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Samster
06-04-2009, 07:32 AM
ordering online adds around $100 (shipping and import tax)

a tiny tiny amount of shops sell them, so ive got to but them off reviews off the internet

and i hate not being able to hold it before i buy it,

it also makes good ukuleles so much more expensive than they already are

i wish i was in america

:(:(:(

Tsani
06-04-2009, 07:42 AM
I think I saw a post that someone got an ukulele - actually a machete or braghina (sp?) - in Portugal. That is where they came from originally anyway. I'm not sure how easy it is to get one, but it is at least a little closer and you might get a really special instrument with great quality. I would assume that the fretting is the same. I know that there should be some real quality craftsmanship in that area.

Good luck! There have been many talented ukulele aficionados in the UK - so persevere!
:music:

Samster
06-04-2009, 07:45 AM
it would be better to buyfrom within the EU, taking out import tax, ill have a look

thank you :)

Ken Middleton
06-04-2009, 08:12 AM
it would be better to buyfrom within the EU, taking out import tax, ill have a look

thank you :)

What about The Duke Of Uke in London? He has a real shop, an online business and plenty of stock.

Or you have 3 excellent stores in France: JusteCordes, Exquisite and Musique83. No VAT, no import duty and reasonable shipping. TheUkuleleShop was based in Berlin and no-one had a problem buying from them.

KEN

ukantor
06-04-2009, 08:39 AM
Hi Samster,

Have you been able to got to any uke gatherings, or clubs? It's a great way to try several different ukes and get a good idea of what you want to buy. Buying on line is fine, if you know exactly what you want. I've been in touch with Juste Cordes in France, and the proprietor is English, so there's no language difficulty. Shipping costs are very reasonable, and there are no extra charges like VAT or import duty.

I'm waiting for an Ohana Pineapple - they are out of stock at the moment, but due in soon :D

England's not so bad.

Ukantor.

Ahnko Honu
06-04-2009, 08:45 AM
How about a very reasonably priced German Bruko, I'm even tempted to order one from way over here. http://www.brueko.com/en/
Here's Ken Middleton's review of his Bruko #6 Soprano.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R9U3dontvpM&feature=channel_page

ukantor
06-04-2009, 08:55 AM
Brueko - now there's a uke you need to try before you buy. A friend of mine loves them. I wouldn't have one myself. Neither of us is wrong - it's just a matter of personal taste.

Ukantor.

grownupboy
06-04-2009, 08:56 AM
it's the same in canada, i'm afraid!

we get dinged for exchange (often 20% or more) and taxes at the border to sit adds about 35% to the price depending on the exchange rate at the time.

a couple guitar stores in toronto are starting to sell ukes here and there but they're limited to entry-level and novelty ukes most of the time...

just ordered a k2 concert kanilea from musicguymic in hawaii actually! can't wait!

k

Samster
06-04-2009, 09:02 AM
ive just been reading a post on the internet that says you dont pay duty on musical instruments? is this true?

i may start a new thread on it,

it would save me so much if it did

Ken Middleton
06-04-2009, 09:23 AM
ive just been reading a post on the internet that says you dont pay duty on musical instruments? is this true?

i may start a new thread on it,

it would save me so much if it did

If it were true (and I don't think it is), it wouldn't save you very much at all. It is VAT (15%) that is the problem with buying from non-EU countries.

Samster
06-04-2009, 09:48 AM
ah rightt
thank you :)

Ahnko Honu
06-04-2009, 11:56 AM
Brueko - now there's a uke you need to try before you buy. A friend of mine loves them. I wouldn't have one myself. Neither of us is wrong - it's just a matter of personal taste.

Ukantor.

Your comment is the first I've heard that leans toward negativity directed at the Bruko, please elaborate, why do you feel this way? I'd like to know since I was thinking of getting this European 'ukulele because they are different, and affordable for a custom 'ukulele. Ideally it would be great to try every 'ukulele before buying the 3 "K"s included. Why does your friend LOVE Brukos? I'd like to hear the pros and cons before I decide to buy a Bruko.

