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SoloRule
06-05-2015, 04:31 AM
Has anyone visited Elderly Instrument in Lansing, Michigan ? Do they have a good selections of Ukulele on display?
Just wondering if it's worth the 4 hour drive from Canada. Thanks
http://www.elderly.com/

Jon Moody
06-05-2015, 04:37 AM
I grew up in Lansing; Elderly was my local music store, which was good and bad (bad in that any other store paled in comparison).

They have a large selection of ukuleles on display. One side of the wall has most of the mass produced, low to mid level instruments. On the other side are the higher priced (small builder, or vintage) instruments. If there's something on their website you'd like to try and they don't have it out, usually they'll go and get it for you.

Definitely worth the 4hr drive.

bunnyf
06-05-2015, 05:08 AM
Why don't you peruse their online store to see what they have currently? As one bad monkey said, their selection is good. I was able to locate the LoPrinzi I wanted there, even though they were in short supply everywhere else, including thru the luthier. Customer service, in my personal experience was excellent.

sam13
06-05-2015, 05:14 AM
Has anyone visited Elderly Instrument in Lansing, Michigan ? Do they have a good selections of Ukulele on display?
Just wondering if it's worth the 4 hour drive from Canada. Thanks
http://www.elderly.com/

Hi Solo,

I don't think you will get more selection and variety at Elderly than you will with Cosmo Music store. But if you would like an adventure and some quiet time on the roads, then perhaps it is a good place for a road trip.

You might also consider the Ukulele World Congress this week end ... https://www.facebook.com/groups/236184839465/

SteveZ
06-05-2015, 07:27 AM
Hve bought a mandolin, banjo uke, countless packs of strings, several accessories, etc. from Elderly over the years. PBS even did a TV special on the store. Nothing but good words for the operation.

coolkayaker1
06-05-2015, 07:58 AM
Hve bought a mandolin, banjo uke, countless packs of strings, several accessories, etc. from Elderly over the years. PBS even did a TV special on the store. Nothing but good words for the operation.

Does the Lansing, MI store have lots of ukuleles on display?

Jon Moody
06-05-2015, 08:01 AM
Does the Lansing, MI store have lots of ukuleles on display?

As said in post #2, yes it does.

coolkayaker1
06-05-2015, 08:03 AM
As said in post #2, yes it does. Was asking SteveZ. Thanks

Jon Moody
06-05-2015, 08:04 AM
Was asking SteveZ. Thanks

Aside from me, I'm not sure anyone else knows. Which I'm sure was your point.

SteveZ
06-05-2015, 10:45 AM
Never been there. My experience is all internet with Elderly, started from referrals on the Mandolin Cafe.

Futurethink
06-05-2015, 11:46 AM
As you have probably already noticed, their Website shows over 40 brands of new ukuleles in stock, and tells how many they have of each brand. It also shows over 20 used/vintage ukuleles in stock.

Their is a phone number for the showroom at the bottom of their site. You could call to ask how many of those ukes are on display.

SoloRule
06-05-2015, 12:11 PM
I have visited several Ukulele stores here in Canada , the experience has been disappointing.
Most of the store 's website show a load of ukulele but very limited in the store. This is why I asked if any one has visited the store in person.
Thanks for all your valuable information.
Wish there is HMS within driving distance. :D

stevepetergal
06-05-2015, 01:36 PM
I've driven there from Chicago a couple of times (about 4 hours). They have lots of ukuleles on display. Plus they are happy to bring out any instrument they have on the website from the back or basement rooms. Check out that website, by the way. They really have most everything. Worth the drive? Absolutely.

Hippie Dribble
06-05-2015, 01:51 PM
On my to-do-one-day-before-i-die list: a kombi tour of the US stopping at all the best music shops in every town. then write a book about it.

Nickie
06-05-2015, 05:17 PM
On my to-do-one-day-before-i-die list: a kombi tour of the US stopping at all the best music shops in every town. then write a book about it.

Great idea for a book! Or a new TV series....The Uke Searcher....

HBolte
06-05-2015, 05:21 PM
It is definately worth the drive. You can easily spend a long afternoon there. Pablo's is a great lunch spot right around the corner too!

Uncle Leroy
06-05-2015, 10:05 PM
You can't go wrong with a trip to Elderly. Great place fer sure.

