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Vagrant
06-20-2014, 02:10 AM
Well, me cup runneth over - not a week since I got my Bruko longneck soprano, my wife surprised me this morning with a Pono concert for our wedding anniversary!

In the note she said: "I know it was the one you've really wanted, but that you thought was too expensive... but you'll only end up spending the next year buying slightly cheaper ukuleles that won't be the one you want until you buckle and buy it anyway"

I think she might know me too well! Anyway, I'm so overwhelmed... it really is a cracking uke, as beautifully made as I hoped it would be, with a really lovely sound. It's so different to my Bruko (quieter, but with loads of tone... and quieter isn't so bad in a small home with two young kids when most of my practice is at night!).

There was also a really nice pod case, a set of Worth brown strings and a set Living Water strings (which I think I'm going to fit today).

It does mean I'm probably going to sell my longneck Bruko though, but with it's bone nut and saddle and lowered action I don't think I'll have trouble selling it on to someone who'll love it.

Right, I'm off to to play play play. My Pono rules, but my wife rules more!

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kvehe
06-20-2014, 03:05 AM
Congratulations on your wedding anniversary and on your new Pono!

The Bruko is lovely, though, and they do look like a very nice couple..........

PhilUSAFRet
06-20-2014, 03:20 AM
Congrats.........I have one of those too. You should love those Living Waters strings on it. Those Worth Browns are pretty mellow and probably don't let that little concert "be all it can be." If you like the mellow mahogany sound, you can always go back to them. I prefer a slightly brighter string however and have Ko'olau Alohi's on mine. I doubt they differ much from the LW. I am thinking of trying some Fremont Blacks eventually. I know you will love your Pono. About as good as they get in that price range. It's my primary uke, at least until I get my Kanilea or an equivalent one. Good luck.

Ukulele Eddie
06-20-2014, 03:38 AM
Sounds like you picked well on the Mrs. front. Hope you got her something special, too.

Enjoy your new uke!

Edgeguy
06-20-2014, 03:44 AM
Love these stories - Congratulations!

Vagrant
06-20-2014, 04:16 AM
Thank you! I'm definitely going to try the Living Waters first, I've read good things on here about them.

I feel very lucky today!

vanflynn
06-20-2014, 04:17 AM
Congrats. Sounds like you married a keeper there!

Enjoy

hent
06-20-2014, 04:27 AM
Congrats on the new uke and anniversary. I have the exact one and it's strung with Freemonts and just love it.

Mattyukaholic
06-20-2014, 04:30 AM
Congratulations. That's a lovely story. I got a Pono AS recently and love it. I can't believe how deep the tone is for a soprano. I've got Martin M600s on mine.

iamesperambient
06-20-2014, 04:33 AM
Well, me cup runneth over - not a week since I got my Bruko longneck soprano, my wife surprised me this morning with a Pono concert for our wedding anniversary!

In the note she said: "I know it was the one you've really wanted, but that you thought was too expensive... but you'll only end up spending the next year buying slightly cheaper ukuleles that won't be the one you want until you buckle and buy it anyway"

I think she might know me too well! Anyway, I'm so overwhelmed... it really is a cracking uke, as beautifully made as I hoped it would be, with a really lovely sound. It's so different to my Bruko (quieter, but with loads of tone... and quieter isn't so bad in a small home with two young kids when most of my practice is at night!).

There was also a really nice pod case, a set of Worth brown strings and a set Living Water strings (which I think I'm going to fit today).

It does mean I'm probably going to sell my longneck Bruko though, but with it's bone nut and saddle and lowered action I don't think I'll have trouble selling it on to someone who'll love it.

Right, I'm off to to play play play. My Pono rules, but my wife rules more!

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awesome ! really nice!

caukulele
06-20-2014, 05:05 AM
Congratulations. Seems like you are a lucky man!

BigD
06-20-2014, 05:17 AM
Congrats!! Ive been infatuated with the baritone model of this!!

pixiepurls
06-20-2014, 05:48 AM
Well, me cup runneth over - not a week since I got my Bruko longneck soprano, my wife surprised me this morning with a Pono concert for our wedding anniversary!

In the note she said: "I know it was the one you've really wanted, but that you thought was too expensive... but you'll only end up spending the next year buying slightly cheaper ukuleles that won't be the one you want until you buckle and buy it anyway"

I think she might know me too well! Anyway, I'm so overwhelmed... it really is a cracking uke, as beautifully made as I hoped it would be, with a really lovely sound. It's so different to my Bruko (quieter, but with loads of tone... and quieter isn't so bad in a small home with two young kids when most of my practice is at night!).

