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Down Up Dick
07-09-2015, 05:27 AM
To those of you with hard cases. What the heck does one do with the Uke strap? It's in the way no matter where I put it.

Boy! If it ain't one thang, it's a nuther! :old:

janeray1940
07-09-2015, 05:42 AM
Probably no help to you, but - my cases have enough room that I'm able to sort of wrap it around the headstock without any problems. I know this isn't always the case, though. I have a friend who removes the strap from the button, keeps it tied to the headstock, and sort of coils it beneath the headstock in the case. This didn't work for me though - so I guess it depends on the uke, the strap, and the case.

Rllink
07-09-2015, 05:53 AM
I just take my strap off. I actually don't use a strap that often, but once in a while I think that I need one. But I had an old hippie strap that had a couple of brass rivets on it, and I scratched my new Mainland putting it into the case with the strap on it. So I got rid of that strap and bought a new one without rivets, but I still take it off before putting the uke in the case. To me, it just isn't worth it to jam it in there.

Down Up Dick
07-09-2015, 06:09 AM
I just take my strap off. I actually don't use a strap that often, but once in a while I think that I need one. But I had an old hippie strap that had a couple of brass rivets on it, and I scratched my new Mainland putting it into the case with the strap on it. So I got rid of that strap and bought a new one without rivets, but I still take it off before putting the uke in the case. To me, it just isn't worth it to jam it in there.

Thanks all. I thought someone would say "take it off". I, of course, thought of that, but tried to ignore the thought. My strap attachers are tight and a pain to remove.

Ahhh, well . . . So it goes. :old:

Gary52
07-09-2015, 06:51 AM
On one of my ukes I have a thin leather mandolin strap (without buckles or rivets) that fits in the hard-shell case without removing it from the strap buttons. Others have wider straps that I have to remove. I find that frequent removal and re-attachment of the straps has softened the holes so that they're not as secure a fit as they were when new.

janeray1940
07-09-2015, 06:56 AM
I find that frequent removal and re-attachment of the straps has softened the holes so that they're not as secure a fit as they were when new.

There are these little rubber gaskets that work perfectly for this - I get mine on ebay, look either for "guitar strap lock" or "grolsch gaskets" and you'll see different colors and sizes.

Down Up Dick
07-09-2015, 07:10 AM
I think maybe I'd be better off with a gig bag. I don't travel much or far anyway, but it'd be nice to keep a Uke in. :old:

Ukejenny
07-09-2015, 07:52 AM
What you need is a case for your case!!!!! LOL, a bag with a large accessory compartment...

wildfire070
07-09-2015, 07:58 AM
If I'm storing my uke in its hardcase then I'll take the strap off but if I'm coming back to it several times throughout the day then I'll just leave it strapped but placed on a uke stand.

actadh
07-09-2015, 10:32 AM
Mine goes in a neoprene pouch from the Dollar Tree - found it in their "electronics" section. Then, it gets stuffed in the handle.

Down Up Dick
07-09-2015, 11:17 AM
But . . ., you have to take it off the Uke! I think I need to trim the home-made attachment buttons down. Then the strap won't be such a hassle to remove. I guess, taking it off is the answer--Ahhh, me!
:old:

Steveperrywriter
07-09-2015, 11:37 AM
I use a Bailey strap. Easy to put on and remove, can be rolled up and put under the headstock in a relatively-small case, and is a top-quality. Spendy, but you get what you pay for ...

http://www.thebaileystrap.com

Booli
07-09-2015, 03:33 PM
On ALL of my ukes, I use a length of black 4mm paracord (typically about 44"). One end is tied to the headstock, around the neck, just behind the nut, and the other end is tied (through a loop with a slipknot for adjustment) to the endpin.

When the instrument goes in the case, I lay the 'strap' along side the neck, and allow the excess length to fall in the cavity where the headstock goes. I leave the paracord always tied on. Case closes easily.

