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flea_bitten
02-05-2010, 04:54 AM
Earlier today I said I had two ukes - a cheapy Mahalo and a Flea (which I adore) and that was saving for a banjolele.
Dunno what came over me...

A few minutes ago I got confirmation from Waverley St that Banjolele #125 (http://www.wsukes.com/125/u125.html) is on its way to Australia.

:smileybounce:

I guess she'll be needing a name - any suggestions?

CulpRJ
02-05-2010, 06:30 AM
Hmm, let's see... Banjo... Australia...

How about "Paterson?"

bunnyflower
02-05-2010, 06:58 AM
Yay, excitement! What are your other ukes named?

flea_bitten
02-05-2010, 03:25 PM
The Flea is just called "Flea" and the Mahalo is "Blue" (cos its a red one... in Australia red-heads are often nicknamed Blue and if you had a Blue-Heeler dog you might be likely to name him Red... so a red uke has to be "Blue"...).

CulpRJ your suggestion of Paterson made me laugh! On that theme - one of his most famous poems is Clancy of the Overflow - so Clancy could make a short list too.


Dave said in his email 6-10 days so I guess its a bit soon to go sit outside the post office... Do I have UAS now I have 3 ukes? I can justify every one of them.

Aunt Betty
02-06-2010, 06:37 AM
Congratulations! You now have a whole new set of styles and sounds to play with. Fun! Enjoy! Fly! Be free! ....sorry, I was getting carried away.

Uke-lahoma
02-06-2010, 07:13 AM
Congrats! I've been most pleased with my Waverly Street banjo uke (#89). I replaced the head with a goatskin a few months ago.

flea_bitten
02-14-2010, 09:31 PM
It's here! Sort of...

I just got a call from my other half to say that he's picked up a Waverley St box from the post office. Woo hoo.
But we live in a rural area, he commutes and we use a post box near his office for all our mail.
It's about 3.30pm now. He has things to do after work so I won't actually get my hands on it 'til about 8.30pm.

Time really is relative.

flea_bitten
02-15-2010, 03:31 AM
Oh my... it's beautiful! Thanks Dave.

http://www.amandawilliams.com.au/images/banjolele_1.png

http://www.amandawilliams.com.au/images/banjolele_2.png

http://www.amandawilliams.com.au/images/banjolele_5.png

http://www.amandawilliams.com.au/images/banjolele_4.png

wheelgunner
02-15-2010, 04:03 AM
Enjoy your new "pretty". They are loads of fun to play.

Sambient
02-15-2010, 04:41 AM
So! So! How's it sound? How's it play?

flea_bitten
02-15-2010, 05:45 AM
Well, it plays awesome. And is, as I hoped, especially good for frailing. I'm not that good at it yet but it makes me sound heaps better than I am. :D

It is a bit louder than the Flea. I was expecting that because other reviewers said banjoleles are like that. But its not intrusively so and I'm managing to play quietly enough to not annoy the family tonight. Well they're not complaining (yet).
Definitely has that nice sort of banjo-y "twang" - and that's the thing that I love about it - I feel like I'm playing a completely different instrument without having to learn another one.

The service from Waverley St has been excellent. It came out of the box - got a minor tweak on the tuning and I was playing. It was shipped pretty much straight away - making it to Western Australia in 12 days. The packaging is amazing - I was a bit worried about it getting bumped around on the way but the box is a work of art in itself - and then plastic wrapped and securely packed inside it. (As a bonus the family is passing around the newspaper that was in the box... amazing stuff you guys have over there.)

heymelbs
02-15-2010, 05:31 PM
UAS is setting in. Is this the concert or soprano size?

Uke Republic
02-15-2010, 08:41 PM
Dixie, all banjoleles should be named that. Mines named Dixie. Cool banjolele ya got there! They are heaps o' fun!

flea_bitten
02-15-2010, 11:20 PM
UAS is setting in. Is this the concert or soprano size?

Concert. "#125 is a concert scale, 8" dia. head banjolele. Tunable synthetic head (w/ tuning wrench), geared tuners, and polished aluminum arm rest. Oak neck & peghead, rosewood finger board with 15 frets. "

A banojolele called Dixie? That's cool. I had a pet duck called Dixie... (the stuff on her head is feathers that stick up - she's a Crested duck)

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dave g
02-16-2010, 03:01 AM
Oh my... it's beautiful! Thanks Dave.

Thank YOU :)