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pebbleInDaPacific
12-13-2008, 07:56 PM
I was out doing a little Christmas shopping and went to Best Buy, the electronics store. Well, I didn't know this, but they now have an instrument area inside the store. I searched and found that they sell the Cordoba concert Uke! I've read everywhere on the forum differing opinions on this brand. It is the first Cordoba i've seen in this state, and when I excitedly picked it up to strum it, I thought it sounded decent. Hopefully they will expand what they carry and carry more brands in the future. Has anyone else been in the closest Best Buy and seen this?

BluesDrive
12-13-2008, 09:46 PM
in all honesty, I don't trust best buy when it comes to instruments. I've seen the guitars they put out, and they're pretty bad. But you never know. They could be movin on up in that department.

UkEdman90
12-13-2008, 10:03 PM
sry but electronic store= decent musical instruments? no way! they will find sum way 2 exploit an ok sounding uke and throw a ridiculous price tag on it! only a matter of time when walmart starts selling em!

BluesDrive
12-13-2008, 10:16 PM
lol. I know a best buy that sells decent electric guitars(epiphone les pauls).

songchaser
12-14-2008, 03:55 AM
Walmart does sell them.

BUGOY
12-14-2008, 06:46 AM
actually the best buys with the an actual musical instrument department as opposed to a corner sells some really decent stuff.. pretty much comparable to guitar center minus the on hand variety. prices are the same and will meet or beat GC's prices. So when i need a FIX, i go to the local best buy.. its closer and less people.. haha

NukeDOC
12-14-2008, 07:21 AM
in all honesty, I don't trust best buy when it comes to instruments. I've seen the guitars they put out, and they're pretty bad. But you never know. They could be movin on up in that department.

they have moved up. im not so big on the thought of an electronics store selling high end musical equipment either. so when i heard about it, i had to see it with mine own eyes.

the musical instrument section is basically a castrated guitar center. and thats only because the regular guitar center is as big as the rest of best buy. the local best buy has a range of instruments from a squire thinline telecaster to a $4000 taylor koa grand concert limited edition.

if your local best buy hasnt built the new section yet, give it a little bit. they are testing out some of the stores to see how they do. if it is a success then they will be opening them up in more stores.

as for the possibility of having an "electronics" guy try to sell you an instrument... wrap your brain around this... do you really think most of the guys at your local guitar center are that good at knowing their way around musical instruments? i mean... if they were such afficionados and knew their way around the finer aspects of instrument detail, that would at least tell me they were a super good musician... selling guitars for a living??? yeah, i know there are some out there, but just because someone works there, dont mean they know what theyre talking about.

gallopingsalmon
12-14-2008, 07:28 AM
don't trust sales men period! I was at guitar center looking at ukuleles and I asked if a center one was in stock. The salesmen came back saying that the only one they have is the display. Later I was asking him about another ukulele so we go to the computer and he doesn't know how to spell ukulele. So I'm guessing the probably had a huge supply of them. Good thing I didn't get one though because I got a better deal through MGM.

I had a friend that worked at best buy and if he didn't know a product he would BS his way through it just to get the sale.

I've met car salesmen where I knew more about their products and they did.

Do you own research is the best thing to do.

menehunenyc
12-14-2008, 03:50 PM
MMMM, I was just at the Best buy in Sheepshead bay Brooklyn and didn't see an instrument section. Heck, I'm always willing to pick up a uke and start playing it. Last time I went to Guitar Center I had to tune all the ukes myself before I could play them, will probably be the same at best buy.

BboyEmperor
12-14-2008, 04:00 PM
After all these times going through Best Buy, I never in my life seen an ukulele sold there.

nikolo727
12-14-2008, 04:48 PM
now im pumped to go to ohio now!(ohio is the closest best buy near me lol)

although I know now that walking to the instrument section is probubly going to force me through the video game section, and then i wont have enough money for a new uke.


ah VGAS



video game aquisition syndrome. lol!

Hobgoblin Steve
12-14-2008, 04:53 PM
MMMM, I was just at the Best buy in Sheepshead bay Brooklyn and didn't see an instrument section. Heck, I'm always willing to pick up a uke and start playing it. Last time I went to Guitar Center I had to tune all the ukes myself before I could play them, will probably be the same at best buy.

hah! I was just there earlier.

same with guitar centers ukes, you always gotta make sure you bring your tuner with you when you either go to the one on 14th st, and ESPECIALLY the one on atlantic ave.

menehunenyc
12-14-2008, 06:31 PM
hah! I was just there earlier.

same with guitar centers ukes, you always gotta make sure you bring your tuner with you when you either go to the one on 14th st, and ESPECIALLY the one on atlantic ave.

