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    Quote Originally Posted by rainbow21 View Post
    The hunt is over:

    https://ukulelestorehawaii.com/index...label-concert/

    I would also consider contacting KoAloha directly as their recent red labels for their 25th anny cost less than this one.
    I probably should've qualified further that I'd like to find one in Europe but thanks anyway.

    And yeah, I think I've seen the regular red labels sold around $2500, and even that is a lot more money than what I paid for my current most expensive uke. But maybe one day I'll be desperate enough to pay whatever for one of those.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kaelrie View Post
    Yes, I know. I live on Oahu. But until recently, Lanikai Ukuleles claimed to be a Hawaiian company, and their sole reason for being able to claim that was they rented a 10x15 import office on the docks. If you need proof it was there at one time, go watch a Baz review of a Lanikai ukulele. He mentions it.

    I'm only mentioning them because I was agreeing with a previous poster that a number of companies who make their ukuleles in China will do some tiny little thing to the uke somewhere in America and then claim it's an American ukulele.
    I know and that is sad. When I just googled Hawaiian ukulele first up was Leolani that has Honolulu office shared with HanoHano but all they do is push cheap China ukes to ABC store and other tourist venues. Hopefully serious uke players are aware of this and able to distinguish actual producers from import offices.

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    Quote Originally Posted by merlin666 View Post
    I know and that is sad. When I just googled Hawaiian ukulele first up was Leolani that has Honolulu office shared with HanoHano but all they do is push cheap China ukes to ABC store and other tourist venues. Hopefully serious uke players are aware of this and able to distinguish actual producers from import offices.
    Well now I'm embarrassed lol. It was Leolani I was thinking of the whole time, not Lanikai.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chris667 View Post
    ...Claiming it's a work of great American craftsmanship because they've added a bone nut and saddle (how much does a bone nut and saddle cost, anyway?) and then carving a bit in the side is really disingenuous.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kenn2018 View Post
    It seems that tenors are far more common from custom shops. Some will make other sizes, but many only do tenors because that's where the demand is.

    Mainland Ukes has done this for years. Have ukes made to their specifications and then have the final fittings and details done in the USA. They also sell ukes made and completed in China as well.
    This isn't a new idea, is it? Mainland has done a stellar job, and their ukes aren't gonna break the bank. Two of my BFFs play them.
    I vowed a few years ago, though, to not buy any more Chinese ukuleles...2 is enough.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nickie View Post
    I vowed a few years ago, though, to not buy any more Chinese ukuleles...2 is enough.
    Two Chinese-made ukuleles are just EXACTLY right for THIS lovely song.
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    I was just on youtube and Ukelikethepros.com was offering a video on Aolani ukes. I didn't want click on it because I didn't want youtube thinking I was interested in that type of thing. However, since this thread has Aolani in the title, I thought you guys might be interested.

    I also see a little bit of China-bashing going on here. That's cool, but I just wanted to remind people that they need to put their money where their mouth is. The appeal of China (or Walmart or any big box store) is the price. China/Walmart is asking you to betray your community and its local merchants for some savings. So, if you're going to turn your back on China, you need to pay more for your ukes. You can't have it both ways. I don't want to get too political; I'm just saying you need to be realistic and go into it with your eyes wide open and realize that you're going to be paying a premium for more localized products--whether that product is a uke or some food you picked up at a corner market

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    Quote Originally Posted by ripock View Post
    I was just on youtube and Ukelikethepros.com was offering a video on Aolani ukes. I didn't want click on it because I didn't want youtube thinking I was interested in that type of thing. However, since this thread has Aolani in the title, I thought you guys might be interested.

    I also see a little bit of China-bashing going on here. That's cool, but I just wanted to remind people that they need to put their money where their mouth is. The appeal of China (or Walmart or any big box store) is the price. China/Walmart is asking you to betray your community and its local merchants for some savings. So, if you're going to turn your back on China, you need to pay more for your ukes. You can't have it both ways. I don't want to get too political; I'm just saying you need to be realistic and go into it with your eyes wide open and realize that you're going to be paying a premium for more localized products--whether that product is a uke or some food you picked up at a corner market
    Well I posted the actual video earlier which revived this thread. It's on the previous page.

    I don't really get the negativity towards China either. There are loads of brands who import parts of ukes from China and finish them in Western countries so they're able to sell them cheaper, and often they are decent quality as well. Unless I'm mistaken, Leolani makes quite nice ukes in terms of quality. I get it irks some people that they claim to be a Hawaiian company but they do disclose that they make their ukes oversees. It's not something that bothers me that much at all.

    And aside from all that, there are many actual high-end ukes produced in China nowadays. I have two aNueNue Bird ukuleles, on of which is my most expensive uke, and they are among my favourites. They were also made in China but I don't regard them as any lesser despite that. The recent Flight anniversary ukes are also made in China and seem to be excellent quality. Where an instrument is made is much less important to me today than it was, say, ten or twenty years ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dohle View Post
    Well I posted the actual video earlier which revived this thread. It's on the previous page.

    I don't really get the negativity towards China either. There are loads of brands who import parts of ukes from China and finish them in Western countries so they're able to sell them cheaper, and often they are decent quality as well. Unless I'm mistaken, Leolani makes quite nice ukes in terms of quality. I get it irks some people that they claim to be a Hawaiian company but they do disclose that they make their ukes oversees. It's not something that bothers me that much at all.

    And aside from all that, there are many actual high-end ukes produced in China nowadays. I have two aNueNue Bird ukuleles, on of which is my most expensive uke, and they are among my favourites. They were also made in China but I don't regard them as any lesser despite that. The recent Flight anniversary ukes are also made in China and seem to be excellent quality. Where an instrument is made is much less important to me today than it was, say, ten or twenty years ago.
    i agree with you and Riprock...i was not a fan of ukes built in China but after seeing many Kala models i started to change my mind a few years ago...now there are many ukes built in China that sound great and the fit and finish and finish top notch...

    the prices seem kind of high but you get solid wood instruments seems like folks just don't want this company to do well but other companies building in Vietnam,Phillipines,Thailand etc are ok?

    i am not the owners or investor so they will find out if they made the right decisions on price and marketing but i am not going to sink their ship with my comments...

    hard to compare tone to other ukes since i never played or saw one...will be watching to see if they catch on mainly because of sound/tone not where built
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill1 View Post
    It seems that there is a connection to Cornerstone Custom via a licenced design, but the brand is not mentioned on the Cornerstone site. Most USA manufacturers who have a lower cost product line made in Asian factories are not afraid to include the product on their websites, you have to wonder why Cornerstone is so shy about mentioning the Aolani product. Its hard to see the point in trying to hide the obvious. Possibly there is no actual connection apart from the design licence, possibly Custom Cornerstone is the "master luthier", why not just post the true situation?
    I agree. Particularly when both the Aolani and Cornerstone websites show them based in Westminster, CA and even have the same phone number. Aolani's contact email is: info@cornerstoneukes.com

    One other odd thing is that on the Aolani website, they say all of their ukes are solid wood, no laminates. Yet the lowest priced on on ULTP is listed as having laminate back and sides.
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