Ken Middleton seems to like them:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R9U3dontvpM&feature=channel_page

Ken Middleton
06-04-2009, 12:05 PM
Your comment is the first I've heard that leans toward negativity directed at the Bruko, please elaborate, why do you feel this way? I'd like to know since I was thinking of getting this European 'ukulele because they are different, and affordable for a custom 'ukulele. Ideally it would be great to try every 'ukulele before buying the 3 "K"s included. Why does your friend LOVE Brukos? I'd like to hear the pros and cons before I decide to buy a Bruko.

Ken Middleton seems to like them:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R9U3dontvpM&feature=channel_page

I do like them, but they are a bit of an acquired taste.

They don't usually have the rich, mellow tone that we all love from Hawaiian instruments. I describe the tone as "brittle".

But they are perfect for playing some styles of music - in fact everything from Bach to heavy metal (W.Welti and Baron both play one). The one I have is built like a tank. If I wasn't playing music on it, I could play cricket with it.

KEN

Bram
06-04-2009, 12:07 PM
wow... i ordered a mainland uke, but after reading this i looked up a few things about how they handle this in Holland. It seems I'll have to pay atleast 19% over the total costs (including shipping costs) and then that 19% can run up to 40% depending on the product and the duane costs. I've also read you don't always have to pay, they just pick out the packages randomly.

I hope they blink their eyes when my package passes them :<

Samster
06-04-2009, 12:13 PM
thats hard man,

its silly how much extra it costs, it pushes average ukes into an expensive range.

ukantor
06-04-2009, 12:15 PM
Bruekos are not everybody's cup of tea. My buddy (who loves his) has a rapid, percussive strumming style which suits the sharp, bright tone of the Brueko. I lean towards a more lingering, expressive, romantic, sensitive (stop me - I'm going to throw up!) style. As Ken M. says - mellow, they ain't.

But if you like that kind of thing, then what I'm saying is positive, not negative.

Ukantor.

Edit:- Say Ken, don't use your Brueko as a cricket bat - I've heard of two that suffered a loose neck joint in normal useage.

Samster
06-04-2009, 12:20 PM
to be fair, i really dont have a style, or preference, i play the best i can afford and are greatful of it,

im a student so im virtually always skint aha

i wish i could figure out what i exactly like so i could tune in on it :(

ukantor
06-04-2009, 12:33 PM
That's why you need to get together with other ukers and try their axes. Can you get up to see the Hebden Bridge gang? That's not too far from you.

www.tinguitar.com/ukuleleclub

Ukantor

Samster
06-04-2009, 12:37 PM
That's why you need to get together with other ukers and try their axes. Can you get up to see the Hebden Bridge gang? That's not too far from you.

www.tinguitar.com/ukuleleclub

Ukantor

i supose i could try actually

id love to, i dont know anybody that plays the ukulele.

im only 16 though, so id feel so out of place

ukantor
06-04-2009, 12:48 PM
I was sixteen once, but I don't remember much about it. I know I was a bit unsure about meeting new people and new social situations. It's understandable. All I can say is that they are a very friendly bunch, and would make you feel very welcome.

Ukantor.

Samster
06-04-2009, 12:50 PM
would they like want me there though, id feel like i was intruding and out of place aha

Ahnko Honu
06-04-2009, 12:57 PM
I do like them, but they are a bit of an acquired taste.

They don't usually have the rich, mellow tone that we all love from Hawaiian instruments. I describe the tone as "brittle".

The one I have is built like a tank. If I wasn't playing music on it, I could play cricket with it.

KEN


Bruekos are not everybody's cup of tea. My buddy (who loves his) has a rapid, percussive strumming style which suits the sharp, bright tone of the Brueko. I lean towards a more lingering, expressive, romantic, sensitive (stop me - I'm going to throw up!) style. As Ken M. says - mellow, they ain't.

But if you like that kind of thing, then what I'm saying is positive, not negative.

Ukantor.



