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JoeyJr858
01-18-2009, 05:49 AM
wearymicrobe brought his custom Kanilea to Dericks workshop in San Diego yesterday...
I won't disclose the price, but I will say it's a good down payment on a car! HAHA
it's actually REALLY SAWEET!! Sounds and looks incredible!

Plus there was a $7,000 taylor guitar there. I got to play it a bit and my fingers and palms started to get SUPER sweaty from nervousness! lol

hoosierhiver
01-18-2009, 05:51 AM
I saw a 15 THOUSAND dollar uke at NAMM yesterday! I broke a sweat.

JoeyJr858
01-18-2009, 05:57 AM
you should hook up w/ Derick Sebastian, Bruddah Mark and Ben Benavente @ the Kanilea booth!! =) I wish I was there! Next year for sure!

wearymicrobe
01-18-2009, 06:04 AM
Original Martin 5K. 10-11K instrument.

Now in the non ukulele world I once played a 1786 cello that was wroth in the early 90's like 600K.

Lanark
01-18-2009, 06:10 AM
I'm personally waiting for MGM is chime in here. That should be interesting...

Stackabones
01-18-2009, 06:16 AM
I once played a $1K Bushman, but that seems like small beans compared to you high rollers. :D

haole
01-18-2009, 06:26 AM
1920s Martin 5K. About the price of a new Honda Civic. :eek: I was really hoping it would play/sound better than it did, but I wasn't that impressed.

wearymicrobe
01-18-2009, 06:37 AM
1920s Martin 5K. About the price of a new Honda Civic. :eek: I was really hoping it would play/sound better than it did, but I wasn't that impressed.

Not to be repeated but thats why I don't own one.

SnakeOiler
01-18-2009, 06:38 AM
I'm pricing customs right now, and the idea of spending more than a grand on an instrument is seriously taxing my brain.

bluesuke
01-18-2009, 06:39 AM
A carbon fiber ukulele from DaSilva Ukulele Co. 1200.00. It was the lightest and brightest ukulele Ive ever played

Hobgoblin Steve
01-18-2009, 06:40 AM
I played a 4k something, I dont remember what brand.

gp-ak
01-18-2009, 07:12 AM
I'm pricing customs right now, and the idea of spending more than a grand on an instrument is seriously taxing my brain.

Be glad your not a tuba player.


The most expensive I'ver played was an 8-string g-string, cost about a grand.

thejumpingflea
01-18-2009, 07:22 AM
I played a 5k Martin remake, but it is in no way worth the money.

The next one up is probably a Kamaka Concert Deluxe. MSRP of $1750.

Ukulele Friend
01-18-2009, 07:27 AM
Aloha all,

I thought I'd chime in on the fun as well. I've played a few rare pieces in the past as well.

Here are a couple:


1920s Martin 5K Concert Uke (valued at about $25,000 +)
1920s Martin 5K Taropatch (valued at about $30,000 +)


I haven't had the privilege of playing a vintage 5K tenor but hopefully that opportunity will come in the future. :rolleyes:

Mahalo,
Shawn

ukulelefriend.com

SnakeOiler
01-18-2009, 07:42 AM
Be glad your not a tuba player.


Actually, I've played the tube since I was in 4th grade. I used to own a Sousaphone which I paid about $300 for.

Aldrine Guerrero
01-18-2009, 07:56 AM
I played a tenor Martin and I'm sure that costs pretty penny. I also had the privilege of abusing THIS on a performance:
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y31/bananaketchup/onstage26.jpg

Jake's slotted headstock custom Kamaka
:3

Misguided Musician
01-18-2009, 08:08 AM
OMG! Aldrine won this one with sentimental value.

The most I've ever touched was a 5k uke. I was like woah! It was a concert and it sounded good, but didn't think it was worth it.

JoeyJr858
01-18-2009, 08:48 AM
OMG! Aldrine won this one with sentimental value.

The most I've ever touched was a 5k uke. I was like woah! It was a concert and it sounded good, but didn't think it was worth it.

no doubt! I think Jake's uke is the most valuable thing out there! I'd probably cry if I got to play it. Hmmm... well maybe not cry! lol

Kekani
01-18-2009, 08:52 AM
I saw a 15 THOUSAND dollar uke at NAMM yesterday! I broke a sweat.

