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sn75
09-26-2011, 07:38 AM
Any recommendations for places that have a decent selection of ukuleles? Checked out Skip's Music (both Elk Grove and Sacramento locations) and Guitar Center. Their selections were ok. I'm curious if there are other places that I should check out (central or bay area, doesn't matter).

RyanMFT
09-26-2011, 07:52 AM
Welcome to UU!

Try Ukulele Source in San Jose and Gryphon Stringed Instruments in Palo Alto. Both are great!

In Oakland, Best Music Co. is a Kamaka dealer and they usually have some other ukes as well. In Berkeley, I like "The 5th String". Sometimes they have a ton and sometimes only a few. I guess it depends on where you catch them on their latest order.

Hope that helps.....where are you located? There are quite a few groups.

GKK
09-26-2011, 07:55 AM
What's size are you looking for and what is your budget?

Kline Music across the street from Sac city college, has a decent amount of entry level Soprano and Concert size uke's with a few Tenors, Northridge Music Center on Greenback lane has Nalu Ukulele's (search for Nalu ukulele for his Ebay store) and Aloha Warehouse in SF has a lot of really nice Uke's like Kamaka, Pono, Kanile'a and Kala.

sn75
09-26-2011, 07:55 AM
Thanks for the info! I'm in Sacramento.

mds725
09-26-2011, 09:29 AM
Welcome to UU!

Try Ukulele Source in San Jose and Gryphon Stringed Instruments in Palo Alto. Both are great!

In Oakland, Best Music Co. is a Kamaka dealer and they usually have some other ukes as well. In Berkeley, I like "The 5th String". Sometimes they have a ton and sometimes only a few. I guess it depends on where you catch them on their latest order.

Hope that helps.....where are you located? There are quite a few groups.

Here are a few links for you:

http://www.gryphonstrings.com/

http://ukulelesource.com/

http://www.5thstringberkeley.com/

Gryphon Strings has some high end ukuleles (Kamaka, Compass Rose) and its lower end ukes are mostly Fleas and Flukes.

Ukulele Source probably has the widest selection. It sells Kamaka, KoAloha and Kanile'a as well as Kala, Ohana, Lanikai
and others.

In San Francisco, The Aloha Warehouse (http://www.alohawarehouse.com/)in Japantown has a good ukulele selection, including Kamaka, Kanile'a, Kala and Ohana. There's also Guitar Solo (http://www.gspguitar.com/), which has mostly guitars and a small selection of ukuleles.

Another option in the East Bay is Music Works (http://www.ecmusicworks.com/) in El Cerrito. It has a wide selection of Kala, Lanikai, as well as Fleas and Flukes, but not a lot of higher end ukuleles.

Good luck!

gyosh
09-26-2011, 10:06 AM
Here are a few links for you:

http://www.gryphonstrings.com/

http://ukulelesource.com/

http://www.5thstringberkeley.com/

Gryphon Strings has some high end ukuleles (Kamaka, Compass Rose) and its lower end ukes are mostly Fleas and Flukes.

Ukulele Source probably has the widest selection. It sells Kamaka, KoAloha and Kanile'a as well as Kala, Ohana, Lanikai
and others.

In San Francisco, The Aloha Warehouse (http://www.alohawarehouse.com/)in Japantown has a good ukulele selection, including Kamaka, Kanile'a, Kala and Ohana. There's also Guitar Solo (http://www.gspguitar.com/), which has mostly guitars and a small selection of ukuleles.

Another option in the East Bay is Music Works (http://www.ecmusicworks.com/) in El Cerrito. It has a wide selection of Kala, Lanikai, as well as Fleas and Flukes, but not a lot of higher end ukuleles.

Good luck!

Ukulele Source also has a bunch of the Islander ukes by Kanilea.

ksiegel
09-26-2011, 11:25 AM
Sylvan Music in Santa Cruz has (had, a couple of weeks ago) Kamaka, Kanil'ea, Compass Rose, and National in in the "expensive" room, with Kala, Makala, Gold Tone, Mainland, and some others on the "cheap" wall.

If you go to the "expensive" room and decide to play any of Rick Turner's ukes, I do recommend you bring some kind of bib or napkin - you will drool.




