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MrsMeyerMusic
07-26-2009, 05:09 PM
I plan to use my flea a lot in my music classes, so I would like to get a strap to make it easier to tote around the room and also so I don't have to lay it down if I need to use my hands. My hubby is going to put a strap button on so I can use a guitar strap (not into the uke thongs). I want to find one that is really fun and something that the kids will like. It also needs to coordinate with my flea, which is blueberry! Any good places to look at online?

Lori
07-26-2009, 06:51 PM
You might find a guitar strap a bit too much. Try one out first before shopping. If you want something a little more in-scale with your uke, I have liked this mandolin strap, and they are on sale right now!

http://www.amazon.com/Levys-Leathers-Carving-Leather-Mandolin/dp/B000XPJT7C/ref=pd_sxp_f_pt

Comes in several colors too. I have 2 of these and just bought a third. I don't have a Flea, but I could imagine a soprano uke could weigh about the same as a guitar strap (some of them are really heavy) and you might not be able to shorten it enough (depending on how high you play your uke).

I know you were looking for something fun, but you could add some charms to hang from your headstock instead.

Just a thought...

–Lori

LazyRiver
07-26-2009, 07:03 PM
The mandolin strap seems more in keeping with the uke. Most guitar straps are a bit large.

Thanks for the link. I may get one.

-- Al

MrsMeyerMusic
07-27-2009, 05:14 AM
I found this website after some googling. They have some neat designs and they all come in mandolin size.

http://www.guitarstrapsonline.com/

SailQwest
07-27-2009, 05:51 AM
I found this website after some googling. They have some neat designs and they all come in mandolin size.

http://www.guitarstrapsonline.com/

Very cool straps!

I have made most of my own straps using printed web belts or grosgrain ribbon. Some of them are adjustable (which requires some plastic "hardware") and a couple are just right for me.

BrotherUke
07-27-2009, 05:53 AM
Have you seen these? http://www.fleamarketmusic.com/store/Scripts/prodView.asp?idproduct=213

The prints will surely amuse the kids ;)

UkuleleHill
07-27-2009, 06:02 AM
Have you seen these? http://www.fleamarketmusic.com/store/Scripts/prodView.asp?idproduct=213

The prints will surely amuse the kids ;)

Those are cool, but she doesn't want a uke tong... Thanks for the suggestion though! :D

Ukeffect
07-27-2009, 06:21 AM
I found this website after some googling. They have some neat designs and they all come in mandolin size.

http://www.guitarstrapsonline.com/

I think those look great and may be what you want (in mandolin size) I particularly like the blue rose pattern! :cool:

BrineyEye
07-28-2009, 06:37 PM
I use Neotech mandolin straps. They may be too space-age (and black) for you, though.

UkeNinja
07-28-2009, 08:12 PM
You already have a hole for the strap in your Flea, right? How about just looping a funky shoelace through that hole and be cool? I wouldn't be too demanding about a strap for a Flea, those things way about the same as the average African or European swallow, two birds the weight of which does not differ as much as is generally assumed.

Fluorescent yellow, anyone? Now, Flukes are stoopid for having no hole for da strap. Fortunately, all of these fellers stand on their butt if you tell them to. Good boy!

ukestarcrafter
07-30-2009, 06:31 PM
I make and sell handmade uke straps etsy.com. They are the "sound hold hook" style straps and they come in some really unique fabrics and prints. This might be a good option for those who don't have a strap button on their ukes. Check them out at http://www.ukestarstraps.com...
http://www.ukestarstraps.com:D

MrsMeyerMusic
08-02-2009, 04:00 AM
I make and sell handmade uke straps etsy.com. They are the "sound hold hook" style straps and they come in some really unique fabrics and prints. This might be a good option for those who don't have a strap button on their ukes. Check them out at http://www.ukestarstraps.com...
http://www.ukestarstraps.com:D

Cool! I'll check them out!

MrsMeyerMusic
08-02-2009, 04:01 AM
Those are cool, but she doesn't want a uke tong... Thanks for the suggestion though! :D

Nope, thongs aren't my thing! ;)

CountryMouse
11-13-2009, 08:23 AM
I plan to use my flea a lot in my music classes, so I would like to get a strap to make it easier to tote around the room and also so I don't have to lay it down if I need to use my hands. My hubby is going to put a strap button on so I can use a guitar strap (not into the uke thongs). I want to find one that is really fun and something that the kids will like. It also needs to coordinate with my flea, which is blueberry! Any good places to look at online?