So, who's instrument was that? MGM told me about a few that were up there, but he didn't mention $15K.

ricdoug
01-18-2009, 09:05 AM
There's a photo of Weary Microbe and one of his million buck ukes in this thread:

http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?t=8770

Also a Mo Betta Uke. Ric

wearymicrobe
01-18-2009, 09:17 AM
There's a photo of Weary Microbe and one of his million buck ukes in this thread:

http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?t=8770

Also a Mo Betta Uke. Ric

Now Ric no fair, pickin on my for UAS. if you post up some of your guitar collection it makes my UAS look tame.

Marks working on some major collecting now too, he just has not posted them up.

Pippin
01-18-2009, 09:41 AM
Martin 5K vintage model... did not play it, just held it.

Captain Google
01-18-2009, 09:58 AM
OMG! Aldrine won this one with sentimental value.

No, I don't believe so. My sentimental value and generosity tops that.

It was only a $279 Kala tenor (with MGM's full-setup), but I paid for it twice (overdrawing my bank account by quite a bit). I ended up owing my mother about $200 to keep my account alive.

More importantly than that (way more important). I bought it for my cousin. He showed an interest in the ukulele when I played my Ohana for him. I'm giving it to him on the day the family will celebrate my birthday (which is Tuesday). He was absolutely stunned that I would buy one for him, especially this month.

Sorry, Aldrine. Looks like I win the battle of sentimental value. ;)

GX9901
01-18-2009, 10:20 AM
The most expensive uke I've played was a Ko'olau series 400 at Ukulele Friend's place. I think it was worth $4000 or so.

dnewton2
01-18-2009, 11:01 AM
Wow you all have played/held some expensive ukes.

For me I just went yesterday to a shop that had a Kanilea K-2 Tenor Soundmonster that I was messing around on. Not all that impressive compared to others, but its my top uke $$$ wise so far.

upskydowncloud
01-18-2009, 11:16 AM
I played a tenor Martin and I'm sure that costs pretty penny. I also had the privilege of abusing THIS on a performance:
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y31/bananaketchup/onstage26.jpg

Jake's slotted headstock custom Kamaka
:3

After seeing people play ukuleles so often seeing someone playing a normal sized guitar makes me laugh. They're way too big!

It's really cool you got to play Jake's uke.

Kaneohe til the end
01-18-2009, 11:24 AM
just friday, i got to play one of the guys 'ukulele who works at KoAloha. it was a 6 string, with the winged KoAloha emblem on the headstock, so pretty much at least $2500. not sure what kind of wood it was, maple i think.

Jimmy
01-18-2009, 11:47 AM
I was going to say my Kala which was about $200 was the most expensive uke I've played, but I remembered playing a concert Kamaka, soprano Koaloha, a Moore Bettah tenor and a couple of nice old banjo ukuleles which made my beloved Kala seem like firewood at the Ukuhooley in Ireland.

Big range of sounds from that though, the Moore Bettah was so mellow it could put you to sleep, and the banjoleles were very punchy and loud. I loved the concert Kamaka though, it was ace.

hoosierhiver
01-18-2009, 01:56 PM
So, who's instrument was that? MGM told me about a few that were up there, but he didn't mention $15K.

Ko'olau had some fantastic high end ukes,the 15K was suggested retail.I think they sold all the ukes they had at the show.

Pippin
01-18-2009, 02:09 PM
Now Ric no fair, pickin on my for UAS. if you post up some of your guitar collection it makes my UAS look tame.

Marks working on some major collecting now too, he just has not posted them up.

Oh, Yeah... Ric has a collection fit for a king.

Pippin
01-18-2009, 02:13 PM
I was going to say my Kala which was about $200 was the most expensive uke I've played, but I remembered playing a concert Kamaka, soprano Koaloha, a Moore Bettah tenor and a couple of nice old banjo ukuleles which made my beloved Kala seem like firewood at the Ukuhooley in Ireland.

Big range of sounds from that though, the Moore Bettah was so mellow it could put you to sleep, and the banjoleles were very punchy and loud. I loved the concert Kamaka though, it was ace.

