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AndrewKuker
01-08-2013, 03:12 AM
..singing in the dead of night?
No, talkin' bout the SF made carbon fiber ukes! Even though (IMHO) there are sweeter tones for 1200 bucks I am still fairly sure I will get one for myself sometime later this year. Why?

https://vimeo.com/48626908

Most of you are like me and don't need another uke..But I am always unsure what to take when traveling or going to the beach. So I usually take nothing. The Blackbird is no beater, it has good tone..and it boldly goes where no wood can. Leave it in the trunk, stick it in the sand, travel the world...
So obviously you need one..But don't buy yet! Giving one away Feb1. Anyone shopping at TheUkuleleSite in the month of January will be eligible. Doesn't matter what...each purchase in an entry to win!

Seems like blatant advertising but it's totally not! I just want someone in our UU family to win it...ya know, cause you guys are the coolest.

http://gallery.mailchimp.com/cf28d13381b752eee649ce503/images/blackbird_tenor_1_copy.jpg

Tudorp
01-08-2013, 03:33 AM
I'm more of a traditional type, and not into all the weird materials for ukes.. But, even that said, this is pretty cool..

ksiegel
01-08-2013, 05:31 AM
I've played a Blackbird.

It is actually a very nice uke, feels good, sounds good.

Andrew, is this one solely acoustic, or with the pickup?


-Kurt

teruterubouzu
01-08-2013, 05:47 AM
I am in love with how this ukulele looks and the sound is awesome too. Now I'm glad I waited until January 1 to place my order for my beginner uke from HMS. Maybe I will luck out and win this gorgeous creature!

mm stan
01-08-2013, 06:34 AM
Aloha Andrew,
Happy New Year bruddah....I tried one in your shop...and I was always intrigued after I saw Ledwood Play one on a video from a fan in the crowd...
Woo Hoo a drawing...that is so generous and cool of you.....wish I had a way down there...

brutaldiver
01-08-2013, 07:11 AM
Lol!
Wonderful! I knew I shouldn't have put my HMS order in on the 31st!

They do look and sound nice though!

fumanshu
01-08-2013, 08:22 AM
I'm always curious about how this uke sounds like.....I just don't know how the resonnance is compare to a wood uke....
But for the fact that you can play it anywhere...it's nice!

uke42
01-08-2013, 09:12 AM
I also got to play a Blackbird Tenor, probably the same one being given away, at HMS last month and thought it sounded pretty nice. Great tone. Probably not as good as a high-end K brand uke but pretty close. Close enough that I almost bought it. I was expecting it to sound dead and muted but was pleasantly surprised that it didn't. It was very light and well made. Felt good in my hands. I don't need another uke (keep it down UAS), but I could always use another set of strings ;)

BlackBearUkes
01-08-2013, 09:39 AM
When I look at these ukes, I wonder why they went to all the trouble of making it and going with that strange look. I personally don't like the look and my experience has been it that if folks don't like the look they won't buy it regardless of the sound.

If I could build a carbon fiber uke to bring to the market place, it would look just like a Martin O. Just my opinion.

The Big Kahuna
01-08-2013, 09:51 AM
I am still fairly sure I will get one for myself sometime later this year.

Dude! Surely if you just take a Uke off the wall and say

http://i.qkme.me/3r7kyp.jpg

it's yours ;)

hawaii 50
01-08-2013, 09:59 AM
Aloha Andrew,
Happy New Year bruddah....I tried one in your shop...and I was always intrigued after I saw Ledwood Play one on a video from a fan in the crowd...
Woo Hoo a drawing...that is so generous and cool of you.....wish I had a way down there...


I give you a ride once i back on Oahu..my Mustang might be too bumpy>> but i going get a family sedan as soon as i can..

foxfair
01-08-2013, 11:13 AM
Here is the video Uncle Led played a blackbird uke borrowed from 'maddog' :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CHbGbmFbguU

Plainsong
01-08-2013, 12:03 PM
I'm not in love with the looks, but when it's winter, and you want a good tone, and indoors it's going to be like 20% humidity max, no matter what you do to combat it, a uke like this is very appealing. I haven't bought a uke in over a year, and this one does get rotated on the Next Uke UAS cycle. :)

Kamanaaloha
01-08-2013, 04:24 PM
..singing in the dead of night?
No, talkin' bout the SF made carbon fiber ukes! Even though (IMHO) there are sweeter tones for 1200 bucks I am still fairly sure I will get one for myself sometime later this year. Why?

https://vimeo.com/48626908

Most of you are like me and don't need another uke..But I am always unsure what to take when traveling or going to the beach. So I usually take nothing. The Blackbird is no beater, it has good tone..and it boldly goes where no wood can. Leave it in the trunk, stick it in the sand, travel the world...
So obviously you need one..But don't buy yet! Giving one away Feb1. Anyone shopping at TheUkuleleSite in the month of January will be eligible. Doesn't matter what...each purchase in an entry to win!

Seems like blatant advertising but it's totally not! I just want someone in our UU family to win it...ya know, cause you guys are the coolest.

http://gallery.mailchimp.com/cf28d13381b752eee649ce503/images/blackbird_tenor_1_copy.jpg

When is the KTM-00 with the bowtie or non laser etched bridge coming in?

Skinny Money McGee
01-09-2013, 02:22 AM
Andrew, make a list of all the naysayers and disqualify them from the FREE Giveaway. I would personally dig owning that uke.

