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    I just saw that Cocobolo Ukuleles has a lottery when they have a few ukes finished. Interesting marketing plan. Selling on ebay would probably get them more money - like Ken Timms - but this seems like a fair way to sell the few items they have available.

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    It's tough when demand completely outstrips supply. Mya Moe tried a lottery for a while and I think it was regarded as a failure. But seems to be working for Cocobolo.
    Ukulele:
    Iriguchi Tenor "Weeble" - A, WoU Clarity
    Blue Star 19" baritone Konablaster - DGBE
    Cocobolo 16" SC#1-gCEA, SC SLMU
    Ono #42 19" baritone, Ab, LW
    Imua iET-Bb, M600
    Covered Bridge CLN pineapple - Eb cuatro, SC XLL
    Rogue bari
    Bonanza super tenor, cFAD SC LHU
    Kala KSLNG, Eb SC XLU
    Flea soprano, C LW
    Hanson 5-string tenor, dGCEA
    Bonanza SLN GCEA
    Bonanzalele concert
    Guitars:
    Jupiter #47, G, TI CF127

    !Flukutronic!

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    I have entered the lottery a few times, still waiting....
    A day without playing uke is a day not well lived.

    Joseph

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lapyang View Post
    I have entered the lottery a few times, still waiting....
    That's the downside. For the customer, you can't know when or even if you'll get an instrument. But for the builder, what's the alternative? Maintaining a long waiting list, trying to keep deadlines and production at a steady pace while everyone in the list is asking (or at least thinking) "is it done yet" ? I can definitely see their side of it as a small shop with limited resources.
    Ukulele:
    Iriguchi Tenor "Weeble" - A, WoU Clarity
    Blue Star 19" baritone Konablaster - DGBE
    Cocobolo 16" SC#1-gCEA, SC SLMU
    Ono #42 19" baritone, Ab, LW
    Imua iET-Bb, M600
    Covered Bridge CLN pineapple - Eb cuatro, SC XLL
    Rogue bari
    Bonanza super tenor, cFAD SC LHU
    Kala KSLNG, Eb SC XLU
    Flea soprano, C LW
    Hanson 5-string tenor, dGCEA
    Bonanza SLN GCEA
    Bonanzalele concert
    Guitars:
    Jupiter #47, G, TI CF127

    !Flukutronic!

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    I'm glad it's working for them, but it means that I'll probably never have one. I don't have a Facebook account, and it has seemed like that's the only way to get one. And even if it's not, I always seem to miss the lotteries by a week or so.

    Ah well. Come on For Sale forums.
    My Ukuleles
    KoAloha Naupaka soprano
    KoAloha Noah sopranino
    DJ Morgan Mini Pineapple
    Luna Pearl concert
    Cocobolo concert #384 (Teak!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Hanks View Post
    That's the downside. For the customer, you can't know when or even if you'll get an instrument. But for the builder, what's the alternative? Maintaining a long waiting list, trying to keep deadlines and production at a steady pace while everyone in the list is asking (or at least thinking) "is it done yet" ? I can definitely see their side of it as a small shop with limited resources.
    Yes, I think they have a good system, as opposed to an endless wait.

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    Quote Originally Posted by derbyhat View Post
    I don't have a Facebook account, and it has seemed like that's the only way to get one
    What's the matter? You don't like Russians?

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    I saw one being sold on flea music marketplace (FMM) few weeks back but the I won the lottery.. post to both (here in marketplace and FMM that you want one.. I posted for Mya Moe (it is worse cause they stopped taking orders) and I got good replies.
    I really like the ukulele, the dynamic range for a super Soprano is very impressive and it play and sounds good.
    I think I should do a NUD or a review.,

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    Quote Originally Posted by kerneltime View Post
    I really like the ukulele, the dynamic range for a super Soprano is very impressive and it play and sounds good.
    I think I should do a NUD or a review.,
    yes, you should!
    Ukulele:
    Iriguchi Tenor "Weeble" - A, WoU Clarity
    Blue Star 19" baritone Konablaster - DGBE
    Cocobolo 16" SC#1-gCEA, SC SLMU
    Ono #42 19" baritone, Ab, LW
    Imua iET-Bb, M600
    Covered Bridge CLN pineapple - Eb cuatro, SC XLL
    Rogue bari
    Bonanza super tenor, cFAD SC LHU
    Kala KSLNG, Eb SC XLU
    Flea soprano, C LW
    Hanson 5-string tenor, dGCEA
    Bonanza SLN GCEA
    Bonanzalele concert
    Guitars:
    Jupiter #47, G, TI CF127

    !Flukutronic!

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    A friend of mine got a FB account just to enter these lotteries. She gave up after a while, and deleted her FB account. Another friend has applied on the lottery several times, and refuses to give up. Another friend won, she thought the uke was free because she saw it as a contest.
    This system works very well for Cocobolo. And having the issue of demand outstripping supply is a real good problem for a company to have.
    Of course, I bought mine before the lotteries began....
    "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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