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thomas
05-27-2013, 09:43 AM
Not sure if this is the right place for this, but here it is.

After a few year Hiatus, I have found myself in a situation where I am going to be able to resume building instruments. I am working on getting my website back up and running, but until then feel free to contact me through private message here.

Kanaka916
05-27-2013, 09:46 AM
Yes it's been awhile Thomas . . . Glad to have you back. Are you still in Italy?

thomas
05-27-2013, 09:56 AM
Thanks Kanaka, I'm excited to get back at it. I have only built 4 or 5 instruments in the last few years, and that doesnt even come close to satisfying the instrument building itch.

I just moved to Washington State after a few year stint in Asia, and am setting up shop here for the forseeable future. That will benefit those in the US on the tax and shipping front for sure.

Take care,
Thomas

Nickie
05-27-2013, 09:59 AM
Thomas...congratulations! Do you have any sample pix of your work?

Kanaka916
05-27-2013, 10:02 AM
UU hasn't changed much just a lot more members. We do have a number of members as well as builders in the Pacific Northwest. Looking forward to your upcoming builds.

Kanaka916
05-27-2013, 10:05 AM
Thomas...congratulations! Do you have any sample pix of your work?

http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?16629-Makapili-Ukuleles-in-Europe
http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?24283-Makapili-Hinoki-Top-Tenor-in-Europe

thomas
05-27-2013, 10:30 AM
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Hi Nickie,

I have attached a few pictures of some instruments I have made. If you do a search on the forum, you are bound to come up with some more, and peoples impressions of my instruments.

Here are a few sound samples of other people playing my instruments much better than I ever could.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fDlQBdoC6mQ

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yubStWr8DzE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IqityGMKd10

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qDdpeff6kZ8

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fYhoD5GnTPE

Take care,
Thomas

Dan Uke
05-27-2013, 10:31 AM
Thomas

Pawel bought one of your ukes and he speaks very highly of it...He's a great player and your uke sounds great!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yubStWr8DzE

thomas
05-27-2013, 10:51 AM
Pawel actually bought the 2nd instrument I ever sold, and then a few years later the instrument in this video. Im still in contact with him from time to time, and always checking his youtube channel for new songs. He is a great player.

Take care,
Thomas

Ed Gilkison
05-27-2013, 11:01 AM
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Here is a pic of my Baritone -so sweet!

AnnaUK
05-27-2013, 11:08 AM
Hi Thomas :)

I'm so glad you're building again. I was so pleased with how fantastic my concert pineapple was. My pal was so impressed with mine, he contacted Thomas to get his own. In fact, my Makapili is right next to me as I type... I can't recommend these ukes highly enough.

I put photos on my UU profile page when my pineapple arrived.

http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=6317&d=1249652000

This should be the link to the whole album.
http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/album.php?albumid=494

If anyone is thinking of commissioning something - go for it :D

The best of luck to you, Thomas,
Anna :D

Jim Hanks
05-27-2013, 11:11 AM
That Pawel guy has some great vids! Is that a side sound port I see? :drool:Do you know about how much your new tenors will cost?

Ed Gilkison
05-27-2013, 11:12 AM
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And here are my two pineapple Concerts, and the one I got from 'Uke Leash' Lori, for my friend Pierre . - when the three were together.

Am so pleased to hear you will be building ukes again!

Ed G

thomas
05-27-2013, 11:18 AM
Thanks Anna,

I check your youtube channel a lot hoping for new videos. The ones that are there are great.

Take care,
Thomas

Kanaka916
05-27-2013, 11:34 AM
BTW Thomas, when you do get finally settled I would like to get some contact info to update the info on the builders site. Thanks.

thomas
05-27-2013, 11:44 AM
Hi Jim, Yes, I put side soundports in pretty much all of the instruments I build that are bigger than soprano. I am in the process of figuring out pricing, but I think that I will be happy with a base price of 650 for Soprano, 750 for concerts, 850 for tenors and 950 for baritones for the first few orders, just to get the ball rolling. These prices will rise though. Call it a reintroductory sale if you will.

Kanaka, I am figuring out the website stuff now, I will get the contact info to you as soon as possible. Thanks,
Take care,
Thomas

Doc_J
05-27-2013, 02:00 PM
Will definitely be getting another Makapili, this time a tenor.
I miss my Makapili Concert ( but Ed I'm glad you have it).

Jim Hanks
05-27-2013, 07:04 PM
Been listening to these videos. That koa tenor that Pawel is playing and the soprano that wwelti is playing sound particularly sweet - do you recall what wood that was? I'm not as keen on the hinoki tone for myself (you'll probably tell me that soprano is hinoki :) ) though it is still a good sounding uke - I just like warmer over brighter generally. I'm guessing you can get some great stuff out of PNW woods like myrtle and red cedar - I'm definitely looking forward to your new ukes!

Ed Gilkison
05-27-2013, 07:45 PM
Thanks Doc!
It is a beaut! And you did this nice review of it when you had it!

http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?23323-Makapili-Pineapple-Concert-Review

mm stan
05-28-2013, 03:03 AM
Hi Thomas :)

I'm so glad you're building again. I was so pleased with how fantastic my concert pineapple was. My pal Clifford was so impressed with mine, he contacted Thomas to get his own. In fact, my Makapili is right next to me as I type... I can't recommend these ukes highly enough.

I put photos on my UU profile page when my pineapple arrived.

http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=6317&d=1249652000

This should be the link to the whole album.
http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/album.php?albumid=494

If anyone is thinking of commissioning something - go for it :D

The best of luck to you, Thomas,
Anna :D

Yes Yes I remember when Anna was raving about your pineapple uke you made for her a year or two ago....wow nice prices Thomas...and your sure are moving around..
Maka -- to look
Pili- to join
where did you get the word from?

thomas
05-28-2013, 05:57 AM
Hi Jim,

The soprano Wilfried plays is made of Acacia Confusa. It was a wonderful wood to work with, unfortunately I have used it all. I am definitely going to use as many Local woods as possible. Cherry, Walnut, Myrtle, Redwood, and Port Orford Cedar are all high on the list.

