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Steedy
04-16-2012, 06:30 AM
On Saturday, April 14, I fired up my GPS, and set sail for the new Uke Republic store in Austell, Georgia (just outside of Atlanta, GA, in the US of A). There I met some fine folks, played some fine ukes, and generally (you guessed it) had a fine time! Oh, I also left there with a fine new ukulele, but I’ll save that for a little later…

First of all, Mike’s new store is in a beautifully-renovated old building, which was a thread mill about a hundred years ago, but now houses municipal and corporate offices, as well as a retail mall. There are fountains out front and in the lobby, and glass elevators for scenic vertical conveyance.

Here's a few photos -

Mike and Richard hoist the royal banner:

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b362/slawson3/001-5.jpg


Jammin' with Sailor Jim:

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b362/slawson3/003-6.jpg


Getting friendly with Leilani:

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b362/slawson3/005-4.jpg


Paying my respects to Uke Tiki:

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b362/slawson3/006-4.jpg


Continued below...

Steedy
04-16-2012, 06:38 AM
And the new ukulele I mentioned earlier? Well, I played a lot of ukes in the Uke Republic store, and wanted them all, but was finally drawn to a nice little Sailor Brand Soprano, with a solid cedar top. The back and sides are poplar, with a eucalyptus veneer.

It has a bright, clear, ringing sound that I just couldn't resist.

Here she be:

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b362/slawson3/031-1.jpg

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b362/slawson3/026.jpg

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b362/slawson3/020-1.jpg

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b362/slawson3/024.jpg


So, it's not just on your lap, it's now on the map. Head on down to Uke Republic and tell 'em Steedy sent ya!

Mahalos!

Hippie Dribble
04-16-2012, 01:59 PM
sounds like you had an awesome time Steedy, and looks like it too. Great pictures. and that little sailor is a sweetie, great choice. Mike is a wonderful guy and just great to deal with. Lots of positive energy in that man and most, from my experience at least, is directed towards helping people realise their uke dreams. Bravo Mike and hearty congrats on the beautiful new shop. :)

Plainsong
04-16-2012, 02:22 PM
Hey, we're Sailor sopranos with cedar/eucalyptus buddies! Click my sig for pics. I was just playing it a few hours ago.. practicing something I wrote but can't play. Hmpf.

Anyway, if I were ever anywhere near Georgia, I would so love to go to the Republic of Uke.

Uke Republic
04-16-2012, 06:36 PM
Would love the lot of ya to swing by! May have to hire a jet to pick everyone up:)
Steedy is a great guy and plays awesome! We of course ended up playing a few tunes . Thanks so much for coming in.
The pics of his new Sailor look fantastic, wonderful detail on the the eucalyptus!

Steedy
04-17-2012, 04:23 AM
Ha ha, Mike exaggerated a bit: I'm maybe an OK guy and a mediocre player/awful singer at best.

But I do like my new Sailor Brand soprano! It's a great value for a hand-crafted, American made ukulele.

ckellogg
04-17-2012, 04:57 AM
Really nice, thanks for sharing the photos. I will most definitely stop in the next time I'm in Atlanta.

savagehenry
04-18-2012, 03:05 AM
I do like my new Sailor Brand soprano! It's a great value for a hand-crafted, American made ukulele.

I played one just like it at the Tampa Bay Ukulele Getaway, the Sailor cedar soprano was amazing. Been thinking of getting Mike to build a longneck version. Congratulations on the awesome new ukulele.

PoiDog
04-18-2012, 04:24 AM
This thread has done absolutely nothing to dampen my desire to visit Uke Republic if I ever find myself down Joh-Jah way.

Congrats again to Mike and Uke Republic, and here's hoping you guys are a smashing success.

Uke Republic
04-18-2012, 02:00 PM
:) I hope you make it here! Dual citizenship for all!

This thread has done absolutely nothing to dampen my desire to visit Uke Republic if I ever find myself down Joh-Jah way.

Congrats again to Mike and Uke Republic, and here's hoping you guys are a smashing success.

Nickie
04-18-2012, 05:05 PM
Wow, what a pretty uke. That wood on the back is awesome, I've never seen any like it! Is it eucalyptus?

Plainsong
04-18-2012, 10:11 PM
Yup, cedar and eucalyptus, a soundhole sniffer's dream. :)

Steedy
04-19-2012, 04:17 AM
Wow, what a pretty uke. That wood on the back is awesome, I've never seen any like it! Is it eucalyptus?

No, it's "Uke-alyptus". :)



Yup, cedar and eucalyptus, a soundhole sniffer's dream. :)

You make it sound dirty. Steedy like! ;)

Plainsong
04-19-2012, 07:59 AM
I'm not one of those seedy soundhole sniffers you find in dark alleys, milling around with the shakes, jonesing for their next fix. They grab at you as leave the shop, and it's very creepy. ;)

I'm just saying... they would enjoy this one. :)

Steedy
04-27-2012, 05:25 AM
Just a quick update: The Sailor Brand Soprano I brought home from Uke Republic has become my favorite daily player.

I love it! :)

hibiscus
04-27-2012, 08:03 AM
Congrats! I'm thrilled with both my Ohanas from UR

UKEON TERRITORY
08-18-2012, 07:21 PM
UKE REPUBLIC ......... Simply wonderful .

p.s. I sniff both my Sailor Brand Ukulele Company sound holes . But the buck stops there .

I've got my Uke Republic on and my Sailor Brands to prove it . Been there , done that and got the t-shirt to boot .

Good thread Steedy !

mm stan
08-18-2012, 09:17 PM
Would love the lot of ya to swing by! May have to hire a jet to pick everyone up:)
Steedy is a great guy and plays awesome! We of course ended up playing a few tunes . Thanks so much for coming in.
The pics of his new Sailor look fantastic, wonderful detail on the the eucalyptus!
Congrats Steedy,
Your uke looks awesome and thank you for the fine thread....love the pictures too...WOW
@nice shop bruddah Mike..my personal jet is in the shop, I will ask Scotty to beam me there....Oh I wish I could be there...Congrats too on the beautiful shop...WOW

ukuhippo
08-18-2012, 09:47 PM
Keep Calm and Get Your Uke Republic On

This calls for a hiphop riff.

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FPoKiGQzbSQ

Captain_Lovehandles
08-19-2012, 12:51 AM
Congrats on the Sailor. Sounds like you got nearly the full treatment. All that was missing was Feral Boy.

Uke Whisperer
08-19-2012, 02:53 AM
I sure do hope they are open during Thanksgiving week. I'm hoping to head over from Snellville sometime during visit with the 3 younger generations.

Uke Republic
08-21-2012, 08:23 AM
We will be open then. looking forward to your visit!
I sure do hope they are open during Thanksgiving week. I'm hoping to head over from Snellville sometime during visit with the 3 younger generations.