When I got the uke I tuned the dead strings gcea and the action was fair and after tightening the pegging tunes a little still held tune but again dead strings sounded dead. Casey is a fulltime captain pilot with Hawaiian Airlines; he does much of the research and custom orders for the company. Boasting vibrant sound and excellent projection, these ukes can be heard by players such as Daniel Ho and Victoria Vox. They are not rare or uncommon, but they are usually great payers and sound good. I like the new ones too and I have one with a nice deep rich sound which I like. If your ukulele came with these tuners, the bushing is usually still in there and all you have to do is attach the rest of the parts.
Also, Do the 1950-1960 Kamaka ukulele's sound the same as the new ones? When the factory went bust in the early 1990s, Okami reinvented himself as a maker of tiny playable ukuleles before moving on to full-size ones, and soon, other family members joined the business. This feature, which is unique to the Dixie banjo uke, enables the distance of the strings above the frets the action to be adjusted without removing the neck or loosening the strings. In my experience, the calfskin vellum has more of the banjo ukulele sound you are looking for. I don't know what you paid for it, but if its over 300, then total cost may be to the value of the uke or a bit more kamaka would probably do a better job for the cost. Below is the uke after the repair was completed. Many members of the fourth generation work at the shop, including Chris Jr.
And then asked me to make new ones. If you are replacing the vellum on a Dixie banjo uke, I advise leaving it bolted together and cutting the excess vellum with fingernail scissors. After you have drilled out the hole and cut the tapered indention in the top of the hole, you are ready to install the tuner which will work much better than the original one. See below for special instructions for the Dixie banjo uke. For more about banjo ukuleles, go to the page of this site. Try these beautiful transcriptions by. You will have to have a set of numbered drills to find the right size to drill the holes.
The process of making a Kamaka ukulele is an art that involves design, redesign, and experimentation to produce instruments with outstanding tonal and playing characteristics. It took 13 months to get it back. I do this to contain the moisture and help the process along. It has a one piece top and back. Here I have added a slice of wood right down the middle. While KoAloha instruments have a classic lively sound, they depart from tradition in aesthetic ways—sometimes radically so. The above picture shows a Dixie banjo ukulele that has been disassembled.
If you decide to replace the vellum yourself, look at the pictures below and read the directions at the This operation greatly improved the sound of the uke. It was a true kanikapila evening with a peek into the history of a remarkable family, great music and stories, impromptu sharing of hula, enjoyed among old and new friends who love and appreciate the Hawaiian culture. Inside the instrument there are several humidifiers, and every couple days I would re-wet them and continue the process till I was comfortable with it. From the way we source our wood to this finishing method, we care deeply about the environment. Then the top of the hole must be tapered as shown above so that the tapered part of the tuner assembly will fit in the tapered part of the hole, an operation that can be accomplished using a countersink mounted in a tapholder or drill chuck as shown below.
The picture below shows a ukulele and a banjo that have been fixed this way. Along the way, customers brought me more and more guitars, mandolins, banjos, and ukuleles to fix. You can find Jimmy Young at Longcor Music in Amarillo. Long necks are an option on smaller-bodied models. It doesn't affect the sound but, I was wondering if this can be fixed re-glued, filled, sanded and re-cleared? Epoxy does not stick well to hardwoods. Kamaka ukuleles are world-renown, and possess a lasting, rich tone that cannot be duplicated.
Let it dry for 24 hours. The heritage of ukulele making at Kamaka Hawaii is preserved by second and third generation Hawaiian luthiers, as well as the many talented craftsmen at the Kakaako factory in Honolulu. Because their sense of touch was so keen, they were invaluable for this task and some of them had worked for about fifty years at the company. The 35th season will end with a solo concert on Monday, March 19, by the fabulous Makana. Mahoghony from Central and South America is easily available; Rosewood is also available but shipping internationally is a major problem, especially when the wood has to go back and forth.
Note the ball of cotton inside the uke which prevents the shellac from getting on the label inside. Fast forward to 2016 and I found it when I was moving things. For more instructions go to this. Then we bid each other adieu until next January. Look farther down this page for a picture of the Dixie uke with the new calfskin vellum installed. They were nice, I guess.
Notice the set screws on the right and left of the two screws which attach the neck. I would definitely ask the folks at Kamaka Tekla or Alice about an estimate. On to the next project! Also, Do the 1950-1960 Kamaka ukulele's sound the same as the new ones? This was a very long tedious process. All of the shops are open to the public and clustered relatively close together, no two more than 25 miles apart, and the closest two are a scant two miles from each other. The aluminum is easier to bend than is the brass. By the mid-1920s, Kamaka had set up a shop outside of his home, at which, among many other things, he invented the pineapple body that is today a standard alternative to the traditional bell shape. Rich of ukuleles—borrows its unusually pointy silhouette from an ornamental staff.
After I re-humidified it, this is how much the crack closed up. Now with 2 additional employees, Kiernan Music is the only authorized Dealer and Service center for Taylor Guitars on the Big Island of Hawaii!! So my next step was to remove the back and add a small center strip. Take it to a quality repair shop, or Kamaka does repairs on their instruments. I worked this palette knife all along the back and side seams, slowly breaking the glue joint. Now it just needed a little coat of finish and glued back on. This picture shows the bushing that was part of the old Grover 4W tuners with a new Grover tuning peg that fits into it.