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Skinny Money McGee
11-07-2013, 08:21 AM
Looks like Blackbird Guitars is coming out with a new Concert Uke made of "E-Koa", whatever that is. Here's the announcement I just received via email...

Would be nice if a UU member could attend this.. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, take some pictures, play it, and report back.

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blowery
11-07-2013, 09:32 AM
That looks very interesting!

Pueo
11-07-2013, 10:54 AM
I received the same email. I am very curious myself.

Slipperystar
11-07-2013, 12:32 PM
How many of you out there have the blackbird tenor? I've had mine for nearly two years now and love it so much.

kvehe
11-07-2013, 01:10 PM
I have a Blackbird tenor, which I love. I'm very interested in the new Clara and eagerly await some reports.

Skinny Money McGee
11-07-2013, 01:21 PM
I have the tenor, interested in this concert size as well. I know there are several UU'rs in that area that could RSVP and attend. I'm sure Joe would be very pleased if someone showed up, posted some pictures, and wrote a review/preview here. It would be interesting to watch them build one too.

Ukulele Eddie
11-07-2013, 01:36 PM
While I'm in SoCal, I have a potential trip up there and will coordinate around that time if possible. I'd love to attend and would certainly post pics and thoughts.

jluttwak
11-08-2013, 07:58 AM
We've had this baby in the oven for several years. Excited to finally deliver! Hope to see some of you at the launch.

RSVP on our Facebook Event Page
http://tinyurl.com/claraparty

Follow us on Facebook for updates
https://www.facebook.com/blackbirdguitars

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Skinny Money McGee
11-08-2013, 02:49 PM
We've had this baby in the oven for several years. Excited to finally deliver! Hope to see some of you at the launch.

RSVP on our Facebook Event Page
http://tinyurl.com/claraparty

Follow us on Facebook for updates
https://www.facebook.com/blackbirdguitars

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And there ya go, Personally invited by the Man himself !! Can't wait to see one Joe. Good luck and have fun with the launch !!

iDavid
11-08-2013, 04:05 PM
It is small so everyone will have room for one... oh wait, this is true for most ukes.

I am digging out the humidifiers this weekend and wish I have gotten a Blackbird tenor. Now I have two Blackbirds on the short list.

TJ Uke
11-08-2013, 04:29 PM
We've had this baby in the oven for several years. Excited to finally deliver! Hope to see some of you at the launch.

RSVP on our Facebook Event Page
http://tinyurl.com/claraparty

Follow us on Facebook for updates
https://www.facebook.com/blackbirdguitars

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In all seriousness... When I saw that e-mail...


I peed a brick.

iDavid
11-08-2013, 05:13 PM
In all seriousness... When I saw that e-mail...


I peed a brick.

It is a great time to be a uke player, but it can be painful... lol

jluttwak
11-11-2013, 07:43 AM
Its great to have another baby coming- luckily she sings and doesn't cry- I don't think I could handle that again!
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King David
11-11-2013, 08:32 AM
Its great to have another baby coming- luckily she sings and doesn't cry- I don't think I could handle that again!
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Looks great Joe! Any hint at what the odds are in the future of stretching that baby's neck out a couple more inches for us long-finger scale'ers?

KentSantaBarbara
11-11-2013, 08:50 AM
I am very interested in Clara. I've played the tenor size and thought it had a great sound, especially with the strings that were spec'd on it. Thanks for the teaser image Joe. Keep those coming.

jluttwak
11-11-2013, 03:20 PM
Looks great Joe! Any hint at what the odds are in the future of stretching that baby's neck out a couple more inches for us long-finger scale'ers?
We'll see, but next up will likely be a guitar made of Ekoa. As an aside, to achieve vintage tone wood sound quality, we had to create our own composite material- hence the new material name- Ekoa

Ukulele Eddie
11-15-2013, 07:12 AM
I will be attending the event and am excited to check it out. Will plan to post pics and thoughts on "the new addition". Anyone else going to be there?

good_uke_boy
11-19-2013, 07:04 AM
http://www.blackbirdguitar.com/images/press/blackbird.clara.concert.3.4.web.jpg

Sporin
11-19-2013, 07:25 AM
I like!


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TYplJobNXsM

good_uke_boy
11-19-2013, 07:29 AM
I like!


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TYplJobNXsM

Price seems to be $1,150.
http://www.blackbirdguitar.com/sales.html

blowery
11-19-2013, 10:10 AM
Really nice. I like that that.

cigarfan
11-20-2013, 02:18 AM
I have some really nice ukes and it naturally causes some angst when choosing what to take camping or to the beach, etc. This new Clara looks perfect for such activities. Hmmmm ... :drool: :shaka:

Skinny Money McGee
11-20-2013, 05:02 AM
I have some really nice ukes and it naturally causes some angst when choosing what to take camping or to the beach, etc. This new Clara looks perfect for such activities. Hmmmm ... :drool: :shaka:

I wouldn't take that new Kinnard camping unless you camp in a motorhome.. lol..

Ukulele Eddie
11-20-2013, 06:15 AM
I attended Clara's launch party last night. It was a nice event put on by Joe and his team at Blackbird Guitars. It was very noisy so not a prime time to really demo the unit. But from what I could tell, it has some of the same great characteristics as the tenor model from traditional carbon fiber; very clear tone and nice volume. I'll post some pics and video later today.

cigarfan
11-20-2013, 09:26 AM
I wouldn't take that new Kinnard camping unless you camp in a motorhome.. lol..

I'm gonna agree with you there! My Kinnard is an indoors kinda gal.

Ukulele Eddie
12-02-2013, 03:45 PM
I'll post some pics and video later today.

My apologies, but I finally got around to the video. I had to learn how to use the video software and I'm still not very good at it, but nevertheless here is about six minutes from the launch. I apologize but I do not know the performers' names. There with others I did not get video of. Here is a link to the video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y6hujjrCsNk

Enjoy, Eddie

mds725
12-02-2013, 04:05 PM
My apologies, but I finally got around to the video. I had to learn how to use the video software and I'm still not very good at it, but nevertheless here is about six minutes from the launch. I apologize but I do not know the performers' names. There with others I did not get video of. Here is a link to the video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y6hujjrCsNk

Enjoy, Eddie

According to YouTube, the video is private. There's a setting you can use, "unlisted," that will keep videos from being public but permit people with the YouTube url for the video to see it.

Ukulele Eddie
12-02-2013, 05:04 PM
There's a setting you can use, "unlisted," that will keep videos from being public but permit people with the YouTube url for the video to see it.

Thanks, I did not know that. I've made that change so hopefully it works.

mds725
12-02-2013, 06:36 PM
Thanks, I did not know that. I've made that change so hopefully it works.

Yes, the video is available now. Very cool! Thanks!

teruterubouzu
12-03-2013, 01:51 AM
Thanks for sharing the video. It was great hearing it played by different styles of players.

cigarfan
12-03-2013, 03:50 AM
Well, Joe tells me my Clara should be ready in a week or two. Maybe before Christmas. Yee Ha!

Ukulele Eddie
12-03-2013, 04:52 AM
Well, Joe tells me my Clara should be ready in a week or two. Maybe before Christmas. Yee Ha!

Nice! Look forward to hearing your thoughts.