Mahalo Ken & Ukantor for your input on the Brukos. I always wanted something German made but I'll stick to Beck's, and St. Pauli Girl until I can afford a Unimog. I'll stick with 'ukuleles built on this side of the planet. ;)

ichadwick
06-04-2009, 02:04 PM
i wish i was in america

As far as buying ukuleles, I agree. But as far as health care goes, public education, legal care... thanks, but I'll stay in Canada. Here a strained pinky won't cost me my home and savings in medical bills! The extra few dollars for a ukulele imported into Canada is nothing compared with the cost of a small broken bone in the USA.

paw123los
06-04-2009, 07:32 PM
You can also check Risa at http://ukulele.de

I bought all my ukuleles from them. They don't setup instruments, but you can buy without vat in the reasonable price and Rigk (the shop owner) is really a very nice guy.

ukulele2544
06-04-2009, 09:40 PM
Wow.. adds $100 just for shipping+ tax?!

thats amazing

casetone2514
06-04-2009, 10:08 PM
ordering online adds around $100 (shipping and import tax)

a tiny tiny amount of shops sell them, so ive got to but them off reviews off the internet

and i hate not being able to hold it before i buy it,

it also makes good ukuleles so much more expensive than they already are

i wish i was in america

:(:(:(


With musical instruments it is always wise to try before you buy. You may find that the most well made and beautiful sounding instrument is just not for you.

It is true that it is difficult to find a good bricks and mortar music shop with a good ukulele selection in the UK - it is difficult to find a good bricks and mortar music shop, full-stop these days. However, Ken Middleton's suggestion of trying The Duke of Uke is a good one. I don't know where you live, but a trip to London taking in a specialist uke shop visit seems like a good day out to me. In fact, I'm planning just that myself this summer. Dolphin Music are also not bad - and they'll get stuff in if they haven't got it with no obligation to buy - they have branches in Huddersfield Gateshead and Liverpool. I tend to go to Hobgoblin, not because of the range of instruments but because the staff always know what they are talking about and they have an excellent returns policy. If you like Ashbury (which I do) or Blue Moon (which I don't) then Hobgoblin is excellent - they have branches in Birmingham, Bristol, Crawley, Leeds, London, Manchester, Milton Keynes and Wadebridge.

I hope this helps.

JCMcGee
06-04-2009, 11:01 PM
England is a great place to be a uke player...what with the 4 most inovative uke players in the world living there:

Fin Raucous: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a7jFgLEOShE
Gugug: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UGcUaXxuaU8
The Kazookeylele Guy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XAg5KjnAhuU
Jimmy From The Bobby McGees: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6iuGywl7AZk&feature=channel_page

Oh no...wait a minute...that's not England, thats SCOTLAND!!!!!


Yup....England sucks!!!!
Scotland rocks at the ukulele, I think it may be because of some spiritual link...let's study the evidence:

Funky SKirts:
http://www.grassskirt.net/pics/childrens_skirt2.jpg
http://www.highlandclans.co.uk/p-ourkilts-s.gif

Crazy indigenous instruments:
http://www.infovisual.info/04/img_en/018%20Bagpipe.jpg
http://ukulelereview.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/03/koaloha-kcm00-1.jpg

JCMcGee
06-04-2009, 11:05 PM
More Evidence of Scottish/Hawaii link:


Friendly People & World renowned Hospitality:
http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/media/images/45338000/jpg/_45338335_hogmanay_getty226bod.jpg
http://imagecache5.art.com/p/LRG/8/852/CGSY000Z/aloha-hawaii.jpg

Beautiful Women:
http://i179.photobucket.com/albums/w298/shadesofinsanity/wtf2.jpg
http://hawaiiandays.com/GPM/giclee/pinup/Beachgirl.jpg

JCMcGee
06-04-2009, 11:17 PM
Amazing Food:
http://i175.photobucket.com/albums/w153/jashley_photo/haggis.jpg

http://www.all-creatures.org/recipes/images/i-pineapple.jpg

Mental Men:

http://www.smh.com.au/ffximage/2007/12/10/ScotlandFan_wideweb__470x326,0.jpg
http://wuog.org/sports/uploaded_images/HAwaii-774604.jpg
(not sure he's Hawaiian, but that what it says in the picture name!)

