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    Default Exceptional Moore Bettah Ukulele (Produced in May 2018)

    A remarkable masterpiece. Condition is Like New. Not a scratch in the lacquer.

    I have had this exceptional instrument for almost 3 years but have only used it for half the time. I had an unfortunate accident last year, broke my right arm and strumming wrist, and have had trouble playing since. I thought I would fully recover, but I have realized I will not be playing much going forward, and have decided to sell my mini collection of 4 ukuleles. This is of course the crown jewel.

    I posted on this site about 10 days ago asking about where would be the best place to sell this. I had some good feedback and have decided to try here first. I have not followed the market in the last few years and do not have a good feeling for what this is worth - so I have not posted a price. I am happy to speak with anyone about this and accept an offer that seems reasonable. Having said that - please do not send me any low-ball offers, and please do not ask me for a price or you will not make an offer. I'm a reasonable person, so if you are serious, with a serious offer, it should work.

    There seems to be a limit of 5 images that can be uploaded. I have plenty more for those interested. The first image was Chuck's stock image of the uke. All other images are current.

    The headstock on this ukulele is the quintessential Hawaiian image - a beautiful wahine, in a grass skirt, playing a ukulele !

    The headstock also includes a palm tree, water feature, hibiscus flowers, and an erupting volcano in the background. So much in such a small space. The imagery and inlay work on this uke are among the most beautiful (in my opinion) that Chuck has done.

    Gorgeous 5A grade Hawaiian curly Koa wood (as indicated on the certificate from Moore Bettah - the top grade), with ebony binding and ebony headstock overlay. The inlay is comprised of scrimshawed faux ivory, Honduran mahogany, recon stone, dyed woods, coconut palm, and Koa.

    This instrument (#1810), is very similar to uke #1815 (ask me for photo) which must have been made around the same time and was sold on TheUkuleleSite for a staggering sum. Different wood - but similar decorative inlay work. I like this instrument even more, but as a used instrument, I dont expect to see the same result.

    I dont have a sound file to post, but I can assure everyone that like all Moore Bettah tenor ukuleles, the sound is stunning. Rich and wonderful tone with incredible sustain, projection, and clarity. Believe me, the tone on this uke is remarkable and like no other uke I have ever touched. It will create a huge smile on anyone playing it.

    I worked with Chuck as he was building this uke. What a gentleman, and artist. It was an experience I will always value, and I am disappointed to have to let this go. For a year now I have enjoyed looking at it - but not playing it. I know that a new owner will love it as much as I have, and truly enjoy its beauty and its extraordinary musicality. This is the kind of instrument that someone will still be enjoying 100 years from now - or it will be in a museum! Original Moore Bettah instrument descriptive papers provided with the sale.
    PS: See Chuck's facebook comment on the uke (ask me for the image) ! The ukulele is sold with the most beautiful O'ahu leather case. (Black leather exterior with red stitching, and a plush red interior matching the inlay decorative work, as in the pictures.)

    Note: The lacquer finish is very high gloss. It's gorgeous, but very difficult to photograph without getting some unwanted reflections somewhere on the uke. The finish is perfect. If you see a reflection and are concerned about the finish, I can send anyone a closeup picture of that area that will address any concern.

    Note 2: Due to the high gloss lacquer, depending upon the lighting, the colors always look a bit different. The first photograph in this posting is the exact photo produced by Chuck to post this uke on his facebook page in May 2018. All other images were produced now to show the exact current condition.

    Note 3: This uke will be reproduced and included in the forthcoming new book by Staci Blevins, to be published this June 2021. Staci is the author of the book "Building and Owning a Bettah Ukulele".
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    My PMs are not working. Do you have an email address or alternate way of communicating?
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    Hi Tiger,
    I am assuming it is ok to send private email addresses here - so you can reach me at Markny2011 @ gmail.com. FYI - I am located in Miami, Florida.
    Thanks,
    Mark

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    This is gorgeous. You can post more photos. You could have attached 5 more to your message about email. How much are you asking for this ukulele?

    PS: Posting your email address in a public forum is not a good idea
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cornfield View Post
    This is gorgeous. You can post more photos. You could have attached 5 more to your message about email. How much are you asking for this ukulele?

    PS: Posting your email address in a public forum is not a good idea
    My email address has been on every posting of mine for probably ten years and I have never had one spam message or anything similar in all that time. I have however generated quite a few sales from that same email address.
    Kind Regards
    Dennis

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    New Zealand.

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    I'm really sorry about your arm. A friend, who is a very good picker, wrecked her arm, it didn't heal well, and she has a whole room full of ukes she can't play.....bummer.
    Good luck with your sales.
    "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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    Mis post. Ignore.
    keeping an eye out for a very special pre-owned concert....

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    Thanks Nickie,
    I was living in China when I broke my arm and the medical treatment I received was , to be polite, less than adequate. I realized after that incident that it was too dangerous for someone no longer 20 years old to live there. So I have moved back to the US and now working here.
    Thanks for the good wishes !

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    Hi Cornfield,
    I am working hard to come up with an asking price that is not crazy high, but also not giving this away.
    Hope to have an answer to post tomorrow.
    Thanks !

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    This might be a stupid question, but have you seen a physical therapist or doctor of some sort about your arm here, and trying to get that function back? I imagine that it's worth a shot even if you are over playing ukuleles now. If this was obvious and you already obtained some opinions without success, my apologies.

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