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MGM
05-17-2008, 06:22 PM
Many stores carry other instruments as their main focus and usually have a few ukuleles as a sideline. Other than good ukuleles...what items oiher than strings would you wish store had more of that you would get for your ukulele.

Phil Major
05-17-2008, 06:27 PM
I wish a store in my area had a case. I have this excellent new tenor, but I have no case for it and I cannot see any in person to see if they fit my uke well and whatnot. Thats the big one for me.

degracia
05-17-2008, 06:36 PM
Believe it or not but there's only 1 music store in Hayward. First of all, they should carry more ukes and strings. :D They have 1 set of La Bella tenor and 1 set of Martin concert. And about 10 Mahalo ukes.

But aside from that, they usually dont carry the accessories needed to make an internal pickup. It's more of a main music store so they should at least have it for guitars, but sadly they dont.

And they have about 3 people who work there. And one of the ladies don't understand too much english. She didn't know what I was talking about when I asked about pickups :confused: So I ask for better service and people who know about installing, fixing, etc.

tad
05-17-2008, 06:50 PM
Strings
Cases
Books on Ukulele techniques and songbooks
*STANDS*
Felt picks... (these are harder to find than I can understand.)

deach
05-17-2008, 06:56 PM
intelli tuners
straps

Besides the stuff listed in the above posts, what else is there? I guess this is your chance to do some marketing of ukulele-related products.

cheeseburger
05-17-2008, 07:21 PM
i wish there was a store around here that actually sold ukuleles.

Ukulele_Junkie
05-17-2008, 07:27 PM
probably ukulele brand stickers, ukulele related t-shirts not too fond of the floral pattern button ups tho, cheaper "headstock vibration tuners" i dont know what they are really called, and uke building kits, oh and more soft padded gig bags, most stores around here jus have those hard shell cases.

Jack33@
05-17-2008, 09:52 PM
...a shop assistant that does not stare blankly at me when I ask for strings, then call two more assistants and the manager over, all have a discussion about it right in front of me, then tell me they don't have any, then openly laugh when I point to the display of soprano ukes in the window and then say "Yes we have those but we only stock strings for real instruments"

There are only a few music shops round me, none of them really know anythig about Ukuleles so I have to travel to get any kind of understanding.

Ho Hum.

Jack33

degracia
05-17-2008, 09:59 PM
...a shop assistant that does not stare blankly at me when I ask for strings, then call two more assistants and the manager over, all have a discussion about it right in front of me, then tell me they don't have any, then openly laugh when I point to the display of soprano ukes in the window and then say "Yes we have those but we only stock strings for real instruments"

There are only a few music shops round me, none of them really know anythig about Ukuleles so I have to travel to get any kind of understanding.

Ho Hum.

Jack33



I feel your pain. Except instead, its just one lady who doesn't know english staring blankfully at me.

And actually, the manager tried to force me to buy a Mahalo uke like it was one of the best around. No hate, but he tried selling me a Flying V Mahalo uke for 100+ :confused: and even a Mahalo soprano for 59+.

davoomac
05-17-2008, 10:12 PM
probably ukulele brand stickers, ukulele related t-shirts not too fond of the floral pattern button ups tho, cheaper "headstock vibration tuners" i dont know what they are really called, and uke building kits, oh and more soft padded gig bags, most stores around here jus have those hard shell cases.

Everything ukulele junkie mentions here I second.

more stickers
cool uke themed tshirts or other apparel
cheaper clipon tuners
DIY uke stuff
more selection for gigbags and straps

h-drix
05-18-2008, 12:15 AM
"Yes we have those but we only stock strings for real instruments"

ouch, at that point i would of picked up the flying V uke and start playing stairway ...that would of shut their ignorant mouths up. do a little face melting, some ear splitting, etc.

UKESTAR
05-18-2008, 04:56 AM
Great customer service where the customer feels like their hard earned money was well spent. No hassles for the customer.

Rubbertoe
05-18-2008, 05:15 AM
...a shop assistant that does not stare blankly at me when I ask for strings, then call two more assistants and the manager over, all have a discussion about it right in front of me, then tell me they don't have any, then openly laugh when I point to the display of soprano ukes in the window and then say "Yes we have those but we only stock strings for real instruments"

There are only a few music shops round me, none of them really know anythig about Ukuleles so I have to travel to get any kind of understanding.

Ho Hum.

