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the.ronin
08-11-2009, 06:08 PM
Wow I've been playing for just about a month ... whoa just checked the calendar and I think it was actually a month ago from this day that I picked up a uke at a shop in Maui out of curiosity. :D

Anyway, I'm already itchin to buy a tenor. I've got a concert right now and played a tenor at a local shop and really liked the lower tone. Am I going a little crazy here? And if I do happen to get one, is it always best to just spend a little more on a solid as opposed to a laminate? I definitely don't want to spend more than the $280 ish I spent on my concert.

BBcakes
08-11-2009, 06:23 PM
Uh oh... Someone's been bit by the UAS bug! :D What kinda uke do you have now? Have you looked into Mainlands? I don't own one (yet), but have heard nothing but great things about them. All solid at a good price.

the.ronin
08-11-2009, 06:46 PM
Yes I've heard of this UAS you speak of. :D

I've got a Cordoba 25ck right now. Thanks for the advice!

I was also looking at the Makala Tenor Ukulele over at MGM although I could probably go a little but upstream in price if that's too much of a compromise.

I Ukulista
08-12-2009, 08:44 AM
You might be aware that Toubisard had a lot to say about the dangers of UAS. Try to resist it. Look at pictures any thing to keep your mind off you next uke.
Let me know what you buy.

the.ronin
08-12-2009, 12:22 PM
You might be aware that Toubisard had a lot to say about the dangers of UAS. Try to resist it. Look at pictures any thing to keep your mind off you next uke.
Let me know what you buy.

Hahaha I LOL’ed. :D

KC8AFW
08-12-2009, 12:55 PM
Don't fight it...it only makes it worse. :eek:

I had only been playing for about a month when I upgraded from my Lanikai LU-21 soprano to my Mainland mahogany concert. I would give Mainland some serious consideration for the price range you mentioned.

Post pictures when you get one. :D

itgoesbwaaah
08-12-2009, 10:32 PM
im also looking to upgrade from my leolani. i first bought a soprano. then the c string broke. i went back to get another set of strings and this 1 tenor caught me eye. i ended up buying that one two. this was bout 2ish months ago. after extensive practice sessions with my buddies at work i think im ready for an upgrade. i got a few of my other friends interested in the uke so they wanna buy my old ones. im gonna sell them my tenor for cheap so they can jam out with me on down time. anyways, back to the subject at hand. i think i can be comfortable spending about 300, maybe 350 on a new uke. suggestions for brands are a go as of now. i heard mainland, but they are hard to find here in guam sometimes. i have to go back and check out what the uke store carries here. when i went last time i was a total noob and didnt bother paying attention. lol. let me know what to keep my eyes out for. thanx in advance.

Melissa82
08-13-2009, 12:51 AM
I've got the bug too, lol. I love my Ohana concert. If I was to get another, I'd get an Ohana or Makala (possibly Kala) tenor. But I also want a Pineapple, Fluke, guitar.... :D

the.ronin
08-13-2009, 04:59 AM
So I’ve got my eye on the Pono Ohai over at MGM. I really like the sound from the YouTube videos although I did come across one less than positive review here on UU.

As an aside, I’m curious why does he have the same ukes posted at different prices? Both are marked as new. Is it an eBay Jedi mind trick?

Anyway, I’m looking at that Pono and also the Lanakai mohagony. Not sure which. In either case, She Who Must Be Obeyed is not pleased. :( Although I keep trying to tell her that I could spend less now and just end up buying a more expensive one later or just buy the more expensive one now.

the.ronin
08-13-2009, 07:10 PM
I picked up a Lanikai tenor with the solid spruce top over at Island Legends in Torrance (California). I was tossed up between that and a Kala spruce top - the "travel size" thin guy that looked and sounded really good too. Ultimately I went with the Lanikai cos it just felt better playing and sounded more like what I wanted.

It came with GHS strings but I strung it with some Aquila low G, C wound. Being a super beginner that's just started getting used to a Cordoba concert strung high G (Worth brown), this low G stuff is going to take a while getting used to. I'm gonna let the Aquilas break in but I might swap out to some Worths since I really like how those strings are sounding.

