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Mim
01-21-2015, 12:53 AM
Hey yall!

I am sitting in the airport waiting to board my plane to LAX and thought it would be fun this NAMM to start a thread about my NAMM adventures from the get-go (instead of a summary after). The goal is to try to post a couple times a day with some hopefully interesting stuff! Such as the new ukes I see, the cool people I see, and the cool ukulele events and jams that go down!

So first picture!
http://i1190.photobucket.com/albums/z446/MimsUkes/0121150602a.jpg

I had to get up at 2:30... I. Am. Exhausted! Especially since I have been a bit ill. I always lose my voice at NAMM, but this year I am ahead of the game, I already have no voice! So it can only get better from here!

Agenda today:
-Board plane
-Sleep on plane
-Step out of the airport into palm trees, sunshine, and weather in the 70s!
-Get to hotel and drop my stuff
-Book it to the convention center and grab my bag
-Hustle inside and hug people and see what is going down
-Meet up with the infamous Sally, the amazing Mike Hind, the fantastic Colin Coleman, the awesome Greg Golden, and the unequaled Sukie!
-Eat In-N-Out Burger (Wait for me guys! Don't go without me! See, I posted it on UU, so now we HAVE to go... right?!)

It should be a whole lot of fun!!!

Pictures as I go on my Facebook (friend "Mim's Ukes", not my business page), and on Instagram "MimsUkes"!

First Musing:

Every year there always seems to be an ukulele trend that will pop up! One year it was Banjo ukes. EVERYONE was launching a banjo uke. Brand name, no name, large, and small. Solid bodies have had years where they have seemed the trend as well. So, my prediction for this year...

PLASTIC UKULELES!

Which, we all sort of already know about because of Kala launching their Watermans and with the Aqualele's by Bugsgear, they have already gotten a lot of press. I am curious to see if anyone else is jumping on the Plastic Bandwagon.

And I really like stocking plastic ukuleles for kids, travel, and heck... everybody! So I will be really picky figuring out which is the best value for the build and sound. A big thing too is "set-up-ability". Not all plastic ukuleles can be set up. If they are not set-up-able, the action needs to be good. The Bugsgear is really easy to give a nice low action to it on the nut and the 12th fret is on the money. So that is the standard I am comparing it to.

Does anyone else think there will be another trend this year?

UkerDanno
01-22-2015, 01:14 PM
bring back a bongolele!

Steveperrywriter
01-22-2015, 01:36 PM
Go, Mim. Great pictures on your FB page.

Pueo
01-22-2015, 01:49 PM
So, I just saw the Purple KoAloha on your facebook feed.

Uh Oh.

Hey, wanna trade it for my Kamoa? :D

Photojosh
01-22-2015, 02:06 PM
Walk by the Koaloha booth again and see if they have any info on an Opio tenor!

wayfarer75
01-22-2015, 02:37 PM
Walk by the Koaloha booth again and see if they have any info on an Opio tenor!

:agree: Yes

CJay
01-22-2015, 04:01 PM
Can't wait to see your impressions of the Kala Waterman plastic uke. Looks like it may be perfect for the beach.

Moore Bettah Ukuleles
01-22-2015, 05:00 PM
bring back a bongolele!

Haha! I gotta build one of those!

Thanks for the updates Mim. For those of us who don't have the stomach for it you are our ears and eyes at NAMM. Mahalo!

perep
01-22-2015, 05:50 PM
Thanks for doing this again MIM, will be following you around

Ukulele Eddie
01-22-2015, 08:16 PM
Saw you at Aldrine's show MIM, but you were at a table full of folks and it was noisy. Hope you had fun.

kohanmike
01-22-2015, 08:17 PM
Boy are you a cutie-pie, better lookin' every day (does it sound like I'm reaching for a "made my day" response? Yep!). I'm going to be there on Sunday hanging with Cali Rose, the leader of the CC Strummers group, of which I'm a member. And thanks for the recommendation of the Kala cedar top tenor cutaway months ago, probably my best sounding uke.

Mim
01-22-2015, 09:03 PM
I had such good intentions for posts. But my internet is slow. Tomorrow ... I will get caught up! Tons of pictures on Facebook and more to come!

Mim
01-22-2015, 09:04 PM
Walk by the Koaloha booth again and see if they have any info on an Opio tenor!

