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cashew
10-09-2008, 08:27 AM
I'm noticing a lot of people recieving their first uke's now--- and I'm wondering, especially for the long time players..

What was your first Uke?

Mine was a kala kiwi-- and I love it!

deach
10-09-2008, 08:35 AM
blue mahalo $25.

russ_buss
10-09-2008, 08:36 AM
concert fluke. still my favorite!:)

seeso
10-09-2008, 08:39 AM
Concert Lanikai. This guy (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zSDs85emQ_g) plays it now.

freedive135
10-09-2008, 08:40 AM
Johnson uk-120 Soprano, got it on a whim and had no clue how many different/nice Ukulele's were out there.

dnewton2
10-09-2008, 09:11 AM
My first was a Stagg Concert. I have a couple others now but I play that one the most.

uke142464
10-09-2008, 09:19 AM
makala concert, the best.... for a month or so...;)

sukie
10-09-2008, 09:24 AM
the best.... for a month or so...;)


Isn't that true for all of them?

Mine was a Hawaiian Ukulele Company student concert -- that I can't get rid of now because Jake signed it.

deach
10-09-2008, 09:27 AM
Isn't that true for all of them?

...
Mine lasted 2 days. I found MGM. The end.

uke142464
10-09-2008, 09:36 AM
lol............

unlucky07
10-09-2008, 11:31 AM
My first Uku is the Uke I'm still using now. I bought it at a swap meet a year ago, a Baritone Uke with Tenor strings. To this day I still don't know what brand it is. No insignia, no stickers, no nothing. I'm curious but I kinda like the mystery.

jsigone
10-09-2008, 11:44 AM
still on my first Uke, LU21-C

Ukulele JJ
10-09-2008, 11:46 AM
Oscar Schmidt OU-5. Bought it off a friend for cheap.

Well, it looks nice at least.


JJ

leaveit2jane
10-09-2008, 11:53 AM
Mine was a Cordoba from my kids on Mother's Day. I think they thought it was pretty harmless at first, LOL.

sukie
10-09-2008, 12:16 PM
Deach, Deach, Deach...

LOL

ukusaurus
10-09-2008, 12:28 PM
My first was this 30 dollar painted up mahalo with pineapples and bananas on it. It came with an instructional dvd which I still haven't even bothered with (internet is fine) , a pitch pipe (which by the way the G doesnt even make a sound when i blow in it) and a few other things like a felt pick and a crappy little bag. The intonation totally sucks and it doesn't stay in tune at all. Now it just hangs on my wall.

haole
10-09-2008, 03:33 PM
First uke I owned was an Aria baritone from the late 1970s. It was my grandfather's, and it ended up in our house after he passed away. I've been banging around on it for years now.
The first uke I purchased was a Kamaka soprano. During a month-long stay on Kaua'i, I really missed my guitar and wanted to buy a cheap one. I walked into Bounty Music and somehow exited with my little Kamaka instead.

UkuLeLesReggAe
10-09-2008, 03:55 PM
Lanikai LU-21T

bm0to5
10-09-2008, 04:07 PM
my first uke was a cheap abc store type ukulele that couldnt be tuned but i ve upgraded since to a kala koa soprano :D

Misguided Musician
10-09-2008, 04:11 PM
My first uke was a no-name, homemade ukulele from the phillipines. It sounded pretty good for a concert. It only cost me $2, but that got me far. I miss it.

SinisterDom
10-09-2008, 04:12 PM
Ohana SK-15 gem blue. Still one of my favorites.

mdnjustin
10-09-2008, 04:45 PM
Mahalo Tenor... about to be sold.

ChamorroDT
10-09-2008, 05:48 PM
I have a story.

So, about 8 years ago, my uncle came from Hawaii with...I believe 4 Ukes. 4 Kelii Soprano's. He gave one to my dad, and 2 to my other uncles and he kept one. My dad never played (matter fact, none of my uncles did) and me and my brother just picked it up. To this day, I play that same Kelii Soprano.

