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Sic_Rob
01-19-2010, 05:47 AM
Like most I started with a beater. I bought a Lanikai Soprano. I feel in love with the uku and ordered myself a Mainland Concert shortly after. I also was given a Makala which is also fun to play. Not sure if I like the Lnaikai or makala more. I think I like the soul better on the Lanikai but is has Aquila's on it so maybe that helps.

Whats your favorite beater?

kenikas
01-19-2010, 06:08 AM
Probably my Hilo baritone, I bought it for $10 and put a set of low G Aquila's on it and it sounds OK even though somewhere in it's past it was dropped and the lower bout has a big dent in it. And we also have the 2 Makala Dolphins but they belong to my grandkids and they would be very offended if I called them beaters.

UKISOCIETY
01-19-2010, 06:11 AM
Jackson Browne.

RevWill
01-19-2010, 06:12 AM
The Flea is expensive for a beater, but I simply cannot harm that dang thing. It's my take-it-everywhere uke.

GX9901
01-19-2010, 06:14 AM
I used to be big on the idea of a "beater", using it as an excuse to get some inexpensive ukes that I was curious about. Then I realized that I almost never play them (not because they are bad or anything, but because I gravitate toward my best ukes). I guess my true beater these days is my William King concert, because I play it like 90% of the time, and therefore it takes the most "beating" out of all my ukes.

molokinirum
01-19-2010, 06:15 AM
The only one I got....Makala Concert!

Skrik
01-19-2010, 06:15 AM
Makala dolphin.

lonsilog
01-19-2010, 06:15 AM
Now, a Kala KA-ST. Before, a Kala KA-S.

UKISOCIETY
01-19-2010, 06:21 AM
The Dolphin is the best of my beater ukes. I have a TV Pal that I use in the car too. Its neck snapped off at the body and the headstock broke at the nut, but a little super glue and it's back in business.

bbycrts
01-19-2010, 06:25 AM
I used to be big on the idea of a "beater", using it as an excuse to get some inexpensive ukes that I was curious about. Then I realized that I almost never play them (not because they are bad or anything, but because I gravitate toward my best ukes). I guess my true beater these days is my William King concert, because I play it like 90% of the time, and therefore it takes the most "beating" out of all my ukes.
Oh, to have a William King be my beater...

Ahnko Honu
01-19-2010, 06:25 AM
Jackson Browne.

Bobby Brown (What is it with these Brownes?)

Ahnko Honu
01-19-2010, 06:25 AM
Toss up between my Mahalo laminate pineapple, and my Flea.

SailQwest
01-19-2010, 06:33 AM
My Risa Soprano Stick. I take it with me everywhere (played it at the laundromat yesterday). With the solid body it's virtually indestructible.

leftovermagic84
01-19-2010, 06:54 AM
The Flea is expensive for a beater, but I simply cannot harm that dang thing. It's my take-it-everywhere uke.

+1. I love my fluke, and with an upgraded padded gigbag I have no worries about dragging it around with me. I got mine used, so it was reasonably priced, and it comes in concert size, which dolphins don't.

johncaudrey
01-19-2010, 06:54 AM
My little red Mahalo with Aqulla strings.
I picked it up today after its been sat in my van (where it generally lives) for the last three very cold weeks not being played and yep it was still tune!

micromue
01-19-2010, 07:00 AM
My modded lava flea. In-des-truc-tibleŽn good lookinŽ. Just like myself :cool:.

Bluke
01-19-2010, 07:18 AM
I like my Cuisineart.

psesinkclee
01-19-2010, 07:33 AM
My concert flea. plastic fretboard, cool light 'spring' green color, and i got it on the cheap (never used with a case for 120)!

Lanark
01-19-2010, 08:42 AM
I like my Cuisineart.

I'm way old school & rock it with a whisk

Ron
01-19-2010, 07:57 PM
I know, Jon! My Kala KA -T is my GOOD uke. I guess my Makala Pinapple soprano is my beater but in truth they both travel everywhere with me and I gig with both of them so.....
Our probklem is we live in New Zealand so a $150 uke costs $210 here. A good $300 uke costs $420 and a covertble $600 uke costs ...well you get the picture. So I've decided to use a NZ luthier WHEN I can justify the expense.

experimentjon
01-19-2010, 08:10 PM
Mele Koa Top, Mahogany Body Tenor. Bought it for $60 with a big crack on the top and a battered finish. Did a cheap fix on the crack and refinish. The thing does not have a case and gets picked up and strummed whenever I see it, just because it's out in the open. Definitely not well taken care of, and has fallen several times, but it hasn't been as damaged as I thought a solid wood ukulele would be. Still plays like a champ. D'addario Pro Arte strings.

Sambient
01-20-2010, 01:48 AM
It's probably really my Flea, but only one of my ukes I actually call a beater and that's because it's named Blue Beater. Though if I get around to changing its look like I want to, it'll have a different name.
The Blue Beater is a High School Musical concert uke with the Washburn name and the tell-tale Oscar Schmidt looking bridge.

SweetWaterBlue
05-29-2010, 06:15 AM
My concert flea. plastic fretboard, cool light 'spring' green color, and i got it on the cheap (never used with a case for 120)!

