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    Default eBay Koaloha

    Saw this one on eBay. I know it's pretty, but will it get rid of the bags under my eyes? It would def lighten my wallet!

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    Interesting story behind this:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJfR7JSeDNA

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    More likely to give you bags under your eyes from staying up all night playing it!
    "Life is short. Opera is long."

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    Quote Originally Posted by ukeanixi View Post
    Interesting story behind this:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJfR7JSeDNA
    The one on eBay isn't a prototype, though, is it? I bought Prototype #4 in July 2018.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerryc41 View Post
    The one on eBay isn't a prototype, though, is it? I bought Prototype #4 in July 2018.
    Good question, hadn't heard that it was in production.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ukeanixi View Post
    Good question, hadn't heard that it was in production.
    These prototypes are from at least a decade earlier. In video, they found them when they moved to their new location. So back in the "oughts" they went into production, but Pops stopped when he could not keep up with demand since he was personally making them.

    From an earlier UU post from Ed Fiscella:

    https://forum.ukuleleunderground.com...note-from-Pops
    Firstly, the Pineapple Sunday has been out on the market for over 15 years or so and has acquired a famous status around the world as a unique designed ukulele that also sounds incredible. The original version with the debossed grid also adds tremendously to the effect of creating the "look" of a pineapple's exterior without detracting from the koa wood face grain texture. This combination worked successfully well and I couldn't keep up with orders placed by large dealers as well as individual customers so I decided to stop production because, after all, I am the only person handcrafting each one meticulously. The debossing process involves a lot of time and when I recently decided to reactivate this version, I edited the debossing grid lines to a bare minimum which worked in favor of exposing the grain even more on the face. This satisfies the "purists" who want to see ukulele faces with curly grain configurations. I am presently handcrafting these minimal grid face PIneapple Sundays along with the painted versions
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    My observation of ukes being sold on eBay from Japan, they're tremendously overpriced. Just saying.


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    correction: still in production
    I knew they'd been in production, but not still though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kohanmike View Post
    My observation of ukes being sold on eBay from Japan, they're tremendously overpriced. Just saying.


    This is Michael Kohan in Los Angeles, Beverly West near the Beverly Center
    9 tenor cutaway ukes, 6 acoustic bass ukes, 12 solid body bass ukes, 14 mini electric bass guitars (Total: 41)

    • Donate to The Ukulele Kids Club, they provide ukuleles to children in hospital music therapy programs. www.theukc.org
    • Member The CC Strummers: YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/CCStrummers/video, Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheCCStrummers
    Generally speaking that's true - like $800 for a Flea - but this Scepter is reasonably priced. I'm amazed that there's no description of it, and look at the title: Ukulele KOALOHA Beauty products. I see it has the Crown Bridge. I wonder how many were made with that. I'm guessing it's a tenor, since the tuning knobs are sticking out the side. The concerts have the friction knobs behind the headstock.

    EDIT: One reason that crown bridge was discontinued was production difficulties. It was very difficult for the workers to sand and spray it multiple times because of the intricate shape, as Pops say in the video linked above. I take back what I said about the tuners. It looks like they were added by a previous owner. They open-geared, and they don't line up very well with the shape of the headstock. Also, this uke has seventeen frets, the same as the concert.
    Last edited by Jerryc41; 01-18-2020 at 01:15 AM.
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