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haolejohn
12-18-2008, 03:37 PM
Georgia has its first ukulele dealer (I think) and I got to meet the owner last night after church. Our ukulele club begins meeting in January after the students get their ukes and I met with Mike and sampled his Kalas and makalas. I also got to play his mitchell (solid spruce top) and oscor schmidt. I also got to hear aquila and kala reds.

1st I'd like to say I wa surprised at the sound of the kalas and the makalas (dolphin bridge ones). It was not what I expected for less than $40. The aquilas really made the makala dolphin bridge sound decent. I got to play a curly mango kala and I was surprised at its tone. I still prefer mahaghany though.

I fell in love with mike's spruce top mitchell concert with the kala reds. I really, really like the sound of the spruce top. Never heard of mitchell ukes before and don't know anything about them but it did sound good.

I decided that my prejudice towards laminates has got to go. When a uke player has UAS it a hard disease to cure on a teacher salary with a prejudice for solid wood ukes. I must start buying laminates.

Now for the good part. I had three students who placed an order for the makalas and I was able to sponsor three students. What a blessing to spread the joy of the uke to our future jakes and Aldrines.

allinfun
12-18-2008, 06:43 PM
If there are kids who can't afford an instrument, let me know. No kid should worry about money when it comes to music, sports, or the arts.

Captain Google
12-18-2008, 08:00 PM
You are very cool people. I agree wholeheartedly with allinfun's philosophy. The arts (as well as sports) are mankind's most valuable asset, and our strongest legacy.

On a completely unrelated note, I should take my uke to Katsucon next year...

haole
12-19-2008, 06:32 AM
You did more than just help some kids get ukuleles. You helped them begin their musical journeys! It's a shame that school music programs are so under-appreciated; music is one of the greatest gifts you can give to a young person.

And it's great that you introduced them to playable instruments rather than toys. Everyone deserves an instrument that stays in tune and sounds good; it's sad to see people give up because their first experience with an instrument was frustrating. Even a $30 Makala is enough to put someone on the right track; those are miles beyond the ukes you'd find in the Honolulu airport gift shop for the same price.

Glad to hear you're spreading the uke gospel! :D