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Title: Larrivee Uke's
Post by: fongie on November 10, 2008, 12:00:48 AM
Has anyone thought of starting up a uke column on this forum? Especially Lav ukes. I love these instruments, they sound great and are easy to play,  light,and most of all they cost less. I have four ukes, two from the 60's Japan, a beautiful Koa Hawaii, and a roustabout which I use for my travels. I come from Papua New Guinea so I grew up with these instuments playing island music, just like in Hawaii....'Beautiful'. So is there anyone interested?
Fongie :thumb :thumb :thumb


Title: Re: Larrivee Uke's
Post by: fongie on November 10, 2008, 12:51:44 AM
Go for it Lawn, they sound great. I also heard Larrivee ukes are powering in price and are most collectable in the uke world. I wish I could get my hands on one of these, unfortunately the Aus.$ is my problem against the U.S. I can see ya' 'Hulaing' in the near future. Let us know what happen's. Thanks.
Fongie :thumb :thumb


Title: Re: Larrivee Uke's
Post by: fongie on November 10, 2008, 01:24:34 AM
G'day again Lawn, I forgot to give you the website on you tube, on your search engine just type in "Ukulele weeps by Jake Shimabukuro". Please do us a favour and watch this if you haven't already done so...'Magic'.
 This piece will surely put anyone on ukes if they haven't got one. Especially finger pickers. I play a song called 'Waikiki Tamure', ....'Beautiful'.
Fongie :thumb


Title: Re: Larrivee Uke's
Post by: NotRevGDavis on November 10, 2008, 05:25:02 PM
Saw Jake last night.


Title: Re: Larrivee Uke's
Post by: Walkerman on November 10, 2008, 07:18:13 PM
Here's a Larrivee uke......

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



Title: Re: Larrivee Uke's
Post by: fongie on November 10, 2008, 08:32:38 PM
Oh, for sure L.J, you are definately bidding on a serious lookin' uke. Curly Koa as well, boy that is sure nice. Yes for sure curly's always look good, John sure know his Koa's. I definately love both ukes shown here, good colouring, grain, charactor, inlays and Lav's to top it off. How cool is that. I'm jealous!
Cheers Fongie 
P.S Go for it L.J  :thumb :thumb


Title: Re: Larrivee Uke's
Post by: es-335 on November 10, 2008, 10:25:32 PM
Where do you find the Larrivee UKES?? :donut

it is impossible to find them here


Title: Re: Larrivee Uke's
Post by: NotRevGDavis on November 10, 2008, 11:10:55 PM
Why do people desire that they will never have? For me it is Kim Kardashian for others it is Larrivee ukes. I guess I would consider a Larrivee uke if they were to make a tenor 'cause I'm not comfortable with anything smaller. So for now I will be happy with my Tanguy Tenor and my Kamaka Taro-patch (8-string tenor) but no Kimmy.


Title: Re: Larrivee Uke's
Post by: fongie on November 11, 2008, 08:32:42 AM
Don't get me wrong, I sure love all ukes provided they are made with good wood, name and not from China. You sure got yourself some serious ukes. I like Kamakas, Aren't they suppose to be the Martin of ukes? Anyway, you've done ok.
Cheers Fongie :thumb :thumb


Title: Re: Larrivee Uke's
Post by: fongie on November 11, 2008, 09:12:40 AM
G'day es-335, found you couple of web sight on Lav Ukes for sale. Big orange guitar http://www.bigorangeguitar.com/ and Vintage Instruments  online Catalogue, click to home page and then click to ukes. A word of warning....'Hope you got a big bank account'.
Cheers
Fongie :blush: :blush:


Title: Re: Larrivee Uke's
Post by: Parlor Picker on November 11, 2008, 11:14:19 AM
I have a relatively cheap Ashbury tenor ukulele, made in Indonesia and sold here in the UK. (I'd prefer a Larrivée, needless to say.)   I was given a tip on how to improve the sound of any uke - expensive or modest.  I took up the tip and the difference was phenomenal - change the strings for Italian-made "Aquila" strings.  Some of the high-end makers now send out their instruments already fitted with Aquilas.

The difference in tone and volume is quite unbelievable.  I would recommend them to all ukulele players.


