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Cornfield
01-17-2014, 10:29 AM
"In 2008, Aaron Keim started his luthiery career when he combined vintage style and modern features to create The Beansprout Banjo ukulele". Aaron now builds them as Mya Moe branded banjos.

Up for sale is B22. I bought it used so I don't know the complete specs on this instrument. It is sized too small for my big old fingers. My ears like it but the digits don't.

It comes with a form fitting and very protective hard case, as shown. It also comes with a strap. I don't know the woods used . The metal appears to be nickel plated.
A new one by Mya-Moe is $1350- $1550.

Price $800 including shipping to lower 48 states. If you are out of the this area, contact me and we will figure out shipping.

Cornfield
01-17-2014, 10:32 AM
It appears to have Gotoh tuners that I think were installed after it was built. Whatever they are, they work really nicely.

Cornfield
01-17-2014, 10:35 AM
The serial number "B22" is stamped in the rim, so I assume this is the 22nd Beansprout built. Aaron Keim may be able to shed more light on this particular instrument.

PhilUSAFRet
01-17-2014, 01:51 PM
Great price on a Beansprout. These things built like a bank vault. Tone and projection off the hook for their size. Good luck, not surprised if it sells rather quickly.

igorthebarbarian
01-17-2014, 07:04 PM
Too rich for my blood. But that's a beaut. I love the red wood. Very unique and cool looking! Good price

consitter
01-17-2014, 07:16 PM
Holy cow, I wish I had the money for this. Like you said, this is before he joined Mya Moe. I guarantee there's not many of these out there. Not sure how many he made before they joined forces, but this apparently was only the 22nd one. Nice!

consitter
01-17-2014, 07:22 PM
Mr. Sargent, is there any way that you could take a pic with it side-by-side with something else to give an idea of scale? I don't know what kind of ukes you own, but if you have a concert or tenor, it could give us an inkling of it's true size.

Thanks.

Cornfield
01-18-2014, 02:14 AM
Yes, I will do that. I'll also measure the length etc. Can't do it this AM but I promise to do this. And yes, this is a very nice instrument in look, feel and sound.

Cornfield
01-18-2014, 03:09 AM
Overall length of the Beansprout is 22.5.
Nut to bridge is 14.5

In this photo, it is posed next to a Kamaka Tenor

Cornfield
01-20-2014, 04:20 AM
A little bumpity bump to page 1

aaronckeim
01-20-2014, 05:56 PM
Hey folks- just to shed a little light. Yes, this is #22, probably made in 2008. All maple, concert scale with bright red stain. The gotoh tuners and case are original. I also think that bridge and skin head are original as well. I made #100 of these before Mya-moe. If I could buy this one back at this price I would. I think original price would have been $950. Go for it.

aaronckeim
01-20-2014, 05:57 PM
Now that I think of it, I don't think that bridge is original. Someone else may have done some setup work on it since then.

Cornfield
01-21-2014, 04:58 AM
Thanks for the details Aaron. The bridge has a mark that appears to be a letter F surrounded by dots. There are pencil marks on the head indicating proper bridge position. When I put the bridge there, intonation is spot on.
I didn't know that the Gotoh geared tuners were available in 2008. They work very nicely.

Someone wanted a sound sample so I recorded this:

http://youtu.be/S_VEYV5F_NA

Cornfield
01-27-2014, 03:55 AM
Last bump before it goes to EBay

Cornfield
01-27-2014, 10:53 AM
It is listed on EBay with in a no reserve auction. This thread is closed.