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Nurdaben
07-13-2008, 01:18 PM
Orange County

AB Music Studios - [view] (http://www.abmusicstudios.com/)
Alley Kat Sheet Music - [view] (http://www.alleykatsheetmusic.com/)
Island Bazaar - [view] (http://www.islandbazaarhb.com/) -- [online store] (http://www.ukuleleparadise.com)


Los Angeles County

Cassell's Music - [view] (http://www.cassellsmusic.com/)
Charles Music Store - [view] (http://www.charlesmusicstore.com\)
Island Legends - [veiw google info] (http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&geocode=&q=island+legends&jsv=111&sll=33.87281,-118.31165&sspn=0.012222,0.01914&ie=UTF8&latlng=33872790,-118316970,13800292341511250110&ei=i13MSO_zCZXIjAPqnO3XCQ&cd=1&dtab=0&oi=&sa=X) let me know if you find a better webpage
Kayes Music Scene - [view] (http://www.kayesmusicscene.com/)
Larry Larson Music - [view city search] (http://losangeles.citysearch.com/profile/map/244286/glendale_ca/larry_larson_music_store.html\) let me know if you find a better webpage
McCabe's Guitar Shop - [view] (http://www.mccabes.com/)
Morey's Music Store, Inc. - [view] (http://www.moreysmusic.com/)


San Diego County


Buffalo Brothers Guitar - [view] (http://www.buffalobrosguitars.com/index.html)
Giacoletti Music (aka Carlsbad Music)- [view] (http://www.carlsbadmusic.com)
Momilanis - [view] (http://www.momilanis.com)
Old Time Music - [view] (http://www.sdoldtimemusic.com)
The Blue Guitar - [view] (http://www.theblueguitar.com/)


 

Nurdaben
07-13-2008, 01:21 PM
Ok lets see if this will work =)

if you know of any good shops in southern california please post them up and if they have a website the link for that.

I will up date the first post see if we can get a good list of places.

Looking for anything ukulele but not joes pawn shop that has 1 uke in it =) if you get my drift.

Tomdini
07-13-2008, 01:55 PM
McCabe's Guitar Shop in Santa Monica.

http://www.mccabes.com

I'm surprised I don't hear more about McCabe's on this forum. If you're in L.A., as a number of UU members are, you simply have to go here. Period. This shop is over the top good. They carry a number of low-end ukes, Fleas and such, some of the mid-range Pono's and Ohana's, and then your super ukes like Kamaka, G-string, and Martin.

They offer lessons, their guitar techs are second to none and their shop is staffed with friendly luthiers who will perform all manner of custom work. Except put a Floyd Rose on my vintage Black Beauty... they wouldn't do that. No one will. Damn zealots.

Anyway, McCabe's is great. They're willing to negotiate price, as well. If you swing by, ask for Nancy and tell her Tom sent you. She'll hook you up.

Additionally, they sell all kinds of wonderful instruments. Their selection of ouds and mandolins is superb. They have dumbeks imported from Turkey and Armenia... Irish whistles... some world-class shakuhachi's... as well as piles of Asian and African instruments I can't begin to describe in terms of beauty and novelty. A bunch of dulcimers, some yali tamburs, Egyptian ney flutes... electric sitars...

I saw an electric baritone violin that was pretty cool.

And they have some original instruments invented by local musicians, or created in-house for the hell of it. They range from totally off-the-wall to bizarre but pretty.

I recommend McCabe's. VISIT THEM!!

Best place to park is on the residential street to their immediate south... pass the shop on Pico, it'll be on your right, then immediately make a left onto a long residential street. I think it's 30th Street. Get past the meters and then park wherever 'til 6 pm. I regularly flirt with danger by hanging out past 6 pm (McCabe's closes late) and haven't been ticketed yet, but don't follow my example. :D

-Tom

P.S. Some additional info... McCabe's will perform minor repairs and maintenance on your uke at no extra charge for the first three years you own the instrument. Lowering or raising the action, fixing small cracks or replacing a busted tuner or something like that. Additionally, if you want to upgrade your uke within three years of buying it, you can put 70% of the purchasing price towards your new uke. As long as your old uke's in good condition for resale, that is.

KiLO
07-13-2008, 02:09 PM
There is also Buffalo Brothers down in Carlsbad, CA:

http://www.buffalobrosguitars.com/

ke leo
07-13-2008, 02:23 PM
I gotta give props to my girl Shirley (the owner) at Island Bizaare. Not only does she carry a wide variety of ukes and accessories, she does soooooo much for the ukulele community - like hosting uke jams on Ties. and Thurs. She also provides her store as a venue for artists like Brittini Paiva and our own UU. No disrespect to McCabes (the folks there are great), but when you get to know Dan, Shirley and Shirley at Island Bizaare, it's like family. Hopefully you So Californians can make it on the 23rd and can check it out for yourself. :)

Nurdaben
07-19-2008, 12:59 PM
thx for the responses, but i guess this wasnt as good of an idea as i thought. owell.

