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Reply #150 - Nov 28th, 2008 at 4:30am
 
It's beautiful, Bob.  You did a fantastic job.  The inlay work is lovely, and that's a beautiful piece of curly koa you use for the head cap.  I really like the design - looking forward to hearing what she sounds like!

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Reply #151 - Nov 28th, 2008 at 2:44pm
 
Thanks much for the compliments Tim.

Here is a sound sample of the Koi Tenor.
Hope you all like it.
Bob

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Reply #152 - Nov 28th, 2008 at 5:23pm
 
Bob:
Nice job!
You have come a long way in the last year. The inlay work is really neat.

How was your first entry at the UGH convention received?

Good luck on the next one.

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Reply #153 - Nov 28th, 2008 at 9:59pm
 
Thanks Bob,
This tenor is one of the ones that i entered.
The other that i entered was my shamisen style prototype.
Both were received well, the Japanese that were there liked the shamisen ( obviously ) and i asked advice and opinions from any builder or player that would stand still long enough to listen. I really learned alot from the guild show this year, and i can't wait for next year.
By next year, my skills will be better, and I'll have a sellable shamisen style ready as well.
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Reply #154 - Nov 29th, 2008 at 7:44am
 
Bob:
How dificult was it building the Kasha with all the little rib bits?
I am gearing up for a Kasha baritone and I already see me carving bits and gluing them on the soundboard.

Looking ahead.

Bob
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Reply #155 - Nov 29th, 2008 at 10:46am
 
Rib Bits? Not sure what you mean.
this project was chalenging, but fun at the same time. There were probably a dozen times where i screwed something up and I had to make a soultion, but I am very proud of it.
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Reply #156 - Dec 12th, 2008 at 12:38pm
 
Thaks everyone who liked my ukulele.
I am happy to say that I just sold it for $800.
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Reply #157 - Dec 14th, 2008 at 2:25pm
 
Bob:
Let's see now, $800 for a mere two months hard work--------You ain't gonna get rich. Honestly its great that you sold the first one at a good price. You may yet be able to turn this into a career.

Talking with a guitar builder (75 guitars& 30 violins), who said that it usually takes six more instruments before you equal the quality of workmanship of the first one. You tend to get less-vigilant (sloppy) after you finish the first one. I know that it has happened with me (I keep forgetting the grafts). The fit on my next one is problematic. So keep your concentration.

Another piece of art that sounds good.

Bob

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Reply #158 - May 7th, 2009 at 1:26am
 
Hey Guys

Im New Here.

My Name is Tim I'm from Australia. I have just made my first purchase with hana lima 'ia an stumbled across this forum.

I have made a Saprano Uke and have just started making two more.

Here are the pics of my first attempt.


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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bru3dYucCpo

Talk soon

Tim

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Reply #159 - May 7th, 2009 at 1:42pm
 
Tim,

Welcome to the Hana Lima ‘Ia Forum. She's a bewdy bottler mate! It’s hard to believe this is your first ukulele. I really like the end graft. Of course you built a stubby but next time you can build a full size one. LOL  What woods did you use? I know that you have some different woods down there but it looks like some kind of mahogany with maple, ash, or pine binding. Sometimes photos don’t give the best of colors. Just remember my rule of thumb is that although your carful mistakes happen and that includes the pros. The good thing is that mistakes are almost always repairable. In fact, it can sometimes initiate creative and interesting resolutions. So if things go bad don’t get knacked just go done get a slab and spend the night playing your ukulele.

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Reply #160 - May 7th, 2009 at 2:06pm
 
Hi Phil

Thanx for the compliments.

BACK and SOUND BOARD - Sepele (mahogany)
SIDES- Walnut
BINDING- Birds eye maple
NECK - Sepele
FINGER BOARD and SADLE - Wenge

30% gloss finish polyurethane.
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Reply #161 - May 8th, 2009 at 10:48am
 
Very beautiful job, Tim.  I love it!!  The wood tones really compliment each other.  Nice finish.  An excellent effort on your first uke!

Tim
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Reply #162 - May 9th, 2009 at 2:21pm
 
Hi everyone,

Thought I would just post some pictures of the modified Kasha tenor uke I just finished off. The uke is made with an Engelmann Spruce soundboard and Honduras Mahogany neck (thanks Asa). The back and sides are Tasmanian “Tiger” Myrtle, a rare native Australian tonewood. The fretboard, bridge and heel cap are Macassar Ebony. The bindings are “Tiger” myrtle, and I have used b/w/b purflings on both the soundboard and back.

The soundboard has been built with a 25 ft dome, while the back has a tighter 15 ft foot dome. The neck was reinforced with a carbon fibre stiffening rod, and the fretboard has been profiled with a 12” radius.
The sound is a noticeable improvement on the standard fan braced uke. The sustain is significantly better, especially on the top end notes, and the tone is warmer with clearer notes across the full spectrum.

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Reply #163 - May 10th, 2009 at 4:00am
 
Wow, That's a nice one!
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Reply #164 - May 10th, 2009 at 9:16am
 
Outstanding build, Matt.  I love the tiger myrle - I've done some checking for it myself, without luck - looks beautiful and sounds great at the same time!  You can't beat that!  I've always thought that  instruments need that sound hole in the middle of the sound board, under the strings, to sound right.  Your new uke shows once again that I've got it all wrong Wink!

Very nice work.
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