Charlie sent me a pic of him playing his Kala archtop in a pub for the Ukulele Player Magazine to go along with the article on Ukehooley and the uke scene in Ireland. You all look like a great group.

MisoHappy
01-18-2009, 03:20 PM
Do you mean most expensive at the price we bought it, or how much it's worth now? Cuz my loaner kamaka tenor was bought for about $200-$300, but is now worth around $1000-$1500. If you mean the former, my $500 KoAloha standard, Aiko....

UkuLeLesReggAe
01-19-2009, 03:17 AM
Lanikai lu-21t!!! :d :d

Nuke-ulele
01-19-2009, 09:05 AM
Aloha all,

I thought I'd chime in on the fun as well. I've played a few rare pieces in the past as well.

Here are a couple:


1920s Martin 5K Concert Uke (valued at about $25,000 +)
1920s Martin 5K Taropatch (valued at about $30,000 +)


I haven't had the privilege of playing a vintage 5K tenor but hopefully that opportunity will come in the future. :rolleyes:

Mahalo,
Shawn

ukulelefriend.com

I actually HAVE strummed a 5k tenor while it was in the care of luthier friend of mine. It is owned by one of the big collectors out there and is a VERY rare thing indeed. This one, in particular, had hardly ever been played and still had very old gut strings. I was told he paid $50,000.

rock n roll swandel
03-29-2009, 06:59 AM
I got to play James Hill's newest custom G string last time he was here in Ottawa. I can only begin to imagine the value of it. He said it was the best uke he had ever played. I couldn't argue with him.

Richard

MGM
03-29-2009, 07:25 AM
Well I did bid and win one for 157,000.00 once but that is only part of the story.....

Captain Google
03-29-2009, 07:29 AM
Well I did bid and win one for 157,000.00 once but that is only part of the story.....

What's the rest of the story?

Kanaka916
03-29-2009, 07:34 AM
Yea Mike, UU inquiring minds would like to know . . .

MGM
03-29-2009, 07:44 AM
most expensive mistakes Sold a martin 3 as a 2 and sold another martin style three at .99 cents buy it now....should have been starting bid....maybe i should have said dumbest mistakes////lol

oh and as to above story suspense is good for the heart...some uu mebers know what it is..

WS64
03-29-2009, 08:03 AM
The most expensive uke I ever had was my 270€ custom Brüko. I sold it after a few months for 180€, these expensive instruments are not for me ;)
I will stick with the 100-130€ instruments, all the ones I bought in that price range are perfect instruments for me!

Ahnko Honu
03-29-2009, 08:33 AM
I have cheap tastes, and dad always taught he "if you break it you bought it" which put the fear of God in me as far as accidentally breaking something I don't have money for. I think I strummed a $600 Honu the other day, and my most expensive purchase is a $300 new MELE Koa pineapple which I talked down from $399.99. Blue collar taste.

bt93
03-29-2009, 08:40 AM
the most expensive uke ive ever played or owned is my cheap little hilo 2650 from guitar center that costed 29 bucks

dominicfoundthemooon
03-29-2009, 09:41 AM
the most expensive uke that i have held.. and gotten to strum.. would be this Koaloha, custom.. it was 5K in value (i think) it was soooo heavy and sounded amazing..

i plan on getting a koaloha custom in my life!

here is a photo..

http://i71.photobucket.com/albums/i150/domaltieri/DSC00391.jpg

Jimmy
03-29-2009, 09:53 AM
I think on this thread I said I played a Moore Bettah and a Kamaka soprano briefly but my new Pete Howlett tenor was about £350 and I've been playing it all the time since I got it.

It's aweeessssome!

wickedwahine11
03-29-2009, 10:18 AM
Most expensive would be my Kanile'a K2 tenor...and now it is the only ukulele I play. I feel bad for my little soprano...

Howlin Hobbit
03-29-2009, 03:53 PM
I have no idea what it costs but a friend of mine (who doesn't do the forums thing) has a Nunes from the mid-teens. I believe it was made by Manuel's grandson... Leonardo?