One of my pet peeves is having a fat strap that is typically meant for a heavier instrument, that feels bulky, cumbersome, and to weigh more than the uke itself, when EVEN on a baritone, it feels WAY overkill to me. Even Mandolin or Banjo straps are at least 1" wide, which to me is still too fat and bulky for my liking. Other types of straps are always a distraction for me. I prefer the 'strap' to be completely out of the way, both physically and visually, and the paracord is the best solution I've found yet for me.

The paracord never 'slips' when in use, unless I want it to, nor does it cut in to my neck or shoulder as one might think (even if I am only wearing a t-shirt), as ukes do not usually weigh enough for this to happen.

I've tried them all. The paracord works for me, and it nicer looking than a shoelace, which I found that the shoelace actually DOES cut in to my neck as shoelace tends to flatten out from tension, but the 5mm paracord does not. YMMV.

Just my :2cents:. :)

eleigh
07-09-2015, 08:12 PM
I use a Neotech mando/ukulele strap and attach it to pins on the heel and end of my ukes. It is very narrow, except for a shoulder pad that is very comfortable. It comes with two leather tabs that attach to pins, and a cord that goes round the headstock in case that is the players preference. Those pieces have quick releases that connect or disconnect the strap. So I can easily remove the strap leaving the tabs in place. It is quite a clever arrangement, and the strap is not bulky. I liked it so much I bought a second one and installed a set of pins in my concert uke too. Cost is about 16 bucks on Amazon.

Down Up Dick
07-09-2015, 08:26 PM
Hi, Booli, I have a cord, thicker than paracord, on one of my Banjoleles, and it works well. However, Banjoleles are heavy, and the cord does dig into my shoulder. That's why I don't use a cord on my banjo or my other banjolele. I really think, for my usage, a gig bag would be more practical than a case since I don't travel that much.

I guess taking the straps off to use the cases is the answer, but thanks all for the input. :old:

Booli
07-09-2015, 10:08 PM
I use a Neotech mando/ukulele strap and attach it to pins on the heel and end of my ukes. It is very narrow, except for a shoulder pad that is very comfortable. It comes with two leather tabs that attach to pins, and a cord that goes round the headstock in case that is the players preference. Those pieces have quick releases that connect or disconnect the strap. So I can easily remove the strap leaving the tabs in place. It is quite a clever arrangement, and the strap is not bulky. I liked it so much I bought a second one and installed a set of pins in my concert uke too. Cost is about 16 bucks on Amazon.


Hi, Booli, I have a cord, thicker than paracord, on one of my Banjoleles, and it works well. However, Banjoleles are heavy, and the cord does dig into my shoulder. That's why I don't use a cord on my banjo or my other banjolele. I really think, for my usage, a gig bag would be more practical than a case since I don't travel that much.

Were I to put a strap on a heavier instrument such as a banjolele with all that metal hardware, and thus the weight, my first choice would be to get a Uke Leash, with the 'banjo strap' tie-on attachments for each end of the strap, which have a quick-release plastic clasp that you can disconnect from the main strap at either tied-on end, and then as needed to fit in the case, I'd roll up the length of the strap toward the headstock and stow it under the headstock in that cavity.

For me, I'd prefer to give my sheckels to a fellow UU member, namely Lori Apthorp who is the inventor and seller of the Uke Leash.

http://ukeleash.com/

DownUpDave
07-09-2015, 11:58 PM
I have no trouble with a strap and hard case. In the first picture the uke has a 1" strap that I leave attached at both buttons, strap runs under the bottom of the body and neck.

Second picture that uke has a 1-1/2" strap which I leave attached at the bottom. I disconnect from the heel of the neck and roll up the excess length and it is placed under the the headstock. All my ukes have straps and hard cases and this system works out very well.