Last year my uncle came back from Hawaii with one of those 4 ukes, but he didn't touch it at ALL, kept it in its carrying case, in a GLASS case, never touched it, and he did only to move it. He gave it to me. Here are pics.

http://img186.imageshack.us/img186/8706/uke01uf4.th.jpg (http://img186.imageshack.us/my.php?image=uke01uf4.jpg)http://img186.imageshack.us/images/thpix.gif (http://g.imageshack.us/thpix.php)
http://img410.imageshack.us/img410/4990/uke02or2.th.jpg (http://img410.imageshack.us/my.php?image=uke02or2.jpg)http://img410.imageshack.us/images/thpix.gif (http://g.imageshack.us/thpix.php)

The one I play is on the left. The one nobody will let me play is on the right. I play it at home but I don't bring it out. My uke has been through some ROUGH ROUGH TIMES. I dropped it earlier today for like the billionth time.

And inside theres no...like...marking number? I think its cause my uncle specifically asked the guy to make them for him, I mean he BOUGHT THEM, but...I guess...he didn't label them? I don't know.

jhob
10-09-2008, 11:53 PM
Mine was a blue mahalo soprano which I still have, it is now my at-work uke for lunchtime strumming. I still find it pretty decent uke that's fun to play. I bought that just under a year ago and my collection has now expanded somewhat with:
* an applause soprano in February
* a mahalo tenor in June
* a bugsgear eleuke concert in August
* a brueko soprano this week

I think that my ukulele buying over for the time being, I'm more than happy with my current haul. I think the only one that I would consider getting rid of is the mahalo tenor but I do like the low G on it for a bit of variety. Only uke I am tempted with at the moment is solid wood concert of some description.

Seems like I have been playing the uke for a lot longer than a year, can't believe it's less than a year ago that I first picked up a uke!

grappler
10-10-2008, 01:04 AM
mines was a mahalo tenor thats signed my Jake.

Q: What was aldrines first ukulele that he actually played with?

that would be good to know...

SamWise
10-10-2008, 02:23 AM
Depends how you classify it. The first one I got out of a case at my house was a Hudson tenor, one of 14 for review. That was about 6 weeks ago. My first, and only til I get some cash together, is my purple Mahalo I picked up last weekend. Today, it's had the saddle adjusted, and the slots cut deeper in the nut to improve action and intonation - successfully! My Ko'olau gold strings arrived today, but I'm not going to put them on because I'm going to a music themed costume party tomorrow, in flowery shirt and shorts with my Uke, and I want it to stay at least a bit in tune. I think when I restring it I might do a little more work.....

zenxten
10-10-2008, 02:50 AM
Mine was a Lanikai Lu-11 that I got in Waikiki for $40 while I was on vacation. I got a chord book and learned G C D and E and then made a dollar jamming Green Day songs in the airport terminal on my way back home. I shoved the dollar under the strings on the headstock and it will remain there until it disintegrates.

polynesianpop
10-10-2008, 05:17 AM
Mine was a Hilo soprano that I paid $15 for at the swapmeet. It even came with geared tuners! It sounds like junk but back then I didn't know any better. I still have it to this day -- I just can't let it go...

hoosierhiver
10-10-2008, 05:29 AM
A cheapo laminate soprano called a "gremlin" for $35,not sure who sold it.It was good enough to get me hooked.

berylbite
10-10-2008, 06:23 AM
I sported the ol 30$ Hilo with the tacky palm trees and "Hawaii" sign on it.
Played it till exploded in my hands.

uber_goober
10-10-2008, 06:52 AM
An old Harmony soprano. I paid more for the case than the ukulele.

laietildaend
10-10-2008, 07:04 AM
ah..
my first uke was da 16 dollah kine u get from walmart. da one down in mililani
on oahu. walmart was far from where i went stay. da uke disspleh a pik of da shore and said "Aloha" in fancy kine cursiv. its da one im holdin in my avatar.
see it?:music:

UkéDan
10-10-2008, 07:07 AM
A Northern JCD-2 weird-shape triangular uke, in high-school, late 70's...... Still have it. It's NOT the one in my avatar...;-)))

LoMa
10-10-2008, 11:16 AM
I got my first uke when I was 6 years old in 1961 - it's an unlabled all solid mahogany soprano made in West Germany with real nice tone, volume, dynamics, and playability, and only so-so intonation.

I got it at an S&H Green Stamps Redemption Center - grocery stores used to give you these green stamps based on how much $$ you spent on your groceries, and you'd fill up little booklets and take them to the Redemption Center to trade for lamps, dishes, paintings, rugs, and yes, ukuleles....

Our whole house was practically all furnished with stuff from S&H Green Stamps...

