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Original Post By: Bigbill Date: 3/3/2009 1:17:11 AM
Hey guys, I thought now might be a good time to give a quick review of my Aaron Keim ukulele. There are two for sale now on ebay, and I already own one, and am the owner of the original Kumalae that Aaron used to measure and study for these recent models. In these times, it truly is a buyer's market, and I think you would be hard pressed to find a finer playing or sounding uke for the money than Aaron's.
Mine is a redwood topped soprano, made from the same redwood as the one currently for sale, and it is smokin'! It is punchy and stands out in the crowd, yet not brash--it has a lovely voice. I have played many fine ukuleles, and my Aaron Keim prototype hangs with the best of them. I sold off a lot of fine ukes last month, but never once thought of letting his go--it is definitely a keeper. Aaron is still learning his craft as a luthier, so some minor cosmetic blemishes are keeping him from asking what these are really worth. Good luck, get em while you can!
Has anyone else had the pleasure of playing one of Aaron's ukes? It is funny, I have heard so much about his Beansprouts, but I have never played one. I am sure they are the same though...player's instruments.
Peace,
Bill
Posted By: John Kavanagh Date: 3/3/2009 8:17:53 AM
I've played a couple Beansprouts. Like any banjo instrument, they need the set up tweaked to get the best sound, but they're the only banjo uke that's ever really tempted me - they sound great and play great. Most banjo ukes are like little tenor banjos, very bright and brash - the Beansprout is more like a little clawhammer banjo - clear and clean, but with a kind of woody plunk to it. Real Formby-style players usually don't like the woodier tone or the wide, concert-scale neck, but I find them very nice. Good jamming instrument - it can be loud and clear without playing hard.
Posted By: Anthony29 Date: 4/8/2018 1:49:45 AM
Historically interesting posts, now that Aaron is setting up his own Beansprout operation in his new workshop, and Mya Moe, across the river, are ‘retiring’.

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