Friday Links: eBay Shenanigans

Something very suspicious is going on with the eBay seller jp-cultures. They have a large range of very impressive ukuleles for sale. But some of their listings seem to be identical to listings by other sellers. They only have 17 feedback (despite having nearly 6000 instruments for sale) but their positive feedback seems to be all for cheap instruments while their two items of negative feedback are for expensive instruments never delivered. So avoid buying anything from them and just look at the pretty pictures.

Window Shopping
– Two double-neck Geoff Preston ukuleles.
Kanile’a talk shop with CNBC.
– Jake Wildwood has a bunch of banjo-ukes in his shop including 1920s Stromberg-Voisinet, 1930s Schoenhut, 1940s Orpheus and 1960s Marma Resonator from East Germany.

New Releases
– Danielle Ate the Sandwich wrote, recorded and produced a record in 24 hours.
The Tides from Krista Muir.
Amelia Coburn’s covers EP.
Victoria Vox’s Colorful Heart.

Feel Good Stories
UCLA Chapter making 3D printed ukuleles for disadvantaged children.
Playing the ukulele in the light: how darkness ended for one Puerto Rican woman.

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4 Comments

  1. Ron Hale February 16th, 2018 11:50 pm

    —Lois Wise is crowdfunding for a
    new album, Al.
    —Maybe it’s just me but I don’t see
    as many banjo ukes out there as I used to.
    “Out there” being videos and online images.
    —I devour uke images and the banjo variety
    is a rare sight these days.
    —Apart from the Formby angle, has the
    banjo uke been relegated to fringe status?

  2. Woodshed February 17th, 2018 11:13 am

    Ron: Yeah, I think you’re right. I don’t see a lot of banjo uke players around.

  3. Phredd February 17th, 2018 11:55 am

    The Victoria Vox album COLORFUL HEART is so good. Great songwriting and really pristine recording. The sonic soundscape made me feel like I was entering a beautiful new world. I have always enjoyed her songs, her voice and her ukulele playing, but here, on this project, I feel like I am really hearing her for the first time. I encourage all the UkeHunters to check it out and listen with headphones. Well Done Victoria. Thanks, Al for featuring it.

  4. Woodshed February 18th, 2018 9:56 pm

    Phredd: My pleasure!

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