JCMcGee
06-04-2009, 11:19 PM
England...England gives us George:

http://www.hezzie.com/shop/cartpix/gfmarque.jpg

I wonder if the high import taxes are an international plan to keep ukuleles away from the English incase another George Formby is created!!!

Ken Middleton
06-04-2009, 11:24 PM
England...England gives us George:

http://www.hezzie.com/shop/cartpix/gfmarque.jpg

I wonder if the high import taxes are an international plan to keep ukuleles away from the English incase another George Formby is created!!!

What a frightening thought.

SamWise
06-04-2009, 11:53 PM
would they like want me there though, id feel like i was intruding and out of place aha

Ukulele clubs are generally very welcoming and inclusive. They tend to have a high representation of newbies, and are often all-age. I don't think you need fear attending one.

Whereabouts in the country are you?

Witters
06-05-2009, 03:41 AM
Duke Of Uke.

Depending who you talk to on the phone can be either off puting or very positive.
Also the website has not been updated in months so what you see on there is no indication to what they actually have in the shop.

MikeLXXXVIII
06-05-2009, 05:00 AM
Well you should live in Norway, crap selection and you get taxed when you reach 22 euros. First you have to pay around 12 euros then 25 percentage extra of the worth of the product you bought!.
Btw fellow Europeans, weren't there a EU proposal that was supposed to be put into force where you wouldn't be taxed on items below 250 euros? I wonder where that went...

UkuEroll
06-05-2009, 08:06 AM
I too bought online from the Duke of Uke, and can say it was a positive experiance.

AnnaUK
06-05-2009, 12:04 PM
I went to Duke of Uke they were really great. I sat about their shop for ages trying out all sorts of ukes and they didn't mind a bit.

I also went to Macari's (on the Charing Cross Road) which was excellent. They were also more than happy to let me try out just about everything they had on display.

Both shops were really helpful. Both sets of staff were happy to chat to me about music and what gigs they'd been to the night before. I had a great day out and UAS truly kicked in as I ended up with a Lanikai soprano and a Flea ha ha ha. Oooops. :D

As a female musician, I often get totally ignored in music shops, so it was a refreshing day out.

Ken Middleton
06-05-2009, 12:18 PM
When I spoke with Matthew at the Duke of Uke the other day, I found him to be courteous and eager to help, whilst also being really serious and knowledgeable about his instruments.

I agree with Eroll and Anna.

KEN

GrumpyOldMan
06-06-2009, 02:11 AM
What a frightening thought.
:eek: :eek: :eek: Why? George Formby was brilliant! An incredible Ukulele player too. It could never happen though, George Formby was very much of his time and the world is just not as innocent as it was back then, more's the pity. I remember as a child watching his films on our black and white TV, I wish they would show them again. But then again I still love Will Hay, Laurel and Hardy, Buster Keaton, the Ealing Comedies etc. Oh my, how the world has changed :(.

Ian.

Ken Middleton
06-06-2009, 02:35 AM
:eek: :eek: :eek: Why? George Formby was brilliant! An incredible Ukulele player too. It could never happen though, George Formby was very much of his time and the world is just not as innocent as it was back then, more's the pity. I remember as a child watching his films on our black and white TV, I wish they would show them again. But then again I still love Will Hay, Laurel and Hardy, Buster Keaton, the Ealing Comedies etc. Oh my, how the world has changed :(.

Ian.

I remember watching them too.

ichadwick
06-06-2009, 11:18 AM
I sense a certain hostility from many posters vis a vis the state of import duties and taxes in their national corner of the ukiverse.

Is there perhaps some deserted island we might claim and declare ourselves a sovereign nation, hand out visas and passports to all members of the UU, and make ukulele playing our religion? Then we can declare ourselves tax exempt for our religious paraphernalia! If we're all made priests of our religion, we can probably write off shipping in our income taxes. Or nuns. Or novitiates, whatever.