Sweet little soprano. Lighter than a feather. She let me play it because I walked up to her at a Folklife festival a few years back and started yacking ukulele at her.

Turns out we had a lot of mutual friends and we wondered why we hadn't met before then.

SuperSecretBETA
03-29-2009, 04:09 PM
martin style three at .99 cents buy it now

Shoot me a PM if you're gonna do this again. :D

koalohapaul
03-29-2009, 04:19 PM
One day, MGM brought an antique Santo original to the shop and handed it to me, like nothing. When he told me how much it could sell for, I gave it right back. Do you know how many ukes I'd owe him, if I dropped it? If I remember correctly, it was valued between $15-17K.

c.b.fiddler
04-13-2009, 05:59 AM
My Martin 3K is the most expensive Uke I've played - it very well may be the only Uke I've ever played. (Some might recall that this 3K was my Great Grandfather's. It was given to me by my father for my birthday last year.)

I did have the opportunity to play on the 1690 "Leapold Auer" Stradivari. That fiddle is worth upwards of $4-5 million. It is now played by Vadim Gluzman.

100percenthapa
04-13-2009, 06:44 AM
A really old custom Kamaka tenor. It sounded AMAZING!!!!

bbycrts
04-13-2009, 06:49 AM
I did have the opportunity to play on the 1690 "Leapold Auer" Stradivari. That fiddle is worth upwards of $4-5 million. It is now played by Vadim Gluzman.

Wow. What was that like?

c.b.fiddler
04-13-2009, 07:45 AM
Wow. What was that like?

It was very nice! I wish I could have the moment back. I have to admit, it was one of those times where the excitement of handeling and playing such an instrument overwhelmed the potential lessons learned from taking one's time and experiencing what the instrument can tell you (rather than just sawing away at it feverishly - as I did :rolleyes:)

Linky Dinky Doo (http://www.vadimgluzman.com/violin.html)

Ahnko Honu
04-13-2009, 08:16 AM
Last week I was in a local shop and strummed a $1200.00 Kanile'a very gingerly then very carefully handed it back to the sales person who insisted a try it. If Kanile'a made a pineapple I'd be tempted to exchange my firstborn son for one. :cool:

Spooner
04-13-2009, 09:05 AM
I played Paris Hilton's kazoo once...but that has depreciated greatly in value. :p

I was shopping around for a mandolin and saw a nice looking one at this shop in the music district in my neck of the woods.
I played it a bit and thought it sounded pretty sweet. Not entirely sold that i would make a purchase that day and out of curiosity I looked down at the price tag.....$8000. Needless to say I am not the proud owner of that one.

I have played some pretty expensive pie-anas in my day...couldn't say what the price on them was though.

Most expensive uke that I have played is my custom Pineapple Sunday.

c.b.fiddler
04-13-2009, 11:38 AM
The strad surely takes the taco for most expensive instrument I've played, however a good second place medal goes to my college professors 1789 Lorenzo Storioni violin that I had the opportunity to play many times. It's valued at $400,000. Heck - a colleague let me play a Peccatte violin bow that was $40,000. It gets ridiculous is the realm of antique instruments. I have two bows that are considered players' bows (not collectables) that still are insured for $5000 each and my modern fiddle, $15,000.

As far as vintage Ukes go, I did alot of research when I acquired the Martin 3K. The top price for a 3K in great shape is around $5000. The 5K is the most expensive at around $15,000. There's one crazy guy on Ebay that lists a 5K for $50K, but he'll never see it.

SnakeOiler
04-13-2009, 07:59 PM
I would have to say it's my brand new MP tenor
http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=269&pictureid=1524
http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=269&pictureid=1526
It's certainly the most expensive instrument I've ever owned.

webby
06-02-2011, 06:16 AM
i held the bow to stradavarious that was worth 30k

Laouik
06-02-2011, 07:06 AM
:eek: The one I'm picking up tomorrow

Ronnie Aloha
06-02-2011, 07:25 AM
Aldrine's Kanile'a.