Ok time for some uke porn ...

http://img10.imageshack.us/img10/8320/ukeporn1.jpg

http://img16.imageshack.us/img16/7669/ukeporn2.jpg

http://img16.imageshack.us/img16/8521/ukeporn3.jpg

:D

Lori
08-14-2009, 07:42 AM
Wow I've been playing for just about a month ... whoa just checked the calendar and I think it was actually a month ago from this day that I picked up a uke at a shop in Maui out of curiosity. :D

Anyway, I'm already itchin to buy a tenor. I've got a concert right now and played a tenor at a local shop and really liked the lower tone. Am I going a little crazy here? And if I do happen to get one, is it always best to just spend a little more on a solid as opposed to a laminate? I definitely don't want to spend more than the $280 ish I spent on my concert.

You sound perfectly normal to me. Don't fight it! Resistance is futile. If you want to cool the fire, go to your local ukulele store and take a few on a test drive. Sometimes, I actually have cooled the symptoms of my UAS using that method. Sometimes I came home with a new uke. It's all good. There is nothing like seeing and playing in person to help you decide what is right for you. If you see one you love in person, go for it. If not, you can transfer that knowledge to online shopping.

–Lori

the.ronin
08-14-2009, 08:55 AM
Lori, another thing that works really good is I just balance my checkbook. :D:(

I'm pretty stoked on the Lanikai tenor but am on the fence about the Aquilas in low G. I think I can get used to playing low G but the Aquilas are just too "brite" for my taste. But I'm not sure if that's just because they are new, the sound of the tenor, my noob ears, or some combination thereof. The Worths on my Cordoba are really really starting to sound so nice. That's the sound I want on the tenor but in a lower range obviously. I'll give it a couple weeks before I put in an order of low G Worths.

haolejohn
08-14-2009, 09:41 AM
ronin I don't like the aquilas either and am about to try the low g aquila set on one of my tenors. i prefer low g setting but it does take a little time to get used to the low g for first time hearers of the low g sound. Worths are great strings I have my koaloha strung with worth clears. Next set of strings for all my ukes will be worths.

ihavenotea
08-14-2009, 10:30 AM
Heh. I don't have any excess income yet still managed to upgrade from a First Act ukulele I bought at Toys'R'Us to a Makala Dolphin Soprano, after only a month.

It was hard, though. There was a concert neck flea in just the color I want at the shop that carried the Makalas… and the price was great. But alas, that powerful duo of the "balanced checkbook" and "hungry children" won out over UAS.

There is also a local shop that carries Mainland out here. Nice instruments. I wanted two…

I was sad to let the First Act go, but I had a friend who was interested and it gave me an excuse to get the Makala (which sounds Magical thanks to the Dolphin Bridge).

So UAS effects even those of us with only a single ukulele. It calls to you in your sleep. And when on the Internet. Or working. Or playing ukulele.

I Ukulista
08-15-2009, 04:20 AM
Lovely looking Ukuleles. Nice choice of quality good looking instruments. What did you think of the Kala travel uke? Have you got a favorite between the Cordoba and the Lanikai?

Lori
08-15-2009, 05:53 AM
Lori, another thing that works really good is I just balance my checkbook. :D:(

I'm pretty stoked on the Lanikai tenor but am on the fence about the Aquilas in low G. I think I can get used to playing low G but the Aquilas are just too "brite" for my taste. But I'm not sure if that's just because they are new, the sound of the tenor, my noob ears, or some combination thereof. The Worths on my Cordoba are really really starting to sound so nice. That's the sound I want on the tenor but in a lower range obviously. I'll give it a couple weeks before I put in an order of low G Worths.

I like having both high G and low G ukes. I have different songs to play for each tuning (for melodic arrangements).

I prefer Worth Clear, but I might try out the Worth Brown strings sometime soon for the Zebrawood soprano. I just took Aquillas off of that one to try out the Worth Clear. But the sound might still be a bit harsh on the high end, and the Browns might be perfect for that one.

–Lori

Boozelele
08-15-2009, 09:47 AM
That's a great looking uke. Have fun with it. I would leave the low G on for a while and see if it grows on you. Also, you may want to consider buying ANOTHER tenor so you can have one low G and one high G....just a thought.

Harold O.
08-15-2009, 10:19 AM
I like having both high G and low G ukes. I have different songs to play for each tuning (for melodic arrangements).

–Lori

I have two high G and one low. Soon I will have three high. Every time I pick up the low G, something sounds wrong and I can't quite get used to it.

