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Mim
07-13-2012, 04:09 AM
These are long-awaited and worth the wait!

These are a new brand of Hawaiian hand-made ukuleles! Imua is a partnership between Jorma Winkler, and Shinji Takahashi, luthier from Japan who also makes T's, Kiwaya Ukulele and others.

Why am I excited? I played them, and they are sweet. A classic Hawaiian hand-made finish and feel! And of course the Koa... oh the Koa! Some of the best woods are being used in these ukuleles.

So of course I pre-ordered AND... ordered one for myself!

So... without further ado... I present... in about 4 different posts to include all the pictures... the NEW IMUA UKULELE which will be available in about a month!

Giddy Giddy Giddy!

http://i1190.photobucket.com/albums/z446/MimsUkes/IMG_5130.jpg

Mim
07-13-2012, 04:09 AM
This is a tenor!

Did I mention I love love love love love the headstock logo! So much that I could have typed more Loves! The simplicity, yet the creativity, yet, just the whole concept! Sooooo cool!
http://i1190.photobucket.com/albums/z446/MimsUkes/IMG_5076.jpg
http://i1190.photobucket.com/albums/z446/MimsUkes/IMG_5077.jpg
http://i1190.photobucket.com/albums/z446/MimsUkes/IMG_5080.jpg
http://i1190.photobucket.com/albums/z446/MimsUkes/IMG_5083.jpg

Mim
07-13-2012, 04:10 AM
Here is the other tenor! Me and Jorma talked for a long time about wood grain and how you never know what will appeal! How a customer will want all quilt, no lines, how sometimes people want all line, no quilt. So the cool thing, is the wood properties of each of these ukes really gives you an opportunity to pick out which cut of Koa is "your" cut of Koa for "your" uke!

http://i1190.photobucket.com/albums/z446/MimsUkes/IMG_5092.jpg
http://i1190.photobucket.com/albums/z446/MimsUkes/IMG_5096.jpg
http://i1190.photobucket.com/albums/z446/MimsUkes/IMG_5097.jpg
http://i1190.photobucket.com/albums/z446/MimsUkes/IMG_5102.jpg

Mandarb
07-13-2012, 04:10 AM
Thanks for the pic. Have a good time.

Mim
07-13-2012, 04:10 AM
Here is my soprano he would not let me have! Haha! (Just kidding... I will wait... the wait is sometimes the best part. Like expecting a baby... I can get the case, and the hanger, and get everything ready for when it comes home! Haha!

http://i1190.photobucket.com/albums/z446/MimsUkes/IMG_5104.jpg
http://i1190.photobucket.com/albums/z446/MimsUkes/IMG_5108.jpg
http://i1190.photobucket.com/albums/z446/MimsUkes/IMG_5109.jpg
http://i1190.photobucket.com/albums/z446/MimsUkes/IMG_5114.jpg

Mim
07-13-2012, 04:11 AM
This is the concert and this is the coolest looking one... in my opinion! Just a great uke!

http://i1190.photobucket.com/albums/z446/MimsUkes/IMG_5115.jpg
http://i1190.photobucket.com/albums/z446/MimsUkes/IMG_5118.jpg
http://i1190.photobucket.com/albums/z446/MimsUkes/IMG_5120.jpg
http://i1190.photobucket.com/albums/z446/MimsUkes/IMG_5124.jpg

smellofstrings
07-13-2012, 04:15 AM
Wanna get a closer look at the headstock inlay, what's that?

Is IMUA under the Big Island Company? Thanks Mim.

Mim
07-13-2012, 04:29 AM
Wanna get a closer look at the headstock inlay, what's that?

Is IMUA under the Big Island Company? Thanks Mim.

It is a very simple lower case i for "imua" basically it is like the rounded body of an i with the dot inset. They took the inlay and did it in one direction for the body for the i and the other for the dot. I personally love the simplicity. Sort of a distinctive less is more, yet very clever.

Yes, it is Big Island Co. but it the build, feel, and everything is not like their Big Island Ukes. These are hand/luthier-made in Hawaii and they are just great ukuleles.

SweetWaterBlue
07-13-2012, 04:35 AM
Those are some purty ukes, especially the quilted one.

Doc_J
07-13-2012, 04:43 AM
Found a video of one being played. It sounds very responsive and bright in the video.

http://youtu.be/P4nBlVilO1s

Mim
07-13-2012, 04:57 AM
Found a video of one being played. It sounds very responsive and bright in the video.

http://youtu.be/P4nBlVilO1s

Seriously, I dont want to crow too hard, but these really are up there with the K brands without a name that starts with a K. So it may have to be the K and an I brand ukes :)

Gmoney
07-13-2012, 05:16 AM
They look pretty sweet! Gonna get a look at them tomorrow - they are a joint creation by well know Japanese luthier Shinji Takahashi (T's guitars) & Jorma.

BlueLatitude
07-13-2012, 05:24 AM
Here is the other tenor! Me and Jorma talked for a long time about wood grain and how you never know what will appeal! How a customer will want all quilt, no lines, how sometimes people want all line, no quilt. So the cool thing, is the wood properties of each of these ukes really gives you an opportunity to pick out which cut of Koa is "your" cut of Koa for "your" uke!


Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, pretty! I want that in a concert!!!!

