Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Cole Clark Ukes

Chuck "Frets" Fayne knows ukes. (He hosts the Collector's Uke Yak over on the Fleamarket Music site which is well worth checking regularly.) So when we saw Chuck's effusive post about Australian luthier Brad Clark's new ukes, we took notice. Chuck sez "THIS UKE ROCKS.....ONE OF THE EASIEST I HAVE EVER PLAYED":
" I promised all of you that I would tell you about anything new that I thought was terrific. When I came to Australia 9 years ago, I began to look around for ukuleles. There was nothing. As far as I could figure out, there were two companies and neither making ukuleles then. One was JMG a weird uke made a lot like a violin and it sounded horrible. The other was a Maton, a company that is still in business, but no longer made ukes. by our standards , the ones they made were just passable. I went to visit the Maton Company and met a man named Brad Clark. We talked about ukes. He was later fired by Maton, a move I assume they regret to this day. He opened his own Guitar business and revolutionized the making of modern instruments by turning back the clock 300 odd years and by using some of the old and some of the new coupled with a world recognized sound system that is regarded by many as “the best”. Cole Clark Guitars has begun to make ukuleles with the same quality. They are manufactured in three styles. Each more fancy but all with the same fabulous sound. They are really a player’s instrument. They are larger than a soprano and smaller than a concert. You can see them and find out all future plans for the uke by writing I suggest you do, this is one of the best sounding and revolutionary ukuleles to be made to date. There, I lived up to my promise and am please to be able to tell you about the 'UK-E-LADY'."
Currently there is no info on the ukes on the Cole Clark site, but here are some photos in the meantime: Photo 1 Photo 2.
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