The Church of the Holy Ukulele. Has a certain pluck, that name. St. Aquila, patron saint of strings. The Holy Trinity: Soprano, Concert and Tenor. Or is it Martin, Gibson and Kamaka?

If the FSM can do it, why can't we?

MikeLXXXVIII
06-07-2009, 01:22 AM
I sense a certain hostility from many posters vis a vis the state of import duties and taxes in their national corner of the ukiverse.

Is there perhaps some deserted island we might claim and declare ourselves a sovereign nation, hand out visas and passports to all members of the UU, and make ukulele playing our religion? Then we can declare ourselves tax exempt for our religious paraphernalia! If we're all made priests of our religion, we can probably write off shipping in our income taxes. Or nuns. Or novitiates, whatever.

The Church of the Holy Ukulele. Has a certain pluck, that name. St. Aquila, patron saint of strings. The Holy Trinity: Soprano, Concert and Tenor. Or is it Martin, Gibson and Kamaka?

If the FSM can do it, why can't we?

I like that idea, whats funny if you get around I think 3 000 signatures for our Ukulele religion in Norway we can get some state sponsorship :P. Then use the money to sponsor our immigration!

specialmike
06-07-2009, 02:33 AM
I was under the impression that England had a better concentration of ukulele stores in your cities. You have that ukulele orchestra group and the ukulele is more popular in England...

Samster
06-08-2009, 12:00 AM
I was under the impression that England had a better concentration of ukulele stores in your cities. You have that ukulele orchestra group and the ukulele is more popular in England...

More popular in england? Really? i never knew that, all th music shops do see them, but the cheap toy like ones, and after them there is very very little choice, mabey im just looking in all the wrong places

buddhuu
06-08-2009, 01:17 AM
I'll cast another vote for Rigk at www.ukulele.de. I bought a tenor from him a while back.

He's in Germany, but the staff speak English and are very helpful. Postage costs seemed about the same as internal UK would be, and as it's an EU country you don't get hit for extra duty or tax.

We may not have the same wide choice as people in the USA, but there are still plenty of ukes for sale in Europe!

IMHO, sadly buying from the USA is just too expensive once you factor in exchange rates and all the shipping and duty/taxes.

UkuEroll
06-08-2009, 05:08 AM
IMHO, sadly buying from the USA is just too expensive once you factor in exchange rates and all the shipping and duty/taxes.

I was waiting for you to get into this thread;).After what you told me about the tax and import duty, I've decided to wait for someone to go to the states and bring one back for me, It'll give me time to save up.

buddhuu
06-08-2009, 05:12 AM
I was waiting for you to get into this thread;).After what you told me about the tax and import duty, I've decided to wait for someone to go to the states and bring one back for me, It'll give me time to save up.

Might be an idea to check and make sure that's a reliable way to get around the problem. I've no experience of that approach. I hope it works out, mate. :music:

UkuEroll
06-08-2009, 02:40 PM
I'll PM you my cunning plan lol

Uke Republic
06-12-2009, 07:04 PM
Try living in the states. The county of Georgia I live in charges 6&#37; sales tax! Ha Ha! Cheaper than VAT but Euroleleians get health care and judges with cool wigs and cloaks.Hey and why don't yall say yall?

Ahnko Honu
06-12-2009, 09:33 PM
Hey and why don't yall say yall?

I say Yawl... ;)

http://www.theyachtmarket.com/userimages/630903.jpg

Witters
06-12-2009, 09:59 PM
I here people all the time say that we get free health care.

It is not really free at all folks. Everyone has to pay a contribution out of their pay checks every week from the time they start work until they retire.

jkevinwolfe
06-13-2009, 01:04 AM
I third Rigk at RISA. I bought a Solid from him and love it. Prompt service even in getting it to the US. And he's delighted to talk ukes.

