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adam2180
07-28-2012, 12:34 PM
I have been building my own instrument cases for a while now. They are based on 19th century coffin cases that you see with many old parlor guitars. I don't build them to look perfect like they came from a factory. I build them to look old, but to be strong as hell, they WILL protect your instrument.

I recently built some custom coffin cases for a few people locally. I was thinking of doing a run of Ukulele cases and wanted to see if there was any interest. They are built out of solid pine and lined with felt, they are well padded. They have a compartment to store a few things like most cases. I try to find wood with nice looking knots for the tops, I can stain dark or keep natural (pine will yellow nicely over time). I was thinking $160 for the first few.

adam2180
07-28-2012, 12:35 PM
http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m7w58zDfUG1qfmse2o1_500.jpg

adam2180
07-28-2012, 12:36 PM
http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m7w56x5K941qfmse2o1_500.jpg

adam2180
07-28-2012, 12:37 PM
http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m7w54d7jHl1qfmse2o1_500.jpg

adam2180
07-28-2012, 12:39 PM
http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m7w4zqCfyN1qfmse2o1_500.jpg
http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m7w513Mfh41qfmse2o1_500.jpg
I built this one for my (Gibson) Kalamazoo out of some scrap wood in my shop for myself.

adam2180
07-28-2012, 12:43 PM
Just realized this should probably be in the marketplace, if so please move it with my apologies!

WhenDogsSing
07-28-2012, 01:10 PM
They're beautiful and appear to be very functional. I like them although I couldn't go $160 for one. Best of success to you sir...!!!

mm stan
07-28-2012, 01:21 PM
At first before looking at the pictures, I would have said Nah....but when I saw the pictures...I went Wow Wow they look awesome ....nice job man....

adam2180
07-28-2012, 01:27 PM
Thanks man, I have been building them for guitars, mandolins and ukes so far but I can make them any size for anything really.

adam2180
07-28-2012, 01:38 PM
The first 5 orders from UU get $150+shipping!

rem50
07-28-2012, 03:19 PM
that would look like a perfect case for my Koaloha sceptre!

SuzukHammer
07-28-2012, 04:03 PM
WHen can they be shipped?

adam2180
07-28-2012, 04:14 PM
I build them to order, it depends on how many I have to make. I have to build them and stain and finish them. I usually say a week but it would probably take less.

adam2180
07-28-2012, 04:14 PM
that would look like a perfect case for my Koaloha sceptre!

I can make them to fit any shape.

adam2180
07-28-2012, 04:36 PM
I build each one to fit your particular instrument so I need a couple simple measurements to insure a proper fit.

perep
07-28-2012, 05:47 PM
They are pretty nice, good work. Hope they sell for you, I prefer a gig bag to knock around with

ksiegel
07-28-2012, 06:02 PM
Now I just have to deal with those pesky issues like not having had a paycheck for 6 weeks, property taxes, needing brakes for the car... Damned details!


that would look like a perfect case for my Koaloha sceptre!



-Kurt

mds725
07-28-2012, 06:14 PM
It looks really well-crafted. Just curious, though - how much do they weigh?

adam2180
07-29-2012, 01:29 AM
They are slightly heaver then a regular hard shell case (because there solid wood not ply wood or cardboard) but by no means uncomfortable to carry. The full size guitar cases can get heavy though.

dad-e-o
07-29-2012, 03:53 AM
Add me to the list pleae

adam2180
07-29-2012, 08:41 AM
Add me to the list pleae
I will!
I'm Starting the first batch of ukulele cases now!

adam2180
07-29-2012, 03:34 PM
Looks like I'm going to be busy building cases this week!

adam2180
07-30-2012, 01:31 PM
I'm also working on stands, This is a guitar stand I built. I am working on a uke version.
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paulb
07-30-2012, 08:48 PM
your work is excellent. I only wish I had a ukulele that would match it. Something along the lines of a pineapple, only it would be a jack o lantern.

cahaya
07-31-2012, 04:51 AM
"Coffin case" is really a poor choice of marketing terms for selling ukulele case, in my opinion. When I first saw the case, I thought they have the shape of a metronome. Calling it metronome-shape uke case would sound much nicer. If you don't like it, still try to think of other name for your case. :2cents:

One thing, no oriental customer wouldn even consider purchasing and keep anything that being called coffin in their rooms.