Tomdini
07-22-2008, 08:10 AM
I spent ridiculous quantities of my life searching for uke shops in L.A.

There aren't that many... I'm not going to drift through every pawn shop in existence to see if they carry ukes. Orange County has a lot of those types of establishments, and you could waste months wandering through all of them. I'd love to find a vintage uke in one of those antique shops, though. That'd be sweet.

So realistically, I had to stick to the shops who expressly advertise the sale of ukuleles... there are actually an impressive number of them in NorCal, but for folks in and around Hollywood, you've covered all the ones I've ever heard of. I was hoping some additional shops would be revealed to me, but alas.

Like I said, I invested ludicrous time making note of the uke shops in Los Angeles and I didn't find any that weren't listed in this thread.

The thread was a good idea. There just aren't that many ukulele stores here. :) But between McCabe's and Island Bazaar (wish I still lived in the OC), I think you're pretty well covered as far as selection and service.

-Tom

JoeyJr858
07-22-2008, 11:06 AM
SAN DIEGO:

few more spots!

Old Time Music: (I know they have Kanile'a ukes; not sure bout others)
http://www.sdoldtimemusic.com/ukuleles/index.htm

Momilani's in Oceanside: (food/storefront)
http://sales.momilanis.com/Cart/minishopper;jsessionid=08CCE2E2A6B2BBFFA4134A586E0 DD2A9?action=cart&type=setgroup&form=shopcenter&value1=42&value2=&sourceform=shopcenter&path=IndexPath&pathindex=1
(http://sales.momilanis.com/Cart/minishopper;jsessionid=08CCE2E2A6B2BBFFA4134A586E0 DD2A9?action=cart&type=setgroup&form=shopcenter&value1=42&value2=&sourceform=shopcenter&path=IndexPath&pathindex=1)

Like noted before... McCabe's in Santa Monica is good! I've been to a workshop out there and saw Bill Tapia jam! For reals too, he jams! HAHA
:bowdown:

ricdoug
07-22-2008, 12:05 PM
Over 100 ukulele models in stock, at Giacoletti Music in Carlsbad (North County San Diego), California!!! Ric

http://www.carlsbadmusic.com/v2/ukuleles.htm

505 Carlsbad Village Drive
Carlsbad, California 92008
(760)729-1335

http://www.carlsbadmusic.com/v2/images/mast3/masthead3_03.jpg

Just two blocks down from The Ukulele Society of America club:

http://launch.groups.yahoo.com/group/Ukulele_Society_of_America

KiLO
07-22-2008, 12:10 PM
OH, also, there is a place down on main street in Seal Beach that sells ukuleles, but they have a relatively small selection. I will search for the name.

salukulady
07-22-2008, 06:57 PM
OH, also, there is a place down on main street in Seal Beach that sells ukuleles, but they have a relatively small selection. I will search for the name.Seal Beach Music

salukulady
07-22-2008, 06:59 PM
I gotta give props to my girl Shirley (the owner) at Island Bizaare. Not only does she carry a wide variety of ukes and accessories, she does soooooo much for the ukulele community - like hosting uke jams on Ties. and Thurs. She also provides her store as a venue for artists like Brittini Paiva and our own UU. No disrespect to McCabes (the folks there are great), but when you get to know Dan, Shirley and Shirley at Island Bizaare, it's like family. Hopefully you So Californians can make it on the 23rd and can check it out for yourself. :)What ke leo said, and Shirley's online store is www.ukuleleparadise.com.

salukulady
07-22-2008, 07:00 PM
thx for the responses, but i guess this wasnt as good of an idea as i thought. owell.It's a great idea!!

Cuppycakes
09-02-2008, 04:30 PM
Coming from the other post, thought I'd put in my 2 cents.

in Orange county

http://www.alleyketsheetmusic.com in Cypress across from Cypress City College on Valley View:

Kinda small store, but they've got a decent selection, ranging from Kalas and Lanikais to Ponos and Kamakas. Whenever I seem to go in there, there's always some sort of sale going on. So the prices tend to get near to what you'd pay for online. Staff is really friendly, especially the owner and this other filipino guy, they really know their stuff. IF you're really strapped for cash but still want to get into ukes, they got some cheapies there too like Sunlites and Hilos.

LA county

http://www.moreysmusic.com in Lakewood near the cross streets of Woodruff and Del Amo:

Bigger than Alley Kat, but definitely much smaller selection, maybe 4 Kalas and Lanikais, 2 Ovations, and one or two Solid Koas, not really sure on the maker. Morey's is more geared toward guitars and orchestra string instruments. Prices are so-so.