Title: Re: Larrivee Uke's
Post by: fongie on November 11, 2008, 11:31:08 AM
G'day just received my uke today, very happy. It's a 1960's, Japanese uke, rosewood veneer back and side, hog front and neck, teak veneer fretboard. Purchased from a lady in Melbourne Aust. I named the uke 'Susie', after the owner and because Susie sounds Japanese.
Cheers
Fongie

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Title: Re: Larrivee Uke's
Post by: fongie on November 11, 2008, 11:52:27 AM
G'day P.P, your uke sounds awesome, how about some pics? Thanks so much for your tip on the aquila strings, I'm definately on to it.
Cheers
Fongie :thumb :thumb


Title: Re: Larrivee Uke's
Post by: es-335 on November 11, 2008, 04:09:17 PM
G'day es-335, found you couple of web sight on Lav Ukes for sale. Big orange guitar http://www.bigorangeguitar.com/ and Vintage Instruments  online Catalogue, click to home page and then click to ukes. A word of warning....'Hope you got a big bank account'.
Cheers
Fongie :blush: :blush:

Oh MY GOSH......

after looking at the price, I don't think I'd go with the Larrivee Uke...

Koaloha or Kamaka would be my choice...



Title: Re: Larrivee Uke's
Post by: acoustic6 on November 12, 2008, 01:18:41 PM
I just bought my first uke and it should be here today!  I'd of course love to have one of the Koa Larrivee models but they are a bit more coin than I wanted to spend on my first ukulele.  I still ended up with probably more instrument than I need but I bought a Kiwaya KTS-5.  It's made in Japan, all solid woods, and sounds fantastic to my ear.  Had the opportunity to try one in a store here in Seattle but found a smoking deal online.  Modeled after the vintage Martins, mine has all mahogany body and the cool little friction tuners.  They seem to get a lot of positive reviews for their instruments.

Anyone looking for a Larrivee uke should look here:
http://www.fleamarketmusic.com/marketplace/default.asp

I saw two listed.  One a concert in mahogany and the other a real looker in Koa!


Title: Re: Larrivee Uke's
Post by: NotRevGDavis on November 12, 2008, 05:09:23 PM
Here are some photos of my ukes.
The Tangi was around $375.00 when I bought it. It is a boomer so much so that when playing with other ukes I have to tone it down. His shop was on the east side of Honolulu but I haven't contacted them in a while. I bought it direct.
The Kamaka was around $750.00 when I bought it but now they are a lot higher I should have bought one when I was at the factory in Honolulu but I was looking at my first uke at the time and the Kamakas were at bit pricey. I purchased the Taro-patch at Gryphon.

Tangi Tenor

(http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y210/NRGD/Temp/T1.jpg)

Kamaka Taro-patch 8-string Tenor

(http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y210/NRGD/Temp/KK2.jpg)

Don't take this wrong I own two Larrivee guitars and they are my #1 000-50 and #2 0-05 but it is too bad that Larrivee has a habit of building an instrument for a short time then discontinuing it. I guess I was quite lucky when I found the 0-05 because I have yet to see another.


Title: Re: Larrivee Uke's
Post by: fongie on November 13, 2008, 09:30:43 AM
G'day, congrats on your 'Kiwaya KTS-5', sounds awesome, believe me you won't regret. It'll take a little gettin' use to, but once you do, you won't stop. Hog body & from Japan , great combo. Japanese are so excellent in their workmanship. I've got two japanese ukes, beautiful. Oh, thanks for the websight, I will check it out.
Cheers
Fongie P.S. How about pics?


Title: Re: Larrivee Uke's
Post by: fongie on November 13, 2008, 10:06:13 AM
Oh Boy, sure love the 'Tanguy' & 'The Kamaka ukes', beautiful. O yes, you should have bought at the Kamaka factory, not to many can say they've been there let alone buy a uke direct from there. Then again who cares, I think you bought well. Thanks for sharing them with us. Boy, I'm so jealous.
Cheers
Fongie :thumb :thumb :thumb


Title: Re: Larrivee Uke's
Post by: PortHueneme on November 14, 2008, 11:08:35 PM
I have a Larrivee uke. The size is between a soprano & concert, beautiful mahogany from the last run in Canada.
There is no inlay on the headstock, but the top at the binding is inlaid well.
For a small instrumet it is loud. AQUILLA strings made a BIG difference. The uke is intonated very well.
I have a Tangi concert, great ukes very resonably priced. I also have a Koaloha D-VI, it is unbelievable.
I would love to have a Koaloha tenor, but can't justify another ukulele. If anyone is looking for a quality uke from Hawaii I highly recomend the Koaloha.
My 1926 Gibson tenor is the crown jewell in my collection.