-Kurt

Hiddencross
09-26-2011, 11:37 AM
If you want to stay in Sacramento, I second (or is it third) Kline music near City College. They carry KoAloha, Kamaka, Kiwaya as well as Kala, Fender, and Lanikai. There are some uke enthusiasts on staff. The only downside is there tenor selection is usually a bit thin.

I am seriously considering a trip to Ukulele Source however, if I ever get around to purchasing a K brand tenor.

RyanMFT
09-26-2011, 11:48 AM
I am seriously considering a trip to Ukulele Source however, if I ever get around to purchasing a K brand tenor.

It is a small shop but they have a lot of stock! Call Smiley and Janet first to see if they have what you want as I know the tenors go fast, they are such kind people! If you want a certain tenor, ask Smiley to contact you when they get one in. I was looking for a certain uke and told him and he emailed me when they got their shipment.

Gillian
09-26-2011, 01:57 PM
The monthly email from Ukulele Source said they just got in a shipment of KoAlohas, including some pineapple Sundays and a Sceptre, but no tenors.(Isn't the Sceptre a tenor?) They also sell Nalus, Ohanas, Mainland, Kalas, and will soon be carrying G-string, (which I thought went out of business last year, but I guess not!)

hapauke
09-26-2011, 04:00 PM
Northridge is good. They have some really nice Nalus. You should also check out Nicholsons in Folsom. They have a wide selection, including banjo ukes. Pretty good prices.

Handsome Gianni
09-26-2011, 04:26 PM
Yes, check out Nicholson Music in Folsom. I'm the floor manager there and order all the ukes. Just started carrying Kanile'a. We also carry Martin, Kala, Lanikai, Cordoba, Kiwaya and many others... you can call me if you want more details (916) 983-0763. Ask for John!

erivel
09-26-2011, 06:37 PM
Another option in the East Bay is Music Works (http://www.ecmusicworks.com/) in El Cerrito. It has a wide selection of Kala, Lanikai, as well as Fleas and Flukes, but not a lot of higher end ukuleles.

Music works is down the street from me. They now carry Kamaka and currently have two tenors, one with pickup and one without, and a concert. Played all three and they are quite nice. They are also a Kiwaya dealer and have two great concerts in stock and some sopranos too. Also Honu, Big Island, and Loprinzi. Check them out if you can. Much better option than the 5th String in Berkeley IMO.

Oh and Best Music in Oakland does not stock Kamakas, but they can special order them for you. Also Noe Valley Music in SF is a Kamaka dealer and usually have sopranos and concerts in stock and they have a special relationship with Kamaka because they've been Kamaka dealers for a long time now. They do offer nice discounts on them. But do check out Gryphon too! Hope that helps!

RyanMFT
09-26-2011, 07:24 PM
Oh and Best Music in Oakland does not stock Kamakas, but they can special order them for you.

Are you sure? They are listed on Kamaka's site as a dealer http://www.kamakahawaii.com/findadealer.html the last time I was there they had a couple in stock (but that was quite a while back).

mds725
09-26-2011, 07:51 PM
Music works is down the street from me. They now carry Kamaka and currently have two tenors, one with pickup and one without, and a concert. Played all three and they are quite nice. They are also a Kiwaya dealer and have two great concerts in stock and some sopranos too. Also Honu, Big Island, and Loprinzi. Check them out if you can.

I haven't been to Music Works for a few months, but it appears that it's expanded its ukulele inventory. I've always seen a nice selection of Kalas, Lanikais and Fleas/Flukes there. It's nice to know one can now buy midrange and higher end ukuleles there as well. I bought my first ukulele (a Kala solid mahogany concert) at Music Works. the owner, Pudgy, not only let me play every ukulele in the place for three hours, he actually volunteered to play some for me, so i could hear how they sounded while standing in front of them.

erivel
09-26-2011, 07:55 PM
Are you sure? They are listed on Kamaka's site as a dealer http://www.kamakahawaii.com/findadealer.html the last time I was there they had a couple in stock (but that was quite a while back).