Manalishi
06-02-2011, 07:31 AM
I recently bought my first luthier made soprano
which is a Rob Collins,during the Snowdonia Uke
Gathering that we had here.
That was the most expensive uke I have ever
owned,for four or five hours! THEN,in the raffle
that had been organised,I won a Pete Howlett
hand made Tenor,valued at a price I could never
have afforded to buy,but was a superb,surprise
win! So,I went from owning standard 'production
line ukes' to owning two top quality instruments,
in one weekend!

70sSanO
06-02-2011, 09:16 AM
While on vacation in Colorado a couple of years ago I stopped by Tejon Street Music and got to play a couple Palm Tree ukuleles. The most expensive was around $2500.

Their ukuleles have a lot of wood inlay and they play and sound really nice.

John

CTurner
06-02-2011, 09:55 AM
My Lichty Tenor is the most expensive, and the very best, uke I've held and played. It's not true in every case—as this thread reveals—but in my case it is the best playing and looking uke I've been in contact with.

mr moonlight
06-02-2011, 11:07 AM
Original Martin 5K. 10-11K instrument.

Now in the non ukulele world I once played a 1786 cello that was wroth in the early 90's like 600K.

I've yet to play a very expensive uke, but yeah, I once played a cello like that around 15 years ago. I had a teacher with a 17 c. cello. She let me play it once and all I could play was one note before I almost pissed my pants. I handed it back and told her I wasn't worthy. Costed more than a Ferrari and worth every penny.

cocohonk
06-03-2011, 02:20 AM
Just a Kamaka Pineapple Sunday, lol. And still, I was so nervous to hold and play it for fear of damaging it. :D

Nuprin
06-03-2011, 04:38 AM
On a recent trip to Hawaii I got to play a few more expensive ukes...Kamaka, KoAloha, G-String, TD, etc. The most expensive uke I've touched/played though is my Moore Bettah. Worth every penny.

Landshark
06-03-2011, 12:27 PM
"The most expensive uke I've touched/played though is my Moore Bettah. Worth every penny. "
me, too

TCK
06-03-2011, 02:00 PM
1940's Martin 3M...the one sitting in my bedroom, but it was free to me (YES!)

pithaya9
06-03-2011, 03:33 PM
A Jukulele or maybe Papa KoAloha's first miniture ukulele. Both were awesome

Insight
06-03-2011, 04:54 PM
The most expensive I have held??? hmm was probably a toss up between the 3

First Pineapple Ukulele at the Kamaka factory
THe 1886 or so cigar box uke at same place
my custom kamaka Uke.

Got to hold a Jake S. at the kamaka factory ~5000 or so

Waiting till kamaka does full customes then I'll get a tenor made (they still busy with the Jake model) :)

rasputinsghost
06-03-2011, 05:42 PM
I played James Hill's custom G String two years ago at NY Ukefest, for a second. It was nice!
This year, I picked up a vintage Martin which was probably $3k+.

lovinforkful
06-03-2011, 06:44 PM
Woo, I have a ways to go.. while waiting for my singing lesson the shop let me play a ukulele. The price tag was about $400 and it still made me nervous.

UkeToaster
06-03-2011, 06:52 PM
strummed a C chord on Jake Shimabukuro's uke, played an original martin 5k, and held a kamaka "historic pineapple soprano" late 20s

sonicbaker
06-03-2011, 07:45 PM
I played a Graziano Led Jr (I think) at Gryphon a few months ago...somewhere in the 1900 price range. It was shortly after I got my Kamaka tenor. I decided I liked my Kamaka better, so no UAS for that moment.

gloriacollins
06-03-2011, 07:49 PM
i saw 20 THOUSAND dollar ukulele

Ken Middleton
06-03-2011, 08:42 PM
Apart from many prototypes, which in a way are priceless, the most valuable uke I have played would be this one. It is a Martin 5K in absolutely mint condition. It played and sounded like a dream. It sounded even better when James Hill played it shortly after me.



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

papplehead
06-03-2011, 10:34 PM
I was looking around Dustry strings in seattle and picked up a martin baritone. I started playing it, and was blown away by how good it sounded and felt. By far the best ukulele on the wall. I took a peek at the price tag then slowly hung it back up on the top row. actual cost: $4,995. A bit out of my league.

