New Uke Day (NUD) John S. Kinnard concert

Patty

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It arrived Friday, and I'm still a little stunned. Speechless. What a ukulele! I ordered it after a long search for a used John S. Kinnard concert (don't even try), since I doubted I could afford a new one. But finally John's associate, Kevin Beddoe, made it almost affordable, and my long-suffering husband did the rest.

What I have is a Series 1 concert, a series you won't see on the Kinnard website but that Kevin tells me can still be ordered. The Series 1 line is much simpler than the others, and less expensive. The simplicity suits me perfectly, since I wanted a very bare and simple look. The only decoration at all is the tiny 3-ring rosette and the black embossed logo on the plain paddle headstock. No binding, no purfling, no nuthin'. All I added in the way of extras was small-dot fretboard markers (side markers are included). Oh, and ebony strap buttons.

The woods are maple (back, sides, neck), cedar (top), and ebony (bridge, radiused fretboard, tail strip). Bone nut (34 mm) and saddle. Nineteen frets, thirteen to the body. All-black Gotoh UPT's. The finish is satin, very smooth and silky to the touch (a pleasure to the hand). The overall effect is extremely clean and elegant, with the unstained blond woods contrasting with the black appointments. The cedar is straight as straight can be--you can see the striations at the end of the uke. That's not binding--it's the cedar top.

As for the sound, I'll just say that I'm not worthy of this instrument, but I'm working on it. The clarity and purity is just what I wanted, and requires only a very light touch to ring out. The uke can be VERY loud. But no matter how it's played, every note is distinct, pure, clear. The sustain is pretty unbelievable, especially on the E and A strings (overtones, overtones!). The uke came with Worth clears and an Oasis smooth wound low G.

All along the way, Kevin sent me pictures of the uke's progress, and in the end he sent a dozen or more pictures of the finished uke, plus pictures of John at work (I'm including one of him here). My new avatar commemorates the new (and probably final!) member of the team.

I placed the order on July 12 and was given a 12-week estimate for arrival. It was done on Sept. 12 (8 weeks later!) and landed on my doorstep on Sept. 15, impeccably packed in a HUGE box (I wondered if I was getting TWO ukuleles). Inside the hard case was a small color brochure with a picture of the uke and my name printed on the front, all the details of the build, care tips, and warranty. Class all the way! And an extra-large polishing cloth with the Kinnard logo. A small touch, but thoughtful and much appreciated.

I'm so lucky! I now own only two ukuleles, this one and my Barron River concert. I wouldn't even attempt to compare them--each is perfect in its own way. I will probably never want another ukulele. I'm where I want to be (except in my playing!).

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If you ever decide that you don't want it, (I know that will never happen), let me know. It's a beauty!!

I'm so glad that this worked out for you. You've got 2 of the best concerts now, IMO, with the Kinnard and Barron River.
I hope that they both bring you joy.
 
It arrived Friday, and I'm still a little stunned. Speechless. What a ukulele! I ordered it after a long search for a used John S. Kinnard concert (don't even try), since I doubted I could afford a new one. But finally John's associate, Kevin Beddoe, made it almost affordable, and my long-suffering husband did the rest.

What I have is a Series 1 concert, a series you won't see on the Kinnard website but that Kevin tells me can still be ordered. The Series 1 line is much simpler than the others, and less expensive. The simplicity suits me perfectly, since I wanted a very bare and simple look. The only decoration at all is the tiny 3-ring rosette and the black embossed logo on the plain paddle headstock. No binding, no purfling, no nuthin'. All I added in the way of extras was small-dot fretboard markers (side markers are included). Oh, and ebony strap buttons.

The woods are maple (back, sides, neck), cedar (top), and ebony (bridge, radiused fretboard, tail strip). Bone nut (34 mm) and saddle. Nineteen frets, thirteen to the body. All-black Gotoh UPT's. The finish is satin, very smooth and silky to the touch (a pleasure to the hand). The overall effect is extremely clean and elegant, with the unstained blond woods contrasting with the black appointments. The cedar is straight as straight can be--you can see the striations at the end of the uke. That's not binding--it's the cedar top.

As for the sound, I'll just say that I'm not worthy of this instrument, but I'm working on it. The clarity and purity is just what I wanted, and requires only a very light touch to ring out. The uke can be VERY loud. But no matter how it's played, every note is distinct, pure, clear. The sustain is pretty unbelievable, especially on the E and A strings (overtones, overtones!). The uke came with Worth clears and a wound low G.

