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Doc_J
06-26-2012, 04:04 AM
Mike DaSilva has his new website up and running. Looks good.
Much updated Info and he even has some ukes for sale. I love Mike's ukes!


http://www.ukemaker.com/

pulelehua
06-26-2012, 09:57 AM
The prices were about what I was afraid they'd be.

janeray1940
06-26-2012, 10:21 AM
The prices were about what I was afraid they'd be.

For the "available now" models? Yeah, those are pretty premium. But for something simpler his prices are surprisingly reasonable.

Doc_J
06-26-2012, 12:52 PM
For the "available now" models? Yeah, those are pretty premium. But for something simpler his prices are surprisingly reasonable.

Jane when is your special 19-fret soprano targeted to be ready? It will be a DaSilva right ?

janeray1940
06-26-2012, 01:27 PM
Jane when is your special 19-fret soprano targeted to be ready? It will be a DaSilva right ?

Yep. I was given an ETA of early July, so, pretty soon!

NatalieS
06-26-2012, 02:56 PM
I love the new website layout! And I was pleasantly surprised to see my baby pictured on the main page banner. :o DaSilva ukes are awesome!

mds725
06-26-2012, 10:18 PM
Yep. I was given an ETA of early July, so, pretty soon!

Is yours one of the ukuleles shown on Mike's "In Process" page?

janeray1940
06-27-2012, 04:24 AM
Is yours one of the ukuleles shown on Mike's "In Process" page?

Mine isn't on the site yet.

mds725
06-27-2012, 08:35 AM
Mine isn't on the site yet.

After having watched the journey you went through to get to the custom ukulele you wanted, I can't wait to see what it going to look like.

janeray1940
06-27-2012, 09:09 AM
After having watched the journey you went through to get to the custom ukulele you wanted, I can't wait to see what it going to look like.

It's more about what it's going to *sound* like :) In terms of looks, it will be very, very plain.

Mandarb
06-27-2012, 09:11 AM
It's more about what it's going to *sound* like :) In terms of looks, it will be very, very plain.

Good luck nonetheless. I am sure you are looking forward to your new uke.

janeray1940
06-27-2012, 09:29 AM
Good luck nonetheless. I am sure you are looking forward to your new uke.

Thanks! I am ridiculously excited about this uke :)

mds725
06-27-2012, 09:58 AM
It's more about what it's going to *sound* like :) In terms of looks, it will be very, very plain.

I figured that. Of course, now you're going to have to post a sound sample after your new ukulele arrives. :)

janeray1940
06-27-2012, 10:01 AM
I figured that. Of course, now you're going to have to post a sound sample after your new ukulele arrives. :)

I plan to, if I can convince my much more skilled friend to do the playing in order to really do the new uke justice... I've still got the problem of my playing abilities declining aby about 65% the minute a recording device comes out. Working on it!

SailingUke
06-27-2012, 10:11 AM
Congrats Mike, you have been missed.

pulelehua
06-27-2012, 10:40 AM
I plan to, if I can convince my much more skilled friend to do the playing in order to really do the new uke justice... I've still got the problem of my playing abilities declining aby about 65% the minute a recording device comes out. Working on it!

I know this feeling well! By take 27, I'm usually back on my game, or so tired and delusional to not know the difference.

I was going to get a DaSilva, but, after a brief flurry of huge friendliness I had a lot of trouble contacting him. Then I started bothering Gordon Mayer, and he and Aaron were just wonderful, and have always replied almost instantly to any question, and they've built a tenor quite a lot like the concert I want, and there's video footage, so it just all feels like more of a known quantity. Which makes me feel a bit badly about Mike, but this ukulele is my present to myself for my 40th, it basically wipes out the last of my self-indulgent savings, and I want it to all be smooth. I'm hoping to even get to White Salmon to hand pick my wood sets. We shall see. (Sorry, didn't mean this to be an OT plug for MM...)

janeray1940
06-27-2012, 10:48 AM
I was going to get a DaSilva, but, after a brief flurry of huge friendliness I had a lot of trouble contacting him. Then I started bothering Gordon Mayer, and he and Aaron were just wonderful, and have always replied almost instantly to any question...

You know, I almost did that exact thing - went with MM because their web presence was so strong. But Mike has been easy to reach by phone - he has never not answered any time I've called - so, different ways of doing business I guess. And easy for me since I'm on California time as well, but I can imagine that timing a phone call from the UK to CA could prove tricky.

Nice to see Mike has been increasing his web availability as well, with Facebook and Twitter and all that social media stuff.

mds725
06-27-2012, 02:13 PM
I was going to get a DaSilva, but, after a brief flurry of huge friendliness I had a lot of trouble contacting him....

I don't want to speak for Mike, but I know there was a period of time during the past year or so when he was considering, and then in the process of, moving himself and his ukulele building business to Hawai'i. During that time he was apparently too crazy busy closing his Berkeley business and planning and execuring the move (he even had a "garage sale" of stuff in his ukulele studio that he didn't plan to take with him) that he may have been unable to prioritize stuff like attending to his website. Then the move to Hawai'i fell through and Mike was apparently crazy busy getting his life and his business back up and running in Berkeley. I've heard from people who have dealt with him that he'd always been reachable and attentive and that he was great to work with. You may have just caught him at a bad time.

Doc_J
06-27-2012, 02:34 PM
Mike even has a concert uke available at Elderly, a plain but elegant Hana Hou model.
I've never seen a new DaSilva at Elderly before.

http://www.elderly.com/new_instruments/items/HANA.htm