FunkyPeaNutZ
09-02-2008, 04:44 PM
I posted some info on another thread before. But there is a store in Torrance, called Island Legends. Lots of ukes there, last I checked, they have a bunch of lanikai's, kanilea's, koaloha's, kamaka's, pono's, ko'olau's. They have a bunch of accessories, a nice selection of island cd's, and apparel. They also have on occasion some used ukes for sale. There are also classes, and they seem to help promote some events, for players like, jake, herb ohta jr, abe lagrimas. Nice store, nice help. Check it out. Oh yeah a couple of suites down, there's Teri's place. Pretty good japanese food spot, their karaage is da bomb. That's Japanese style fried chicken.

Address is

2120 West Artesia Boulevard
Torrance, CA 90504

tozan
09-13-2008, 01:53 AM
Checked it out. Nice guy. Nice store. When I was there a family was buying their teenager a Kanile'a concert ukulele. Nice little selection of CD's - bought one.
Teri's restaurant was good too.
Good recommendation Funkypeanuts!

Nurdaben
09-13-2008, 02:44 PM
updated

-added for length

thesoobz
09-13-2008, 09:49 PM
you forgot one big one!

in san diego (southern cali)

Store called The Blue guitar off mission gorge.

just go google and search blue guitar.

omg this store has everything.. id have to say one of the biggest selections. from kala's to flukes to kanilea to ponos. man they have a lot!

jsigone
09-14-2008, 08:10 PM
how's their prices? I might check them out tomorrow since I have to go to Clairmont.

ricdoug
09-14-2008, 10:30 PM
how's their prices? I might check them out tomorrow since I have to go to Clairmont.

You might want to stop at Giacoletti Music on the way, jsigone. Roy has a huge stock of ukes. Usually over 100 different models! Ric

http://www.carlsbadmusic.com/v2/ukuleles.htm

Nurdaben
10-20-2008, 06:57 PM
bumping up for the new people.

Anyone come across any new shops in So Cal ?

Nurdaben
12-10-2008, 12:50 PM
bumping up for the new people.

Anyone come across any new shops in So Cal ?

ditto......

Pharmaceutical.Bandit
12-12-2008, 02:57 PM
for the couple of folks in the san fernando valley. these aren't complete ukulele shops but they had ukuleles...

Visited these stores early december 2008.

Guitar Centers Sherman Oaks/Northridge:

Carries Mitchell ukuleles and the 40 dollar Hilo.
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Sam Ash in Canoga Park
20934 Roscoe Blvd
Canoga Park, CA 91304
(818) 709-5650

Carried:
-Brownsville Ukuleles - fiddled around with a baritone. lots of buzzing. wouldnt buy.
-Oscar Schmidt - couldn't play with em. im short and couldnt reach the top hangers LOL. but theyre popular anyhow, so find a review on the interwebz
-Applause - they had the little soprano ones. i was hoping to find a tenor or something larger. but they didn't have any.
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CASSELLS MUSIC
901 N Maclay Ave
San Fernando,CA 91340
(818) 365-9247
http://www.cassellsmusic.com/
They filmed the music shop scene here from "Wayne's World". Shop is small but loaded with different instruments. Brass, woodwinds, guitars, drums, keys, harmonicas.

Carried:
-An Ohana Ukulele - i forget what size and what wood and stuff.
-Vinyard Ukuleles - had 3 different types if my memory serves me right.
they had a couple more ukes. i couldnt tell what they were. me being short, i couldnt reach em on the top shelf, even after using the step stool on the floor lol. also had some novelty flying V style ukes lol.

also had some Kala Red strings for sopranos. They had Aquila Strings, and D'addario.

The guy that was there when i went was pretty nice. Don't know if he's the owner or not. Seemed to know a lot about instruments, though not so much about ukuleles. He was eager to hear anything i had to say though. Nice guy.
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Baxter Northup Music Co.
14534 Ventura Blvd
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
(818) 788-7510

Great selection of sheet music. i'd say more than 1/3 the store is sheet music. but i don't know if theres any ukulele sheet music.

Carries:
-Sunlite(or sunlight?) Ukuleles. A couple different sizes/colors.