All along the way, Kevin sent me pictures of the uke's progress, and in the end he sent a dozen or more pictures of the finished uke, plus pictures of John at work (I'm including one of him here). My new avatar commemorates the new (and probably final!) member of the team.

I placed the order on July 12 and was given a 12-week estimate for arrival. It landed on my doorstep in just over 8 weeks, on Sept. 15, impeccably packed in a HUGE box (I wondered if I was getting TWO ukuleles). Inside the hard case was a small color brochure with a picture of the uke and my name printed on the front, all the details of the build, care tips, and warranty. Class all the way! And an extra-large polishing cloth with the Kinnard logo. A small touch, but thoughtful and much appreciated.

I'm so lucky! I now own only two ukuleles, this one and my Barron River concert. I wouldn't even attempt to compare them--each is perfect in its own way. I will probably never want another ukulele. I'm where I want to be (except in my playing!).

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Wow! so excited and happy for you Patty! All this time waiting for your nud, I was wondering to myself if "Patty's got a Kinnard coming!?" Here it is! What a beauty too, bet it sounds dreamy!
 
Jaw dropping. This is a gorgeous instrument. I love the maple, and the cedar! OMG! This might not be a blingy build, but boy, it really doesn't need anything extra. I'm so happy for you Pat, and excited to hear more about it as you play your Kinnard and your BR and develop your ukulele mojo with two world-class instruments.
 
Beautiful looking instrument @Patty ! I am sure you are worthy of it :D It may just have lots of lessons secrets for you to find as your skill, playing, and technique develop!

Would love to hear a sound sample. Do you mind sharing about the cost of these since you mentioned they are available but unlisted? Kinnard's are real beauties to my ear holes
 
Beautiful looking instrument @Patty ! I am sure you are worthy of it :D It may just have lots of lessons secrets for you to find as your skill, playing, and technique develop!

Would love to hear a sound sample. Do you mind sharing about the cost of these since you mentioned they are available but unlisted? Kinnard's are real beauties to my ear holes
Yes, I'm sure I'll uncover a lot of secrets as I go down the road with this fabulous little uke, and with my Barron River. I plan to work hard improving myself, and I'm sure they'll repay me.

Sorry, no sound sample. I will no doubt offer one someday, but not right away. As for the price, you can order a series 1 concert for $2,750. Contact Kevin at
 
Wow! What a ukulele!

John S. Kinnard makes some of the finest ukuleles. Impeccable craftsmanship. World class sound. Functional art you can play. You can see John's art and design background in every instrument he makes. Plus a command and understanding of the materials he uses to create just the sound he envisions.

I imagine the cedar top warms the sound of the maple body to produce a remarkable voice for your new concert.

Ya done good Patty.
 
First, Patty, you did good! A Kinnard (especially one paired with a BR!) should be a great ukulele for you to play and love.

You are certainly worthy of the ukulele since it was one that your husband helped acquire with love. It is a misconception that players skills determine worthiness for the music that the ukulele is capable of. It will sound great every single note and chord that you play and will improve with familiarity and time.

Where you might be wrong is that you might never want another ukulele. It was just posted that John Kinnard will be producing a Legacy Series based on what he thinks will make wonderful ukuleles. And down the road, his Z stock design is classy and functional: all four tuners turn the same direction to tighten (or loosen) the strings.

Enjoy!!!!!!
 
Beautiful! Congratulations!! 😍(y)
 
That is beeyootafull. The light / dark contrast was a good choice.
 
Congratulations my friend! There is not anyone that is more worthy of having such a wonderful gift from your husband. I have been in his shoes and let me tell ya, he's feeling pretty good too. The gift of giving.

I cannot top what has already been said about your gorgeous new instrument but I am happy for and with you. Looking forward to that sound sample. 👏
 
I’m gobsmacked. The stunning simplicity is deeply appealing. As is your description of it’s sound. My deepest congratulations, Patty. You deserve every inch of this gorgeous uke.
 
Patty you did good......really really good. The woods are exquisite especially that maple. I love your description of the sound being both loud if you like but responsive to a soft touch as well. You have a lifetime of enjoyment with both your world class concert ukuleles.
 
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