Tudorp
07-31-2012, 06:37 AM
I like the name "Coffin" case. Of course, it is for a select group of people with a specific sense of humor. People that are freaked out by that sort of thing, of course they wouldn't consider it. But, those wouldn't be a target customer anyway obviously. I think the shape is too thin on the thin side to look like an actual coffin tho. Maybe if that was wider, with the padding to hold the head from sliding back and forth. Use the excess width of it and add stowage on each side of the head for tuners, picks, etc? It would look more like a small coffin, and cooler for that target customer. I would use one, but $160 for a case is hard to justify for most. The people that have the 4 figure priced ukes spend that much and more, but those people are looking for a war proven name brand case for their high dollar instruments.

Cool product, with a cool market, but out of price point for many that would buy that type of case. If the price point was better, I would rock one.

Nice work..

Bob Bledsoe
07-31-2012, 06:55 AM
no oriental customer would even consider...

This made me laugh - a strong knowledge of Asian culture mixed with offensive term for them.... Anyhoo, I agree with Tudorp that there is a market for people with that sense of humor who will dig the idea of a coffin case. Nice work!

adam2180
07-31-2012, 08:43 AM
OH MY! "Coffin Case" is not my brand, it is a style of instrument case from the 1800's. Many fiddles, banjos and parlor guitars had wooden cases of all different shapes and sizes all referred to as "Coffin Cases". I would be happy to build you a "metronome-shape uke case" though!

adam2180
07-31-2012, 01:36 PM
Ukulele Stand in natural finish. It will also fit any small instrument ie. mandolin, fiddle etc.
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cahaya
07-31-2012, 08:11 PM
This made me laugh - a strong knowledge of Asian culture mixed with offensive term for them....

Bob, glad I could put some joy and laughter in your life for a short moment. And no, I wasn't trying to offend any oriental people coz I am 100% oriental myself. If you have any oriental friends, you could confirm what I mentioned above, with them. If I were right, then you learn something new about us. If I were wrong, well, more joy and laughter to your life :cool:

Tudorp, I agree with you. This product is catered for a different market niche.

Adam2180, thanks mate ^_^ But my black Dolphin prefers sitting on my table or my bed most of the time. Anyway, I had a look at those pics again and hey, they do look great!

adam2180
07-31-2012, 11:07 PM
Thank you! I put a lot of work into these cases.

tattwo
08-01-2012, 02:35 AM
What is the interior made of?

xjumper
08-01-2012, 04:34 AM
You can add me to the list. No more wondering which case is mine! Also, how much is the uke stand?

ukulelelearner
08-01-2012, 04:46 AM
The uke stand looks really good!

adam2180
08-01-2012, 05:09 AM
The stands are $40+shipping. Anyone who wants to order emai me at the link below. Also check out the facebook page and like it for updates!

adam2180
08-01-2012, 05:19 AM
What is the interior made of?

I use felt, its very well padded.

Bob Bledsoe
08-01-2012, 05:53 AM
Bob, glad I could put some joy and laughter in your life for a short moment. And no, I wasn't trying to offend any oriental people coz I am 100% oriental myself. If you have any oriental friends, you could confirm what I mentioned above, with them. If I were right, then you learn something new about us. If I were wrong, well, more joy and laughter to your life

I'm sure there are a number of cultures that would be opposed to having something coffin shaped in their house - possibly Haitians for example. The term "orientals" probably means something different to you, but to most people it's a derogatory term meaning "Asian". Of course, Asia being a huge continent made up of many countries, religions, economic backgrounds, etc... So the broad stroke of saying Asians would not buy Adams cases based on a shared cultural bias - and using the term "orientals" to describe Asia's position on this matter made me laugh... But I'm certainly not disagreeing that there might be certain cultures opposed to coffin shaped instrument cases. I don't think it will kill Adam's business though.

Anyway, it was interesting to learn that these are a style from the 1800's. That makes them slightly cooler than they already were. Again, nice work Adam!