Carry Martin Strings, D'addario strings. Will special order any strings for you though. Maybe the same with instruments?
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Kaye's Music Scene
19369 Victory Blvd.
Reseda, CA 91335
http://www.kayesmusicscene.com/index.html

CHECK YOUR MERCHANDISE. BOUGHT STRINGS THERE THAT HAD WRONG USED STRINGS INSIDE. HASSLED WHEN EXCHANGED. PRETTY MUCH, JUST GO HERE TO TRY THE KALA/MAKALA UKES. TOTALLY WOULDN'T BUY THERE AGAIN.
Website says they carry the complete line of Kala Ukuleles. I've been there. Looks pretty complete to me, but i'm not sure. It is a decent selection though. I bought my ukulele here. Also has Kala's cheapo line "Makala". Everything seemed to be priced well. He carries aquila strings as well. One thing i suggest is to come knowing what you want. The guy is seems to know a few things sometimes and then sometimes he's just totally off. I think he told me that Jake Shimabukuro plays concert ukuleles exclusively. And from what i've read he plays a tenor. This guy also was ranting and raving about the aquila strings and how he was going to start carrying them. Then when i come in a month later to buy them, i ask for them by name, and he doesnt even know what i'm talking about. Then he looks at the counter and wow there they are. LOL. The guy comes off with an attitude initially, but if you talk to him, he's pretty enthusiastic about helping you.

They also offer ukulele lessons, if i remember correctly.

ahreeka
12-14-2008, 03:44 PM
Are there any near Southern San Diego? I'm in the ghetto southeast area and there's a pretty good number of islanders around here.

Pharmaceutical.Bandit
12-17-2008, 01:42 PM
i visited 2 music shops while i was out in the Glendale area (guess this is part of Los Angeles County)

Larry Larson Music Store
1607 W. Glenoaks
Glendale, CA 91201

Carries:
Kala
Applause
Hilo
a couple more... but i cant remember. says he has more thats stored away, but front of store is too small. heres are pictures of whats on the wall.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v232/xwhoopax/IMG_2057.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v232/xwhoopax/IMG_2056.jpg

It's run by an old guy. He's friendly and willing to answer anything you've got to ask to the best of his knowlege.
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Charles Music Store
421 North Glendale Avenue
Glendale, CA 91206
http://www.charlesmusicstore.com/folkinstruments.htm

Carries:
Lanikai
Hilo
Applause - the small soprano ukulele
and some more... i forget which ones. look at the website.

Friendly people, but i wasnt there very long.

wickedwahine11
12-18-2008, 03:49 AM
I just want to give a shout out for Island Legends in Torrance. The guy there was so helpful and sweet when I stopped in for a tshirt and strings last week. And of course, Island Bazaar rocks, that is where I got my Kanilea on Tuesday.

Nurdaben
12-21-2008, 07:10 AM
updated

go figure there was a uke shop one block from my old work location =P

wickedwahine11
02-04-2009, 11:54 AM
You might want to stop at Giacoletti Music on the way, jsigone. Roy has a huge stock of ukes. Usually over 100 different models! Ric

http://www.carlsbadmusic.com/v2/ukuleles.htm

Is this place still there? I just tried the website and it is down. I am driving to San Diego tomorrow for a conference, and I thought I would stop on the way to check it out...(and also head to Blue Guitar while I'm in SD).

cpatch
02-04-2009, 12:07 PM
Is this place still there? I just tried the website and it is down. I am driving to San Diego tomorrow for a conference, and I thought I would stop on the way to check it out...(and also head to Blue Guitar while I'm in SD).
I just called them and they're still around! (They're in the process of bringing up a new web site.) You may want to call ahead and check on their stock though...when I was there a few weeks ago they only had maybe a dozen or so lower-end models (which they blamed on a Christmas rush).

Harold O.
02-06-2009, 08:40 AM
Thanks to this thread, I went by Kayes yesterday. I've driven by that shopping center so many times over the years and never even knew what was in the place.

Yes, they have a separate area for their Kala ukes. Maybe 20 or so different instruments. They let me sit and strum for about half an hour. I was pleased by the sound of the Kalas, but my next uke will be a home-built (UAS or not).

The folks were friendly, the store was tidy, and they seemed happy to let me provide the background sounds on a rainy day.

jimijUKEbox
02-16-2009, 09:12 PM
Fullerton Music Center on 121 N. Harbor Blvd. Not a very big selection on ukuleles but a lot of different instruments and accessories. Friendly folks too.

Harold O.
02-17-2009, 05:47 AM
Guitar Merchant
7503 Topanga Canyon Blvd
Canoga Park, CA 91303
818-884-5905

Just south of Saticoy on the west side of Topanga.

Phil just got a new load (about 20) of Vineyard ukuleles last week. They're made in China and consistency isn't the greatest, but there are some solid wood, electrics, and different sizes.

The regional Ohana rep is trying to get some of his into the store as well. All it takes is interest from consumers.

generem
02-17-2009, 07:10 AM
Fullerton Music Center on 121 N. Harbor Blvd. Not a very big selection on ukuleles but a lot of different instruments and accessories. Friendly folks too.

Was there about two weeks ago.. They have lanakai's, Pono, Kala, Ohana, and Applause. But only had Kala reds and GHS for strings...