SteveZ
06-06-2015, 03:45 AM
Some videos regarding Elderly in youtube:

http://youtu.be/tKMb-5RQuSw - An afternoon there

http://youtu.be/rGJ0nRbzSns - trailer for PBS special

http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLy_MOXinoubsNvpMh_9mzzWBMzcVI74-r - Ukuleles by Elderly Instruments

http://youtu.be/Kx8A0u0P9h8 - Prettier than Matt (person left with a banjolele)

Am looking forward to when I find myself anywhere close enough to get there and spend a day at Elderly.

river_driver
06-06-2015, 07:31 AM
Stan Werbin, owner of Elderly Instruments, is a HUGE supporter of the ukulele - a player as well as a collector of vintage ukes. Elderly sponsors a Mighty Uke Day celebration every year and hosts workshops with nationally recognized uke players every 2 or 3 months. Their selection is on par with HMS, Mim, or Uke Republic. So yeah, it's a worthwhile ukulele destination, especially if it's only a 4 hour drive - that's a day trip!

(Edit to add: I have bought ukes from Elderly in the past, and just yesterday received a guitar from them. Customer service, in my experience, is always top notch.)

SteveZ
06-06-2015, 07:48 AM
Stan Werbin, owner of Elderly Instruments, is a HUGE supporter of the ukulele - a player as well as a collector of vintage ukes. Elderly sponsors a Mighty Uke Day celebration every year and hosts workshops with nationally recognized uke players every 2 or 3 months. Their selection is on par with HMS, Mim, or Uke Republic. So yeah, it's a worthwhile ukulele destination, especially if it's only a 4 hour drive - that's a day trip!

(Edit to add: I have bought ukes from Elderly in the past, and just yesterday received a guitar from them. Customer service, in my experience, is always top notch.)

All true! I appreciate HMS and the others a lot, and have bought from most of them one time or another. That said, if one has the opportunity to be at a place where all strings are there and all string folk have a chance to associate and share, that's darned good.

All too often folk get pigeon-holed into one category (e.g., ukulele) and never get to deal with other-category folk on a peer basis. Finding locations where everyone (players of guitar, banjo, ukulele, mandolin, violin, etc,) can mingle without feeling like the outsider is good. I lucked into a couple situations like that after I went mandolin and it really broadened my outlook and desire to do more. Elderly may not be the epicenter for stringed activity in North America, but it seems darned close to it and is one of my "bucket list" destination sites.

river_driver
06-06-2015, 08:33 AM
All true! I appreciate HMS and the others a lot, and have bought from most of them one time or another. That said, if one has the opportunity to be at a place where all strings are there and all string folk have a chance to associate and share, that's darned good.

All too often folk get pigeon-holed into one category (e.g., ukulele) and never get to deal with other-category folk on a peer basis. Finding locations where everyone (players of guitar, banjo, ukulele, mandolin, violin, etc,) can mingle without feeling like the outsider is good. I lucked into a couple situations like that after I went mandolin and it really broadened my outlook and desire to do more. Elderly may not be the epicenter for stringed activity in North America, but it seems darned close to it and is one of my "bucket list" destination sites.
Well said, SteveZ. Now that I think about it, Elderly might be responsible for me even picking up the ukulele. Back when I was mainly playing guitar (and struggling with mandolin) the Elderly catalog was the first place I remember seeing ukuleles in all their diversity, and treated with the same respect afforded guitars, mandos, banjos etc. I still pore over the Elderly catalog for days when a new one arrives!

Ukejenny
06-07-2015, 10:33 AM
I've been a long time fan of Elderly. I would love to visit the store in person.

cdkrugjr
06-07-2015, 01:25 PM
Hate it. Can't go there without spending $500 . . .
:D

DownUpDave
06-07-2015, 01:44 PM
Hate it. Can't go there without spending $500 . . .
:D

That and the fact getting there from Shanghai China adds another $2000.00 makes it an expensive ukulele exerpience.

vcs700s
06-07-2015, 01:44 PM
I've been a long time fan of Elderly. I would love to visit the store in person.

Me too Jenny.

Must have money too!

Freeda
06-07-2015, 01:48 PM
Come next May and go to Mighty Uke Day while you're at it!

http://mightyukeday.com/

Hippie Dribble
06-07-2015, 05:33 PM
Sort of a "My Shopping with André"?
haha, yeah, uh, sort of. With a travelogue dimension and pictures of folks met along the way and the histories of their love affairs with instruments. :)