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Konabob
`Olu`olu

USA
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Posted - 03/27/2009 :  8:41:41 PM  Show Profile  Visit Konabob's Homepage  Send Konabob an AOL message
I sold out of my slack key basses right after Aloha Camp, and I have been working on another ten koa and two mango basses. Just finished them yesterday, and I was trying to think of a better way to let people see the wood than still photos... came up with YouTube.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bNXz23J4baA

Aloha,
-Konabob

Konabob's Walkingbass - http://www.konawalkingbass.com
Taropatch Steel - http://www.konaweb.com/konabob/
YouTube - http://www.youtube.com/results?search_type=&search_query=Konabob2+Walkingbass

wcerto
Ahonui

USA
5052 Posts

Posted - 03/28/2009 :  01:54:35 AM  Show Profile
Very nice, and an innovative way of showing them off. Next you need to show us how they sound, along with, oh, let's see...maybe Claybourne Smith?

Me ke aloha
Malama pono,
Wanda
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Konabob
`Olu`olu

USA
928 Posts

Posted - 03/28/2009 :  05:48:12 AM  Show Profile  Visit Konabob's Homepage  Send Konabob an AOL message
Hey Wanda!
Thanks for checking out the new crop. I love playing with Smitty, but da bruddah stay on the Laupahoehoe side of the island! Long drive for a Kona boy.
I have a neighbor who has been a woodworker for years. He and his sons grow and harvest koa, and make some beautiful furniture (see http://www.tailake.net)
He finds the wood that I use, and has taught me more about sanding than you can imagine...
A young falsetto singer pulled me into a studio this week to do bass and steel tracks on a beautiful song he wrote. When his album comes out I will let you know.
My mom says spring is hitting Cincinnati this week. It should make Cleveland anytime now!
Aloha,
-Konabob


Konabob's Walkingbass - http://www.konawalkingbass.com
Taropatch Steel - http://www.konaweb.com/konabob/
YouTube - http://www.youtube.com/results?search_type=&search_query=Konabob2+Walkingbass
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Trev
Lokahi

United Kingdom
265 Posts

Posted - 03/30/2009 :  06:36:42 AM  Show Profile
Hi Konabob! Hope you are keeping well. Guess what? since coming back from camp Alison and I have started attending a local ukulele jam. I’ve started taking my double bass. I haven’t really played it for a couple of years, (I get asked to play other instruments, and my friend’s started bringing out an electric bass) but it’s still just as much fun as ever, and it’s good to have a reason to fetch it out. Alas, no Hawaiian music yet, (although there’s one hapa haole one, I think), but we hope to incorporate a couple into the ‘songbook’ in the not too distant future!

In case anyone else is interested, I can vouch for Bob’s basses. I’ve tried a 4 string model bass of Bob’s (which alas he no longer makes) and thought it was a great idea. They sound great through a computer sub-woofer, or even through a small Roland Cube. Needless to say, the three string models sound just as good. They take up hardly any space, in the home or at the jam session, they pack down easily & are easy to carry, and are very easy on the fingers when playing (none of the blisters that you get with the normal kind!). Also, they are hand made with meticulous attention to detail. Anyone who has met Bob will not be surprised in the least by this.
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Admin
Pupule

USA
4545 Posts

Posted - 03/30/2009 :  07:33:41 AM  Show Profile  Visit Admin's Homepage  Send Admin an AOL message  Send Admin an ICQ Message  Send Admin a Yahoo! Message
Konabob,

Beautiful! Thanks for the video.

Andy
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wcerto
Ahonui

USA
5052 Posts

Posted - 03/30/2009 :  07:46:14 AM  Show Profile
Eh Konabob - Duke's mama live Laupahoehoe...maybe she jam with Braddah Smitty.

And when we drive 6 hours there and 6 hours back to Washington, DC to see Makaha Sons or Led/Mike Ka`awa, don't even whine to me about Kona being too far from Laupahoehoe.

Me ke aloha
Malama pono,
Wanda

Edited by - wcerto on 03/30/2009 07:48:47 AM
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Konabob
`Olu`olu

USA
928 Posts

Posted - 04/16/2009 :  08:06:59 AM  Show Profile  Visit Konabob's Homepage  Send Konabob an AOL message
Hi Wanda. Shirley and I drove "all the way to Hilo" yesterday, and of course it is not all that far... I got a chance to teach a few people how to play the steel guitar. One of them told me that her husband was Genoa Keawe's original steel guitar player. She says that now that he has passed away, she has a whole lot of steel guitars laying around the house, and she always feels like they are telling her to give them a try. I was also happy to sit and play with Owana Salazar and a young woman named Mahina. The Merrie Monarch is such a wonderful celibration here on the Big Island!

Oh, by the way, I just got this email from a woman who gave up the ukulele to play my 3 string bass:

"Hi Kona Bob . . .

Just wanted to let you know what a great time I'm having with my Walking Bass . . . haven't touched a ukulele since January and everyone in our band here is also thrilled with the sound and depth it adds to our ukulele music. I'm headed back to Oregon in three weeks and anxious to show off my new addiction to everyone at the Portland Ukulele Fest (we live in the Palm Springs, CA area, but retreat to Oregon for the summer to escape the heat). Will also be going to Nashville this coming Friday for a week . . . wonder if any 'country' bands have discovered the Walking Bass yet??


Anyway, put me on your mailing list or schedule and let's see what might happen. If nothing else, Dick and I might have to come to Hawaii to catch you there (oh darn). Thank you so much for coming up with this wonderful instrument that so many of us enjoy . . . and please feel free to use my name as a reference if anyone else is interested . . . you'll get rave reviews!!. In the meantime, keep on strummin' and I'll look forward to hearing from you regarding any upcoming appearances. Penny"

Penny Wrobel
Indio, CA

Konabob's Walkingbass - http://www.konawalkingbass.com
Taropatch Steel - http://www.konaweb.com/konabob/
YouTube - http://www.youtube.com/results?search_type=&search_query=Konabob2+Walkingbass
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