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Lord Mandrake
08-29-2012, 04:46 PM
I think they are more expensive than last time.

MS $189

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Pono-MS-Soprano-Ukulele-/110944011707?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item19d4c745bb

MC $199

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Pono-MC-Concert-Ukulele-/110944025999?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item19d4c77d8f

MSD $269

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Pono-MSD-Soprano-Ukulele-/110944023768?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item19d4c774d8

For What its worth I've got a pono MT-E and in person I think the satin finish looks better than the gloss finish. I think these ukes are too plain to justify the gloss finish. Also I tried to post this a few minutes ago but it didn't show up.

chrimess
08-30-2012, 01:06 AM
Thanks for the heads-up- there is also a Bari ths tme.


I think they are more expensive than last time.

MS $189

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Pono-MS-Soprano-Ukulele-/110944011707?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item19d4c745bb

MC $199

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Pono-MC-Concert-Ukulele-/110944025999?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item19d4c77d8f

MSD $269

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Pono-MSD-Soprano-Ukulele-/110944023768?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item19d4c774d8

For What its worth I've got a pono MT-E and in person I think the satin finish looks better than the gloss finish. I think these ukes are too plain to justify the gloss finish. Also I tried to post this a few minutes ago but it didn't show up.

Hippie Dribble
08-30-2012, 01:29 AM
just wanted to chime in and say I bought one of the MSD's first time around from the seller. It was 189 bucks, and I cannot find a blemish. I disagree about the gloss finish, it is really well done on these ukes and brings out the grain of the mahogany beautifully. I would not swap it for the satin, but prefer to pay the little extra. It is perhaps the best money I ever spent on an instrument given they retail well over 400 dollars. I encourage any fence sitters with the available cash looking for a great production line soprano to try them out. Can't vouch for their concerts and baritones but the MSD I bought is very sweet.

a couple of links to sound demos of the MSD:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s5EmOXUd0bA
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lr1hU369T14
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_hybFE5zKjY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_OrLgYC1oQ

guess I need to say that I've no association with the seller, but just excited at getting a great deal. blessings all!

The Orange Mage
08-30-2012, 01:32 AM
Oh man, this is really tempting...especially since the Pono MB is literally #1 on my want list right now! :drool:

PhilUSAFRet
08-30-2012, 03:01 AM
My Pono 6 string tenor had no flaws on it either.

hammer40
08-30-2012, 04:04 AM
Wish they had a tenor size.

mm stan
08-30-2012, 04:54 AM
Okay what the Hell does MSD stand for........oh well, once a car guy, always a car guy...ha ha

v30
08-30-2012, 05:00 AM
Okay what the Hell does MSD stand for........oh well, once a car guy, always a car guy...ha ha

I think its mahogany soprano deluxe (deluxe being gloss finish)

mm stan
08-30-2012, 05:14 AM
I think its mahogany soprano deluxe (deluxe being gloss finish)

thank you soo much....ohh deluxe....not really into this acronym stuff:)

PhilUSAFRet
08-30-2012, 06:01 AM
thank you soo much....ohh deluxe....not really into this acronym stuff:)

Yup, have the MCD-E, not fancy, but looks nice and sounds super.

PhilUSAFRet
08-30-2012, 06:02 AM
Wish they had a tenor size.

Seller said lots more to come, I'm sure there will be a tenor or two somewhere.

Bill Mc
08-30-2012, 06:49 AM
I ordered a satin soprano. I'm anxious to see if the instrument lives up to all the positive things I have heard about it.

PhilUSAFRet
08-30-2012, 06:58 AM
Some new ones just popped up on ebay this AM

strumsilly
08-30-2012, 07:11 AM
any tenors yet?