Title: Re: Larrivee Uke's
Post by: fongie on November 15, 2008, 11:14:39 AM
G'day folks, just bought a beaut uke today, I reckon maybe 50's or 60's not sure. The seller not sure either. Not sure if it's 'Koa', I believe it might be, hard to tell till it arrives. Paid $222.00 Aust. WOW, WOW, WOW. From 'Hawaii'.  What do all you folks reakon, koa or not?
Fongie
P.S Pics

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Title: Re: Larrivee Uke's
Post by: fongie on November 17, 2008, 08:27:32 AM
G'day Lawn Jocky, you needn't apologise, the 'Mango uke' you purchased sounds very nice indeed. I'm sure you will enjoy for years to come.
Cheers
Fongie P.S. Looking forward to the pics  :thumb :thumb :thumb


Title: Re: Larrivee Uke's
Post by: fongie on November 17, 2008, 08:29:58 PM
'WOW', thats a serious looking uke, I like it very much. Very unusual have you played a uke similar before? I like to know what sound it brings out. Let us know.
Cheers
Fongie :thumb :thumb


Title: Re: Larrivee Uke's
Post by: RoundLakeDT on November 18, 2008, 01:56:02 PM
Speaking of Larrivee uke's, one just popped up on ebay... at about the price range of a Parlor!
http://cgi.ebay.com/Larrivee-10KK-Gloss-FLAMED-SOPRANO-KOA-UKE-Breathtaking_W0QQitemZ330286873373QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item330286873373&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=72%3A1205|66%3A2|65%3A12|39%3A1|240%3A1318

Meanwhile, I'm happy with my Fluke Uke... yeah it's a plastic bowl back, but sounds 'good enough' for me for now, and I don't worry about banging it around!

Dave


Title: Re: Larrivee Uke's
Post by: fongie on November 19, 2008, 11:15:56 AM
G'day, I'm wondering if any of you good folks out there have the uke chords & lyrics to a song 'Judy Judy Judy' by Johnny Tillotson? Or any other artist.
Cheers
Fongie :donut :donut :donut


Title: Re: Larrivee Uke's
Post by: BenF on November 19, 2008, 01:02:33 PM
WOW!!!


Title: Re: Larrivee Uke's
Post by: fongie on November 19, 2008, 08:29:49 PM
WOW! WOW! WOW! Lawn I want one exactly like this one. Oh how beautiful, just beautiful. Didn't I mention these Japanese are good craftmen. WOW! That is sure 'HOT', tou make me so jealous. Who did buy this uke from?
Cheers
Fongie :thumb :thumbsup :thumb :thumbsup :thumb :cheers


Title: Re: Larrivee Uke's
Post by: fongie on November 20, 2008, 07:59:01 PM
G'day Lawn, have you received this new uke yet? Man, I reckon you have got yourself a steal. Let us know
Cheers
Fongie


Title: Re: Larrivee Uke's
Post by: fongie on November 20, 2008, 10:08:44 PM
I bet you are, I'm just as excited. But right now I am confuse as to bid or not to bid for a Lav eagle florintine flame maple on the US ebay. It's around 2500.00 Aust. And the bidding ends Aust time around 1.30pm.
Cheers
Fongie P.S What do you recommend Ido?


Title: Re: Larrivee Uke's
Post by: fongie on November 20, 2008, 10:48:57 PM
Well Lawn that really helps. As you can see, we Aussies have not much of a choice in guitars especially Lavs. But again the same old thing $$$$. But your right, I'm leaning towards going for it 'cause these guitars comes around once in a bluemoon, especially for us Aussies.
Thanks
Fongie


Title: Re: Larrivee Uke's
Post by: lyric_girl on November 20, 2008, 11:55:15 PM
Congratulations Scott and enjoy!


Title: Re: Larrivee Uke's
Post by: Danny on November 21, 2008, 05:01:22 AM


Don't take this wrong I own two Larrivee guitars and they are my #1 000-50 and #2 0-05 but it is too bad that Larrivee has a habit of building an instrument for a short time then discontinuing it. I guess I was quite lucky when I found the 0-05 because I have yet to see another.
                           I have seen other posts about your 0-05 but have you ever posted a picture?
                              And is the size a P or 00 size? I'd sure like to see (have :winkin:) it. :guitar


Title: Re: Larrivee Uke's
Post by: dave42 on November 21, 2008, 05:08:49 AM
This place (http://uptownstrings.com/?q=home) may still have a nice Larrivee ukulele.