Jack33

I too share your pain... probably the best music shop in Toronto knows nothing about ukuleles. Collectively, they know (and have probably forgotten) more about most mainstream intruments than I will ever be able to learn but that's where it ends. They've told me a uke is strung and tuned like a guitar, they only carry Hilo, Mahalo and Oscar Schmidt (which they endorse as the top of the line in the world of ukulele - not hating on Oscar Schmidt or any Oscar Schmidt owners but there are higher-end ukes out there) and they've told me that soprano strings would be just fine for any size ukulele. And while there are hints of truth in their sales pitch, they don't know how to tune a uke (other than a baritone - which they don't even know exists) and they sell only what they stock. They have 6-8 different models of soprano, concert and tenor ukes. You'd think they would at least know the basics.
What do I want? An ukulele instructor.

Plainsong
05-18-2008, 06:55 AM
It's not that bad here. There's one shop that has some Brükos, Lanikais, and Stagg, and of those, you want the first one. The guy is nice and doesn't pretend to be hugely knowledgable about ukes, but takes in what the uke crazy customers tell him. He knows about the bigger uke meetings and lamented missing out on Rigk's Blues Workshop last year.

Prices are atrocious, but that's Finland - he's probably not making a huge profit after his own costs.

I wish the mid tier stuff was more accessable. Guitar players aren't asked to plonk down 1k sight unseen and unheard unless it's their own choice. For us, there's usually no choice in the matter.

thejumpingflea
05-18-2008, 08:46 AM
A 10 minute drive to me for me is to Kennelly Keys. Great store; if you play a band instrument. They do carry a few ukes though (Oscar, Mahalo, and a few others) but the prices are atrocious. They do carry strings for all sizes (Martin and D'adderario) and felt picks although that is the limit there.

Now 45 minutes away is a store called Dusty Strings. (The greatest store in the world!) They carry TONS of ukes, from new Kamakas to old vintage Martins. (just the other day I played a 10 string Martin, yes 10 string!) What they also have are cases, strings (Aquilas, Freemonts, D'adderario, Martin, Hilo, etc) and books. Now not only do they have all of this, but their customer service is simply outstanding.

So the purpose of my post is what a uke player wants (at least me) is all the supplies (cases, ukes, strings, books, etc) with the great customer service.

JackT
05-18-2008, 08:53 AM
My only music shop is 25 minutes away. Great for guitar. BUT they only sell one uke, the mahalo u30. The strings they sell I hadn't ever heard of. I would just like a specialised uke shop. That would be nice.

Lanark
05-18-2008, 09:51 AM
Actual hardshell cases like you get for guitars.
I'd be interested in having more than some nylon and styrofoam between my big monetary investment and the world.

NukeDOC
05-18-2008, 10:12 AM
Actual hardshell cases like you get for guitars.
I'd be interested in having more than some nylon and styrofoam between my big monetary investment and the world.

YES!!! someone needs to talk to the guys at SKB and have them make a hard case for da ukes. sure it would be about $100 but IMO well worth the money.

BUGOY
05-18-2008, 10:15 AM
^yes! and more travel/backpack uke cases like Bruddah Marks!

thejumpingflea
05-18-2008, 10:25 AM
YES!!! someone needs to talk to the guys at SKB and have them make a hard case for da ukes. sure it would be about $100 but IMO well worth the money.

I have a hard case for my G-String that I got from a local music shop. 60 bucks for it. (They threw it in for free for me though :D)

Here is a pic:
http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee239/thejumpingflea/IMGP0941.jpg
http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee239/thejumpingflea/IMGP0942.jpg

This is exactly the type of reasons why I love this store and it is definitely a thing that uke players want! :love:

Ukulele_Junkie
05-18-2008, 11:01 AM
jumpin flea wherre the heck do u live?! cuz those were the same exact stickers they had for free at dusty's strings in seattle.

NukeDOC
05-18-2008, 11:01 AM
I have a hard case for my G-String that I got from a local music shop. 60 bucks for it. (They threw it in for free for me though :D)


This is exactly the type of reasons why I love this store and it is definitely a thing that uke players want! :love:

yeah i have a couple similar cases. one for ko'olau, and the other that came with my KPK. but the SKB is just so much more protection. imagine this for your uke:
http://img3.musiciansfriend.com/dbase/pics/products/regular/5/2/9/540529.jpghttp://img3.musiciansfriend.com/dbase/pics/products/regular/0/1/5/489015.jpg

Howlin Hobbit
05-18-2008, 01:11 PM
Now 45 minutes away is a store called Dusty Strings. (The greatest store in the world!) They carry TONS of ukes, from new Kamakas to old vintage Martins.