My tenors all sound a bit different from one another anyway. I have a Kala, Ohana, and Fender.

But when the occasion arises, I am not averse to changing back.

the.ronin
08-15-2009, 01:06 PM
Thanks all for the great feedback. Well after some consideration, something was just not sitting right with the Lanikai. Suffice to say, I'm far too beginner to even try to articulate it. I had considered giving it some time to settle in but then I thought any chance, if at all, that the uke store I purchased it from would allow me to exchange it would diminish rapidly.

As luck would have it, they would allow me to exchange it so I took it back planning on giving the Kala spruce top "travel" uke another strum. But then the another Kala, an all solid lacewood (http://www.kalaukulele.com/Kala%20Ukulele%20Lacewood.html) caught my eye and then my ears as soon as I strummed it.

So without further adieu, uke porn dart deux ...

http://img25.imageshack.us/img25/9329/ukeporn4.jpg

http://img13.imageshack.us/img13/7020/ukeporn5.jpg

And I am not exchanging this one. :D

the.ronin
08-21-2009, 03:50 AM
Ok I think I've rounded out my humble little uke collection for now adding a Lanikai LU-11 as my "daily driver" ... this will be the guy I take around with me surfing and leaving in the car now and then.

So now I've got my Cordoba concert, Kala tenor (low g), and Lanikai soprano ... all strung with Worth browns.

No more ukes.

For now.

Maybe. :D

Vindelanda
08-22-2009, 11:09 AM
Ahh, I have UAS as well.
I played for about a month on a cheap purple Mahalo (soprano) and then convinced myself that I needed an Oscar Schmidt (concert). :) Which turned out to be an awesome instrument, but further intensified my UAS.
And now I want one with an electric pickup, or maybe a tenor or a baritone, or maybe...Yeah, my Christmas list is going to be uke-filled.

J-Machine
08-22-2009, 11:31 AM
Ahh, I have UAS as well.
I played for about a month on a cheap purple Mahalo (soprano) and then convinced myself that I needed an Oscar Schmidt (concert). :) Which turned out to be an awesome instrument, but further intensified my UAS.
And now I want one with an electric pickup, or maybe a tenor or a baritone, or maybe...Yeah, my Christmas list is going to be uke-filled.

Lol that sounds just like me. I had the mahalo (woulda got purple but the store only had red left) played it a bit and then got an oscar schmidt concert (ou-5) and now I'm looking for a tenor with a pickup and a soprano I can take traveling. I also just bought a bushman Jenny in concert so I can have a low g instrument.

Sigmund
08-22-2009, 01:19 PM
(Deep sigh...) Hi, I'm Sigmund and I too suffer from UAS. I have had my Makala soprano for all of 30 hours and have already started to consider what my next acquisition should be. A concert size would be nice and I'd love to try building a uke (maybe a kit to start, but a scratch built would be a nice winter project), and a tenor is an absolute must on down the road.

My wife - good woman that she is - has suggested that I move all the instruments to one of the spare bedrooms and build a display rack for them. Probably a good idea, but I hate the thought of not having them right at hand.

Hosh
08-22-2009, 09:31 PM
Almost bought a Fluke today. I really wanted a Flea, but they had none. However they said its 10% off! THen the clerk said every first Monday of the month they do 20% off. Fluke may be gone come September :)

NewMexicoDawG
08-23-2009, 03:50 PM
Must have MainLand:)






Kala Spalted maple super Soprano




One Love:shaka:

lukuleles
08-23-2009, 04:21 PM
i got a mainland concert in red cedar yesterday and it sounds fantastic for the price. the cedar has a real kick and brightness to the sound. the mahogany has a warmer sound. anyway, you can't get a better uke for under $300.

the.ronin
08-25-2009, 02:17 PM
Oh gees guys ... I just can’t shake off this UAS. Now I’m jonesing for a koa. My birthday is coming up too so I may just be able to get it past She Who Must Be Obeyed.

Of course, I’d really like a Koaloha but wow they are pricey. But I figure if I’m gonna drop the duckets on a koa, it might as well be a solid. I figure if I’m walking on thin ice, I might as well dance. :D

Any suggestions?