A bit over priced tho

SuperSecretBETA
02-17-2009, 08:19 AM
A bit over priced tho

Many in-store places are willing to bend on price if you have a wad of cash to negotiate with on the more expensive items. ;)

jimijUKEbox
02-19-2009, 03:53 PM
I haven't been there yet but Instrumental Savings has a new store at Placentia, CA. I called them up and they said they're setting things up right now but have some displays already. Maybe I'll swing by some day.

cosmoblue
03-03-2009, 07:02 PM
I just want to say how great the people at McCabe's are, they're great. Nancy was really helpful in helping me find my Ohana and Doug in the service department did a great job at filing down the scratchy edges on the frets in a couple of hours. I love that they will service and set up for 3 years with my purchase. I am very happy.

Lori
03-10-2009, 02:54 PM
True Tone Music in Santa Monica has Ukes. They have a few by the front door, and the rest are in the stairway and in a little room upstairs. They have a good selection of Fleas and Flukes, some Ohamas, and a number of other assorted ukuleles.

TrueTone Music
714 Santa Monica Blvd
Santa Monica CA
310-393-8232

Between 7th and Lincoln Streets. Opens at 11am, Closed Sundays

They gave me a good deal on installing strap buttons on my tenor. It was only $10 total to install 2 buttons, and that included the cost of the buttons. They did it while I waited too.

–Lori

Lori
03-10-2009, 02:57 PM
McCabes got 4 new Kala archtop tenors in. Very nice looking, in a variety of colors too. Also they got a Mango Kala tenor.

–Lori

mmanalo
03-10-2009, 07:00 PM
Music Power (Guitar Trader)
Clairemont Blvd. just east of the 805N behind Arby's
7120 Clairemont Mesa Blvd.
San Diego, Ca. 92111
858-565-8814
http://www.musicpower.com

Freedom Guitars
El Cajon Blvd. .5 mile east of College Blvd on da left hand side
6334 El Cajon Blvd
San Diego, Ca. 92115
619-265-0577
http://www.freedomguitar.com

slapbass
03-26-2009, 11:45 AM
World of Strings in Long Beach has a wall full of ukes..Theyre on 7TH and Cherry..
I get my upright bass work done there and have never actually checked them out before for brand names..
I tend to get lost in the bass room :rolleyes:

BboyEmperor
03-26-2009, 07:27 PM
World of Strings in Long Beach has a wall full of ukes..Theyre on 7TH and Cherry..
I get my upright bass work done there and have never actually checked them out before for brand names..
I tend to get lost in the bass room :rolleyes:

ohmygod. i have to go there some day.
isnt that downtown or something?

slapbass
03-27-2009, 05:36 AM
Close to Downtown..Head down 7th st toward downtown..When you pass Cherry its on the left hand side about a block or 2 past Cherry..

TomHB
03-29-2009, 11:08 AM
OH, also, there is a place down on main street in Seal Beach that sells ukuleles, but they have a relatively small selection. I will search for the name.


It is (not surprisingly) called Seal Beach Music :D I bought my Lehua longneck soprano there. A very cool little shop with a pretty decent selection of ukes IMHO, guitars and amps and other folk instruments and accessories. Nice folks.

http://www.sealbeachmusic.com/

(oops! I see it's already been answered, but I'll leave the post for the link, and my added comment)

BTW, did anyone mention the Folk Music Center in Claremont?

http://www.folkmusiccenter.com/

I keep meaning to run by there. Huell Howser ("oh my gosh! look at that!") did a show there, and it looks like an instrument paradise!

flipanda
04-06-2009, 08:14 PM
i have some things i want to say just from my first experience with McCabe's Guitar Shop

i called them looking for a kamaka hf-3 tenor. it was a lady who answered and she told me she saw a 6 string but no 4 string. so she went to check and said that they were out but they were on order.

so i asked the price (knowing what the website listed as msrp which is $980) and she replied that the msrp was $1160. then i said, did the price go up or something because on the kamaka website it was listed as $980.

she proceeded to say yes its due to the economy and kamaka raised up they're price. so again i asked to confirm and i said is the msrp really $1160? she said yes. so i said okay thank you.

so i called up kamaka's office line and asked about theyre price to see if it went up, she said the price was $960 and i inquired if they still did the 10% discount but sadly no. so i told them that i had called a store an told them what they had told me.

she said, no thats not right, the msrp is $980.

so, iono maybe i got some lady who hasnt worked there or doesnt know what she's talking about. or theyre jus trying to rip me off, im not sure.

but mccabe's gets a big fat ZERO from me.

wickedwahine11
04-07-2009, 08:21 AM
i have some things i want to say just from my first experience with McCabe's Guitar Shop

i called them looking for a kamaka hf-3 tenor. it was a lady who answered and she told me she saw a 6 string but no 4 string. so she went to check and said that they were out but they were on order.