Mim
07-13-2012, 05:41 AM
Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, pretty! I want that in a concert!!!!

I KNOW! So pretty! I said, "pleaaaase can I take these home!" Nope. Aint gonna happen, but that is ok!

mm stan
07-13-2012, 05:49 AM
Aloha MImmy,
hee hee how are the prices, are they close to Big Island Prices...I should go out and check them out..

Nickie
07-13-2012, 10:42 AM
Very nice selections of wood... keep 'em coming, Mim!

tigersister
07-13-2012, 10:50 AM
Beautiful! Thanks for the video. I always wonder what an unfamiliar uke sounds like. Good to know they sound as good as they look.

kvehe
07-13-2012, 11:19 AM
Beautiful!

1931jim
07-13-2012, 01:13 PM
Thank you for the nice pictures. I love the talent in that shop. Beautiful book matching. Nature provides such a wonderful selection, each day must be heavenly making the decisions. Also I can see the frustration that might be hiding if one is not continually on the ball and attentive to the creation. Beautiful luthiery. (ie) (spelling) Sometimes the old guy forgets. Mim I love you almost as much as my John Deere tractor.
HaHa!!
Jim

Mim
07-13-2012, 02:05 PM
Mim I love you almost as much as my John Deere tractor.
HaHa!!
Jim

WOW! That is the best compliment EVER!!!

Mim
07-14-2012, 04:10 AM
I found my price sheet! HOORAY!

Ok, MSRP is:

Soprano 829.99
Concert 989.99
Tenor 1189.99

There is also a custom tenor option. But those dont have pricing. Open according to specs.

strumsilly
09-20-2013, 01:09 AM
wow, I just saw these. I must get out from under my rock once in a while. gotta love a uke with no bling and. beautiful wood.

Nickie
09-20-2013, 03:45 PM
Oooooh, goody. I want the concert one! Willwe get to feel, see, hear, play with them at TBUG???

Imua_Ukulele
09-20-2013, 11:14 PM
These are long-awaited and worth the wait!

These are Big Island Ukulele Co.'s Hawaiian hand-made ukuleles!

http://i1190.photobucket.com/albums/z446/MimsUkes/IMG_5130.jpg

Aloha,
Hi Mim! Thanks so much for the awesome post, but I do have to correct you a little... Imua is completely separate from Big Island Ukuleles. It is not part of it at all. I think people got confused because we had them in the same booth. And i did not do a big major production about the separation so I do apologize for confusing everyone out there. But to set the record straight- Imua has nothing to do with Big Island Ukuleles. Imua is a partnership between myself, Jorma Winkler, and Shinji Takahashi, luthier from Japan who also makes T's, Kiwaya Ukulele and others. He is a master luthier, unlike myself who only can pluck a few strings and order sandpaper...

These are made in Hawaii and we do not import parts from China, Philippines or Vietnam at all. We offer factory tours and you will see the koa drying, getting resawn, sides being bent, bodies being built in molds we built. You can see us using our pneumatic double drill press for the two-hold dowel neck join as well as stay comfortable in our climate controlled 6,000 SF factory.

Aloha and please stop by! and oh, I just got a 90 watt laser machine! Woo Hoo!!!

Jorma Winkler

Mim
09-21-2013, 10:44 AM
Aloha,
Hi Mim! Thanks so much for the awesome post, but I do have to correct you a little... Imua is completely separate from Big Island Ukuleles. It is not part of it at all. I think people got confused because we had them in the same booth. And i did not do a big major production about the separation so I do apologize for confusing everyone out there. But to set the record straight- Imua has nothing to do with Big Island Ukuleles. Imua is a partnership between myself, Jorma Winkler, and Shinji Takahashi, luthier from Japan who also makes T's, Kiwaya Ukulele and others. He is a master luthier, unlike myself who only can pluck a few strings and order sandpaper...

These are made in Hawaii and we do not import parts from China, Philippines or Vietnam at all. We offer factory tours and you will see the koa drying, getting resawn, sides being bent, bodies being built in molds we built. You can see us using our pneumatic double drill press for the two-hold dowel neck join as well as stay comfortable in our climate controlled 6,000 SF factory.

Aloha and please stop by! and oh, I just got a 90 watt laser machine! Woo Hoo!!!

Jorma Winkler

Gracious, this post was from days of yore and somehow ended up popping to the top. Not a bad thing. But yes, I did not explain Imua very well as being made in Hawaii. How I missed that, I dont know. Because that is a huge thing. And I explain it on my listings. So I am glad you popped in Jorma!

Ok, time has passed and I have had these in my shop.

And yes, they are VERY MUCH different from the Big Island Ukuleles in style, sound, build, finish, specs etc. Both are great ukes, but they need not be confused with each other for sure. The Imuas very much have a great classic ukulele look and sound and have the quality of a hand-made Hawaiian instrument. Is really is a "classic" ukulele in feel, sound, lightness, wood, and tone! If you play a Big Island and an Imua with your eyes closed you would know the difference. Well, at least I would.

So yes, though they have the same parent company, they are 2 very different ukulele brands for sure! I hope more of these get out there and we start hearing more from Imua owners, because they are great. Just a "new" brand in the grand scheme of things. But I think as time goes on and they grow, you are going to be hearing great things about this ukes.