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coolkayaker1
08-26-2013, 03:47 AM
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I wanted to hang my soprano Martins. I looked high and low online and then spent an hour at a home big box store. I kept coming back to simple is better.

coolkayaker1
08-26-2013, 03:55 AM
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The 15/16th inch eye hooks screw directly into sheet rock...no muss, no fuss. Seem very strong, no play, no wall anchor. I used thin, soft leather strapping (by the spool at Amazon.com) and tied an overhand knot at one end. The length of the piece of leather is exactly 12 inches, and is tied in a loop. The loop slips into the eye with no need to tie to it (thus, I can pull it out and remove it in a second). I was lucky--my wallpaper has a pattern that is perfect for spacing (otherwise, I'd have to measure carefully). If I need to hang more ukes, I can use the pattern middle lower between two existing ukes for an offset look and to save wall space. The sopranos are hung by their lower friction pegs, thus concealing the leather strap and the hook eyes. There is typically a cabinet against that wall, lower, that I moved to put these up and is not in the photos; when I replace it, it'll keep a person from walking along and bumping the ukuleles (although they are almost six feet up at the bottoms). They are more securely attached than meets the eye--I don't think I could bump one off if I tried.

The total cost was 10 cents each for the hook eyes, and about 10 cents for each leather strap loop. Little, if any, noticeable damage to the wall if I decide to remove the whole thing. The ukuleles seem secure, and remain on the wall until the autumn furnace on; then, like little teddy bears, they hibernate, humidified, until springtime thaw.

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Hope this helps someone looking to display ukuleles on a wall.:)

Pukulele Pete
08-26-2013, 03:59 AM
Wow , what a nice collection of Martin sopranos . Gotta get me more of those , I'm only up to four. I'm gonna show this pic to my wife and say " See , everyone else has seven , I need three more." Hope it works . Thanks for the great pics.
As far as hanging them on the wall , I'm alittle paranoid about that , although I do keep my Martin SO either hanging on my wall or on my coffee table.
I made some hangers a few years ago , if I can find the pic I'll post it. The ones I made wont allow the uke to fall off , it has to be rotated a quarter turn to release the uke. Sorry cant find the pics.

allanr
08-26-2013, 04:01 AM
Lovely!

I used the grey plastic u-bolts from Home Depot. They fit ukes perfectly.

They come in two sizes/colors. Black is the perfect size for guitar necks. and grey os perfect for ukuleles. Basically a plastic coated "U" with a screw attached to the bottom-center for wall mounting.

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You have a very nice collection there!

coolkayaker1
08-26-2013, 04:11 AM
Wow , what a nice collection of Martin sopranos . Gotta get me more of those , I'm only up to four. I'm gonna show this pic to my wife and say " See , everyone else has seven , I need three more." Hope it works . Thanks for the great pics.

LOL Good thinking, Pete. I actually have 8 -- a 1948 Martin 3M that I'm playing is in the family room. Four is an odd number--Martin teddy bears must be in round tens. I thought you knew that. Ten, twenty, thirty, etc. Tell the Missus. :o


Lovely!

I used the grey plastic u-bolts from Home Depot. They fit ukes perfectly.

I can't find a picture just yet, but they come in two sizes/colors. Black is the perfect size for guitar necks. and grey os perfect for ukuleles. Basically a plastic coated "U" with a screw attached to the bottom-center for wall mounting.

BTW,

You have a very nice collection there! You have many fine vintage ukes, Allan. Would love to see a photo of the U-bolts on this thread. That might help someone looking who has a different type of wall or needs. Thanks, friend. ** edit: thx for the pics!

allanr
08-26-2013, 04:18 AM
LOL Good thinking, Pete. I actually have 8 -- a 1948 Martin 3M that I'm playing is in the family room. Four is an odd number--Martin teddy bears must be in round tens. Ten, twenty, thirty, etc. Tell the Missus. (*Yes, the photos of your wall system with the quarter turn thingy would be fun to see)

You have many fine vintage ukes, Allan. Would love to see a photo of the U-bolts on this thread. That might help someone looking who has a different type of wall or needs. Thanks, friend.

I edited my initial post to add pictures of the hook and my uke wall.

coolkayaker1
08-26-2013, 04:23 AM
Oh, my Lord that's nice! Little gray U bolts. Do you need a rubber band leash around the neck, or are they pretty secure simply hung? Nice, Allan. Sweet ukuleles! Wendall Hall tenor and all!

