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dkcrown
04-13-2014, 04:56 AM
Sold

This winter I had been selling off some of my ukes to help pay for my son's college costs. I have sold some beautiful high end ukes, but had issues with finish cracks that developed from shipping during the winter on a wonderful William King long scale tenor. As a result, I vowed to wait until Spring to sell off some more to raise some more cash.

None of these are easy to part with as the ukes that I have in my stable are all in a word, amazing. But here goes.

I had John build me this uke last August. I am not going to get all mushy about it and just list it's specs along with the pics. His series three ukes now start at $2250.00. This one has a European spruce top which I paid a $100.00 upgrade for. It is in mint condition, not a mark on it. The tweed case it came with is new as well as this uke was living in an Ameritage case since I got it. It is currently strung re-entrant with Savarez Alliance strings. The sound sample is from Kevin with low G Southcoasts on it which he sent me when I got the uke.

https://soundcloud.com/dkcrown/kinnard-eir-sound-sample

$1675.00 includes shipping to the continental US

Price drop. $1550.00 shipped conus

Another drop $1475.00 shipped conus




East Indian Rosewood back and sides
European Spruce top
Rosewood bound radiused fingerboard
Mahogany neck with double carbon fiber reinforcement rods
Rosewood bridge and head plate
Series three rosewood binding with side maple line purfling
Maple, black, maple black top purfling
Black, maple, black rosette
Rosewood end graft
MOP Head plate inlay and fingerboard markers
Peghead tuners


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dkcrown
04-13-2014, 05:00 AM
More pics

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dkcrown
04-13-2014, 05:02 AM
And some more pics

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Dulcilo
04-13-2014, 05:12 AM
Beautiful! Wish I had not just gone on a buying spree and acquired two new tenors already this month. I now needled stands and noticed the nice one you are using for these photos. Can you tell me the source?

sam13
04-13-2014, 05:48 AM
Beautiful Uke and sound ... there will be a lucky buyer ... for sure.

dkcrown
04-13-2014, 07:40 AM
Beautiful! Wish I had not just gone on a buying spree and acquired two new tenors already this month. I now needled stands and noticed the nice one you are using for these photos. Can you tell me the source?

Yes Dulcio, I am the source. I made a few of these for my own personal use. I am a cabinet/furniture maker by trade. Sorry, none for sale though :(

dkcrown
04-15-2014, 07:27 AM
Tuesday bump.

Dulcilo
04-15-2014, 07:36 AM
It is a beautiful ukulele to behold and the sound is amazing. Too bad my stable is full. (If you ever decide to make those stands for sale, let me know.)

strumsilly
04-15-2014, 09:11 AM
wow, what a beauty. what is the neck width, looks like 1.5 inches at nut?

Tigeralum2001
04-15-2014, 10:12 AM
The Kinnard ukes are built flawlessly. People rave about Collings, but the fit & finish of these ukes are truly flawless. You won't be disappointed in the craftsmanship.

Also, I will put a plug in for Dana (dkcrown). I have had a high-end transaction with him and it couldn't have been a smoother process. You won't regret buying from him.

dkcrown
04-15-2014, 10:44 AM
wow, what a beauty. what is the neck width, looks like 1.5 inches at nut?

1 3/8" at the nut, Strum. :)

dkcrown
04-17-2014, 02:53 AM
Price drop. $1550.00 shipped CONUS. A great deal and a wonderful way to spend that tax refund!:)

coolkayaker1
04-17-2014, 05:49 AM
That's so pretty, Dana. I play on sops and concerts now, but that tenor is so lovely. At over 7 Benjamins less than a new one, some tenor player will love that instrument. Love!

Great job on the uke stands.