so i asked the price (knowing what the website listed as msrp which is $980) and she replied that the msrp was $1160. then i said, did the price go up or something because on the kamaka website it was listed as $980.

she proceeded to say yes its due to the economy and kamaka raised up they're price. so again i asked to confirm and i said is the msrp really $1160? she said yes. so i said okay thank you.

so i called up kamaka's office line and asked about theyre price to see if it went up, she said the price was $960 and i inquired if they still did the 10% discount but sadly no. so i told them that i had called a store an told them what they had told me.

she said, no thats not right, the msrp is $980.

so, iono maybe i got some lady who hasnt worked there or doesnt know what she's talking about. or theyre jus trying to rip me off, im not sure.

but mccabe's gets a big fat ZERO from me.


Wow, sorry to hear that. I have only bought a case at McCabe's, and had the luthier work on something for me, but I take ukulele lessons there, and I have always found the people to be really nice and knowledgable. I'm sorry to hear that happened to you. I can vouch for Island Legends in Torrance (though I don't know if they have any Kamakas) and Island Bazaar in Huntington Beach - where I bought my Kanile'a.

I don't know how far you are willing to drive, but this Thursday I'm heading to San Diego, and on my way down, I'm doing at Uke store road trip. Island Bazaar, MomiLani's, Giacoletti's, and Blue Guitar are all planned stops. If I see a Kamaka tenor, I'll post my find so you can check it out.

salukulady
04-07-2009, 01:36 PM
Hey wickedwhine11 if you're at Island Bazaar in the evening of Thursday, from 6:30 to 8:30 is our weekly Uke Jam. It's $5 at the door and I'll share my music book with you.

wickedwahine11
04-07-2009, 02:19 PM
Hey wickedwhine11 if you're at Island Bazaar in the evening of Thursday, from 6:30 to 8:30 is our weekly Uke Jam. It's $5 at the door and I'll share my music book with you.

Aw, you're sweet. But no, I plan to be there when they open. I'm heading to San Diego to take my Mom to a Dodgers/Padres game and dinner for her birthday. But I did force her to let me stop at all those stores along the way. I'll take a raincheck on the music book and Bazaar jam though. :)

flipanda
04-07-2009, 03:46 PM
Wow, sorry to hear that. I have only bought a case at McCabe's, and had the luthier work on something for me, but I take ukulele lessons there, and I have always found the people to be really nice and knowledgable. I'm sorry to hear that happened to you. I can vouch for Island Legends in Torrance (though I don't know if they have any Kamakas) and Island Bazaar in Huntington Beach - where I bought my Kanile'a.

I don't know how far you are willing to drive, but this Thursday I'm heading to San Diego, and on my way down, I'm doing at Uke store road trip. Island Bazaar, MomiLani's, Giacoletti's, and Blue Guitar are all planned stops. If I see a Kamaka tenor, I'll post my find so you can check it out.


thats cool. i went down to island legends in torrance. now thats a nice shop, the guy was totally helpful and even gave me a really good deal on a k1 kanile'a and case. walked out feeling really happy even after that whole mccabe's thing.

so thumbs up to island legends in torrance. id do business again with them anyday.

salukulady
04-08-2009, 05:11 AM
Aw, you're sweet. But no, I plan to be there when they open. I'm heading to San Diego to take my Mom to a Dodgers/Padres game and dinner for her birthday. But I did force her to let me stop at all those stores along the way. I'll take a raincheck on the music book and Bazaar jam though. :)
Shirley's the owner and Dan is her assistant. One or both of them will be there. She's a delight and he's a little dry. They're both great people. Tell them you're a friend of Sally's on Ukulele Underground. I'm always talking up UU to them. They like to know where their customers come from.

SuperSecretBETA
04-08-2009, 09:26 AM
Perhaps, there may have been a confusion with Kamaka models on the pricing at McCabe's. I've been there a few times and the prices looked accurate. The secret is in the haggle. If you're good enough, you can work it down to around 20% off MSRP.

generem
04-08-2009, 11:00 AM
she proceeded to say yes its due to the economy and kamaka raised up they're price. so again i asked to confirm and i said is the msrp really $1160? she said yes. so i said okay thank you.

Actually.. If the economy is bad, shouldnt the price go down so people would be tempted to buy the products?

salukulady
04-08-2009, 11:11 AM
Actually.. If the economy is bad, shouldnt the price go down so people would be tempted to buy the products?
Good point..........

SamUke
04-08-2009, 03:53 PM
Buffalo Brother is awesome and the best part is they will always take back an instrument from you in trade for the same amount they sold it to you, even if you bought 20 years ago from them.

