As a Sacramento resident, I've been watching this tread closely. Thanks, gokidd. Keep us posted. I'd love to hear a review of "Mandy" when you get a chance.Okay, gang, we recorded a couple of digital audio files that will be posted on his web site in the next not too soon.
And I couldn't resist the pull any longer ... WA Wixom tenor #105 is now my "Mandy".
Koa, ebony and just a delight. It's one of the ukes we recorded.
Yeaaaa .... New Uke Day!!!
Gokidd, can you comment on the weight of these ukes? They look heavily built but pictures can be deceiving....thanks!
Oh, yep, I remember playing that one and it has a wonderful voice. Congratulations!
The bodies are light and resonant. I was holding one of the koa body tenors (don't remember which one) in playing position and I could feel it react to speech in the room, if you know what I mean.
I could feel it vibrate in my hands and against my chest.
The necks are more substantial than import uke necks that I've played, so it fills your palm nicely, but it doesn't feel head-heavy when playing. If I balance the tenor on my index finger, that point is just about where the heel blends into the rest of the neck.
Braces inside the body are strong-looking, but must be plenty light for the top and back to be so resonant. No glue globs inside or anything unsightly.
So did you buy a uke or was really tempted...hmmm
Mahalo Gokidd,Oh, sorry, Mystery Man. I mixed my tenses.
I was describing the first time I saw the ukes (in November or December) when talking about the "resonance of the bodies" experience.
All the detail observations regarding the neck and braces came over the past two days since I bought mine. Yup. Sorry for the confug-sion.
HEY ... sound clips are now posted on Willie's web site!
They are at the very bottom of the home page.