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Miss Michele
01-03-2011, 07:06 PM
I hadn't been to the local music store in a while. So, tonight, I decided to take a stroll to the 'ole music store to see if they had any new Ukulele items in. Last time when I was in the store they were only selling Lanakai LU-21 model ukuleles. They also had very few ukulele instruction booklets.

Tonight it was like I stepped into ukulele heaven! As soon as you walked into the door you see a HUGE display for Lanikai Ukuleles! They had saprano to Baritone size! An electric/acustic model too! The only ones available were the display models. The guy in the store said they sold a lot during the holidays. I guess I'm not the only one in my hometown with a ukulele now! lol

I have my eyes on the spruce top, and the Koa. Both concert models. The spruce top is more in my price range though and I think it sounds better.

I really like Lanikai, it makes me happy :) lol

Do you have many music stores where you live? Do they sell ukuleles?

marihhen
01-03-2011, 07:22 PM
had to make my own uke shop :D but it seems that the other music stores are coming around and ordering ukuleles in.

pulelehua
01-03-2011, 07:30 PM
Ukuleles are pretty easy to get in Southeast England. Good ukuleles are another story. One shop in town has a decent Kala selection. You really have to go to London, and even there's not great.

I think many UKers are very thankful for the internet.

Eavorclear
01-03-2011, 07:43 PM
There are two stores around here that sell ukuleles.
First there's Music Mart, they just sell Lanikai.
Then, there's Guitar Center, with a semi-decent ukulele selection, they had a wonderful Luna Concert High Tide ukulele that I fell in love with, I plan on buying it later on.

mm stan
01-03-2011, 11:40 PM
Aloha Michele,
We have so many ukulele stores here, my bank account is empty...he he...btw- I myself don't prefer spruce tops as they are too bright for me..sorry my preference...try them before buying them..
I hope you had a wonderful New Years Day and Hope 2011 is a Great year for you...Happy Strummings!! MM Stan..

fitncrafty
01-04-2011, 01:29 AM
Oh boy Michele... are you in trouble or what?? :) I am dreaming of a few ukes myself....

Plainsong
01-04-2011, 02:38 AM
There's one store with nowhere to park near it and no public transport stops around it that carries Lanikai ukes and Aquila strings. The ukes are all over MSRP, so... yeah.

But to be fair, that's probably one of the better music stores around. Music stores in general are very poor. You couldn't even be sure you could go to a guitar place and audition a Fender, and they'll all vary wildly in price.

Papa Tom
01-04-2011, 02:59 AM
Michele:

Are you talking about Sam Ash, by any chance? They suddenly took on a whole new uke department a few months ago, but don't seem to be keeping up with it. Nobody in any of the Sam Ash stores around here even know how to tune them!

ItsMrPitchy
01-04-2011, 03:06 AM
Theres one store by me that sells decent ukes but the shop is 20 miles away. Worth the drive for ukes though.

ukularwarhead
01-04-2011, 07:39 AM
the local shop by me focusses almost exclusively on Kalas. They got a pretty sweet selection though. went in there a few days ago and saw alot of empty uke hooks on the wall :) they must be sellin!

Rockabilly
01-04-2011, 07:53 AM
The store by my house has a few kalas but that's about it..I don't think people are willing to pay a substantial amount for a uke yet.. The interest has picked up for sure since the first I walk in there.

OldePhart
01-04-2011, 02:26 PM
Local guitar center had two or three ho-hummers the last time I checked. There is a music store a couple of miles away that has the big Lanikai revolving display that is probably the one you saw - but there have only been two or three ukes on it for as long as I can remember!

You'd think in a metropolitan area this size I could do better...

John

Miss Michele
01-05-2011, 11:17 AM
Aloha Michele,
We have so many ukulele stores here, my bank account is empty...he he...btw- I myself don't prefer spruce tops as they are too bright for me..sorry my preference...try them before buying them..
I hope you had a wonderful New Years Day and Hope 2011 is a Great year for you...Happy Strummings!! MM Stan..


Stan, I was strumming them for a few. I don't know why but I liked the sound of the spruce top more than the Koa. I thought it was kinda pretty ;)

Miss Michele
01-05-2011, 11:19 AM
Local guitar center had two or three ho-hummers the last time I checked. There is a music store a couple of miles away that has the big Lanikai revolving display that is probably the one you saw - but there have only been two or three ukes on it for as long as I can remember!