Hippie Dribble
06-03-2011, 11:18 PM
Apart from many prototypes, which in a way are priceless, the most valuable uke I have played would be this one. It is a Martin 5K in absolutely mint condition. It played and sounded like a dream. It sounded even better when James Hill played it shortly after me.



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

far out that's great. Thanks so much for sharing that video Ken. He is just amazing and I'd go to any lengths (well, almost!) to see him play live...oh well, maybe one day :)

Hippie Dribble
06-03-2011, 11:29 PM
the most expensive uke I have ever held is one that I own, a Collings custom concert uke. Adirondack Spruce top, mahogany back and sides. Very gorgeous, seemingly lighter than air, and just a beutifully balanced tone, crisp, bright highs and lovely warm lows. I love it very much and play it often. Can't remember how much :o ......shucks.....here's a pic or two...

2422024221

guitharsis
06-04-2011, 12:00 AM
An absolutely mint Martin 5k given to Julie by her husband John Bernunzio www.bernunzio.com. Plays and sounds wonderful and It came with a gorgeous leather case too. They got it on a trip to California for one of the shows.
Last month played a fantastic sounding Collings UC2K belonging to my instructor. She also got it on a trip. Hmm . . . On the website: Maple Leaf Music in VT

garyg
06-04-2011, 12:43 AM
Nothing personal, but carbon fiber and ukulele sounds like an oxymoron to me <g>. Some things just shouldn't be done.

Nixon
06-04-2011, 01:31 AM
Probably one of my Pete Howlett customs. Have the original firefly electric which was originally worth over a thousand pounds (got it second hand for a lot cheaper). My tenor that should be finished soon cost £900.

Might get the chance to play one of George Harrison's banjo ukes, which in my mind is priceless :)

FPK
11-07-2011, 01:44 PM
Ah, I wish I could be impressed with $15,000, but being a violinist, that doesn't even get you a top of the line modern violin. The most expenive uke I've ever touched was a Kiawaya concert (martin style 3). I als o got to play the same model in soprano, and the soprano sounded a bit better. For a school project, I tested violin tone quality (does the shape of the top affect the tone in certain ways?) and my luthier let my test a 1700's Testore valud at over $200,000. God, did it sound good.

Will

zac987
11-07-2011, 02:07 PM
1940's Martin 3M...the one sitting in my bedroom, but it was free to me (YES!)
You lucky dog...

Markr1
11-07-2011, 02:31 PM
Collins UT-3. $2800 new.

haolejohn
11-07-2011, 02:42 PM
KoAloha Jukulele-5 grandish???

MGM
11-07-2011, 04:50 PM
My Kala signed by great uke players and makers thats been all over the world...lol The Martin 5K pre world war II TENOR is probably second to that lol

mr moonlight
11-07-2011, 05:53 PM
The custom Ko'olau uke that I own would be the most pricey uke I've ever laid hands on.

We don't get a very good selection out here in South Florida or many chances to play various uke's.

Jim T.
11-07-2011, 06:20 PM
I've been lucky enough to have handled three Dias 'ukuleles. Two were non-player museum pieces, but the 1894 flame koa model one of the cousins in Hawai'i has is still playable. Restored, with modern tuners, but what a thrill to be able to play one of the originals that has been in the family for more than a century!

joejeweler
11-07-2011, 06:36 PM
That's more of a collector valuation in today's market. I would much rather spend the same money on on outstanding custom modern uke today.

I look at the vintage Martin 5K ukes and what you get,.....and for 1/4 the price what a Moore Bettah gives you, and there is no comparison. Just being realistic,.....but with the MB you get curly koa to die for, ebony bindings, abalone top purfling and rosette, and usually a tastefull original inlay or two. A modern Martin 5K is a better value over a vintage one in my view, if you have to own a Martin.

The deeper MB body has more bass and volumn also,.......and i've played a vintage Martin 5K locally when Lark Street Music was local to me. The Martin was nice,......just not in the same league.

BTW,....it's tough to even find a really expensive modern ukulele for over 5 figures. The Jake Model Kamaka Tenor might be worth that kind of money, if not today than someday.

Easy to get to $15K-$20K on guitars though. Both of my custom Brazilian/Englemen Grande Parlors by Kevin Ryan were over $17K each, and my used Thomas Humphrey "Millenium" classical was close at $16K.

