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Ronnie Aloha
12-10-2009, 09:12 AM
So I want to leave a uke in my car so that I can practice while I'm waiting for my daughter at her various activities. Obviously a solid wood uke would not be a good choice since I plan on leaving it in the car. Humidity isn't that big an issue in So. Cal. but there can be extreme temperature swings.

So this is a call out for suggestions on a uke for my needs. I've never played a laminate or plastic uke so I'll let you all decide. A tenor might be too big to play in the driver's seat of the car so a concert or soprano should fit the bill.

Thanks in advance for your suggestions.

mealfrog41
12-10-2009, 09:19 AM
I would take a look at Flea/Fluke. They are pretty much indestructible and sound pretty good too, great for travel.

Nuprin
12-10-2009, 09:20 AM
I'm being giving a Makala Dolphin for Christmas for this exact reason. I am a little worried that the VT climate might be a little too extreme to keep it in the car though. Average temperature in the winter gets down to 10-20 degrees Fahrenheit. Will the Dolphin survive a winter at these temps?

Ahnko Honu
12-10-2009, 09:24 AM
Amen to Flea or if on a tight budget a Makala Dolphin. I do have my old Mahalo pineapple in my truck right now and it works great but I'll rotate that with my Flea, and Fluke depending on my mood.

leftovermagic84
12-10-2009, 09:31 AM
I've got a concert Fluke that has gone from the house to the car at around 0 degrees F while i was in a meeting. The only result was the strings needed a bit of tuning.

Thumper
12-10-2009, 09:36 AM
My Flea and Fluke get a lot of car time, and they both weather the temperature changes like a champ.

Just keep a phillips screwdriver in your car - you may occasionally need to adjust the friction tuners.

freedive135
12-10-2009, 01:40 PM
What Thunmper said about the screwdriver....

My Flea lives in my backpack and is always slipping out of tune from going warm/cold. Before I got my Flea it was a Kala KA-S that lived there....

experimentjon
12-10-2009, 04:32 PM
I say go for the concert Fluke. I've played my fluke concert in the drivers seat while waiting for someone, and I think I'd do well in a car. And really, if you haven't tried a fluke yet, you're doing yourself a disservice.

wee_ginga_yin
12-10-2009, 05:50 PM
Ukulele for car

that is a pretty good swap

haole
12-10-2009, 06:17 PM
I use my old Harmony as a beater. The plywood is so thick that it's pretty much impervious to damage, and the intonation is decent enough with the screwed-on plastic fretboard. And if it gets stolen, it's easy enough to track another one down for $30. Wouldn't want to keep my Flea in the car because we have pretty dramatic temperature changes throughout the day.

micromue
12-10-2009, 10:51 PM
A flea is most times tied to the back of my front seat. When itīs not, itīs a brueko No. 6 sitting there.

buddhuu
12-11-2009, 12:32 AM
I keep a kind of lilac coloured Makala dolphin in the car. It has been subject to temperatures from over 100 degrees to below freezing. It gets sat on, it gets shopping bags and other stuff dumped on it. It plays and sounds great.

It has also survived being in a car I rolled on an icy hill last winter. (See pic - uke just visible, indicated by arrow) :D

Bottom line, Makala dolphin is the ideal in-car uke! :music:

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ukerazy
12-11-2009, 01:15 AM
I keep a kind of lilac coloured Makala dolphin in the car. It has been subject to temperatures from over 100 degrees to below freezing. It gets sat on, it gets shopping bags and other stuff dumped on it. It plays and sounds great.

It has also survived being in a car I rolled on an icy hill last winter. (See pic - uke just visible, indicated by arrow) :D

Bottom line, Makala dolphin is the ideal in-car uke! :music:

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DUDE! That doesn't look good! Its kinda funny that you have a picture of it though! The Makala Dolphin is hardcore! lol x

buddhuu
12-11-2009, 02:19 AM
Yeh. And to think I make fun of my wife's parking. She may not be able to get it parallel to the kerb, but at least she keeps the car the right way up... ;)

To make things worse, that was actually the wife's car. Mine was in the shop for a service, so I'd borrowed hers to go to work. :eek:

I took the photo with my phone and then sent it to colleagues to explain why I was late into the office. I realised the folly of that when I got to the pub the following evening. The drummer from my band had got hold of the picture and had made up a poster saying "W*nker School of Motoring" which he had plastered all over the bar.

I knew something was up when he nervously legged it out of the back door as I came in... LOLz. :D

Makala - the indestructible uke.

Ukulele JJ
12-11-2009, 02:47 AM
I'd go with the Makala over the Flea. The friction tuners on the Flea don't handle the temperature changes as well as geared tuners, in my experience.

(Also, the dolphins are way cheaper, so you don't have to worry as much about it getting ruined or stolen, or having Slurpee spilled on it. :D)

JJ

molokinirum
12-11-2009, 03:46 AM
I am looking at a Makala concert to take along outside and in the car as well. About $60, geared tuners, aquila strings. This should do just fine. The Fluke/Fleas are a bit expensive for what I am looking for and I don't really care for friction tuners either. Just my :2cents:

Ronnie Aloha
12-11-2009, 04:24 AM
I'd go with the Makala over the Flea. The friction tuners on the Flea don't handle the temperature changes as well as geared tuners, in my experience.

