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Snargle
01-09-2016, 05:16 AM
I'm somewhat a beginner here (been only playing a few weeks on a cheap concert uke), but I just ordered a nice Kala Micheal Aratani Tenor and was wondering whether to have a strap button installed. I'm OK with hand-holding the concert uke, but even then there are times when I wish I had a little more secure hold on the instrument. With the tenor ukulele being even larger, I'm concerned that it might be even more awkward to hand hold. For an extra $5, I can have a strap button installed by the dealer (HMS/theukulelesite.com). What do you think? Am I devaluing the instrument by installing the button? Is my awkwardness holding the uke just due to my newbieness and will pass? All opinions welcomed :cool:!

vanflynn
01-09-2016, 05:38 AM
IMHO a strap button doesn't devalue a uke unless it is vintage. Most tenors have them. If you plan on playing while standing a strap comes in handy.

Please post some pic when you get it!

Futurethink
01-09-2016, 05:41 AM
You ordered from HMS, right? Call them and ask them to install the strap buttons. Very inexpensive addition.

johnson430
01-09-2016, 05:59 AM
+ for using a strap.
I picked up a sweet looking Cocobolo button from Iluak for my Pono MGT and an extra ebony button for the Pono MTD I am selling.
It looks 10 X's better than the cheapo metal one I originally installed.
Here is link to their amazon store:
http://www.amazon.com/s?ie=UTF8&field-brandtextbin=Iluak%20Ivory%20-%20Fine%20Instrument%20Fittings&page=1&rh=n%3A11091801

Lori
01-09-2016, 06:02 AM
I'm somewhat a beginner here (been only playing a few weeks on a cheap concert uke), but I just ordered a nice Kala Micheal Aratani Tenor and was wondering whether to have a strap button installed. I'm OK with hand-holding the concert uke, but even then there are times when I wish I had a little more secure hold on the instrument. With the tenor ukulele being even larger, I'm concerned that it might be even more awkward to hand hold. For an extra $5, I can have a strap button installed by the dealer (HMS/theukulelesite.com). What do you think? Am I devaluing the instrument by installing the button? Is my awkwardness holding the uke just due to my newbieness and will pass? All opinions welcomed :cool:!
$5 is a good price for the installation of a strap button. It will be very helpful to have it, and you never know when you might have to stand and play. I would trust HMS to do a good job, and it is the best time to have such a thing done. If they do it before you get it, if there is any damage done during the process (it can happen), they will just choose another uke for you. If you take it somewhere else, then if there is damage, you are stuck with it.
–Lori

sukie
01-09-2016, 06:05 AM
$5 for a strap button is so worth it. For so many reasons. Do it now. You won't want to part with others it later -- even for 5 minutes while it is installed. Nor will you trust the 2nd luthier to do a perfect job. I might know this.
Does the ukulele have a pick up? If not, consider having that done also.

DownUpDave
01-09-2016, 06:15 AM
Yes, Yes and Yes to a strap button and a strap. It makes playing a tenor (or any other size) so much easier. I have them on sopranos up to baritones. It will not devalue it.

actadh
01-09-2016, 06:19 AM
They did the strap buttons on my Opio. Best investment ever.

mikelz777
01-09-2016, 06:32 AM
I'm a fan of trying things out before making that kind of commitment though adding a strap button wouldn't be a big deal. Give it a try using a piece of string or yarn to fashion a strap to see how you like it and if you think you'd need it. I tried this method for a while and found that I really didn't need a strap because I do 100% of my playing sitting down making it easier to hold my ukes. (concert and tenor) If I were to play standing up, I might reconsider. Then a strap might be handy.

Tim Mullins
01-09-2016, 06:54 AM
A strap of any of the various kinds will help with a tenor as they are more neck-heavy than the smaller sizes. $5 installed sounds like a great deal!

kohanmike
01-09-2016, 07:00 AM
I add 2 strap buttons to every one of my ukes and basses, wouldn't play without a strap.

Snargle
01-09-2016, 07:11 AM
OK, I'm convinced! I've contacted HMS and will have them install a button. Thanks for all the feedback! :D

actadh
01-09-2016, 02:15 PM
BTW, nice choice of a ukulele!

Snargle
01-09-2016, 03:07 PM
BTW, nice choice of a ukulele!Thanks, Laura. Now the wait begins! (Probably 2 weeks based on the current setup queue.) I will need to exercise patience!