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Title: Larrivee Uke
Post by: jwb on March 27, 2007, 06:28:52 PM
Has anyone here played or owned a Larrivee ukulele?  The uke has been drawing me in lately and I seem to be coming down with a minor case of "Ukulele Acquisition Syndrome".  Hey, if I have to have a uke, at least it should be a Larrivee, right?  They are pricey...is it worth paying the extra $$$, or should I just find a beater to see if I really like the instrument?


Title: Re: Larrivee Uke
Post by: UK Mike on March 27, 2007, 07:08:54 PM
Larrivee don't make ukes.

But I understand the desire for a uke - I just succumbed to this Koa beauty....

(http://uk.geocities.com/mike.allen96@btopenworld.com/uke.jpg)

Mike


Title: Re: Larrivee Uke
Post by: Denis on March 27, 2007, 07:31:51 PM
Larrivee don't make ukes.



They don't now, but they did.  Here's one at Elderly:
(http://www.elderly.com/new_instruments/items/images/180N/U10M_front.jpg)



Title: Re: Larrivee Uke
Post by: uke richard on March 27, 2007, 07:33:31 PM
Larrivee DID make ukes but they don't anymore  :crying:

Among my many ukes, I have a Larrivee concert uke. It sounds good. As good as any recently built uke I have played and I am glad I have it. It's not for sale. Yet, for the money you'd have to spit for one, (and especially if you don't plan on "collecting" ukes), if I were you, I'd get myself a nice vintage Martin (NOT the new SO!). Much fuller, rounder sound. IMO, you'd get more for your money. But don't get me wrong: they are good worthy ukes.

Richard
http://www.calgaryuke.com/ukerichard/ (http://www.calgaryuke.com/ukerichard/)






Title: Re: Larrivee Uke
Post by: UK Mike on March 27, 2007, 07:36:22 PM
Wow - you learn something every day! Canadians making ukes! Aloha.

Mike

Looks nice (except for the peghead which looks too big).


Title: Re: Larrivee Uke
Post by: uke richard on March 27, 2007, 07:44:17 PM
Denis,

I didn't see the Larrivee uke at Elderly. Did you just see it or is it a pic you downloaded a while ago?




Title: Re: Larrivee Uke
Post by: PortHueneme on March 27, 2007, 11:45:59 PM
I wanna Larrivee Concert Uke.
I bid on one a while back on E-bay, did not get aggressive enough and did not win.
I don't need it, but ......
I have a 1926-27 Gibson Tenor and a Tangi Koa Concert.
The Tangi is a great uke and reasonably priced, but I want a Larrivee.


Title: Re: Larrivee Uke
Post by: jwb on March 28, 2007, 12:54:44 AM
There are a few Larrivee Ukuleles out there for 1400 bucks or so for solid koa...These alternatives you are mentioning are good recommendations.  Any more I should look at?  It has to be a quality instrument (any custom builders??)...I guess I'm not GASsing but UASsing for a new Ukulele :humour:


Title: Re: Larrivee Uke
Post by: dgrose on March 28, 2007, 12:57:20 AM
They are pricey...is it worth paying the extra $$$, or should I just find a beater to see if I really like the instrument?
I've had a Harmony uke for decades - a real beater, and last year I bought a baritone.  I recently bought a Chinese uke from Ebay for $12.00. They are fun instruments. As much as I'd like to buy a Larrivee, I can't see myself switching from guitar and personally, I could never see myself spending too much on a uke. That said, however... I never thought I'd buy a parlour guitar either.   :tongue:
You really have to decide the worth for yourself. I suggest buying a "disposable" one to see if you like it. Good luck!

dg



Title: Re: Larrivee Uke
Post by: uke richard on March 28, 2007, 01:00:38 AM
PortHueneme,

I have never dealt with them, but Sylvan music have a few Larrivee ukes.

Sylvan Music (http://sylvanmusic.com/inventory.php?search=Ukuleles&instrument=ukulele)

Bernunzio have a koa soprano ukulele

Bernunzio (http://www.bernunzio.com/new_result.php?type=Ukulele)

Gruhn Guitars also have one concert ukulele (all koa  :thumbsup )

Gruhn Guitars (http://www.gruhn.com/)

(http://www.gruhn.com/photo/UK0951.jpg)

All the other retailers I know of do not have any Larrivee ukulele. They are really getting scarce...







Title: Re: Larrivee Uke
Post by: uke richard on March 28, 2007, 01:19:36 AM
Quote
Has anyone here played or owned a Larrivee ukulele?  The uke has been drawing me in lately and I seem to be coming down with a minor case of "Ukulele Acquisition Syndrome".  Hey, if I have to have a uke, at least it should be a Larrivee, right?  They are pricey...is it worth paying the extra $$$, or should I just find a beater to see if I really like the instrument?