(Also, the dolphins are way cheaper, so you don't have to worry as much about it getting ruined or stolen, or having Slurpee spilled on it. :D)

JJ

I had actually overlooked that. Kids playing it in the back seat with their grubby little hands.:D You don't even want to know where her hands have been.

I was looking at a Fluke up until you wrote that. Now I'm leaning to a Makala.

Also, I have a secret for getting Cherry Icee out of your car carpet (don't ask me why I know.) 50/50 mixture of hot water and ammonia. Spritz stain, rub in, take white towel, cover, steam iron. The hot water and steam loosen the winds on the carpet to release the stain and it transfers to the white towel.

Did I mention that I'm now leaning towards the Makala???

ukulelegal
12-11-2009, 04:27 AM
Ukulele for car

that is a pretty good swap

that's what I was thinking. :D

Ahnko Honu
12-11-2009, 04:43 AM
I am looking at a Makala concert to take along outside and in the car as well.

They make a concert size Dolphin? Since when? Plastic body? :iwant:

molokinirum
12-11-2009, 05:15 AM
They make a concert size Dolphin? Since when? Plastic body? :iwant:

No it is not a Dolphin.....sorry :(

UKISOCIETY
12-11-2009, 05:34 AM
Ukulele for car

that is a pretty good swap

I had thought the same thing!

My Makala dolphin stays in the car a lot - recently snapped a string, perhaps because of the cold? Might be a problem....

A cigar box uke should work since it's not as thin a wood body as a regular uke.

euchre
12-11-2009, 07:19 AM
What kind of car?

Ronnie Aloha
12-11-2009, 11:07 AM
What kind of car?

I've got an '02 MB E430 that's been sitting in front of my house for a couple of years. 60,000 miles. I've probably driven it 1,000 miles in those two years. Love my hybrid. I could trade it for Moore Bettah!

William L
12-11-2009, 11:20 AM
Be Careful. I left my fluke in the car (under a shade tree) about an hour during the Summer (mid 80 degrees) and the plastic fretboard came unglued. Flea Market Music said they would fix it at no charge if I sent it to them. That's what I did, but I took the opportunity to upgrade to a Rosewood fretboard.

phanzo
12-11-2009, 11:58 AM
What do you guys think about using a Lanikai Pineapple as a "car uke"?? I've had it for a while and I don't play it much anymore. Do you think temperature swings would mess it up at all? It has geared tuners. I want to buy a Dolphin but if I can get away with using the Lanikai then there's no point :D

It was my first uke though that my brother got for me 2 years ago, so I dont want it to get destroyed (but I want it to do more than sit in a case and not get used). :anyone:

leftovermagic84
12-11-2009, 01:35 PM
What do you guys think about using a Lanikai Pineapple as a "car uke"?? I've had it for a while and I don't play it much anymore. Do you think temperature swings would mess it up at all? It has geared tuners. I want to buy a Dolphin but if I can get away with using the Lanikai then there's no point :D

It was my first uke though that my brother got for me 2 years ago, so I dont want it to get destroyed (but I want it to do more than sit in a case and not get used). :anyone:

It should hold up in the winter, but I'd be wary of summer heat in a closed up car, at least to my mind.

uke5417
12-12-2009, 06:16 AM
I've had a 1950s German-made Hilo solid mahog lying on the floorboard in my car for three years. It only cost me $15, so no worries, but fwiw, it's suffered no damage, either. All I do is make sure it stays out of direct summer sun.

Harold O.
12-12-2009, 06:58 AM
I don't leave mine in the car, but I do bring one along when picking up the kids from whatever it is they're doing. The uke fits between me and the steering wheel without having to adjust the seat. Folks walking by usually look around trying to figure out where that sound is coming from. If I time it right, I'll get in 20 minutes of playing time + 10 minutes of nap time before the girls show up.

My car uke is a concert Vineyard, about $40. If you have something with a case, it takes up too much room and is probably too nice to risk having to implement your BigGulp Disaster Preparedness Plan.:eek:

Ahnko Honu
12-12-2009, 07:12 AM
What do you guys think about using a Lanikai Pineapple as a "car uke"?? I've had it for a while and I don't play it much anymore. Do you think temperature swings would mess it up at all? It has geared tuners. I want to buy a Dolphin but if I can get away with using the Lanikai then there's no point :D

It was my first uke though that my brother got for me 2 years ago, so I dont want it to get destroyed (but I want it to do more than sit in a case and not get used). :anyone:

I've had my Mahalo laminate pineapple (reasonable fact simile of your Lanikai) in my truck for going on 6 months without a problem though I do keep it in a padded gig bag, and I don't live in "Satan's A**hole", Arizona where I'm guessing is less humid and more extremes in temps than here in the islands. I was using my Fluke in the truck but realized that though a better truck 'ukulele the Fluke costs about 4 times more than my Mahalo to replace so I keep the Fluke at my bedside now, and my Mahalo pineapple serves truck duty. If you need an excuse to buy a Dolphin nobody here will stop you (enabler's club) but I personally think your Lanikai pineapple would serve well and get some much needed attention (we don't want to neglect any of our 'ukuleles). :D