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Paulrick
03-14-2013, 09:46 AM
Hello all... Just joined the forum and looking for another uke. I've currently got a lanikai STEQ tenor uke and I'm looking for something smaller to plink around on while traveling. Couldn't find much about where to buy on the website.

Let me know if you have one! Thanks.

Paulrick

mo9090x
03-14-2013, 01:27 PM
Hello. http://www.easymusiccenter.com/ has them in mahogany and spalted maple in stock if you don't find one here.

mm stan
03-14-2013, 02:11 PM
Hello. http://www.easymusiccenter.com/ has them in mahogany and spalted maple in stock if you don't find one here.


Wow Monica, I am impressed that you know about this store in honolulu....I live 10 minuetes away...hee hee

mds725
03-14-2013, 02:35 PM
Mike at Uke Republic has a "B Stock" Kala Pocket Uke (it has a finish flaw) at a discount.

http://cargo.ukerepublic.com/product/kala-solid-spruce-flame-maple-pocket-uke

teruterubouzu
03-14-2013, 02:35 PM
UKE Republic posted this one on facebook today. (http://cargo.ukerepublic.com/product/kala-solid-spruce-flame-maple-pocket-uke)

http://cache0.bigcartel.com/product_images/64450597/KalaSpaltedPocket__3_.jpg (http://cargo.ukerepublic.com/product/kala-solid-spruce-flame-maple-pocket-uke)

Pretty cute if you ask me.

teruterubouzu
03-14-2013, 02:36 PM
Jinx, mds725 !

nucum25
03-14-2013, 08:26 PM
Welcome Paulrick, I happen to have an extra kala mahogany pocket uke if you're interested. PM me.

nucum25

Strummin simon
03-15-2013, 01:11 AM
i'd try one first, they are not everyones cup of tea

Paulrick
03-15-2013, 08:00 AM
Mike at Uke Republic has a "B Stock" Kala Pocket Uke (it has a finish flaw) at a discount.

http://cargo.ukerepublic.com/product/kala-solid-spruce-flame-maple-pocket-uke

I checked mikes listing. It says sold out. Thanks for all the suggestions folks. Keep them coming!

Paulrick
03-15-2013, 09:15 AM
Welcome Paulrick, I happen to have an extra kala mahogany pocket uke if you're interested. PM me.

nucum25

Pmd ya nucum25!

Paulrick
03-17-2013, 04:37 PM
Bump!!! Still looking!

ukuleledaveey
03-18-2013, 11:49 AM
i have a acacia one but i am in the uk

Paulrick
03-21-2013, 07:15 AM
Just bought a brand new mahogany pocket uke from easy music center! Customer service was top notch!

They only have one left (spalted) if anyone is interested.

Thanks for suggestions guys and gals.

mo9090x
03-21-2013, 07:51 AM
Same for me. My experience with Easy Music Center has been fantastic. Glad you found one you liked!


Just bought a brand new mahogany pocket uke from easy music center! Customer service was top notch!

They only have one left (spalted) if anyone is interested.

Thanks for suggestions guys and gals.

redpaul1
03-21-2013, 07:59 AM
i'd try one first, they are not everyones cup of tea

I think Simon's right. And funnily enough, if you want to know what they sound like, I've just posted a vid of me on my Kala Pocket Uke in this week's Seasons of the Ukulele.


Season 57 Of The Ukulele

Yes, it really is tuned to F, and no, that's not an affectation. F is one of the two tunings recommended by Kala. The other recommended tuning, G (an octave above a baritone), turns the strings into cheese wires. Tuned to C, the strings just flop on top of the fretboard.*

If you want a piccolo-sized uke that plays in C or D tuning, go to Sven Nyström
http://argapa.blogspot.co.uk. He produces the most wonderful little ukuleles, for not a lot more than Kala - and they are really loud!

The reason the Kala needs to be tuned so high is that it's kinda overbuilt. I think Sven told me he reckons Kala use about 28 separate pieces of wood in the construction of whereas he uses about half the amount (his are certainly half the weight). Consequently the strings need to be of a fairly high tension in order to cause the body to resonate when the strings are plucked.

However, the Argapa is about two inches longer than the Kala (about the same length as an Ohana sopranino), which may of course be something you need to consider.

Ambient Doughnut
03-25-2013, 05:39 AM
Yeah, although you can get them to sound ok in C by fitting heavy strings.

(excuse scrappy video)


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ugjuivel2Q

Romanista77
06-15-2013, 08:22 AM
Yeah, although you can get them to sound ok in C by fitting heavy strings.

(excuse scrappy video)


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ugjuivel2Q


What srings are you using?

Ambient Doughnut
06-15-2013, 08:30 AM
Southcoast strings 'Heavy'. they've changed their range since I bought them.

