06-15-2012, 02:29 PM
Thanks MM Stan! Do you know of any good online retailers if I decide to buy?

stevepetergal
06-15-2012, 02:45 PM
Ukulele World has them. Very nice, honest Texas company and fast service. Find them here:

http://www.ukuleleworld.com/manufacturers.php?manufacturerid=190

Here's my review of the concert Risa Uke Solid:

http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?57687-Risa-Uke-Solid-Concert-Review&highlight=Risa+solid+review

mm stan
06-15-2012, 02:58 PM
http://www.ukemaker.com/Risa-InstrumentsForSale.html

mo9090x
06-15-2012, 03:02 PM
Thanks Steve,
I just finished reading your review. It was great, thanks.
Ukulele World's price seems high and shipping is going to be another $29.75. Seems less expensive from Risa at ukulele.de, although could be faster shipping. Unfortunately my local place already sold theirs but it was going for $250.


Ukulele World has them. Very nice, honest Texas company and fast service. Find them here:

http://www.ukuleleworld.com/manufacturers.php?manufacturerid=190

Here's my review of the concert Risa Uke Solid:

http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?57687-Risa-Uke-Solid-Concert-Review&highlight=Risa+solid+review

coolkayaker1
06-15-2012, 05:06 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uIF7BP0nNEo

PuA PuA Ukulele on Oahu had them as of two months ago, as you can see in this video behind demonstrator Neil Chin.

mo9090x
06-15-2012, 06:44 PM
Darn, Pua Pua doesn't show anything currently when I search. Thanks I'll keep an eye out!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uIF7BP0nNEo

PuA PuA Ukulele on Oahu had them as of two months ago, as you can see in this video behind demonstrator Neil Chin.

singh44s
06-16-2012, 05:04 AM
One reason I didn't go through Risa's own site (despite the non-EU discount) to get mine was because I didn't know if ICE would ding me for import fees.

I'd purchased some other items from Germany a few months prior, UPS put a hold on my package until they realized they could have me pay the import duty while I was standing at the pickup window at their garage/warehouse.

mo9090x
06-16-2012, 06:32 AM
The Risa site would be shipping through USPS Priority Mail and I did some research which said I could be paying up to $16 in duty fees. Additionally I might get hit with foreign transaction fees on my Paypal payment (likely but I'm not positive).

More and more I wish I got it from my local store before they sold it. They said a few more months before more come in.


One reason I didn't go through Risa's own site (despite the non-EU discount) to get mine was because I didn't know if ICE would ding me for import fees.

I'd purchased some other items from Germany a few months prior, UPS put a hold on my package until they realized they could have me pay the import duty while I was standing at the pickup window at their garage/warehouse.

kissing
06-16-2012, 06:40 AM
Risa's ukes come with excellent setup, because well.. ukulele.de is actually run by the guy who owns Risa :)

I've been frustrated with my dud Eleuke today.. but my Risa's cheered me up. I've had them for a while, but they're still just as good as brand new.
I've had my Eleuke for days.. and it's already breaking down :(

coolkayaker1
06-16-2012, 08:02 AM
Call Pua Pua and see when they will be getting more. Maybe, if price is right, reserve one. They sure are great, indestructible playable ukuleles that well hold their value in resale, too.

Plainsong
06-16-2012, 10:58 AM
Risa's ukes come with excellent setup, because well.. ukulele.de is actually run by the guy who owns Risa :)

I've been frustrated with my dud Eleuke today.. but my Risa's cheered me up. I've had them for a while, but they're still just as good as brand new.
I've had my Eleuke for days.. and it's already breaking down :(

Yeah, if this is a uke solid, then it'll have a default setup that can't be adjusted, but it's smooth as butter so it's a non-issue. If it's another of his ukes, I'm sure you could just put it in the comments what kind of action you prefer.

Ramart
02-27-2014, 02:24 PM
I see from Risa's website that it's launching its own second brand called Koki'o, apparently Asian-made, with modest prices and relatively impressive specs, e.g., all have arched backs, solid Mahogany necks, premium tuners, bone nut and saddle, strap pins, laser-cut adornments, etc. Available starting March 2014. The ebony tenors look really nice but I'd be wary about a CITES Treaty seizure by customs officials during shipping. Anyone here have such experiences with imports or while traveling? I'll email Risa to find out what they know about this; will post what I learn.

Tootler
02-27-2014, 10:03 PM
I realise this is an old thread but I have two Risa ukes. As others have said, the uke-solid has excellent setup out of the box. I've just bought a Uke-Ellie and it's also got excellent setup out of the box.

I can't comment on the other part of the OP's query as I'm in the UK.

PeteyHoudini
02-28-2014, 06:23 AM
My Risa solid soprano stick made it to Canada via DHL International and then transferred to regular mail. I don't remember paying any duty though that's always a toss up.

You won't regret getting one of those. They're handy.

Petey

OmegaMatt
02-28-2014, 12:53 PM
I realise this is an old thread but I have two Risa ukes. As others have said, the uke-solid has excellent setup out of the box. I've just bought a Uke-Ellie and it's also got excellent setup out of the box.


