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pamelamama
10-03-2009, 02:42 PM
I went to a local acoustic music shop in Fremont, Seattle and saw SO MANY beautiful and fancy ukes that I have only read about before. Wow! I got to try a six string and an eight string tenor. Oh my goodness, the SOUND! And oh my goodness, the Price Tag!! Whoa!

I asked the dude in the shop to show me something I could aspire to... and he sure did.

While there I bought a uke thong for my sopranino, and I'm very excited about it.

W O W.

Anyone have one of those six or eight string ukes?

thejumpingflea
10-03-2009, 03:59 PM
I went to a local acoustic music shop in Fremont, Seattle and saw SO MANY beautiful and fancy ukes that I have only read about before. Wow! I got to try a six string and an eight string tenor. Oh my goodness, the SOUND! And oh my goodness, the Price Tag!! Whoa!

I asked the dude in the shop to show me something I could aspire to... and he sure did.

While there I bought a uke thong for my sopranino, and I'm very excited about it.

W O W.

Anyone have one of those six or eight string ukes?


I would live in that shop if I could...

I love that store. The staff are very helpful and they have some beautiful instruments. I am glad you got to see it!

wfwhitson
10-03-2009, 04:00 PM
I got an 8 string Mele with abalone trim. My favorite out of 8.

http://i462.photobucket.com/albums/qq342/wfwhitson/IMG_0389.jpg

http://i462.photobucket.com/albums/qq342/wfwhitson/IMG_0390.jpg

pamelamama
10-03-2009, 04:01 PM
fancy!

Matt, we should plan a field trip there some time!

sweets
10-03-2009, 04:39 PM
Dusty is great, and the Music school there is also good. Lots of good teachers pass through for workshops, although I think the only classes going on right now are for super-beginners.

I bought my Ko'olau there last Christmas, and am currently lusting after the pair of Collings concerts on the wall. If they had a sunburst one with the 'haircut' headstock I probably would have sold a body part by now.

mealfrog41
10-03-2009, 05:07 PM
Dusty Strings is my favorite store in the world. Best place in Seattle to shop for anything uke related.

pamelamama
10-03-2009, 05:15 PM
It almost doesnt' seem real how many ukes there are when you first walk in.

Mouthy1
10-03-2009, 05:51 PM
I couldn't agree more. I go very frequently since I live nearby and playing the Collins was absolutely amazing. Also, playing a $5000 uke is pretty cool. I will say, the one that surprizes me the most is the Kiwaya. It made such an impression at Dusty Strings that I went and bought one...that from a super cheapskate!

thejumpingflea
10-03-2009, 06:18 PM
Dusty is great, and the Music school there is also good. Lots of good teachers pass through for workshops, although I think the only classes going on right now are for super-beginners.

I bought my Ko'olau there last Christmas, and am currently lusting after the pair of Collings concerts on the wall. If they had a sunburst one with the 'haircut' headstock I probably would have sold a body part by now.

Oh? When did they get Collings? Looks like I need to make the trek over there.

david98116
10-03-2009, 06:28 PM
Dusty's has the friendliest staff around !! Best of all....they dont place any of their ukuleles out of reach. Pull it down and play it!! Love Dusty's....

GrumpyCoyote
10-03-2009, 07:54 PM
One of my favorite places... A little drive for me, but always worth the trip.

Great selection, great service.

uke552
10-04-2009, 05:01 AM
I never knew of this place. My next trip north will include Dustys! Thanks for the info!

pebbleInDaPacific
10-05-2009, 05:28 AM
Dusty Strings is my second home! I love going in there and usually spend at least an hour in there playing all the ukes and chatting it up with Rob and the rest of the staff.

They also special order if you don't see what you like there. Also, if you ever want to install a pick-up for an uke you purchased there, you get a discount from them too on the service. I already bought two Kamaka's from them, both within a year of each other!

Just a note, they did start posting their inventory online now, check it out! Great staff and great selection!

http://www.dustystrings.com

Uncle Rod Higuchi
10-05-2009, 06:12 AM
I never knew of this place. My next trip north will include Dustys! Thanks for the info!

If you can, come during a SUPA Sunday and join us for our workshop and song circle. ( seattleukulele.org )

If you're a member of PUA, bring a new songbook and we'll trade with one of ours.;)

uke552
10-05-2009, 06:22 AM
If you can, come during a SUPA Sunday and join us for our workshop and song circle. ( seattleukulele.org )

If you're a member of PUA, bring a new songbook and we'll trade with one of ours.;)

Thanks for the links, I'll check it out.

GrumpyCoyote
10-15-2009, 11:36 AM
I just posted some pictures and a few words about Dusty over on the UCB blog (http://ukecrazybitches.blogspot.com/2009/10/dusty-strings-really-doesnt-help-my-ias.html). They did a set-up for my octave mandolin on the spot on a busy Saturday afternoon this week - no waiting.

Great, great service and an astonishing collection of instruments.
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_PlxzNWXmzOI/SteROKzDGJI/AAAAAAAAABc/yn3Ac9HeozA/s200/ukestore.jpg

UkuleleHill
10-15-2009, 12:56 PM
I have a music store similar in service and close to the selection to Dusty's near me. They are called Absolute Music in Fairborn OH... Something about the small time shops that they have better service and they really see what is going on. I was at Absolute over the weekend and decided to check their selection, expecting something similar to GC... 1 maybe 2... They had 12! All different brands and all strung with Aquila's instead of the normal GHS strings... I talked to the "expert" in the acoustic area and she said that they can hardly keep them in stock! I would love to know who else in my area is buying ukuleles! But anyway... Yeah I love the mom and pop music stores that Dusty's seems to be more of, they just have a much better atmosphere... Less vulturey...