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    Default foldable travel uke kickstarter

    this one's not my cup of tea... but it will probably be someone's.
    Looks tech and snazzy, but not sure about how it sounds.

    https://www.kickstarter.com/projects...ldable-ukulele


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    plugged in.

    Im not rushing to buy one.... but it does look neat.

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    I like it. The electric version would be great for travel, especially with headphones.
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    Quote Originally Posted by spookelele View Post


    Im not rushing to buy one....
    Add me to that list.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Camsuke View Post
    You could turn one into a travel clock Jerry!
    Now that's funny!
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    It actually looks pretty cool as a design piece. It's hard to imagine it being all that useful as an instrument.
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    Hi everybody, i was looking on Google Astro ukulele and i found this thread , and i'm really happy about this, because i think this is a very good technical forum, where you can find really life story, and good opinions.

    I'm Jacopo a cofounder of Astro ukulele, i'm not here for sale my products, or to convince you to buy it, but only to explain you how it is born this idea, and why it's born.
    It all started a few years ago, in a rany day on a bus, while i was going to work at 6 am, with my backpack and my ukulele too.
    During the travel i started to play my uku, to feel me more cheerful during this rany day.
    I was happy because some people liked the music, but at the same time i felt guilty, because some people wanted to stay in peace at 6AM or simply don't like the uku.
    So i stopped playing for not disturb.
    Here i was thinking, it would be nice, to have an electric uku, where i can play, and listen my music in my headphones, with out disturbing other peoples.
    Me and my music only.
    When i came down the bus, i had on a waterproof jacket, but my backpack wasn't waterproof too, so in the same time, i didn't play and the uku was very very wet.
    So the day didn't start well
    Here i was thinking it would be nice to have a foldable uku, that i can put it in the pocket of my jacket, easy to carry, and not bulky.
    I don't know you, but for me uku it's like a drug, i can not stay a day with out play it, and when i'm on a bus or plane, where i have to waiting, my fingers move by themself, and what's better to finding strings to pinch.

    Now what about quality; we wanted to put online, video with no filters or effects, to show you exactly what we made, with our prototype, for correctness toward you.
    Our it's not a professional instrument, it's not comparable to a classic uku, but it's a valid alternative to a classic uku, for everybody, who whant easly trasport it and enjoy the music every where and in every situation, with a cool design uku.
    Made from modern techno plastic studied to transmit in the best way the uku vibration, coupled with new design electronic pcb board, where you can adjust and choose your effects, we want to give you a good quality sound with the electric ukulele Astro E.

    For the acoustic version, the geometry is geometry, and we know this, the resonance chamber, is smaller than a normal uku volume, but our it's an alternative solution to a normal uku, it's not comparable because it is a different product.
    The acoustic final version if the campaign ends well, will sound good, because made of the right material, in the video we play with a prototype for show you the idea, but i wasn't made with the right material, but with 3D printed plastic.

    So this is our story
    Our mission, is to see happy peolpe around the World, that have fun with uku in every situation.
    Any proposal is welcome thanks

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    I think it has a niche. Coming from playing guitar, I often chuckle when I see travel ukuleles, because in comparison the instrument is already a travel instrument. I understand there are times when someone wants to play and be quiet, and there are other headphone ukuleles out there.

    One thing that disappointed me is seeing the young man riding to a park and then putting headphones on to hear himself play. Playing outdoors, especially in a more natural setting, is one of my favorite things. Putting on headphones would not be something I would want to do. It appears that it doesn't lend itself well to playing with others. I have not looked into what is out there, but a compact electric weather resistant ukulele with built in amplification (be nice if it could come close to the sound of a Multi-uke but I'm probably dreaming) would interest me.

    The folding feature is interesting. KLOS used something similar on their guitars. Would need to know how much de-tuning and retuning is needed.

    Good luck with your venture!

    John

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    I like the concept, especially the headphones while traveling idea. Plus it’s 8 inches shorter than a soprano Risa Stick when folded and only 1.5 ounces heavier. The concerns as already mentioned are sound quality and the ease with which it can be unfolded, tuned, and played, because that’s whats going to make or break it. If you’re going to keep it unfolded all the time because it’s even remotely a hassle to open it and tune, then you might be better off getting something like a Risa that has a decent sound from the start. But if your primary goal is keeping things quiet, then this might be a viable option after all.

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    I’m all for variety; I’m a little concerned about the price of the instrument. The electric version on kickstarter is $249 and the acoustic less than that—and one would assume that production price would be higher.

    I’m not going to say that the instrument isn’t worth the cost—but I have bought other solutions for portability/travel at a lower cost.

    Another famous crowd funded ukulele was the Outdoor Ukulele. It did not meet its funding goal...but they are certainly selling ukuleles today.

    If there is any way for you to eventually lower the price—I think you would find a greater response. But that could be my flawed understanding of how these things work and my frugal nature.
    Playing ukulele since January 2016.

    Have you participated in the thread, "How the Ukulele Found You?" If not, please consider adding your story--they are just fun to read.

    http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/...lele-found-you

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