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PostPosted: Sun Dec 25, 2011 1:17 pm 
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Aloha!

I'm putting my second ukulele build up for sale.
It's a mahogany and spruce, tenor scale uke with Grover tuners and Worth strings.
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You can see a ton more pictures and progress of the entire build in the Port. Leeward Lounge Ukulele #002
I'm asking $300. Please don't hesitate to PM me with any questions or inquiries.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 26, 2011 1:14 pm 
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oh wow! only if I could... Its beautiful! :shock:

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 31, 2011 1:46 pm 
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I'm just letting everyone know that I just posted my uke on ebay.

Check it out. http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=180786854237


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PostPosted: Sat Dec 31, 2011 2:34 pm 
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2012 3:00 pm 
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I'm just letting everyone know that I will be starting a new set of ukes this week, so if anyone wanted to get one by Ohana, now would be the time to do it.
If you are willing to prepay, I can make one like the one I just made for $300 and I will hand deliver it to you at Ohana.
We can also talk about custom features if you'd like.

Pom Fie!! :fez:


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2012 5:55 pm 
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So you're definitely coming to Ohana! I have no money now, but rest assured, I will own one of your ukes sooner than later!!!


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2012 6:35 pm 
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TheGraniteTiki wrote:
So you're definitely coming to Ohana! I have no money now, but rest assured, I will own one of your ukes sooner than later!!!

Thanks Carl! You just say the word and I'll be all over it.
I would say it's 90% for sure. I think I will be there with my family, although we will probably stay off site to save some $.


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2012 9:20 pm 
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Very beautiful work!

(and glad to hear we will be seeing you at Ohana!) :fez:

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 11, 2012 2:08 am 
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That's really nice work!
I don't see how you can part with it after all that hard work, especially not for a mere $300.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 11, 2012 9:00 am 
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SpaceBoy64 wrote:
That's really nice work!
I don't see how you can part with it after all that hard work, especially not for a mere $300.

You know how it is, Don. Art is only worth what someone is willing to pay for.
It's nature's way.

Thanks for the kind words, everyone. :)


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2012 4:48 pm 
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Finkdaddy wrote:
You know how it is, Don. Art is only worth what someone is willing to pay for.
It's nature's way.

Thanks for the kind words, everyone. :)


I think you could have held out for more. At least start the bidding at $300.
How many weeks did you work on that? How many hours? Add it up and charge accordingly.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2012 5:09 pm 
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Finkdaddy wrote:
You know how it is, Don. Art is only worth what someone is willing to pay for.
It's nature's way.

Thanks for the kind words, everyone. :)


I think you could have held out for more. At least start the bidding at $300.
How many weeks did you work on that? How many hours? Add it up and charge accordingly.

I know, and I agree that it's not really fair. That's one reason that I posted my whole build thread. I wanted people to know how much work really goes into it.
At this stage though, I couldn't possibly sell one for what it's worth in time. Even if I had charged $1/hour plus materials, I would have priced myself out of existance.
Now that I've sold that first one publicly, I feel more comforable asking for more. And once I have a few more under my belt and people start seeking me out specifically for a uke then I can begin asking what they're really worth. Some of the reputable luthiers can get several thousand dollars for a single uke!
Right now I still feel like I'm in the newbie/learning stage and I don't feel right charging those kind of prices. I'll get there though.
The one I just sold will be able to buy materials for the next one plus a new tool or two. That's all I really wanted from that one. In short order I'll be making mind-bending ukes and paying my rent with them. :wink:

Thanks for looking out for me, Don. I'm glad that you understand the agony of putting your soul into a piece of art and not being able to sell it for what you think it's worth.
But it is what it is, and I know how the game is played. I have some pendants I've carved that are still sitting in my basement because I couldn't sell them at my prices. Now I'm giving them away because I'm tired of looking at them! :lol:

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2012 5:16 pm 
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Another part of the equation is that sure, my uke may be worth $400 in time and materials. But someone can go to Amazon and buy a quality, factory-built uke for $75 that sounds pretty nice.
I have to convince people that mine is worth buying even though I've only built 2.


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 15, 2012 3:11 pm 
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If you dont get the FB message I sent, contact me I must have one!

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 15, 2012 3:33 pm 
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Ok, Paul. It's on like Donkey Kong!


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 15, 2012 6:04 pm 
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Finkdaddy wrote:
Another part of the equation is that sure, my uke may be worth $400 in time and materials. But someone can go to Amazon and buy a quality, factory-built uke for $75 that sounds pretty nice.


That's just the thing Fred, they are factory built, not lovingly hand made by someone who is passionate about his work. You're work has value. Your ukes can't be bought on Amazon $75. They are special. Don't undervalue your work.

I get it. I tend to do the same thing, but then again, I am making tiki mugs, and I think I already charge as much as I can for them. They're just mugs, and I can make them a whole lot more easily than you can make a uke, so my mugs are not as rare. Now, my large sculptures are another thing.

Anyway, best of luck with everything. Nice work!

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 18, 2012 9:20 pm 
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WOW, That just Rules!!!!

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