Anyway, I still got that uke, and it still gets played, although it ain't my main axe, by any means...

leaveit2jane
10-10-2008, 11:28 AM
I got my first uke when I was 6 years old in 1961 - it's an unlabled all solid mahogany soprano made in West Germany with real nice tone, volume, dynamics, and playability, and only so-so intonation.



LOL I bet it looks just like this one!

http://www.glenguild.com/Jane/uu/greenstamppeg.JPG
http://www.glenguild.com/Jane/uu/greenstamp2.jpg

LoMa
10-10-2008, 11:32 AM
Hey Jane,

We musta gone to different S&H Green Stamp Centers - mine looks different - I'll shoot some photos of mine and post 'em on Monday!

Woohoo!

jqrcaliman
10-10-2008, 09:38 PM
my first uke is still the one iv been using to this day (10 or 11 months). i pretty much just took it off our display shelf and tuned it with youtube. a tiny soprano no name or logo.

Kala_chameleon
10-10-2008, 11:28 PM
Kala Pineapple, bought it after spotting a prize giveaway on another uke site. Had it about 6 months now and there isn't a day when I dont play it.:nana:

KC

Ukuleleblues
10-11-2008, 12:51 AM
Rhythm Band Baritone, Didn’t think I could play a small uke back then. Came with a broken string, looked used, called the company I ordered from, raised hell. Told me it costs them more to return it than worth. Gave me refund and told me to throw it in a dumpster. Still play it. It’s my beater/loaner baritone.

Ukeguy510
10-11-2008, 10:36 AM
Leolani Mahogany Soprano that my wife bought me at the International Marketplace in Waikiki during our honeymoon. Its not a bad sounding uke. It has a lot of sentimental value though ;)

SamWise
10-11-2008, 12:26 PM
ah..
my first uke was da 16 dollah kine u get from walmart. da one down in mililani
on oahu. walmart was far from where i went stay. da uke disspleh a pik of da shore and said "Aloha" in fancy kine cursiv. its da one im holdin in my avatar.
see it?:music:

What now? Seriously, I don't mean this in a bad way. I'd love to communicate with everyone here, but I genuinely can't understand 70% of your post! Can you do that again in English?

deach
10-11-2008, 12:34 PM
What now? Seriously, I don't mean this in a bad way. I'd love to communicate with everyone here, but I genuinely can't understand 70% of your post! Can you do that again in English?

Let me tab that out for you.


ah..
my first uke was da 16 dollah kine u get from walmart. da one down in mililani
on oahu. walmart was far from where i went stay. da uke disspleh a pik of da shore and said "Aloha" in fancy kine cursiv. its da one im holdin in my avatar.
see it?:music:

My first ukulele was the sixteen dollar kind, one purchases from Wal-Mart. The one located in Mililani on Oahu. Wal-Mart was far from where I lived. The ukulele displays a picture of the shore and reads "Aloha" in a fancy cursive font. It is the one I am holding in my avatar. Do you see it?

http://pic20.picturetrail.com/VOL1302/4819541/11668864/338275670.jpg

TsouL
10-11-2008, 12:38 PM
mines lanikai LU-11 soprano.. 50 bucks at the flea market..i was ripped

Big Bob
10-11-2008, 12:42 PM
My first ukulele was purchased 4 years ago to the day at ukulele house in waikiki.It is a lanikai koa laminate concert ukulele.It was my first exposure to a ukulele.Got it home and soon found out I could not put it down .lol !.My second uke was purchased in waikiki last april and it will probably be my last,it's a Kanilea tenor solid koa.I just love this ukulele,I don't think I will ever part with it.It's the one on my avatar.By the way I just found out today how to instal my avatar.

ke leo
10-11-2008, 07:01 PM
Kamaka T-1.

14twelve
10-11-2008, 09:57 PM
Mine was a Greg Bennett concert. After trying every ukulele available in Brisbane (which wasn't much), it was the nicest. Then I found this site, and once I saw and heard the Flea, the Greg Bennett got replaced very quickly. It wasn't bad for a first uke though.

nikolo727
10-12-2008, 09:04 AM
a nice (lol) hilo soprano. Little thing is some solid unknown wood with painted on bindings. the fret board was the same wood too but they juz painted it black. it came with some bad tuners, bad strings, and sticker fret markers. It sounds like a sick animal. I still love it. lol.

