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pebbleInDaPacific
03-27-2013, 01:22 PM
Hi Everyone, just wanted to throw it out there to help me in my decision making. I'm currently torn between keeping my 2009 Kamaka Concert ukulele that I have but have never really played that it even smells brand spankin new. Over the years I have come to prefer playing the Tenor size and am now getting ready to go on vacation to Hawaii where I plan on picking up a KoAloha Tenor so I need the funding for it.

I currently have a Kamaka soprano and a tenor, and part of the reason I am reluctant to let it go is because I don't want to separate the family. But I do however, feel bad because it is not getting the love it needs and it's voice is not being heard. Please help me decide. What would you do aside from the typical "get em all keep em all" mentality as I could no longer afford to do that. :(

Here she is

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Jim Hanks
03-27-2013, 01:29 PM
Sell it. Get the tenor you want.

tigersister
03-27-2013, 01:39 PM
If it's not being loved, it's time for the Kamaka to move on. I'm sure you'll find a buyer willing to give it a good home.


ETA: Have a wonderful time in Hawaii!

mm stan
03-27-2013, 01:55 PM
While in Hawaii, try other kamaka concerts...maybe this isn't just the one as tigersister suggested.....of course check out the koaloha factory ahead and tell them
to reserve you a tenor if they have one....and no forget HMS they give free set ups which might just be better....hee hee

Katz-in-Boots
03-27-2013, 03:33 PM
No, don't sell it - or at least don't advertise it here!!!

I thought was safe, but if that baby turns up here, I don't know that I could resist :drool:

Seriously though, if it isn't being played & loved, you have to ask yourself if you're a ukulele player or a collector of ukuleles.

vanflynn
03-27-2013, 03:58 PM
I guess I personally enjoy having one uke of each size. That is a beautiful uke that must sound wonderful.

OldePhart
03-27-2013, 03:59 PM
If it ain't gettin' played it needs to move on down the line (this from the guy who has several guitars that he hasn't touched in about three years) :biglaugh:

GinnyT11
03-27-2013, 04:02 PM
Sell it. Do it quickly, before you have time to think about it.
If you post it here, I expect it'll be gone with the wind.

Patrick Madsen
03-27-2013, 05:38 PM
I hear you on splittin up the family. I can't count the times I've about hit the send button on a sell and just couldn't do it. If he's not being played, he closes up. He needs to sing.. so yeah sell it.

Flyke
03-27-2013, 06:00 PM
A uke that you play regularly is worth a lot more than one that doesn't get played... sell it and buy the KoAloha! And someone will love that Kamaka, she's a beauty!

uke552
03-27-2013, 06:18 PM
Another vote here to sell the Kamaka. If its not getting played-move it on.

pebbleInDaPacific
03-27-2013, 07:05 PM
Thanks everyone for your replies and advice. I appreciate them very much. I already have an eager buyer who is a coworker and that person is just waiting for me to make the decision on it. I guess I can take comfort in knowing it will be going to a good owner who will put good use to it. I guess I'll admit that I just don't want to regret the decision should I look back on it. I wonder if that feeling will be short lived once I get a new KoAloha Tenor. Has anyone ever felt that feeling of regret after selling one of their ukes?

Patrick Madsen
03-27-2013, 07:13 PM
LOL Pebble, I've been playing guitar for over 55 years. Owned more stringed instruments than I can count. I have regrets on many that got away. Kind of like old girlfriends, some you're glad to see go and others you regret ever leavin'. Nice thing about ukes is that as one leaves, another enters and sometimes two enter.

I sometimes sell with the cndition that if they ever decide to sell it, I get first refusal. It at least takes the uncertainty away a bit, even though it may never happen. Make your coworkers day knowing it's not going to a complete stranger.

stuben
03-27-2013, 07:34 PM
I just shelled out for a Blackbear Concert, otherwise you would have already had my offer in your PM box.
I agree with most of the others on this one, if its not getting the attention it deserves, pass it on to the next player. I recently let a nice Koaloha go, same situation as yours, it stung for a moment, but I was glad to do it, the buyer was so happy, that felt good too. Good luck with the next one!

experimentjon
03-27-2013, 10:17 PM
Sell it. I formerly had the Kamaka family: Soprano, Concert, Tenor, 6-string, 8-string. They weren't getting played. So everything was sold...well, except for the concert. That one is still sitting unplayed in my closet, and I actually don't plan to sell it. Guess im a hypocrite on this one. LOL.

bamboofrog
03-27-2013, 11:46 PM
I'd sell it on if it's not getting played and get an instrument that you'll want to play everyday. I have a habit of doing that, if i'm not playing it, it's time for it to move on and get something that'll rekindle the fun.

frets alot
03-28-2013, 12:34 AM
I'd sell it. I know it's a tough decision. I just did the same thing with a Taylor guitar......replaced one that wasn't being played with one that fits my playing style. I know in my heart I did what was right for me. Instruments are meant to be played. Enjoy your new tenor!

LoMa
03-28-2013, 06:51 AM
That's a hard one to call, because it really depends on where you are.

I gone through different stages in which I either find myself collecting more instruments than I need or will play regularly, and other times when I want to minimize my stuff. While I've let go a number of isntruments I've really loved because of hard times, I also want to pare down anyway at this time in my life. But who knows, maybe I'll feel that craving for a new instrument again and would have a hard time letting go of the 5 instruments I've decided to keep - two ukes, one flamenco guitar, two steel string guitars. That's still a lot of instruments. But I once had a dozen ukes and a dozen guitars... Yes, I had a problem...