....with ukuleles it's gotta be really special to be worth that kind of dough, especially when considering materials, appointments, and luthier reputation and desirability in the market.

Consider yourself lucky we don't have a vintage violin "bug", where anything under $500K is sometimes looked at as
an "entry" level instrument! :D



Original Martin 5K. 10-11K instrument.

Now in the non ukulele world I once played a 1786 cello that was wroth in the early 90's like 600K.

RyanMFT
11-07-2011, 06:55 PM
I had the honor to hold THREE Santo ukuleles in one day at a collector friend's home. I also held two Martin 5K's that day along with countless other incredible vintage ukuleles! However, to me the Santo ukuleles are the best of the best that I have held given that I am a vintage uke nut!

FPK
11-08-2011, 10:24 AM
How do those old ukes sound? Are they even still played?

fitncrafty
11-08-2011, 10:51 AM
I played kurts sceptre its sweet...and I just touched an old vintage b and d silver bell banjo uke in the music store where the boys take guitar...the neck of the thing is gorgeous...I am afraid to take it off the wall though...

wasab1mike
11-08-2011, 11:46 AM
where in San Diego is Dericks work shop? i'm looking for a good luthier to get some work done...

Jim T.
11-08-2011, 02:37 PM
How do vintage ukes sound? I'm guessing that because of their age, rarity, and price tags, many don't get played, or are even strung. The 1894 Dias sounded wonderful -- good action, a bright sound, and much louder than you'd expect. In contrast, my grandfather's c. 1925 Kumalae is pretty disappointing -- really not much of a player, even though it's in good shape.

molokinirum
11-08-2011, 04:49 PM
Derick Sebastians custom Kanile'a ukulele. Awesome uke and Derick said it was in the thousands....he would not tell me the exact amount!!

joejeweler
11-08-2011, 05:33 PM
Derick Sebastians custom Kanile'a ukulele. Awesome uke and Derick said it was in the thousands....he would not tell me the exact amount!!

Are there pics or video links to that one? I'd love to see and hear it.

garyg
11-09-2011, 02:12 AM
@Jim T, I've heard that comment more than once about second tier vintage koa ukes. Interesting that so many people have played the new Martin 5K, including myself, and felt they were not worth the price. Maybe 1/2 or 1/3 the price in comparison to other high end ukes.

ksiegel
11-09-2011, 02:52 AM
I've played several ukes in the $1000-$1500 range, including some Kamakas, KoAlohas (I bought the Sceptre), a Blackbird Graphite Composite uke, a couple of National Resonator ukes,, a couple of Compass Rose ukes. They each have something to recommend them. Some more than others, but it is totally subjective. All had wonderful sound, just some more than others.

I've had difficulty with soprano size, as my had cramps up (Mike's Uke Republic thread notwithstanding), but I had to opportunity to play a 1920's Martin soprano last February that was comfortable, had a wonderful sound, and was so easy to play. Yes, it had been worked on extensively, and wasn't original, so it didn't have the high dollar factor - but it was a wonderful instrument. The young lady (Stacey?) who owned it (it had been her grandfather's)seemed to prefer playing her Stagg uke over the Martin.

As I said, it is all subjective.



-Kurt

rossjr
11-09-2011, 07:44 AM
The most expensive one I tried was a Pineapple Sundae, I tried one first at Kula Gold on Maui two years ago and again this year but at the Koaloha factory. Sounded gorgeous and looked fantastic...

kbublaird
11-09-2011, 07:56 AM
The most expensive uke I've ever played was one of the Kanilea 50th anniversary tenors. I believe it was the second of the fifty that they made with the first being on display at the kanilea shop. All I remember was that it cost a few thousand dollars.

ksiegel
11-09-2011, 08:31 AM
The most expensive one I tried was a Pineapple Sundae, I tried one first at Kula Gold on Maui two years ago and again this year but at the Koaloha factory. Sounded gorgeous and looked fantastic...

I played a Pineapple Sunday at Ukulele Source, and fell in lust - then I played the Sceptre, and it was Love. My wife was knitting, I was playing the ukes, and we both stopped dead and said "Wow."