I know France's Philippe Krouk uses some sort of friction peg resting on flat wall shelf system (would give P.Pete a heart attack lol).
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8X3tqfuKhw4

He, literally, just picks up the ukulele off the shelf, as in the video. I still can't figure out how that one really works. Is there a gryoscope in each uke? lol

Pukulele Pete
08-26-2013, 04:31 AM
Here is a pic of the prototype5779157792

Its just the prototype but you get the idea.

Lardy Fatboy
08-26-2013, 04:37 AM
I think we have a similar thing the the UK except they are red
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They come in pack of 2 from all of the big hardware outlets (B&Q Homebase Screwfix ect) and are usually described as tool storage hooks (they were meant for hanging shovels and things like that)
I use them to Hang the Ukuleles at Ukulele Corner but I prefer to put them into a long piece of 1 by 1 or larger wood. This a) means less holes in the wall, b) increases the distance from the back of the Ukulele to the wall so its less likely to bash into brickwork and c) allows for easier accurate drilling so you can maximise the space - You can also if you like use a wider piece of wood so it doubles as a bit of a shelf too
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These ones are ok for most Ukuleles but for some big necked Baritones, Bass Ukuleles, Guitarleles and Guitars you do need the bigger size

Pukulele Pete
08-26-2013, 04:45 AM
Yikes ! I think those ukes in the pic are just resting on a short shelf hanging by the tuners. " I'm coming Elizabeth ! "

Lardy Fatboy
08-26-2013, 04:53 AM
Yikes ! I think those ukes in the pic are just resting on a short shelf hanging by the tuners. " I'm coming Elizabeth ! "
So I put a picture of the "bright red" hook I'm using to hang them - describe how I use the wood and the "bright red" hooks to hang them and you still think they are hanging by the tuners? Obviously the hooks aren't as obtrusive as I thought?

Pukulele Pete
08-26-2013, 05:04 AM
Sorry , I was talking about the French guy . I've got one more pic of a "hanger" I made . This one doesnt have the quarter turn feature but it does have a fake animal eye over the screw so you dont see it.57799

coolkayaker1
08-26-2013, 06:36 AM
Those look like a nice system, Lardy. I see why you'd use the wood backing. I enjoy your web data base of ukuleles. It's helpful, and I've come across it many times on google searches.

Those look nice, Pete. But, I'm not too keen on wood on wood contact at the neck. Even if you pad them, I don;t know, it just seems sort of contacty (is that a word). And a bump and they'd fall off...so you use a strap, too? Thanks for the photos. Also, doesn't it matter what type of uke you put on it...some need a wider wood slot, some smaller? Some would hit the pegs (like Pegheds) on the wood, no? I could be wrong on all points...I have never made one of those. I have tried pre-made ones for a uke from Amazon and run into some of those problems (like tuner hit).

I went around the corner with mine (it takes about 4 minutes to set one of these up) for my concert and tenor Martins.
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Dan Uke
08-26-2013, 06:44 AM
I still see a lot of bare wall...You need to get more ukes to cover that wallpaper! HAHA I would have liked the WP back in the days I played golf :p

Kayak Jim
08-26-2013, 06:47 AM
I personally wouldn't rely on a screw directly into drywall with no anchor plug. A little movement each time you remove/ replace a uke loosens the screw's bite in the plaster. One day, crash, a nice uke falls 6 feet and suddenly isn't so nice anymore.

Up to you of course.

Jim B

dkcrown
08-26-2013, 06:53 AM
Those are some well hung ukes Steve. I'm with Jim on the screw into the drywall though. All it takes is one failure to create a catastrophe.

Pukulele Pete
08-26-2013, 06:55 AM
Hey Coolkayaker , I'm no expert but I think some of those those ukes will sound much better with strings on them.

Lardy Fatboy
08-26-2013, 09:54 AM
Sorry , I was talking about the French guy . I've got one more pic of a "hanger" I made . This one doesnt have the quarter turn feature but it does have a fake animal eye over the screw so you dont see it.57799

Damn Now I cant use this as evidence they are not " a bit obtrusive" when Miss Moo lectures me on interior décor

coolkayaker1
08-26-2013, 04:41 PM
I'm familiar with drywall... many houses, many photos, many mirrors, many installed shelves. lol Decades of wife's instruction on hanging.

