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olokun82
04-22-2009, 07:21 AM
Yea I know, Ukes are small........not small enough though=) anyone know of any backpacking ukes? I'm planning a 2010 thru hike of the appalachian trail and wanted to bring my uke but its actually an awkward size to try and pack. I haven't found any except for a Martin Soprano Backpacking Uke.....think I'll have to go custom for a concert-tenor sized backpacker model?

olokun82
04-22-2009, 07:22 AM
http://www.guitar.com.au/guitars/acoustic/martin/ukulele.htm

This is what I mean BTW........

hoosierhiver
04-22-2009, 07:28 AM
http://www.guitar.com.au/guitars/acoustic/martin/ukulele.htm

This is what I mean BTW........

Looks kind of cool, but I wonder if it has any resonance to it.

Fleas and flukes are known for being good camping ukes.

UKISOCIETY
04-22-2009, 07:33 AM
Looks kind of cool, but I wonder if it has any resonance to it.

...

They don't. My Ohana sopranino is perfect for travel - smaller than a soprano and very sturdy. And LOUD! I've played the Martin backpacker before and it seemed a little fragile. Find the sopranino here. (http://cgi.ebay.com/Ohana-SK-21-SOPRANINO-solid-mahogany-Ukulele-w-case_W0QQitemZ270375435068QQihZ017QQcategoryZ16224 QQcmdZViewItemQQ_trksidZp1742.m153.l1262)

Craig
04-22-2009, 07:34 AM
These travel ukes sound terrible! Isn't this what Flukes and Fleas are for?

MGM
04-22-2009, 07:38 AM
the backpacker ukes to me sound terrible as Craig says try the Kala Brand thin travel ukes they sound loud and surprisingly like full size ukuleles

psesinkclee
04-22-2009, 08:21 AM
You can always check out the travel uke that Dave over at Waverly Street Ukuleles has up for sale now (http://www.wsukes.com/forsale.html).

He even has a video of him playing it if you want to hear the sound. I got a banjolele from him and the worksmanship is fantastic (and that travel uke is quite a deal especially with the built in pickup) :D

ricdoug
04-22-2009, 08:29 AM
try the Kala Brand thin travel ukes they sound loud and surprisingly like full size ukuleles

I've traveled the world with an Ovation Applause UAE20 soprano. It's weathered many storms and still plays superbly.

Just two days ago, I tried one of those Kala thin ukes at Giacoletti Music http://www.carlsbadmusic.com and it's just like Mike states - Full volume and rich tone, from a small profile instrument. They're gonna' be popular sellers. Ric

Ahnko Honu
04-22-2009, 08:49 AM
How about a Manini?
http://cgi.ebay.com/Tangi-Sopranino-MANINI-solid-mahogany-ukulele_W0QQitemZ250411105632QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH _DefaultDomain_0?hash=item250411105632&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=72%3A1205%7C66%3A2%7C65%3A12%7C39%3A1%7C 240%3A1318%7C301%3A1%7C293%3A1%7C294%3A50
http://i5.ebayimg.com/03/i/000/e8/84/3b3a_1.JPG

SailQwest
04-22-2009, 09:54 AM
In your shoes, I'd be looking for a Risa solid soprano and a little smokey amp.

ichadwick
04-22-2009, 10:50 AM
Depends on where you backpack and the conditions. A Fluke or Flea would seem one of the most durable ukes. Not as susceptible to humidity, bumping, etc.

But that thin Kala sure is appealling...

FANaddic(t)
04-22-2009, 01:17 PM
I've traveled the world with an Ovation Applause UAE20 soprano. It's weathered many storms and still plays superbly.

Just two days ago, I tried one of those Kala thin ukes at Giacoletti Music http://www.carlsbadmusic.org and it's just like Mike states - Full volume and rich tone, from a small profile instrument. They're gonna' be popular sellers. Ric

Should that be carlsbadmusic.COM?

nikolo727
04-22-2009, 01:22 PM
I would go with a risa solid too, but I wouldnt even bring an amp. Well if i did i would get a honeytone, but that defeats the purpose of traveling light. Even though honeytones are lightweight and small, as a backpacker, I know it would just take up space.

SinisterDom
04-22-2009, 02:42 PM
Hey if you're doin' a thru hike, stop in Damascus, Va and say Hi!