Trinimon
08-30-2012, 07:18 AM
Didn't see any. Humm, if a glossy soprano shows up, I'm gonna be mighty tempted! Played a few really sweet Ponos at HMS last July. :)

Damn, they got a MSD glossy soprano. A bit more than I wanted to spend though...

luluwrites
08-30-2012, 08:14 AM
just wanted to chime in and say I bought one of the MSD's first time around from the seller. It was 189 bucks, and I cannot find a blemish. I disagree about the gloss finish, it is really well done on these ukes and brings out the grain of the mahogany beautifully. I would not swap it for the satin, but prefer to pay the little extra. It is perhaps the best money I ever spent on an instrument given they retail well over 400 dollars. I encourage any fence sitters with the available cash looking for a great production line soprano to try them out. Can't vouch for their concerts and baritones but the MSD I bought is very sweet.

a couple of links to sound demos of the MSD:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s5EmOXUd0bA
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lr1hU369T14
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_hybFE5zKjY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_OrLgYC1oQ

guess I need to say that I've no association with the seller, but just excited at getting a great deal. blessings all!

Jon and anyone else who has purchased from this seller:
I'm wondering if the instrument required set up when you received it. I'm not really in the market -- but I can't help but think about the baritone. I would not be able to do my own set-up, though, so that would be an added expense.

uke42
08-30-2012, 08:59 AM
Jon and anyone else who has purchased from this seller:
I'm wondering if the instrument required set up when you received it. I'm not really in the market -- but I can't help but think about the baritone. I would not be able to do my own set-up, though, so that would be an added expense.

These ukes are coming directly from Ko'olau so you can guarantee that they have been given the once over and set-up correctly.

katysax
08-30-2012, 09:37 AM
I got the concert and soprano satin finish last time around. Both were set up fine.

Teek
08-30-2012, 09:51 AM
My 6 string has a couple of barely perceptible nicks in the binding and a couple of finish spots that just look like the mahogany took the stain a bit differently, and it is a satin finish. Otherwise it is flawless, and the sound and playability is excellent. I did take my saddle height down by taking some material off the bottom, but I usually do that with any uke. Intonation is spot on.

@Stan it looks like the Ds have ebony fretboards and headstock faceplates.

mikelz777
08-30-2012, 12:09 PM
These ukes are coming directly from Ko'olau so you can guarantee that they have been given the once over and set-up correctly.


I got the concert and soprano satin finish last time around. Both were set up fine.

Does set up correctly/fine translate into having low action? I'm very tempted by this deal and would like something with low action.

Hippie Dribble
08-30-2012, 12:12 PM
Jon and anyone else who has purchased from this seller:
I'm wondering if the instrument required set up when you received it. I'm not really in the market -- but I can't help but think about the baritone. I would not be able to do my own set-up, though, so that would be an added expense.

Linda, no. No set up required. All set up done beforehand. And the main fellow behind these sales is a member here too...

and Mike, good set up will ensure a low action and smooth playing instrument

luluwrites
08-30-2012, 12:26 PM
Thanks all.
I'm trying to resist. Been reading that the Pono has a slightly wider nut width and I believe that means the strings are further apart, too, right? Maybe I can convince myself that is a deal breaker . . .

PhilUSAFRet
08-30-2012, 01:21 PM
2 sellers of these ukes, paradise, a very new seller with almost no reviews and Ko'olau

krstringrepair
09-20-2012, 09:42 AM
Moderator note: Please do not duplicate your introduction post in other threads, especially when touting for business.

Gmoney
09-20-2012, 12:40 PM
Hello all,

... SNIP ... Please visit my Ebay sales at paradise-ukulele, or my repair blog at http://www.facebook.com/KrStringedInstrumentRepair.

Big Mahalo & Aloha, and thanks Ukulele Underground for such a stellar website-Kilin Reece

BIG Mahalo back at you, Kilin! I've bought two of your ukes - a Baritone & now a 6-string that should be waiting at the house when I return from my current business trip.

The Bari is setup perfectly, I got a great deal & you shipped it out in record time! Thanks for dropping in & introducing yourself. I will be contacting you about a couple of vintage ukes for repairs I think that I want to send your way.

krstringrepair
09-20-2012, 05:34 PM
Sounds great! Ill look forward to hearing from you! -Kilin

AndrewKuker
09-22-2012, 08:22 PM
Not that he needs, but I can vouch for Kilin as well. He does repairs for the store and specializes in authentic vintage repair. Kai knows finishing in it's various forms like a science. Definitely of the few guys in the world that I would trust with proper ukulele restoration.