I think those who live outside the US often get the wrong impression about the availability of Ukes here. I live in a metro area of over 1.5 million. We don't even have a music store with a good selection of ukes, much less specializes in them. The big boxes, Guitar Center and Sam Ash, have a few ukes on hand, with Flukes and Oscar Schmidts being all that's playable. If I walk into a music store here I'm lucky to find one set of uke strings and it's never a brand I'd consider buying. I order strings online from Elderly, since they have the best selection of strings in the US. They have a showroom with a nice selection of ukes, but it's a 7 hour drive so I have never been there.

I am fortunate to live 2.5 hours from Nashville Indiana where both Mainland and Bushman are located. I have been to both quite a few times. But since they're companies and not uke shops, you're limited mostly to their own brands, which are both good. Mainland does have some Fleas in stock and wonderful oddities as well.

So it's no uke heaven everywhere here. We don't have near the tax issue that players in Europe have. But you have some wonderful makers, importers and luthiers in GB and the EU.

Witters
06-13-2009, 02:26 AM
I think it is a fact - well it must be, that even given the population difference, there are far more stores that sell many Uke's in the USA than Britain.
The size of the countries is a different matter though.

I don't think I would have to go very far in any direction if I wanted a Guitar for instance, and that is living practically anywhere in the UK - but buying a Uke is hard work unless imported from France or Germany. That is still internet shopping though.

Luckily, living in the south, it wouldn’t take me long to travel to London where the Duke of Uke is, but other than that there really is nowhere else who have a variety.

Not very good, one shop per 60 million.

Uke Republic
06-13-2009, 04:53 AM
Its true about the UK not having as many Uke shops as we have in the US. The amount of pubs though, you got us beat on that. Tetley's bitter would be nice now.
If your coming to visit the south eastern US:
I show by appointment, so if any of you from Europa want to see a broad selection of ukuleles and your near Atlanta just email me. If you go to Disney I'm just an 7- 8 hour drive north.:D Beautiful drive, you will see a water tower that looks like a peach and a giant peanut. Hmmm, maybe a giant ukulele would look good next to the interstate.
Hey and Georgia was once owned by some Euro kingdoms, Spain then England. Then the great ukulele rebellion sparked independence. It seems England wanted to tax the ukuleles and offer only the poorest quality instrument.( The little known Atlanta uke party) If that wouldn't have happened we might all be speaking English in America. July 4th is coming up which means fireworks, grill outs and marching ukulele bands. All true yep. We still love ya'll though!

byjimini
07-09-2009, 11:08 AM
You just need to know where to look. In my experience, a lot of indepedent stores still aren't aware of a vast uke gathering on the net and as such don't advertise - there's a small music shop in Whitby, North Yorkshire for example that carries a small yet excellent collection of banjo ukes, a few Lanikais and the much-fabled steel uke.

Hobgobblin is my next stop when I travel to Leeds in October, to try out some expensive ukes for myself. I'm hoping they carry Bushman Jenny's because that's the uke I'm really after, but want to try before I buy.

bbycrts
07-09-2009, 11:51 AM
I here people all the time say that we get free health care.

It is not really free at all folks. Everyone has to pay a contribution out of their pay checks every week from the time they start work until they retire.

So do we. And we don't get to see a cent of it UNTIL we retire. And by the time I retire (another 25 + years away), it looks like it might all be squandered away, anyway...

Ahnko Honu
07-09-2009, 12:31 PM
At least you're closer to Scotland, and GOOD Haggis. ;)

upskydowncloud
07-09-2009, 01:32 PM
At least you're closer to Scotland, and GOOD Haggis. ;)

I just spent 5 minutes trying to get a fly off my monitor before I realised it was an image on your signature...

I went to college in Scotland and live near the border, good haggis galore! Tricky to catch though.

Witters
07-09-2009, 09:19 PM
So do we. And we don't get to see a cent of it UNTIL we retire. And by the time I retire (another 25 + years away), it looks like it might all be squandered away, anyway...
Aha but the contribution we pay every week is non returnable and nothing back when you retire. The more you earn the more you pay by the way, so rather than have insurances like in the States, we are forced to contribute weekly.
I have often wondered about this myth about free health care - unless they are talking about the new people who want to settle here, in which case thats another story....

