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Re: SeilerBird's ukulele baptism
« Reply #60 on: September 24, 2016, 01:36:53 PM »
I planned to do that when I split one off last night, but I was on my tablet (as I am now, going down the freeway). I dislike trying to do anything productive without keyboard and mouse. Too easy to screw things up.

Never mind, I merged them, although some folks might be confused trying to follow a "single" discussion.
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« Reply #61 on: September 24, 2016, 02:10:26 PM »
Thanks, but you did spell my name wrong in the title. As you say it is too easy to screw things up on a tablet. That is why I rarely type on my phone. Since this is my baptism does that mean someone in a fancy robe is going to pour water on my head?
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« Reply #62 on: September 24, 2016, 02:21:03 PM »
Sorry about that; It's fixed. Bob, our forum Chaplain, will be along shortly to do the honors.
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« Reply #63 on: September 24, 2016, 02:27:00 PM »
Looks like the Ukulizer site was deliberately disabled, although I'm not sure why. Either they didn't pay their bills, or they're giving the site a makeover  ???
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« Reply #64 on: September 24, 2016, 04:26:35 PM »
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« Reply #65 on: September 24, 2016, 04:48:23 PM »
OK Tom I have a problem and I want your opinion (and anyone else's opinion who wishes to chime in). My plan is to buy three ukuleles. A soprano, a concert and a tenor. I have the soprano that I really love. It is a Mitchell MU100CE. It has a glossy finish and looks awesome and plays awesome.

http://www.guitarcenter.com/Mitchell/MU100CE-Acoustic-Electric-Concert-Ukulele-Natural-Koa-1316478161867.gc

I have a tenor 8 string that I like but I will replace it someday in the future since it does not have a built in tuner and it is not as pretty as many others I have seen. It is an Oscar Schmidt OU28TE 8-String. It is ok but not exceptional like the Mitchell.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00IIV3K0U/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o06_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I am having a tough time deciding which concert to buy. There are two that I like equally so I am wondering which one you would choose or do you have another suggestion. The first one is a Ortega Guitars RFU11ZE which is a beautiful zebrawood but it is satin and not gloss. I much prefer gloss. Yes they are fingerprint magnets but I always wipe my instruments down before putting them back in the case.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0067YX4OC/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_S_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&colid=1LFSE1IE6PRVF&coliid=IX6KSSB8FF112

The other one is a gloss. It is a Kala KA-CGE and it is about the same price.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ETCPCH6/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_S_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&colid=1LFSE1IE6PRVF&coliid=I3W37OCDNEZW7

I have until next Friday to figure this out. Thanks for looking.

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« Reply #66 on: September 24, 2016, 05:46:13 PM »
I don't go for gloss and glitter, preferring to choose by sound, so I'm probably not qualified to offer advice. I smile when I hear someone compliment someone's uke because it looks nice, even (if) it doesn't sound good. But l know you'd have a better (more discerning) ear than most buyers.

My go-to 4-string concert is a Fluke by Flea Market Music (the same Jim Beloff who writes those uke books we talked about). Some folks are turned off by the polypropelene body, painted wood top, and strange shape, but it has a great tone. And those pheg tuners never move. Not sure if they offer it with a pre-amp, but I don't play my stringed instruments through an amplifier (another story).

A decent choice for an all-wood concert would be an Islander, which is available with electronics: The same company as the expensive Kanile'a, but they make the Islander in China and it sells for around $250. One caveat, I've only played/listened to their concert. The owner of Kanile'a once put one of his $2K/$2.5K ukes in my hands, but I was scared I'd have an accident with it.

I've played other expensive ukes, including a Martin (loaned by a friend), but I couldn't justify spending that much.

One suggestion for whichever concert you buy, consider changing out the g string for a 'low g'. I haven't done so, but it makes a more mellow sound on the multiple ones I've heard.

I'm partial to Kala, but only for the models I own. I played and listened to them quite a bit, and took along someone esle for an opinion, before buying.
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« Reply #67 on: September 24, 2016, 07:39:32 PM »
I do go for gloss and glitter and bling. I always have bought beautiful instruments. The prettier they are the more often I will play them. I spend a lot of time staring at my instruments and I love beauty. If I owned Trigger it would sit in the closet and never get played. As far as sound goes it really doesn't matter much to me. I am suppose to be wearing hearing aids because I have lost my high frequency hearing. I stopped wearing them a year ago because I have been spending a lot of time listening to my surround sound discs and with the hearing aids on it distorts unless I play it really quietly and that ain't going to happen. It is kind like if I was going to go to the prom and I had my choice of taking Jennifer Aniston or Rosanne Barr who would I take? Let me think about that for a few minutes and see if I can figure it out. I am thinking the Kala is going to win. Thanks for your opinions.
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« Reply #68 on: September 24, 2016, 07:59:27 PM »
That's funny; I wouldn't take Rosanne Barr either  ;D   OTOH I'm lucky enough to have all the beauty I need in front of me day and night, and have no desire to take someone else to any event.

