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Venger
06-13-2013, 01:26 AM
Hi,

I was just wondering if any UK based members can recommend some good stores in the UK for ukulele accessories ?

I've been reading the various strap discussion threads on the forum and I'm quite keen to give one a go but the Mobius, Uke Thong and Leash only seem avaliable from the States ?

Has anyone tracked them down in the UK ?

Tootler
06-13-2013, 12:10 PM
You can order uke leash over the Internet and pay through Pay Pal. I've bought two and Lori is very prompt with getting them sent out. It's then down to the vagaries of the US and UK postal services. My first one took almost two weeks but the second came in abt a week. Lori is on holiday just now so you'll have to wait till the end of the month.

I believe you can now order the Möbius strap online and pay through Pay Pal. I've been thinking of getting one but have not yet got round to it, so I have no experience to comment on.

Tootler
06-13-2013, 12:12 PM
As for ukulele stores, I've bought stuff from Southern ukulele store & found them very good. Eagle Music are also good as are Omega music.

Venger
06-13-2013, 09:27 PM
Thanks for your reply Tootler :)

we tigers
06-13-2013, 09:42 PM
I don't think you can find a better store than The Southern Ukulele Store.
The Duke of Uke in London is also a nice little shop.

Venger
06-14-2013, 12:52 AM
Thanks we tigers :)

phil hague
06-14-2013, 02:11 AM
Southern Ukulele Store are good, I have bought several fromthem. Forsythes, Deansgate Manchester, also have good feedback, and their website shows some interesting ukes.

The Big Kahuna
06-14-2013, 02:27 AM
I've just nipped in a music store in Sutton Coldfield during my lunch hour (and three quarters). I asked what Ukulele strings they sold, and was directed toward a set of Ernie Ball Bronze Wounds. What's more surprising is that they actually sell Ukes.

Lalz
06-14-2013, 02:28 PM
Southern Ukulele Store and Duke of Uke are truly awesome, but Hound Dog Music in Whitley Bay is bestest of the best :)

Tootler
06-14-2013, 09:07 PM
Southern Ukulele Store and Duke of Uke are truly awesome, but Hound Dog Music in Whitley Bay is bestest of the best :)

From that, I assume you're on Tyneside. Some folk have said Windows is pretty good for ukes these days but I've not been in Windows for a few years.

Ken Middleton
06-14-2013, 10:19 PM
I've been reading the various strap discussion threads on the forum and I'm quite keen to give one a go but the Mobius, Uke Thong and Leash only seem avaliable from the States ?



Why not just buy them from the US? The UkeLeash, for instance, is an excellent uke strap. I use them myself with the end pin attachment. Ordering from Lori in California will ensure that you get exactly what you want. There are a huge number of colours available to choose from. It may cost a few pounds more, but it is so easy.

Unforgotten
06-15-2013, 02:59 AM
Whereabouts are you, Venger?

If you're near London or ever planning a visit then defintely check out Duke of Uke. For general music stores Denmark Street (lots of guitar shops) is the place to go.

ChaosToo
06-15-2013, 06:22 AM
Clifford Essex Music is worth checking out too - they set up the uke for free and fit their own (well regarded by some) strings as part of the price. Not a huge range, but they're picky about what they sell ...... :D

Brilliant customer service too!

Lalz
06-15-2013, 02:17 PM
Clifford Essex Music is worth checking out too - they set up the uke for free and fit their own (well regarded by some) strings as part of the price. Not a huge range, but they're picky about what they sell ...... :D

Brilliant customer service too!

+1 on Clifford Essex, excellent products and service

Venger
06-16-2013, 10:43 PM
Many thanks for all your replies and info :)

I'm very close to the central line, just into Essex, so getting up into London is easy and I've been to Denmark street on several occasions, some gorgeous guitars up there.

Will definitely check out Duke of Uke next time I'm in London and I'll have a look through all the websites of the other stores mentioned too - many thanks :)

sirwhale
07-17-2013, 09:21 PM
Manchester has several shops that offer Ukuleles. PMT and Dawsons are not worth the effort. Johnny Road house, which has Hobgoblin upstairs, offers a range of good beginner ukuleles (a lot of Ashburys).

The best shop here is Forsthys, which is more expensive but generally because it stocks the best quality instruments. I got my Uluru here and I am in love with it. They stock quite a few Ulurus which are excellent top range ukuleles. They also have a couple of Martins and then all the way down to cheaper, good entry models and of course your cheap colourful plastic ukes.

