Tuesday, May 11, 2004

Buy Your Own Uke Company

Yes, you read right. Here's what is perhaps a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity: your very own ukulele company. Central California-based 3rd Wave Ukuleles is up for sale. In addition to their wonderful tone, 3rd Wave ukes are known for their beautiful laser-engraved designs around the soundhole, lower bout, and back. The current owners are offering to sell the whole company, including all the jigs, rights to the artwork, lots of cut wood, ukes in the making, cases, the name, dealer lists etc. for $27,500, obo.

Owner and luthier Steve Triplett will take the new owner through one production cycle (about a month). Plus the new owner will have discounted access to Triplett's laser engraver in perpetuity (for all those swell engravings that 3rd Wave is known for).

For more information, email Debbie Triplett or call 866-831-5478. (Their website is currently down, but should be up in the next few days.)

I'd love to buy it, but my wife says I already have enough ukes (c'mon, I only have 5). Maybe I should tell her that if I owned the company I'd never have to buy another uke...

Update: Interested Parties, please mention Ukulelia when you contact Steve or Debbie. The Tripletts have graciously offered us a modest commission which Mark and I will use to purchase Flea ukuleles for hospitalized kids at Mass General (see more info in the sidebar).

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