Anyway back on track.
There might be plenty of little music shops that sell a Uke or 3, but there really is not a lot of choice here.
Unlike the States where if after you have been reading about Kanilea's or Pono's or whatever, and want one, then its pretty lucky to find someone here who has one for sale. Where in the States you just do a google and find a store who will post you one in a few days.
But there are shops in mainland Europe - Germany, France, etc.

Ken Middleton
07-09-2009, 09:46 PM
I can't speak for other ukulele companies, but I can speak for Ohana. You have a far better choice of Ohana instruments in the UK than in Germany, for instance. In the UK you can buy with a good choice from 3 different outlets, one of which has a thriving eBay shop. We also have 3 dealers in France.

It has never been easier to buy an Ohana than it is today. Because we don't go through a disributor, the prices are excellent and you can buy any instrument from the range (not just a selected few).

KEN

sukie
07-10-2009, 05:47 AM
I can't speak for other ukulele companies, but I can speak for Ohana. You have a far better choice of Ohana instruments in the UK than in Germany, for instance. In the UK you can buy with a good choice from 3 different outlets, one of which has a thriving eBay shop. We also have 3 dealers in France.

It has never been easier to buy an Ohana than it is today. Because we don't go through a disributor, the prices are excellent and you can buy any instrument from the range (not just a selected few).

KEN

Sounds like somebody is a natural born salesman. :smileybounce:

Bratset
07-10-2009, 05:49 AM
Sounds like somebody is a natural born salesman. :smileybounce:

I second that! :)

jazzuke
07-10-2009, 06:23 AM
This quickly degenerated into a bizarre discussion, which I thought was cool!

I throughly enjoyed being in Scotland a few years ago...though I made the mistake, while quietly drinking a beer in the local, of remarking to some of the citizens that being from KY, I was interested in comparing our 12 year old bourbon to their malt scotch...12 glasses later....

Although I do live in the US, I'm afraid I also do not have access to stores that sell decent ukes: I also have to buy via the internet, trusting in the expertise of reviews (such as here) and shop keepers like Musicguymic.

Fortunately...I don't have to pay VAT or customs.

stucross
07-10-2009, 08:31 AM
i foound a new outlet on e bay shops called "southern ukulele store".They dont have massive stocks just yet but do sell kala,ohana,lanikai and eleuke,worth and aquila strings.I bought a set of worth browns for my ashbury concert and had them within a couple of days

ukantor
07-10-2009, 09:02 AM
I've just bought a uke from Southern Ukulele Store - they are great people to deal with.

Highly recommended,

John Colter.

Ken Middleton
07-10-2009, 09:55 AM
i foound a new outlet on e bay shops called "southern ukulele store".They dont have massive stocks just yet but do sell kala,ohana,lanikai and eleuke,worth and aquila strings.I bought a set of worth browns for my ashbury concert and had them within a couple of days

They certainly are good people to deal with. they will have massive stocks soon.

gabzuke
07-12-2009, 03:21 AM
Don't forget about AUS. I can only find one good shop in sydney and prices are almost doubled compared to US prices. Only thing i can do is look through ebay and musicguymic hahah. living in Aus is very hard if your an ukulele lover like me... like us :D

buddhuu
07-12-2009, 09:00 AM
My local music shop has started to stock a few ukuleles. They have every colour of Makala dolphin there is in the window. There's also a Kala soprano and a Kala archtop jazz tenor. There's another brand with an oval logo that I couldn't quite make out (Moana?).

Things are looking up a little.

UkuEroll
07-12-2009, 09:19 AM
My local music shop has started to stock a few ukuleles. They have every colour of Makala dolphin there is in the window. There's also a Kala soprano and a Kala archtop jazz tenor. There's another brand with an oval logo that I couldn't quite make out (Moana?).

Things are looking up a little.

They are slowly but surely catching on, I wonder what's next Pono!! the Ks!!! we can only live and hope:D

SamWise
07-12-2009, 10:33 AM
My local carries Mahalo, Lanikai, and also a banjo uke. Not bad, I'd say.