There was also a really nice pod case, a set of Worth brown strings and a set Living Water strings (which I think I'm going to fit today).

It does mean I'm probably going to sell my longneck Bruko though, but with it's bone nut and saddle and lowered action I don't think I'll have trouble selling it on to someone who'll love it.

Right, I'm off to to play play play. My Pono rules, but my wife rules more!

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You have one amazing wife!!!! Thats one sweet ukelele!!! Make a video playing it please! :D

Ukejenny
06-20-2014, 06:43 AM
That is wonderful! Congratulations on the anniversary and the new instrument! I think you need to keep both ukuleles!

Vagrant
06-20-2014, 06:53 AM
Make a video playing it please! :D

Ha ha, not yet! I'm nowhere near good enough... when I'm brave enough I'll inflict myself on you all!


I think you need to keep both ukuleles!

I'm tempted to, but I also have a Bruko flat soprano which I'm smitten with... having a soprano, a concert AND the inbetweeny longneck seems a bit... decadent? Also I can't see it getting much use now as the Pono has really grabbed me!

OldePhart
06-20-2014, 07:22 AM
Ha ha, not yet! I'm nowhere near good enough... when I'm brave enough I'll inflict myself on you all!
We don't bite, I promise. :)


... Also I can't see it getting much use now as the Pono has really grabbed me!

If there aren't immediate concerns where you need cash, I would wait a minimum of 4 to 6 weeks before deciding to sell it. Whenever I get an especially nice uke my immediate thought is "well, I can just sell all the others, now, they'll never get played." Funny thing is, they all get played, though a couple I probably wouldn't miss terribly if they were gone. When I got my Boat Paddle 5-string tenor I thought to myself, "John you should sell all your other tenors, they can't hold a candle to this." To a certain extent that was true. But then, I was recording a song where I really wanted a "purely low g" sound...so I whipped out the Mainland mango tenor because it was the right uke for that song.

John

UkerDanno
06-20-2014, 07:55 AM
nice uke! great wife!!!

peaceweaver3
06-20-2014, 10:05 AM
That's awesome! And her note speaks volumes and is so true! :D

peaceweaver3
06-20-2014, 10:07 AM
If there aren't immediate concerns where you need cash, I would wait a minimum of 4 to 6 weeks before deciding to sell it. Whenever I get an especially nice uke my immediate thought is "well, I can just sell all the others, now, they'll never get played." Funny thing is, they all get played, though a couple I probably wouldn't miss terribly if they were gone. When I got my Boat Paddle 5-string tenor I thought to myself, "John you should sell all your other tenors, they can't hold a candle to this." To a certain extent that was true. But then, I was recording a song where I really wanted a "purely low g" sound...so I whipped out the Mainland mango tenor because it was the right uke for that song.

John

And for this reason he is called OldePhart - the man is wise!

pixiepurls
06-21-2014, 03:25 AM
Ha ha, not yet! I'm nowhere near good enough... when I'm brave enough I'll inflict myself on you all!


If you upload to youtube you can set the video as private, which means no one see's it but people if you post it here. I do that because I am a bit embarrassed too. Everyone here is so supportive I wouldn't let that stop you!

mds725
06-21-2014, 05:08 AM
Congratulations! In adfdition to being a great ukulele, that Pono is a wonderful anniversary gift!

librainian
06-21-2014, 06:12 AM
If you upload to youtube you can set the video as private, which means no one see's it but people if you post it here. I do that because I am a bit embarrassed too. Everyone here is so supportive I wouldn't let that stop you!

Just clarify this... Private makes a video unwatchable by anyone but the original poster. Unlisted makes is accessible to anyone with the link but not searchable on YouTube or indexed by search engines. So unlisted is the way to go if you only want to share via the forum. Cheers!

Vagrant
06-22-2014, 09:52 AM
It is wise advice OldePhart, but I think needs are gonna overtake wants. Plus I'm not yet at the level where I need different sounds - trying to get a nice sound out of ONE ukulele is pushing my abilities!

And that's good to hear about the YouTube thing - I just thought that once videos were on there, the whole world could see 'em and rip you to pieces... maybe I'm a little more tempted. If I sell the Bruko I can afford some sort of recording device (my mobile phone doesn't even have a camera on it, so I'm a little behind in the 'useful devices' stakes).

And thanks all for the kind words, especially about my lovely lovely wife, who I'm very happy to be married to, Pono or no Pono....

Nickie
06-22-2014, 03:25 PM
Belated happy anniversary and happy new uke!