For those of you sorely sad you missed out on that Mele flamed koa uke (and I know there were a lot of you from the stacks of emails in my inbox) -- I just wanted to let you know that this uke -- a 1920s Regal -- from my personal collection, is soon going up on the 'bay. It's super loud -- I used it in a musical, entirely acoustically, and it paced a resonator Vega tenor banjo when strummed with a felt pick. It also sounds great, and is entirely made from flamed Hawaiian koa. And it has that sweet multicolored inlaid marquetry Regal-style decorative touch, too.
Yessir, it's a beaut.
...and why am I parting with it? Too many instruments! It's not like I want to part with it!!!