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« Reply #69 on: September 24, 2016, 08:13:21 PM »
I did check out the Islanders and could not find one with a pickup in it. A pickup and tuner is my first requirement. I am planning on doing some recording and I much prefer direct input. Another thing I want is sealed tuners.
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« Reply #70 on: September 24, 2016, 08:22:09 PM »
I know that Islander ukes are available with electronics. I was with our MD when he played and bought one, and he still plays it. Drop them an email via their web site and ask.
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« Reply #71 on: September 24, 2016, 08:38:27 PM »
I found them on their website. Damn they are some fine looking guitars. Unfortunately they all have open tuners and satin finish.
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« Reply #72 on: September 25, 2016, 02:10:29 PM »
Since you've switched to a plastic pick, do you plan to put pick guards on your ukes? You wouldn't (want) them to look like Willie Nelson's guitar  :o

When I looked for them, I came to the conclusion I'd need to buy guitar ones and cut them to fit. Meanwhile I didn't buy any since I rarely use a pick.
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« Reply #73 on: September 25, 2016, 02:20:45 PM »
Since you've switched to a plastic pick, do you plan to put pick guards on your ukes? You wouldn't them to look like Willie Nelson's guitar  :o

When I looked for them, I came to the conclusion I'd need to buy guitar ones and cut them to fit. Meanwhile I didn't buy any since I rarely use a pick.
I don't think I will need a pick guard. I don't pick with enough ferocity to warrant one. If it starts looking like Trigger I might reconsider it. But the main hole in Trigger was caused by his fingernails. But then again Trigger is one of the most valuable guitars of all time so it is not all bad. In the world of guitars for some strange reason the more it looks played the more valuable it is.

I did order the Kala this morning. I don't have the patience to wait.
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« Reply #74 on: September 25, 2016, 02:22:31 PM »
I went looking for a low G string and the only one I found on the Internet was $10. Three for the string and seven for shipping. So I went to a local music store this morning and they don't sell individual uke strings so I will just pass on it for now.
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« Reply #75 on: September 25, 2016, 02:29:10 PM »
Actually I hate the look of pick guards and when I buy a guitar with one on it then the first thing I do is remove it.
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« Reply #76 on: September 25, 2016, 02:40:17 PM »
One of my ukes (the Fluke with painted wood top) is showing the effects of my fingernails because I didn't install a guard. It's only a matter of time before my other ukes show the signs.

Edit: More correctly, this is the result of finger oils; I have naturally very "oily" skin so, when my finger/thumb lands on the 'top' (at the end of a strum), finger oils are transferred.
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« Reply #77 on: September 25, 2016, 03:00:52 PM »
Then it is just a good excuse to buy new ukuleles. ;D
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« Reply #78 on: September 25, 2016, 03:07:11 PM »
They all have a long way to go. I've bought enough ukes to last me a while  ;D

A couple of band members (husband and wife) have 12 grandkids, and they bought 9 of them ukes for Christmas.
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« Reply #79 on: September 25, 2016, 03:22:48 PM »
Scratches on the top plate really don't have an affect on the sound. Even Trigger still sounds good.
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« Reply #80 on: September 25, 2016, 03:29:56 PM »
I don't have scratches on any ukes, and there's no change in sound.
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« Reply #81 on: September 25, 2016, 05:15:02 PM »
I always keep my instruments in perfect shape. When I sell them they always look like they are brand new. This comes from years of trading in and buying new ones I have learned to handle them with kid gloves. I was going to brag that my bass is in perfect shape without a mark of any kind due to picking but then I realized I have never used a pick on it. I pluck it with my fingers.
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« Reply #82 on: October 04, 2016, 07:01:28 AM »
My soprano uke showed up last night and I am in love. It is my favorite uke so far. Now I have a soprano, a concert and a tenor in my collection. I think I am done buying ukes. The Lanikai is going to be my go to uke, I like it that much. So beautiful and it sounds great and is easy to play. What a deal.

https://www.amazon.com/Lanikai-LK-SEU-Soprano-Ukulele-Natural/dp/B00DBRTNGG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1475582412&sr=8-1&keywords=LK-SEU
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« Reply #83 on: October 04, 2016, 07:45:31 AM »
Congrats. A Lanikai soprano was my first uke. It turned out to be too short for me, and I sold it to a lady in the band; Five years later she's still playing it. I bought two additional Lanikai concerts as loaners for our beginners class.
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« Reply #84 on: October 04, 2016, 08:11:21 AM »
I am glad it is the right size for me. I love it.
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« Reply #85 on: October 05, 2016, 07:53:06 AM »
I am watching an episode of Saturday Night Live from 2011 and Abby Elliott appears in a skit playing Zooey Deschanel and she is playing a Lanikai soprano that looks identical to mine. How cool. It is almost the exact same size as a violin. I studied violin in college in the 60s and when I pick this uke up I have the urge to put in under my chin and get a bow. :D
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« Reply #86 on: October 15, 2016, 01:10:04 PM »
I went to my third uke meetup this morning and had a great time. I met a gentleman who had a Martin soprano and he let me play it. It was nice but my old ears could not hear any difference between it and my cheaper soprano. He also had a bass uke which he also let me play it. I am in love. Gotta get one soon. I thought a bass uke would be an oxymoron but it is not. It is really cool. Very easy to play.
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« Reply #87 on: October 15, 2016, 01:16:21 PM »
I've thought about a bass uke on several occasions, but every time I try one in a store, they seem to have goofy strings. I'll look a little closer when we visit the Kala factory next month.
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« Reply #88 on: October 15, 2016, 01:36:59 PM »
I play my bass guitar every day and the strings felt perfect to me. But I can see how it would be strange if you had not spent a lot of time playing one. I was amazed at how much it sounded like my bass guitar. Hadean makes a bass for less than half the price of the Kala Ubass so that is the one I will be getting. It gets great reviews.

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« Reply #89 on: October 15, 2016, 04:57:39 PM »
I have been thinking about this bass uke all afternoon long. I can't wait to get my hands on mine. I will order one on payday this week and it will be here next weekend. It is combining my two favorite instruments. I was shocked at how good it sounded. I need to take some time before I order it anyhow to check out as many basses as possible to make sure I get the right one.
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