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frankiefirefox
10-17-2012, 04:24 AM
Can any of ya'll recommend a uke luthier in New England? I'm in Maine, so the farther north, the better

Flyfish57
10-17-2012, 06:46 AM
Joel Eckhaus in Portland is the closest to you...http://www.earnestinstruments.com/

What are you looking to get done?

Stephen

frankiefirefox
10-17-2012, 08:26 AM
Joel Eckhaus in Portland is the closest to you...http://www.earnestinstruments.com/

What are you looking to get done?

Stephen

Thanks Stephen. I want a Pineapple concert with a radiused fretboard. Either Myrtle, Maple or Walnut (I think). Not too much bling, but I want something distinctive and hand made. I was thinking MM, but if I can find something relatively local, I'd love to spend the money here and I'd love to be relatively involved in the process.

ksiegel
10-17-2012, 09:51 AM
Joel makes exquisite instruments.

And plays quite nicely, too - Roy Smeck was one of his teachers.

Jim D'Ville has one of Joel's Stradalele Ukes, and it is wonderful. I got to play a few of his at the Electric City Uke Fest in Schenectady a few weeks back, and they are all great - not in the current budget, but very reasonably priced for hand-made instruments - around what you'd pay for a Kamaka or KoAloha, less than a Compass Rose.

And, I must point out, every brand of instrument I've mentioned is worth the price paid - if you are going to play it.



-Kurt

luluwrites
10-17-2012, 03:12 PM
Check out Kevin Crossett's Kepasa ukes. He's here in Vermont and has a website: http://kepasaukulele.com/

Lardy Fatboy
10-19-2012, 12:12 PM
You could try the New England Luthiers websitehttp://www.newenglandluthiers.org/index.html there are quite a few there all over the area

Rick Turner
10-19-2012, 12:21 PM
Joel is the man, and he's in Maine. Superb craftsman, wonderful player, all around good guy.