Quote
There are a few Larrivee Ukuleles out there for 1400 bucks or so for solid koa...These alternatives you are mentioning are good recommendations.  Any more I should look at?  It has to be a quality instrument (any custom builders??)...I guess I'm not GASsing but UASsing for a new Ukulele

Well, jwb, if you are UASing, you are UASing  :drool:

In that case, treat yourself to a nice ukulele. Forget the novelty item. Find a Larri or a vintage Martin or Gibson. Older Kamaka sound great too (I've never tried the newer ones).

There are a few good ones among the new builders. GString (http://www.gstringukuleles.com/) make some nice ukes. James Hill plays their ukuleles. Personnaly, I really love the ones that Uke Brand (http://www.ukebrand.com/) make. They are fine quality reproductions of vintage Martin and Kumalae. Another fine builder is Augustino Lorinzi (http://www.augustinoloprinzi.com/). Joel at Earnest Instruments (http://www.earnestinstruments.com/models.html) is another fine builder that comes to mind.

The new fine ukulele builders may cost more than a vintage Martin or Gibson, but they are new instrument and they are really nice. You can get them customized as well. Of course, you have to be into ukes to go that route. Otherwise, you can alway get an old Harmony or Regal.

No matter your choice, don't forget to put the best strings you can: Aquila Nylgut strings for the best possible tone  :guitar.

Aloha from Calgary AB
Uke Richard's Guitars & Ukes (http://www.calgaryuke.com/ukerichard/)
Calgary Uke Division (http://www.calgaryuke.com/)



Title: Re: Larrivee Uke
Post by: Barefoot Rob on March 28, 2007, 03:27:05 AM
 :whistling:I have a Larrivee concert Uke....and its for sale........and that half that pricey.PM me. :wink:




Mines all Mahogany.......style 10 trim. :thumbsup


Title: Re: Larrivee Uke
Post by: Denis on March 28, 2007, 12:47:52 PM
Denis,

I didn't see the Larrivee uke at Elderly. Did you just see it or is it a pic you downloaded a while ago?




I think the ad said "no longer available" so it probably sold not long ago...


Title: Re: Larrivee Uke
Post by: jwb on March 28, 2007, 09:10:40 PM
Richard,

Thanks for all the information...very helpful! 

Now I just have to check out that all mahogany uke unclrob is talking about...


Title: Re: Larrivee Uke
Post by: uke richard on March 28, 2007, 09:21:18 PM
Now I just have to check out that all mahogany uke unclrob is talking about...

It's very beautiful. Love the abalone inlays.

...and I just checked again: it' gone!!!! did you get it jwb? congrats on the sale unclrob  :thumbsup .

P.S. unclrob, you should post a pic of the uke. It is so beautiful that it'd be great if the others had a chance to see it.


Title: Re: Larrivee Uke
Post by: jwb on March 28, 2007, 10:01:13 PM
Richard, 

Where are you seeing the pictures of unclrob's uke for sale?  I'm not the one that bought it if it's gone...I just PMed him a few minutes ago and waiting back on a reply.  I hope I do get a chance at purchasing it.  It sounds like a really nice instrument! 


Title: Re: Larrivee Uke
Post by: uke richard on March 28, 2007, 10:42:12 PM
I hope unclrob won't mind (unclrob, please tell me if you want me to remove the pic)

unclrob's Larrivee ukulele
(http://www.calgaryuke.com/ukerichard/images/unclrob.jpg)

Aloha from Calgary AB
Uke Richard's Guitars & Ukes (http://www.calgaryuke.com/ukerichard/)
Calgary Uke Division (http://www.calgaryuke.com/)




Title: Re: Larrivee Uke
Post by: PortHueneme on March 28, 2007, 11:20:56 PM
To All,
  Uncle Rob's uke has found a great home with me in Port Hueneme !
It will join my Larrivee family and will be a treasured and played instrument.

Thanks...Rob

ps, glad I am faster than everyone else.  :humour:


Title: Re: Larrivee Uke
Post by: uke richard on March 28, 2007, 11:40:50 PM
Congrats PortHueneme  :nana_guitar and unclrob  :nanadance

Sorry jwb. Maybe one of the Larrivees I mentioned above (in Reply #9 on: March 27, 2007, 09:00:38 PM of this thread) would please you? Good luck in your quest.

