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Uncle Sheepy
04-03-2011, 03:57 AM
Hello folks,
Just endlessly looking at Ukes as a potential purchase!
I initially was looking at sopranos but have been eyeing up some concert models (being a better scale length for me).
One thing that bugs me a bit is I really like the look of backward facing pegs and all the ones I have been looking at have guitar like tuners.
I know its only aesthetics, just wondered if there was any rational behind this?
Cheers oliver.

mm stan
04-03-2011, 05:08 AM
Aloha Oliver,
You must mean the friction type tuners...they are lighter and may be a balance thing for the ukulele...and not too top heavy...I believe..aside from the old style...

Uncle Sheepy
04-03-2011, 05:26 AM
yes mate,
The friction type it is. I just prefer the trad look but if I want a concert I may just have to compromise.

cletus
04-03-2011, 05:39 AM
Friction tuners look WAY cooler IMHO.

Uncle Sheepy
04-03-2011, 05:47 AM
I agree, but it seems that most 'production' (Ohana/Kala etc price range) only do the guitar tuners, witch is a shame.
I s'pose you could swap them later?

Toucan Mango
04-03-2011, 06:36 AM
You can order a Mainland with friction tuners no problem, or if you want to spend more you can get a Kamaka or KoAloha concert with friction tuners as well. I am the same way, I only like the friction tuners.

Uncle Sheepy
04-03-2011, 07:32 AM
And they are lovely...import tax is not though!
That said if I make a bit on a guitar im selling who knows..

And to confuse me on the whole soprano/concert thing I have just been watching this bloke..
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4YA_uTtb8r8&feature=related
Awesome

pdxuke
04-03-2011, 09:22 AM
I agree, but it seems that most 'production' (Ohana/Kala etc price range) only do the guitar tuners, witch is a shame.
<snip>

Not so. I have an Ohana Concert all mahogany with friction tuners on sale in the marketplace right now :-)

Ingrate
04-03-2011, 09:27 AM
There are concert 'ukes with friction tuners, such as:

http://www.ohana-music.com/conc/ck70rb/master.html

I've used them w/o problem, but found that better quality friction tuners are worth having. The string tension of a concert is more than that of a soprano.

With a soprano, instrument "balance" (weight, not tone) is an issue as well. The heavier concerts are not as top-heavy w/geared tuners.

KamakOzzie
04-03-2011, 09:37 AM
And to confuse me on the whole soprano/concert thing I have just been watching this bloke..
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4YA_uTtb8r8&feature=related
Awesome

Craig Robertson is playing what is called a Harmony Johnny Marvin "tenor" uke. But, it is not a tenor, it is a concert with a concert length scale.

Bill

Uncle Sheepy
04-03-2011, 11:08 AM
yeah Bill,
I thought it looked a little big for a soprano ( I believe he plays one normally?), made in Wales no less.

Uncle Sheepy
04-16-2011, 10:34 AM
Well, having had a good look around and finding nada, I accidental saw this.....
http://www.elderly.com/new_instruments/names/ohana-ck-35g-concert-ukulele-with-gloss-finish--CK35G.htm

So I bought it:D
(I actually bought it from Southern Uke store but these are the best pictures I could find).

Concert uke with friction pegs, cool!
Cant wait to see how it sounds.