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Uke Whisperer
07-07-2011, 12:32 PM
Hello,

I'm sure most of us have seen the photos and videos taken at this year's UWC (and some during travel to/from). Appears a great time was had by all.

It would be interesting to me and (I would think) to others to know what brand and model Ukes made the trip. Hopefully none of the Ukes sustained damage from changes in temperature, humidity, general weather conditions, etc. Any "lessons learned" or special precautions taken?

sukie
07-07-2011, 12:51 PM
I brought my less than a year old Moore Bettah. It's my everyday ukulele, so I saw no reason to keep it at home. Plus I knew people would want to see and try it out. It was fine. I did pretty much leave it in the case -- with humidifiers (!) -- if it wasn't being played.

It's incredible to see many different types of ukuleles.

joeybug
07-07-2011, 01:59 PM
This would interest me as well, haven't yet made it to a festival, maybe 2012, but nice to hear about all the Ukes that made the trip :D

Penguinofsorts
07-07-2011, 02:05 PM
I took my Firefly banjo uke and my Mainland mahogany soprano. My lesson learned was that it was cooler under an 'easy up' tent than in my zipped up tent, so I should have left my ukes simply in the shade under the easy up instead of in the tent when I went into town. But my ukes did just fine!

CoLmes
07-07-2011, 02:08 PM
Kanilea k1 satin tenor

OldePhart
07-07-2011, 02:55 PM
KoAloha longneck soprano and Mainland mango tenor. Both ukes are fine, though it was a little humid and sticky out so I gave them a good rub down with some Renaissance wax when I got home.

What really surprised me was the number of folks who left fairly nice ukes laying in the grass, without a case, in the dark. I almost stepped on one - saw it just in time. After that I went and got my little flashlight from the car so I wouldn't be walking on ukes!

John

olgoat52
07-07-2011, 04:10 PM
I felt bad for not bringing one my Mainlands. I wasn't thinking..

salukulady
07-07-2011, 04:22 PM
Mainland Mahogany Tenor I won last year at UWC and my Ohana Sopranino for peeps to sign. Carried the Sopranino in my carry-on bag and took my Mainland in my Freemont case. No problem traveling on four different planes with both ukes....even got on one early because I had an instrument to store and might need extra room.

Uke Whisperer
07-07-2011, 11:52 PM
Thanks "y'all". Hope we here from more!

Ref: What really surprised me was the number of folks who left fairly nice ukes laying in the grass, without a case, in the dark. I almost stepped on one - saw it just in time. After that I went and got my little flashlight from the car so I wouldn't be walking on ukes!

John, I picture you tiptoeing through the tulips with your little flashlight in-hand!

ADD
07-11-2011, 04:41 PM
Took two of my Mya-Moe: myrtle super soprano and chocolate heart mango tenor, my LoPrinzi mahogany Nova concert, which seemed to get the most attention and my Mainland Chile Pepper. All survived without any difficulty. Kept in case when not in use by me or someone else. A few more made the trip but stayed in the motel room. One found a new home.

UncleElvis
07-11-2011, 04:48 PM
Took Blanket, my sopranino in Honey, my miniBindle (portable amp/PA system) and got my Lanikai 8-string that I had purchased from Mim while I was there. Both did very well, even the 8-string, which stuck to my sweaty bod, it was so hot, with no damage.

Next year, if I can wait that long, I'm seeing a Mainland Baritone or tenor in my future...

Uke Republic
07-11-2011, 05:26 PM
I brought a frog rasp . a Sailor soprano and brought back heaps of Mainlands. Played a Mainland Gecko on stage once too. What a grand time! Got to play frog in Jenny and the Captains which featured 2 ukes, 1 melodica , 1 frog and cheese!!!

bbycrts
07-11-2011, 05:57 PM
I took my humble little Koloa soprano...pretty nice solid mahogany uke for $85...I would've brought my Kanile'a soprano, but it's going to be on the market in a few days to fund my purchase of a custom super soprano...

