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Thread: NUD: aNueNue Moon Bird Soprano US200

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    Default NUD: aNueNue Moon Bird Soprano US200

    I’m on holidays with my wife in Taipei, Taiwan now as I write this NUD post. So long story short:
    1. aNueNue shop is on my to-go list while in Taipei.
    2. Not looking for the moon bird at all.
    3. Full intentions to try out the bird series ukes without buying anything. (Very thick skinned!)
    4. Steven at aNueNue was really friendly and happily let me try any uke I wanted.
    5. Played the moon birds, 3k koa birds, 5k koas birds etc. Very satisfied. (Moonbird is the best out of all the birds, imo.)
    6. Left the shop without buying anything. Mission accomplished!
    7. Can’t sleep at night and kept browsing for the moon bird. Oh no...
    8. Thought of getting a cheaper aNueNue uke to curb the urge.
    9. Wife said, “the mid tier ukes are like toyotas and you have plenty at home. Instead, should go for the Rolls Royce.” Am I hearing right?
    10. Went back to aNueNue shop on the 3rd day (yesterday)
    11. Alas, the moon bird soprano on display is the last piece and is without pickup installed. (I wanted pickup)
    12. Steven at aNueNue said, “No problem, I can buff/polish the finish and install the aNueNue Air Air pickup. Come back in 2 hours.”
    13. 2 hours later, back at the shop. Very anxious.
    14. Pickup installed nicely and tidy, saddle filed.
    15. Test run with the amp. Very playable with easy barring. Pickup is even and responsive at each string. Very natural sounding with the onboard microphone in the pickup. Thumbs up for Steven.
    15. Steven threw in a bunch of freebies. Uke strap, tuner, micro fibre cloth and a special gift. Even recommended places to go for good street food in Taipei. He’s really a nice dude.
    16. And finally a proof that it happened.


    More pictures coming and a video.

    Thanks for reading!
    aNueNue Moon Bird US200 || Kamaka HF-1 || Martin S-1 Uke || Eddy Finn EFTS-20-S || Kala KA-SLNG || Martin C1K Uke || Yamaha GL1
    Check out my ukulele themed paintings in UU forum thread

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    Quote Originally Posted by AustinHing View Post
    I’m on holidays with my wife in Taipei, Taiwan now as I write this NUD post. So long story short:
    1. aNueNue shop is on my to-go list while in Taipei.
    2. Not looking for the moon bird at all.
    3. Full intentions to try out the bird series ukes without buying anything. (Very thick skinned!)
    4. Steven at aNueNue was really friendly and happily let me try any uke I wanted.
    5. Played the moon birds, 3k koa birds, 5k koas birds etc. Very satisfied. (Moonbird is the best out of all the birds, imo.)
    6. Left the shop without buying anything. Mission accomplished!
    7. Can’t sleep at night and kept browsing for the moon bird. Oh no...
    8. Thought of getting a cheaper aNueNue uke to curb the urge.
    9. Wife said, “the mid tier ukes are like toyotas and you have plenty at home. Instead, should go for the Rolls Royce.” Am I hearing right?
    10. Went back to aNueNue shop on the 3rd day (yesterday)
    11. Alas, the moon bird soprano on display is the last piece and is without pickup installed. (I wanted pickup)
    12. Steven at aNueNue said, “No problem, I can buff/polish the finish and install the aNueNue Air Air pickup. Come back in 2 hours.”
    13. 2 hours later, back at the shop. Very anxious.
    14. Pickup installed nicely and tidy, saddle filed.
    15. Test run with the amp. Very playable with easy barring. Pickup is even and responsive at each string. Very natural sounding with the onboard microphone in the pickup. Thumbs up for Steven.
    15. Steven threw in a bunch of freebies. Uke strap, tuner, micro fibre cloth and a special gift. Even recommended places to go for good street food in Taipei. He’s really a nice dude.
    16. And finally a proof that it happened.


    More pictures coming and a video.

    Thanks for reading!
    Wow! Nice to know about the factory store! Congratulations! Were you looking for soprano?
    Sounds like an awesome vacation!

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    Great story for what sounds like a great trip! Looking forward to hearing more.

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    Congratulations on your new Moonbird! This is the uke that is at the very top of my wish list, so I’m looking forward to your video.
    KoAloha KCM-00 (koa concert)
    KoAloha Opio KCO-10 (acacia concert)
    Thormahlen Yew-kulele (yew concert)
    Kala KA-SLNG (long neck soprano)
    Flight TUS35 (blue soprano)

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    And here are the pics!

    The freebies and the moon bird.


