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Title: Larrivee Ukuleles?
Post by: Mikeymac on May 16, 2010, 05:11:01 AM
So...Larrivee made ukuleles, right?

But do they still make them?

What do/did they list for? Street price? Used prices?


Title: Re: Larrivee Ukuleles?
Post by: fongie on May 16, 2010, 05:44:21 AM
Sure do, don't know if they still do. Actually they have been some floating through this forum for sale or swap. They can be pricey. I own a few Kamaka's, koa wood  :+1: Walkerman has himself a lav Uke.
cheers mate, I hope you find one. By the way, there is an old thread on this forum with heaps of info's, check it out
fongie


Title: Re: Larrivee Ukuleles?
Post by: JOYCEfromNS on May 16, 2010, 03:30:07 PM
Rev I believe Larrivee stopped in 2002 but have had one or two special runs since. I think the basic Uke ( not Walkermans) listed for around $600 of which I have seen some used ones sell close to that, They are coveted.

Maybe Larrivee would consider a Special Run again if there was enough interest - tho would it be basic or one with the "Walkerman Bling"  :?  I would be in for one of which ever was decided.  :cheers


Title: Re: Larrivee Ukuleles?
Post by: cke on May 16, 2010, 04:38:27 PM
Rev I believe Larrivee stopped in 2002 but have had one or two special runs since. I think the basic Uke ( not Walkermans) listed for around $600 of which I have seen some used ones sell close to that, They are coveted.

Maybe Larrivee would consider a Special Run again if there was enough interest - tho would it be basic or one with the "Walkerman Bling"  :?  I would be in for one of which ever was decided.  :cheers
Hmmmm...
The Forum 1,2 3 were mid-size, the F 4 mid/small 00....

Ah the Forum V will be a Walnut /IS slot-head  ukelele!!


Title: Re: Larrivee Ukuleles?
Post by: Bltprf502 on May 18, 2010, 12:30:46 PM
I have one   :bgrin:


Title: Re: Larrivee Ukuleles?
Post by: petevee on May 18, 2010, 03:32:44 PM
I can't recall the last time Larrivee advertised a Uke..


Title: Re: Larrivee Ukuleles?
Post by: Mikeymac on May 18, 2010, 04:50:48 PM
Hmmmm...
The Forum 1,2 3 were mid-size, the F 4 mid/small 00....

Ah the Forum V will be a Walnut /IS slot-head  ukelele!!

A slot head?

And definitely has to be koa, not walnut!

Thanks for the info guys - not sure if I'm in the market to spend that kind of money right out of the gate...lots of cheaper options to learn on.


Title: Re: Larrivee Ukuleles?
Post by: Bltprf502 on May 18, 2010, 06:48:46 PM
Thought I'd share a picture of my 01 series all mahogany uke....

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Title: Re: Larrivee Ukuleles?
Post by: JOYCEfromNS on May 19, 2010, 12:37:55 AM
Thought I'd share a picture of my 01 series all mahogany uke....



Purrrrrrrdy


Title: Re: Larrivee Ukuleles?
Post by: Mikeymac on May 19, 2010, 04:18:02 PM
Purrrrrrrdy

Yes, very nice - all mahogany works for me, too!


Title: Re: Larrivee Ukuleles?
Post by: Bltprf502 on May 20, 2010, 12:21:54 PM
Mine is either a 1999 or 2000 but I can remember.  I am going to send it in to have the finish smoothed out.  A little rough in areas, but no big deal...

Thanks for the comments...
 :+1:  I like it too.


Title: Re: Larrivee Ukuleles?
Post by: sniggs on May 20, 2010, 04:39:58 PM
if anyone gets an order together I'd be in,a Larrivee koa uke would be cool!


Title: Re: Larrivee Ukuleles?
Post by: MarkAJohn on May 21, 2010, 05:57:46 PM
First post in a long time, if ever, so please help yourself to these:  :donut :donut :donut2 :donut2 :donut :donut
I have a Larrivee 03-series uke that I bought in about 2004. I don't know when it was made; I wrote to Larrivee with the serial number, but was told that the company didn't keep records on the ukes as it did with guitars.
Anyway, the koa 03 that I have is simple and lovely, with excellent workmanship. I love the sound, but it's not particularly loud--not at all like my old Martin in that regard, but much better balanced.
Larrivee intended to be a real player in the ukulele field, but it apparently just didn't work out. The problem, I think, is that the ukes were too expensive. They cost as much to make as guitars, and Larrivee tried to price them accordingly.
Below is the announcement of the Larrivee uke line from June 2000. It's interesting for lots of reasons, but note the prices!

JEAN LARRIVEE GUITARS has released a line of deluxe soprano ukuleles to the North American market. A spokesman commented, "With this launch, we're on a mission: to transform the ukulele from a `fun' recreational instrument to a serious contender in terms of overall sound and playability, suitable in a variety of musical settings. We plan to extend the line with concert and tenor models within the next 12 months."
The line features ten different soprano instruments in three sub-categories: the 03 series (no binding), the 09 series (wood binding), and the 10 series (abalone binding). All Larrivee ukuleles feature all-solid wood construction, hand-fit dovetail neck joint, composite saddle, sterling silver border, ebony olverlay, and inlaid headstock logo.
The three models in the 03 series are: US-03-KA, all koa, abalone rosette, $1,249 U.S. suggested retail: US-03-MH all mahogany, abalone rosette, $849: and US-03-MHS, mahogany back and sides, abalone rosette, spruce top, $849.
The three models in the 09 series are: US-O9-KA, all koa, abalone rosette, koa binding, $1,399 U.S. suggested retail; US-09-MH, all mahogany, abalone rosette, maple binding, $974; and US-09-MHS, mahogany back and sides, abalone rosette, maple binding, spruce top, $974.
The four models in the 10 series are: US-10-KA, all koa, abalone rosette, abalone binding, $1,574 U.S. suggested retail: US-10-KA-FES, all koa, abalone rosette, abalone binding, Flying Eagle headstock, $1,699; US-10-MH, all mahogany, abalone rosette. abalone binding, $1,074; and US-10-MHS, mahogany back and sides, abalone rosette, spruce top, $1,074.
All ten models have the following dimensions: 7-3/8" lower bout; 5-3/8" upper bout; 4-3/8" waist; 9-3/4" length; 2-1/4" maximum depth; and 14-1/8" scale.


Title: Re: Larrivee Ukuleles?
Post by: sniggs on May 21, 2010, 06:20:15 PM
well thats what I call a first post! :welcome:


Title: Re: Larrivee Ukuleles?
Post by: Bltprf502 on May 22, 2010, 01:38:01 AM
I have played many ukes next to mine.  I haven't found better yet... usually with the guitars you can hear a difference in the boutique brands like Collings and SCGC.  In the Uk world, I have found that mine is as good as anything hand made.

 :cheers