Title: Re: Larrivee Uke's
Post by: Danny on November 21, 2008, 07:10:34 PM
   That's one of the nicest I've ever seen. And besides it was made in the state I was born in. I like it.


Title: Re: Larrivee Uke's
Post by: PortHueneme on November 21, 2008, 07:37:20 PM
Lawn Jockey,
    If this one does not work out for you, consider a KoAloha.
They may not have all the bling, but they are well built and are superb players.
I love my Larrivee, but I prefer the Tenor size.

Good Luck


Title: Re: Larrivee Uke's
Post by: fongie on November 21, 2008, 09:51:11 PM
Oh Lawn, I'm so, so, sorry to read what happen. This just blew me away, I couldn't imagine how you must feel. Well man, that 'POE' looks great, I mean it. Can you wait till me missus wake up so Icould post some info on my uke I purchased from Hawaii. It's solid Koa. I will give you all details of this brand , price and bloody honesty. So don't purchase nothin' till I get back to ya'. Anyway, the U.S$ blew me away yesterday, lost my Lav. eagle florentine. I just could't match you yanks with me miserable 60 cents or was it 55cents ,I don't know, still confuse from my lost. Anyway Buddy you hang in there
Cheers
Fongie


Title: Re: Larrivee Uke's
Post by: fongie on November 22, 2008, 05:31:32 AM
Are you ready Lawn, here goes.  This is the uke I bought, it's a "Kanile'a Soprano" solid koa, this is the website to Kanile"a http://kanileaukulele.com and go to home page.  Now this is to the web page for "Musicguymic"  they are the people I bought the uke off from Hawaii and their web page is musicguymic@aol.com
Kanile'a do make tenors, barritones, concerts and sopranos, also they sell in the top of the range models with extras added.  This uke is a good looking uke with solid koa and very reasonably priced. 
Cheers,
Fongie
P.S. This is the photos of mine that I have just received, very happy with the service and communication and fast postage from musicguymic

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Title: Re: Larrivee Uke's
Post by: cc407 on November 22, 2008, 12:03:42 PM
I like Kamakas, Aren't they suppose to be the Martin of ukes?

My opinion is that Martin is the Martin of ukes! I would love a simple style O. And a Larrivée!


Title: Re: Larrivee Uke's
Post by: fongie on November 22, 2008, 10:21:58 PM
G'day mate, your dead right, thats what I was told about 'Kamakas'. But in todays world, ukes are more widespread through uke gospels, the world is cashing in and the technology is far and beyond our imagination as long as it's not made in China and the wood is good, ukulele made well is as good as Kamaka. In actual fact, I've got a Japanese make from the 60's and it's awesome. Oh, the tone, WHEW, you couldn't imagine. One thing I luv and thats buying old ukes, most are cheap (provided they're in top nik), but the sound from the old wood is unimaginable. Like all instruments the older the better and like us, the more we play the better we get.
Cheers
Fongie :nanadance :nanadance :nanadance


Title: Re: Larrivee Uke's
Post by: fongie on November 22, 2008, 10:40:31 PM
G'day there Lawn and Aloha, hey man thanks for the uke underground web. Wow, never knew that existed. Oh it's great, but I also like to keep this going. I'm glad you like my uke, yes it's beautiful and plays like a dream. Trust me mate go for one of these, you won't be disappointed. Read your col. at the underground forum and noticed a few feedbacks for the Kanile'a, these guys are pretty good and very accurate. But what ever you decide my support will always be there to.
Cheers
Fongie :nanadance :nanadance :nanadance


Title: Re: Larrivee Uke's
Post by: fongie on November 23, 2008, 12:00:26 AM
G'day to all ya' folks out there, seein' that newbies on the lav guitars give out donuts and cuppatea, maybe newies on lav ukes should give out 'dancing bananas'. What do you folks reckon?
Cheers Fongie :nanadance :nanadance :nanadance


Title: Re: Larrivee Uke's
Post by: fongie on November 24, 2008, 08:33:57 AM
G'day Lawn, do you get a little confuse with the 'Underground' ? Man, I talk here and talk there and just seem to confuse myself there. How do you find the surrounding? I think I need to find more info' and spend more time.
Cheers
Fongie :nanadance :nanadance :nanadance


Title: Re: Larrivee Uke's
Post by: rpm60912 on November 25, 2008, 03:09:18 AM
Wondering if you guys looked up Jake Shimabokuro on YouTube?

