WOW! I played a few of these fantastic ukuleles at Folklife. I had heard about them on the net. Seeing them and playing them confirmed the fact, that they are well made and sound great. He builds with woods harvested in a sustainable manner. His own personal 8 string tenor was impressive. Hand built ukes right here in the maritime Northwest.Al HirschHello Zac, I truly love my Oceana Ukulele. My wife can tell you just how many I played before I decided on one. There were quite a number of "expensive" and a few "cheapies" that I played that sounded pretty good. But each time I passed, the one I already owned sounded better or just as well. My wife noticed your booth at Cerritos before I saw it and she called me over. I played a couple other ukuleles you had displayed before I played your C-124. Although I didn't play it long, it got under my skin somehow. We went into the auditorium to see our club members perform but my mind was on the uke. After the show we stopped by and I played it a bit more but your booth was busy and I really didn't have the money at the time. I left... but I had your card. I think I waited a couple days before I called and had you hold it...the rest is history.The band, the Jug or Nots is booked to play at the 100 year celebration of Scouting. There will be over 20,000 people attending on October 16th. I'll be up there jammin' with my Oceana Uke in front of my biggest audience, ever! I'll send pictures and clips from that event. We're also booked at the 2010 International Jug Band Festival in Sutter Creek, CA in September. If you google search "Jug or Nots" we come up first and has links to a bunch of video clips. There's a close up of me playing on our version of "White Wash Station" played at Kulak's Woodshed. I'm the big guy...white beard. Don't miss our fan favorite "Spiderman" from our gig at the Steel Pit in Tujunga, CA.We also have a site on MySpace that should be easily accessed Thanks again, Uncle Dave of the Jug or Nots, a fan of Oceana Ukulele'ssay hey, i got da Supa-Uke home...90.7dBthat is 'bluegrass loud' my friends, aka KILLER ;-)way cool great workmanship and quality of sound.super well balanced with no barking/wolf notes.i am sooo happy with this monster axe, luv ya baby.DaDawgI was at the Northern California Wine Country Ukulele Festival, I spent quite a bit of time talking to the guys in the Oceana both. They were one of about 20 fine luthiers. They had something the called a Supa’lele which was a five fret short beautiful guitar ADGCEA. My ukulele buddy Bob “DaDawg” (see the coment above) from Santa Cruz swiped it up into his collection without much hesitation!
I thought that the rosette designs were quite beautiful and perhaps they have an Equadorian flair. See the Oceana site gallery. The fronts were quite thin and the polish was much like my DaSilva ukulele. And the prices were a bit lower that other custom luthiers.
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