Soprano Bee

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In alchemical texts bees are alleged to represent “the alliance of the earthy and the airy” and the cells of their hive are an example of sacred geometry. 

Tucked away in and around the cells of their hive are an A for Alkemi, the Moon, the Sun (Gold), a Star, a Crown, the elements Air and Earth, a musical note and a cross symbolizing the four cardinal directions.

The Bee design is laser etched on the soundboard and then hand tinted for contrast.

The bright soprano sound from this pineapple shape is a bit louder and more mellow than the standard profile. 

 

More on the Alchemical Bee

One of the definitions of alchemy is "any seemingly magical process of transforming a common substance into a substance of value." This is what bees do every day in their ability to transform nectar from flowers into the golden elixir we know as honey. And, by the way, they pollinate our food crops and flowers in the process; a feat vital to the survival of life on the planet. This small insect’s vast powers, acting tirelessly and collectively, prove Shakespeare’s words that “though she be but little, she is fierce.”

In alchemical texts bees are alleged to represent “the alliance of the earthy and the airy” and the cells of their hive are an example of sacred geometry. They symbolize industriousness, teamwork, perseverance, charity, selflessness, and constancy. Their buzz is the sound made by their wings beating 11,400 times per minute. On average a worker bee will produce 1/12th of a teaspoon of honey in their lifetime, so each teaspoon in your tea represents the efforts of 12 worker bees’ entire lifespan. Taking that further, it takes about 30,000 bees travelling 27,500 miles and visiting more than a million flowers to gather the nectar required to produce ½ lb of honey! They navigate by memorizing landmarks and the skyline panorama and use the sun and polarized skylight as compasses.

SPECS

BEE 

Profile: Pineapple Soprano

Top: Mahogany with etched Bee design by Morgan de Villiers

Back & Sides: Mahogany

Neck: Mahogany

Fingerboard: Rosewood

Fret markers: Signature Alkemi “Four Elements” at 12th

Bridge: Rosewood

Nut & Saddle: Black OEM Graphite

Headstock: Mahogany with Techwood veneer

Machine heads: Open Back Chrome

Machine head pegs: Black

Strings: Aquila 

Finish: Open pore satin

Gig Bag included

sku: UKE SP BEE

MEASUREMENTS 

Soprano Pineapple mm Soprano
Scale Length 345 Scale Length
Overall Instrument Length 533 Overall Instrument Length
Body Length 236 Body Length
Number of Frets 12 Number of frets
Width at upper bout 140 Width at upper bout
Width at lower bout 170 Width at lower bout
Waist 163 Width at waist
Soundhole diameter 58 Soundhole diameter
Body Depth 60 Body Depth
Fingerboard width at nut 35 Fingerboard width at nut
Fingerboard width at neck/body joint 42 Fingerboard width at neck/body joint
Neck thickness at 1st fret 17.8 Neck thickness at 1st fret
Neck thickness at body 21.8 Neck thickness at body
Total number of frets 20.5 Total number of frets
Brace material Spruce Brace material

 

Shipping & Returns

INSTRUMENT SHIPPING

We are pleased to offer FREE shipping within the continental United States for all musical instruments. We are not currently shipping to Hawaii or international destinations. 

We offer shipping via Fed Ex Ground or United States Postal Service Package Mail. Both of these delivery options offer tracking and 1-5 days delivery service depending on your location in relationship to our warehouse in El Monte, CA, 91733, United States.

Please note: Hawaii, Alaska and international orders do not qualify and free shipping may not be combined with other discounts or offers.

INSTRUMENT RETURNS

We want you to be completely delighted with your instrument. If you are unsatisfied with your purchase for any reason, you may return for refund or credit within 30 days of purchase.

If your order was shipped for free, the cost of outbound shipping will be deducted from your return credit unless the instrument was damaged or defective.

Simply request a return authorization number & shipping address from Alkemi Customer Service by contacting us at:  info@alkemiinstruments.com

1. Items should be packed in the original box in the condition in which they were received.

2. All accessories should be included.

3. Receipt or gift receipt should be included.

4. We advise using a shipping method that allows you to track your return as Alkemi cannot be responsible for any returns lost