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luvdat
05-26-2010, 11:51 AM
In the vibrant East Village check out East Village Music on E. 3rd Street. They carry Lanikais, Kalas, Mainlands and Eleukes and even some Ko‘olau's...

I picked up a Lanikai spruce top tenor there today and hung out for a while talking to Claude the owner about ukes...and he knows his stuff and cares. Also willing to trade old gear.

Check out this link:

http://www.evmnyc.com/newfolk.html

Hey, it's worth a trip there just to walk around in the East Village, maybe even walk up towards the West...

Pippin
05-26-2010, 12:00 PM
I wonder who's making the Morgan Monroe four-string banjo.

bt93
05-26-2010, 12:40 PM
thats where i always go. they have awesome ukes and awesome service!

luvdat
05-26-2010, 12:49 PM
At this point that's going to become my go-to. I like the drive to NYC believe it or not and I've also discovered that Lanikai is fine...

rasputinsghost
05-26-2010, 02:12 PM
I got my Mainland Mahogany Tenor there, and if you pay in cash, claude knocks a nice little chunk off the price!
Do I smell a UU-NY meetup at East Village Music?

Claude is great and will let you jam as long as you want.

liagiba
05-26-2010, 02:14 PM
I've always seen this store pop up on lists of stores that sell ukuleles since I'm from New York, but I've never thought of going because I assumed that it wouldn't sell ukuleles. So thanks for the info! I'll definitely check it out now hopefully sometime soon.

luvdat
05-26-2010, 03:09 PM
Let me tell you, the East Village Music store would be cool for a meet up some time and yes, like on old time Mom and Pop where a trade for an instrument is a real trade. Stinkin' Sam Ash "trade" these days is about half price and equal to a for-cash practically...all this talk of poverty based ukenomics...like real musicians....

Claude is the man!

haole
05-26-2010, 04:39 PM
I'm all for a meetup there! EVM is one of the better places to try ukes in the area.

rasputinsghost
05-26-2010, 04:45 PM
Since EVM is pretty crowded, meetup there and then we can go to Washington Square for some fun al fresco uking!

luvdat
05-26-2010, 04:55 PM
We'll follow up on this one. Have weekend plans already but sooner than later.

Chris Tarman
05-26-2010, 06:07 PM
I wonder who's making the Morgan Monroe four-string banjo.

I was wondering that myself! I don't have a banjo uke yet...

Spooner
05-26-2010, 06:08 PM
Matt Umanov Guitars on Bleecker is a pretty awesome place to hit too.
Lots of goodies there.

http://www.umanovguitars.com/

Chris Tarman
05-26-2010, 06:14 PM
I just looked up Morgan Monroe on the 'net. Doesn't say much about them, but it looks like a decent instrument from the specs (especially for the price). They have 4 different Banjo Ukes listed.

luvdat
05-26-2010, 11:34 PM
Matt Umanov Guitars on Bleecker is a pretty awesome place to hit too.
Lots of goodies there.

http://www.umanovguitars.com/

They carry Ohanas (sopranos only last phone call) and some Kamakas and another K brand.

BTW, I like Matt Umanov's but a fair degree of snob appeal at that place. A truly impressive collection of guitars (they deserve a certain level of snob appeal).

greg_usa
05-27-2010, 09:53 AM
I got my Mainland there... although I did pick up a $50 Lanikai.. tuner was f'ed up and the dude was being a little difficutl about giving me another one. i defintely had to give him some shit before he agreed.

but i would LOVE to get a meet up going in washing square park. Maybe someone could start an NYC meet up group!

greg_usa
05-27-2010, 10:05 AM
I got my Mainland there... although I did pick up a $50 Lanikai.. tuner was f'ed up and the dude was being a little difficutl about giving me another one. i defintely had to give him some shit before he agreed.

but i would LOVE to get a meet up going in washing square park. Maybe someone could start an NYC meet up group!