Lori
04-09-2009, 06:49 AM
Perhaps, there may have been a confusion with Kamaka models on the pricing at McCabe's. I've been there a few times and the prices looked accurate. The secret is in the haggle. If you're good enough, you can work it down to around 20% off MSRP.

When I went to McCabes, I got Nancy, who is a uke expert. As she was showing me the the instruments, she added that they could take 20% off the tag price. That was in mid February. And other shops said the same thing. So, I thought it was standard practice to put the tag price out, and then discount 20%.

–Lori

flipanda
04-09-2009, 10:02 AM
Perhaps, there may have been a confusion with Kamaka models on the pricing at McCabe's. I've been there a few times and the prices looked accurate. The secret is in the haggle. If you're good enough, you can work it down to around 20% off MSRP.

thats all good an all. but i did ask for the kamaka HF-3. she knew which i was talking about and she still said msrp was 1160. so are you willing to accept 20% off an msrp thats not even right?

granted i didnt go to the store, but that phone call just turned me off to them right from the start.

salukulady
04-09-2009, 10:29 AM
Buffalo Brother is awesome and the best part is they will always take back an instrument from you in trade for the same amount they sold it to you, even if you bought 20 years ago from them.who and where?

Rock-A-Hula
04-09-2009, 07:42 PM
who and where?

I think Buffalo Brothers Guitars (http://www.buffalobrosguitars.com/index.html) are in Carlsbad?!

salukulady
04-09-2009, 07:50 PM
I think Buffalo Brothers Guitars (http://www.buffalobrosguitars.com/index.html) are in Carlsbad?!Thank you....Hey Ukisociety, if you're here, check out their Emenee plastic ukes on their page.....I bet you'll drool, cool bowling ball finish.

Bluke
04-16-2009, 06:35 AM
Regarding McCabes (and most stores), you will never get the same opportunity to negotiate on the phone as you will when you are in the store and a sale in imminent. I'll bet your experience and opinion of that shop would be different if you were there in person.

skacrazy
04-25-2009, 07:56 PM
In Fullerton there's Mo's music shop they sell everything but they have a great selection of ukes I've even seen Eleukes there.

SuperSecretBETA
04-26-2009, 01:21 PM
When I went to McCabes, I got Nancy, who is a uke expert. As she was showing me the the instruments, she added that they could take 20% off the tag price. That was in mid February. And other shops said the same thing. So, I thought it was standard practice to put the tag price out, and then discount 20%.

–Lori

Oh well. Who wants to buy in Santa Monica now anyway where sales tax is almost 10%?!

1014
07-22-2009, 04:50 AM
thats cool. i went down to island legends in torrance. now thats a nice shop, the guy was totally helpful and even gave me a really good deal on a k1 kanile'a and case. walked out feeling really happy even after that whole mccabe's thing.

so thumbs up to island legends in torrance. id do business again with them anyday.

i had the total opposite reaction. since my wife had an appt in redondo, we took a detour on our way back to the 405 and visited the store. i had driven the whole way (5 hours from the Bay) and then spent a couple hours while my wife and mother-in-law had their hair done. We left San Jose during a pseudo heatwave, so I dressed light for the drive and the nice on shore wind helped keep me comfortable. I was pretty excited to be going to the store, since I remembered the old location. unfortunately, when we finally got into the store, we received ABSOLUTELY NO HELP whatsoever. maybe we were disturbing the guy's lunch, since it felt like he came out from the back when we entered the store and was just out at the counter to make sure we didn't cockroach anything. and his demeanor didn't make us feel welcomed at all. I tried to break the ice and talk story with the guy. he looked like one local kine guy, and i podagee sometimes. but he had none of it. short distant answers that immediately hinted to me to go back to SILENT browsing on my own. since i don't get back home very often, even with the attitude, I still really wanted to cruise around the store and probably get some shirts. heck, if the guy had any emotions he could have probably talked me into a kanile`a, but my wife (who also wanted to get our nephews some shirts but also is less willing to take bad customer service) had enough.

it's funny, most "local kine stores" i go to on the continent, if the workers know you Local, then we all wala`au about how Hawai`i change and the hanabadda days. and me i spend money on hawai`i stuff especially, cuz i like kokua the shop owners so they can stay open. but this place, i really felt like i stay in hawai`i, cuz maybe i look and act too Local and not touristy so they don't want to kokua me. no aloha that place.

mrUKETOBER
07-22-2009, 05:12 AM
isnt this part of the forum for ppl who are tryin to sell ukes ?

salukulady
07-22-2009, 05:16 AM
isnt this part of the forum for ppl who are tryin to sell ukes ?No, it's about ukulele shops.

mrUKETOBER
07-22-2009, 05:25 AM
no i meant the ukulele marketplace

salukulady
07-22-2009, 05:28 AM
Yes, you are correct, just not this thread.

mrUKETOBER
07-22-2009, 05:32 AM
i thought thats what threads were supposed to go there lol

wickedwahine11
07-22-2009, 05:38 AM
unfortunately, when we finally got into the store, we received ABSOLUTELY NO HELP whatsoever.