Hi Stan,

Yes the prices are new. When I stopped building 2 years ago the numbers were the same, but in Euros, so now since they are in dollars these prices are about a third lower than before.

Makapili is the name of a huge rock sticking out of the water on the North coast of Kauai, just off of a small pocket beach that is only reachable by water, I paddled there. It is a really special place. You should make the trip over to check it out.

Take care,
Thomas

Ed Gilkison
05-29-2013, 05:52 PM
Hi Thomas,

Thought this is worth re-posting! -for those that may have missed it :)

http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?20533-Makapili-Tenor

Best Wishes-
Ed

Doc_J
05-29-2013, 06:15 PM
Thomas has his new Makapili website started and running.

http://makapilimusic.com/

paw123los
05-30-2013, 01:22 AM
I highly recommend Makapili ukuleles. Thomas has somehow discovered how to achieve a very rich, elegant and strong tone which is in my opinion unmatchable. My Hinoki top tenor is louder than my custom classical guitar !
The Koa tenor I own is beautifull, great sounding and very comfortable and easy to play - there is nothing more a perfect instrument should have.

I tried to encourage Thomas to return to instrument making every time we exchanged emails and I am very happy that he decided to do this. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for Makapili ukuleles. My UAS has calmed at the moment - but probably sooner or later I will order my third Makapili :)

Order one now - while the waiting list is not to long and the price is great. I'm sure soon Thomas will have a full list. I guarantee that when you will strum your first chord you will have your jaw droped on the floor for a loooong time.

Ed Gilkison
05-30-2013, 09:39 AM
Any idea who the maker of this case is? - and if they still make them?
I spotted the pic on the web, and looks to fit the Makapili Concert Pineapple perfectly.

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Thanks!
Ed

Doc_J
05-30-2013, 10:01 AM
Any idea who the maker of this case is? - and if they still make them?
I spotted the pic on the web, and looks to fit the Makapili Concert Pineapple perfectly.

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Thanks!
Ed

That looks like an older Oahu case. Not sure if they make them for pineapples any more.

Try a mandolin case.

Ed Gilkison
06-01-2013, 07:56 AM
Hi Doc,
Thanks for that - have been checking the web for the Oahu case - old stock. - but no luck yet. Might try contacting them or get my dealer friend to search one up for me. I do have a mandolin - and case (a Tacoma M1-E) . There looks to be enough room in it, to put my uke
in it's soft case, and then into the mando hard case. - with room to spare!

Hi Thomas,
Great web site: http://makapilimusic.com/

That pic you have on there of this Tenor 53878

looks like the sister to my (ex-Doc's) Pineapple Concert 53879

Love that fretboard look!! :)

Any more pics or info on that Tenor?

Also - any plans on standard 'figure 8' shaped Concerts?

Thanks!

Ed


Thanks!

paw123los
06-02-2013, 04:32 AM
Just to warm up this thread a little :)
This is my desktop wallpaper - Makapili Koa Tenor

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thomas
06-02-2013, 05:13 AM
Hi Ed, Those two instruments were made from the same baord of Acacia. It was great wood to work with. That tenor went to a store in France called Exquisite, and is one of the few that I do not know who has it now. Fretboards made from the same wood as the body definitely add a different look.

I dont currently have plans for any figure 8 concerts, but I would be happy to make one for anyone who wants.

Hi Pawel,
Thanks for posting that beautiful picutre, do you mind if I use it on my website?


Take care,
Thomas

paw123los
06-02-2013, 10:43 AM
Thomas - I will send you a high-res version on your email.

Ed Gilkison
06-05-2013, 04:25 PM
Hi Thomas,

I just ran across Torsten 's site:

http://www.torstenohneh.de/meine-hardware/makapili-tenor-ukulele/makapili-tenor-ukulele-2.html#previous-photo

with some really nice pics of his two Makapili - 54077

Nice work on the headplate on his Tenor!

Ed

paw123los
06-06-2013, 01:26 AM
Yeah ... this tenor is beautifull. It looks like it is all Acacia ... or maybe it has a Hinoki top just like mine.

Ed Gilkison
06-09-2013, 03:58 AM
Hi Thomas,

Thank you -for including a pic of yourself - on your 'about me' page, on your new web site! http://makapilimusic.com/

- and nice mention by Wilfried! http://www.ukulele-arts.com/2013/05/30/makapili-is-back/?lang=en


I'll try and take some 'glamor shots' of your two Makapili (the Concert and the Baritone) that I am keeping for you, as well as my

own Concert - while the sun is out here in Lakebay! - " so pretty here - even the dead trees are green " :)

Best Wishes-

Ed

Ed Gilkison
06-09-2013, 07:49 PM
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Pierre on the right, Geoff in the middle and me on the left - Pierre was out for our Ukulele lessons today - all on Makapili instruments !!

Ed

thomas
06-20-2013, 01:21 PM
Thanks to all of the great people who are excited about my instruments I have been inundated with new orders and am not currently accepting any new commissions. Please check back with me later, as I will be reopening my build list as soon as I feel comfortable with my backlog. Thanks for everyone's support and understanding.

Take care,
Thomas

paw123los
06-21-2013, 03:11 AM
Great news Thomas !

I hope to see some photos of new Makapilis soon :)

Ed Gilkison
06-23-2013, 07:50 PM
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Hi Guys,
Special day for me today - treated myself to a day out - and went over and visited - Thomas!