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    Default NUD - 60s Kamaka custom soprano

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    As I am on vacation in Hawaii I decided to take along a couple of instruments to trade - the ones I never reached for. I found this one and love it. I looked at several one of a kind instruments. This one really sang. It is a gold label, probably from the 60s. It has lovely binding and the koa has wonderful grain.
    When I get home it will be set up with Aquila sugar strings and possibly some Pegheds (the ones that were used on Fluke instruments.
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    Kamaka pineapple soprano gold label - 1950s
    Kamaka custom soprano, gold label. 1960s?
    Koaloha Opio long neck soprano. 2016
    Mele pineapple soprano - koa and mahogany - modern
    Martin SO, modern, Mexico
    Mainland longneck concert pineapple
    No name concert in koa
    Kamaka tenor - 2002
    Mele, Braddah tenor 1990s
    Slingerland banjolele Maybell - 1920s

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    Congratulations frianm! I've heard a couple of Kamaka sopranos, they really do sing!
    "Those who bring sunshine and laughter to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves".

    Music washes from the soul, the dust of everyday living.

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    Congratulztions, looks nice but I don't think it's original...
    Making music is a gift in itself, and when you can share it ....it is your gift to others

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    Quote Originally Posted by mm stan View Post
    Congratulztions, looks nice but I don't think it's original...
    I hope you are wrong as I bought this from a ukulele store.
    Kamaka pineapple soprano gold label - 1950s
    Kamaka custom soprano, gold label. 1960s?
    Koaloha Opio long neck soprano. 2016
    Mele pineapple soprano - koa and mahogany - modern
    Martin SO, modern, Mexico
    Mainland longneck concert pineapple
    No name concert in koa
    Kamaka tenor - 2002
    Mele, Braddah tenor 1990s
    Slingerland banjolele Maybell - 1920s

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    It had been modified
    Making music is a gift in itself, and when you can share it ....it is your gift to others

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    If it sings for you it's an awesome ukulele, congratulations!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Camsuke View Post
    If it sings for you it's an awesome ukulele, congratulations!
    I second that
    If it sings itís must be one great uke. Modified or not! Made no difference!
    Congratulations
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    I agree, but originality counts if you're paying for it ..
    Making music is a gift in itself, and when you can share it ....it is your gift to others

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    Quote Originally Posted by mm stan View Post
    I agree, but originality counts if you're paying for it ..
    Sounds like he's putting new tuners on it so maybe "originality" was already accounted for during the trade.

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    I think Stan might be referring to the tie bridge, but I'm no expert.

    Still a beautiful ukulele and if it plays and sounds great that is all that matters for a player.

    John

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