Tudorp
08-01-2012, 01:38 PM
I don't want to change the thread, but maybe it's my own ignorance. But, I never thought the term "Oriental" was considered derogatory. I simply thought it meant it was someone, or something with roots in the Orient, which is another word for Asia. Asia is considered the Orient. That isn't a "bad" thing is it? Maybe things have changed and I never got that memo? Dunno.. ;)

I do know that the term "Asian" is more used, because of the closeness of the cultures in Asia. I remember a day when anyone from Asia was considered Japanese, or Chinese, when it's a world of difference really. I also know it is not taken very lightly by someone from one culture in Asia and be called, or thought that you were from another culture in Asia. So, the mistake was often enough where the term "Asian" started being used as mainstream that covered any of the cultures in the Orient. Working and knowing many Asian folks from many of the different Asian cultures, I actually learned alot, and started realizing that they didn't all look alike. Features in each region were different, and it got to where I could even get pretty close to the area of their background by accent, and/or facial features. None of this is meant to be "racey", it is soley recconizing that there are huge differences between cultures in Asia and/or the Orient. And they should be reconized and respected as any culture shoul be.

But, I guess the question I still have is, Is the term "Oriental" considered a bad one these days? If it is, I had NO idea.

Bob Bledsoe
08-01-2012, 02:24 PM
But, I guess the question I still have is, Is the term "Oriental" considered a bad one these days? If it is, I had NO idea.

It's a matter of personal opinion I guess. The general consensus for a while now has been that "oriental" is a term used for things like food and rugs. It conjures images of a strange far off land. But it's really a personal thing. It's similar to little people not wanting to be referred to as "midgets". That used to be the standard term, but not cool anymore. Although I have friends who are little people who still use the term because they think it's funny - which it sort of is...
EDIT: I just googled some articles on using "oriental" to describe people and found that it's mainly considered offensive in North America some parts of East Asia and Australia. Other parts of the world still use it quite a bit... Here on the west coast, we laugh at our parents when they use the word. ;-)

So lets bring it back to the topic at hand. I'm going to order one of these cases once I have a new uke to put in it. So those of you who have already ordered, I'd love to hear some reviews when you get yours in.

adam2180
08-01-2012, 03:30 PM
The first order is going out tomorrow, a uke stand. I'm excited about the positive response!

My policy is if there is a problem with the case you can ship it back to me with in 48 hours and receive a full refund of your original cost, you pay the return shipping. When you place an order, because the cases are all custom built I need payment in full, if you decide you don't want your order before the case is finished I will refund your money minus $40 (per case)for the cost of the wood and labor.

adam2180
08-03-2012, 04:45 PM
My UU special is $150 for soprano, concert or tenor size +$25 shipping.

adam2180
08-04-2012, 07:40 AM
For today only (and only on UU) standard size Soprano cases are $130+shipping. The order must be paid for and complete to qualify.

Fermin
08-04-2012, 08:13 AM
Thanks man, I have been building them for guitars, mandolins and ukes so far but I can make them any size for anything really.

Would you make one for my ex-wife?

adam2180
08-04-2012, 08:25 AM
I'm sure you mean for her ukulele.

Fermin
08-04-2012, 09:22 AM
I'm sure you mean for her ukulele.

Yeah... for her... ukulele...

It's a double bass baritone ukulele, about 1,60m tall, I mean long.

adam2180
08-05-2012, 04:50 AM
Tenor case Sunday! Tenor cases $130+shipping! Today only!

adam2180
08-07-2012, 12:52 PM
"Coffin case" is really a poor choice of marketing terms for selling ukulele case, in my opinion. When I first saw the case, I thought they have the shape of a metronome. Calling it metronome-shape uke case would sound much nicer. If you don't like it, still try to think of other name for your case. :2cents:

One thing, no oriental customer wouldn even consider purchasing and keep anything that being called coffin in their rooms.
You will be happy to know that we are officially Townsend Instrument Cases
www.townsendinstrumentcases.com

adam2180
08-12-2012, 02:44 PM
Here is a soprano and a tenor, ready for finishing!

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adam2180
08-14-2012, 01:18 PM
Here are some cases getting stained!
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adam2180
08-16-2012, 09:23 AM
I am now lining my cases with foe fur, just like modern cases!
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