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Ambrosius
01-28-2011, 12:53 PM
I'm a complete newbie. Having my first Ukulele for some weeks. A Tenor size, Chinese made of some brand, Korala that is, probably the same factory as Kala (what's not Chinese these days?) (Well now, my very first entry was a toy like soprano given to me as a gift).

I'm a man well beyond the 50s, so it's amazing what is available as instructions and informations both on this forum and on the internet in general. I've learnt about low G's and re-entrance tuning. Been switching between low and re-entrance now twice (with the help of a classic guitar D-string). So now to my point, -

Low or high G makes it a complete different instrument. Re-entrance for strumming and low G for picking? As I see it now, I need a genuine Hawaiian piece with with "classical ukelele tuning, probably a Consert size for strumming and joy, and a Baritone (I have already a Tenor) size for mellow fingerpicking?

My dreamis to get a genuine Hawaiian made Koa Ukulele, hopefully to both my "needs".

RyanMFT
01-28-2011, 12:56 PM
UAS claims another!

You can get a Hawaiian Koa uke....ebay, Music Guy Mike....lots of other places! You deserve it......you are getting very sleepy......buy a Koa uke and create world peace.....

Does this help at all?

Ambrosius
01-28-2011, 01:05 PM
Been reading about Music Guy Mike on the forum, and has started following his e-bay site. Yhere is so few instruments now made in Hawaii, witout the very expencive and hard to get custom made. But I'm watching. Maybee I e-mail MGM for an advise. I'd like to have two twins, one for each playing style.

mm stan
01-28-2011, 01:44 PM
Aloha Ambrosis,
I'm wondering where you live..have you checked out the forums market place, craigslist, and Flea Market Music marketplace and Ebay....there are some good choices...Good Luck....Happy Strummings, MM Stan

Ambrosius
01-28-2011, 01:51 PM
Norway, Europe that is, mm stan. I'm new in this, but se an emediate need of two ukuleles, as I'm tired of switching between the two strings. My idea is that Ukulele is an Hawaiian instrument, and following I need to get it there.

Ambrosius
01-28-2011, 02:05 PM
Craiglist anf Flea Market was new to me. E-Bay I knew.

Maybee still I think I shall mail MSM for an advise. My vision is to get two twins, one smaller and the typical Uke sound, re-entrance tuning, and one with a more mellow sound. Both Hawaiian and simualr design and appairance.

mm stan
01-28-2011, 02:16 PM
Aloha Ambrosis,
I hope you get to visit here....by the way, what is your criteria and budget?? just curious....MM Stan..

itsme
01-28-2011, 02:26 PM
I'd like to have two twins, one for each playing style.
Ah, but that's not as much fun as having two completely different ukes with different tonewoods and maybe different shapes (like regular and pineapple).

But I agree with your original assessment of re-entrant for strumming for that classic "ukey" sound, and low g for the added range you get for fingerpicking.

Ambrosius
01-28-2011, 03:22 PM
Aloha Ambrosis,
I hope you get to visit here....by the way, what is your criteria and budget?? just curious....MM Stan..

Been spending the last half hour typing a mail to Mike the Man for his suggestions. I love the bright sound of the Ukulele, the re-entrance tuning.

Every time I put my low G-on, I loose the Uke sound, My happy sound, while strumming. So I my opinion, everybody needs two.

Ambrosius
01-28-2011, 03:25 PM
Ah, but that's not as much fun as having two completely different ukes with different tonewoods and maybe different shapes (like regular and pineapple).

But I agree with your original assessment of re-entrant for strumming for that classic "ukey" sound, and low g for the added range you get for fingerpicking.

I see that my friend. I'm a newbie however. Musically I need two. With a growing interest I probably need a "hundred" :-)

Ambrosius
01-28-2011, 03:36 PM
Budget?, as I wrote to Mike...adjustable but nothing is free when it comes to quality. I see some half a thousand each? 500? Would that be resonable? Compaired to a quality guitar that is maybe too low?

I was very wxcited when I found out the the author of "The left Brain Luthier" made Ukuleles in Hawaii Big Island. "This is my man" until I saw He'd retired :-) I enjoy his internet site though.

Ambrosius
01-28-2011, 03:50 PM
Ah, but that's not as much fun as having two completely different ukes with different tonewoods and maybe different shapes (like regular and pineapple).

But I agree with your original assessment of re-entrant for strumming for that classic "ukey" sound, and low g for the added range you get for fingerpicking.

I've come to love the "uke" sound. Still I want something to be "mellow" with, a more deep voice, fingerpicking.

SweetWaterBlue
01-28-2011, 03:58 PM
Nothing sounds like a uke as much as a soprano does to me.

The soprano thinks its a ukulele.

The baritone thinks its a guitar.

The tenor sometimes thinks its a guitar and sometimes a uke.

The concert doesn't know what it is (only kidding). I think most people play the concert because they want the soprano sound, but can't seem to get their fingers on that small fret board easily. Then again, some very large people have learned to play the soprano.

