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Thread: I bought a Kanile'a Platinum 2016 really "cheap", now I need your help

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    I am sure there are many players that would love to have a Platinum, with the imperfections you have pointed out, for $1500.

    Should you decide that the angels have stopped singing, drop me a line, I'd be happy to take it off your hands.

    You, my friend, got a deal. Look at it this way, no ukulele is perfect. Most of us dread the first ding we put in our ukes. You got that included, now you only have to worry about the wonderful music you can make with it for years to come. Enjoy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kenn2018 View Post
    Most of us dread the first ding we put in our ukes.
    I am sometimes happy after the first ding occurs.. cause then I can be normal with the uke.. akin to having your first fight in a relationship.
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    Sopranos: Ken Timms, TinGuitar Khaya, Rip Tide Acacia, Martin: 3k Koa, 3M centennial, 1927 1K
    Super Soprano: Cocobolo
    Tenors: Moore Bettah(Sitka, ebony slothead), Compass Rose Koa, Tyde learner Spruce n Koa, Ono 18 wahoo Adirondack n rosewood, Fluke spruce top, MyaMoe 1848
    Baritone: Les Stansell PO Cedar walnut, Les Stansell Incense Cedar Myrtle. Vintage unbranded laminate mahagony.
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    Intonation at 5 cents is good. As kerneltime stated intonation can change with different strings. Kanilea CNC’s their fretboards so there wasn’t must risk of being off, but it is good to check anyway.

    You got a great ukulele. Play it and love it. It will only get better as the years go by.

    John

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kenn2018 View Post
    now you only have to worry about the wonderful music you can make with it for years to come. Enjoy.
    That is a great angle to look at it.
    I'm a Ukulele newbie, one day I'll make my Ukulele proud.

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    What you point out here would be called very minor, almost unnoticeable. If it were brand new, it would be sold as a "second," probably for more than you paid. Nothing you pointed out would deter me from buying this as a "used" ukulele. On the other hand, some people are fanatical about buying a pristine uke, new or used, so resale would be a concern.

    As for the price, $1,500 is on the high side for a uke (in my opinion). Only 13% of my ukuleles cost more than $1,500. Ukulele pricing is somewhat subjective. Basically, you're paying for raw materials and craftsmanship. Producing a special "Platinum" edition and pricing it at $4,000 seems risky, but getting one for $1,500 is a relative bargain.

    I'm surprised at the sloppy frets. Maybe that's the result of a lack of humidification. You would think that whoever had possession of a $4,000 uke would take good care of it. If a lack of humidification is the cause, humidifying should be the cure.

    You paid a decent price, and it's a beautiful ukulele that you love. Keep it and enjoy it.

    As an aside, Lil' Rev has switched from Mya-Moe to Kanile'a.
    Too many ukes, but I can't stop buying!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerryc41 View Post
    As an aside, Lil' Rev has switched from Mya-Moe to Kanile'a.
    That explains it..
    Hmm.. I wonder if there is any correlation between instrument of choice vs choice of instrument to play..
    Uke Set:
    Sopranos: Ken Timms, TinGuitar Khaya, Rip Tide Acacia, Martin: 3k Koa, 3M centennial, 1927 1K
    Super Soprano: Cocobolo
    Tenors: Moore Bettah(Sitka, ebony slothead), Compass Rose Koa, Tyde learner Spruce n Koa, Ono 18 wahoo Adirondack n rosewood, Fluke spruce top, MyaMoe 1848
    Baritone: Les Stansell PO Cedar walnut, Les Stansell Incense Cedar Myrtle. Vintage unbranded laminate mahagony.
    Cello Banjo: Waldman Cello Banjo D dGBE
    Always buying, tradings & selling,(kerneltime)at gmail

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    Quote Originally Posted by kerneltime View Post
    That explains it..
    Hmm.. I wonder if there is any correlation between instrument of choice vs choice of instrument to play..
    About Lil' Rev switching, I think the article said it had something to do with his playing style - a change in what or how he plays.
    Too many ukes, but I can't stop buying!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kenn2018 View Post
    I am sure there are many players that would love to have a Platinum, with the imperfections you have pointed out, for $1500.

    Should you decide that the angels have stopped singing, drop me a line, I'd be happy to take it off your hands.

    You, my friend, got a deal. Look at it this way, no ukulele is perfect. Most of us dread the first ding we put in our ukes. You got that included, now you only have to worry about the wonderful music you can make with it for years to come. Enjoy.
    Kenn, if you really want a Platinum tenor, there is a nice looking one, supposedly mint, on eBay now for $1200 BIN, with a cool brown croc case.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ukecaster View Post
    Kenn, if you really want a Platinum tenor, there is a nice looking one, supposedly mint, on eBay now for $1200 BIN, with a cool brown croc case.

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    That's not a Platinum...
    Just Play

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ukujiji View Post
    That is a great angle to look at it.
    Enjoy, that's a beautiful instrument!
    Just Play

    Sopranos: 1st uke, Lanikai soprano LU-11 - Aquilas | 30's Martin style 0 - Martins | Lanikai banjolele - Worth Browns
    Concerts: Kanile'a K-2 CP - Living Water | Islander AC-4 - Living Water
    UBass: Kala Exotic Mahogany - Road Toad Pahoehoe | Kala SUB - Pahoehoes

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