    Freebie include the Corey and Kalei limited release CD for their taiwan tour.

    Song list


    A very plushy cushy case. The little fat moon bird’s home.


    (To be continued due to exceed picture number limit)
    aNueNue Moon Bird US200 || Kamaka HF-1 || Martin S-1 Uke || Eddy Finn EFTS-20-S || Kala KA-SLNG || Martin C1K Uke || Yamaha GL1
    Check out my ukulele themed paintings in UU forum thread

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    Headstock


    Radiused fretboard (very slighted but is enough)


    Gotoh UPT and mahogany neck


    Moon eclipse period inlay


    (To be continued due to picture number limit)
    aNueNue Moon Bird US200 || Kamaka HF-1 || Martin S-1 Uke || Eddy Finn EFTS-20-S || Kala KA-SLNG || Martin C1K Uke || Yamaha GL1
    Check out my ukulele themed paintings in UU forum thread

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    Kerfing (never seen sloped kerfing, I assumed it would save some weight yet be strong enough)


    Soundhole rosette (and there’s the pickup controls right there. Mic and volume controls. The microphone is built-in on the pickup itself and it picks up sound within the soundbox. It’s quite natural sounding.


    And the moon spruce soundboard and the tied bar bridge. The spruce looks pretty straight grain to me and wavy binding looks impressive in person.


    Newly screwed-in plugin for pickup. Gotta thanks Steven for a job well done. By the way, pickup installation is free if it is done when purchasing the uke.


    (To be continued due to picture number limit)
    aNueNue Moon Bird US200 || Kamaka HF-1 || Martin S-1 Uke || Eddy Finn EFTS-20-S || Kala KA-SLNG || Martin C1K Uke || Yamaha GL1
    Check out my ukulele themed paintings in UU forum thread

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    The back. Love the off shoulder look and is one of the reasons for getting the moon bird.


    And the final full uke shot.


    Please pardon my very stiff playing and poor recording. Did it in my hotel room. It’s a very famous song of the late Taiwanese songstress, Teresa Teng, “The Moon Represents My Heart”, 月亮代表我的心. I guess this song is appropriate for the moon bird.


    Finally I wish to thanks everyone (especially Steven) at the shop for such a pleasant experience. There’s no pressure to buy and no sale talk at all despite me trying out all the bird ukuleles. I would recommend it if you wish to get an aNueNue uke.

    Thanks for reading!
    aNueNue Moon Bird US200 || Kamaka HF-1 || Martin S-1 Uke || Eddy Finn EFTS-20-S || Kala KA-SLNG || Martin C1K Uke || Yamaha GL1
    Check out my ukulele themed paintings in UU forum thread

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    Quote Originally Posted by kerneltime View Post
    Wow! Nice to know about the factory store! Congratulations! Were you looking for soprano?
    Sounds like an awesome vacation!
    Thanks, Kerneltime! I wasn’t looking for any uke in particular but the soprano speaks to me more. I did tried the concert and funny thing is the soprano is louder. And that fat bottom bout is really appealing.

    Quote Originally Posted by rainbow21 View Post
    Great story for what sounds like a great trip! Looking forward to hearing more.
    Thanks rainbow21! The entire experience really makes this little moon bird felt so personal to me.

    Quote Originally Posted by Jan D View Post
    Congratulations on your new Moonbird! This is the uke that is at the very top of my wish list, so I’m looking forward to your video.
    Thanks Jan D! I’m still working on my uke level to match the moon bird. I think you should check out Corey playing on this soprano moon bird. That should give you a better perspective.
    aNueNue Moon Bird US200 || Kamaka HF-1 || Martin S-1 Uke || Eddy Finn EFTS-20-S || Kala KA-SLNG || Martin C1K Uke || Yamaha GL1
    Check out my ukulele themed paintings in UU forum thread

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    Well done and a fabulous NUD post, one of the better examples I have seen. Everybody loves to see lots of pictures and you did not disappoint. I am very happy for you, now make sure you treat that special wife of yours to something nice. Enjoy
    Currently enjoying these ukuleles : *LdfM tenor, *LfdM 19" super tenor. *LfdM baritone, *I'iwi tenor , *Koolau tenor, *Webber tenor, *Kimo tenor, *Kimo super concert, *Mya Moe baritone, *Kamaka baritone, *Gianinni baritone, *Fred Shields super soprano, *Kala super soprano, *Loprinzi super soprano, *Black bear ULO concert , *Enya X1 concert, *Enya X1 pineapple soprano, *Enya Nova *Gretsch tenor, *Korala plastic concert

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