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Rllink
04-23-2015, 05:28 AM
Anyone who has been reading my posts has heard me praising my Makala. I promised to play it for a year, learn as much about ukuleles as I could, and then upgrade to something I can really be proud of. Not to say that I'm not proud of the Makala, but it is what it is. So I just got off the phone with Mike at Mainland, and I ordered a mahogany concert with a MiSi pickup, and an alligator case. So I guess I'm done bragging about being immune to UAS. Pretty soon I will have two. Holy cow, what am I going to do with two ukuleles?:cool:

deschutestrout
04-23-2015, 05:52 AM
wOOT! That should be a sweet uke, and a significant upgrade! Congrats! Start saving for the 3rd is what you do when you have two ukuleles. Just sayin' :cool:

mailman
04-23-2015, 06:04 AM
Or, you could gift the Makala to a needy kid who has the interest. I think you'll love your Mainland. A Mainland gloss mahogany concert has long been on my want list....

Ukulele Eddie
04-23-2015, 06:19 AM
Given the restraint you've shown, I don't think your immunity to UAS is questionable yet. If UAS is a sickness, then the question is whether or not the Mainland purchase is the first sign of a throat tickle or sniffle. ;-)

Enjoy the new acquisition and let us know what you think when it arrives!

vanflynn
04-23-2015, 06:21 AM
Congrats! We'll need pic of the new arrival.

Different sizes have different voices so I bet they both will find a place in your heart

Enjoy

spookelele
04-23-2015, 06:33 AM
Holy cow, what am I going to do with two ukuleles?:cool:

Learn some new songs that work better in Low G?

Down Up Dick
04-23-2015, 06:40 AM
Well, Rllink, good for you, but I feel bad that you've given in and will now have a bunch of Ukes (2--ha?). I'll be looking forward to seeing (and hearing?) it too. You're on your way--Congrats!

The more Ukes one has . . . the more Ukes one has. Keep on strumming. :old:

DownUpDave
04-23-2015, 07:27 AM
I have been very proud of you to show such restraint and stick to just one uke. Espeically around this place with us lot. It is like hanging around a bar with a bunch of alcoholics screaming " one more......just one more".

Hang on to you first, don't ever sell it or give it away. She started you on this marvelous journey and deserves a seat at the table.

Congratulations on your new upcoming Mainland concert, I know you will throughly enjoy it. With a pick up in it you can go shopping for all the cool electronic stuff, like amps and cables and mics and stands. UAS takes many forms my friend..........many forms.:eek:

Mik
04-23-2015, 07:32 AM
Congrats on your new acquisition! I must say that I truly admire your restraining power all this time!

Rllink
04-23-2015, 07:50 AM
Or, you could gift the Makala to a needy kid who has the interest. I think you'll love your Mainland. A Mainland gloss mahogany concert has long been on my want list....
That might happen eventually, but for now, I think that the Makala will end up living in Puerto Rico as a beach bum. I don't think that the Mainland with the MiSi would hold up well in the sun, the sand, and the offshore winds carrying the salt into every corner of the uke. I'm not afraid of scratches, smudges, or a little dirt, but that beach environment will corrode electronics in short order. Better for the Mainland to stay off the beach. The Makala likes the beach anyway.

Rllink
04-23-2015, 07:58 AM
As with bunnies, you seldom have only two for long. I wonder if any culture grinds up black market Kamaka necks and sells the powder as an aphrodisiac.I've already promised myself that I won't even think about buying another ukulele until I wear the Mainland out.

Recstar24
04-23-2015, 10:06 AM
yay! mainland mahogany concerts are nice - I should know, I have 30 of them ;)

It has been surprising how much they have opened up. Keep in mind, I've got about 200 or so kids playing these things almost every day in school. Some of the ukes are surprisingly loud with very nice cut and projection. Make sure to play the heck out of her, she will continue to sing for you!

Debby
04-23-2015, 10:16 AM
I hope you love your Mainland mahogany concert as much as I love mine! I, too, started out with a Makala. I still play her some, when I feel like playing a soprano. You are going to love the Mainland. They are very beautiful to look at and they sound beautiful, too!! I'm excited to hear more about it when you get her!! CONGRATS!

sukie
04-23-2015, 12:37 PM
I've already promised myself that I won't even think about buying another ukulele until I wear the Mainland out.

