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ukeinfused
05-28-2018, 07:39 AM
I'm helping a friend look at moderately priced concerts.

Has anyone been able to check out the Farida solid hog concert at Elderly?
The light build, satin finish, geared planetary tuners, and Elderly's thumbs up (granted this appears to be their in-house brand) make this one appealing...

https://www.elderly.com/catalog/product/view/id/145274/s/farida-kac-3-nc-concert-ukulele/

I'd love to hear how it feels and sounds compared to competitors...

ukeinfused
06-01-2018, 10:07 PM
Really no one?!
Not one of you uke nerds have held this one?!

bsfloyd
06-02-2018, 02:01 AM
I'll chime in, but not that I have any experience with these instruments - I too was hoping to hear from someone that does have experience with them. They seem like a nice buy. My guess would be that they are made by one of the big overseas builders to Elderly's specs. Quite possibly could be made in the Ohana factory. Or, perhaps the same factory that makes the Ibanez ukuleles (which who knows what factory that is). Not that any of this matters, as long as it is a fine instrument. If I lived closer to Elderly I would love to stop in and play them.

ukeinfused
06-02-2018, 08:42 AM
I also do wonder who makes those nickel geared planetary tuners and if they might be available as a cheaper generic version of the UPT's...

Joyful Uke
06-02-2018, 11:26 AM
I don't know anything about the ukulele, but wanted to point out that Elderly has a good return policy, so if anyone decided to give the ukulele a try, you can return it for any reason, (within their return period, of course.) You're out the shipping costs, but it's one way to try out a ukulele you're not sure about without being stuck with the ukulele if it really doesn't work for you.

I did return one to them, and you don't even need to give them a reason. Just contact them and tell them that you're sending it back, (if it's in the required time frame), and they'll very politely refund your money.

I have found Elderly to be very helpful, so you might also consider contacting them, asking them whatever questions you have about the ukulele, and see if they can provide some assistance.

Just my experience, anyway.

twokatmew
06-02-2018, 01:42 PM
I live a few miles from Elderly. I could check it out for you. Elderly's return policy is great, and the staff is very knowledgeable.

M3Ukulele
06-02-2018, 02:09 PM
Tuners are friction tuners IMHO......even though the write up say geared. Write up does say Planetary greased. You can see the set screw on end of tune. Now, Uke May be fine and if I were buying the friction tuners would be off and Gotoh planetary tuners would be on asap if I liked the Uke. Somebody needs to try one and report back. Wood looks great. My .02 cents worth.

M3Ukulele
06-02-2018, 02:11 PM
“Does NOT say Planetary geared”. Sorry... fat fingers on ipad

ukeinfused
06-02-2018, 07:02 PM
“Does NOT say Planetary geared”. Sorry... fat fingers on ipad

Right, it doesn't say planetary, but it does say "geared" and they LOOK like fat friction tuners so I assumed...
The screw on the end means friction tuners then?

ukeinfused
06-02-2018, 07:03 PM
I live a few miles from Elderly. I could check it out for you. Elderly's return policy is great, and the staff is very knowledgeable.

Please do!
There's a small crowd waiting... ;^)

70sSanO
06-02-2018, 08:33 PM
It would be nice to know if there are other brands of geared (planetary) tuners out there. The screw doesn't mean much, without a washer, as Gotoh's have similar screws to hold the knob on. What looks odd to me for a geared tuner is that the knob seems to be recessed into the flange, which is more of a function of friction tuners, which needs that interface.

John

bsfloyd
06-03-2018, 02:44 AM
I live a few miles from Elderly. I could check it out for you. Elderly's return policy is great, and the staff is very knowledgeable.

That would be greatly appreciated, Margaret - thank you!!!

twokatmew
06-03-2018, 06:46 AM
Please do!
There's a small crowd waiting... ;^)


That would be greatly appreciated, Margaret - thank you!!!

OK, I'll stop down this week and check it out. I've been curious about these Farida ukes, but when I'm at Elderly, I'm usually on a mission, or I don't see a Farida on the wall. Will post back once I give it a play. :)

ukeinfused
06-03-2018, 07:41 AM
OK, I'll stop down this week and check it out. I've been curious about these Farida ukes, but when I'm at Elderly, I'm usually on a mission, or I don't see a Farida on the wall. Will post back once I give it a play. :)

Hopeful for a sound sample! Or mebbe Elderly will do it if they know we're waiting.
And please do ask about the "geared" tuners... :)

twokatmew
06-03-2018, 07:59 AM
Hopeful for a sound sample! Or mebbe Elderly will do it if they know we're waiting.
And please do ask about the "geared" tuners... :)

You could contact Elderly. I think they'd be more likely to do one for someone who might actually buy the uke. :) I'd have to buy the uke to do a sound sample, and my recording skills are in their infancy, so I don't know how representative it would be. :(

Nickie
06-03-2018, 05:08 PM
Those tuners are very interesting. I like the rosette too, they make it look like contrasting woods. Maybe they are....
I wonder if that model comes with a pickup?

ukeinfused
08-27-2018, 06:50 AM
Still no one here able to offer a review?
Elderly pretty reputable in my experience...

Kenn2018
08-27-2018, 07:50 PM
I found this awesome clip on the Tube, it looks like the Farida may have been designed for use in the Chinese Opera? I'm not quite sure :D

http://youtu.be/AZb_wdVzP4g

There's Chinese Opera and Chinese Opera. Campbell, since you have a smile face, I'll assume you have heard real Chinese Opera. As my Father-In-Law (who is Chinese) asked me after I commented about seeing the Beijing National Opera when they performed in phoenix, "Sounded like cats fighting?"

Yep!

Ziret
08-28-2018, 06:57 AM
I found this awesome clip on the Tube, it looks like the Farida may have been designed for use in the Chinese Opera? I'm not quite sure :D

http://youtu.be/AZb_wdVzP4g

If it could make me sing like that, and have the nerve to do it, I'd buy it, even if the uke was made of cardboard and strung with clothesline. She's my hero.

CommonCurt
08-29-2018, 08:17 PM
Been wondering about this brand myself. That video is the first I've seen with one.
Wish I could hear it though :biglaugh:

EDW
04-15-2019, 02:47 AM
This gives some idea of the sound


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

Cluze
04-15-2019, 05:15 AM
The Ukulele Kings were playing at Elderly recently, and they played Farida ukes in the video that was posted.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pg0fm7qw6nY