A few more minutes and you can be at The Trading Musician (http://tradingmusician.com/). Check 'em out. You'll like the selection and the prices beat Dusty Strings like a redheaded stepchild. Though their best stuff is the used stuff.


(just the other day I played a 10 string Martin, yes 10 string!)

That would be a tiple (pron. tee play). Not quite a ukulele but way hip nonetheless.

thejumpingflea
05-18-2008, 01:14 PM
A few more minutes and you can be at The Trading Musician (http://tradingmusician.com/). Check 'em out. You'll like the selection and the prices beat Dusty Strings like a redheaded stepchild. Though their best stuff is the used stuff.



That would be a tiple (pron. tee play). Not quite a ukulele but way hip nonetheless.

Cool store. I'll check it out next time I'm down there.

Tiple? Very cool. Learn something new everyday. :rock:

Craig
05-18-2008, 01:15 PM
Many stores carry other instruments as their main focus and usually have a few ukuleles as a sideline. Other than good ukuleles...what items oiher than strings would you wish store had more of that you would get for your ukulele.

Hey Mike,

Even here in the Los Angeles area, most music stores have few or no ukuleles at all. And if they do, their mostly Kalas, Lanikais and the likes (no offense to lovers of these ukuleles). McCabe's is really the only exception that will have a few Kamakas and other higher-end products. Also, even their ukulele string selection is limited.

1uke
05-18-2008, 03:14 PM
Hey Jumpingflea, did you go to the Taylor Guitars Road show? Because I have the same Taylor sticker on my hard case! lol

Anyways, I'm in the Greater Toronto Area (Canada) and I would love a store that carries all of the above... Strings and high end ukes would definitely be great. What I would like most of all would be some uke lessons, although Aldrine, Dominator, and Davoomac as well as others all do a great job!:D The only store that I know of in Mississauga carries one soprano uke. It's one of those mexican Martins, it's quite nice but it's not really my fancy.

As for my hard case... I have a Mele mahogany concert that I got when I was in Maui. Cheryl at Mele threw in this awesome case for free (worth 70$) and it's awesome! It fits the uke perfectly and it is entirely lined with nice padding.

seeso
05-18-2008, 07:03 PM
I'll add my voice to the chorus. More hard shell cases and gig bags, please.

thejumpingflea
05-18-2008, 07:09 PM
jumpin flea wherre the heck do u live?! cuz those were the same exact stickers they had for free at dusty's strings in seattle.

I live in Mukilteo WA. Got the stickers from Dusty Strings. :music:

Ukulele_Junkie
05-18-2008, 07:10 PM
I live in Mukilteo WA. Got the stickers from Dusty Strings. :music:

oh cool cool, i was up there a few days ago and i saw those. Wondered where that one g-string uke went to.

degracia
05-18-2008, 07:26 PM
... The only store that I know of in Mississauga carries one soprano uke. It's one of those mexican Martins, it's quite nice but it's not really my fancy.


You live around Sauga??? I was just there last summer to visit my moms side of the family for the first time in years!!

tripl3thr33
05-19-2008, 07:35 AM
I'll add my voice to the chorus. More hard shell cases and gig bags, please.

most definitely, my bag is ripping apart and soon it's just gonna be song cloth hanging off of some styrofoam :P. i carry my uke to work and there's a lot of kids around there so a good case/bag would help keep it safe

jakegio
05-19-2008, 10:24 AM
more hard shell cases and straps would be way cool MGM.

1uke
05-19-2008, 10:38 AM
You live around Sauga??? I was just there last summer to visit my moms side of the family for the first time in years!!

Oh ya, that's awesome I didn't think that anybody knew about the 'Sauga, lol. Ya there's getting to be quite a lot of people that live here, but no uke store, not yet at least... still waiting for world uke domination :p.

Phil Major
05-19-2008, 05:06 PM
Did these suggestions help any MGM? It seems like cases really is something that we all would like to see more of. I would especially like more of the real hard cases that I can put stickers on... haha thats just me though.

MGM
05-19-2008, 05:57 PM
Did these suggestions help any MGM? It seems like cases really is something that we all would like to see more of. I would especially like more of the real hard cases that I can put stickers on... haha thats just me though.

Yes finding out customers wants and needs always helps and i try to accomidate all i can and also pass info on regular basis to manufacturers. What makes some items for many dealers and internet sites to stock is that items like Pitchpipes, felt picks, single strings, and other accessories often have such a low sales generatd margin that its tough to stay motivated to keep them in stock I mean I could literally sell 1,000 felt picks before i would make what one could on a sale of a single Hawaiian tenor. Most all small items I sell are considered as an essential service than a profit oriented item.