It's funny, I had the same reaction recently. I used to tell people to go here, as the first couple of times I went, he was very helpful and nice. But after two bad experiences in a row (where, as with you, he didn't seem like he wanted to be bothered) I don't go anymore. If I need books I'll go to McCabe's. Anything else, I'll just wait until I can make the trek out to Island Bazaar. But unless I'm desperate for strings and can't wait, he won't get my business again, and certainly not for anything like a uke.

Too bad, he has a nice selection of Kanile'as...

salukulady
07-22-2009, 05:38 AM
If you want to sell something, start a new thread. This particular thread is about ukulele shops in so cal. It just happens to be under the marketplace banner. Go to the top of the page and click on "Ukulele Marketplace", you will see many threads regarding ukuleles for sale or trade.

mrUKETOBER
07-22-2009, 05:39 AM
yea i kno that i was just confused as to why this one was here i guess

salukulady
07-22-2009, 05:40 AM
yea i kno that i was just confused as to why this one was here i guess
no problem;)

mrUKETOBER
07-22-2009, 05:47 AM
lol thanks

1014
07-22-2009, 06:10 AM
It's funny, I had the same reaction recently. I used to tell people to go here, as the first couple of times I went, he was very helpful and nice. But after two bad experiences in a row (where, as with you, he didn't seem like he wanted to be bothered) I don't go anymore. If I need books I'll go to McCabe's. Anything else, I'll just wait until I can make the trek out to Island Bazaar. But unless I'm desperate for strings and can't wait, he won't get my business again, and certainly not for anything like a uke.

Too bad, he has a nice selection of Kanile'as...

mahalo wickedwahine,

that's good to hear that my experience wasn't unique. he had a nice selection, and a little courtesy would have went a long way (at least to a couple of sale tshirts). instead he won't get my business at all. i feel more aloha buying online than that robot.

Lori
07-22-2009, 06:22 AM
I made a trip to both Island Bazaar and Island Legends last Wednesday and got proper service at both places. Admittedly, the fellow at Island Legends is kind of a low energy guy, and not a pushy salesman. But, he tuned up ukes when I requested and gave a really good deal on a Makala Dolphin for my sister-in-law. I had a very friendly talk with the guy at Island Bazaar. He handed me several high end ukes to try out. So, I guess it varies. These stores are still on my list.

–Lori

1014
07-22-2009, 06:29 AM
low energy is an overstatement. lol

i've only been to island bazaar twice and both times, the kanaka and wahine knew how to read customers well. they seem to know when to come up to us and leave us alone. interacted with my wife and nephews really well. i'll give them a recommendation anytime.

salukulady
07-22-2009, 06:48 AM
low energy is an overstatement. lol

i've only been to island bazaar twice and both times, the kanaka and wahine knew how to read customers well. they seem to know when to come up to us and leave us alone. interacted with my wife and nephews really well. i'll give them a recommendation anytime.Shirley and Dan are both great people. Make sure when you are in there you mention UU.

Harold O.
07-29-2009, 06:42 AM
I wandered in to Kaye's Music in Woodland Hills the other day for some strings. They used to have a small area in the back filled with ukuleles.

Now they've moved the ukes out to the front and the owner says he's selling roughly three times as many as before. He has a complete line of Kala, some Hono, and even Fender in the store. Funny, he shrugged off my Fender Nohea when I brought it by to show off a few months ago (and get new strings). Now he carries them. All good.

Just wish I could find some west Valley uke players...they must be out there, uke are sellin'!

Teek
07-31-2009, 09:46 PM
I'm real close to McCabe's and they had nothing but cheap crap ukes sadly out of tune and dusty when I went in Dec 08. I went back a couple months later for strings and paid $13. plus tax for tenor Aquilas I coulda got for MGM shipped way cheaper. Their high end ukes are all the Ks and are way up high where you of course can barely see them and the prices were outrageous. Do you want to go to a shop that bumps a MSRP by 20% and maybe if they take %20 off so you think you're getting a deal, when you can get an actual 20 off elsewhere? Don't think so. Had a hard time getting any help too, except for Nancy who was a doll and led me to the uke strings before I got charged so high for them. Oh, and they had a Martin 5K under glass, wasting away with no love. Snobs. :stop:

True Tone? in Santa Monica, I know the store and I've been in there and they are all about professional rock stars and about laughed me out of the store when I asked about ukes. So I left before they had the bouncer dump me on the sidewalk! :wtf:

So MGM gets all my odds and ends business, I can't be bothered with my locals.