Just want to be clear - I was referring to East Village Music Shop.

as far as Matt Umanov Guitars. They seem to have higer end stuff. You won't really get any ukes there in the $300 and under from what I saw. For that range - East Village Music Shop is defniitely a better option. And there's defintely a little snob appeal at Matt Umanov Guitars. Me and my buddy were in the back room playing around with a fender bass. The guy gave us about 10 minutes and then cut us off - lol. and the thing is - we were really looking to buy it. But they do ahve a great collection of guitars, ukes, and mandolins. New and vintage. Such a cool shop! And I asked the guy about banjo ukes. he doesnt really carry a stock but he said if i was ineterested he could track down a restored one from the 1920's for about the same price as a new goldtone.

But I love both shops. The two shop's feel and personalities totally match their locations. East Village music shop is a little darker, grungy and crowded into a small place. Dude behind the counter drinking a budweiser. Totally fits it's location in the east village -right up the street from the Hells Angels clubhouse. Then Matt Umanov on the other side of town in beautiful Greenwich Village... nice spacious shop... beautifully laid out. Both have their own charm!

luvdat
05-28-2010, 12:44 AM
I got my Mainland there... although I did pick up a $50 Lanikai.. tuner was f'ed up and the dude was being a little difficutl about giving me another one. i defintely had to give him some shit before he agreed.

but i would LOVE to get a meet up going in washing square park. Maybe someone could start an NYC meet up group!

Great posts about both places. But when you think of it "a little difficult" ain't bad for the world we live in. Washington Square would be certainly doable...

I think the least expensive ukes at Matt U's are Ohana sops.

haole
05-28-2010, 06:08 PM
KoAloha's website lists East Village Music as an authorized dealer. Has anyone seen any KoAlohas there? :O

luvdat
05-28-2010, 06:28 PM
KoAloha's website lists East Village Music as an authorized dealer. Has anyone seen any KoAlohas there? :O

From memory maybe I put a close spelling brand...call them though, because I did see a sop there that cost over $600.

rudeuke
05-29-2010, 08:20 PM
a great funky lil shop but they dont got alot of banjo stuff unrealted i know but would of been a perfect shop if they did.

luvdat
05-29-2010, 09:35 PM
a great funky lil shop but they dont got alot of banjo stuff unrealted i know but would of been a perfect shop if they did.

He'll probably carry those Lanikai banjo ukues when they are ready...

What impresed me the first time: that was the best variety of ukes I'd seen (esp. inc. modest priced stuff) in any one place.

bt93
05-30-2010, 03:45 AM
He'll probably carry those Lanikai banjo ukues when they are ready...

he already has them listed on his website

haole
05-30-2010, 11:06 AM
Ah, they sell Ko'olau as well. That might have been it.

rasputinsghost
05-30-2010, 03:55 PM
at $489 for that? Eh. I'm gonna wait until Mainland cranks out those banjoleles we've all been waiting for

haole
07-27-2010, 05:43 PM
Was just in there today. They have a KoAloha concert with the old crown bridge! (Strangely enough, they're not an authorized KoAloha dealer.) Also a Ko'olau soprano, a couple Makala dolphins, Ponos, Eleukes, Riptides, and Mainlands. They also have a decent enough selection of strings (Aquilas, Alohis, Mahanas, D'Addarios, etc), and they don't grossly overprice their strings like Sam Ash does.

bt93
07-27-2010, 05:56 PM
Was just in there today. They have a KoAloha concert with the old crown bridge! (Strangely enough, they're not an authorized KoAloha dealer.)

according to koalohas site, they are the only dealers in New York. http://www.koaloha.com/Dealers/Dealers.html

RKNNDY
07-27-2010, 05:56 PM
EVM might be grungy, but the dude behind the counter drinking a bud definitly doesn't have an attitude when it comes to discussing his ukes and offering advice. He took a look at my mystery-maker uke (http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?33484-I-just-bought-a-strange-custom-made-soprano-ukulele-from-the-20-s.-Take-a-look) the other day while I strung it up and talked me through a couple points of interest that I missed. I don't think I'd ever want to take my business elsewhere.