Hah! The only time I ever use my Flea bag is when I want to carry it on the back of my motorcycle.

KevinV
05-29-2010, 07:00 AM
I don't own any real high end 'ukes, just a few modest ones that I like. Out of them all, my Makala MK-S would be the one I would consider the beater of the lot. The Makala lives in my lab at work and gets played daily during breaks, lunch, and downtime.

I've got a Kala Acacia Tenor with Mi-Si pickup that I play with my band and at home a lot. And I have a Flea soprano that gets played at home and goes where I feel its rugged construction is the best choice. In a few weeks it will be going with me on a week's vacation to the Blue Ridge Mountains in N. Georgia.

Dusepo
05-29-2010, 07:31 AM
Makala pineapple.

darkwater
05-29-2010, 08:31 AM
My Fluke with the plastic fretboard is my go everywhere nearly indestructible uke.

SailingUke
05-29-2010, 09:13 AM
My Fluke tenor, I really don't beat any instrument.
My Fluke I can carry easily, it is hard to hurt and if something did happen I can easily replace it.

uke5417
05-29-2010, 09:35 AM
50s all-mahog Hilo sop, for which I paid $5. It has been on the floorboards of my car, without a case, for the past three years and still looks and sounds great.

40s (?) Regal all-mahog sop, for which I paid $15. It's my go-to indoor uke, as it is always sitting out (no case) and sounds terrific.

(I had to glue both of these ukes back together after finding them in sad shape at flea markets. Even carved a new nut out of a scrap of wood for the Regal. I have some nice ukes, but I love never having to worry about these two guys.)

haole
05-29-2010, 02:25 PM
I keep a Makala dolphin (with $5 radioshack pickup) in my car. My Flea cost ten times what I paid for the Makala, so it's no longer my beater.

ichadwick
05-30-2010, 12:14 PM
The uke I generally travel with is my Fluke, in large part becuase it's less prone to getting dinged, scratched and hurt in transit. And it sounds okay, too. I suppose it's my "beater".

Lori
05-30-2010, 06:11 PM
I suppose the ultimate beater position goes to my bright blue Makala Dolphin, which I use as a demo uke when showing the Uke Leash. I wanted to have something that hadn't become a member of my private herd, but would be able to be handed over to a wide variety of folks without too much stress. But, I am hopeless, since it is such an appealing little uke, I am sure to bond with it too, if I give it half a chance. I normally choose my Kala Kiwi or Mainland Boat uke for bringing to work to play during lunch in my car. I will take my Kala Mango Tenor if I want a low G uke to travel from the cool beach climate to the hot valley climate. The Long neck soprano or the Zebra wood soprano comes to work sometimes too. I have a few more that will come with me to Uke meetings, and a few that stay mostly at home. I treat them all with great care, because I like them so much, so none of them look like beaters.
–Lori

guitharsis
05-31-2010, 03:14 AM
Don't really have a beater because I take good care of all of them, but I'm not as concerned about my two KoAlanas. Being made of sapele wood they're much heavier then the KoAlohas and even the Kamaka. ( Interesting that sapele wood is considered an exotic wood. It is pretty.)
My two KoAlohas and Kamaka stay at home most of the time.

Tudorp
05-31-2010, 03:37 AM
Don't know if I consider it a "beater", but the one I have just thrown around to grab whenever I want to tinker around is my 1930s Harmony Banjo Uke. I restored it functionally, and never really put it in a safe place, or case. I have guitar hangers all over the house, where I hang it up allot, but if I am not near one, it ends up tossed up against the wall, or floor behind a chair. I love that thing, because it is fun to play, and tough as nails. You can toss it around and it is just a rock solid tank. I am careful not to put it somewhere that will puncture the original goat skin drum head, but other than that, I have bounced this thing around like a step child....

http://hphotos-snc3.fbcdn.net/hs550.snc3/30110_129145917101207_100000173975723_346810_15342 36_n.jpg

Deets
05-31-2010, 03:43 AM
Vincent Crabbe.

(But seriously, my dolphin)

bazmaz
05-31-2010, 09:50 PM
surely i cant be the first to have said................................

MAKALA DOLPHIN!!!!!

heres mine with pics - http://gotaukulele.blogspot.com/2010/04/red-special-arrives-makala-dolphin.html

Coconut Willie
06-01-2010, 04:57 AM
Right now all I have is the Makala Concert. At $50, I guess that would make it a beater. HOWEVER......when I save up enough $$$ to get a nice uke, then the Makala will be the beater uke!

Kimosabe
06-01-2010, 05:44 AM
My kala sunburst archtop tenor is my all around beater. It has a nice feel but is not super expensive. I could replace it. Sometimes when I'm playing it I forget and think I'm on my Kanilea k-1 tenor. It has a nice neck even if the sound is not equal to the Kanilea. It also can be plugged in.

Chris Tarman
06-01-2010, 01:57 PM
Usually my favorite Beater is Paul, but sometimes George. Oh... wait...

LoMa
06-01-2010, 08:44 PM
I have a Kelii koa soprano made in 2000 - the finish shows a little wear, but it still sounds real sweet. Real rich with lots of overtones.