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cml
05-06-2016, 07:51 AM
My lovely wife gave me a Korala PUC-20 for my birthday six weeks ago. It's easily been my most played uke since, as it sounds pretty good actually and is very durable. That comes in handy when you have a 1 year old or when you are making trips like below.

A plastic uke is good and so is life.

Trader Todd
05-06-2016, 08:00 AM
My wife has a Waterman and my son has a Bugsgear plastic uke. We take them everywhere and don't have to worry about them. Each time I play them I am amazed at how well they play for what they are.

cml
05-06-2016, 08:02 AM
Sorry for the sideways photos, cant fix that on my phone.

raduray
05-06-2016, 10:41 AM
Are these good for taking on a boat or at the beach? Can you hose them off?
I've got a nice Pano tenor and am thinking about picking up a plastic version for my trip to Florida next month.

ukulelego
05-07-2016, 01:26 AM
I've got a lot of time for plastic ukuleles, I like the projection that you get from them and so far the ones I've tried have all sounded pretty good too.

kkimura
05-07-2016, 01:50 AM
Sorry for the sideways photos, cant fix that on my phone.

No worries, great photography otherwise. I like the framing and composition.

Booli
05-07-2016, 03:12 AM
Nice photos - makes me want to go there...

FYI: There are two other threads going on right now about plastic ukes that might interested you:

http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/showthread.php?120351-Beach-Uke

http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/showthread.php?120291-Plastic

cml
05-07-2016, 05:05 AM
Thanks fellas!

uke552
05-07-2016, 03:33 PM
Enjoying my Waterman uke, it's just fun.....actually been playing it more since I replaced the stock strings with Martin's. Enjoy!

Ukejenny
05-07-2016, 07:03 PM
Love my non wooden Blackbird Clara. Also love my Bugsgear Aqualele - it lives in the van.

igorthebarbarian
05-07-2016, 08:24 PM
I have both the Outdoor Ukuleles - tenor and soprano. They're great for what they are. Yours looks great. Nice improvised strap too! Looks lovely there

Tootler
05-07-2016, 10:23 PM
I have one of the Korala plastic ukes. They are useful as car ukes or for the beach and just generally for playing in locations where you wouldn't want to take a regular wooden uke.

gitarzan
05-08-2016, 08:02 PM
I was out test driving Friday and was surprised with the Mahalo plastic uses... Tempted.

I did did find a very nice used little Terrapin case at MGR where my Outdoor Ukulele now lives.

And... FRIDAY NIGHT: I played my Outdoor uke at a Columbus Folk Music Society party. I entered a Worst Song In The World contest, did not win, but sang out the How To Treat Elves by Morris Bishop poem in C, with a short Over The Rainbow break, and wrapped up with a rollicking Mama Don't Allow.

Sonically the Outdoor Ukulele is fair, but I noticed I had some clear strings on it, that felt goosey and over drove easy. I might restring with some stiffer Aquilas.

Since this was a folk music function, I put a ptouch sticker on it that said This Machine Swats Flies as a parody of Woody Guthries guitar and Pete Seegers banjo with their This Machine... statements.

Jim Yates
05-09-2016, 01:44 AM
Has anyone else tried one of these? A Macaferri Islander Arthur Godfrey model.
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I don't own this one, but it was in an antique store down the street.

bonesigh
05-09-2016, 02:45 AM
I've read that the Macaferri's a very nice uke but haven't owned one (: I have many plastic ukes and so far I think the best are the Kealoha from Amazon and the Bugsgear. I kept one Bugsgear outside for a full year in all weather from 90 degrees to however low it got in the winter snow and ice and she still plays nice. The Outdoor Tenor is very nice but clicky when strummed with your nails. I got used to the sound and the intonation is quite nice. I keep that one next to my living room chair.

JessicaM
05-09-2016, 03:34 PM
And... FRIDAY NIGHT: I played my Outdoor uke at a Columbus Folk Music Society party. I entered a Worst Song In The World contest, did not win, but sang out the How To Treat Elves by Morris Bishop poem in C, with a short Over The Rainbow break, and wrapped up with a rollicking Mama Don't Allow.



We were there for a short while on Sat morning! Caught an awesome banjo demonstration/concert. I wish I'd heard you too! Not much uke action that I noticed. We had to leave early because of toddler (and mama) nap time.

cml
07-30-2016, 08:47 AM
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From last weekend at a friends lakeside cabin:D, the best uke is the one you take with you!

Joyful Uke
07-30-2016, 11:12 AM
cml's ukulele is getting out and about to scenic places more than I am. Can I be jealous of a ukulele?

Choirguy
07-30-2016, 11:20 AM
I was out test driving Friday and was surprised with the Mahalo plastic uses... Tempted.

