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    Hi everyone,

    Just a note to inform you that I am no longer building instruments, it was fun while it lasted.

    It has now been a little over six months since my wife lost her fight against cancer, and I have had a roller coaster of emotions to deal with. However one thing that became abundently clear to me was that I had no desire to remain in the house staring out of the window and watching the world go by. Accordingly, and with the blessing of my family I have decided to sell my property, half of which belongs to them via my wifes will. With my half I intend to buy a reasonably upmarket motorhome and spend my remaining years exploring this amazing country that I am fortunate enough to call home. I shall be a Grey Nomad fairly shortly and am looking forward to the journey ahead.
    Thank you for your support over the last few years, I will still be around, at least for a while. If I have nothing of value to add to discussions I will at least send you a postcard occasionally.
    Kind Regards
    Dennis
    Kind Regards
    Dennis

    dponeil@xtra.co.nz
    Southern Cross Banjo Ukes & Ukuleles
    Proudly Hand Crafted in
    New Zealand.

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    The ukulele community will miss having you as a builder, but you've certainly earned a break. Best wishes on the next leg of your journey.
    Ukulele:
    Iriguchi Tenor "Weeble" - A, WoU Clarity
    Blue Star 19" baritone Konablaster - DGBE
    Cocobolo 16" SC#1-gCEA, SC SLMU
    Ono #42 19" baritone, Ab, LW
    Imua iET-Bb, M600
    Covered Bridge CLN pineapple - Eb cuatro, SC XLL
    Rogue bari
    Bonanza super tenor, cFAD SC LHU
    Kala KSLNG, Eb SC XLU
    Hanson 5-string tenor, dGCEA
    Bonanza SLN GCEA
    Bonanzalele concert
    Guitars:
    Jupiter #47, G, TI CF127
    Pelem, B reentrant
    Jupiter #71, A, UG1

    !Flukutronic!

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    All the best Dennis.

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    Best wishes and God bless.

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    You will be missed Dennis. I still enjoy the instrument you made for me. You do live in a beautiful part of the world that contains such diverse scenery, so I’m sure you will never be tired of admiring its charms. Best wishes for your travels.

    Bob

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    Best wishes Dennis, hope you will keep us updated on your travels, maybe we can meet up when you are in our neck of the woods.
    Keep Strummin'

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    God speed and fair winds. Have fun playing your Ukuleles rather than selling them. I hear your sunrises and sunsets are particularly magnificent due to all the bushfires smoke we have been sending your way. Sorry bout that.
    My friends call me Titch. I have been known to clown.
    Ian Titulaer is my normie name.

    https://sites.google.com/site/titchtheclown/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Titchtheclown View Post
    God speed and fair winds. Have fun playing your Ukuleles rather than selling them. I hear your sunrises and sunsets are particularly magnificent due to all the bushfires smoke we have been sending your way. Sorry bout that.
    Cheers Mate, I am looking forward to the next stage of my life, absolutely no doubt about that. We are unconcerned about a bit of smoke drifting over "Godzone" but are very concerned for our "mates" and brothers over the ditch. We watch with some horror as the fires rage on seemingly out of control, and we care about our shared "Family". Take care, be safe.
    Best wishes
    Dennis
    Kind Regards
    Dennis

    dponeil@xtra.co.nz
    Southern Cross Banjo Ukes & Ukuleles
    Proudly Hand Crafted in
    New Zealand.

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    Safe travels, Dennis. I hope that you find solace and serenity not too far down the road.

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