- Apr 21, 2010
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- Mission Viejo, CA
The tree is famous, and aesthetically beautiful but sound wise it is not something out of the normal range of wood tones.
Well actually, our very own Ken TImms only just built a Ukulele made out of wood from "The Tree".
I won't do any spoilers, so you can read about it here,
Today I feel like Joseph Asscher The Guy who was given the task of splitting the "Cullinan Rough Diamond" Somehow I've ended up being tasked to make a Ukulele out of the the most expensive timber on the planet. ..bending the sides without problems is one of the worries ..plus bindings being...forum.ukuleleunderground.com
Thanks for sharing this as an example!I think that this is a good way to frame it. There are multiple models of K-brand ukuleles that have a handful of luthiers and related craftspeople touching them, not just one, and most of them are built as well-understood, widely-available models -- Kanile'a K1, KoAloha KTM, etc. -- BUT, they ALSO build a meaningful number of one-offs that, whether they're super-blingy or super-specific, are definitely unique.
Needless to say, many of those customizations might limit their appeal to anyone but the person for whom they were built...but I've seen some truly stunning examples of ukes built for one person that absolutely . I remember one that @ukulelemana shared in a NUD post here that you should definitely take a look at if you haven't. Mike's a terrific photographer (he shoots sports for a living) and I'm not gonna repost them all here, but this one tiny detail shot made me gasp:
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Sure, that might not do anything for YOU, but that's kinda the point. The things that drive up the price for a one-off to appeal to the taste of one specific person might be the exact things that keep another person from even considering it.
Of course, who knows what 400 years of inflation will do to the price of ANYTHING? Maybe SHOELACES will cost $20 million.
Although hey, if Gene Rodenberry's right, there won't be any money at all in the 24th century anyway!
Thanks for sharing this as an example!