P.S. Thank you PortHueneme for taking me out of my misery. I was torturing myself with the idea of getting unclrob's uke and it's all better this way (I really must control my GAS -- and UAS).

Aloha from Calgary AB
Uke Richard's Guitars & Ukes (http://www.calgaryuke.com/ukerichard/)
Calgary Uke Division (http://www.calgaryuke.com/)



Title: Re: Larrivee Uke
Post by: Barefoot Rob on March 29, 2007, 02:37:12 AM
Richard no problem,thanks for posting it.


By the way PortHueneme blames me for starting him on his Larrivee adventure.I'm an evil,evil man.......... :laughin: :roll :thumbsup


Title: Re: Larrivee Uke
Post by: jwb on March 29, 2007, 02:40:08 AM
Congrats PortHueneme!  You have to fast around here!  But after talking to Rob I deided to buy his om-10K KOA KOA KOA...ahhhh yeahhh  I can almost hear thos sweet hawaiian breezes already.  :nanadance :nana_guitar :nanadance


Title: Re: Larrivee Uke
Post by: Barefoot Rob on March 29, 2007, 03:29:50 AM
I wish I was smart enough to post pix But alas I am computer idiot.jwb if you know how please feel free to make the children drool. :drool:


Title: Re: Larrivee Uke
Post by: uke richard on March 29, 2007, 03:50:02 AM
I'm an evil,evil man.......... :laughin: :roll :thumbsup

I'd Rather Be The Devil...
(John Martyn)
(Skip James)


Title: Re: Larrivee Uke
Post by: jwb on March 29, 2007, 01:23:11 PM
I'm not going to be any help with pics, Rob.  I always have problems with the picture posting thing, too.  Maybe this might work:

http://www.gbase.com/Stores/Gear/GearDetails.aspx?Item=1600471 (http://www.gbase.com/Stores/Gear/GearDetails.aspx?Item=1600471)

It does!  Wow I learn something new everyday :whistling:


Title: Re: Larrivee Uke
Post by: uke richard on March 29, 2007, 03:05:56 PM
There you go:

In the "Reply" window, you click on the (http://larriveeforum.com/smf/Themes/babylon/images/bbc/img.gif) icon and you insert the internet address of the image in between img]  and  [/img. It has to be the address of the image, not the address of the page in which the image is. (Am I making sense to you?)

So, If I insert the following: http://www.gbase.com/files/store_images/rpj_guitar_works/1600471/photo1_90853.jpg between img]  and  [/img, this will happen:

(http://www.gbase.com/files/store_images/rpj_guitar_works/1600471/photo1_90853.jpg)

Go ahead and try. Let me know if you have anay problems and I will post images of the window to illustrate each step.





Title: Re: Larrivee Uke
Post by: uke richard on March 29, 2007, 03:36:13 PM
Easy steps - How to post an image:

(http://www.calgaryuke.com/ukerichard/images/postimage.gif)



Title: Re: Larrivee Uke
Post by: PortHueneme on March 29, 2007, 03:43:04 PM
By the way PortHueneme blames me for starting him on his Larrivee adventure.I'm an evil,evil man.......... :laughin: :roll :thumbsup

Oh, but I love this road. It is one of the GREATEST road trips of my life.
I feel blessed for many things in my life (and cursed for many more), but my love of music and being able to play is definitely high on my list.
While we don't get the chance to play together on this forum, I sure enjoy hanging out with all of you and doing my second favorite guitar thing.
(talking about them, playing them is still #1)


Title: Re: Larrivee Uke
Post by: jwb on March 29, 2007, 03:44:11 PM
Cool>>>>Thanks Richard...those are great instructions.  Screen capture and the whole nine yards!


Title: Re: Larrivee Uke
Post by: dlcjr on April 18, 2007, 06:37:42 PM
i'm parting with my larrivee uke. it's a us10ka. hopefully ebay will be good to me. i'll see if i can't get a 'guitar-porn' pic or two of it up here in a way where it will hang around for awhile. these things are scarce and beautiful! there used to be a pic of one like mine somewhere on the web, but now i can't find it. should be some pics kept here, just for reference...


Title: Re: Larrivee Uke
Post by: dlcjr on April 18, 2007, 07:00:47 PM
OK, so posting pics seems to be over my head. Here are links to where pics of my uke can be located online.
http://media8.filewind.com/g.php?filepath=6612
http://media8.filewind.com/g.php?filepath=6614
http://media8.filewind.com/g.php?filepath=6615


Title: Re: Larrivee Uke
Post by: el guitana on April 18, 2007, 07:31:09 PM
Hey, jwb :

For many people, I would say get a cheapy and see if you like it.

