View Full Version : Seeking weird tenor

10-04-2015, 08:43 PM
I have several ukuleles of the usual *standard* size & shape. Now I want to get a different looking, NON-standard size & shape -- a tenor that folks will say, "Whazzat?"

Help requested. Humbly. Can anyone suggest the make & model number (not a custom job) of an unusual-looking tenor, around $350 or less, with a solid top?

Does such a creature exist? What? Where?

10-04-2015, 08:47 PM
Bruce Wei Art makes some gypsy tenors which look a little different.

10-04-2015, 08:49 PM
Do you have a fluke?
You can get a solid koa or spruce top tenor fluke for $358 new.

10-04-2015, 08:54 PM
HMS. Romero Creations tiny tenor. More than $350, but very worth it.

10-04-2015, 09:17 PM
You can make your own cigar box ukulele as well! Kits are available online

10-04-2015, 09:46 PM

For $303.99 you can get an Ohana off set sound hole Modern Design Ukulele. But I just now realized that link is to a concert and I can't find a tenor like it on their web page. :( But other than being concert size it is very interesting. It is on my watch list on e-bay currently. (but the seller has 10 of them but HA doesn't qualify for free shipping )

For about $200 ish you can get the Kala Arch Top Jazz Uke

Someone has beat me to the Bruce Wie Gypsy uke... Being in HA you should not have any trouble with it. Some say they crack in dry climates but I know someone who has bought over 50 ukes from Bruce and not had this problem. (mine is also doing fine)

There are also the cocobolo ukuleles some look very interesting

Would you consider a Resonator or "sidekick" tenor size banjolele ?

10-04-2015, 11:50 PM
Not all that "weird", but Pono has a Pineapple shaped Tenor that is made from all solid Mango wood. In addition to the unconventional look, this one is also nicely built and sweet sounding. The satin finished model is right in your price range:


10-05-2015, 12:42 AM
Try a Baroque Uke by Roosebeck


10-05-2015, 01:01 AM
Go to Dans Guitar on Beratania St. in McCully. You will find the most weird Tenor, I saw it and was in Awe, It was Weird, Cool ,amazing, asking myself Why and then why not, to each there own. must have been a pain to make. For sure only one of its kind.

Not your regular shaped ukulele.

Jim Hanks
10-05-2015, 02:31 AM
Most of them are above your stated range, but you have to look at Celantano:

10-05-2015, 02:49 AM
Most of them are above your stated range, but you have to look at Celantano:

Those are awful cute.

10-05-2015, 05:58 AM
I have a gypsy uke made by Bruce Wei Arts, the D hole version all solid wood, which runs about $400 on eBay. He also makes a harp uke, which is really different looking, there's one on eBay bid at around $650 so it's out of your price range, but very different.


http://www.kohanmike.com/uploads/harp uke.JPG

10-05-2015, 06:15 AM
You'll find many odd projects at Indestructables.Com (http://www.instructables.com/howto/ukulele/) including pocket, one-piece, cardboard, book, tin-can, cigar-box, folding, Tahitian, and odd-geometry (http://www.instructables.com/id/ROTATING-VARI-PITCH-UKULELE-RVP/) 'ukes. Elsewhere, this silent electric 'uke (http://www.ebay.com/itm/Silent-Electric-Ukulele-Hollow-Body-Free-Padded-Gig-Bag-/251870549672?hash=item3aa4a796a8) should turn heads, as should these Tahitian 'ukes (http://boraborarealtor.com/tahitianukulele.html). Have fun!

PS: Another thread sought a quirky soprano. Well, my wife is a soprano, and she's pretty quirky; and I'm a tenor, and I'm fairly weird; but we aren't for sale. For rent, maybe. ;)

10-05-2015, 07:53 AM
Wow -- a lot of great ideas! Many many thanks unto all.

Right now I'm leaning toward either a Fluke or a resonator, with somewhat greater preference for the latter. BUT -- does a resonator sound like a real uke? Or what?

10-05-2015, 08:49 AM
Here's a video of a normal versus a resonator tenor, YouTube is helpful:

mm stan
10-05-2015, 12:12 PM
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