Markr1
04-17-2014, 01:48 PM
That's one beautiful uke Dana! If I were still buying ukes I'd be all over this one. I only bought 4 or 5 ukes from you in the past couple of years and was impressed by all of them.

dkcrown
04-18-2014, 02:35 AM
Thanks Steve and Mark.

dkcrown
04-21-2014, 02:29 AM
Post Easter bump

dkcrown
04-25-2014, 02:10 AM
OK, those tax return checks surely have arrived by now.

Another drop. An absolute steal at $1475.00 shipped conus.

AndrewKuker
04-26-2014, 03:44 AM
Hey Dana,
That would be fun to put in the store. Tried to get a few times from them but they were not ready for it. MGM was raving about them to me and ever since I wanted to try. If still available I'll buy it. Even if we sell for less I want to get one and sample...lemme know. thx

dkcrown
04-26-2014, 01:57 PM
This uke has been sold.

Ukulele Eddie
04-26-2014, 03:11 PM
Thank goodness. It was becoming far too tempting.

Andrew, I'd really be curious to hear your thoughts given how many different ukes you've sampled. I was blown away by the Kinnards I got to check out.

AndrewKuker
04-30-2014, 01:54 PM
Came today. First of all let me mention that Dana is one of the best in our community, in all kinds of ways. But regardless I did not expect to like the uke this much. First impressions...This is what I'm talking' about!
Along with Collings this is the only mainland builder I can't secretly grumble about. This is clean and light and resonant, warm in tone, not the biggest but balanced and musical. Slight radius and great feel, proper luthier techniques and executed with excellence. Only thing I could conjure to even opinionate would be the slightly lighter color of pore filler from the wood color. Which actually Collings does too and it doesn't really bother me, it's just that I am a finisher at heart. I would always do a darker filler but actually Chuck's super glue filler is how to never sink. If I went back to it that's what I would do. My MB still is as glassy flat as day 1. Chuck is always glad to share if anyone cares.
I digress, Kinnard does a lot here I totally love. Perfect miter joints, light weight, classic build with excellent tone, and really sharp design. The rosewood binding on rosewood with the double purling. Yes!
I could ramble on but maybe I'll do a blog post. I am so busy I might just put it in the store and not even do a sound sample. Waiting and hoping we can be the store to represent this fantastic custom shop. Our worldwide customer base would learn and love. Guaranteed!http://theukulelereview.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Kinnard-6.jpghttp://theukulelereview.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Kinnard.jpghttp://theukulelereview.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Kinnard-2.jpg

bigphil
04-30-2014, 03:10 PM
Everyone who has one seems to share your opinion Andrew. I'm glad to hear you confirm what I've been hearing from others.

Stevelele
05-01-2014, 04:02 AM
I totally agree. Kinnard may not be the fanciest builder, but it's all about excellence in execution. For a along while I had resisted buying a kinnard--didn't want to be one just to follow trends and I had become a bit fatigued of so many new custom builders who are supposedly the new best uke builder. But his ukes are just so masterfully precise, that even my tendency towards crazy and fancy stuff didn't bubble up and I'm just completely happy as we all are with Kinnard ukes. Don't be fooled by how basic and plain his standard uke is... as far as sound and playability go, it really doesn't get better, no matter how much you pay. Yes, you can get a fancier uke, but you won't get one that really sounds or plays better



Came today. First of all let me mention that Dana is one of the best in our community, in all kinds of ways. But regardless I did not expect to like the uke this much. First impressions...This is what I'm talking' about!
Along with Collings this is the only mainland builder I can't secretly grumble about. This is clean and light and resonant, warm in tone, not the biggest but balanced and musical. Slight radius and great feel, proper luthier techniques and executed with excellence. Only thing I could conjure to even opinionate would be the slightly lighter color of pore filler from the wood color. Which actually Collings does too and it doesn't really bother me, it's just that I am a finisher at heart. I would always do a darker filler but actually Chuck's super glue filler is how to never sink. If I went back to it that's what I would do. My MB still is as glassy flat as day 1. Chuck is always glad to share if anyone cares.
I digress, Kinnard does a lot here I totally love. Perfect miter joints, light weight, classic build with excellent tone, and really sharp design. The rosewood binding on rosewood with the double purling. Yes!
I could ramble on but maybe I'll do a blog post. I am so busy I might just put it in the store and not even do a sound sample. Waiting and hoping we can be the store to represent this fantastic custom shop. Our worldwide customer base would learn and love. Guaranteed!http://theukulelereview.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Kinnard-6.jpghttp://theukulelereview.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Kinnard.jpghttp://theukulelereview.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Kinnard-2.jpg