Awesome uke young virtuoso....

ricky


Title: Re: Larrivee Uke's
Post by: fongie on November 25, 2008, 09:05:37 AM
G'day Rick, thanks man, yes I have. Isn't he awesome? Thats alot of years playin', but, I can just dream on.
Cheers
Fongie :nanadance :nanadance :nanadance


Title: Re: Larrivee Uke's
Post by: fongie on December 06, 2008, 02:04:27 AM
G'day Friends, a beautiful day here in Brisbane Aust. thought I may as well share my two new ukes. Yes, bought meself a 'Kamaka Tenor' and a 'Maton Saprano', beautiful!! The kamakas from Hawaii an 80's model, made of koa and the Matons from Australia, made of Queensland maple, late 50's early 60's model. I was told this uke is the first ever made by a Australian company which is 'Maton'. Sweeeeet, huh!!
Cheers
Fongie :nanadance :nanadance :nanadance

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Title: Re: Larrivee Uke's
Post by: PortHueneme on December 07, 2008, 12:18:16 AM
Are you ready Lawn, here goes.  This is the uke I bought, it's a "Kanile'a Soprano" solid koa, this is the website to Kanile"a http://kanileaukulele.com and go to home page.  Now this is to the web page for "Musicguymic"  they are the people I bought the uke off from Hawaii and their web page is musicguymic@aol.com
Kanile'a do make tenors, barritones, concerts and sopranos, also they sell in the top of the range models with extras added.  This uke is a good looking uke with solid koa and very reasonably priced. 
Cheers,
Fongie
P.S. This is the photos of mine that I have just received, very happy with the service and communication and fast postage from musicguymic

Hey all,
   Mike is a REAL great guy to deal with. I have bought a few ukes from him as well as strings. He has the Aquilas at a great price and guarateed to make you uke come alive.

   It would be cool if we could get Mike to do the "Forum Uke"   :roll


Title: Re: Larrivee Uke's
Post by: es-335 on December 07, 2008, 01:48:29 AM
is any body a fan of Flea/Fluke??

I've got a fluke, not the best sounding ukulele, but you get your bang for the buck!


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Title: Re: Larrivee Uke's
Post by: RoundLakeDT on December 07, 2008, 03:49:46 PM
is any body a fan of Flea/Fluke??
Oh yeah; I have a tenor "surf" fluke that I love.  Sound great to my (untutored) ears, and I can take it anywhere without a worry.  Makes people smile when they see it... although I have been accused by bluegrassers of having a very bizarre looking mandolin... people just aren't sure what it is, I guess

Dave


Title: Re: Larrivee Uke's
Post by: fongie on December 07, 2008, 10:11:14 PM
Yes indeed! Mike or someone else should start a uke forum but keep it simple. There are few 'Forums' out there, but they don't have the 'Larrivee Forum' set out. Gets a little confusing and congested. I love this forum, displays great feedback, accommodates threads for everything & everyone and the members are very supportive.
Cheers
Fongie :nanadance :nanadance :nanadance


Title: Re: Larrivee Uke's
Post by: Cybercanyon on December 08, 2008, 08:48:18 AM
Musicguymic was very helpful.  When I was looking for a uke, Mike spent time on the phone with me and helped me to choose one.  I have since purchased 2 ukes from him, a Pono Koa tenor and a Kelii Koa concert.   The Pono is a very nice uke however my favorite uke is my Larrivee Koa soprano.  Musicguymic has an ebay store where he sells ukes and accessories for ukes.


Title: Re: Larrivee Uke's
Post by: RoundLakeDT on December 08, 2008, 03:29:10 PM
Well another Larrivee uke has appeared on eBay, also about $1000...
http://cgi.ebay.com/Larrivee-10KK-Gloss-FLAMED-SOPRANO-KOA-UKE-Breathtaking_W0QQitemZ330292532786QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item330292532786&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=72%3A1205|66%3A2|65%3A12|39%3A1|240%3A1318|301%3A1|293%3A1|294%3A50


Title: Re: Larrivee Uke's
Post by: fongie on December 08, 2008, 08:23:41 PM
G'day there Cybercanyon, how about pics? Sounds great. Yes, Mike is always helpful and fast postage is something he does well. Oh, Roundlakedt, thanks for the Lav uke tip, thats not a bad price for a Lav uke. Lawnjocky, have you seen that uke? I see your lookin' at Mandolins? Stay with the ukes buddy.
Cheers
Fongie :nanadance :nanadance :nana
dance


Title: Re: Larrivee Uke's
Post by: Cybercanyon on December 09, 2008, 09:32:04 AM
Ok here are my ukes.  It is my first attempt at uploading photos and I had to use my cell phone.  Sorry about the quality. 