haole
07-27-2010, 06:05 PM
according to koalohas site, they are the only dealers in New York. http://www.koaloha.com/Dealers/Dealers.html

I asked the guy about that. He said that the store hasn't really bought anything from KoAloha; the one they had in stock was a trade-in.

mm stan
07-27-2010, 06:40 PM
Aloha Luvdat,
Congrats on the new purchase of the lanikai tenor, How does that baby sound with the spruce top???
MM Stan...

luvdat
07-27-2010, 11:39 PM
Went back and forth on the spruce top but after a few saddle adjustments really fine and have come to conclude with side by sides and/or comparisons with other tenors that cost almost twice the price the Lanikai S-T is really a great value. What gets me is the intonation up and down the neck, spot on!!! You can bang that thing for loud or go pretty light for sweet.

East Village Music: Claude is great. I spoke to him maybe 3 times by phone in the last 2 weeks to see how much of the Lanikai order came in...and he always takes the time to talk about ukes a bit if he doesn't have a customer. BTW he is the ONLY place I know in the NY/NJ area who will give a decent, fair trade value on a uke. I'm in the market for a better soprano so I'll probably be stopping in soon...

In short, East Village Music is where I also give my business.

mm stan
07-28-2010, 01:32 AM
Aloha Luvdat,
So you traded some of your babies there already???

haole
07-28-2010, 05:48 AM
Good trade-ins, you say? Maybe I can trade in a guitar for a U-Bass. :O

luvdat
07-28-2010, 02:11 PM
Good trade-ins, you say? Maybe I can trade in a guitar for a U-Bass. :O

Talk to Claude...for a lack of a better way to put it...this is a guy who is really trying and overall cares about ukes.

luvdat
07-29-2010, 12:37 AM
Good trade-ins, you say? Maybe I can trade in a guitar for a U-Bass. :O

Compared to a Guitar Center or Sam Ash...much more generous...though yeah almost anything else would be easily better...talk to Claude.

rasputinsghost
07-29-2010, 03:21 AM
Thirding all the Claude love.

luvdat
07-31-2010, 10:02 AM
Aloha Luvdat,
So you traded some of your babies there already???

All of them. I'm down to one uke: the Mainland red cedar soprano. For most of my life I played and sang and wrote songs with only one guitar. For a relatively brief period about 3 years I had GAS pretty bad and these were the least happy least productive musical years for me. I sold them all off. I think I'm one of those folks better off with just one instrument...like that's my "path."

When I showed up with my 2 tenors to trade, Claude asked, "Are you one of those trade maniacs?" I said, "Hey, why be overelaborate? Just call me a maniac."

I really encourage everyone who's able to visit Claude and East Village Music to do so. You can also find things to do in the neighborhood...places to eat, etc...

mm stan
07-31-2010, 04:39 PM
Aloha Luvdatuke,
I guess you old user name said it all......singular....eh!!! Not that you've went down to one uke, you've also went down to a soprano too, any reason for that???
I am very intrested in red cedar tops and was going to do a posting, but I'll ask you here....what's your impression of them??? Keep Strumming them strings..
And what strings have you got on it???MM Stan...

luvdat
07-31-2010, 05:57 PM
I started with soprano. Had a Flea soprano...a Kala pineapple. Makala Dolphin and Kala 15-S for my wife. I wanted something more trad...got a few tenors (I would still recommend highly the LU-21TE and the Lanikai S-T for those looking for good values in tenors). I also think a good number of lams are great values in all sizes, even "better" overall than some solid woods...

but I must admit I hadn't given the Mainland red cedar sop a fair chance and now I'm glad I did.

I played it at a party today!!! A big hit!!!