The Big Kahuna
07-17-2013, 09:27 PM
There's a bit of an issue with Uluru and UU at the moment, mainly to do with some pretty blatant theft of intellectual material.

mijiturka
07-25-2013, 09:34 PM
Thanks for all the tips so far guys!

I wanted to get my next uke set up so it's good to hear about some places that do that. I'm a little worried about postage, how safe do you think it is? In terms of damage to the ukulele.

Can anyone recommend something up North, preferably Edinburgh/Aberdeen? :)

The Big Kahuna
07-25-2013, 10:21 PM
I'm a little worried about postage, how safe do you think it is? In terms of damage to the ukulele.

My Kala managed to make it all the way from Oahu to England without incident. I wouldn't worry about it.

Lardy Fatboy
07-26-2013, 05:47 AM
Just to add my bit and I know its been said before I have found Omega Music and the Southern Ukulele Store are both very good. Even though I live in London I've not had much to do with the Duke of Uke, I went there once because I was in the area and it was shut. it seems they don't open in the mornings so if anyone is planning a visit check the opening times first because its a good walk for the tube station.

zouk
07-26-2013, 08:54 AM
If in Edinburgh try SCayles in st Patrick sq good selection and George is great to deal with

redpaul1
07-31-2013, 01:22 AM
Hi,

I was just wondering if any UK based members can recommend some good stores in the UK for ukulele accessories ?

I've been reading the various strap discussion threads on the forum and I'm quite keen to give one a go but the Mobius, Uke Thong and Leash only seem avaliable from the States ?

Has anyone tracked them down in the UK?

Are you looking for on-ground or on-line stores? If on-line, Southern Ukulele Stores (http://www.southernukulelestore.co.uk/‎) (SUS) has already been recommended & I'd endorse those recommendations too. Highly-strung International (http://www.highlystrung.co.uk/acatalog/info.html‎) are also worth considering, though they don't carry as much in the way of accessories as SUS.

If you live on the Central line, and have been down Denmark St, then I'm kinda surprised you haven't seen the ukes on sale in Wunjos (http://www.wunjoguitars.com/music/music/other-instruments/ukeleles) or Chris Bryant's (you mention guitars but not ukes). Macari's Charing X Rd (http://www.macaris.co.uk/folk/Ukuleles.aspx) branch is also chock-full of ukes, and all these stores are always willing to negotiate a price (I bought my first 'proper' uke from Macaris, for not much more than I'd have paid online, simply by quoting what it'd have cost me buying online), not something you'll find them doing at Duke of Uke.

I wish I could say nice things about Duke of Uke (http://www.dukeofuke.co.uk/‎). I've warmed to the owners over the years and even played a benefit for them(!), but I've never found their prices or their attitude particularly attractive (others' mileages may vary of course), and now they've moved from Hanbury St, E1 to Cheshire St, E2, they're an awful long way from anywhere (Bethnal Green tube is the nearest tube on the Central Line and that's 3/4 mile away by foot).

Just up & off the Tottenham Court Road, you'll find a branch of Hobgoblin at the end of Rathbone St http://www.hobgoblin.com/shops/london/, dedicated to the folkie end of things and very knowledgeable on ukuleles.

And while you're down there, you could do worse than also popping into Chappells of Bond Street (http://www.chappellofbondstreet.co.uk) (confusingly situated on 152-160 Wardour Street, in the old Novello building), half-way between TCR & Oxford Circus, not cheap, but excellent customer service.

HTH

Lalz
09-22-2013, 05:17 AM
From that, I assume you're on Tyneside. Some folk have said Windows is pretty good for ukes these days but I've not been in Windows for a few years.

Just realised I forgot to reply to this. If you go to JG Windows, make sure it's the one at Monument and ask for Simon. He's great!

Tootler
09-22-2013, 04:56 PM
Just realised I forgot to reply to this. If you go to JG Windows, make sure it's the one at Monument and ask for Simon. He's great!

Thx. That's the one I was thinking of. I used to go into Newcastle quite often but don't so much these days.

Plunkett
09-23-2013, 11:59 AM
Avoid alegro music, sold me a ukulele with a broken pick up and in the wrong case and wrong sized case! very let down!!