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Kala Acacia Tenor ukulele

Started by Paul Walters Nov 20, 2013.

Big Island Concert and Claw Hammer 3 Replies

Started by susi Lawson. Last reply by susi Lawson May 19, 2013.

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Comment by Craig Fowler on March 17, 2012 at 5:11pm

There is considerably more models available in store than listed here. Especially Kala models.

Comment by Craig Fowler on March 17, 2012 at 5:10pm

Mahalo, Kala, Fender and Martin  are the brands available locally (or online) (Long and McQuade)

Check out the link below see the models I have to choose from.

Long & McQuade Ukeleles

Comment by Craig Fowler on March 17, 2012 at 5:05pm

What do you recommend as a good beginner ukelele? I have not yet made a purchase but want to add it to my ever growing list of stringed instruments. Like to keep my purchase under $100 unless that means you end up with a poor quality instrument. Is a soprano sized instrument the way to go.

Comment by Luis Motta da Silva on January 19, 2012 at 1:45pm

Hi, guys,

That particular soundhole shape is the so-called "boca de raia" (rayfish mouth).

Many cavaquinhos made in Minho (North Portugal -  cradle of cavaquinho) - but not all Portuguese cavaquinhos - feature that particular soundhole shape. 

Maybe T Willi's instrument is made by Domingos Machado, at Tebosa, Braga

in the very homeland of cavaquinhos, ukes, and the like... if so, it is probably a high-class instrument.

I leave a link for a picture you may like to see...

Comment by fred davis on November 18, 2011 at 11:57am

I teach Ukulele and slack key guitar  and we Use a book called  DAILY  UKULELE

BY JIM BELOFF  this book is desined for ukulele songs and has pictures of all the chords at the top of each page   Best of luck

Comment by Rob Bourassa on November 17, 2011 at 10:42pm

I love the sound hole on that T Will.

It is also nice to see that Giannini is still in business. I had one in the 70s.

I have a builder in Michigan who makes cavaquinhos. Gary Zimnicki makes ukes and guitars as well, and does custom design.

Comment by T Willi on November 17, 2011 at 9:58pm

Thank you, I really enjoyed the links. The instrument I am looking is Portuguese. I do not the maker but am excided to see it. This is the picture the seller put in his ad. I will post an update after I see it.

Comment by FloridaGull on November 17, 2011 at 8:42am

Here's a link to the "Tuning Options" page on the Etros Music website:


Comment by FloridaGull on November 17, 2011 at 8:40am

I'm joining this group just to ask - are you looking at/getting a Giannini?

Here's a pic:

and a link to the Giannini website:

this is to the Brazil Series page - they also have an all-solid-wood model:

a pic:

and a link:

also, a link to the North American importer - Etros Music -

Have fun looking!  I have a recently-purchased Giannini Craviola (Brazil Series), and I love it!

Comment by Rob Bourassa on November 17, 2011 at 7:12am

No, it is like the first four strings of a 5 string banjo. You can tune it any way you wish. Tenor is fine.


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