AndrewKuker
01-09-2013, 02:41 AM
Dude! Surely if you just take a Uke off the wall and say

http://i.qkme.me/3r7kyp.jpg

it's yours ;)

hehe, true..but mine as well leave it there because I have no time. Feel guilty even sitting right now, how could I while people pace back and forth waiting for their new uke to love.
-as a side note I am definitely giving your whale baritone idea to Kala, for all the dolphin lovers to relax with:) maybe they'll give you the first one for starting the rumor!
ahh the guilt gotta go work

Bob Bledsoe
01-10-2013, 07:18 AM
Thanks for another awesome giveaway Andrew! Purchase made :cool:

The Big Kahuna
01-10-2013, 07:34 AM
Thanks for another awesome giveaway Andrew! Purchase made :cool:

Same here. I just bought a Blackbird. Man, I really hope I win the...no..wait...what ?

Oh bollocks!

Steedy
01-10-2013, 07:39 AM
It looks a little strange, but who doesn't like a little strange now and then? :)

Sounds good in the video.

Bob Bledsoe
01-10-2013, 09:12 AM
Same here. I just bought a Blackbird. Man, I really hope I win the...no..wait...what ?

Oh bollocks!

Well played Kahuna, well played.

Steedy
01-10-2013, 09:35 AM
The Blackbird looks like an assault uke, better get one before they're banned! ;)

Actually, I went to the HMS site and checked out the photos, and it looks pretty sharp. And of course all that carbon fiber would be teh sex in the motorsports world.

aquadan
01-10-2013, 10:47 AM
I need this to go with my carbon fiber kayak paddle!

Oh, then I need a custom made uke to go with my hand carved Greenland paddle. This may get me into trouble...

iDavid
01-10-2013, 09:00 PM
If one has free range of form, why copy the original?

Plainsong
01-11-2013, 02:15 AM
Because the original is finicky about the climate conditions it likes, and this one isn't. :)

iDavid
01-11-2013, 03:22 AM
Then it is just a copy. Art should attempt to go beyond.

kvehe
01-11-2013, 03:25 AM
I have one and I love it love it love it.

Plainsong
01-11-2013, 04:05 AM
Then it is just a copy. Art should attempt to go beyond.

Can you clarify how it should go beyond? Do you mean the design should be better, or that those of us who's playing is curtailed for half the year... Should just suck it up?

I agree it ain't pretty to look at and I'd love to see a sleeker design, but otherwise it seems to do what it does very well. I feel bad that lesser companies rip off their ideas.

Skinny Money McGee
01-11-2013, 04:19 AM
I need this to go with my carbon fiber kayak paddle!

Oh, then I need a custom made uke to go with my hand carved Greenland paddle. This may get me into trouble...

I need one to go with our canoe when I take my Kids camping. Could double as a paddle in a pinch

Nicko
01-11-2013, 04:29 AM
New things are frequently less beautiful than their old versions. Postmodern aesthetic of function-first and hyper-materials and efficiency, speed, no-nonsense. You see it everywhere.

4742347424

Kamanaaloha
02-03-2013, 05:53 PM
Did the contest end yet?

AndrewKuker
02-03-2013, 07:18 PM
Yes, it did. On Feb.1 I sent an email to the winner but was gonna send the company email announcing the February contest soon. I was thinking of a family of acacia Pono, soprano up to baritone. Win the whole bunch. What d'ya think? Sound fun? I may have to charge the winner a dollar or something like that this next time, so many stupid rules to doing a contest.

So, I was totally psyched when I looked up the order number random.org gave. Our very own Skinny Money McGee!! Woohoo! Best set of strings he ever bought.
I just looked here again and saw it may double as a canoe paddle. Only uke able to pull that off if need be. I suppose.
I did put in your order Harlan even though it was in store. Next time :D

teruterubouzu
02-04-2013, 01:26 AM
I'm glad the winner is from UU. Congratulations Skinny Money McGee!

iDavid
02-04-2013, 02:16 AM
Can you clarify how it should go beyond? Do you mean the design should be better, or that those of us who's playing is curtailed for half the year... Should just suck it up?

I agree it ain't pretty to look at and I'd love to see a sleeker design, but otherwise it seems to do what it does very well. I feel bad that lesser companies rip off their ideas.

I love the way the Blackbird looks and deeply appreciate how it has its own look.

Kamanaaloha
02-04-2013, 04:40 AM
It is truly awesome that you even do contests AK! HMS rocks!

PedalFreak
02-04-2013, 06:08 AM
Congrats McGee!

Skinny Money McGee
02-04-2013, 09:13 AM
All I can say is Wow!! I was driving home from dropping my Daughter off at her class when the email came in on my smartphone. Stopped at a stop sign to get a better look at it. Speechless, couldn't believe what I was reading. Had never won anything before. What a bonus!! buy a set of Worth strings and get a Blackbird to go along with it:D Still can't believe it. We take our Kids camping and boating in the summer, this will be perfect.

It's unbelievable the dedication HMS has with the Uke world. Andrew's customer service focused business model is 2nd to none. I must say it is pretty cool to see many sellers on UU who do the same. What a great family here.!

Andrew, I can't thank you enough. I hope this rewards you and your business 10 fold.

I will post some pictures
Bruce