Tuesday, September 29, 2009


This is a segment of a today’s (9-29-09) Notice of Upcoming Events from Mike DaSilva…

Last April, I was lucky enough to have Bill Tapia perform at the shop on my birthday. During that visit, Bill fell in love with Mary's Dias reproduction soprano ukulele. Bill talked about how it reminded him of his first ukulele (a Nunes) and how he had a very small ukulele just like it that used to fit in his jacket pocket.

A couple of weeks later, I get thisphone call. It's Bill Tapia. He is in the car (somewhere in the Northwest, at 101 years old!) going off to another gig, and he called to ask about purchasing a Dias reproduction. I had a nice conversation and gave him some info and the price for the ukulele. I thought he might call back, but I did not hear back from him, so I decided to build him a Dias reproduction as time permitted.

Well, Bill Tapia played at the new Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse in Berkeley last Sunday. I had just finished the Dias ukulele that day.
Here is video of what happened...

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