The one on atlantic is the one!!!! If you played the uke thats in tune, thats probably the one I played, hahaha!!

ukulele_Freak
12-14-2008, 11:08 PM
Does that mean they will start including Ukuleles in black friday deals? :D

First 20 in line get a free Kamaka ukulele on their way inside the doors. :nana:

Lanark
12-15-2008, 03:29 AM
the Best Buy musical department.

Because there just aren't enough "barely used" Squire Stratocasters on Craigslist.

allinfun
12-15-2008, 05:38 AM
they cant be any worse than guitar center who also sells cordobas at the seatac location in south seattle. I set foot in one of those stores once, and only once after a snot nosed kid tried to tell me I was tuning the uke incorrectly and please to stop trying to adjust the instrument as they had already set it up.

Uh, yeah ok. D#, Gb, Bb, D# is common tuning at Guitar Center

The Best Buy in Seattle is trying, but when it comes to ukes, don't ask many questions and bring your own tuner. They are nice enough but ignorant.

The music store behind southcenter mall (to the east on Andover park way) also has Oscar Schmidt ukes. Again the staff is utterly clueless but they do have 3 styles in 2 sizes.

Hobgoblin Steve
12-15-2008, 06:15 AM
The one on atlantic is the one!!!! If you played the uke thats in tune, thats probably the one I played, hahaha!!

Someone mustve bought it, when I went I went to all ukes I could find, even the crappy hilo ones and tuned them correct with that GIANT tuner they got by the comp

russ_buss
12-15-2008, 06:27 AM
i think it's great that they are selling ukes at bestbuy. this only means more exposure for the instrument which has suffered the stigma of being a toy for long enough. now it's being sold alongside keyboards and guitars. that's a good thing right?

as for the instruments being substandard, i'm sure their mission statement isn't to sell the best ukuleles that you can find in the land. just enough to get you a taste. and it tastes great!

Dilphat
12-15-2008, 08:28 AM
I haven't seen any ukulele's in the bestbuy near me, but i know they sell guitars. But from what i heard from a church member, supposedly the best buy in Chula Vista has a display uke and an amp to test it out. but idk, haven't witnessed it yet. any people in san diego wanna confirm it? :D lol

haole
12-15-2008, 09:41 AM
i think it's great that they are selling ukes at bestbuy. this only means more exposure for the instrument which has suffered the stigma of being a toy for long enough. now it's being sold alongside keyboards and guitars. that's a good thing right?

as for the instruments being substandard, i'm sure their mission statement isn't to sell the best ukuleles that you can find in the land. just enough to get you a taste. and it tastes great!

I hope it works that way. Sometimes instruments that play poorly and don't stay in tune are really discouraging and cause people to write off playing it altogether. :( But if manufacturers and sellers of good, playable instruments are having success selling to people who were frustrated with their first purchase, then it's all good.

pebbleInDaPacific
12-15-2008, 10:03 AM
I think that I will now carry a clip on tuner everywhere I go and tune all the Ukes I come across. After all, every uke I pick up is most likely out of tune when I sample it. I encourage everyone else to do it too, since reading everyone's response on here, it seems that some of you already carry a tuner with you. Just think, if anyone picks up the uke you just tuned, they may get an awesome first impression on the instrument and want to learn. If stores like Best Buy or any instrument store has a wall of guitars and one little ukulele, it attacts people in the first place to see something different and pick them up and strum them. I've noticed that in most music stores i've been too, the Ukes on a wall are within reach and you can just grab 'em off the wall and start strumming. I may be reaching, but who knows, if sales goes up for Best Buy on Ukes, they may consider carrying more brands of what is now even a hard to get instrument in most states. I say don't knock it, I support every effort by any company trying to tap into the market. Let's not be snobs about the instrument. So what if someone doesn't know how to tune the instrument. That's why we are there to educate!

haole
12-15-2008, 10:17 AM
Not a bad idea at all! It's pretty discouraging to pick up an instrument in a store, only to find out that the staff doesn't care about it enough to tune it and let you try it out. Even something as simple as tuning it and tightening the pegs' screws a little would make a big difference in first impressions!

haolejohn
12-15-2008, 11:08 AM
I have to agree with menehune, Whenever i find a music store that carries an ukulele I have to tune them before i can strum them. Then I have to retune and retune and retune and... you get the picture.

menehunenyc
12-16-2008, 05:03 PM
I hope it works that way. Sometimes instruments that play poorly and don't stay in tune are really discouraging and cause people to write off playing it altogether. :( But if manufacturers and sellers of good, playable instruments are having success selling to people who were frustrated with their first purchase, then it's all good.

True, true, true...I had all but stopped playing my daughters Hilo soprano because I was so frustrated by the poor intonation beyond the 3rd fret. then I got my Kamaka tenor and not a day goes past that I don't pick it up and strum abit.

bundy
12-16-2008, 05:35 PM
they only have one listed on their site.
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?skuId=8385874&st=ukulele&type=product&id=1208561937088