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  1. #71
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Somewhere out there


    Hm . . . I would like a concert ukulele made out of Redwood . . .
    Jan >^..^<
    (AKA Chopped Liver)

    You say 'Crazy Cat Lady' like it's a bad thing!

    "Out of clutter, find simplicity." Albert Einstein

  2. #72


    I already have a custom Beau Hannam so my next dream Uke would be Mo Bettah by Chuck Moore hands down,

  3. #73


    I would like a Kamaka that belonged to George Harrison.

    If I couldn't have that, I would want a Sumi Kobo Hummingbird.

    This one sold in a few days for £2650.


  4. #74
    Join Date
    Jul 2014


    Quote Originally Posted by Oldtoolie View Post
    I would like a Kamaka that belonged to George Harrison.
    Ohhh, that would be something very special.

  5. #75
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Tampa Bay, FL


    Well, my dream is coming true! I've commissioned a one of a kind design by Donna LoPrinzi. I can't imagine needing a more special uke than that.
    "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.

  6. #76
    Join Date
    Jan 2014
    Melbourne, Australia


    Quote Originally Posted by merlin666 View Post
    Compared to other consumer goods and services I find ukuleles and guitars very affordable and life is too short not to play what you dream off as long as it does not take quality of life away from you and your loved ones. As a result I now own many more and much better instruments than I actually ever dreamed of. And although they are way beyond my skill and talent level I do believe that they make me a better player. Don't let a price tag stand between you and a great uke!
    I totally agree with this remark. If I had stuck with the first Uke I purchased I would have never continued playing the Uke. It hurt my ears and my soul to play an instrument that made me cringe every time I played it. Playing the instruments I have now and in the recent past has encouraged me to play more and even be engaged in ‘formal’ music lessons again for the first time in nearly 60 years.

    Actually I don’t know why I even started to read this thread as I am personally in a de-acquisition mode. I have already started selling off my collection and will probably see its size cut in half soon. But the dream of being even a small part of the creation of a bespoke instrument is a pleasant one to spend a little time on.

    As you can see from my signature block I currently own some great instruments and have owned many others in the past. I have always and only seen myself as the ‘current custodian’ of the instruments I have purchased or commissioned. Once I reached the level of custom made instruments I learned a number of interesting and important things. Every instrument had its own unique voice so playing it was like meeting and talking to people from far away and interesting places. I also learned that each responded to my touch differently and I could therefore express my emotions differently through each of those instruments.

    But enough of this existential philosophy, let’s get back to our UAS dreams.

    I would be very happy to acquire another instrument from the Luthiers I have already commissioned. Having said that I would still love to play a Hive, a Kinnard, a LdFM and a mini 5 string current Beansprout. I’ve already played a Moore Bettah and yes, they are great.
    Last edited by hollisdwyer; 04-19-2019 at 05:07 PM.
    "All worthwhile things in life should be easy to learn but hard to master"

    Hoffmann Lutherie - Baritone - Master Grade Ebony and AAA Red Spruce
    Beau Hannam Custom Tenor - Vintage Hand Rubbed Sun Burst all Tassie Blackwood
    Barron River Tenor - Satin Box Maple and Alaskan Yellow Cedar
    Hoffmann Lutherie - Concert - Angry Owl Ebony and Cedar

  7. #77
    Join Date
    Jun 2017
    West Los Angeles, California


    I'd buy any uke I could that George Harrison played!
    * * * * * * * * *
    Solid Mahogany Tiny Tenor from Pepe Romero/Daniel Ho. Low-G. I named it "Lumière"
    Kala Soprano KA-ASOV-S Spruce and Ovangkol. High-G I named "Blood, Sweat, & Tears"
    KLOS Carbon Fiber Tenor Deluxe Acoustic/Electric Ukulele wound Low-G
    Cynthia Lin Performance uke. Concert scale with a cutaway Low-G
    Kala Soprano KA-KCT-S Ziricote fitted with Ernie Ball clear High-G
    Just ordered a tenor sized custom electric uke from Brian Fanner . . . wonder how long ETA. . .

  8. #78
    Join Date
    Sep 2013
    Pensacola, Florida


    Quote Originally Posted by Nickie View Post
    Well, my dream is coming true! I've commissioned a one of a kind design by Donna LoPrinzi. I can't imagine needing a more special uke than that.
    That’s pretty special, Nickie. I am truly happy for you. Next time I get into that part of the state I want to visit LoPrinzi and see what they would do for a custom Baritone.

  9. #79
    Join Date
    Dec 2018
    Northern California


    I'm already happy and content with the ukes I have, but if someone handed me a blank check I'd either go with a custom Martin Tenor or a Mya-Moe Beansprout. I can see myself one day ending up with the Beansprout but I couldn't justify a custom Martin Tenor mainly because I'm so happy with the old Martin 1T I already have. This is fun to think about though!
    Pohaku, Soprano
    Flea, Soprano
    KoAloha, Concert
    Martin 1T, Tenor

  10. #80
    Join Date
    Mar 2019


    Following!this seems like a very interesting thread

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