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saltytri
08-21-2013, 11:05 AM
A while back, I posted a 16" scale instrument of unconventional design:

http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?80434-Ono-quot-School-Uke-quot

These were successful from a sound standpoint and it seemed that the design might be as good or better with a 17" tenor scale. So, I improved the body shape a bit and and this is the result.

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3823/9566675056_87e7ea9eab_b.jpg

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3704/9563877715_cb59b49682_b.jpg

http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2853/9566672192_af89285a46_b.jpg

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7402/9563874897_1dd7981b12_b.jpg

The body is perfectly quartersawn cherry. The neck is Honduras mahogany with a rosewood fretboard. The rosette is ebony and Red Mallee burl. Bone saddle and nut, of course. The finish is many coats of Tru-Oil, so it is quite shiny but not pore-filled. Cherry does have pretty small pores, though.

The volume of the body takes good advantage of a wound low G and the tone is very rich and mellow.

$600 plus shipping and insurance.

bmacir
08-21-2013, 11:18 AM
This uke is stunning! I would love to hear a sound sample :drool::cool:

Hippie Dribble
08-21-2013, 11:24 AM
Where's my canoe? :p

Another ripper David!!!! Looks fantastic mate. :drool:

whepper
08-21-2013, 11:27 AM
Stunning uke for a stunning price!

Jim Hanks
08-21-2013, 11:46 AM
Nice! Would also love to hear this one!

provines
08-21-2013, 12:20 PM
Simply lovely and elegant. Congratulations on the build. Worth twice the price you're asking.

mm stan
08-21-2013, 12:55 PM
Aloha David,
It' a Stunning uke, Yes it looks amazing....does the wider heel improve the vibrations to the body?

janthony1
08-21-2013, 01:29 PM
Beautiful refinement. Would love to hear a sound sample too.

Doc_J
08-21-2013, 02:11 PM
Looking great uke David. Cherry is wonderful tonewood.

Is this the first Ono tenor?

w/o-talent
08-21-2013, 02:16 PM
I understand why it is perfectly logical to ask for a sound sample. I also understand why David might not want to offer up a sample because his playing ability might not match his building ability. David is finishing off his Alaska Yellow Cedar concert for me. I don't know exactly what it is going to sound like, so I asked him about his return policy. His first response was that he's never had to think about a return policy because no one has ever returned one of his ukes! So I'm thinkin' that says something right there. But then he quickly added that if I did decide to return the uke within the first week after receipt that it would be fine with him as long as I paid return shipping. (And not mar the the uke with strum marks or scratches because it then becomes a used uke). I think this is pretty reasonable and comparable to most other custom uke builders.

I really do recommend you go back through his build threads. Review the pictures of his ukes and the comments and you will see that he has an incredible attention to detail in every aspect of the build. And there are other threads from members who have received and reviewed his ukes (with sound samples).

And when I receive my concert from David, I don't think it would be wise for me to upload a sample because it might do irreparable harm to his business.:eek:

lakesideglenn
08-21-2013, 02:56 PM
That's a nice lookin uke pal! It would be nice to here it in action though...

saltytri
08-21-2013, 05:32 PM
http://youtu.be/Nkmr42t0FAg

saltytri
08-21-2013, 05:33 PM
http://youtu.be/Hg6LDp-LtkI

saltytri
08-21-2013, 05:36 PM
I've posted a couple of sound clips, which is a technological triumph for me. :rolleyes:

Obviously, I need to spend less time building and more time practicing.

saltytri
08-21-2013, 05:38 PM
Aloha David,
It' a Stunning uke, Yes it looks amazing....does the wider heel improve the vibrations to the body?

Aloha, Stan!

That's a good thought and I'll be happy to go with it. In truth, who knows? But I have to admit that it was really an aesthetic choice to match the heel to the rectangular end of the body.

saltytri
08-21-2013, 05:41 PM
Looking great uke David. Cherry is wonderful tonewood.

Is this the first Ono tenor?

No, not the first tenor but the first tenor in this shape.

Maybe Jon will pick it up so that he can make his canoe go faster. :D

I do have four conventional tenors underway. Two of them are spoken for but a Bastogne walnut/Adirondack spruce and a Bolivian rosewood/redwood are available.

grendel1972
08-22-2013, 08:16 AM
I recognize that Cherry! And I can also chime in that David is a joy to work with and his finished product is outstanding. He's also been extremely helpful with some follow-up questions I have had. A Rosewood/redwood tenor, did you say? Must ... resist... :)

DPO
08-22-2013, 03:15 PM
Very nice!
Kind regards
Dennis

bmacir
08-23-2013, 03:09 AM
It souds great, thanks for the effort of putting up the sample!

saltytri
08-25-2013, 04:42 AM
Simply lovely and elegant. Congratulations on the build. Worth twice the price you're asking.

Any offers at twice the price? :D

saltytri
08-25-2013, 08:25 AM
Sold! Thanks to all for your kind comments.