The Orange Mage
09-28-2012, 10:16 PM
I just snagged the MBD that ended about 5 hours...sorry if I outbid any of the UU users in the process! Can't wait for it to get here! :)

katysax
09-29-2012, 06:43 AM
You outbid me. It's ok. I kept my bid low - one of those things. Sometimes you get them, sometimes you don't. Enjoy it.

Patrick Madsen
09-29-2012, 06:47 AM
Kilin, I went to ebay looking for your site Paradise-ukulele but couldn't find it.




Hello all,

Just wanted to drop a line and introduce myself and let everyone know about the current Pono instruments I am selling now on Ebay. I have run the vintage restoration and Pono Warranty center at Ko'olau Guitar & Ukulele Co for the last 7 years, and two years ago bought the repair business from John Kitakis. During that time I also was in charge of running the finish department there for all the Ko'olau ukes and guitars. Previous to working for Ko'olau, I worked for the Santa Cruz Guitar Co in California supervising the finish department.

As with any instrument company, over the years a backlog of instruments can accumulate, needing anything from a simple scratch repaired, to minor fret dressing or loose brace reglued here and there. John approached me with the idea of fixing the back stock Ponos and then selling them at auction for the ukulele world. All the instruments I have for sale are older out of stock models that all feature the Pono standard of excellence and construction using all solid woods, quality grover tuners, and real bone nuts and saddles. Instruments that are bound are bound in real ebony and where equipped with pickups feature the under saddle piezo pickup we developed with Dean Markley several years back (it features four separate piezo crystals for added clarity and note separation when amplified).

I am also selling many vintage Kamakas, Martins and other quality Hawaiian made ukes and occasional guitars with new auctions every week. In addition to selling ukuleles, I also run my own repair shop here on Oahu specializing vintage made ukulele restorations, refinishing work, and vintage martin guitar repair. I have extensive references from several major collectors which will be supplied upon request and am happy to accept international repair work by way of mail.

Please visit my Ebay sales at paradise-ukulele, or my repair blog at http://www.facebook.com/KrStringedInstrumentRepair.

Big Mahalo & Aloha, and thanks Ukulele Underground for such a stellar website-Kilin Reece

Gmoney
09-29-2012, 06:48 AM
I just snagged the MBD that ended about 5 hours...sorry if I outbid any of the UU users in the process! Can't wait for it to get here! :)

Gonna LOVE it!

uke51
10-09-2012, 03:01 PM
I just received a manufacturer's 2nd Pono MC from an ebay seller named OPAHCAT. The uke has no structural damage (cracks etc), set up well, but does have a couple of very minor finish flaws if you look close. I'm very please with the uke, and would buy again from him...........

heyjude
10-10-2012, 02:06 PM
I just received a manufacturer's 2nd Pono MC from an ebay seller named OPAHCAT. The uke has no structural damage (cracks etc), set up well, but does have a couple of very minor finish flaws if you look close. I'm very please with the uke, and would buy again from him...........

OPAHCAT is the ebay user name for Koolau Guitar and Ukulele Company. I just won a Pono MB with deluxe case and my Paypal payment went to Koolau. It's also a refurbished uke. I was the only bidder!

Jude

ukuloonie
10-10-2012, 02:13 PM
Thats the one I was looking at too

kauaijim
10-10-2012, 02:44 PM
I was able to go to the Koolau factory a couple of weeks ago to look at the factory second Pono's. They look great. If you can get one on eBay from OPHACAT then I'm sure you will be pleased. I would have bought one then if I hadn't just gotten into the cigar box guitar thing.

wdonley
10-11-2012, 02:53 AM
I picked up one of the mahogany concerts. It's become my favorite uke, out of some embarrassingly expensive ones. ......

whepper
10-11-2012, 11:40 AM
Today I received a MC too! It's amazing. It has a very small ding, almost invisible, but you can feel it if you rub the edge. The shipping time was incredibly fast... it took only 2 1/2 days from Hawaii to the Netherlands (via Oakland, Memphis and Paris)!!!

siauke
10-16-2012, 12:34 PM
Enjoy your 'ukulele. 2 & 1/2 days shipping is amazing. Mine got hung up in weekend delivery and took 4 days from Hawaii to Los Angeles! Keep ukeing in the Netherlands!