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    Default Great Uke Buying Experience

    I spent yesterday afternoon with some of the helpful, friendly staff at Gryphon Stringed Instruments on Lambert/Park in Palo Alto, CA. A wall full of ukes, and an invitation to play any that appealed for as long as desired, and an offer to answer any questions that might come up. Life is sometimes very good. While sampling a wide variety of makers and models from plain solid to lots of "bling", I talked uke with several other customers who were enjoying the same opportunity to browse. I helped a "browser" work through her uke requirements/interests, and she eventually bought a very nice Pono tenor. I left rather late in the day with a big smile and a new Kamaka HF3 tenor. The warranty registration goes in the mail today.

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    How nice! It's great to visit a store like that.
    I'm fortunate to have Acoustic Vibes in my area.

    Congrats on your new Kamaka!
    cletus

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    Sorry, but . . .



    Jus had to do dat!

    Nana ka maka; ho`olohe ka pepeiao;
    pa`a ka waha.

    Observe with the eyes; listen with the ears; shut the mouth.
    Thus one learns.


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    Bruddah, Congrats on the new Kamaka but we gotta have pictures.
    Beeru Onegashimasu.
    Little ukes, Bigger ukes, Big ukes
    Stupid looking Hat
    Sunglasses and Sandles

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    Oh, it's my dream to walk into a store and be able to have my pick of K-brands. Failure to post pics results in an automatic banning*. It's the rules. You get a Kamaka tenor, you have to post the pics.


    * In my mind.

    Kanile'a dlx super concert / Koaloha concert / Ohana sk-38 / Risa Uke Solid Tenor

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    You could not have made a better choice. When you buy a Kamaka an angel gets its wings.

    Pics now please!
    Moore Bettah Kauai Dreams undersea inlay tenor "Hui Nani"
    Moore Bettah slothead offset soundhole tenor "Kula Leo"
    KoAloha KTMS-00 "Lokomaika'i"

    Building and Owning a Bettah Ukulele: The story of Moore Bettah Ukuleles
    Listen With Your Heart: The KoAloha Ukulele Story
    Listen With Your Heart: The KoAloha Ukulele Story e-book edition

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    Bought my Martin '48-O from Gryphon. Nice joint.

    Pics!
    My Soprano Empire:
    VINTAGE MARTINS: c.'48 Martin 0
    OTHER VINTAGE: c30s Blue Favilla, c50 TV Pal, 30s Redhead
    MODERN MARTINS: OXK; 2012 2M
    KAMAKA: 2010 Pineapple (RIP MGM)

    My Baritone Empire:
    '12 Kala KA-B, '69 Silvertone, c.'53-57 Favilla, c.'63 Martin, '11 Kamaka

    STRUMTESTS//ADD to The STRING DATABASE and UKE CASE DATABASE // Take the NAME THAT MARTIN test.

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    Man! I wish I knew a place like that on the east coast! ...anyone?

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