OldePhart
07-12-2011, 12:31 PM
I brought a frog rasp . a Sailor soprano and brought back heaps of Mainlands. Played a Mainland Gecko on stage once too. What a grand time! Got to play frog in Jenny and the Captains which featured 2 ukes, 1 melodica , 1 frog and cheese!!!

That was one loud frog, too! Do you sell those?

John

Uke Republic
07-12-2011, 12:42 PM
Why yes I do. Ready to croke! http://ukerepublic.bigcartel.com/category/sidekicks-percussion-melodicas
That was one loud frog, too! Do you sell those?

John

OldePhart
07-12-2011, 12:47 PM
Why yes I do. Ready to croke! http://ukerepublic.bigcartel.com/category/sidekicks-percussion-melodicas

Which size frog did you have at UWC? I kept meaning to hit you up to try it out and I kept getting distracted (distraction seems to be a major problem at UWC :) ). Also, just noticed from the above link that you have a melodica, too - do you know if it has brass reeds?

Thanks,
John

Uke Republic
07-12-2011, 12:53 PM
I played a large. The extra large has more bass, funny talking frogs. Not sure on the melodicas about brass but they sound good and I get good feedback on them.
I'm waiting for the extra small frogs. Gotta love frogs.Thinking of starting a frog forum:)

Uke Whisperer
07-12-2011, 12:57 PM
Why yes I do. Ready to croke! http://ukerepublic.bigcartel.com/category/sidekicks-percussion-melodicas

How about a sound sample of the frog rasps? (

Uke Republic
07-12-2011, 04:54 PM
http://youtu.be/7uScSL1Vc0E

Sort of a sound sample. Please keep in mind I'm a professional frog player so I can't guarantee you will sound this good. Years of practice have paid off. I use the up up down down up method.

Uke Republic
07-12-2011, 04:57 PM
http://youtu.be/lw-hKjhj7-Q
This one is also good for hearing the marriage of melodica, ukulele, bass and FROG

Pueo
07-12-2011, 05:19 PM
I took my Pono Koa PKT1. I had no issues with it, I felt like it would be pretty safe with this crowd. I wish I could have brought more!

OldePhart
07-13-2011, 08:28 AM
I played a large. The extra large has more bass, funny talking frogs. Not sure on the melodicas about brass but they sound good and I get good feedback on them.
I'm waiting for the extra small frogs. Gotta love frogs.Thinking of starting a frog forum:)

Hmmm, CroakerCroakin.com? Guess I'm gonna have to put in an order tonight. One each frog and melodica. :)

ukeeku
07-13-2011, 08:58 AM
David Gill concert pineapple
Bradford Donaldson Soprano
Martin S1
Lanikai Reso banjo uke
Goldtone banjolele
McNally Stick Uke
Lanikai CK-S
Lanikai 6" head banjo uke
Mainland Banjo Uke
Uluru Concert

the only thing damaged was my camera.

mailman
07-13-2011, 12:25 PM
I took my Kala spruce-topped concert (which never came out of it's case) and my Kiwaya K-Wave Tele-uke. From now on I think I'll only take one uke, as that's all I used this year.

My K-Wave was quite well received; everyone seemed to want to try it, and invariably they seemed to like it. It survived the trip without issues of any kind. I did notice that I got it back from folks wet sometimes....it was HOT! Unfortunately, people sweat. Nothing a quick wipe with a tee-shirt couldn't handle....

Uke Republic
07-13-2011, 04:14 PM
The melodica comes with a tube also so you can play bagpipe style."The highlanders came charging over the hills with the sound of melodicas cutting through the battle. The sound of their croaking frogs could be heard for miles. Tis no a wonder the enemy deserted their post." As observed by a famous guy at Waterloo :/
Hmmm, CroakerCroakin.com? Guess I'm gonna have to put in an order tonight. One each frog and melodica. :)

fowl
07-13-2011, 04:30 PM
I brought my soprano flea. Had no problems with it. It is pretty indestructable which is good for kids and old guys with arthritic hands.