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Hms
07-10-2015, 12:22 AM
I use a Neotech mando/ukulele strap and attach it to pins on the heel and end of my ukes. It is very narrow, except for a shoulder pad that is very comfortable. It comes with two leather tabs that attach to pins, and a cord that goes round the headstock in case that is the players preference. Those pieces have quick releases that connect or disconnect the strap. So I can easily remove the strap leaving the tabs in place. It is quite a clever arrangement, and the strap is not bulky. I liked it so much I bought a second one and installed a set of pins in my concert uke too. Cost is about 16 bucks on Amazon.

This is what I also have. plus I use the Fender Strap Block to retain the tabs on the pins. £3 for 4, 2 red and 2 black. Strap Blocks will not work, at least for me, when the pin is also the jack socket.

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Down Up Dick
07-10-2015, 03:46 AM
I have no trouble with a strap and hard case. In the first picture the uke has a 1" strap that I leave attached at both buttons, strap runs under the bottom of the body and neck.

Second picture that uke has a 1-1/2" strap which I leave attached at the bottom. I disconnect from the heel of the neck and roll up the excess length and it is placed under the the headstock. All my ukes have straps and hard cases and this system works out very well.


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Yours doesn't seem to have the big, useless accessory box right in the middle of it. Mine has a fitted trench on top where the uke's neck goes, and the strap doesn't really fit there. And the bottom part where the pot goes is a very tight fit--no room for a wadded up strap either.

I guess I'll have improve the straps' attachment to banjolele/banjo so I can release it easier. Somethin' ta do. :old:

Down Up Dick
07-10-2015, 03:50 AM
Booli, I made a coupla Uke leashes and they worked well but not on a banjolele. :old:

SoloRule
07-10-2015, 03:57 AM
I have no trouble with a strap and hard case. In the first picture the uke has a 1" strap that I leave attached at both buttons, strap runs under the bottom of the body and neck.

Second picture that uke has a 1-1/2" strap which I leave attached at the bottom. I disconnect from the heel of the neck and roll up the excess length and it is placed under the the headstock. All my ukes have straps and hard cases and this system works out very well.


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I was just going to say ask DownUpDave. He shown me how to do it.

Lori
07-10-2015, 05:44 AM
Were I to put a strap on a heavier instrument such as a banjolele with all that metal hardware, and thus the weight, my first choice would be to get a Uke Leash, with the 'banjo strap' tie-on attachments for each end of the strap, which have a quick-release plastic clasp that you can disconnect from the main strap at either tied-on end, and then as needed to fit in the case, I'd roll up the length of the strap toward the headstock and stow it under the headstock in that cavity.

For me, I'd prefer to give my sheckels to a fellow UU member, namely Lori Apthorp who is the inventor and seller of the Uke Leash.

http://ukeleash.com/

Thanks Booli! I make all the Uke Leash products myself, here in Los Angeles. UU forum members have been so supportive of my products. It mades a big difference.

–Lori

gregmchugh
07-10-2015, 07:12 AM
I wanted a quick way to attach a regular strap to my banjo ukes without having to tie it on each time. Put together a couple of simple cord links that make it easy to attach a regular strap. A length of cord, short dowel pieces, a little white glue on the cord at the dowel.

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Down Up Dick
07-10-2015, 07:53 AM
Yeah, gregmchugh, that'll work. That's more or less what I have only I've used wood or thick leather buttons. :old:

DownUpDave
07-10-2015, 08:17 AM
Yours doesn't seem to have the big, useless accessory box right in the middle of it. Mine has a fitted trench on top where the uke's neck goes, and the strap doesn't really fit there. And the bottom part where the pot goes is a very tight fit--no room for a wadded up strap either.

I guess I'll have improve the straps' attachment to banjolele/banjo so I can release it easier. Somethin' ta do. :old:

Both those different cases have the center storage box. I have four tenors in four different manufactures of hard cases and they all work as described. When the strap lies on the trench, as you call it, the neck just sits on top of the strap but still with in the trench. It does lift everything up a bit higher but no big deal. Maybe that will give you enough room under the headstock, I roll the strap up neatly so it will fit.