I Ukulista
08-26-2009, 06:03 AM
Man you have got a bad case. I refer you to the late Toubisard (look at the posts) he went through absolute torment and I believe it was all started by a little yellow Mahalo. I think Mahalo place the UAS bug in the cheapest Ukulele and then buy shares in the other companies.
the ronin, you have a Cordoba, it was made in northern Portugal in Braga where the Braguinha, the ancestor of our beautiful ukulele was first plucked and strummed. Toubisard would have said. 'In buying the Cordoba you have attained Nirvana in this very life'.
Go in peace and surf far away from any Ukulele shops.

the.ronin
08-26-2009, 06:16 AM
Man you have got a bad case. I refer you to the late Toubisard (look at the posts) he went through absolute torment and I believe it was all started by a little yellow Mahalo. I think Mahalo place the UAS bug in the cheapest Ukulele and then buy shares in the other companies.
the ronin, you have a Cordoba, it was made in northern Portugal in Braga where the Braguinha, the ancestor of our beautiful ukulele was first plucked and strummed. Toubisard would have said. 'In buying the Cordoba you have attained Nirvana in this very life'.
Go in peace and surf far away from any Ukulele shops.

Hmmm ... so what you’re saying is I should get a concert Koaloha?? Dude I totally agree. Thanks for the advice!! :D

I Ukulista
08-26-2009, 08:45 AM
Yes errr probably.. No...Yes.. what ever. Gin & Tonic.

UAS is not to be taken lightly dear fellow. It can be most serious. It cost me a lot of money. Be very very careful.

WhenDogsSing
08-26-2009, 09:50 AM
(Deep sigh...) Hi, I'm Sigmund and I too suffer from UAS. I have had my Makala soprano for all of 30 hours and have already started to consider what my next acquisition should be. A concert size would be nice and I'd love to try building a uke (maybe a kit to start, but a scratch built would be a nice winter project), and a tenor is an absolute must on down the road.

My wife - good woman that she is - has suggested that I move all the instruments to one of the spare bedrooms and build a display rack for them. Probably a good idea, but I hate the thought of not having them right at hand.

If your loving wife is willing to let you set up a display rack or whatever in the spare bedroom, now is the time to jump on that and do it...You're fortunate to have a wife that will let you do that...Just move into the spare bedroom with your ukes and you'll have them right at hand...:D

CountryMouse
08-26-2009, 10:53 AM
OMG, I can't believe I'm already planning for my next uke, when I haven't had this one but two days! And my fingers are still hurting and I only know three chords!

It's all Lori's fault!! (http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?t=14813)

I *so* want a Kala Kiwi!

CountryMouse

I Ukulista
08-26-2009, 12:50 PM
Poor Toubisard is turning in his grave. All the sacrifice all the soul searching and you all still insist on celebrating UAS as a virtue. We are truly witnessing the end of reason. oh me, oh my. The unleashed hoard is at the gates and they are holding ukuleles.

the.ronin
08-26-2009, 01:08 PM
Well for what it’s worth, Ukulista, I was initially contemplating the sale of my Cordoba to finance my UAS but after this testimonial ...


the ronin, you have a Cordoba, it was made in northern Portugal in Braga where the Braguinha, the ancestor of our beautiful ukulele was first plucked and strummed. Toubisard would have said. 'In buying the Cordoba you have attained Nirvana in this very life'.


... how can I in my right mind abandon this veritable hommage to the Braguinha?? No ... I shall use all fresh funds!! :D :D

I Ukulista
08-26-2009, 01:43 PM
Such nobility such wisdom. I am so proud. In my country we say,'yippee'.
Danke, Gracias, Obrigada, Diolch, (the Welsh get every where), Many thanks.
So are you going to buy a Kala Travel Ukulele with the change or what?

the.ronin
08-27-2009, 02:57 PM
Ok I think my wife’s going to kill me (http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=330353839301&ssPageName=ADME:B:ONA:US:1123).

:D

sleepsinashoe
08-27-2009, 04:08 PM
Ok I think my wife’s going to kill me (http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=330353839301&ssPageName=ADME:B:ONA:US:1123).

:D

Holy crap, that's a ridiculously good deal, right? But why is the shipping so much, is that for insurance?

the.ronin
08-27-2009, 04:23 PM
Holy crap, that's a ridiculously good deal, right? But why is the shipping so much, is that for insurance?

I think you answered your own question haha ... I doubt armed guards to escort the package would cost that much - much less insurance. He was probably padding the shipping cost to make up for a low reserve.