Good for you. Congrats!
I think you'll really like the mainland.

Sylvan
04-23-2015, 01:00 PM
Congrats on your new Mainland! I too have a Makala soprano. I use it for my take anywhere, play in the garage or outside uke. I have had a Mainland hog concert for many years now. Despite having other more expensive ukes, the more I play and the better I get, the more I appreciate my Mainland concert. I now use it as my dedicated low G uke. It sounds so mellow and sweet - I love it. You made a great choice for an upgrade. Enjoy it.

jer
04-23-2015, 02:11 PM
That might happen eventually, but for now, I think that the Makala will end up living in Puerto Rico as a beach bum. I don't think that the Mainland with the MiSi would hold up well in the sun, the sand, and the offshore winds carrying the salt into every corner of the uke. I'm not afraid of scratches, smudges, or a little dirt, but that beach environment will corrode electronics in short order. Better for the Mainland to stay off the beach. The Makala likes the beach anyway.
So you're going to keep the Mainland on the mainland. :D

I hope you enjoy the new uke! My guess is that you will appreciate an upgrade a lot more now that you've waited.

Rllink
04-23-2015, 02:20 PM
So you're going to keep the Mainland on the mainland. :D

I hope you enjoy the new uke! My guess is that you will appreciate an upgrade a lot more now that you've waited.Just not down to the beach.

itsme
04-23-2015, 02:50 PM
Hang on to you first, don't ever sell it or give it away. She started you on this marvelous journey and deserves a seat at the table.
I totally agree with you. My first was a Cordoba mahogany tenor. It's not the best uke I currently own, but it's still a solid player and I don't think I could ever let it go. If I did, I'm sure I'd regret it.

co.jp
04-23-2015, 03:09 PM
Mainland is a good uke. I was seriously considering getting the red cedar longneck pineapple to add to my collection.

Camsuke
04-23-2015, 03:11 PM
Well done mate and congratulations!

pritch
04-23-2015, 03:12 PM
Holy cow, what am I going to do with two ukuleles?:cool:

You could string one low G? Just saying :-)

kvehe
04-23-2015, 03:37 PM
Great news! You'll love it!

Ukejenny
04-23-2015, 04:21 PM
Hang tight, you may not have full blown UAS just yet. Wait and see what happens after you get the Mainland. You may go into remission. It is rare, but it does sometimes happen.

Congratulations on a wonderful instrument!

igorthebarbarian
04-23-2015, 07:10 PM
Congrats on the new purchase. Mainlands are great and beautiful; I love the look of their binding.
And I am amazed at your restraint in holding out for so long!

Rllink
04-28-2015, 10:05 AM
It arrived this afternoon, and it looks very nice. I tuned it up, charged the MiSi, plugged it into my garage sale Marshall amp, and went to town. It is awesome. I really like it. I'm going to have a lot of fun with this uke.

DownUpDave
04-28-2015, 11:12 AM
It arrived this afternoon, and it looks very nice. I tuned it up, charged the MiSi, plugged it into my garage sale Marshall amp, and went to town. It is awesome. I really like it. I'm going to have a lot of fun with this uke.

NUD.....NUD....NUD.........this needs a NUD post. We want pictures and a full on review, no pictures and it did not really happen. Tell us what you really think of the new girl and how a more expensive solid uke compares to the Makala you have been championing for the last 12 month.

You might want to wait 3-5 days to let the strings settle and give it a real good shake down before the write up, that's what I do. Whatever you do DON'T get rid of the Makala, she lead you into the beautiful world of music.

Rllink
04-28-2015, 01:49 PM
I'll write a little more on it later, but it is awesome.
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Fred Ukestone
04-28-2015, 02:07 PM
I have been very proud of you to show such restraint and stick to just one uke. Espeically around this place with us lot. It is like hanging around a bar with a bunch of alcoholics screaming " one more......just one more".