NatalieS
10-13-2008, 08:07 AM
Oscar Schmidt OU53s soprano-- not a good instrument lol!

It's taken several attempts but I've settled on my one and only love: Lanikai solid koa soprano. Sigh... :love:

NatalieS
10-13-2008, 08:20 AM
Oops double post!

Kekani
10-13-2008, 09:02 AM
1975 Kamaka Standard, $56 brand new. I still have it.

http://i291.photobucket.com/albums/ll290/kekani427/IMG_0069-1.jpg

SevinosI
12-31-2008, 01:26 PM
My first and only uke is a kala KA-TG

MisoHappy
12-31-2008, 01:30 PM
4 string KoAloha standard. $500 or so

krabbers
12-31-2008, 01:44 PM
and looking back it had a great sound for a cheap one .i wrecked it by doing a custom flame job on it and going a little tooo far

Captain Google
12-31-2008, 01:46 PM
My one and only Tomo, a solid mahogany Ohana tenor. She's all I need. :cool:

Pippin
12-31-2008, 03:32 PM
Early 1960s, plastic Harmony. In 1968 I received a mahogany Harmony baritone. I have had so many since then... can't count 'em all.

BboyEmperor
12-31-2008, 04:07 PM
Kala KA-15s. Soprano. Mahogany. From MGM. :D

Rock-A-Hula
12-31-2008, 04:12 PM
Kala KA-C

:)

Magical Realist
12-31-2008, 04:58 PM
I just bought my very first uke tonight, from MGM.

I'd been setting aside money for a guitar, but a music-teacher friend suggested I try the ukulele first, since I have no musical background at all (aside from a plastic flutophone and a nasty, squeaky soprano recorder back in sixth grade. That was...1978? :eek:). His reasoning was that I would probably make much faster progress on the uke, and early success would keep me playing and learning.

After watching a lot of YouTube vids and lurking on ukulele communities, I decided he was right. Not only that, but I fell in love with the uke on its own merits, rather than as a guitar substitute.

I did a lot of browsing yesterday among MGM's offerings. I thought I'd spend about $100-$125, and yeah, there were a couple in that price range that seemed okay.

But then I saw one that made me sit up straight and say, "That's it! That's the one I want!" Not wanting to make an impulse buy, I waited 24 hours and did some more research online before hitting "Buy," just to be sure. And when I checked the listing again this afternoon I still got the "Yes! That one!" feeling.

So I ended up buying a Koa Pili Koko concert. It was twice what I thought I was going to spend, but still far cheaper than a guitar, and it just seems like a really nice instrument I'll enjoy for a long time to come.

And now I want to run out and buy some dirt-cheap uke to play while I wait for it to get here, because I'm so excited I don't think I can wait...:nana:

Captain Google
12-31-2008, 05:07 PM
Kala KA-15s. Soprano. Mahogany. From MGM. :D

I bought Tomo from that very guy. :cool:

Also, I found it quite funny that O Fortuna started playing on the television as I read the last line of your signature.

Uke-lahoma
01-01-2009, 07:43 AM
I bought my first and only from MGM about a month ago. It's a Kala KA-MT (Mango Tenor). I've been very pleased both with the uke and with MGM.

BboyEmperor
01-01-2009, 03:59 PM
I bought Tomo from that very guy. :cool:

Also, I found it quite funny that O Fortuna started playing on the television as I read the last line of your signature.

No clue what you're talking about :)

Regster
01-01-2009, 05:03 PM
a laminate koa baritone from mgm :D

fatfingers75
01-01-2009, 08:16 PM
a Black Makala Soprano with the dolphin bridge.

dood
01-01-2009, 08:53 PM
my first ukulele and still the only ukulele i have is a kamaka..lol im a beginner so sorry if i get it wrong but i think its a tenor?? ehh not sure

ukulelemotion
01-02-2009, 09:57 AM
concert samick-greg barnett series.. her name is alicia.. she is still my favorite to play.

Gelli
01-02-2009, 12:05 PM
It was a wunderful Pono Mango Sopran. It was beautiful, but the sound was miserable. It was so noiseless. The e-string was wrong, 2.

Now I have my dream-ukulele: Koaloha Pineapple Sopran. The sound is so good, warm and loud. My next ukulele will be a self-made Pineapple Sopranino. I will make it in summertime. Until then, I will plan the making :-)