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Buddy McCue
04-22-2009, 12:06 PM
I finally got a semi-decent ukulele! :)

I had been studying ukulele, writing for it and arranging for it using a cheap little $30 Gremlin for quite a while now. Today I received in the mail my new favorite thing: it's an Oscar Schmidt OU-5 Concert Ukulele.

It sounds great to me, and I can finally start trying to play some of those John King arrangements that I like. That Carol of the Bells arrangement is just about impossible on my old Gremlin (it has a terrible intonation problem; I reckon the bridge ought to be back several millimeters or so.)

I had been a mandolin player for about 20 years, but lately I've been almost obsessed with the ukulele. I haven't picked up the mando for about a month now. I don't know what it is about the ukulele, but I sure have been charmed by it.

buddhuu
04-22-2009, 12:17 PM
Congratulations, Buddy! :shaka:

I'm a mando --> uke convert myself :D

Yopparai
04-22-2009, 12:36 PM
Congratulations, Buddy! Lookin forward to hearing it. Uke is oddly addicting. I considered myself a banjo player through and through, but this little demon guitar thingy has pretty much consumed my music lately.

Link
04-22-2009, 12:41 PM
I think we all know and love the feeling. I was acoustic guitar maniac, and I've barely touched the thing since I picked up my uke one day in November to make a quick, goofy video. I'll never turn back!

Congrats on the new uke!

nikolo727
04-22-2009, 01:28 PM
Hurrah for the uke! I will warn you though, once you catch the buzz its impossible to get rid of it.


Happy strumming,
nik

tryan
04-22-2009, 02:06 PM
I had been a mandolin player for about 20 years, but lately I've been almost obsessed with the ukulele. I haven't picked up the mando for about a month now. I don't know what it is about the ukulele, but I sure have been charmed by it.

this is easy to figure out; half as many strings = twice as much fun

JT_Ukes
04-22-2009, 02:13 PM
Congrats!

Looking forward to hearing yor stuff!

JT

Gcow55
04-22-2009, 02:34 PM
Congrats, the OU5 was my first "semi-decent" uke as well. I has a surprisingly nice tone, for the money. I recommend upgrading the strings to Aquilas. They really do improve the tone. The OU5 should hold you over until you inevitably get the urge to sell your possessions and upgrade to a "decent" or "more-than-decent" ukulele!

Enjoy!

hoosierhiver
04-22-2009, 03:32 PM
I second that about the Aquila's, it'll make your uke sound even nicer.

Uke Republic
04-22-2009, 04:41 PM
I third it, Aquilas ! Makes that pretty uke come alive! Woooo! Can I get an amen?

carpekd
04-22-2009, 05:24 PM
Congrats! That's how I felt after I played a tourist trap uke for 3 months and finally got a kala

uke552
04-22-2009, 05:29 PM
Mandolin player here but bought a soprano Flea a month ago and have hardly touched the mando since! Yes very addicting!

deach
04-22-2009, 11:31 PM
Congrats on the new uke!

grappler
04-23-2009, 01:14 AM
Congrats!!!!

Buddy McCue
04-23-2009, 02:01 AM
I'll keep that in mind about the strings. The next time I change them, I'll try the Aquilas.