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    Anyone familiar with the "Legacy Guitar Works" company from Canada? Apparently, they are building Carbon fiber instruments:

    http://sydenhamcurrent.ca/2019/03/14...n-wallaceburg/

    Right now, they have a tenor ukulele listed on eBay:

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Carbon-Fibe...sAAOSwxPRdkhg2
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rakelele View Post
    Anyone familiar with the "Legacy Guitar Works" company from Canada? Apparently, they are building Carbo fiber instruments:

    http://sydenhamcurrent.ca/2019/03/14...n-wallaceburg/

    Right now, they have a tenor ukulele listed on eBay:

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Carbon-Fibe...sAAOSwxPRdkhg2
    Thanks for bringing this to our attention Rainer. I clicked on the link, read the article and it seems they have a lot of experience manufacturing carbon fibre products. I will contact them and ask some questions......any come to mind that you would like answered.
    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 walnut pineapple 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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    I just tried accessing Legacy Guitar Works on the web and was unsuccessful. A Facebook site shows up on Google, but, when I tried the two links, one came back with a "content unavailable" message and the other said I had to log into Facebook to continue. I don't do Facebook, so I don't have an account. I'm a bit surprised a company would limit their clientele by forcing membership into Facebook. Anybody with a Facebook account have better luck accessing their page?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DownUpDave View Post
    Thanks for bringing this to our attention Rainer. I clicked on the link, read the article and it seems they have a lot of experience manufacturing carbon fibre products. I will contact them and ask some questions......any come to mind that you would like answered.
    That's an amazing price point - $354 us shipped, for an all composite instrument.

    If you get to ask some questions, how about what is the top? Single sheet, or a foam sandwich? Is the neck hollow? Are the frets silver nickle or stainless steel? Strap buttons are mentioned but not shown, so where are they positioned - body or heel of the neck? Returns accepted? Or would a loaner be available for a review?
    Blackbird Farallon Ekoa Tenor
    Beltona Songster Resonator Tenor
    Klos Carbon Fiber Tenor
    Magic Fluke Tenor Firefly Banjolele

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    In addition to Besley's excellent questions, I'm wondering what materials are used for the fretboard and saddle? I'd also encourage them to make an option with a side sound port and perhaps a radius fretboard. At this price point, this might be exactly what I'm willing to spend on a take-anywhere uke.

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    I can’t find an email and Facebook page is down but looks very interesting. Looking forward to where this is going. Legacy site also not coming up.

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    From a quick look, it seems that industrial manufacturing might dominate their business for now (more than what they'd/we'd like?)

    one of the brothers' linked-in page:
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/chris-we...alSubdomain=ca

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    a little more business info:
    https://www.zoominfo.com/c/legacy-co...-inc/453602248
    Legacy Composites Inc
    Headquarters: 125 Mason St., Wallaceburg, Ontario, N8A 4L7, Canada
    Website: www.legacy-composites.com
    Employees: 16
    Revenue: 3.2M
    Description: Legacy Composites - The leading manufacturer of carbon fiber hard hats and carbon fiber welding helmets. All hand made in Canada....

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    https://www.facebook.com/legacycarboninc/

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    I personally wouldn't look too deeply into this... manufacturing growing pains not on the instrument side
    https://www.bbb.org/ca/on/wallacebur...772/complaints

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    Wallaceburg Chamber of Commerce awards program Nov 2019

    http://anyflip.com/lkjqx/rwgt/basic

    AWARD NOMINEES

    Chris & Kyle Wesley

    Back in 2012 Legacy Composites began as a hobby that was born from a passion for working with
    carbon fiber and experimenting with new manufacturing processes. Fast forward to 2019, we now
    manufacture and sell a wide variety of products including the Worlds First & Only CSA compliant
    hard hat manufactured from carbon fiber, welding helmets, motorcycle components and a line of
    carbon fiber guitars and ukuleles. Our products are sold Worldwide and proudly made here in our
    facility in Wallaceburg!

    Legacy Guitars began with two brothers who had a passion for designing and building unique
    instruments.

    Back in 2018 Kyle and Chris decided to join forces by combining Kyle's expertise in crafting one of
    kind guitars with Chris' skill with manufacturing items from carbon fiber. Together they have been
    able to craft unique guitars and ukuleles which are impervious to temperature changes or humidity.

    Currently we offer a line of guitars and ukuleles made from carbon fiber as well as
    full wood models. Everything we make is proudly made in our facility in
    Wallaceburg and we look forward to 2020 as we prepare for the release of a host of
    new products.

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    The kickstarter mentioned in the initial article didn't go anywhere. It has a bit more information about what they were aiming at

    https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1271221518/carbon-fiber-guitars-basses-and-ukuleles-legacy-gu?ref=discovery&term=carbon%20fiber%20guitar

    Carbon Fiber Tenor Ukulele - Main Specifications


    • Body and Neck Material - 100% Carbon Fiber
    • One-Piece Design body and neck
    • Scale Length - 17"
    • Fretboard Material - Composite
    • Number of Frets - 19
    • Fretboard Radius - Flat
    • Body Length - 12"
    • Body Width (Lower Bout) - 9.25"
    • Body Depth - 3"
    • Weight - 1.5 lb

    Body & Neck


    • Construction - 100% Carbon Fiber
    • Soundboard - 100% Carbon Fiber
    • Soundboard Bracing - None
    • Sound Hole Diameter - 2.56"
    • Finish - High Gloss or Matte
    • Machine Heads - Chrome or Black Locking Tuners
    • Fretboard - Composite
    • Width at Nut - 1.38"
    • Frets Clear of the Body - 14

    Other


    • Bridge Material - Composite
    • Bridge Style - Pinless
    • Bridge String Spacing - 1.54"
    • Strap Pins - Chrome or Black
    • Left Handed - Yes
    • Strings - D'Addario Clear Nylon

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    The announcement is from March 2019. The eBay link is interesting. Seems that there were 6 for sale and they have sold 2 of them. The price is also a temporary Black Friday Sale. But they are also accepting offers and they accept returns within 14 days. It sure seems like a product that just didn’t go anywhere and they are trying to get rid of whatever initial ukuleles they made.

    I doubt there is any more info, so it would just be a hit or miss with a low offer. Worst case is having to pay return shipping.

    John

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    It would be terrific to have a Canadian made carbon fibre travel tenor. However, given the obvious challenges the company faces delivering the cf welding helmets that they manufacture, I feel like the ukulele line may a dead end for the company and therefore a gamble when it comes to purchasing from them off of ebay.
    Klos Tenor (carbon fibre)
    Mya Moe Tenor (myrtle)
    Kamaka Tenor (koa)
    Lone Tree Tenor (driftwood red cedar, black cherry, western maple)

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