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« 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?
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« Reply #1 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....



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« Reply #2 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:


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« Reply #3 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.

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« Reply #4 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).
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« Reply #5 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?


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« Reply #6 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.
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« Reply #7 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
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« Reply #8 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.   
You really have to decide the worth for yourself. I suggest buying a "disposable" one to see if you like it. Good luck!

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« Reply #9 on: March 28, 2007, 01:00:38 AM »

PortHueneme,

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

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Bernunzio have a koa soprano ukulele

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Gruhn Guitars also have one concert ukulele (all koa   )

Gruhn Guitars



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





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« Reply #10 on: March 28, 2007, 01:19:36 AM »

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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?

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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 make some nice ukes. James Hill plays their ukuleles. Personnaly, I really love the ones that Uke Brand make. They are fine quality reproductions of vintage Martin and Kumalae. Another fine builder is Augustino Lorinzi. Joel at Earnest Instruments 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  .

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« Reply #11 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.




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« Reply #12 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...
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« Reply #13 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...
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« Reply #14 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  .

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.
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« Reply #15 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! 
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« Reply #16 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


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« Reply #17 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. 
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« Reply #18 on: March 28, 2007, 11:40:50 PM »

Congrats PortHueneme  and unclrob 

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).

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« Reply #19 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..........
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