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Chris from Fieldtown
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« 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.

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« Reply #1 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.
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« Reply #2 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.

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« Reply #3 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.

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« Reply #4 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?
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« Reply #5 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?

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« Reply #6 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!  Roll Eyes
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« Reply #7 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
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« Reply #8 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.

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« Reply #9 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.
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« Reply #10 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.
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« Reply #11 on: May 23, 2016, 05:29:23 PM »

Buy a guitar!   Grin

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« Reply #12 on: May 23, 2016, 07:56:38 PM »


Buy a guitar! † Grin

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That is an option you should seriously consider.
   Be a man, buy a man sized guitar, the ladies will love you for it.
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« Reply #13 on: May 23, 2016, 10:02:12 PM »



Buy a guitar! † Grin

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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!
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« Reply #14 on: May 23, 2016, 10:08:59 PM »


I have way too many guitars already


No such thing, surely!   Smiley

Alright then, what about a mandolin?

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« Reply #15 on: May 24, 2016, 01:54:44 PM »



I have way too many guitars already


No such thing, surely! † Smiley

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!)
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« Reply #16 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.
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« Reply #17 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...
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« Reply #18 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!
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