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The_Oddness_of_It_All
11-29-2010, 02:05 AM
So I'm getting stoked for my annual trip up to Elderly Instruments! I love that place man they always seem to have the best selection. That's actually where I bought my KoAloha:) But I never seem to have enough time there. I have been trying to think up a battleplan so I can play the maximum number of ukes. Whenever I go there I end up wasting time and I end up missing out on playing some awesome ukes. So I was wondering what you guys do. I was thinking that I should do some major research and write down the ones I want to play the most.....But I don't know.

What do you guys think?

lozarkman
11-29-2010, 02:12 AM
Im 73! Do I qualify? :) Lozark

Hippie Dribble
11-29-2010, 02:29 AM
So I'm getting stoked for my annual trip up to Elderly Instruments! I love that place man they always seem to have the best selection. That's actually where I bought my KoAloha:) But I never seem to have enough time there. I have been trying to think up a battleplan so I can play the maximum number of ukes. Whenever I go there I end up wasting time and I end up missing out on playing some awesome ukes. So I was wondering what you guys do. I was thinking that I should do some major research and write down the ones I want to play the most.....But I don't know.

What do you guys think?

I think I wish I was you, o odd one!!! If it were me I'd hook onto the website and write a list on a bit of paper so you know exactly which ones you want to cuddle beforehand!

So jealous....I'd be heading for the Kamakas, Collings', LoPrinzis and the National Resos. I'd also like to try a couple of Martins...read and hear so much about them but never had the opportunity to play one.

Have a ball and happy strummin' and pickin'!!!! Let us know what you decide to buy!

mm stan
11-29-2010, 02:58 AM
Aloha TOOIA,
If it was me, and I had time constraints....I'd go in there with a plan of attack...choose your most important choices...Have fun and enjoy!!! Happy strummings!! MM Stan...

ukeeku
11-29-2010, 02:59 AM
they actually only have like 10% of their ukes out, so having a list to hand to the sales guy will make sure you can play them. They have no issue going and getting them, they are just limited on space so they keep some in storage

lambchop
11-29-2010, 03:37 AM
So I'm getting stoked for my annual trip up to Elderly Instruments! I love that place man they always seem to have the best selection. That's actually where I bought my KoAloha:) But I never seem to have enough time there. I have been trying to think up a battleplan so I can play the maximum number of ukes. Whenever I go there I end up wasting time and I end up missing out on playing some awesome ukes. So I was wondering what you guys do. I was thinking that I should do some major research and write down the ones I want to play the most.....But I don't know.

What do you guys think?
I'm so lucky to live 40 minutes away, but it's an event even form me to go - just look at their website a few days before going to see what they have, but they also have some vintage items you may not see on their website. Be sure to check out the airplane uke, based on Lucky Lindy, and they have a nice use Ko'olau there right now. If you want to see a slightly dated picture of their wall of ukes, check out the recent entry on my blog at http://oneukulele.blogspot.com

Yes, I am an Elderly Fan!

Mike

PS, call Stand Werbin out there, the owner, as he is a big ukulele fan - if you tell him you play, and if he is there, he may be able to give you rock-star access to the place! Worth a try. Mike

The_Oddness_of_It_All
11-29-2010, 05:20 AM
I'm so lucky to live 40 minutes away

What?! No fair! I live 5 hours away!.... although I don't have to pay tax if I call in to order.
but still..


PS, call Stand Werbin out there, the owner, as he is a big ukulele fan - if you tell him you play, and if he is there, he may be able to give you rock-star access to the place! Worth a try. Mike

where would I get his number? Is it on the website?

The_Oddness_of_It_All
11-29-2010, 05:23 AM
they actually only have like 10% of their ukes out, so having a list to hand to the sales guy will make sure you can play them. They have no issue going and getting them, they are just limited on space so they keep some in storage

I know, I realized that the first time I went. But I always feel bad coming in and wanting to look at 15+ that are all in storage. I feel like I should call ahead and tell them To get them out...:)

Chris Tarman
11-29-2010, 05:43 AM
I've never been, but I bought my '77 Jazz Bass from them in '99, and my Style 2 Martin earlier this year. They're great! When I bought the Martin, it was a choice between 2 Style 2s and a Style 1. The uke guy (sorry, I don't remember his name) got them all out and spent about 30 minutes on the phone with me, playing them and telling me what he thought about each of them.
My neighbors are pretty good bluegrass musicians, and in about '97 they went to Michigan solely to go to Elderly to buy a Martin guitar. They spent the whole day and were never pressured, and were allowed to play pretty much any guitar they wanted without the staff seeming annoyed. They walked out with a new HD-28, and couldn't say enough good things about the store and staff.

Jnobianchi
11-29-2010, 06:29 AM
Yeah - I'm an Elderly fan, too. I've bought two ukes from them - both times, Pat in mail order got them out, played them for me, looked at various things I asked him to tell me about, and gave me an honest appraisal of their condition.

Yes - If I was going, I'd have my targets laid out absolutely. I'm someone who usually likes to wander around and see what turns up, but not in this case. :)

Pippin
11-29-2010, 07:43 AM
Elderly does a good job with setup and they also have a pretty accurate rating system for used instruments, especially vintage. They are very popular among professional performers. I find their service is excellent.

