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Thread: NUD: aNueNue 1879 Koa

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    Default NUD: aNueNue 1879 Koa

    I love this ukulele! Although it looks small, it's about the same size as a modern soprano. It came with a case that looked like it would be for a sopranino. It was described as used on Reverb, but it looks brand new.

    I love the sound! It's loud, with a lot of sustain, but it also has a delicate tone. This is definitely a keeper. An explanation of the uke from Reverb is below. The pictures I'm posting are also from Reverb, just for convenience and speed of posting.

    There might still be one available right here on our Marketplace, for less than I paid for mine. This one came from Maple Street Guitars, Atlanta, GA - excellent dealer.

    1879 refers to the year that the Portuguese arrived in Hawaii bringing with them their little 4-stringed Braguina instruments which the islanders adopted and which evolved into the ukuleles we know today. This aNueNue 1879 model soprano ukulele is inspired by the Jonah Kumalae "Gold Award" soprano ukuleles that were made in Honolulu between 1911 and 1940. In 1915 Jonah Kumalae won the Panama Pacific International Exhibition Gold Award in San Francisco, and from that time on his ukuleles featured on their headplate the distinctive crest of Hawaii, the maker name, the "Gold Award" name by which these ukuleles are often called, and the date 1915.

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    https://forum.ukuleleunderground.com...ranos-(recent) ($350)
    Last edited by Jerryc41; 04-23-2019 at 05:10 AM.
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    Wow wow wow! This looks absolutely stunning. So I’m confused, that aNueNue Taiwan ukulele company made this, or this is by a different maker and called this ukulele aNueNue?
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    Quote Originally Posted by AustinHing View Post
    Wow wow wow! This looks absolutely stunning. So I’m confused, that aNueNue Taiwan ukulele company made this, or this is by a different maker and called this ukulele aNueNue?
    Interesting situation. The company is in Taiwan, but the ukes are made in China and Japan.

    "aNueNue ukuleles are designed in Taiwan and manufactured in China and Japan."

    http://www.anuenue-uke.com/en/story
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    Congrats! That’s a stunner! Looks great. Love that sap wood. Nicely appointed.

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    Beautiful little ukulele. It really captures the look of the era. I'd have guessed it to be a vintage instrument if you hadn't explained its origins.

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    I have one and these are great little ukuleles. They are getting pretty scarce be glad you found one!

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    that's a beauty!!
    Sopranos: aNueNue Khaya Mahogany 1, Bruko No. 6; Kiwaya KS-1; Kiwaya KTS-4; Kiwaya KTS-4K; Martin S-O
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    That's really beautiful! Enjoy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerryc41 View Post
    Interesting situation. The company is in Taiwan, but the ukes are made in China and Japan.

    "aNueNue ukuleles are designed in Taiwan and manufactured in China and Japan."

    http://www.anuenue-uke.com/en/story
    Thanks for the info. I still can’t believe aNueNue has such a vintage looking uke. Guess it’s limited ed too, can’t find any info on the aNueNue site.
    aNueNue Moon Bird US200 || Kamaka HF-1 || Martin S-1 Uke || Eddy Finn EFTS-20-S || Kala KA-SLNG || Martin C1K Uke || Yamaha GL1
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    Wow. I never heard of an aNueNue that old either! What a find.
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