hawaii 50
05-01-2014, 06:53 AM
I totally agree. Kinnard may not be the fanciest builder, but it's all about excellence in execution. For a along while I had resisted buying a kinnard--didn't want to be one just to follow trends and I had become a bit fatigued of so many new custom builders who are supposedly the new best uke builder. But his ukes are just so masterfully precise, that even my tendency towards crazy and fancy stuff didn't bubble up and I'm just completely happy as we all are with Kinnard ukes. Don't be fooled by how basic and plain his standard uke is... as far as sound and playability go, it really doesn't get better, no matter how much you pay. Yes, you can get a fancier uke, but you won't get one that really sounds or plays better


Hey Steve I kind of agree with what you say...
there is a classic example of what you are saying above...there are 3 Takumi Ukuleles at HMS now...Takumi(Seattle Wash.) is the distributor for Kiwaya and Fremont(strings) accessories in the US....

these uke are built by Kawakami but designed by Takumi with a modern design and UPTL tuners....I think they are some of the best Concerts tone wise around...but since no one heard of Takumi...people will not take a chance....

bottom line...some ukes you want to play them to find out how they sound...not hear from others.... :)
looking forward to playing the Kinnard so I can find out for myself...

Ukulele Eddie
05-01-2014, 07:34 AM
Thanks for sharing, Andrew. It's great to hear your affirmation given your vast experience.


Came today. First of all let me mention that Dana is one of the best in our community, in all kinds of ways. But regardless I did not expect to like the uke this much. First impressions...This is what I'm talking' about!
Along with Collings this is the only mainland builder I can't secretly grumble about. Q Perfect miter joints, light weight, classic build with excellent tone, and really sharp design. The rosewood binding on rosewood with the double purling. Yes!

...
I could ramble on but maybe I'll do a blog post. I am so busy I might just put it in the store and not even do a sound sample. Waiting and hoping we can be the store to represent this fantastic custom shop. Our worldwide customer base would learn and love. Guaranteed!http://theukulelereview.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Kinnard-6.jpghttp://theukulelereview.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Kinnard.jpghttp://theukulelereview.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Kinnard-2.jpg

Stevelele
05-01-2014, 08:18 AM
not to take this thread in a different direction, but did Kawakami actually build the Takumi ukes that HMS has himself? I had heard about him--he's an interesting guy and I saw that HMS had a 5 string uke he made recently.


Hey Steve I kind of agree with what you say...
there is a classic example of what you are saying above...there are 3 Takumi Ukuleles at HMS now...Takumi(Seattle Wash.) is the distributor for Kiwaya and Fremont(strings) accessories in the US....

these uke are built by Kawakami but designed by Takumi with a modern design and UPTL tuners....I think they are some of the best Concerts tone wise around...but since no one heard of Takumi...people will not take a chance....

bottom line...some ukes you want to play them to find out how they sound...not hear from others.... :)
looking forward to playing the Kinnard so I can find out for myself...

hawaii 50
05-01-2014, 01:46 PM
not to take this thread in a different direction, but did Kawakami actually build the Takumi ukes that HMS has himself? I had heard about him--he's an interesting guy and I saw that HMS had a 5 string uke he made recently.

Y. Kawakami is a one man shop in Vancouver...so he must of built them....
the Kawakami's have a long wait list...

i get to see the Kinnards soon