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    As for buying another uke, that's not in my plans.
    It never has been in your plans, Jerry, but somehow, it just keeps happening.

    I wouldn't know a thing about that.

    -Kurt

    The new Cocobolo is supposed to arrive Monday,,,
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    Concerts:Cocobolo #460 &#412, Ohana CK450QEL, CK-65D, Rosewood Vita, Mahogany Vita,
    Donaldson Custom, Epi Les Paul, National Triolian Reso, Republic
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    Quote Originally Posted by kohanmike View Post
    I got two sizes just to make sure 4mm and 6mm, I used the 4mm, from JOANN Fabrics and Crafts, or any local crafts store. They come in a long string.
    Right now, if it isn't available online, it isn't available.
    Too many ukes, but I can't stop buying!
    https://www.catskillukulelegroup.com/

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    Quote Originally Posted by kohanmike View Post
    Here'a what mine looks like with black nut, saddle, stick on fret markers, strap buttons, string beads and strings.

    Wow, that is really great looking. Nice going.
    Kala KA-TE tenor uke (currently tuned F-Bb-D-G w/Worth Browns)
    Kala APB-CTG baritone uke (currently tuned D-G-B-E w/Martin 22 Baritone strings)
    Ohana BK-35CG baritone uke (tuned A-D-F#-B w/Savarez classical guitar strings)
    Various guitars, banjos, and basses

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    Quote Originally Posted by kohanmike View Post
    Here'a what mine looks like with black nut, saddle, stick on fret markers, strap buttons, string beads and strings.

    Looks nice, Mike! Gonna get a Kala bamboo ubass to match?
    Just Play

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    Concerts: Kanile'a K-2 CP - Living Water | Islander AC-4 - Living Water | Waverly Street banjolele - Worth Browns
    Tenor: Martin Iz - Living Water low G
    UBass: Kala FS2 (fretless) - Pahoehoe | Kala Acacia - Pahoehoe

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    Quote Originally Posted by UkerDanno View Post
    Looks nice, Mike! Gonna get a Kala bamboo ubass to match?
    I thought about it until I came across a tenor uke design by my guy Bruce Wei in Vietnam and just ordered a 22.75" scale bass uke version for $700. This is my mockup.


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    Quote Originally Posted by kohanmike View Post
    Here'a what mine looks like with black nut, saddle, stick on fret markers, strap buttons, string beads and strings.

    That's a great look!
    Larry

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    • ANUENUE UT200 MOON BIRD (ALPINE SPRUCE/ROSEWOOD) TENOR (LOW "G")
    • KOALOHA KCM-10 PIKAKE KOA CONCERT
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    Quote Originally Posted by kohanmike View Post
    I thought about it until I came across a tenor uke design by my guy Bruce Wei in Vietnam and just ordered a 22.75" scale bass uke version for $700. This is my mockup.
    That's a beauty.
    Too many ukes, but I can't stop buying!
    https://www.catskillukulelegroup.com/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerryc41 View Post
    That's a beauty.
    Thanks, but you got me thinking. I'll ask Bruce what it would take to make it all bamboo with ebony details.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kohanmike View Post
    Thanks, but you got me thinking. I'll ask Bruce what it would take to make it all bamboo with ebony details.
    Has he built ukes from bamboo before? If he would offer some instruments with minimal decoration/inlays and just highlight the wood, I might be tempted, but most of what I see is overly ornate for my taste.
    Larry

    • ROMERO CREATIONS SOLID MAHOGANY "TINY TENOR"
    • COCOBOLO CEDAR/COCOBOLO CONCERT
    • ANUENUE UT200 MOON BIRD (ALPINE SPRUCE/ROSEWOOD) TENOR (LOW "G")
    • KOALOHA KCM-10 PIKAKE KOA CONCERT
    • PONO ATD-CR CEDAR/ACACIA TENOR
    • HARMONY MAHOGANY BARITONE (1950's)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Snargle View Post
    Has he built ukes from bamboo before? If he would offer some instruments with minimal decoration/inlays and just highlight the wood, I might be tempted, but most of what I see is overly ornate for my taste.
    I don't know, but he's been very honest with me, if it's not up his ally, I'll stick with the spruce and walnut. He will make you any style or finish you want, not expensive either. He's made me custom tenor ukes and bass for prices that are less than half of what western luthiers charge. The bass uke I show above for $700 would easily cost $2000 or more here.

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