I have a question: how did your husband install a strap button on a flea? I thought that because it's made of a type of plastic and has no block inside, that couldn't be done?

I'm getting a Fluke and wonder if I could get a strap button installed!
Thanks!

CountryMouse

RevWill
11-13-2009, 08:29 AM
I would imagine that a hollow wall anchor from a hardware store might be a way of holding a strap button to a Flea/Fluke. Then again, the bottom would no longer be flat!

CountryMouse
11-13-2009, 08:43 AM
I would imagine that a hollow wall anchor from a hardware store might be a way of holding a strap button to a Flea/Fluke. Then again, the bottom would no longer be flat!

I don't care about its being able to stand up--I just would want to be able to hold it without dropping it. :p I won't know how that will be until I get it; but I know that I finally got comfortable with my Makala Dolphin when I got a strap button installed and a mandolin strap for it.

I am going to have to find someone who knows how to do this kind of work ("hollow wall anchor"? totally foreign language to me!) if it turns out I will need a strap.

Thanks!

CountryMouse

ritzer012
11-13-2009, 02:44 PM
does anybody know of a strap that actually fits in the strap loop behind the neck on the flea?

haole
11-13-2009, 02:50 PM
does anybody know of a strap that actually fits in the strap loop behind the neck on the flea?

You can get away with running a shoelace or something about the same size through the little loop on the Flea, and tying that through the hole on whatever strap you decide on.

mangorockfish
11-13-2009, 03:05 PM
I think it is Bailey Straps.com. or something like that. Custom makes them YOUR size. Supposed to be a really nice guy. You can look at his and make one yourself if you can braid. I did.

ritzer012
11-13-2009, 03:09 PM
cool idea...thanks :)

JT_Ukes
11-13-2009, 03:31 PM
does anybody know of a strap that actually fits in the strap loop behind the neck on the flea?

I use a badge lanyard from a convention I wnr to, attached to a loop of twine I put through the plastic loop on the back of my Flea. works perfectly...

I'll post pics later..

you can see it in my Re: Your brains video...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wbeheRmglbA

ritzer012
11-13-2009, 04:08 PM
nice...thanks jt....i tried doing something similar with my uke thong but it was too long to work...ill try a lanyard

ritzer012
11-13-2009, 04:34 PM
now i feel stupid....the clip on a regular keychain lanyard i have fits directly into the flea's hook. i just knot the back of the lanyard rope a little behind my neck to make it the right length and i'm golden. i cant believe thats all it took.


oh well, at least it's figured out.

JT_Ukes
11-13-2009, 04:46 PM
now i feel stupid....the clip on a regular keychain lanyard i have fits directly into the flea's hook. i just knot the back of the lanyard rope a little behind my neck to make it the right length and i'm golden. i cant believe thats all it took.


oh well, at least it's figured out.

Yep.. only reason i use the twine.. is to keep the metal clop from scratching my flea...

ritzer012
11-13-2009, 04:55 PM
Yep.. only reason i use the twine.. is to keep the metal clop from scratching my flea...

hmm good point

CountryMouse
11-13-2009, 05:55 PM
I use a badge lanyard from a convention I wnr to, attached to a loop of twine I put through the plastic loop on the back of my Flea. works perfectly...

I'll post pics later..

you can see it in my Re: Your brains video...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wbeheRmglbA

(I love that song!) Yes, please do post pics, from various angles. I hope to have a Flea some day (next year), and I am storing up info now about things I may want to/need to do.

franulele
11-13-2009, 06:04 PM
Like JT I hook a lanyard to the loop where the neck & body join.

I was concerned about the metal hook on a lanyard wearing on the plastic flea loop, so a made another little loop from a leather lace to connect the lanyard to the flea loop. The extra loop thingie is probably not necessary, but it works for me.

JT_Ukes
11-13-2009, 06:39 PM
Here is my current Flea rig...

The lanyard had a break away part, which is attached to the flea with a strong rubber band. It clips to the lanyard. It works great.

JT

CountryMouse
11-13-2009, 06:54 PM
Here is my current Flea rig...

The lanyard had a break away part, which is attached to the flea with a strong rubber band. It clips to the lanyard. It works great.

JT

This is really helpful! Thanks!

CountryMouse

JT_Ukes
11-13-2009, 07:04 PM
This is really helpful! Thanks!

CountryMouse

no prob! Glad I could help.

Big_Fred
12-17-2009, 06:37 PM
Does anyone know why they do not do that (add the loop) with the Fluke as well?

Ronnie Aloha
12-17-2009, 08:25 PM
I didn't know the Flea had a hook holder!