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Thread: F/S Kamaka Ohta-San Cedar with Original Hard Shell Case

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    Default F/S Kamaka Ohta-San Cedar with Original Hard Shell Case

    Those that know me, know I love to try out Ukes and have bought, sold, and traded many.

    A few weeks ago, a Kamaka Ohta-San in Cedar became available. it was one that was onthe list of Ukes I wanted to try when I first started out, and it was being offered by someone I had bought from a few times before. I knew it would be in wonderful shape and it was.

    For those that don't know, the Ohta-San is between the concert and tenor scales at 15 15/16" and is known for it's finger picking qualities, although works quite nicely as a strummer as well.

    Unbelievably, a Ohta-San in Koa came up locally a few days later and I couldn't pass up the possibility of being able to compare two such fine instruments in my own home. How often does something like this come up locally? Most of know that we have to order, wait and wait and wait, and then hope we like it. <smile>

    After extensively playing of both, I chose the all Koa version, so the Cedar version is now available. It was built in 2013, is in excellent condition, and comes with a hard case. The Cedar Ohta-San is actually in better condition and is newer as the Koa was built in 2005 and was really played, but I like the Koa version more. Some of my other Ukes are Koa so I guess I am a Koa kind of a guy. <smile>

    Pictures can be seen at:

    https://goo.gl/photos/cdMggwiDRR9xytMN8

    The first 4 pictures were taken by the original owner and these are screen shots from my phone. The rest of the pictures were taken by me. There a few little fine marks on the sound board but I couldn't capture them on camera. You have to really look hard for them. You would think that it was almost new otherwise. There is some shadowing in the pictures but a look at another picture and you should be able to see where the shadowing is.

    It will include an original hard shell case and the case still has the tag on it. I have changed the strings since these pictures were taken.

    The price is $1595 (new is $2200) which will include CONUS shipping and insurance. I will ask you to use PayPal friends and family. If you are uncomfortable with that, use regular PayPal and split the PayPal fee with me.

    http://www.kamakaukulele.com/instruments.html

    This is the link to the Kamaka site and the specs are at the bottom of the page.

    I don't expect this to last long as they rarely come up. If you want an amazing Uke priced right, this is it.

    I would very much prefer to sell, but a trade for something really special that appeals to me might work as well.

    Thanks for reading.
    Last edited by rappsy; 02-11-2017 at 11:29 AM.

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    OMG - That is an amazing looking uke, never mind an Ohta-San (which makes it even more attractive), and your price is set right at the edge of temptation.

    Definitely drool-worthy

    Were I not in downsizing mode right now, and need to be ruthless with myself, I'd love to give this a new home.

    Someone will be very lucky to become the new owner of this fine Kamaka!

    Are those tuners the Gotoh UPT (looks like friction pegs but due to the internal planetary gears work buttery smooth) in the satin chrome with the ivory, or pearl-white buttons?

    I have them with the black buttons on several of my ukes and using any other tuners just feel cheap to me due to the poor performance of lesser tuners...I never wanna go back to any other tuner after playing a uke that has these on.

    Good luck with the sale!
    Last edited by Booli; 02-11-2017 at 12:11 PM. Reason: typos
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    Beautiful uke Lenny.......................great price too.................shouldn't last long.

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    What a great deal for someone! I love Ohta-sans and presently have a 100 Year Anniversary spruce top and a 2013 Koa. Previously owned a Cedar top. All wonderful ukes!

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    If I didn't have one of these already, I'd be snapping this up. Whoever gets this will be getting a good price on a fantastic ukulele. IMO, Ohta Sans are very special.

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    I got to play this instrument and it is awesome. Amazing tone and playability. The tuners are like butter. It was my first time trying these tuners and now I definitely want them on a uke. Lenny is good people too.

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    I sold Lenny a uke last year, he gave me very specific packing instruction.
    He will definitely do the same when he ship his uke to the buyer! Lenny is also not afraid of selling and shipping outside the US. He is very accommodating! Buy with confidence!

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    I bought a Ukes from Lenny last year, and it was packed solidly and arrived in the shape as advertised.

    It remains one of my favourite Ukuleles still today.
    How bad is your UAS?

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    what kind of strings are on it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Booli View Post
    OMG - That is an amazing looking uke, never mind an Ohta-San (which makes it even more attractive), and your price is set right at the edge of temptation.

    Definitely drool-worthy

    Were I not in downsizing mode right now, and need to be ruthless with myself, I'd love to give this a new home.

    Someone will be very lucky to become the new owner of this fine Kamaka!

    Are those tuners the Gotoh UPT (looks like friction pegs but due to the internal planetary gears work buttery smooth) in the satin chrome with the ivory, or pearl-white buttons?

    I have them with the black buttons on several of my ukes and using any other tuners just feel cheap to me due to the poor performance of lesser tuners...I never wanna go back to any other tuner after playing a uke that has these on.

    Good luck with the sale!
    Thanks Booli.

    They are indeed Gotoh Planetary tuners. I like these so much that I will be buying a set of these Gotoh Planetary's and will be replacing the friction tuners on the Koa Ohta-San I am keeping to these tuners.


    IMG_20170213_155028.jpg IMG_20170213_155103.jpg IMG_20170213_155216.jpg

    I have also added these pictures to the original picture thread.

    https://goo.gl/photos/cdMggwiDRR9xytMN8
    Last edited by rappsy; 02-13-2017 at 10:11 AM.

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