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Thread: NUD Kamaka HF-3D

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    Default NUD Kamaka HF-3D

    So something a bit special arrived for me this morning!

    Spotted this on eBay a couple of weeks back and kept an eye on it, decided my limit and took the plunge. I got it for, what I think, was a really good price. It's still the most I have ever spent (and probably will ever spend) on a ukulele but having it in my hands now, it is totally worth it! I am delighted!

    Want to thank fellow board member deznuchs for his great, and thorough advice, as I was deciding between this and a Kanile'a.

    The uke was purchased by the original owner from SUS back in 2018 and it looks brand new, really fantastic condition.

    The case alone is something to marvel at. The ukulele is set up wonderfully. I am not good at describing sound but it has the shimmering koa sparkle with this wonderful, resonant, depth to it. Really fantastic. Definitely sounds like a ukulele and not a small classical guitar which is something that is really important to me. It actually gave me goosebumps playing it!

    The only downside is that my playing is not good enough for this instrument but am going to keep playing until it is!

    Some pics and a little video are here (only an iphone recording, really need to figure out how to get the mic sound synchronized with the video!)

    https://photos.app.goo.gl/1V3jrynryRBiFwjP6

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    Well done., It was a really good price

    Cherish it.
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    That's a beauty. You can't go wrong with a Kamaka.
    Too many ukes, but I can't stop buying!
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    That's gorgeous!
    Is it the Ohta San model?
    "Those who bring sunshine and laughter to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves".

    Music washes from the soul, the dust of everyday living.

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    Awesome ukulele. Beautiful Koa in it. You done good and it's well worth it.

    It is definitely a encouragement to improve your playing. You'll get there.
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    Man that looks great. Didn't know the Kamaka that you were talking about looked this good.

    Your playing sounds great too. Happy Strumming
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    I am drooling. After damaging my kamaka soprano from string change, I can only drool. Scared to pick up another Kamaka
    Rebel Mango Sublime Soprano (Creme brûlée)
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    Ohana SK-21m
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    Ohana Pequeno
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    Ohana Pequeno

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nickie View Post
    That's gorgeous!
    Is it the Ohta San model?
    I'm not the OP, but I think it's a Deluxe Tenor, not the Ohta San. The Ohta San is Kamaka HB-2D and this is HF-3D.

    This is a beautiful ukulele, and I hope that Mopey enjoys it in good health.

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    Hi everyone, have been trying to reply all day but keep getting the 'blacklisted' message!

    Yes it's a regular HF-3D not the Ohta San one which is more... bell shaped I think? And yes a concert rather than tenor so HB-2D would be right.

    Have been learning Kaimana Hila on it today from a Herb Ohata Jr video because it just asks for me to play some Hawaiian tunes on it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Counter View Post
    Well done., It was a really good price

    Cherish it.
    I was surprised (and relieved!) that it didn't have many bids - only 3 I think!? I guess it's a sign of the times

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