View Full Version : Smaller Uke than a tenor for travel?

07-30-2013, 11:34 AM
I have a tenor ukulele, but I am going to be doing some traveling on planes and was wondering if a concert or soprano would be significantly smaller such that it would be easier to transport? Otherwise I might as well stick with what I have.

07-30-2013, 12:12 PM
My Flea is a great travel uke

07-30-2013, 12:17 PM
What size is your Flea uke?

07-30-2013, 12:18 PM
Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ukulele#Sizes) says you're looking at about a 5in difference in total length between tenor and soprano. Not sure in width, maybe 2-3 inches.

Edit: My soprano Kala, and my concert Islander has a width difference of 1 1/4 inch at their widest point.

07-30-2013, 01:50 PM
I travel with a soprano Pono. Slips in the overhead with no problems.

07-30-2013, 04:00 PM
Here's my (unsolicited) vote: http://www.brueko.de/shop/index.php?cat=c5_Soprano-Flat.html&XTCsid=7hsr6htttv9s1e8luburo5ec34

I have a black one. It sounds great, and it's a tank. (Really a marvel of craftsmanship when I think about it.)

07-30-2013, 04:19 PM
I've never had difficulty flying with my baritone. (Southwest, United, Alaskan)
I've also traveled with my guitar.

07-30-2013, 04:22 PM
Traveling with a tenor shouldn't really be much of a problem. It's not *that* much bigger than a concert, and it's waaaay smaller than a guitar.

But if you need to keep your carry-ons compact, then a soprano might be more practical.

07-31-2013, 05:04 AM
Westcoast, my Flea is a "soprano" but the actual scale is 14", midway between a normal soprano and a concert. It has the wood fretboard. I guess I would get a concert size if this were stolen (for it is so rugged that it is not going to fall apart!!)

I don't like the soprano scale but my Flea is fine. I normally play tenors and baritones.

It is my travel uke. Small, handy, gig bag is OK, rugged, no worry uke.

mm stan
07-31-2013, 05:12 AM
Captains backpacker concert is smaller than a regular soprano..

07-31-2013, 05:40 AM
Captains backpacker concert is smaller than a regular soprano..

Hey, well done, Stan! I forgot about those backpackers. They're pretty cool, too.

There's also Rob Collins' Airline Uke, which is pretty sweet as well: http://tinguitar.com/gallery/airline-ukulele/

07-31-2013, 05:58 AM
I often travel with a parlor guitar. These fit in the overhead compartment fine. Any size uke should fit without a hitch. For my Australia / Tasmania vacation I'll probably take a concert size Oscar Schmidt. It's my least expensive uke (other than the grandkids Mahalo) and it has a sturdy case.
Cases are just as important as the uke itself. When putting a uke in an overhead compartment , remember that someone else may slam a lap top down on it like a ton of bricks.

07-31-2013, 06:02 AM

That's Neal showing them of.

In the video linked below, Tyler has another demo of soprano and then tenor size starting at 2:00 min. I love my Risa sop! Perfect for travel: indestructable (go ahead, step on it!), quiet for hotel or airport practice, stows easily in messenger bag/backpack, and want to hear it? Carry along a tiny 5 inch by 4 inch Fender, Hooneytone or other amp with a three foot cord in your suitcase.

Fender amp is all you need for travel. ideal

07-31-2013, 09:45 AM
I took a Risa stick on holiday with me recently. I took a Marshall micro amp to play it through but didn't really get chance to play it in the end. I was travelling by train and it all went in my suitcase no problems. I had my Samsung tablet along with all my songs in it.

07-31-2013, 08:02 PM
Thanks for all the suggestions. Dropped by my local music shop but they were all out of their cheapest model (the all-laminated Gretsch soprano). They did have a nice Pono Soprano, but that kind of blows my budget out of the water, especially as this would be a 2nd uke for me. I'm more of a guitarist, so I already have a tenor.