That's what I was told when I called them up a few months ago.

erivel
09-26-2011, 08:02 PM
I haven't been to Music Works for a few months, but it appears that it's expanded its ukulele inventory. I've always seen a nice selection of Kalas, Lanikais and Fleas/Flukes there. It's nice to know one can now buy midrange and higher end ukuleles there as well. I bought my first ukulele (a Kala solid mahogany concert) at Music Works. the owner, Pudgy, not only let me play every ukulele in the place for three hours, he actually volunteered to play some for me, so i could hear how they sounded while standing in front of them.

Yeah Dwayne (Pudgy) is cool like that. It's a nice laid back kinda shop. And a uke friendly one at that. They've been quite busy going to all the Uke festivals as of late.

Kmetzger
09-26-2011, 09:03 PM
Try Schoenburg's in Tiburon. They carry kamaka, Martin, Scot Wise from Australia and lower end ukes. Their store is in an old and small Victorian building. It's basically one room that has the most amazing sound. Nothing but ukes and lots of very expensive and old guitars. Like visiting a museum! http://www.om28.com/index.html

ksiegel
09-27-2011, 06:10 AM
The Sceptre is technically a super concert, aka tenor-neck concert, for to body size.. same with the pineapple Sunday.

But oh, I love my Sceptre!

...... -Kurt



The monthly email from Ukulele Source said they just got in a shipment of KoAlohas, including some pineapple Sundays and a Sceptre, but no tenors.(Isn't the Sceptre a tenor?) They also sell Nalus, Ohanas, Mainland, Kalas, and will soon be carrying G-string, (which I thought went out of business last year, but I guess not!)

Gillian
09-27-2011, 10:33 AM
The Sceptre is technically a super concert, aka tenor-neck concert, for to body size.. same with the pineapple Sunday.

But oh, I love my Sceptre!

...... -Kurt

Your Sceptre is a beauty, both the wood and the sound. I guess it is the elongated shape that made it look bigger to me.

Miss you at the Club!

Gillian

ksiegel
09-27-2011, 12:46 PM
Your Sceptre is a beauty, both the wood and the sound. I guess it is the elongated shape that made it look bigger to me.

Miss you at the Club!

Gillian

Thanks, Gillian - I miss being there!

I compared the Sceptre body to my Republic Concert - about the same length, and the Republic's lower bought is a tad wider. Also, needless to say, the body on the Ohana Vita Uke (Concert body, soprano neck) is larger than that of the Sceptre, in all dimensions. While the Sceptre fits in the Fremont tenor Case, there is a lot more room than with the Kala tenor.

Oh - to the OP - Yes, I do recommend seeing Smiley and Janet at Ukulele Source. the Sceptre was/is perfect, price a bit lower than MSRP, free strings, humidifier, t-shirt, & chord charts (and stickers, of course). The only problem - and this isn't a problem with Smiley and Janet, but with the Sceptre - is that KoAloha doesn't have a hard shell case specifically for the instrument. I got a Kala polyfoam case from Ukulele Source, but after consultation with mm stan and ronnie aloha, ordered an O'ahu tenor case from Hawaii Music Supply. Good price, and they split the shipping cost with me.

I have folded 12" x 24" microfiber cloths behind the head and under the body, and another cloth folded in four lengthwise on top from the saddle to the nut - when I close the case, nothing moves, and there is no pressure on the instrument - she stays in tune overnight with the case closed. When I pick the case up, the only noise is from the Herco humidifier and Snark in the accessory pocket. Otherwise, completely stable, no movement of the instrument.

Ukulele source also carries Fluke, Flea, Nalu, Ohana, and a few more I can't remember, in addition to the K brands we've already talked about.


-Kurt

maclay
09-27-2011, 07:19 PM
Sylvan Music in Santa Cruz has (had, a couple of weeks ago) Kamaka, Kanil'ea, Compass Rose, and National in in the "expensive" room, with Kala, Makala, Gold Tone, Mainland, and some others on the "cheap" wall.

If you go to the "expensive" room and decide to play any of Rick Turner's ukes, I do recommend you bring some kind of bib or napkin - you will drool.


Sylvan is an excellent music store. If your in Santa Cruz, you should also check out Tiki King's shop in Felton.

gokidd
10-19-2011, 07:55 AM
Watermelon Music in Davis keeps a nice selection of Kala.