Mike

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Title: Re: Larrivee Uke's
Post by: fongie on December 09, 2008, 09:50:51 AM
WOOOW!! man, that is some serious ukes...'Bloody Beautiful'. That Lav sure looks awesome, now you've done it, first it was Walkermans Lav uke, now yours....'I want one to'. Very nice Cyber, thanks for sharing them.
Cheers
Fongie :nanadance :nanadance :nan
adance


Title: Re: Larrivee Uke's
Post by: fongie on December 18, 2008, 08:36:41 PM
G'day Y'all ukey mates, 'Merry Christmas' to y'all, thanks for your support and your lovely pics through out the year. I've totally enjoyed every uke that has been shown, I hope 'Santa' will be kind to you all you lovely uke heads 'Happy New Year'
Cheers Fongie :nanadance :nanadance :nanadance


Title: Re: Larrivee Uke's
Post by: fongie on December 23, 2008, 09:23:25 PM
Merry Christmas', last night I restrung my Kamaka Tenor with 'Aquila', 'WOW!!', beautiful, just beautiful. Infact, they sound so good I've decided to restring all my ukes with 'Aquilas'. Expensive strings, but worth every cent.
Cheers, 'Merry Christmas' again
Fongie :nanadance :nanadance :nanadance


Title: Re: Larrivee Uke's
Post by: Cybercanyon on December 24, 2008, 07:53:14 AM
I have tried different strings, but I always come back to Aquila ukulele strings. :thumbsup  They seem to sound the best to me.   :guitar

Mike


Title: Re: Larrivee Uke's
Post by: Cybercanyon on December 24, 2008, 08:06:32 AM
I almost forgot.  Mele Kalikimaka to all!       :wave



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Title: Re: Larrivee Uke's
Post by: fongie on December 24, 2008, 10:40:56 AM
'Mele Kalikimaka', to you to, Mike. Yes, these are definately awesome strings, I am so impressed, infact I couldn't wait to get back from work and play the uke.
Cheers
Fongie


Title: Re: Larrivee Uke's
Post by: Parlor Picker on December 27, 2008, 10:35:37 AM
The difference that Aquila strings makes is nothing short of phenomenal.  They utterly transform any uke.  I just further improved by Ashbury tenor by replacing the standard big heavy guitar tuners with a set of nice mini Gotohs found on eBay here in the UK.


Title: Re: Larrivee Uke's
Post by: fongie on December 27, 2008, 10:54:48 PM
G'day P & P, how about some pics? Sounds great
Cheers
Fongie


Title: Re: Larrivee Uke's
Post by: Parlor Picker on December 28, 2008, 02:33:05 PM
G'day P & P, how about some pics? Sounds great
Cheers
Fongie

It's not that special, but I'll try and get around to taking a few pictures some time.


Title: Re: Larrivee Uke's
Post by: fongie on December 28, 2008, 10:34:43 PM
Hey P&P, all ukes the same with me, as long as it sounds ukey thats all that matters, and I'm sure yours does. As I mentioned, I've restrung me Tenor Kamaka with Aquilas, very nice, but sure takin' a long time to settle. But I'm sure it's worth it.
Cheers
Fongie


Title: Re: Larrivee Uke's
Post by: Parlor Picker on December 29, 2008, 09:50:21 AM
After changing the tuners on my ukulele, I replaced the same Aquila strings (left them attached at the bridge end) and, having relaxed, they are now all stretchy again and need to be tuned up again every day.  Maybe that's why they are such good strings, because they have a certain amount of elasticity.  Whatever the case, they sure do sound very good.

By the way, here in the UK, most people regard the ukulele as a joke instrument or at best a novelty instrument.  It is rarely taken seriously, although is gaining in popularity thanks to the excellent Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain (there's loads on the internet, look them up).