Spalt
04-22-2009, 03:27 PM
I'm not a backpacker, but I've been carrying my Risa Solid Soprano through airports all over the country--I just toss it into my small garment bag with my clothes. Since the Risa is a solid piece of maple you really don't need to worry about damaging it. I don't bother with an amp while traveling.

berylbite
04-22-2009, 03:30 PM
I would find a little $40 uke and let it dangle from my pack.

uke5417
04-22-2009, 04:12 PM
If you're a backpacker, it's all about weight. I've an old Regal that I bought at a swap meet for $15 that weighs 9 oz. I see the Martin page doesn't even list weight, and the Ohana sopranino weighs in at about 13 oz., as I recall. My Regal has gone many a mile, bungeed to the back of my pack. I carry a newspaper rainy-day bag, which weighs nothing and works great. Keywords: Cheap. Light. And if you need a songbook, consider this: You can turn Chordie lyric/chord pages into .txt files and save them onto an iPod nano, which makes your songbook weigh in at, what, 2 oz.?

FANaddic(t)
04-22-2009, 04:28 PM
And if you need a songbook, consider this: You can turn Chordie lyric/chord pages into .txt files and save them onto an iPod nano, which makes your songbook weigh in at, what, 2 oz.?

Genius!!!:nana:

salukulady
04-22-2009, 04:45 PM
I love my Ohana sopranino. Loud, very solid and decent sound.

Let us know what you decide on.

bt93
04-22-2009, 04:59 PM
jake must really like the travel kala

josuegroundhog
04-22-2009, 07:20 PM
....I'm planning a 2010 thru hike of the appalachian trail and wanted to bring my uke...


That's awesome! I'm actually hoping to do a through hike in 2010 too! I've done some section hikes over the past few months:

I have taken my Lanikai concert most of the time. I put a lanyard on it and I'm careful.

For longer trips I'll put it in a simple lightweight, reasonably waterproof bag. and let it hang.

My thoughts are at less than $100 shipped you get a decent product that isn't as fragile as some higher quality stuff. Less worry. More fun.

If you smash it you can bury it and have a new one sent to your next mail drop.

I've kinda been careless and rather abusive with this one as a test run. The only complaint so far is the neck seems to get marred easily. Still very playable and any deep nicks seem to wear back down.

I'm figuring on a Sobo trip starting June 1 it'll still be quite cold for the first part of the trip and in the cold tuning will be shot anyway. It realistically won't get that hot (100 or so max?) and the uke won't be sitting in a car heating up so I'm not that worried about heat problems.

The AT is pretty moist most of the way most of the time so it'll probably hold up quite nicely without worrying about humidity much.

As far as weight goes I figure that I'm choosing to take a specific luxury and the weight will be a burden that is worth it in the end (or throughout the trip I suppose.) Ask me about that again at mile 1000.


Let me know when you pass through Catawba, VA. Make sure to stop off Rt 311 for the Homeplace. Best eats on the trail.
:shaka:

josuegroundhog
04-22-2009, 07:24 PM
One more thought looking back at the other suggestions....

I haven't really done that much shopping and don't have the budget for experimenting too much.

I may be trying to sell myself on using what I already have....
:rolleyes:

Uke5417 hit it on the head: Cheap and light.

Good luck. Let us know what you go with.

ricdoug
04-22-2009, 08:24 PM
Should that be http://www.carlsbadmusic.COM ?

Correct. Thanks. Link corrected. Ric

BUGOY
04-22-2009, 08:39 PM
Just two days ago, I tried one of those Kala thin ukes at Giacoletti Music http://www.carlsbadmusic.com and it's just like Mike states - Full volume and rich tone, from a small profile instrument. They're gonna' be popular sellers. Ric

did they have a tenor? and how much? .. I'm very intrigued by it! haha!

Ahnko Honu
04-22-2009, 10:27 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ke-fuHcGtJQ
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wDKgbFFY244&feature=related

Spalt
04-23-2009, 01:15 PM
If you're a backpacker, it's all about weight. I've an old Regal that I bought at a swap meet for $15 that weighs 9 oz. I see the Martin page doesn't even list weight, and the Ohana sopranino weighs in at about 13 oz., as I recall...

The Risa Solid is 14.4 oz.

uke5417
04-23-2009, 01:43 PM
The Risa Solid is 14.4 oz.

Oooh!
Bought one of the Risas for my son a couple months ago. Strikes me as pretty indestructible, trail-wise, and some of those pocket amps weigh nothing. Perhaps some friendly ranger type will weigh in and tell us if we'll be ticketed for playing amped music in the wilderness. lol