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    Default Looks like I just bought a new uke...

    I just purchased this ukulele on eBay today. It was somewhat of an accident. About 5 days ago when the auction was still new, I was looking at ukes and this one caught my eye. It was 16 dollars at the time and no reserve. I figured someone had put a high maximum bid, because this uke looks to be worth hundreds. It's really a work of art. So, I was curious how high the maximum bid was. I put down about 85 dollars for my maximum bid, because I was sure someone had put down much more.
    Nope, I became the high bidder right away.
    A few days go by and I forget about it, until earlier this morning when I received an email from eBay telling me an item I'm bidding on is ending soon.
    Oh shit.
    The bidding went up a few more dollars but they gave up at 75 bucks.
    I did some more research on the maker of the ukulele and came across this page of warnings about him.
    He has some decent feedback on eBay, but of course I must take into consideration that most people leave feed back right when they receive and inspect the item, not when they've had time with their instruments--enough time for the quality of craftsmanship to really show.
    So we'll see. The biggest shame of this would be to see such a beautiful piece go to waste if it starts cracking like the website says. But I might get lucky and end up with a quality ukulele.

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    I've often wondered about these instruments myself. Please do let us know what you think once you receive it.

    Regards,
    Julie Strietelmeier
    http://ukulelereview.com

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    Aw man. That sucks. Let us know if or when it starts cracking. Thanks for giving the UU a heads up on that seller.
    Rayan, What you are doing?

    I give up with my PM box, just email ryan(at)ukuleleunderground.com

    YES Mahaloz!

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    Unfortunately the reputation is pretty bad on those ukes from Taiwan. The wood they use doesn't appear to be properly dried. Since Taiwan is pretty humid, if you have it in a dry environment, it's very likely to crack. Even if they don't crack, they are reputed to sound bad. The inlay does look nice so at least it will be nice to look at.

    Sorry, I wish I could say better things about those ukes as I'm from Taiwan myself, but everything I've heard about them says stay away.
    Visit the ukulele ghetto

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    I agree, sounds like the wood (probably plywood) is not fully dried out, thus, moisture is causing the cracking from the inside out. He's probably crankin' them out like sausage links with no regard for curing the wood. This is a common occurrence when painting or finishing any wood surface. Moisture will cause the finish to raise up off of the surface creating cracks, bubbles, etc.. Moisture is a killer for instruments and causes all kinds of problems....thanks for the heads up on this guy........e.lo.....

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    u know the shipping is $70 bucks rite? I almost bought this ukulele from thailand, but then i found out it was 100 dollars shipping so i was like forget that.
    Keep it Funky, keep it sweet. Keep it UKE.

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    If you're that concerned about it and have not yet paid for it, just tell him you've changed your mind. eBay will refund his fees, he relists and sells it to somebody else. At worst you'll take 1 neg feedback for the whole affair, and it looks like he's not in the habit of leaving neg feedback anyways.

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    hay for teh time being it is a nice lookin uke anyway
    Let the music set you free

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    Hey Kokonutz,
    Well....for $75 bucks it looks good. This sellers auction does say you have a 30 day guarantee against materials and workmanship. He does mention humidity changes affect the instrument which is true. Anyway, please give an evaluation of the instrument when it arrives. Too me it looks like a Kala that was made a little fancy. Aloha, Dino

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    I just got it.
    First of all, it's gorgeous.
    But, as expected, there are some flaws:
    There's a chip on the bridge, not too big of a deal.
    However, the nut is loose! It seems to only be in place by the pressure of the strings on it.
    And maybe I need to change my strings, but it doesn't project nearly as much as my Kala KA-C with aquilas (whatever MGM put on it)
    I have some Martin's lying around that I might put on them.

    I've got to go to class and then work, I'll get some pictures up later.

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