The Opio series by KoAloha is awesome! When I am on my keyboard tomorrow I will update you! Such a great sound!

Mim
01-22-2015, 09:05 PM
Saw you at Aldrine's show MIM, but you were at a table full of folks and it was noisy. Hope you had fun.

Dang, you should have said hi! Next time!

kmac66
01-23-2015, 07:57 AM
Any pictures of the new Koalana's?

dsummers
01-23-2015, 09:38 AM
Hi Mim,
Try the Rebel's, I have 2 and they are great and from my understanding the are built at same Thailand factory that builds the Opios.

Mim
01-23-2015, 09:10 PM
Hi Mim,
Try the Rebel's, I have 2 and they are great and from my understanding the are built at same Thailand factory that builds the Opios.

Yep! I LOVE THE REBELS! And I love Peng from Rebel! We had such a good time talking and getting to know each other. The Rebels are right by the Opios and I will post some pictures when I get hoe! The happiest booth at NAMM is the KoAloha Booth with the Rebel ukes and of course the Kamaka guys! I feel like I am visiting my family when I am at their booths.

I have been slacking on this thread! I always have great intentions and am terrible when I get to NAMM with never sitting down and getting posts done. I have a ton on facebook, but still not as many as I would like. So much music, so much fun, and I cant help by do all the after-NAMM uke shows and jams that I end up not having any down time to post. I had such great intentions. But when I get home I promise to do a thorough rundown of everything I saw and learned. And one of the ukuleles I want to talk about for sure is the Rebel ukuleles!

NOTLguy
01-24-2015, 01:45 AM
Hi Mim,

Greetings from Canada. Did you have a look at the new Deering Goodtime Ukulele Banjo, concert scale yet? I would be interested to hear what it is like.

Regards,
Bill in Niagara-on-the-Lake

PTOEguy
01-24-2015, 03:18 AM
Hi Mim,

Greetings from Canada. Did you have a look at the new Deering Goodtime Ukulele Banjo, concert scale yet? I would be interested to hear what it is like.

Regards,
Bill in Niagara-on-the-Lake

Say what?

That got my attention - I was reading quietly on my ipad in bed trying not to wake my wife and I had to jump out of bed and do a quick internet search. Deering is making Banjo ukes? I didn't turn anything up on line, but I'm really interested.

SteveZ
01-24-2015, 03:54 AM
Say what?

That got my attention - I was reading quietly on my ipad in bed trying not to wake my wife and I had to jump out of bed and do a quick internet search. Deering is making Banjo ukes? I didn't turn anything up on line, but I'm really interested.

Heard about this the other day. Didn't see anything on Deering's website, but found this at Elderly:
http://elderly.com/new_instruments/names/deering-goodtime-banjo-ukulele--GOODUKE.htm

NOTLguy
01-24-2015, 04:00 AM
This is the link, I hope it works, to Ukulele Unlimited where it appeared in the January 23rd newsletter

http://links.stringletter.mkt5830.com/servlet/MailView?ms=MTE1NzAyMjQS1&r=NzM2NzMyNTEwNTcS1&j=NDIzOTU3NjgxS0&mt=1&rt=0

Regards,
Bill

SweetWaterBlue
01-24-2015, 04:11 AM
I've enjoyed all your posts, Mim, both here and on FB. Yours, and the other vendors, performers, and news people the only way many of use get to go to NAMM. (OK - The US Government offered to send me to Nam in 68, but that's a different story lol). You definitely win the award as the most fun loving attendee and the one whose smile is most infectious.

PTOEguy
01-24-2015, 05:40 AM
Thanks for the links SteveZ and NOTLguy. I'm definitely looking into this more. Interesting that they are using an 11 inch rim. Most banjo ukes use 8 inch rims. Also, The typical goodtime neck where the neck and fingerboard are a single piece of wood- Deering says this reduces the chance of necks changing profile over time.

NOTLguy
01-24-2015, 06:32 AM
Thanks for the links SteveZ and NOTLguy. I'm definitely looking into this more. Interesting that they are using an 11 inch rim. Most banjo ukes use 8 inch rims. Also, The typical goodtime neck where the neck and fingerboard are a single piece of wood- Deering says this reduces the chance of necks changing profile over time.

