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Milwaukee Uke Fest - 2010

I just got back from the Milwaukee Ukulele Festival. Even though it was just the second year for the festival it ran like a well oiled machine. Lil' Rev and his staff did an outstanding job.

I performed a dinner concert set with Jon Prown and Narciso Lobo (the infamous Seeso) which was a lot of fun. Having never met Jon in person before and never performing with either of them we quickly got together in the hallway to rehearse the songs. The crowd was supportive and we had a blast. I didn’t have a video camera with me but I saw a few out there so they may be some video footage up on Youtube soon.

Here are a few pics from the festival.

My good friend and very talented ukulele player, Jon Prown

Hankthetank, Ukulelezoe and Lisaxy424

Our friends from Mainland Ukuleles with their new Banjo Ukes

Curt Sheller

Joel Eckhaus of Ernest Instruments

Here is a shot that Heather took from Hooten Images.

Mahogany Tenor #008

I just got this number 008 tenor completed just in time to take it with me to the Milwaukee Uke Fest.

Here are some particulars:
Honduran Mahogany front, back and sides
Spanish Cedar Bolt on neck w/slotted headstock
17” tenor scale
Fret board – Ebony - 14 frets clear – 19 frets total
Bridge – Ebony – Through Body
Rosette – Paua Abalone w/bwb inner and outer rings
Rosewood top binding with bwb perfling
Rosewood back binding
Fret markers – 5mm Paua Abalone
Width at nut – 1 ½”
Width at 14th fret – 1 ¾”
Width at upper bout – 6 7/8”
Width at lower bout – 9 1/8”
Finish – True Oil
Tuners – Gold Grover Sta-Tite
Nut material – Corian
Saddle material – Bone
Strings – Worth CH
Mi Si Acoustic Trio batter free pickup system

This uke has a great sound that will no doubt improve over time. I will try to get a sound clip recorded as soon as I can. Here are a couple more pics.