hi, where can a daft old thing acquire resonator cones, preferably brass or copper? mini cones, might also be good....ps, is it necessary to build a sound well or can ya just scew that thing or silicone it to the soundboard? will this affect the sound etc?....
Chickenbone John sells good reso cones, they include detailed fitting instructions too..
I think Shane Wagstaff sells them as well
Rob, building a reso using a pukka uke cone is not a simple thing - you need to build a soundwell and understand how to set the action and intonation bang-on, otherwise you'll have problems. It's not immensely difficult, but it does require some understanding of the geometry of the neck/body/action, and also requires a degree of precision with your construction. I've not used the Old Lowe type cones, but they are quite different to the classic national-pattern uke cone.
At the moment, I've only got a limited number of cones and coverplates in stock which I'm holding onto for my personal use..sorry.
59$ on ebay
I'll second the vote for Republic Guitars. Frank is a great guy, and a pleasure to talk to. Republic's Uke reso cone kit is a 6" kit that come with the aluminum cone, chrome cover and mounting screws, Rosewood biscuit, and Maple saddle. They cost $55 for the kit and are very good quality. Just my opinion, but I think they give National a good run for the money...
I will second, third, fourth or whatever that Lowe cones are cheap and easy to install. Lowe is nice to deal with.
A lot would depend on the look you are after. A CBJ or one like Wes showed might suit you better if you like the look more.
RTZ has a good point. The cat bowls work pretty well and they fit the 'found stuff' for parts tradition.