You'd think in a metropolitan area this size I could do better...

John



John, I'm pretty sure that was the display I saw! Yea, my hometown is kinda small so it figures they wouldn't have much.

Miss Michele
01-05-2011, 11:22 AM
The store by my house has a few kalas but that's about it..I don't think people are willing to pay a substantial amount for a uke yet.. The interest has picked up for sure since the first I walk in there.


Rockabilly, I think that there are still some people that don't understand an ukulele is NOT a toy!

sukie
01-05-2011, 11:26 AM
If you want to die and go to heaven, go to Huntington Beach, CA and check out Island Bazaar. Salukulady took me there last winter and I'd NEVER seen, nor will I EVER probably see so many different ukuleles in one spot.

Miss Michele
01-05-2011, 11:32 AM
Oh boy Michele... are you in trouble or what?? :) I am dreaming of a few ukes myself....


Carrie, lol, I know! I'm still have my eyes on that Luna! hahaha

Miss Michele
01-05-2011, 11:35 AM
If you want to die and go to heaven, go to Huntington Beach, CA and check out Island Bazaar. Salukulady took me there last winter and I'd NEVER seen, nor will I EVER probably see so many different ukuleles in one spot.

Sukie, lol, I'm hoping to do some traveling this summer (if all goes well) I'll put that spot on my list!

Miss Michele
01-05-2011, 11:37 AM
had to make my own uke shop :D but it seems that the other music stores are coming around and ordering ukuleles in.

If my UAS doesn't clear I'll have a uke shop myself! lol

Miss Michele
01-05-2011, 11:38 AM
Ukuleles are pretty easy to get in Southeast England. Good ukuleles are another story. One shop in town has a decent Kala selection. You really have to go to London, and even there's not great.

I think many UKers are very thankful for the internet.


I know I'm thankful!

Miss Michele
01-05-2011, 11:40 AM
There are two stores around here that sell ukuleles.
First there's Music Mart, they just sell Lanikai.
Then, there's Guitar Center, with a semi-decent ukulele selection, they had a wonderful Luna Concert High Tide ukulele that I fell in love with, I plan on buying it later on.


Luna Dolphin is on my list! Of course, have to get it online.

Miss Michele
01-05-2011, 11:47 AM
Michele:

Are you talking about Sam Ash, by any chance? They suddenly took on a whole new uke department a few months ago, but don't seem to be keeping up with it. Nobody in any of the Sam Ash stores around here even know how to tune them!


Papa Tom, that's kinda funny and sad in a way. I know when I first asked if anyone taught ukulele at the music store, the guy said he didn't even know how to play it! Then he went and was jammin on a guitar! And no, it's not Sam Ash. We have a local independant dealer who has been around for 30+ years!

Tor
01-05-2011, 11:52 PM
Papa Tom, that's kinda funny and sad in a way. I know when I first asked if anyone taught ukulele at the music store, the guy said he didn't even know how to play it! Then he went and was jammin on a guitar! And no, it's not Sam Ash. We have a local independant dealer who has been around for 30+ years!
I bought my Lanikai tenor in a small (well, tiny) shop in my small hometown. There are three music instrument shops here, fortunately (small town, long cold winters, ==> lots of bands and musicians). But it's mostly about guitars and other instruments of course. One shop didn't have any ukes. The second has a display of two or three ukuleles, strategically (not) placed facing the door. So naturally (it's freezing here) the instruments get very very dry. They were of course utterly out of tune, the guy on duty didn't know anything about ukes, and they were so dried out and mis-managed that when I tried to tune them the nut just popped off on one of them and then a string broke. Bought a guitar cable and left.

The final (and tiny) shop though, that's a different matter. Several Lanikais on display (but only Lanikais though), including some expensive ones. Room properly humidified. Every ukulele _in tune_. Got my Lanikai. I have bought two guitars from this little one-man shop before. It's more expensive than ordering online of course, but I never question that - it's just so great to have a functioning shop nearby. And you get to try different instruments and pick the better one, at least with guitars where he keeps a larger stock. I buy everything local if I can, even if it's more expensive. I order stuff I can't get locally online, otherwise I buy local (strings, for example. Expensive in a way, but that's what small shops live off. Which is fine with me. I want them to stay.)