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Title: Ukulele advice needed
Post by: Chris from Fieldtown on May 21, 2016, 04:24:21 PM
Hope someone can help, I've been playing a small, cheap uke and ready now to upgrade as the instrument is difficult to keep in tune and doesn't really work well up the neck.  I'm looking to spend up to 100 and ideally want a slightly larger, wider necked instrument. Any thoughts on good makes to aim for? I'd appreciate any first hand experience from people here.

Chris


Title: Re: Ukulele advice needed
Post by: moontheloon (Bryan) on May 21, 2016, 06:54:52 PM
Try a Kala, mine is a beauty, all in with case and clip on tuner around 100.


Title: Re: Ukulele advice needed
Post by: Chris from Fieldtown on May 21, 2016, 07:08:52 PM

Try a Kala, mine is a beauty, all in with case and clip on tuner around 100.


Thank you - I'll do some research on Kala, not a name I've heard.

Chris


Title: Re: Ukulele advice needed
Post by: Pugwash on May 22, 2016, 10:12:39 AM
Lanikai are also good value. Best to try first though, in a decent sized music shop where you have a go without an assistant hovering.

You might find a concert or tenor size meets your needs. Tuning is exactly the same.

Good luck.


Title: Re: Ukulele advice needed
Post by: Jim on May 22, 2016, 02:26:11 PM
Takee the 100 and spend it on drink, ,then burn your old uke while you drink the 100, you will be drunk, and, for a short time, warm.
     What more can a poor boy ask for?


Title: Re: Ukulele advice needed
Post by: Pugwash on May 22, 2016, 04:16:54 PM

Takee the 100 and spend it on drink, ,then burn your old uke while you drink the 100, you will be drunk, and, for a short time, warm.
  What more can a poor boy ask for?

Uke fascist!


Title: Re: Ukulele advice needed
Post by: PaulT on May 22, 2016, 05:19:55 PM


Takee the 100 and spend it on drink, ,then burn your old uke while you drink the 100, you will be drunk, and, for a short time, warm.
  What more can a poor boy ask for?

Uke fascist!


Uke annot be serious!  ::)


Title: Re: Ukulele advice needed
Post by: Chris from Fieldtown on May 22, 2016, 06:02:39 PM

Lanikai are also good value. Best to try first though, in a decent sized music shop where you have a go without an assistant hovering.

You might find a concert or tenor size meets your needs. Tuning is exactly the same.

Good luck.


That's helpful - looks like a trip to Banbury is on the cards now I have a couple of makes to look out for


Title: Re: Ukulele advice needed
Post by: Paul on May 22, 2016, 09:33:46 PM
Bit far to go, but if you are holidaying in Bournemouth, pop into the Southern Ukulele Centre. Very helpful staff, and a good range.

Paul


Title: Re: Ukulele advice needed
Post by: Pugwash on May 22, 2016, 10:12:00 PM

Bit far to go, but if you are holidaying in Bournemouth, pop into the Southern Ukulele Centre. Very helpful staff, and a good range.

Paul



That place is on my list. Bournemouth as well.


Title: Re: Ukulele advice needed
Post by: Chris from Fieldtown on May 23, 2016, 05:19:22 PM

Takee the 100 and spend it on drink, ,then burn your old uke while you drink the 100, you will be drunk, and, for a short time, warm.
  What more can a poor boy ask for?


Nah, Hendrix got there first with his Fender, I wouldn't want to copy. I might donate the old Uke to my local school and see if I can get someone interested in playing.


Title: Re: Ukulele advice needed
Post by: Jules Gray on May 23, 2016, 05:29:23 PM
Buy a guitar!   ;D

Jules


Title: Re: Ukulele advice needed
Post by: Jim on May 23, 2016, 07:56:38 PM

Buy a guitar! ;D

Jules


That is an option you should seriously consider.
   Be a man, buy a man sized guitar, the ladies will love you for it.


Title: Re: Ukulele advice needed
Post by: Chris from Fieldtown on May 23, 2016, 10:02:12 PM


Buy a guitar! ;D

Jules


That is an option you should seriously consider.
  Be a man, buy a man sized guitar, the ladies will love you for it.


I have way too many guitars already, but unfortunately not so many ladies loving it!


Title: Re: Ukulele advice needed
Post by: Jules Gray on May 23, 2016, 10:08:59 PM

I have way too many guitars already


No such thing, surely!   :)

Alright then, what about a mandolin?

Jules


Title: Re: Ukulele advice needed
Post by: Chris from Fieldtown on May 24, 2016, 01:54:44 PM


I have way too many guitars already


No such thing, surely! :)

Alright then, what about a mandolin?

Jules


I have two and a weird but lovely South American thing with 5 pairs of strings my sister gave me! The chord shapes are bonkers but it sounds great. So it's just a decent Uke I need to fill the gap in my collection (plus a Lowden or Fylde guitar!)


Title: Re: Ukulele advice needed
Post by: PaulT on January 12, 2017, 07:01:42 PM
Having passed the "audition", I'm about to start playing with a uke group - in a small group, my Kala electro-acoustic Ubass is just about audible, but when I'm playing with the whole gang (15-20), I'm going need a bass amp/speaker - c.35W has been suggested.  Most of the group play unamplified, but a few play plugged in.  Can anyone recommend such an item? Thanks.


Title: Re: Ukulele advice needed
Post by: PaulT on August 07, 2018, 08:34:18 AM
I have ordered a baritone uke. Used, but in very good nick, with extra strings, case, stand etc. Purely acoustic. Tuned DGBE, but with a capo at the 5th fret, I can use the same chord shapes as the smaller ukes. I've also discovered that sets of GCEA strings are available for baritones, so some experimentation I feel...


Title: Re: Ukulele advice needed
Post by: PaulT on August 12, 2018, 12:29:20 AM
New (to me) uke collected today, bonus is that there's a set of GCEA strings included!