Love generally beats lust, and it did so that day.

(Lust is kinda cool, but Love lasts long after lust gets wrinkly and starts smelling funny...)



-Kurt

CoLmes
11-09-2011, 08:35 AM
Jake's Buffy 2

Jon Moody
11-09-2011, 02:59 PM
My most expensive was my custom Boat Paddle. I've been up to Elderly a couple of times and haven't really picked up anything past a thousand, mainly because there were a lot more options under that.

Rick Turner
11-09-2011, 03:21 PM
Late 1920s Martin 5K which a few years ago was appraised at $18,000.00. Perfect condition. Sounded pretty darned good, too. Prices may be down a bit now, but that one would still be above 15 K bucks.

Gmoney
11-09-2011, 04:24 PM
My own Pineapple Sunday is the most expensive I've played & now own. Next year, going for a Compass Rose and/or Moore Bettah.

kamaka_4_life
11-10-2011, 06:48 AM
Jake's Kamaka, which Bruce used for a performance. He stopped by Ukulele Hale one day where I take lessons, and he let me try :o one of the greatest feelings in the world.

fabioponta
11-10-2011, 07:54 AM
With the kamaka increase of prices, the most expensive uke I've played is my Kamaka HF-3.:o

Hippie Dribble
11-10-2011, 07:57 AM
Custom Collings UC-2 concert. western shaded adirondack spruce top, mahogany back and sides. cost about $1895. best sounding uke I ever played and owned. sold it to a fellow UU member who I think loves it as much as I did. (Haven't regretted selling many ukes, but I sure regret selling that one) :(

Tailgate
05-03-2013, 07:50 AM
found this old thread on a search for something else..... very interesting so I thought I'd bump it

janeray1940
05-03-2013, 08:07 AM
The Taylor uke that was sold in the set with a guitar, and a Martin 5K. Incredibly underwhelmed by the Taylor, and the 5K looked and sounded lovely but wouldn't stay in tune. Personally prefer my far less expensive DaSilva to either one.

MGM
05-03-2013, 07:58 PM
The most valuable ukes I have played are a Martin per world war 2 5k TENOR and a Martin 5k concert Valued these at about 45,000 each

bborzell
05-03-2013, 08:33 PM
The Disilva that was the raffle prize at Reno was said to be a $3,500 instrument.

coolcow
05-03-2013, 10:17 PM
The most expensive uke i played is my Devine so far.

hawaii 50
05-03-2013, 10:29 PM
The most expensive uke i played is my Devine so far.


I like how you say so far...haha
I think that is one of Eric's nicest Koa ukes..congrats

coolcow
05-03-2013, 10:38 PM
I like how you say so far...haha
I think that is one of Eric's nicest Koa ukes..congrats

hehe you know why "so far"
I really like Eric's new singature purfling, it makes the uke looks so classy. :)

hawaii 50
05-03-2013, 10:57 PM
hehe you know why "so far"
I really like Eric's new singature purfling, it makes the uke looks so classy. :)


just because you like it,,i am putting it on my Devine..i want to copy you..hehe

Kanaka916
05-04-2013, 03:34 AM
I remembah dis thread, wondah what some of the (older) posters are doing these days. . .

Dan Uke
05-04-2013, 03:37 AM
hehe you know why "so far"
I really like Eric's new singature purfling, it makes the uke looks so classy. :)


just because you like it,,i am putting it on my Devine..i want to copy you..hehe

You guys should get the same specs and see which one sounds better!!

hawaii 50
05-04-2013, 05:19 PM
You guys should get the same specs and see which one sounds better!!


Coolcow's Devine is Dark Koa mine going to be Blonde so I think the sound going be a little different..not into comparing sound..just want a Ukulele I can enjoy for myself..don't really care what others think...Haha

I did play/touch a $15,000.00 Martin 5K..It was nice!

Gadzukes!
05-11-2013, 01:28 AM
I got to play Chuck Moore's personal uke—the first one he ever made with a side port (I believe the first *uke* with a side port!). It sounded as good as it looked.

52930

Chuck is a great guy, and I'll be privileged to own one of his works some day.