Hang on to you first, don't ever sell it or give it away. She started you on this marvelous journey and deserves a seat at the table.

Congratulations on your new upcoming Mainland concert, I know you will throughly enjoy it. With a pick up in it you can go shopping for all the cool electronic stuff, like amps and cables and mics and stands. UAS takes many forms my friend..........many forms.:eek:


I've already promised myself that I won't even think about buying another ukulele until I wear the Mainland out.

What are you going to do when the mainland starts asking for a sister or a brother?

vanflynn
04-28-2015, 03:12 PM
Congrats. You might need to take tomorrow off due to the Boogie Woogie Flu!

Enjoy

Rllink
04-29-2015, 02:58 AM
Congrats. You might need to take tomorrow off due to the Boogie Woogie Flu!

EnjoyYes, I think that is a good idea. I am going to take today off. Tomorrow too. :)

Rllink
04-29-2015, 03:00 AM
What are you going to do when the mainland starts asking for a sister or a brother?At my age, more kids would just get in the way and cramp my style. :)

DownUpDave
04-29-2015, 03:17 AM
Yes, I think that is a good idea. I am going to take today off. Tomorrow too. :)

Spoken like a true retiree.

Same goes for the children comment. We are finally empty nesters and it is like being just married, young and no kids. Do what we want, when we want, house stays clean, always food in the fridge. I love both my sons dearly but if they come and spend the weekend the house looks and feels like a tornado went through. ;)

SoloRule
04-29-2015, 04:45 AM
Always wonder what is all that talks about Mainland. Almost ordered one myself then as usual up my budget in the end for something different.
Can't wait to get my hand on one though.
Price is right and has great reviews. Just too good to be true. Enjoy and do tell us all about it .
It's nice that you plan to spend quality time with each and everyone of your Ukulele. They will love you back ......

Rllink
04-29-2015, 05:30 AM
OK, so I was going to start a NUD thread, but this one is going well, and no need to duplicate. I also wondered if I should put this in the "Review" thread, but again, we are on a roll, why duplicate? First of all, there is no comparison between the Makala and the Mainland. The Mainland is a quality instrument. I am seeing the difference between a serious instrument vs one not so serious. It looks much better. The tone is, much better. Sustain, much better. Playability, much better. Looks, much better. Do I wish that I had gotten the Mainland to start with? No. The Makala was a very good ukulele to start with. In the year that I played it, I learned a lot, not just playing, but about ukuleles. I'm not sure that I would have gotten to the Mainland starting out, and the Makala allowed me to understand and appreciate what makes a great ukulele. So I'm glad that I started where I did. I realize now, that the Makala was harder to play. It was harder to get the chords to sound clean. It took some technique to do it. I had to pay attention to what I was doing. As a result, the Mainland is sounding good. I struggled with the Makala to get the D, the E, and the Bb, just to name three, to sound clean. They literally ring on the Mainland. They are effortless. I find that I can really rip the Mainland, and I thank the Makala for that. Ok, back to the Mainland, the finish is flawless. I got the gold tuners with ebony knobs, and I think that they look really nice. Everything about the Mainland breaths quality. I'm glad that I sprang for the Faux alligator case as well. It is a quality case for my quality uke.

So I am very happy with my purchase. Mike did a good job setting it up. I like the MiSi pickup. It is so clean. just the plug -in and that is it. No battery well or anything to fiddle with. Charge it up, plug it in, and go for it. I have been really cranking it. I asked my wife yesterday what she thought, and she said that she thought that it sounded good. She asked me if I was always going to play it that loud, and I told her that I thought that I probably would. She said, "great". And I said that I thought that it was great too. So then she went outside and walked up the street to see how far away she could hear it. My neighborhood is alive with music. I'm loving it.

Recstar24
04-29-2015, 06:52 AM
So happy to hear you are having a good time. I am sure a big part of your enjoyment is connected to the fact you played that makala for so long, taking your time to work on your playing and getting better and better, so that when you did eventually get a nicer instrument, it seems like you have a very nice appreciation for it!

Looking forward to your continued growth, as well as what you'll end up buying next year :)