I used to own a Gold Tone Concert banjo ukulele but was never happy with the sound. I have since refurbished a circa 1925 Banjolin and converted it into a Banjolele. It has an 11 inch pot and sounds amazing with Worth brown fluorocarbon strings on it. The larger pot produces a more mellow sound and the hide head has no noticeable overtones. I have a sock lightly placed between the wooden dowel stick and the hide head which moderates volume when playing in my Uke group.

I sure would like to hear a sound sample of the Deering banjo uke.

Regards,
Bill

PTOEguy
01-24-2015, 07:41 AM
I used to own a Gold Tone Concert banjo ukulele but was never happy with the sound. I have since refurbished a circa 1925 Banjolin and converted it into a Banjolele. It has an 11 inch pot and sounds amazing with Worth brown fluorocarbon strings on it. The larger pot produces a more mellow sound and the hide head has no noticeable overtones. I have a sock lightly placed between the wooden dowel stick and the hide head which moderates volume when playing in my Uke group.

I sure would like to hear a sound sample of the Deering banjo uke.

Regards,
Bill

I used to have a Firefly banjo uke that I gave up to get a Clara, and my issue was that it wasn't obnoxious enough (I like my banjoleles bright), so the 11 inch diameter may not work for me. I will get to visit the Deering factory in a couple of weeks, hopefully they have one when I'm there.

Debby
01-24-2015, 08:06 AM
Say what?

That got my attention - I was reading quietly on my ipad in bed trying not to wake my wife and I had to jump out of bed and do a quick internet search. Deering is making Banjo ukes? I didn't turn anything up on line, but I'm really interested.

She posted a pic of one on Facebook.

teruterubouzu
02-04-2015, 06:13 AM
Did you get to check out the k-wave that Kiwaya is putting back into production? (http://www.theukulelereview.com/2015/01/28/ukulele-at-namm-2015-day-4/) I love mine and am excited they are going to be more readily available again.

coolkayaker1
02-05-2015, 04:39 AM
Was Kamoa at NAMM 2015? Have they stopped making/importing ukuleles? Anyone?

Their website has no "Latest News" since July 2013.
http://www.kamoaukulelecompany.com/

sukie
02-05-2015, 04:57 AM
Was Kamoa at NAMM 2015? Have they stopped making/importing ukuleles? Anyone?

Their website has no "Latest News" since July 2013.
http://www.kamoaukulelecompany.com/
Kamaka was there! I spent hours there listening to Benny Chong play ukulele!!! And Bryan Tolentino, too. Wow, oh, wow.
I am not in the market for a new ukulele, so I didn't really try any of the instruments out, but they were beautiful.

Lalz
02-05-2015, 05:00 AM
Was aNueNue there? I haven't seen their ukes anywhere for a while. I wonder if they've closed down?

wayfarer75
02-05-2015, 05:23 AM
Was Kamoa at NAMM 2015? Have they stopped making/importing ukuleles? Anyone?

Their website has no "Latest News" since July 2013.
http://www.kamoaukulelecompany.com/

They weren't in the directory: https://www.namm.org/thenammshow/2015/directory

I have seen their ukes for sale lately; Gryphon Strings has some.

coolkayaker1
02-08-2015, 05:49 PM
They weren't in the directory: https://www.namm.org/thenammshow/2015/directory

I have seen their ukes for sale lately; Gryphon Strings has some.

Thanks, wayfarer. Good to know they're still in business, Kamoa.

Was Breedlove at NAMM? I know Aldrine has interviewed Mr. Breedlove in his videos in the past, but I didn't see one this year. Many less videos this year than in the past, but I can't tell if that's because of less vendors or what.

kohanmike
02-08-2015, 06:01 PM
From what I heard about attendance this year by various vendors, there were more vendors and attendees than previous years. I thought I remember seeing the Breedlove booth, in fact, I just looked at the NAMM app and Breedlove is listed in booth 1701 in hall E.

Rakelele
02-08-2015, 11:59 PM
Was Breedlove at NAMM? I know Aldrine has interviewed Mr. Breedlove in his videos in the past, but I didn't see one this year. Many less videos this year than in the past, but I can't tell if that's because of less vendors or what.

I read that Breedlove has put their Ukulele building program on hold, focussing more on making Mandolins for now. The last couple of Breedlove Ukes can be purchased from MIMs e-bay store.

Any news from Compass Rose? Have they been at NAMM?