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808boy
02-04-2013, 06:01 PM
Here is a H.I.D. Koa Soprano built by Michael Rock of Mele fame. I think it was built in the early 80s before he took on the Mele name.
Looking for more info if anyone knows anything.
Nice addition to my Mele Ohana and it pre-dates all my other Meles.
Any info will be appreciated. First one I've ever seen.
Mahalo,.........BO..........

gyosh
02-04-2013, 06:27 PM
Here is a H.I.D. Koa Soprano built by Michael Rock of Mele fame. I think it was built in the early 80s before he took on the Mele name.
Looking for more info if anyone knows anything.
Nice addition to my Mele Ohana and it pre-dates all my other Meles.
Any info will be appreciated. First one I've ever seen.
Mahalo,.........BO..........

Hey Bo,

Saw the pics on FB.

Nice!

808boy
02-04-2013, 07:41 PM
Hey Bo,

Saw the pics on FB.

Nice!

Mahalo Gary. Told mmStan about it and he did'nt know anything about it either but agreed that I should buy it......

Hippie Dribble
02-04-2013, 10:20 PM
gee Bo, beautiful uke mate. looks like a great buy if it sounds half as good as it looks. Nice to see you back on the boards brother.

mm stan
02-04-2013, 10:31 PM
Aloha Bruddah Bo,
Congratulations, this is the jewel in any mele collectors collection.....it is rare, and I never seen another one like it anywhere..Happy Strummings...

808boy
02-04-2013, 10:38 PM
gee Bo, beautiful uke mate. looks like a great buy if it sounds half as good as it looks. Nice to see you back on the boards brother.

Mahalo my Bruddah from Down Undah. It does indeed sound good, typical Hawaiian Koa Soprano voice. String change is on the agenda along with a thorough detailing......

808boy
02-04-2013, 10:41 PM
Aloha Bruddah Bo,
Congratulations, this is the jewel in any mele collectors collection.....it is rare, and I never seen another one like it anywhere..Happy Strummings...

Mahalo Bruddah Stan. Still like to get more info on it. Will take it to Mele to see what's up. Maybe I can see Michael and he can shed some light on it........

mm stan
02-04-2013, 11:22 PM
Mahalo Bruddah Stan. Still like to get more info on it. Will take it to Mele to see what's up. Maybe I can see Michael and he can shed some light on it........
Aloha Bruddah Bo,
While I think this one is special because of better materials used and it is made personaly buy Micheal Rock, it will be alot better that the factory ones produced now...like a G string now
made by Derek himself.....hey brah you scored.....I am sure it will sound as good as your Maui Music....

Kauai808
02-05-2013, 09:22 AM
cherry uke brah!

Kanaka916
02-05-2013, 09:44 AM
Ho Brah, you stay buyin all kines, ahh? Nice one . . .

Dave-0
02-05-2013, 10:02 AM
Beautiful instrument!!

If you don't mind a question from a newbie.....your new beauty has 14 frets to the body and 18 total - typical of a concert....no? What makes this a soprano....length of the scale?....size of the body?...overall length of the instrument?

Thanks!

Kamanaaloha
02-05-2013, 10:08 AM
nice ukulele, enjoy!

808boy
02-05-2013, 10:49 AM
cherry uke brah!

Mahalo Bruddah. I stay always looking for deals and kindah rare ukes.....

808boy
02-05-2013, 10:51 AM
Ho Brah, you stay buyin all kines, ahh? Nice one . . .

Mahalo Bruddah Danny,
I been kindah lucky to find good deals. No can walk away.........HELP???

808boy
02-05-2013, 10:57 AM
Beautiful instrument!!

If you don't mind a question from a newbie.....your new beauty has 14 frets to the body and 18 total - typical of a concert....no? What makes this a soprano....length of the scale?....size of the body?...overall length of the instrument?

Thanks!

Bruddah Dave,
Newbie or not, you've got a good eye. After I looked at it again, it must be a Super Soprano: 15" Scale, 14 frets to the body, body size is 9 1/2" long, upper bout is 5" wide, lower bout is 6 1/2" wide, body depth is 2 1/4".
Dang, I did'nt notice the actual configurations till you mentioned it. Again, bigtime Mahalo........

808boy
02-05-2013, 10:59 AM
nice ukulele, enjoy!

Mahalo, I sure will. This one sounds the best of my Sopranos.........

Canoe Lady
02-06-2013, 01:20 PM
Wow Bo, that's a nice looking uke.
You trying to take on Stan for the most number of ukes?

808boy
02-06-2013, 02:06 PM
Wow Bo, that's a nice looking uke.
You trying to take on Stan for the most number of ukes?

Aloha Lady Di,
Nah, Bruddah Stan got me beat 3 times over. Besides that, he's my confidant when deciding to make a purchase. I was thinking about this uke but wasn't too sure. Talked with Bruddah Stan and he said jump on it as he's never seen or heard of this one either. All he knew is what I told him about H.I.D. ukes.
Turned out to be even sweeter after Dave-O noted that it wasn't a true Soprano. Newbie was more observant than me. Mahalo Dave.......Super Soprano, woo hoo fo shua.....

Dave-0
02-06-2013, 06:18 PM
Aloha Lady Di,
Nah, Bruddah Stan got me beat 3 times over. Besides that, he's my confidant when deciding to make a purchase. I was thinking about this uke but wasn't too sure. Talked with Bruddah Stan and he said jump on it as he's never seen or heard of this one either. All he knew is what I told him about H.I.D. ukes.
Turned out to be even sweeter after Dave-O noted that it wasn't a true Soprano. Newbie was more observant than me. Mahalo Dave.......Super Soprano, woo hoo fo shua.....

Dude....you're giving me way too much credit. I just wish I could play as well as I spot details of ukues!!!!....All in time!