View Full Version : where does one buy resonator hardware?

05-09-2016, 05:30 PM
I suppose I'm just not digging into the internet forcefully enough, so if you all don't mind terribly, I'll just buy a vowel here...
A'la title: where would a person buy, say, a tenor resonator to drop into a ukulele on a new build? I'm ashamed for not having searched for this one very hard either, but I don't exactly get what's going on. Is the bridge glued or welded onto a large metal plate? That plate being the "soundboard?"
thanks for your patience,

05-09-2016, 09:00 PM
I was looking for the same thing, searched for resonator uke parts and these links came up along with a few others.



05-09-2016, 10:33 PM
Hi. I can help you with the first question and recommend buying from Republic. I bought larger quantities from them by sending them an email, as I recall the webshop kept wanting me to check out after every item I put in the basket.

But your other question, about how it works. Have you seen a resonator instrument up close? The bridge sits on top of an aluminium cone, and the cone sits in a well. It looks like a speaker element and the bridge is in the magnet location. The shiny plate you see on top is just the cover plate that protects the cone.

I have built loads of resos by now. If you visit my blog and click on the label "resonator batch production" you'll find pictures and descriptions of every stage from the skeleton to the finished things. But not all makers build skeletons like I do, there are other ways to do it but I don't dare mess with my concept since it works so well.

Blog is here:

Cheers / Sven

Gary Gill
05-09-2016, 11:06 PM
I have had great service from Frank at Republic Guitars.

05-10-2016, 12:32 AM
Not sure where you're located. Delta in the UK http://www.deltaresonatorcones.co.uk/ukulele.html

05-10-2016, 12:57 AM
I think Sven would suggest avoiding DRC.

05-10-2016, 07:48 AM
Elderly Instruments has National uke cones at http://www.elderly.com/national-ukulele-resonator-cone-w-biscuit.htm.
With biscuit!

05-10-2016, 09:39 AM
Sven: Great blog, propelled by an outstanding sense of humor, a fantastic command of English, and a treasure chest of interesting things to say.

I get the reso thing now. I immediately started casting around the kitchen for an appropriate spun aluminum bowl ( please don't tell my wife where it went. "Salad bowl? I have no idea where it went. Maybe YOU did something with it" Boy, is she getting forgetful. )

Meantime, I ordered a chromish commercial one. Thanks again to the UU for providing far more than the minimum answer to life's persistent questions.

05-10-2016, 10:26 AM
Fanx for the kind comments about my blog, and good luck with your project. If you have any questions down the line feel free to shoot me an email.


05-10-2016, 10:52 AM
Dog bowls are popular with the cigar box guitar crowd. Cbgitty.com has appropriate hardware including dog bowls!

05-10-2016, 02:29 PM
LOts of appropriate stainless dog bowls on ebay from China at low prices and any size you can imagine all the way up to you may not be able to find a box it will fit.

05-10-2016, 09:46 PM
Shout out for CB Gitty. Great folks, good prices and Ben is a hoot to hang out with.


05-11-2016, 04:43 PM
The light is coming on. Dog dishes. Salad bowls. Hub Caps! petrified wooden cones. I haven't had the other Ah-ha's! yet, but I'm sure for the next month I'll be stringing up everything that vaguely resembles a resonator.

UU: Thanks again.