I appreciate your input, fellows, but it's hard to judge it by photos. They're much more secure than you imagine, Jim and Dana. The screw threads are long, the eye itself sort of digs into the wall at the final twist, and the ukes are a pound or less (even the tenor). When I remove a uke, there is absolutely no tension on the eye--it's merely lifting the uke and take the leather cordage off the tuners one at a time.

There are many people who use this system. Brother Rawuke uses one thin finish nail only, and hangs some heavy instruments. Check it out:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JLJrnW3hMU0

I will be the first to let you know if one detaches and falls, honestly.

@Ppete: funny. Good eyes. I'm fixing those up...little hide glue and color here and there. Lipstick on a pig principle. lol

@Daniel: Enough wall left if Mr. Mosquito begins making sops. hehe

itsme
08-26-2013, 05:16 PM
You have seven Martin sopranos? And they all look like they're mahogany? :eek:

Wouldn't that be kinda like having seven different cartons of the same brand and flavor of ice cream in your freezer? :p

coolkayaker1
08-26-2013, 05:45 PM
LOL Good thinking, Pete. I actually have 8 -- a 1948 Martin 3M that I'm playing is in the family room. Four is an odd number--Martin teddy bears must be in round tens. I thought you knew that. Ten, twenty, thirty, etc. Tell the Missus. :o

Itsme: "Wouldn't that be kinda like having seven different cartons of the same brand and flavor of ice cream in your freezer?"

Same brand, different flavors.

Hippie Dribble
08-26-2013, 05:54 PM
Those are some well hung ukes

aaah, beat me to it! ooooh you're so naughty Dana :p

coolkayaker1
08-26-2013, 06:11 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F1lJFlB-89Q

wickedwahine11
08-26-2013, 08:53 PM
They look great, nice job! :)

coolkayaker1
08-27-2013, 02:03 AM
Thanks, Jon. Thanks, Staci. Doesn't exactly beat your humidified glass front storage cabinet but, oh well....lol. I'm glad to read that you've happily moved to a place where you don't need it as much, though. Sounds lovely!

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I'm posting this Aug 29, after four days of the new hanging system, and I'm so confident in it, I just hung my heaviest uke: Mya Moe baritone. I, honestly, think I could hang myself, 175 lbs. from the eye screw...granted, that would loosen it, but....hehe. Frankly, I'm much more concerned about the leather giving out over time than the eye screw in sheet rock. For the baritone, I used not one, but two, loops of cordage. Each takes less wieght, and if one breaks, the other is still good.

When I remove ukes, and I've done it a couple dozen times now, there is no extra tension on the hook eye (i.e. the hook eye isn;t stressed and doesn't move at all); I just lift the uke and get the tuners over the loop.

consitter
08-27-2013, 02:52 AM
When I read the title of the thread, I first thought your ukes had collectively committed a capital crime. But no comment I could make could top dkcrown's!

strumsilly
08-27-2013, 03:07 AM
I HAVE HEARD THE RUBBER coated u hooks can damage the finish on some ukes. I have been using the grey ones for about a year, on everything from vintage to new, from Martin and Gibson to Kamaka , Koaloha, MP , Kanilea , and have not noticed any finish damage. I screwed mine into wood boards, then screwed those through drywall into the studs. I wouldn't trust going into drywall without anchors, or better yet Mollies. but that;s just me.

JB in Alabama
08-27-2013, 05:32 AM
That is a GREAT display!

blue_knight_usa
08-27-2013, 11:31 AM
What was your address again? LOL

Fantastic look!

Freeda
08-27-2013, 11:49 AM
Looks nice and clean. Well done!

river_driver
08-27-2013, 12:07 PM
I HAVE HEARD THE RUBBER coated u hooks can damage the finish on some ukes. I have been using the grey ones for about a year, on everything from vintage to new, from Martin and Gibson to Kamaka , Koaloha, MP , Kanilea , and have not noticed any finish damage. I screwed mine into wood boards, then screwed those through drywall into the studs. I wouldn't trust going into drywall without anchors, or better yet Mollies. but that;s just me.

This is true for high quality finishes that you have on better quality or some vintage instruments (e.g. nitrocellulose lacquer). But I don't think it should be a problem with the poly finishes used on most of todays inexpensive ukes. I have several of mine (Kala, Lanikai, Ohana, Luna) hanging on those very hooks and have had no problems.

But if in doubt, proceed with caution!

BIGDB
08-27-2013, 01:06 PM
Great job! Nice collection of martins too