Title: Re: Larrivee Uke's
Post by: fongie on December 29, 2008, 12:56:19 PM
G'day P&P, yeah man, your right, the same in Australia, it's only catching on downunder. I'm lucky, cause I was fortunate to have these instrument's around me when I was a child growin' up. And the songs we we're associated with has alot of ukuleles as the main instrument in it. I'm glad to hear things are turnin' out with your uke. Yes, I'm sure the Aquilars will sound even better.
Cheers
Fongie :thumb :thumb :thumb


Title: Re: Larrivee Uke's
Post by: PortHueneme on December 29, 2008, 06:12:30 PM
I noticed also that after relaxing the Aquilas they need to settle in again.
I usually need to trim excess string from the tuners after the initial stretch, then wait for them to stretch again.
I have found that if I tune the uke up a full step before putting it away the strings stretch back to pitch while in the case.
I do this for a few days until new strings quit stretching.

I put a set of the DGBE on my tenor, great sound and have guitar chords too.
I just got a new KoAloha concert with a tenor neck, I am using GCEA Aquilas, spent all weeekend stretching them as they settle in the sound is getting better too.


Title: Re: Larrivee Uke's
Post by: fongie on December 29, 2008, 09:51:29 PM
Hey Port H., that concert sounds interestin' with a Tenor neck, I wouldn't mind havin' a look see. Yes, these strings of mine hasn't settle yet, but it's all good.
Cheers
Fongie
P.S How about pics?


Title: Re: Larrivee Uke's
Post by: fongie on January 02, 2009, 09:19:59 AM
G'day Folks, still waitin' for my Aquilers to settle, boy', it's soundin' like a dream, just so nice and crispy, nice to strum too.
Cheers
Fongie


Title: Re: Larrivee Uke's
Post by: Parlor Picker on January 08, 2009, 02:38:55 PM
As requested by Fongie, here's a couple of shots of my Ashbury Tenor and the Gotoh machines I installed.


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Title: Re: Larrivee Uke's
Post by: Parlor Picker on January 08, 2009, 02:43:21 PM
Second picture herewith.

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Title: Re: Larrivee Uke's
Post by: Walkerman on January 08, 2009, 03:31:08 PM
I put the GOTOH friction Uke pegs on mine.....

(http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y122/travette/DSC_0001-6.jpg)


(http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y122/travette/DSC_0005-4.jpg)



Title: Re: Larrivee Uke's
Post by: fongie on January 08, 2009, 11:04:03 PM
G'day folks, it's nice to be back on this thread, it sure has been a while. And it was nice hearin' from you ukeheads again. Anyway, back to serious business. Thanks for them pics P&P, Thats a bloody nice uke you got there. Whats this nonsense, that it's nothing special? It's a bloody beauty. What sort of wood used on this uke? It looks stunning indeed. I like the inlays around the sound hole and those new Gotohs look good, how are they holding out? I bet they're much easier. I've got a 60's uke with the old peg method style. To tune, you had to pull the pegs out slightly, tune, then push back and lock in. Bloody pain. It's good to hear from you again, on this thread. I've been praticeing a song called 'Listen to the rythem of the falling rain' on me uke, Man, it sounds awesome.
Cheers
fongie
Hey' Walkerman, I like those Gotoh Pegs, looks awesome. I might put them on me 60's uke. Thanks for the pics.
PortHueneme, thats a good idea turning the tuners a full step before putting the uke away. It does stretch back to pitch. I usually pull the strings (just before the sound hole), tune back a step, pull the strings again and then step up, doing this method till it reaches pitch. Especially on new strings, I find it reaches pitch faster and removes any slack. But I've been useing your method before I put the uke away and I like it. Cheers


Title: Re: Larrivee Uke's
Post by: PortHueneme on January 08, 2009, 11:34:54 PM
Hey Mr. Admin.
I think we need a new thread for other Larrivee instruments.
Since the ukes are not currently in production and the mando's are so new they can probably reside together.