Mandarb
11-29-2010, 08:11 AM
I ordered some different string brands from Elderly a little over a month ago. I opened the Worth Browns last week and the E string was a clear not a brown. I called Elderly and explained the situation. They sent out a replacement set right away. Great customer service.

J_Tay81
11-29-2010, 09:05 AM
I just bought a natural finished Fluke Flea online from them when they had a sale going on. Good price, nice website full of all sorts of goodies.

Uncle Leroy
11-29-2010, 11:22 AM
I love Elderly, I always make a trip there with my father when I am in the area.

wickedwahine11
11-30-2010, 06:20 AM
You're so lucky. I would love to be able to visit their store. I have bought tons of strings and books from them. They have wonderful customer service, and when I had a return they were prompt and great about it. Have fun!

Tudorp
11-30-2010, 08:32 AM
Never considered myself a "fan' but I have used them allot. Very good customer service, and I know of at least one there that is a Uke guy and very knowlegeable. I have only mail ordered from them though. Every single time I emailed them, they replied very quickly, and answered any questions or concerns I have had. Same with telephone conversations. They are only a couple hours from me geographically, so maybe I should go there some day. I didn't realize they were that big. Not much of a suprise tho if I think about it.

One specific concern I had that they went over and beyond on with me. I bought a set of Ping geared uke tuners awhile back, and one of the tuners did not have the hole drilled in the post for the string. I called them and asked them if they can send a replacement tuner, and I would send them back the bad one. Within a couple days, I got a new full set. I called them back and said I only needed one, and if I should send the whole set back, or how they wanted to do it. They simply said not to worry about it, they just wanted to be sure I had what I needed. Awesome customer service.

ichadwick
12-01-2010, 01:02 AM
My experience wtih Elderly is a non-sale. They wanted to charge more than double the shipping cost for a small uke without a case, mailed from mainland USA, than what MGM charged me for a bigger uke, with case, mailed from Hawaii. It was more than $35 difference. When I asked about the excess cost fo mailing, the person who responded was curt and disinterested in my business. MGM got my order instead and I've used his services for several other purchases.

hmgberg
12-01-2010, 04:42 AM
I'm a big fan. Purchased two very nice ukes, a case, numerous sets of strings from them. Their knowledgeable staff is very helpful, playing instruments over the phone, describing condition in great detail. I always receive gracious e-mails from them thanking me for my purchases. I have had very pleasant e-mail exchanges with the owner, Stan Werbin, nice man. If I lived close enough to visit, I'd be dead (my wife would kill me for buying "another one!!!"), or one broke S.O.B. - as it is I'm just broke.
And, I'm jealous of anyone who can easily get there. So many vintage and new instruments to play.

The_Oddness_of_It_All
12-01-2010, 04:52 AM
I love Elderly, I always make a trip there with my father when I am in the area.

That is exactly what I do. My dad plays guitar and we both love Elderly.

kopas
12-03-2010, 04:50 PM
Elderly is a fantastic store and the owner Stan Werbin is a fellow Uker. If you come on the 3rd Saturday of the month, you can join the Lansing Ukulele group for some fun. Elderly always throws together a few last-minute deals for attendees. You can find retail ukuleles cheaper from other online merchants. But no store in the area has anything close to their selection of new and used Ukes. You can spend all day trying everything out and even play that vintage Martin you'll never afford.

I should warn you: if you suffer from UAS, you may want to leave your wallet in the car.

TCK
12-03-2010, 06:53 PM
Ian's experience seems to be an anomaly...one I hope I never get. I have ordered bi-weekly from elderly since the Uke bug hit me-strings, cases, books, string winders, stands...lots of money, but the best has been my 1920's maybell Banjo Uke. It was as described and while I spent a week fixing her up, i was well prepared with a plan of attack before i got her. Great service and personalized notes from the owner on every order- I love that kind of service.
Of course, if i went there, i would be an addict on a bender for sure...18 accordions, 10 Ukes, 13 sets of bones and so on- i have a problem, best that i am on a different end of the country.

KamakOzzie
12-03-2010, 07:31 PM
I placed my first order with them on 12/1. Shipped on 12/2 and will be delivered 12/4. I have been very pleased so far.

Bill

Hippie Dribble
12-03-2010, 10:22 PM
My experience wtih Elderly is a non-sale. They wanted to charge more than double the shipping cost for a small uke without a case, mailed from mainland USA, than what MGM charged me for a bigger uke, with case, mailed from Hawaii. It was more than $35 difference. When I asked about the excess cost fo mailing, the person who responded was curt and disinterested in my business. MGM got my order instead and I've used his services for several other purchases.
This is an unfortunate experience.

Whilst I agree, their international shipping charges are on the expensive side, I am more than prepared to wear this as fair trade for super fast, reliable, knowledgable customer service; great discounts that are offered on every product in stock, and access to the largest range of ukes in the world. For example, a couple of months back I ordered a LoPrinzi tenor. I was offered a shopworn burgundy "Uke crazy" case for $25 (normal cost over $80). When I opened the box, the case was brand new to my eyes and evidence of 'shopwear' was nowhere to be found. These guys are awesome in every respect and their massive popularity to folks everywhere is no surprise.

Pukulele Pete
12-04-2010, 02:01 AM
I've got a catalog from Elderly from 1980. Wow, I should have bought more stuff back then. New Martin guitars for $ 637.00 . I'm not sure if I should throw it away or list it on Ebay. Do you think there would be any interest on Ebay for this catalog?