As a Larrivee guitar pl;ayer, you already have a thing for quality. I would skip the cheapy step and go for something nice.

And, as seems to be happening for many guitarists, you will probably LOVE playing uke.

So get the good'un.

By the way, here's a custom made one I had done for me by the admin of a uke forum. It was WAY WAY less expensive than Larrivee's or old Martins: PM me if you want specifics.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v220/ElGuitana/uke/Kevin%20Crossett%20Personality%20Disorder%20Ukulele/PDback.jpg)
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v220/ElGuitana/uke/Kevin%20Crossett%20Personality%20Disorder%20Ukulele/PDface.jpg)
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v220/ElGuitana/uke/Kevin%20Crossett%20Personality%20Disorder%20Ukulele/avat7.jpg)

more: http://tinyurl.com/yta2fj

Rosewood and Maple with  spruce top, ebony fretboard and bridge. We call it the "Personality Disorder"
made by Kevin Crossett, of Kepasa Ukulele's http://kepasaukulele.com/ and Uke Talk http://uketalk.com/


Title: Re: Larrivee Uke
Post by: Walkerman on April 19, 2007, 12:26:40 AM
Larrivee......

(http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y122/travette/DSC00105.jpg)

(http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y122/travette/DSC00107.jpg)





Title: Re: Larrivee Uke
Post by: dlcjr on April 21, 2007, 12:06:29 PM
i love the palm tree inlay! i looked and looked for one like that after i got mine, but never turned one up for sale anywhere. such a great looking uke...


Title: Re: Larrivee Uke
Post by: Walkerman on April 21, 2007, 03:31:16 PM
i love the palm tree inlay! i looked and looked for one like that after i got mine, but never turned one up for sale anywhere. such a great looking uke...
I think that basically it's the same inlay as is on the "California Special" guitar model.  I believe this was the NAMM model of uke.  I got it from Dave, at GA.


Title: Re: Larrivee Uke
Post by: jwb on April 21, 2007, 03:48:17 PM
Ahhhhh the flames...my eyes are rolling back in my head...That uke is stunning.  I am getting this weakness for KOA that is blurring my senses, and making me get a bad case of the "I wants" lately.

el guitana...very nice custom uke there.  Similar to the maple/RW martin custom guitar that dermont posted a picture of in the "forum guitar" area.  I appreciate the advice on what to look for.  I know that I would want a quality instrument...I'm sure I would play the uke a lot once I got my hands on one.

dlcjr:  do you still have yours for sale???  I'm still in the market for one!

Justin


Title: Re: Larrivee Uke
Post by: Dale_I on April 21, 2007, 07:57:34 PM
Larrivee Uke on ebay right now. It has an eagle headstock inlay:
http://cgi.ebay.com/Larrivee-US10KA-Soprano-Uke-us10-ka-us-10-ka_W0QQitemZ260109286275QQihZ016QQcategoryZ16224QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

(http://i20.ebayimg.com/07/i/000/99/c5/a855_3.JPG)
$800 asking price with no bids.

No relation to Uke or seller, just thought of this thread when I saw it...


Title: Re: Larrivee Uke
Post by: jwb on April 21, 2007, 11:51:27 PM
Thanks Dale for the heads up


Title: Re: Larrivee Uke
Post by: dlcjr on April 22, 2007, 10:15:07 PM
that's my uke on ebay. i didn't want to get spammy on the board about trying to sell it, but i do hope it goes to someone who will really appreciate what it is.


Title: Re: Larrivee Uke
Post by: Dale_I on April 22, 2007, 11:32:12 PM
No reason to think of yourself as spammy. Myself? I would have spoken up. If nothing else, pop over to the "for sale" section and list it. That's why we all belong here. To share our common interest.


Title: Re: Larrivee Uke
Post by: jwb on April 23, 2007, 11:27:20 AM
that's my uke on ebay. i didn't want to get spammy on the board about trying to sell it, but i do hope it goes to someone who will really appreciate what it is.

I'm bidding on it currently.  I've never bought an instrument on ebay...but you gotta do what you gotta do.  I buy and sell guitars through this forum pretty frequently, so don't be worried about my 1 ebay rating...I'm good for the deal if I win.  It is a beautiful instrument, and will be greatly appreciated by anyone who gets it I'm sure.  They reason I asked you if you were willling "to put a price on it" was just to see if I could come down to Cape Coral (not far from me) and buy it from you.  The old-fashioned way, right?  Welcome to the forum!  Do you own any other Larrivee instruments?  :cheers  :donut :donut2

Justin