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MatthewVanitas
01-20-2014, 06:32 AM
CURRENTLY LOOKING TO DONATE IT TO A MUSIC-RELATED NON-PROFIT WHERE IT MIGHT FIND SOME OCCASIONAL USE AS A NOVELTY/EXPERIMENTAL PIECE.

Back in 20009 on a whim I emailed Waverly Street ukuleles to look into getting a diatonically-fretted ukulele, what is known as a kabosy in Madagascar. He made me a nice custom one with Gotoh tuners, based on plans from the Guild of American Luthiers.


This kabosy is tuned to an open-C chord, 17" (tenor-length) neck, and the partial frets are specifically made so that only notes in the C-scale can be fretted. One really cool aspect of this is that if you barre-chord across it, you'll automatically get chords relative to C, like if you bar at the A portion the chord will automatically be Am instead of Amaj. So it's like a uke that always plays in key.

It's a really neat oddity, and well-made, but I may be moving overseas soon and I'm trimming down to the bare musical essentials. It's in good condition except for a small split in the soundboard grain due to the soundhole having a point into the grain. It stops at the soundhole and has been stable for years, but I'm knocking the price way down for this cosmetic defect.

Video demonstration: http://youtu.be/tXrpxjtHD-4




If you've been looking for a uke that nobody else on your block has, this is your chance! Asking $175 NOW $99 (I paid over $400, but I realize for something this odd I won't make that back), plus shipping to you in the US or Canada.

http://i39.tinypic.com/2llzpdt.jpg

http://i41.tinypic.com/2rpwrpl.jpg

http://i44.tinypic.com/91i2ac.jpg

http://i40.tinypic.com/33er60i.jpg

Student-of-Life
01-20-2014, 04:26 PM
Interesting, any sound samples ?
What is the scale length? Tenor or concert ?

provines
01-20-2014, 04:52 PM
I found this on youtube, I think it is very similar.



http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=4M_I3sxGWa0

PhilUSAFRet
01-21-2014, 02:00 AM
In Pittsburgh, where I'm originally from, we pronounce Kielbasa - kabosy (pronounced kabossy) LOL

MatthewVanitas
01-26-2014, 09:35 AM
Interesting, any sound samples ?
What is the scale length? Tenor or concert ?


I've made a quick YouTube video demonstrating it:

http://youtu.be/tXrpxjtHD-4

Scale length is 17", so Tenor equivalent.

MatthewVanitas
03-07-2014, 06:46 AM
Price reduced to $99. Also note I've included a video demonstration!

Uke-Conn
03-07-2014, 07:41 AM
In Pittsburgh, where I'm originally from, we pronounce Kielbasa - kabosy (pronounced kabossy) LOL

Same in The Valley (Ansonia/Derby/Seymour, etc.) in CT, where my Ukrainian grandmother's family landed. Kabossy and taters, kabossy and kraut - good stuff!

Uke-Conn
03-07-2014, 07:52 AM
http://i44.tinypic.com/91i2ac.jpg

Never seen anything like that before!


I found this on youtube, I think it is very similar.



http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=4M_I3sxGWa0

That has a really cool sound. I like it!

derekparker
05-17-2014, 06:28 AM
Is it still for sale? I should like to get it

derekparker
06-10-2014, 04:31 PM
Hi - if it still for sale I would really like to get it

thanks


CURRENTLY LOOKING TO DONATE IT TO A MUSIC-RELATED NON-PROFIT WHERE IT MIGHT FIND SOME OCCASIONAL USE AS A NOVELTY/EXPERIMENTAL PIECE.

Back in 20009 on a whim I emailed Waverly Street ukuleles to look into getting a diatonically-fretted ukulele, what is known as a kabosy in Madagascar. He made me a nice custom one with Gotoh tuners, based on plans from the Guild of American Luthiers.


This kabosy is tuned to an open-C chord, 17" (tenor-length) neck, and the partial frets are specifically made so that only notes in the C-scale can be fretted. One really cool aspect of this is that if you barre-chord across it, you'll automatically get chords relative to C, like if you bar at the A portion the chord will automatically be Am instead of Amaj. So it's like a uke that always plays in key.

It's a really neat oddity, and well-made, but I may be moving overseas soon and I'm trimming down to the bare musical essentials. It's in good condition except for a small split in the soundboard grain due to the soundhole having a point into the grain. It stops at the soundhole and has been stable for years, but I'm knocking the price way down for this cosmetic defect.

Video demonstration: http://youtu.be/tXrpxjtHD-4




If you've been looking for a uke that nobody else on your block has, this is your chance! Asking $175 NOW $99 (I paid over $400, but I realize for something this odd I won't make that back), plus shipping to you in the US or Canada.

http://i39.tinypic.com/2llzpdt.jpg

http://i41.tinypic.com/2rpwrpl.jpg

http://i44.tinypic.com/91i2ac.jpg

http://i40.tinypic.com/33er60i.jpg