Title: Re: Larrivee Uke's
Post by: fongie on January 09, 2009, 03:10:37 AM
I think your so right, there have to be a better solution, there seem to be alot of lookers on this thread, I don't know about responses, I think most of it was from me :humour: Anyway, your damn right, lets unite. We should see if the administration would put aside a thread just for us.
Cheers Man
fongie  :bowdown: :bowdown: :bowdown:


Title: Re: Larrivee Uke's
Post by: tadol on January 09, 2009, 04:25:15 AM
I've wanted a Larrivee uke for a long time, but they are out of my price range - but I do keep my eyes open, and maybe, if I am in the right place, at the right time, and my wife isn't, I just might get one-  :laughin:

Tad


Title: Re: Larrivee Uke's
Post by: fongie on January 09, 2009, 07:22:04 AM
Hi Tad, YES! The 'Missus', thats what you have to be careful off, not the price. Anyway Mate, have you thought of other options? Or have you already got yourself a uke? Definately, me too, would dearly love a Lav. uke. But, my Kamaka's are priceless, and would never swap for anything, not even for a Lav. Uke.
Cheers
fongie


Title: Re: Larrivee Uke's
Post by: Parlor Picker on January 09, 2009, 09:43:37 AM
Hi Fongie,
In response to your query, my Ashbury tenor ukulele is allegedly koa wood, but I have some doubts.  Anyway, I say it's nothing special as it is a laminate model and only costs around £120 here in the UK.  However, it does sound very good indeed for the price.  It holds its own against various other models in a (new) little ukulele band that is evolving out of a folk music session where I play a little uke, but mostly my Larrivée Rosewood Parlor guitar.  One of the other players who normally plays fiddle has invested in a fantastic koa Kanile'a concert ukulele.  The sound it produces is awesome.

The Gotoh tuners make my instrument far less top heavy and more comfortable to hold.  Whilst big, heavy and ugly, the old tuners seemed to function OK, but I think in the long term the quality Gotohs will prove to be a noticeable upgrade.


Title: Re: Larrivee Uke's
Post by: fongie on January 09, 2009, 10:58:05 AM
Hi again P&P, definately, I do believe that laminated instruments sound alot better then most solid wood. Because it takes solid wood (especially new wood) to mature with age. Thats when they sound good. I have seen alot of laminated instruments, and they look awesome. Yes, I am familiar with the 'Kanile'a ukes', I've also got a concert model and it is also solid Koa, (click to page 2). Yes, they are very nice, and very good sounding, especially with Aquilas. Hey, thats great to hear that you guys have a little uke band. I truely envy you guys. I associate with alot of my friends that plays ukuleles, but everyone just want to strum a guitar or play drums, my drums. Have you heard of 'Universal Soldier' by Donavan, 'Isle of islay', 'Jennifer Juniper' and 'Lalena', they are great folky musics, useing finger picking. Thats what I play sometimes. Anyway, good to hear from you again.
Cheers
fongie


Title: Re: Larrivee Uke's
Post by: tadol on January 12, 2009, 03:01:27 AM
Hi fongie -

No uke yet, but a friend has a few of 'em, mostly older Martins. I'm waiting patiently until I find something he really wants, or he finds it and needs some cash quick -  :winkin: - but whenever I do the ebay/Larrivee search, I always bookmark the ukes!

The wife just started hula lessons ( no idea where that came from ) so maybe I'm gonna have to start shopping a bit more seriously.

But I don't need any excuse to go look at anything Koa!

Tad


Title: Re: Larrivee Uke's
Post by: fongie on January 12, 2009, 03:23:26 AM
G'day tad, 'Martins' good, infact they are real good, I have often thought of purchasing one myself, if the price is right, maybe one day soon. As for the missus takin' up 'Hula' thats awesome. There you go mate, no more excuses from both parties for not buying a uke. :humour: Hey, thats a brilliant idea, I should encourage my missus' to do the same....'Ah, more ukes', bloody brilliant! :humour: Anyway, I hope something good comes your way soon.
Cheers
fongie


Title: Re: Larrivee Uke's
Post by: fongie on January 28, 2009, 11:16:57 PM
Anyone here like to exchange Uke music and chords? Maybe simple, laidback sorta music that everyone can play. Heres a couple.....
Iko Iko - G & D chords
Rhythm of the falling rain - C, F, G7, chorus - F, Em7, Dm7, G7, C, Am, D7
Cheers
fongie


Title: Re: Larrivee Uke's
Post by: hideawayblues on January 29, 2009, 04:47:14 AM
Here's a Larrivee uke......

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



That's just gorgeous!!!


Title: Re: Larrivee Uke's
Post by: fongie on January 29, 2009, 06:19:24 AM
YYYYUP!!! She sure is, 'Awesome!!'


Title: Re: Larrivee Uke's
Post by: Danny on January 29, 2009, 02:10:08 PM
                                                         CUTE UKE