View Poll Results: Would this interest you if the original label were restored?

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Thread: Koaloha super concert, 2017, with L.R Baggs 5.0 installed

  1. #11
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    I wouldn't listen to the poll that closely. Sometimes you'll just hit a lull in uke interest. I think uke enthusiasts forget that we are not that huge of a group! Even if the popularity of ukulele is growing, there are only so many of us and only so many nice instruments.

    There are a few people in this forum who are major collectors who buy a few instruments like yours every month, but many of us, even if big enthusiasts who own high end instruments, probably would have to be thoughtful about how to fit $750 into our budgets and couldn't just drop the money on the spot to add another to our collection.

    I think your instrument has a very fair price, and I would buy it from you right away if it weren't for the fact that I've already shelled out $1000 this month to buy another instrument and I can only spend so much on my hobby this year. I love Koalohas and already own a tenor, concert, and soprano (and a super concert and original Koaloha D-VI are on my list to buy in the future). I wouldn't care in the least about the label being damaged as long as the rest is in great shape. I imagine many others wouldn't either.

    You just might need to keep the listing up a bit longer than expected. If the instrument is in the condition you say it is, and if you'll pack it and ship it well (fast speed, packed carefulyl), I think your price is very fair given that Koaloha appears to have just done another decent sized price increase across all of their instruments. It still sounds like a Koaloha and is built like a Koaloha even if there are a couple rough spots on the label. I wouldn't suggest lowering it, myself.

    Best of luck!
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    Quote Originally Posted by fountainpenkid View Post
    Yeah, you have a point...

    The poll result suggests most people do not want an instrument with a damaged original label. Is this really the case?
    Perhaps, I know I'm finicky about labels for some reason. Maybe if you got Koaloha to repair/replace the label?
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    Quote Originally Posted by kkimura View Post
    Perhaps, I know I'm finicky about labels for some reason. Maybe if you got Koaloha to repair/replace the label?
    When someone buys this, they might be thinking of a possible resale in the future. A missing label could be a problem for them as well.

    Your idea is a good one. KoAloha has a great repair policy.
    How bad is your UAS?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sam13 View Post
    When someone buys this, they might be thinking of a possible resale in the future. A missing label could be a problem for them as well.

    Your idea is a good one. KoAloha has a great repair policy.
    I will give them a call Monday and see if they can send one. To be clear, the original label is still there, but has some damage (see photos).

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    It is for me. I'd think, what else was done to the instrument.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Patrick Madsen View Post
    It is for me. I'd think, what else was done to the instrument.
    I can understand that, but in this case--and I hope the pictures make this clear--the instrument is in very good condition overall.
    (One more note about the label business. In the violin world, labels, long term, mean very little. Many older instruments have lost their original labels, had them replaced with a more valuable maker's label...etc. What matters to someone assessing the authenticity of a violin is the workmanship. Things are a little different with ukuleles, which are usually more machine-made, but really, it seems preposterous to me that the label would be the primary authenticating factor for this instrument in the future. The varnish, quality of workmanship, design...those are things that take real effort to get right all at once. As some know, Koaloha instruments are also engraved inside at the neck block, and that label includes the month and year of manufacture. I would care more about that than the flimsy generic piece of paper found inside all their instruments.)

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    Thinking about it for a while. I guess it would depend on the condition and the price reduction. In this case, it's one heck of a deal.

    The label issue depends on who is buying it. For the collector it matters; for strictly a player, no big deal.

    We've all gone thru the "personalize the uke" only to find out it devalues it when deciding to sell it.

    Sam said it pretty well; K has a great repair policy and very friendly. I have little doubt it will sell

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    It appears the lesson here is if you modify something because that gives you pleasure you should plan on keeping it forever, because when you go to sell you will probably find that no one else will feel the same way. The only mods I make to my ukuleles are strings, strap buttons and an occasional pickup. I do it for me and do not expect anyone else to consider it an upgrade. good luck selling I think it is a fair price, other characteristics identify a koaloha (sound hole and head shape) so no sticker is ok.

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    I agree with Patrick and Bob.

    Modifying a Uke for personal pleasure is great and I think we all understand why.

    However, adding buttons or a pickup would not be perceived as a negative ... in fact, for many a positive like me.

    But beyond those changes, even signatures from famous Uke players devalue the Uke for many players ... not all ... but additional changes do reduce a resale market.

    As Patrick noted, a player wouldn't care ... and at the right price (this is very fair) it would move.

    The people at KoAloha are REALLY NICE PEOPLE ... reach out to them, I am sure they will help you.
    How bad is your UAS?

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    Bump for temporary reduction.

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