Either way, get the uke you want to play if you can afford to, regardless of whether you sell or keep your less loved ones.

hawaii 50
03-28-2013, 06:59 AM
That's a hard one to call, because it really depends on where you are.

I gone through different stages in which I either find myself collecting more instruments than I need or will play regularly, and other times when I want to minimize my stuff. While I've let go a number of isntruments I've really loved because of hard times, I also want to pare down anyway at this time in my life. But who knows, maybe I'll feel that craving for a new instrument again and would have a hard time letting go of the 5 instruments I've decided to keep - two ukes, one flamenco guitar, two steel string guitars. That's still a lot of instruments. But I once had a dozen ukes and a dozen guitars... Yes, I had a problem...

Either way, get the uke you want to play if you can afford to, regardless of whether you sell or keep your less loved ones.



I sold my 2000 Larrivee L09 at Gelb Music consignment shop in Redwood City last year..it looked like new and it sat there for about 2 months..

I played it for about a year took lessons too but was never any good

I got what I paid for it new..maybe made $50.00 the person who bought it got a great deal..the price went up over $1,200.00 since I got it new

the buyer was very happy
good luck with your sales

pebbleInDaPacific
03-28-2013, 07:58 AM
Wow, thank you all for your feedback and sharing your experiences. I really dig this community with all the wisdom and trials and tribulations everyone has shared. I've played the concert last night and just realized again why I bought it in the first place. So I guess that's just the thing, rediscovering the love that drove me to buy it in the first place. I never claimed to be a practical person, if I were, I think I would just have my Kamaka Tenor and my Cole Clark guitar. But I don't lol. I have/had UAS and pretty much have 6 ukuleles, 1 guitarlele , and 3 guitars.

I wish I were really more practical as I don't think I would have this problem in the first place. lol. I do play my instruments and try to get better each day. Been playing for 7 years now and these are all the instruments I've acquired along my journey into music. So I don't buy them just to collect them, as each has progressed me into getting better, but in the case of this concert, I just find that I gravitate towards playing the tenor more, as I got the tenor 1 year after the concert. If I had all the hands necessary to play all instruments, I would. =) I guess this would be the first instrument that I actually would have to part with and that's what adds to the difficulty of deciding.

Anyway, I am also considering an alternate route and selling the other instruments that I really don't have an attachment too. It's just that the Kamaka concert is the easiest and first option now since I have a buyer lined up.

Thank you all for your continued support and feedback. I really do appreciate it, enjoy reading it, and take it to heart in my decision. I will update you when I actually do decide. =)

csibona
03-28-2013, 11:36 AM
My guess is that if you find a good home for the ukulele you will be happy with selling it.

pebbleInDaPacific
05-01-2013, 11:38 AM
So just wanted say thank you all for helping with my decision and I did find another way to fund my new ukulele by selling a guitarlele and one of my guitars lol. I just wanted to share my new beauty! Here is my KoAloha with a sneak peak of pix, not the greatest to show off it's grain, but this beauty has CURLS! lol hardly seen on a standard KoAloha Tenor. Anyway, enjoy the pix! BTW, the tone is beautiful! I love it!

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mm stan
05-01-2013, 12:11 PM
Aloha Brah,
Oh wow lau lau ....good choice selling your guitarlele and guitar and not breaking up da kamaka family...that would be a big mistake....Congrats on your new Koaloha Tenor
I used to play alot of new ones.....my uke friend dealer used to bring over...wow have fun and enjoy. next time you in town, let me know...Happy strummings

-Emma-
05-01-2013, 12:35 PM
Good to hear you found a way to keep your Kamaka and still get a KoAloha :) .

Kanaka916
05-01-2013, 01:15 PM
Now you're gonna start a KoAloha family, probably a lot of orphans out there . . . Kanile'a next??????

vanflynn
05-01-2013, 01:17 PM
Congrats on your new KoAloha and glad to hear the concert is staying home.

chrimess
05-01-2013, 01:26 PM
If it ain't gettin' played it needs to move on down the line (this from the guy who has several guitars that he hasn't touched in about three years) :biglaugh:

You talking bout me,John? What is it that makes the uke so magnetic and so much more attractive than the guitar?

pebbleInDaPacific
05-01-2013, 01:30 PM
Thanks everyone! mm stan, I envy you that you live there! I've been trying to convince the wife to move over there lol. Thanks emma and Kanaka. lol I already have a concert sceptre before this, and that's why I wanted a standard Tenor...something not too fancy. I really love the sound of it and now that I have both, I now know the difference in tone first hand with the Kamaka Tenor. Both are excellent instruments and really are for different tastes as well as music. I want to give big ups to Jeff at Easy Music Center! Those guys are very friendly there and they don't watch over your shoulder while you play. Really a fun pressure free place to try ukes out and find the one you are comfortable with. I spent two hours there just playing everything from Martin's to Kanilea's to more Kamakas, and about three different KoAlohas. =) Highly recommend the place! I went to both locations of Ukulele PuaPua, Ukulele House, Aloha Ukulele, Bob's Ukulele and Easy Music Center. If I didn't find this one I love there, I was going to go to Dan's Guitars, and Island Guitars.

lakesideglenn
05-01-2013, 02:45 PM
Definitely sell it ... to me for a ridiculously cheap price!

:drool: