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Steve97365
02-21-2014, 01:46 PM
First, I want thank those of you who replied to my post about what to buy. I'm sure many are tired of that ilk.
Someone steered me from Mainland, Islander, and Big Island to Pono and Andrew at HMS.

Thank You, Thank you, Thank You!!

I called with a lot of questions and we emailed back and forth until Andrew was fairly certain what I was looking for. I gave him my budget restrictions and short list of have to haves, and based on the overwhelming positive reviews of HMS and of personal dealings with Andrew, I gave him Carte Blanche.

When I return home from the Big Island in a little over a week, I will be greeted by a Pono ATSH Pro Classic that was a store demo at a pretty good discount. I'm thrilled, and Andrew assured me that I would be very happy with it.

Thanks again for the help in finding HMS and Andrew!

PhilUSAFRet
02-21-2014, 01:50 PM
Whoah, sounds like you got a good deal. I'll bet too that you'll be happy with it. Now, the search for the perfect strings begins.

Steve97365
02-21-2014, 02:07 PM
I have to admit that I had to stretch my budget a bit, but I received a much better uke with a gloss finish, radiused fretboard and slothead, and much nicer bling so the price was easily justified IMHO.

Steveperrywriter
02-21-2014, 02:35 PM
I don't think UAS is curable; it can be treated, staved off for a time, but it's only in remission ...

Steve

Steve97365
02-21-2014, 02:48 PM
But I told darling wife that this would be the last uke purchase. I didn't "pinky swear" though.

OldePhart
02-21-2014, 03:46 PM
But I told darling wife that this would be the last uke purchase. I didn't "pinky swear" though.

The last uke purchase this year, maybe... LOL

Seriously, though. Congratulations - the Ponos are very good and if you buy another uke it won't be because your first was inadequate but because you've discovered that, to paraphrase the old Lay's commercials, you can't eat just one...

John

Ukejenny
02-21-2014, 03:50 PM
I love demos/floor models/seconds. Such great deals to be had. Can't wait to see it!

stevepetergal
02-21-2014, 04:33 PM
Yes, you'll be very happy with your new Pono. Cograts.

JamieWG
02-21-2014, 04:56 PM
But I told darling wife that this would be the last uke purchase. I didn't "pinky swear" though.

Hahahahahahahaha! Smart! I mean, I love my Pono, but life is too short to not give into a little UAS every now and then. ;)

AndrewKuker
02-21-2014, 05:50 PM
Thanks again for the help in finding HMS and Andrew!

Wow, thanks Steve. Didn't know you were over here. Hipsters hangout. Your uke was actually in my office since this video -
http://vimeo.com/70395738
http://vimeo.com/70395738

Now, the search for the perfect strings begins.
Southcoast hml-rw. Have you guys tried? So good!

Dan Uke
02-21-2014, 05:52 PM
wow..that sounds so sweet. You got a good one.

Good to see you around Andrew!!

consitter
02-21-2014, 06:23 PM
I don't think UAS is curable; it can be treated, staved off for a time, but it's only in remission ...

Steve

Very true. Even when you don't have the money to buy one with, it will still gnaw at you.

Congrats on the new uke!

Steve97365
02-22-2014, 05:09 AM
Thanks for the replies. I hadn't even thought about string questing, but at least that kind of questing is more affordable than a new uke purchase. I'll look into the Southcoast strings, Andrew...thanks again.

Kanaka916
02-22-2014, 05:29 AM
+1 for Southcoast . . . String Guide (http://www.southcoastukes.com/stringuide.htm) and if you have questions, contact Dirk at sales@southcoastukes.com

vanflynn
02-22-2014, 05:52 AM
Congrats on finding a nice Pono. HMS is awesome. Pics will be required once you get together.

Hopefully this purchase will make your stay on the Big Island more bearable :)

Kamanaaloha
02-25-2014, 01:59 PM
Living Water ukulele strings...or Worth Strings...imho...have yet to hear the ones Andrew recommended...but he would know!

blue_knight_usa
02-25-2014, 02:43 PM
But I told darling wife that this would be the last uke purchase. I didn't "pinky swear" though.

When you go for another, just told her it was your last uke purchase BEFORE you purchased another one. Simple.
I always told my wife I needed just one more, and so I set myself up for success as each uke is just "ONE MORE" ;-)