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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!

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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.

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    The sound playing it acoustically is pretty poor. It may have value for use with headphones and find a niche.

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    Hi John, yes you are right normaly the ukulele is already a travel instrument, but we made it pocketale, another way to travel it, more easier.
    In the video the young guy, used her headphones, not to isolate themself, but because he is playing the electronic version, and normaly is to easier have to you a headphones, that can use for your phone, tablet, or similar device.
    If you want to share the music with the other peoples in the park, you can use a small portable amplifier, and enjoy your music.

    About KLOS i know your solution, but it's not similar, our it's completly another solution not comparable with KLOS system.
    In KLOS for fold your guitar, you need a tool for unscrew and screw again the neck, this take time, and you have the chance to loose some screws.

    https://klosguitars.com/products/klo...=8882376376363

    In KLOS system you have alway to de tune and tune your guitar every time that you want to fold it.
    In our system you only need your hands to fold and unfold your uku, with out detune and tune again,please take a look at dimostration video.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rpafk36MiRI

    So i'm not here for telling you what's the better solution, but only for tell you that these are both good solution for travel, but not comparable.
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    Interesting. In the video I can see that when folding the saddle position is actuated. It moves forward as the instrument is being bent thus releasing tension on the strings. The process is reversed when unfolding the instrument. So, going out of tune is less likely to happen. Pretty clever.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Peace Train View Post
    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.
    It's really easy to fold, just take a second, and the fantastic thing is that you don't need to detune and tune every time

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    Quote Originally Posted by EDW View Post
    The sound playing it acoustically is pretty poor. It may have value for use with headphones and find a niche.
    The sound in the video is poor, because you are seeing playing a printed 3D ukulele, made with FDM print technology.
    When you use a FDM technology, you are using ABS or PLA material, that inside is porous, and this dosn't trasmit well the sound.
    It's only a concept 3D part for show you our idea.
    The true version will made with techno plastic studied for a good sound, but for made this we need to produce mould and other tools for the production, many expensive to produce a prototype only.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyber3d View Post
    Interesting. In the video I can see that when folding the saddle position is actuated. It moves forward as the instrument is being bent thus releasing tension on the strings. The process is reversed when unfolding the instrument. So, going out of tune is less likely to happen. Pretty clever.
    Really really thanks you understood perfectly our system.
    It works like you are telling
    Thanks for the clever

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyber3d View Post
    ...when folding the saddle position is actuated. It moves forward as the instrument is being bent thus releasing tension on the strings. The process is reversed when unfolding the instrument. So, going out of tune is less likely to happen.
    This is your selling feature and should be clearly stated. It still leaves sound quality as an undetermined factor. Not unlike what happened with Outdoor Ukulele, many people will wait for production models before making a decision to purchase.

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