I'm just hoping this is a legit KoAloha. I had exchanged emails with the seller and he claimed to not be a ukulele expert and that all he knew about the uke was that is was purchased in June 2008 and has since been used as a display unit. Based on the dimensions, it seems to be a concert KoAloha (http://www.koaloha.com/KoAloha_Products/ConcertStd.html) and if it's legit, yes, it's a ridiculously good deal even with the crazy shipping fees.

Either way, he's stated a 14-day cash refund (I just pay for shipping) so I'm banking on that if it turns out to be a genuine "CoAlowa" haha.

I had no idea the reserve was going to be so low though ... but you can see now why I had to risk it. I'll let you know how it works out. Photos definitely look convincing enough and that's the opinion of even some of the senior members here on UU.

Sigmund
08-27-2009, 04:41 PM
No pretty pictures to post, but I think I've satisfied the jones for a little while. My Stew-Mac kit arrived today. With finishing and all it should take me a few weeks to turn it from a box full of wood scraps into a playable instrument. Lest you think that I have taken total leave of my senses, this is not my first instrument, just my first ukulele build. I'm hoping that in the end I have a uke that is worth more than the $100 the kit cost. If nothing else I always come away from these projects with a much improved understanding of the way an instrument works.

Now I need that display case even more.

the.ronin
08-27-2009, 04:48 PM
If nothing else I always come away from these projects with a much improved understanding of the way an instrument works.


For sure! One day, after I've gained enough skill, I want to take on a project like this too. Best of luck on the kit!

pithaya9
08-27-2009, 05:36 PM
I think you answered your own question haha ... I doubt armed guards to escort the package would cost that much - much less insurance. He was probably padding the shipping cost to make up for a low reserve.

I'm just hoping this is a legit KoAloha. I had exchanged emails with the seller and he claimed to not be a ukulele expert and that all he knew about the uke was that is was purchased in June 2008 and has since been used as a display unit. Based on the dimensions, it seems to be a concert KoAloha (http://www.koaloha.com/KoAloha_Products/ConcertStd.html) and if it's legit, yes, it's a ridiculously good deal even with the crazy shipping fees.

Either way, he's stated a 14-day cash refund (I just pay for shipping) so I'm banking on that if it turns out to be a genuine "CoAlowa" haha.

I had no idea the reserve was going to be so low though ... but you can see now why I had to risk it. I'll let you know how it works out. Photos definitely look convincing enough and that's the opinion of even some of the senior members here on UU.

Congrats on the new uke.

Be sure to check for any cracks as I believe this uke came from Arizona where the humiditiy is really low and it may have dried out some.

Jack

the.ronin
08-27-2009, 05:53 PM
Indeed, Jack. That was exactly what I was thinking when I looked up the location of the seller. I looked through the photos extremely carefully trying to spot something but it appeared really flawless - I couldn't even spot the fingerprints he mentioned in the description.

And thanks also for the response to the other thread ... usually when something is too good to be true ...

BoarderDave
08-29-2009, 01:21 PM
Man.. you passed the Uke bug on to me!! I am SO itching to pick one up. Im hitting the Swimboat tomorrow to see what I can come up with.. You'll be the first to know when I have my first-born in my hand. haha :D

the.ronin
08-29-2009, 06:29 PM
Man.. you passed the Uke bug on to me!! I am SO itching to pick one up. Im hitting the Swimboat tomorrow to see what I can come up with.. You'll be the first to know when I have my first-born in my hand. haha :D

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_26LRvERfqg4/R4PyMSlWcyI/AAAAAAAABm8/gjuq704wqKY/s400/yay.jpg

BoarderDave
08-30-2009, 05:30 AM
haha. nice. :D

the.ronin
08-30-2009, 08:34 AM
haha. nice. :D

Did you get it????? :D

BoarderDave
08-30-2009, 03:30 PM
haha not yet.. but I will have one if not two, SOON. :D

the.ronin
08-30-2009, 03:39 PM
It begins. http://img42.imageshack.us/img42/8067/uas.gif

BoarderDave
08-30-2009, 03:48 PM
Yep.. I have a feeling its the beginning of a long and fruitful bond between me and these instruments..

BoarderDave
09-01-2009, 06:02 AM
Yeeeeah.. UPS tracking shows it's in California! :D Tomorrow will be the day!