Ambrosius
01-28-2011, 04:13 PM
Very good thoughts SweetWaterBlue.

I was a bit put off by the initial gift given to me, more like a toy then an ibstrument. I guess the playability that provided should not be compared to what a seriouce soprano can be. For the strumming, I love the bright sound. Consert size, - it's more of a concern for a grown man's fingers.

For the Baritone, is it underestimated? I'm looking for and instrument playing traditional Hawaiian music? I'm very keen in learning the corners required to understand the different tuning.

Ambrosius
01-28-2011, 04:16 PM
Quite frankly, I'd love to be good on a soprano.

itsme
01-28-2011, 04:24 PM
I was a bit put off by the initial gift given to me, more like a toy then an ibstrument. I guess the playability that provided should not be compared to what a seriouce soprano can be. For the strumming, I love the bright sound. Consert size, - it's more of a concern for a grown man's fingers.

For the Baritone, is it underestimated? I'm looking for and instrument playing traditional Hawaiian music? I'm very keen in learning the corners required to understand the different tuning.
If you really want the traditional Hawaiian sound, a soprano in re-entrant tuning is probably your best bet.

A lot of people think baris are too much like guitars. They generally don't have the traditional ukey sound when strummed.

peterp
01-28-2011, 04:57 PM
I like re-entrant tuning for strumming and re-entrant tuning for fingerstyle. A concert uke is the most versatile for me.

Nickie
01-28-2011, 05:35 PM
This reminds me of what a friend said to me one day. After he told me he owns 7 Harley Davidson motorcycles, I asked him, "How many motorcycles does one man need?" His reply?
"Just one more."

mm stan
01-28-2011, 05:40 PM
Aloha Ambrosius.....
Deep rich sound...best bang for the buck....KPK soprano with a wood nut and saddle.....it stands for Koa Pili Koko...solid Acacia...related to koa..
$140.00 for regular soprano
$165.00 for deluxe soprano with shell purfling....
Check into it...Good Luck!! Happy Strummings....MM Stan
Best under the radar ukulele....in my opinion..

Hippie Dribble
01-28-2011, 05:46 PM
Aloha Ambrosius.....
Deep rich sound...best bang for the buck....KPK soprano with a wood nut and saddle.....it stands for Koa Pili Koko...solid Acacia...related to koa..
$140.00 for regular soprano
$165.00 for deluxe soprano with shell purfling....
Check into it...Good Luck!! Happy Strummings....MM Stan
Best under the radar ukulele....in my opinion..
2nding stan's recommendation of the KPK soprano. You'll get the traditional hawaiian sound you're after and a quality instrument at a great price.

as to the question of how many ukes...hmmm...I am a self confessed uke pig and too many is not enough I'm afraid! :o

Lori
01-28-2011, 05:58 PM
If you need more finger room, but like the uke small body sound, go for a long neck soprano, or a super concert. Ohana even offers a tenor neck on a soprano body. They should be available in Europe. For the low g tuning, your best bet will be a tenor or concert scale neck. Kala has a (concert neck) super soprano that is nice as well. These should be within your price range. If you decide to go hawaiian made, KoAloha, Kanile'a and Kamaka have long necks too. The KoAloha might be close to your budget, especially if you can find a used one.

–Lori

Nelson-Fritata
01-29-2011, 12:54 AM
Heisann Ambrosius. Hyggelig med flere nordmenn her!
Jeg har handlet av MGM et par ganger og kan absolutt anbefale han! Han gjør en fantastisk set-up på ukulelene han sender ut, selv de aller billigste modellene. Hvis du skal kjøpe noe av han vil jeg anbefale deg å ta med en Makala Dolphin. Det er en veldig bra soprano som er veldig billig. De fleste her på forumet har en sånn, og alle lovpriser den like mye. Har også en selv, og det er en veldig morsom ukulele. Lykke til!

Ambrosius
01-29-2011, 03:18 PM
Hallo Nelson

Problemet i Norge er at vi har så begrenset utvalg. Det jeg ser, er at low G og re-entrance er to ulike instrumenter musikalsk. At mine fremtidige Ukulerer skal være laget på Hawaii er 100% romantikk. Koa og alt. Jeg ser for meg et "set". Jeg er så inmari glad i vakkert tre. Mindre begeistret for mye av "stash" som blir levert.

Nelson-Fritata
01-29-2011, 10:59 PM
Enig i at utvalget er dårlig. Det er veldig vanskelig å få sett/prøvd ukuleler før man kjøper. Hvor i landet bor du? Har ingen low G selv, men en gang i fremtiden tenker jeg at det blir en på meg og :)

Plainsong
01-30-2011, 02:11 AM
I've come to love the "uke" sound. Still I want something to be "mellow" with, a more deep voice, fingerpicking.

That sounds like my Kanile'a superconcert. It's got a concert body and tenor neck and a deep deep voice. I ordered it to Finland from MGM BTW. :)