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jay1vinton
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Perfect is the enemy of good enough
Feb 5th, 2015 01:42 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

In our collection is an "unrepairable" old ukulele. Cracked top, missing bridge, missing wooden friction tuner, no strings, finiswh gone to black goo, very very bad.

We kept it because it was my girls moms uke. There are inscriptions with dates and marks on it only she would have known.

I gave up on the repair as Kamaka wouldn't touch it as they said it wasn't one of theirs.

So it sat. Until Christmas, My girls oldest brother Bully decided to have a look at it.

"Lemme Take it with me to a guy"....I could say nothing as it was a family heirloom and not mine.

So he calls last night and says, "wait till you see this thing". He took it to a friend who confirmed it a very early and very little produced Kamaka made from Monkey pod wood. The entire neck, headstock, and back and sides were carved from one single piece. Amazing.

Anyway, I still don't have pictures yet, but it's strung, refinished, top replaced, tuners refashioned and it plays. All for FREE. The guy just wanted a cool project and he returned a beautiful piece. I hope to get to play it soon, and take some pics. It was a literal wreck we found when cleaning out her moms house for sale.

(This message was last edited by jay1vinton at 03:43 PM, Feb 5th, 2015)

Peegoo
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Feb 5th, 2015 04:34 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

A...

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damuniz
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She turned me into a newt!....
Feb 5th, 2015 05:08 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yeah, I hope you got before pics as well.



jay1vinton
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Hawaii, USA

Perfect is the enemy of good enough
Feb 5th, 2015 06:34 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Indeed I do have some befores if I can remember how to post them here. I haven't done that in years.

Peegoo
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Feb 6th, 2015 12:30 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Go to your profile (edit user profile).

Click Add Photo

Browse to the photo on your computer and double click it

Add a title

Upload!

jay1vinton
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Hawaii, USA

Perfect is the enemy of good enough
Mar 27th, 2015 06:01 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I STILL haven't seen the finished product and I think I probably won't...;-)

jay1vinton
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Hawaii, USA

Perfect is the enemy of good enough
Apr 8th, 2015 06:07 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Ok, I quickly saw it on Sunday when they came by to drop off some craft paper for my girl. I got a look and that was about it.

It was immaculately restored from the piece of junk that was almost thrown out by the same brother. It was detuned as they aren't going to play it, but put it in a shadow box.

I probably won't get any after pictures. It didn't belong to me but we rescued it. It was clear that it was going home with them. That's fine, it wasn't mine.

guitarcapo

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Apr 10th, 2015 12:13 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

No instrument is "unrepairable".


It's just that some aren't practical to repair based solely on $$$$.




jay1vinton
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Perfect is the enemy of good enough
Apr 16th, 2015 05:29 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The beauty of this restoration is that the guy did it for free for something to do in his down time...can't get a better price for the results. ;-)

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