Mahalo plastic uke? That sounds intrrestinf--but based on my experiences with other Mahalo products, I would be skeptical buying one.

curlyuke
07-31-2016, 05:16 AM
I have a clear Waterman that I love. It isn't a perfect sound, but it's fun to play. I work at a children's library and I've brought it along to programs and story times to play for/with the kids and they think it's the coolest thing!

cml
07-31-2016, 05:18 AM
I have a clear Waterman that I love. It isn't a perfect sound, but it's fun to play. I work at a children's library and I've brought it along to programs and story times to play for/with the kids and they think it's the coolest thing!
Glad to hear it :)!

zztush
07-31-2016, 02:04 PM
I see how strong you love your plastic uke, cml. It is just same as my cheapo, although it is not plastic. We can do anything with them at anytime and anywhere.

1931jim
07-31-2016, 03:45 PM
Thank you cml for this thread. There must be other Dolphins in these waters. I am sure I am not the only Makala Dolphin MK-SD/GN serial 1203 lover on board this dreamboat.
PS: I know the only plastic is the back part thingamajiggy.

Griffis
08-03-2016, 10:36 AM
...I have many plastic ukes and so far I think the best are the Kealoha...

That's good to hear. They seem to be the cheapest from my admittedly half-arsed researches. I dislike the designs on them though...maybe cover with stickers or designer duct tape, or spray paint?


I have a clear Waterman that I love. It isn't a perfect sound, but it's fun to play. I work at a children's library and I've brought it along to programs and story times to play for/with the kids and they think it's the coolest thing!

I am also a librarian who's not above pulling out a uke during storytime.

OhioBelle
08-03-2016, 02:42 PM
Loving my Islander. Haven't touched the Waterman since. Dare I trust the islander to the hot car???

bonesigh
08-03-2016, 03:45 PM
NO! Don't put the Islander in the car! It's not worth the chance. Even the smallest of softening glue can give it a bad fret or tweak the bridge just a bit. It's like putting it in an oven. At 70 degrees on a sunny day, after a half hour, the temperature inside a car is 104 degrees. After an hour, it can reach 113 degrees.” “When temperatures outside range from 80 degrees to 100 degrees, the temperature inside a car parked in direct sunlight can quickly climb to between 130 to 172.”

I only leave my plastic ones in there for short times.

BTW all, here's what I did last week with my Outdoor Tenor. I still don't like the clickety sound it makes with my nails but I got used to it and now this uke is my take along.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jqSNK_JNUNs

OhioBelle
08-03-2016, 04:12 PM
NO! Don't put the Islander in the car! It's not worth the chance. Even the smallest of softening glue can give it a bad fret or tweak the bridge just a bit. It's like putting it in an oven. At 70 degrees on a sunny day, after a half hour, the temperature inside a car is 104 degrees. After an hour, it can reach 113 degrees.” “When temperatures outside range from 80 degrees to 100 degrees, the temperature inside a car parked in direct sunlight can quickly climb to between 130 to 172.”

I only leave my plastic ones in there for short times.

BTW all, here's what I did last week with my Outdoor Tenor. I still don't like the clickety sound it makes with my nails but I got used to it and now this uke is my take along.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jqSNK_JNUNs

Thanks, bonesigh! I figured hot car plus old plastic uke wouldn't be a good idea. Besides, it haven't moved from beside my living room chair since I got it. And - I won't have to worry about humidifying it this winter!

Now - let's talk about that video! What fun fun fun! The waterlily in the sound hole is priceless!

Keep on livin' the life!

PTOEguy
08-04-2016, 05:42 AM
darn, I've got a flea and blackbird - love the durability, but neither would go canoeing with me. Now I need an outdoor uke :)

bonesigh
08-04-2016, 06:03 AM
Sorry! PTOEguy (: There's always another to buy it seems.

OhioB...Thanks and you live it up too!


darn, I've got a flea and blackbird - love the durability, but neither would go canoeing with me. Now I need an outdoor uke :)

cml
08-04-2016, 06:17 AM
darn, I've got a flea and blackbird - love the durability, but neither would go canoeing with me. Now I need an outdoor uke :)

Of course you do :)!

Choirguy
08-04-2016, 06:27 AM
I guess I don't have the nails you do...I don't get the "click" that you get while playing.

You need to send that video to Outdoor Ukulele. I think they'll enjoy it.

1931jim
08-04-2016, 07:33 AM
NO! Don't put the Islander in the car! It's not worth the chance. Even the smallest of softening glue can give it a bad fret or tweak the bridge just a bit. It's like putting it in an oven. At 70 degrees on a sunny day, after a half hour, the temperature inside a car is 104 degrees. After an hour, it can reach 113 degrees.” “When temperatures outside range from 80 degrees to 100 degrees, the temperature inside a car parked in direct sunlight can quickly climb to between 130 to 172.”

I only leave my plastic ones in there for short times.

BTW all, here's what I did last week with my Outdoor Tenor. I still don't like the clickety sound it makes with my nails but I got used to it and now this uke is my take along.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jqSNK_JNUNs
Hello bonesigh,
Your movie brings to mind an old family favorite when I used to crank the handle of the record player with the big funnel for the speaker.
It was called "Paddlin' Madelin' Home" and it featured ukulele playing by Cliff Edward who was called Ukulele Ike I think. I am kinda putting myself into another age group I guess but childhood memories are good.
Regards
Jim