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Rllink
11-10-2017, 06:14 AM
April 2014, I bought my first ukulele, a Makala concert. April 2015, I bought an upgrade, a Mainland concert. Next weekend I am going to GMUG in Minneapolis, and I am hoping to find a new soprano ukulele. I've been planning this since June. I've been saving up. I have cash, and plenty of it. If I don't buy one there, I'm buying one on line the Monday after. Dang, this is like Christmas when I was just a kid.

Croaky Keith
11-10-2017, 08:37 AM
That's what it's like waiting for your next uke to arrive - a well know feature of UAS. ;)

Booli
11-10-2017, 10:46 AM
Rollie, at least since you've been a good boy, and saved up your (uke) allowance, you should be guilt-free while following the muse down the Yellow-Brick Road of UAS now...

I am looking forward to your NUD post, and anyone that reads this thread will be sharing your anticipation.
:) :nana:

MopMan
11-10-2017, 10:55 AM
Have fun at GMUG! You've excercised way more restraint than some of us... more than 3 years and only two ukes? You deserve a pretty little uke to take home with you!

DownUpDave
11-10-2017, 12:38 PM
We have talked about your upcoming soprano for a while. I am almost as excited as you are. My dad use to say the planning and the anticipation of a fishing trip was as much fun as the fishing. Same goes with ukuleles.

SoloRule
11-10-2017, 12:55 PM
Oh yea Christmas is coming
I can now justify my latest purchase with a big S! Thanks. :o
This forum is great for enabling each other ! Love it.

Choirguy
11-10-2017, 04:23 PM
I’m just curious as to what brand you’ll look at! I’ll get to see it at GMUG!

Rllink
11-11-2017, 04:07 AM
I’m just curious as to what brand you’ll look at! I’ll get to see it at GMUG!
I'll just have to see what they have there. I remember last year there was a good selection. I'm not really stuck on any one ukulele, so if something talks to me, I'll take it home. If I don't get one there though, I've had my eye on an Ohana SK-70MG. But I would like to try one out before I buy it.

hendulele
11-11-2017, 04:14 AM
Good luck with your choice!

I'm also impressed that the Minnesota bluegrass community also supports ukers.

Rllink
11-11-2017, 05:00 AM
Good luck with your choice!

I'm also impressed that the Minnesota bluegrass community also supports ukers.Yes, that is an interesting combination. But the two don't mingle much. The bluegrass do their own thing. I like bluegrass music, but I also understand why ukuleles don't fit into the scheme of things, so on my down time I like to go over to the stage where the bluegrass bands are playing and listen. Honestly, the bluegrass is a nice change. I think that is why I like it so much.

Choirguy
11-11-2017, 06:27 AM
I'm also impressed that the Minnesota bluegrass community also supports ukers.

It is a unique relationship, but a lot of it comes back to the leader of the Twin Cities Ukulele Club, who was a bluegrass player and involved in the leadership of the Minnesota Bluegrass organization (which is quite large and holds several events a year). He is the connection point. I will say that the ukulele interest tends support their own ďcostĒ at this eventóso at the least the ukulele isnít a drain on the bluegrass resources.

For now, it is a wonderful setting and mixture, even if ukulele isnít considered a bluegrass instrument.

zztush
11-11-2017, 12:22 PM
Hi, Rllink! Enjoy your shopping! These are my check points before try to play sopranos so far. I still like the style of friction tuner for soprano. :)

https://s7.postimg.org/5byggsevf/image.png (https://postimages.org/)

Ukulele Eddie
11-12-2017, 07:06 AM
Excited to hear which uke you bring home (or buy after) if none floats your boat, Rollie. Enjoy the shopping!

Nickie
11-12-2017, 03:34 PM
Rollie, GMUG sounds like a blast!
Yes, Bluegrass is my fave, also. I know it's sacrilege, but sometimes I think the only thing missing is the uke, LOL.
Every Saturday morning I tune in to WMNF 88.5FM for the Bluegrass show. It's the reason I donate to the public station twice a year.
Sometimes I really miss my musician friends in Nashville and PA.
Take your time, and I know you'll come home with the right uke!
Happy hunting.

Lapyang
11-13-2017, 03:53 AM
I discovered the uke less than 2 years ago and got a severe case of UAS... You be careful my friend...