I *think the current equivalent would be 'HMU-NW: Heavy Medium Gauge Ukulele Set - no wound string' http://www.southcoastukes.com/ukulele.htm

but probably best to email Dirk and ask him to be sure.

Point him at this video and he'll know what you mean.

:)

Romanista77
06-15-2013, 10:21 AM
Great, thanks!

I've been considering a travel uke, but would want to play in standard tuning.

If I end up getting it, I'll try those strings out.

Ambient Doughnut
06-15-2013, 12:06 PM
Have you looked at those Tom pocket ukes?
Look like a good cheap alternative. And I think they look slimmer than the kalas.
Worth a google anyway...

Romanista77
06-15-2013, 02:25 PM
Have you looked at those Tom pocket ukes?
Look like a good cheap alternative. And I think they look slimmer than the kalas.
Worth a google anyway...

Just checked out a few of the video reviews on YouTube. Looks pretty good.
For a travel uke, it's nice to have something on the cheaper side (one reviewer was saying $70 shipped). Makes taking it camping, to the beach, etc less risky.

Problem is finding a place that sells them. No luck on eBay, and it looks like the major online uke stores don't carry them..

Anyone have any ideas?

pondweed
06-16-2013, 05:33 AM
http://www.tomukulele.com/contact.asp?s=1&pid=5
ask em!

I noticed yesterday that Kala are bringing out a travel pocket! Which will make it like a 'good' version of a Tom.
Although for the money, you couldn't probably have anything better than a Tom...

Ambient Doughnut
06-17-2013, 12:46 AM
Found these:
http://www.lightinthebox.com/tom-tup-200-17-laminated-mahogany-pocket-ukulele-with-bag_p509905.html

http://www.ukulelesforsale.net/tom-tup-200-17-mahogany-pocket-ukulele.html

Know idea if reputable - not used them before.

A Kala traval pocket uke would be great. Think that's how they should have made them in the first place really!

Romanista77
06-17-2013, 02:08 AM
Found these:
http://www.lightinthebox.com/tom-tup-200-17-laminated-mahogany-pocket-ukulele-with-bag_p509905.html

http://www.ukulelesforsale.net/tom-tup-200-17-mahogany-pocket-ukulele.html

Know idea if reputable - not used them before.

A Kala traval pocket uke would be great. Think that's how they should have made them in the first place really!

Well, just ordered one from these guys.
$73 shipped to Canada.
Here's hopping it doesn't take too long and it's as good as those online reviews!

Thanks for the links!

Ambient Doughnut
06-17-2013, 02:44 AM
Let us know how you get on - quite fancy one myself as cheap super-portable uke! :)

Romanista77
06-17-2013, 03:06 AM
Let us know how you get on - quite fancy one myself as cheap super-portable uke! :)

Will do.
It's 15-25 business days shipping. Might be a bit of a wait.
I'm going to try and forget about it so it's a nice surprise instead of an agonizing wait...

Romanista77
07-04-2013, 06:00 PM
Let us know how you get on - quite fancy one myself as cheap super-portable uke! :)

The Tom Pocket uke just arrived today.
At $73 they even through in a lot of extras. In addition to the gig bag, there was: an electric tuner, extra set of strings, 3 picks, a capo, strap, and some intro to ukulele booklets (in Chinese). Quite a bargain.

The action is set too high IMHO, and I'm having trouble tuning it in standard tuning.

I'm going to get the heavier strings that were mentioned and give it a good setup. Otherwise it looks alright.

Romanista77
07-27-2013, 08:30 PM
Southcoast strings 'Heavy'. they've changed their range since I bought them.

I *think the current equivalent would be 'HMU-NW: Heavy Medium Gauge Ukulele Set - no wound string' http://www.southcoastukes.com/ukulele.htm

but probably best to email Dirk and ask him to be sure.

Point him at this video and he'll know what you mean.

:)


Just thought I'd give a quick follow up.
I've since received these recommend strings. The shipping to Canada sucks, but the strings made a huge difference.
They play in standard (GCEA) tuning very well. They also have a great tension in standard tuning and just "feel" great.
Also, the strings are long and you might be able to get two sets per package. (Cutting it close thought).

Ambient Doughnut
07-30-2013, 10:57 PM
Excellent - Glad it worked out! :)

sonomajazz
07-31-2013, 06:13 AM
The Tom Pocket uke just arrived today.
At $73 they even through in a lot of extras. In addition to the gig bag, there was: an electric tuner, extra set of strings, 3 picks, a capo, strap, and some intro to ukulele booklets (in Chinese). Quite a bargain.

The action is set too high IMHO, and I'm having trouble tuning it in standard tuning.

I'm going to get the heavier strings that were mentioned and give it a good setup. Otherwise it looks alright.

Where did you buy it?