I think I sent you that. We check them out but yes, set up wise they are great. But always worth getting them from somewhere that will check them. Last year some had sharp edges on the multi directional tuning rod. Easy to rectify - if it goes through a workshop first.

Ramart
03-02-2014, 11:27 AM
...I'd be wary about a CITES Treaty seizure by customs officials during shipping. Anyone here have such experiences with imports or while traveling? I'll email Risa to find out what they know about this...

Rigk at RISA advises that his company is fully CITES compliant, and he notes that Europe is particularly stringent regarding endangered-species rules. He says RISA will have appropriate documentation for the woods used in the new Koki'o line as such paperwork will be necessary for it to bring those instruments into Germany.

microangelo
03-02-2014, 03:19 PM
Hi UU,
Do any of you know a good online retailer to buy a Risa uke? and would you trust the factory set up?

I know a local store in Los Angeles to buy one, but I'd rather save money and buy online if possible (from a trustworthy e-tailer).

Thanks in advance!

Hi

Would you let me know the place where I can buy Risa Solid Concert in LA? I am coming from HK and will have a business trip to LA and Vegas from 7 -13 Mar. Many thanks.

Tootler
03-02-2014, 09:46 PM
I realise this is an old thread but I have two Risa ukes. As others have said, the uke-solid has excellent setup out of the box. I've just bought a Uke-Ellie and it's also got excellent setup out of the box.



I think I sent you that. We check them out but yes, set up wise they are great. But always worth getting them from somewhere that will check them. Last year some had sharp edges on the multi directional tuning rod. Easy to rectify - if it goes through a workshop first.

Just realised who you are. I also bought a Bruko tenor from you at the GNUF last October. Lovely instrument. I've tuned it down to A & it sounds even better.

The sharp edges on the tuning rod are probably some people have had problems with strings snapping on the uke-solid. So far my concert "stick" has been fine though I'm careful with how I tune it. As you say, easily fixed if the retailer checks them before selling them.

Condor
03-03-2014, 03:29 AM
Just received my Risa Concert via Omega and what a strange little thing it is, although definitely has a charm about it! Had a bit of a play and tuned it during lunch hour and it sounds very pleasing even though its not amplified -nie if wanting to stay quiet and less obtrusive! Not looking forward to string changes, I must say........are the strings Worth browns as was mentioned in Baz' review? It is sooo tiny for a concert size uke and very easy to take on holiday in luggage or carry on.........

coolkayaker1
03-03-2014, 04:31 AM
http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/showthread.php?57687-Risa-Uke-Solid-Concert-Review&highlight=risa+review+stevepetergal

Nice review of the exact model you bought, Condor, from UU veteran, Mr. Petergal. Linked above. Some tips. Just watch for the "popping A string". (i.e.e carry an extra A string when traveling).

It is a unique ukulele, for sure. Enjoy it loudly (or softly, depending on your mood)!

Icelander53
03-03-2014, 04:45 AM
Risa's ukes come with excellent setup, because well.. ukulele.de is actually run by the guy who owns Risa :)

I've been frustrated with my dud Eleuke today.. but my Risa's cheered me up. I've had them for a while, but they're still just as good as brand new.
I've had my Eleuke for days.. and it's already breaking down :(

I had the same experience with Eleuke just a couple of weeks ago. I sure wanted to like it but it was not working right right out of the box. I returned it fast and never looked back. And I'm hardly the picky type.

Romanista77
04-07-2017, 06:58 AM
Just curious as to where to buy one?

I live in Ottawa, Canada and am having a hard time finding a good place to buy one..

Cornfield
04-07-2017, 07:06 AM
I understand that Mims ukes may be carrying them now in the USA http://mimsukes.com/?s=risa&post_type=product

You could ask if they export to Canada.

PeteyHoudini
04-07-2017, 04:05 PM
Just curious as to where to buy one?

I live in Ottawa, Canada and am having a hard time finding a good place to buy one..

Hey, I live in Ottawa too. Aren't you sick of this winter and nutty weather yet??? I am.

Probably best to bite the bullet and just order one from RISA in Germany. There are no cheap deals on a RISA stick. Though, you might avoid duty via DHL shipping and Canada Post.... it's always a toss up. I can't remember if I paid any or not. Via the USA, you almost always pay duty.

Petey

Romanista77
04-07-2017, 05:31 PM
Hey, I live in Ottawa too. Aren't you sick of this winter and nutty weather yet??? I am.

Probably best to bite the bullet and just order one from RISA in Germany. There are no cheap deals on a RISA stick. Though, you might avoid duty via DHL shipping and Canada Post.... it's always a toss up. I can't remember if I paid any or not. Via the USA, you almost always pay duty.

Petey

Thanks Petey,

I think you're right. I've had pretty good experiences with DHL in the past.

Ottawa and strange weather seam to go hand and hand.. I'm holding out for some sun on Monday : )

Also, thanks for your YouTube review of this uke. Was very helpful!