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thejumpingflea
06-08-2008, 05:21 PM
So after getting a G-String uke from my parents for a grad gift I decide my UAS has gone down for a while. Then what happens? My parents throw me a huge grad party and I got 740 bucks in gift money! AHH!!! Now that UAS is in full force. Any tips on how to get rid of this? Haha, I am eying those Koa Pili Koko sopranos down at MGM's.....

I hate how these instruments treat my wallet.... :eek:

deach
06-08-2008, 05:26 PM
It's going to be agonizing for you to pick. I'll take one for the team. Give me the money.

UkuLeLesReggAe
06-08-2008, 05:27 PM
wow your lucky... Buy 2 ukuleles :D

thejumpingflea
06-08-2008, 05:43 PM
I've decided that I want to save at LEAST 400 of it. That leaves me ~300 for a uke. Any suggestions?

I could use a good solid wood soprano.... :music:

thejumpingflea
06-08-2008, 05:44 PM
It's going to be agonizing for you to pick. I'll take one for the team. Give me the money.

Haha priceless. Sorry man, but no can do, I have to bear this burden myself. :)

UkuLeLesReggAe
06-08-2008, 06:01 PM
to be honest.. i wouldn't spend $300 on a soprano, i think $150 for me is enough for soprano... perhaps a flea ukulele or fluke? :D..

what ukuleles u have already?

deach
06-08-2008, 06:07 PM
to be honest.. i wouldn't spend $300 on a soprano, i think $150 for me is enough for soprano... perhaps a flea ukulele or fluke? :D..

what ukuleles u have already?

I thought this way until I played some upper end ukuleles.

What about a Waverly Street ukulele?

UkuLeLesReggAe
06-08-2008, 06:17 PM
I thought this way until I played some upper end ukuleles.

What about a Waverly Street ukulele?

hmm well i guess that would be the deal, but the only way i can play any ukuleles is if i buy them :S

thejumpingflea
06-08-2008, 06:30 PM
I thought this way until I played some upper end ukuleles.

What about a Waverly Street ukulele?

Waverly Street? Sounds interesting, have you played them before?

They look really nice and the videos I've sound good too.

thejumpingflea
06-08-2008, 06:44 PM
http://cgi.ebay.com/KOALANA-by-Koaloha-SOPRANO-solid-wood-Ukulele-w-case_W0QQitemZ230258490806QQcmdZViewItem?hash=item 230258490806&_trkparms=72%3A552%7C39%3A1%7C65%3A12&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14

Back in stock at MGM I see. Anyone have or have played one of these? This would be easy on my wallet...

seeso
06-08-2008, 06:59 PM
http://cgi.ebay.com/KOALANA-by-Koaloha-SOPRANO-solid-wood-Ukulele-w-case_W0QQitemZ230258490806QQcmdZViewItem?hash=item 230258490806&_trkparms=72%3A552%7C39%3A1%7C65%3A12&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14

Back in stock at MGM I see. Anyone have or have played one of these? This would be easy on my wallet...

http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?t=2837

thejumpingflea
06-08-2008, 07:31 PM
http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?t=2837

Thanks for that Seeso, I should have searched I 'spose. I've actually read that thread and just wanted another opinion. (Didn't realize there were so many sound samples there) I am just a very excited man at the moment. :rock:

I really am thinking about this KoAlana though, 150 from MGM and sounds very nice. I think that I may just go with it....

Then again once he gets Koa Pili Kokos in stock again those are great....

And then there is the WaverlyStreet ukes. They look mighty fine and are very well priced....

Why must there be so many choices?! :eek:

Howlin Hobbit
06-08-2008, 08:05 PM
Here's an idea. Find a custom builder that you:

a) like the work of and...
b) has the proper length of "wait time"

Now put that $300 down (or whatever portion is needed by the luthier for the down payment) and start saving during the wait time.

Yeah, not so good in the "instant gratification" department, but you already have a very nice new uke to jam on. And at the end of the wait, you'll have a fab new uke to add to your arsenal.

Something to think about.

cMejilla
06-08-2008, 08:05 PM
im anxiously waiting for the koa pili koko soprano that i just ordered from MGM. haha. i'll try and throw something up here when it comes in on wednesday this week just in case it'll help you figure out what you wanna spend that glorious sum of money. haha

Lanark
06-09-2008, 12:14 AM
I know exactly what you're going through. I hit upon the idea of a solid wood soprano in that price range (http://ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?t=3131) a couple weeks ago.

There's some solid suggestions there. (you probably saw that thread too.)

I ended up going with the Kelii (thanks MGM) The simplicity appeals. Hawaiian made is good. Bsting's sound sample (http://ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?t=3180) sounds good like I want a soprano to and he seems pleased with his purchase. (I looked at the Koa Pili Koko's too, but decided I'd rather go with the original flavor direct from Kelii.) Should come sometime later on this week I hope.

UAS is strong, but there's no hurry. Take your time and do your research. Bargains are to be had and buyer's remorse sucks.

deach
06-09-2008, 12:15 AM
Waverly Street? Sounds interesting, have you played them before?

They look really nice and the videos I've sound good too.

http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?t=3196&highlight=waverly

He has some new ones coming out soon too. He's a member here as well.

thejumpingflea
06-09-2008, 12:34 PM
Here's an idea. Find a custom builder that you:

a) like the work of and...
b) has the proper length of "wait time"

Now put that $300 down (or whatever portion is needed by the luthier for the down payment) and start saving during the wait time.

Yeah, not so good in the "instant gratification" department, but you already have a very nice new uke to jam on. And at the end of the wait, you'll have a fab new uke to add to your arsenal.

Something to think about.

I hate you. :D Not only do you have a point I am now strongly considering, but you are making my wallet hurt more with the thought of a 1500 dollar uke. (Although my UAS loves that idea...) :music:

Any ideas on great custom builders? Glyph has over a 2 year wait time...

deach
06-09-2008, 12:42 PM
DaSilva - I thnk he has a 12 week wait.

drubin
06-09-2008, 12:43 PM
I guess it all depends upon what you really want...which can be tough to figure out sometimes. Here's a thought: now that you're going to get used to playing on such a nice uke as your KoAloha tenor, it may feel a bit disappointing to move to a soprano that is not of the same quality. I agree, as usual, with the excellent advice of Mr. Howlin' Hobbit! But you don't need, necessarily, to think about going all the way up to $1500, though that is of course a possibility. However, if you, say, just double your $300, you could order a custom soprano from, for instance, Mike Pereira of MP ukes. mpukuleles.com (http:/mpukuleles.com) $625 for a custom of his quality is a steal, trust me! But I also understand wanting to just stay within a certain price range and get the best your money can buy. I've read nothing but good things about those Koa Pilis. Life is tough when you have UAS, brother! :D Hope you aren't feeling too stressed out by this decision! :biglaugh:

thejumpingflea
06-09-2008, 01:13 PM
Here's an idea. Find a custom builder that you:

a) like the work of and...
b) has the proper length of "wait time"

Now put that $300 down (or whatever portion is needed by the luthier for the down payment) and start saving during the wait time.

Yeah, not so good in the "instant gratification" department, but you already have a very nice new uke to jam on. And at the end of the wait, you'll have a fab new uke to add to your arsenal.

Something to think about.


I guess it all depends upon what you really want...which can be tough to figure out sometimes. Here's a thought: now that you're going to get used to playing on such a nice uke as your KoAloha tenor, it may feel a bit disappointing to move to a soprano that is not of the same quality. I agree, as usual, with the excellent advice of Mr. Howlin' Hobbit! But you don't need, necessarily, to think about going all the way up to $1500, though that is of course a possibility. However, if you, say, just double your $300, you could order a custom soprano from, for instance, Mike Pereira of MP ukes. mpukuleles.com (http:/mpukuleles.com) $625 for a custom of his quality is a steal, trust me! But I also understand wanting to just stay within a certain price range and get the best your money can buy. I've read nothing but good things about those Koa Pilis. Life is tough when you have UAS, brother! :D Hope you aren't feeling too stressed out by this decision! :biglaugh:

The more I think about this whole get a custom uke the more I drool over it. A uke build just for me to the specifications I need! I am nearly jumping up and down to the thought of that!

I just sent both MP and DaSilva about pricing, woods, customization, assembly times and such and this may be the route I go. (As I am more then content with my G-String Tenor at the moment)

Man, I am happy right now. And to think my parents think I should SAVE all that money.... They have no idea how hard it is to have UAS. :biglaugh:

Thanks for all the input guys!

deach
06-09-2008, 01:29 PM
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Man, I am happy right now. And to think my parents think I should SAVE all that money.... They have no idea how hard it is to have UAS. :biglaugh:

....

Speaking as a parent, you should really save the money. You have a great ukulele and another one would just be excessive. You just graduated and you should show your parents that you are an adult by doing the fiscally responsible thing.

























































LMAO!!!!!!!!!:rofl::rofl: Who am I kidding.?!??!

Howlin Hobbit
06-10-2008, 06:37 AM
I have heard nothing but rave reviews of MP ukes. If you put that $300 down you could pretty easily busk up the rest of the money in 3 months. Just a suggestion, I dunno what kind of job/income you may have already.

Heck, you could probably do it by standing at a nearby busy intersection with a cardboard sign saying, "Suffer from UAS. Please help!" :rolleyes:

Whichever way you jump, you should definitely stick to the part of the plan where more than half your grad money is salted away though. It is possible to have your ukulele and savings too.

I've never managed it, but it is possible.