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pootsie
12-10-2012, 08:58 AM
Those of you who follow my exploits in eager anticipation of the latest installment (and please stop stalking me if you do) will recall that a record store opened up down the street from my office.

http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?73631-Lo-fi

Yeah, a RECORD store, that sells RECORDS (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LP_record). Like the black round discs that contain less than 30 minutes of playing time per side.

Anyway, the place had some ukes for sale. So I brought in some old vinyl that was gathering dust for more than a decade, and traded for this:
46216

A Mahalo model sunburst-POS (well, actually a UTL-30SB).

So, basically for free (LPs no longer having value to me), I have a uke to fiddle with at the office and I don't have to care what abuse it suffers. The action is actually not horrible at the nut but almost a centimeter above the fretboard on the other end, so I will lower the saddle when I get a chance.

The sound is a lot like the sound a cheap uke makes. But the price was right

gitarzan
12-10-2012, 10:11 AM
Alright. Just don't Uke yourself out of a job.

coolkayaker1
12-10-2012, 10:21 AM
That uke is much more practical than the vinyl records; when you're done playing it, you can use it for a bedpan. lol

It's much like when we take the crappiest, most unsafe old clunker and make our new teenager driver use it....we take a POS uke, put it at work, and that's where everyone is going to say, "Okay, Pootsie, let's get some of this great ukulele playing you're always speaking of..."

ukemunga
12-10-2012, 10:31 AM
Got the exact same thing at the office! Lowered the saddle, changed the strings... not too bad. That and Chordie.com keep me occupied some times when maybe I shouldn't be. Don't tell.

pootsie
12-10-2012, 10:44 AM
I do have plans on new strings and taking down the saddle.

I just noticed it's a compensated saddle--though I don't think it helps an awful lot. I will test and see where the intonation is when I've taken it down.

ukemunga
12-10-2012, 11:37 AM
Whoops, to use politspeak I "misspoke".. I've got the Les Paul version. Essentially the same thing though.

pootsie
12-10-2012, 03:30 PM
They had the les paul and this one, the telecaster, and a bunch of Diamondhead brand colored ukes that looked just like Mahalos.

This one seemed like the most fun to me.

Funny thing is, the trade value he offered me on the records was *just enough* to cover the retail price. It's like god wanted me to have a cheap uke at the office.

He also sniffed at the cover of my copy of Peter Tosh's "Legalize It." I bought that record used so I can honestly claim that any residue left there could possibly be from the previous owner. Dark side of the Moon, too, I bought that used also.

pootsie
12-11-2012, 02:19 PM
Well, at least it has Aquila strings. Who knew?
http://www.mahalo-ukulele.com/Index.php/Products/detail/id/57

The fretboard is rosewood but unfinished. It has a dull dry look. What can I use to give it a little something?

kissing
12-11-2012, 03:05 PM
The stock aquilas are no good though.
Try a fresh set of Aquilas and hear the difference.

My old Mahalo Les paul really sang with Concert Aquilas.

Nickie
12-11-2012, 05:30 PM
Well, at least it has Aquila strings. Who knew?
http://www.mahalo-ukulele.com/Index.php/Products/detail/id/57

The fretboard is rosewood but unfinished. It has a dull dry look. What can I use to give it a little something?

Try a little fretboard butter...

OldePhart
12-12-2012, 02:31 PM
Well, at least it has Aquila strings. Who knew?
http://www.mahalo-ukulele.com/Index.php/Products/detail/id/57

The fretboard is rosewood but unfinished. It has a dull dry look. What can I use to give it a little something?

Lemon oil.