Lapyang
11-13-2017, 03:55 AM
Hi, Rllink! Enjoy your shopping! These are my check points before try to play sopranos so far. I still like the style of friction tuner for soprano. :)

https://s7.postimg.org/5byggsevf/image.png (https://postimages.org/)

zztush, please enlighten me. What is straight saddle for? Straight as in the shape or glued on straight/horizontal? Please tell me more.

spookelele
11-13-2017, 05:08 AM
could be straight vs compensated saddle.

zztush
11-13-2017, 12:33 PM
Hi, Lapyang! Thank you for asking.

More thicker strings require more longer compensation for intonation. We have high G compensated saddle (see the figure below) and straight saddle. High G compensated saddle has a compensation for thin string on the high G string (blue line in the figure). Thick low G string requires opposite compensation (green line).

https://s7.postimg.org/6x6u657mz/image.png (https://postimages.org/)

I am afraid there is no low G compensation saddle, I use straight saddle for low G.

Lapyang
11-13-2017, 02:28 PM
Hi, Lapyang! Thank you for asking.

More thicker strings require more longer compensation for intonation. We have high G compensated saddle (see the figure below) and straight saddle. High G compensated saddle has a compensation for thin string on the high G string (blue line in the figure). Thick low G string requires opposite compensation (green line).

https://s7.postimg.org/6x6u657mz/image.png (https://postimages.org/)

I am afraid there is no low G compensation saddle, I use straight saddle for low G.

Thanks zztush. I experiment between low G and high G on my Ukes from time to time. Never paying any attention to the saddle. I do listen for possible buzzing. What should from now on?

zztush
11-13-2017, 03:58 PM
Hi, Lapyang!


Thanks zztush. I experiment between low G and high G on my Ukes from time to time. Never paying any attention to the saddle. I do listen for possible buzzing. What should from now on?

You need to identify the cause of the buzz. Check the location of the fret, string, nut and saddle. Change strings often help to identify, because the diameter, tension and action directly affect buzz. And comparison always gives us good hints.

Croaky Keith
11-13-2017, 10:28 PM
If it's not already on your radar, make sure to check out acacia - I really liked my mahogany & cedar, but I've also 'discovered' acacia now. ;)

Rllink
11-14-2017, 03:27 AM
If it's not already on your radar, make sure to check out acacia - I really liked my mahogany & cedar, but I've also 'discovered' acacia now. ;)I will do that. I'm going to check everything out. I'm not looking for anything in particular, except a soprano scale ukulele, so whatever talks to me. At the moment I'm looking at laminate sides and back, solid top, but I'm not pinning myself down on anything. But I don't want some expensive and exotic ukulele. Just a blue collar working man's ukulele that sounds good, but that I'm not so afraid to get a scratch in it that I don't ever take it out.

Rllink
11-19-2017, 04:36 AM
No cigar. Last year there were tables full of ukuleles, and this year, they were sparse. A few old Martin's and some Diamond Heads. Great workshops though, and I visited with Choirguy which is always good. Still in the hunt for a new soprano.

Ukulele Eddie
11-19-2017, 04:48 AM
Any particular attributes you are seeking? What is you budget (if you donít mind sharing).

While here at UGH I visited Shawn Yacavone/Ukulele Friend. He has an African mahogany Oulcraft longneck soprano that is really nicely crafted by a skilled luthier (Jungtae Kim, trained with Shinji Takehashi)). It is super light. The tone is excellent and it has great playability. Iím personally not wild about the fretmarkers but it a super nice imstrument. Itís on his website with sound sample. Iím considering it myself but just not good timing for me due to other acquisitions. Save me and buy it yourself. LOL.

Rllink
11-19-2017, 01:26 PM
Any particular attributes you are seeking? What is you budget (if you don’t mind sharing).

While here at UGH I visited Shawn Yacavone/Ukulele Friend. He has an African mahogany Oulcraft longneck soprano that is really nicely crafted by a skilled luthier (Jungtae Kim, trained with Shinji Takehashi)). It is super light. The tone is excellent and it has great playability. I’m personally not wild about the fretmarkers but it a super nice imstrument. It’s on his website with sound sample. I’m considering it myself but just not good timing for me due to other acquisitions. Save me and buy it yourself. LOL.I will look at it, but I'm not really looking for a long neck. I think that I just want a soprano scale ukulele. Nothing too exotic. Maybe a spruce top, but I'm not stuck on spruce. As far a budget, I don't have one. I don't want one that is so expensive that I'm afraid to take it out and play it wherever I want to go with it, but that is going to be more of a feeling, than a number. I know that there is a ukulele out there looking for me right now. I'm just making sure that I get out and about so that it can find me. Sooner or later it will.

Croaky Keith
11-19-2017, 11:41 PM
With Xmas around the corner, maybe Santa will bring you one......... :smileybounce: