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bazmaz
07-29-2010, 11:58 AM
My 9 month baby loves uke so much she plays with them like toys. Whilst I dont let her touch my pricey instruments, I let her play with my red Makala Dolphin - heck - that thing is bombproof!!

Anyway, mad as I am, I thought she deserved her own model... at 9months old....

Full details on the blog

http://gotaukulele.blogspot.com/2010/07/blimey-i-am-on-roll-another-new-uke.html

ps - ordered from Bonsai guitars - not a shop I've ever used before - but UK based, limited stock but a good range of Kala and Makalas if you like. At the moment, free delivery too, and Paypal checkout available.

jacothedog
07-29-2010, 01:52 PM
Not mad at all - just a good dad!

NikePenguin
07-29-2010, 02:57 PM
Oh good, now I'll feel completely sane when I get my 2 yo niece a Makala dolphin when I visit next week!

Jerlial Prophet
07-29-2010, 06:06 PM
I bought a Makala Dolphin after watching my little ones banging on my Mainland. I've come to the realization though that I really just wanted to buy it for myself and the kids were just a nice excuse. I keep it on the main floor of my house for open use and keep the Mainland in the "Man-Cave." I have got my wife to play it a bit. I figure the more I can get my wife to play it, the closer I am to getting a KoAloha Pineapple Sunday.

Lori
07-29-2010, 07:08 PM
Yes, yes, all going according to plan! Spread the uke joy far and wide, and especially catch the young ones if they are susceptible. Good job!
–Lori

kenikas
07-29-2010, 07:34 PM
Seems completely sane to me, my youngest grandson has had his own (albeit a nearly unplayable tourist uke!) since hhe was about 10 mos. He always wanted to join in with his brother, sister and I when we played and I originally let him use my old Hilo baritone, but found this tourist shop soprano and it's much more his size. I don't think you can start kids in music to young if they show an interest.

Matimeo
07-30-2010, 01:37 AM
Lol..sounds like a good idea to me. I've been planning to by a pink dolphin for my new little girl (4 mo. now) for her first birthday. Hope it takes! ;)

bazmaz
07-31-2010, 07:34 AM
Well, it arrived. Looks great and she loves it

First class service from bonsai guitars btw. Never used before, delivered next day, free postage too!

Graymalkin
07-31-2010, 07:55 AM
First class service from bonsai guitars btw. Never used before, delivered next day, free postage too!

Yeah, the two Dolphins I got from them (was only supposed to be one, for a friend's birthday, but once I'd had a go on it at 25 it'd be rude not to!) were delivered very quickly.

bazmaz
07-31-2010, 01:44 PM
love your sig... so want to try queen is dead on uke!

Ahnko Honu
07-31-2010, 04:17 PM
You are mad as a hatter Paul, or maybe mad like a fox. Great idea, get them started young and you'll have a prodigy on your hands in no time. ;) What color, pink?

Graymalkin
07-31-2010, 11:22 PM
love your sig... so want to try queen is dead on uke!

Been learning 'Half a Person' myself, but it turns out that Johnny Marr's actually quite good... :)

As for 'The Queen is Dead', yeah! The Ukrainians (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B7Dqirtba1M) showed it's a song not averse to fast 'n' plinky strumming...

bazmaz
08-01-2010, 09:07 AM
Got her purple. Nice too!

bazmaz
08-09-2010, 02:54 AM
Updated the blog - re the service from Bonsai Guitars - they were cheap and quick, and have full range of colours, but if you are not comfortable in setting up, would look elsewhere.

http://gotaukulele.blogspot.com/2010/08/my-daughters-plastic-dolphin-update.html

Hualani
08-09-2010, 06:01 AM
My 9 month baby loves uke so much she plays with them like toys. Whilst I dont let her touch my pricey instruments, I let her play with my red Makala Dolphin - heck - that thing is bombproof!!
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Awesome, Paul.

9 months is about the same age my boy was when I let him have my free ukulele that I won from some music store in Ala Moana ages ago. This is picture of the son 19 years ago when he was still baby:
http://img3.ak.crunchyroll.com/i/spire1/0ee7745679050b29b9cb2427539c3e2f1280137384_full.jp g
If you check the end of the headstock, the kid also loved teething on as much as plucking at it.

The one thing I would be concerned about is some of the super cheap stuff coming from China. Since the babies are teething at that age, they will nom-nom on the ukulele so got to be careful that the ukulele doesn't contain lead paint, lead varnish or cadmium metal tuning parts.

Otherwise, ever too young or too old to enjoy the uke! Great way to bond with your kids and give them the gift of music.

bazmaz
08-09-2010, 06:46 AM
re the materials - she doesnt play with it alone - but to be honest, with a name like Kala (plus the fact that these are aimed at kids and schools) I think Kala will have that issue buttoned down - anyone from Kala on here to confirm?