Down Up Dick
07-10-2015, 08:22 AM
Well, you're probably right NameBro, but I've accepted removing the strap as my cross to bear. Ahhh, well . . . :old:

DownUpDave
07-10-2015, 10:32 AM
Well, you're probably right NameBro, but I've accepted removing the strap as my cross to bear. Ahhh, well . . . :old:

I can dig it bigbro, might be Zen like.When the strap is attached the music is released........oooooommmmm:worship:

Pueo
07-10-2015, 02:22 PM
I do not often use a strap, so I only have one, and it spends most of its time in the accessory pouch of my Epiphone Les Paul's gig bag. What I typically did on my guitar was lay the strap flat against the body, from the button all the way to the neck, then along the neck underneath (if tied at headstock) or folded against itself (if strap button at neck joint). Never had any fitment problems. I have a smaller, thin suede strap for my ukuleles, I think it may be a mandolin strap, only a little over 1" wide. It does not take up too much room when rolled and will fit in the accessory compartment in my hard cases.

Booli
07-10-2015, 03:47 PM
Thanks Booli! I make all the Uke Leash products myself, here in Los Angeles. UU forum members have been so supportive of my products. It mades a big difference.

–Lori

Anytime Lori! You've got a great product there that is very smartly designed, very versatile (made even better with the end-attachment options) and simple to use. Somehow many folks are still unaware of it, so i try to let them know of your Uke Leash as an option where appropriate.


I wanted a quick way to attach a regular strap to my banjo ukes without having to tie it on each time. Put together a couple of simple cord links that make it easy to attach a regular strap. A length of cord, short dowel pieces, a little white glue on the cord at the dowel.

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Greg - this too is a genius idea that I did not think of myself. I may have to 'borrow' it from you and experiment with making my own like this. I hope you don't mind. Thanks for sharing!

gregmchugh
07-10-2015, 04:10 PM
Booli, I hereby release my genius design into the public domain for use by any and all...

janeray1940
07-10-2015, 04:18 PM
Zen encourages non-attachment.

Full disclosure: Zen geek here :) I laughed so hard at this comment - thanks for that!

hollisdwyer
07-11-2015, 10:32 AM
All my tenors have 1" leather straps that I had made up by Italia Straps (beautiful soft leather and in colours to match the bindings of each uke). Although it is a tight fit, it slip it along he side of the body and the under the neck with the remainder being coiled up under the head stock. All my Mya-Moe's have their original OEM cases as does my Boat Paddle ( it's by the people who make the Ameritage cases I think).

TheCraftedCow
07-11-2015, 10:52 AM
This is a subject near and dear to me since I have been making straps for 38 years. The idea of paracord is very practical and very inexpensive. There are many different things can be used as a neck pad if it is on a heavier instrument. The case can very easily modified to have a strap path. If anyone is interested I would start a new thread rather than hijack this one.

Down Up Dick
07-11-2015, 11:37 AM
This is a subject near and dear to me since I have been making straps for 38 years. The idea of paracord is very practical and very inexpensive. There are many different things can be used as a neck pad if it is on a heavier instrument. The case can very easily modified to have a strap path. If anyone is interested I would start a new thread rather than hijack this one.

I use a cord that's a little thicker than paracord, and it works pretty well with my heaviest banjolele, but it's kinda rough on the ol' shoulder. I've figgered out how, maybe, to solve the problem with a piece of belt but haven't done it yet.

Didja ever notice that the old Uke players, playing for hula dancers, didn't have straps? Just a thought. :old:

Tim Mullins
07-11-2015, 05:15 PM
For those who use Mobius Straps, I just leave mine on my ukulele and slide the strap up the neck under the strings to near the nut, wrap it around my fingers a few times and tuck it under the peghead as I put it in the case. It only takes a few seconds longer to put away than no strap.

It also comes off the ukulele easily and folds up to 1" x 1" x 4" to store in most ukulele case or gig bag pockets. Works for me!