Tuesday, April 10, 2007
Even MORE ukuleles...Tropical Surprises
Sometimes I venture out of Ukuleletown into strange lands…
On a recent trip to Florida I visited the mysterious Nina Coquina and her amazing collection of idiosyncratic and lush sounding ukuleles. Over a couple of “Dark and Stormys” we played through a staggering group of great sounding ukes…
Front row L to R: ca. 1937 Style 4 Kamaka Pineapple (my favorite of the “bunch”, a definitely useful sound and a fabulous neck); late '40s Kamaka Style 4 Soprano (I’ve never seen this body shape on a Kamaka); Kelii Mahogany Supersoprano (holy cow, not to be beat for the money, go buy one of these right now!), Second row: 2000 Larrivee 10K Soprano; KoAloha Pineapple Sunday (superconcert)(a great sounding ukulele in a really comfortable size); Talsma custom soprano "Carmen Miranda"(a marvelous pickup in this one to amplify a fantastic tone); Glyph Curly Mango Concert (luscious sound, luscious wood); 1920s Supertone.
Back Row: Regal LeDomino(Do I REALLY have to comment on one of these?); Black Bear "Fall Uke" Soprano