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    If you look carefully at the John King video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z9oU...ature=youtu.be you may notice a strange-looking "shadow" behind the ukulele ... it a sheet/mat of mesh material, presumably rubbery, to cause the instrument to "stick" to his torso with very little pressure from his right arm.

    In one of his other videos, which I can't find at the moment, you can see him placing and adjusting the mat before he positions his ukulele. Not something for anyone trying to look "cool", admittedly, but when you can play that well, who cares about appearances!

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    I use a Flanger FA80 guitar holder. It is smaller than .the guitar holder in the video.
    https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_fro...p2045573.m1684
    If you buy from China it is less

    It works well - use it with the suction cup toward the uke in the "waist". I actually don't use the suction cup, although I could as I use it with my Outdoor Ukulele tenor. Instead I use a small strip of the rubbery shelf mat/rug underlay stuff mentioned above.

    Some uke shapes work better when it is turned around the other way and the suction cup faces out.

    Sometimes, I use a belt and suspender approach and use the flanger with a Mobius strap.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kypfer View Post
    If you look carefully at the John King video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z9oU...ature=youtu.be you may notice a strange-looking "shadow" behind the ukulele ... it a sheet/mat of mesh material, presumably rubbery, to cause the instrument to "stick" to his torso with very little pressure from his right arm.

    In one of his other videos, which I can't find at the moment, you can see him placing and adjusting the mat before he positions his ukulele. Not something for anyone trying to look "cool", admittedly, but when you can play that well, who cares about appearances!

    I saw that! In one video I watched, it looked like he had that rubbery shelf liner stuff on his chest! I might give that a try!
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    Quote Originally Posted by actadh View Post
    I use a Flanger FA80 guitar holder. It is smaller than .the guitar holder in the video.
    https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_fro...p2045573.m1684
    If you buy from China it is less

    It works well - use it with the suction cup toward the uke in the "waist". I actually don't use the suction cup, although I could as I use it with my Outdoor Ukulele tenor. Instead I use a small strip of the rubbery shelf mat/rug underlay stuff mentioned above.

    Some uke shapes work better when it is turned around the other way and the suction cup faces out.

    Sometimes, I use a belt and suspender approach and use the flanger with a Mobius strap.
    I saw some of those in that link from above and wondered if it would work. When I went to the site, they had different heights so that you could position your uke at a certain height. I have no idea which height I would need.

    That Mobius strap isn't pretty as someone mentioned, but I am not looking for pretty. I am looking for effective. Maybe the time would come when I didn't need to use it.

    Oh lordy! I just had an idea to make a mobius strap. Hm . . .
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chopped Liver View Post
    ...Oh lordy! I just had an idea to make a mobius strap. Hm . . .
    HINT: a bootlace (or length of ribbon,etc), tied in a loop thru/under the strings and around the back, with a slipknot

    A pair of bootlaces are $2 at the local grocery store here in NJ

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chopped Liver View Post
    I saw some of those in that link from above and wondered if it would work. When I went to the site, they had different heights so that you could position your uke at a certain height. I have no idea which height I would need.

    That Mobius strap isn't pretty as someone mentioned, but I am not looking for pretty. I am looking for effective. Maybe the time would come when I didn't need to use it.

    Oh lordy! I just had an idea to make a mobius strap. Hm . . .
    I had no idea there were more than one size Flanger. I don't think you can go wrong with any of them as you can position them toward the top or sides of your leg, and they are not expensive. I keep one with the Outdoor Uke, and borrow it when I play my vintage ukes that I am afraid to install strap buttons on.

    The Mobius is nice if you are standing to play. I normally sit, but when we did our first ukulele choir performance we had to stand and the Mobius strap was perfect. Since I like my neck more at the 11 o'clock position, the rubbery material wrapped around the Mobius strap did well to keep the neck a little higher without it slipping off the waist.
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    Concert - Luna (Spruce top)
    Tenor - Outdoor Ukulele (Composite Polycarbonate), Mainland (Mahogany)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Booli View Post
    HINT: a bootlace (or length of ribbon,etc), tied in a loop thru/under the strings and around the back, with a slipknot

    A pair of bootlaces are $2 at the local grocery store here in NJ
    I'll bet I have some ribbon around here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by actadh View Post
    I had no idea there were more than one size Flanger. I don't think you can go wrong with any of them as you can position them toward the top or sides of your leg, and they are not expensive. I keep one with the Outdoor Uke, and borrow it when I play my vintage ukes that I am afraid to install strap buttons on.

    The Mobius is nice if you are standing to play. I normally sit, but when we did our first ukulele choir performance we had to stand and the Mobius strap was perfect. Since I like my neck more at the 11 o'clock position, the rubbery material wrapped around the Mobius strap did well to keep the neck a little higher without it slipping off the waist.
    Thanks! That is helpful!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chopped Liver View Post
    So, now I have to decide between the uke leash (ukelease.com) or the mobius strap (mobiusstrap.com). Any suggestions?[/I]
    I played with Lori Apthorp who created and sells the Uke Leash, and if you're against adding strap buttons, go for hers, but after going through the various no button straps, I realized the best for me is two traditional strap buttons like on a guitar (which I played for almost 50 years). I install them myself and have a separate strap for each of my 7 ukes that stays on the uke permanently.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Booli View Post

    ...... maybe ask Samantha Muir directly .........

    She is also a member of UU too, so maybe a PM if not email?
    I'd be interested to read her past posts and comments - bound to be something worthwhile there - but haven't managed to find her on the members list. Does anyone know what name she uses here?

    I thought it exceedingly good of Samantha to reply to the email that Chopped Liver sent to her, she likely gets swamped with correspondence at times. Some members have the PM facility disabled, I assume that that is so they can control the flow of mail to them.

    I used to use a home made leash - cost effective and same day delivery - on all my Ukes but have now fitted a strap and button to my cheapest one. If you can live with vandalising a Uke by fitting a strap button then IMHO a strap is better than a leash. I tried the huck in sound hole support but it seemed to interfere with strumming, risked damage to the Uke soundboard and wasn't that secure a support ..... YMMV.
    Last edited by Graham Greenbag; 07-09-2017 at 12:58 AM.

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