View Full Version : Steel stringed uke

11-04-2010, 03:12 AM
...on eBay:
Quote: "Brass strings. They sound much better than plastic string ukuleles." (http://cgi.ebay.ca/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=180582417341&ssPageName=ADME:B:SS:CA:1123#ht_1558wt_1142)
Yeah? Well, sure don't look as nice...

11-04-2010, 04:26 AM
eBay is interesting. I've actually gotten three GREAT buys on eBay - each instrument was as described and no surprises - two have turned out to be ukes that I play every day.

Still, 90% of sellers know a lot less than the buyers. Things like the lousy old Dixie are often offered at BUY IT NOW prices upwards of $400, which is about 300% too high, and you frequently get folks putting steel strings on old banjo ukes, as one woman said, because "if it didn't have strings on it, people would feel they were getting cheated". They don't know that the first thing you're going to do is replace the strings, bridge and head with new ones immediately. One guy I saw once put violin strings on the Stella uke he was selling - how he got them on there is beyond me. One guy once told me the neck on an instrument stored for decades in a basement was badly twisted (which was visible), but that it played well forty years ago, so no reason it shouldn't still.

Caveat emptor. Just be aware, ask the right questions in writing, and you'll be fine on eBay. No one wants bad feedback.

11-04-2010, 06:27 AM
I don't think the point of the topic was that eBay is a bad place to buy ukes; but more so on the dodgey description on that particular uke ^^;;

eBay is generally good for buying ukes if stores around don't have a wide selection or good prices.
Just take care to buy from a seller that seems legit (are they are formal music store? lots of positive feedback? trusted brands, brand new and covered by warranty? authorized dealer?)

11-04-2010, 06:50 AM
Oh yes, of course. Extraordinarily dodgy description and seller! :D I love the location. Is it Hawaii? Is it perhaps Queens, NY? It's really impossible to say. :)