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Mistyface
08-30-2013, 12:45 AM
Aloha! Everyone!
What is ur first ukulele which u get in ur life?
And y do u get this ukulele ? Not the others?

Bao
08-30-2013, 12:47 AM
I started with a 30 dollar mahalo soprano since I didn't know I'd have so much fun with the instrument.

Mistyface
08-30-2013, 12:50 AM
I am still waiting my first ukulele come^^

consitter
08-30-2013, 01:17 AM
Mine was a KoAloha standard bought on the big island on our first Hawaiian cruise in '05.

wayfarer75
08-30-2013, 02:19 AM
My first uke was a Kala KA-S that was given to me as a birthday present in 2010. If I had to do it all over again, I think I'd buy one of the blemished Pono sopranos from HMS.

strumsilly
08-30-2013, 05:08 AM
I found a KKeiki in a pawn shop many years ago with a cool vintage case for $30. The back was loose so I used a little Elmers glue and some masking tape for clamps and never had any issues with it for over 20 years. I ended up selling it[stupid me]I was stricly a guitar player at the time and bought it because it was cute [ and cheap]

coolkayaker1
08-30-2013, 05:27 AM
I bought an Ibanez at Guitar Center because I liked the color. It's yellow, like my belly.

oahugrl
08-30-2013, 05:36 AM
Mine was a Kala KA-C which I still own. Does plywood open up?

Dan Uke
08-30-2013, 06:27 AM
Koaloha Tenor since I've read so many good things on UU.

bassballz
08-30-2013, 06:40 AM
1st was my Big Island Honu soprano on a Big Island trip just over a year ago...
My stable continues to grow, but it still remains one of my favorites. Gorgeous curly Koa and it sounds spectacular!

Mistyface
08-30-2013, 06:55 AM
Koaloha Tenor since I've read so many good things on UU.

But it is really expensive for a beignner...I think most people are using Kala for a beignner choice now in hong kong

kvehe
08-30-2013, 06:59 AM
Mine was a Kala KA-S - it was an impulse purchase on Amazon. I wasn't even thinking about ukuleles at all, but Amazon "suggested" it to me, and I thought, "Oh, okay, that's cute and it doesn't cost very much." --- That is, it didn't cost much compared to the flutes I'd been buying, LOL. ...and little did I know where it would lead...

hawaii 50
08-30-2013, 07:03 AM
Mine was a Kala KA-S - it was an impulse purchase on Amazon. I wasn't even thinking about ukuleles at all, but Amazon "suggested" it to me, and I thought, "Oh, okay, that's cute and it doesn't cost very much." --- That is, it didn't cost much compared to the flutes I'd been buying, LOL. ...and little did I know where it would lead...

Hi K

and you have a Kamaka HF3 Special on order right now too right?
you are Kamaka family too now...haha

gyosh
08-30-2013, 07:07 AM
Kamaka HF-3 purchased at Larry's Music in Kapaa.

Dan Uke
08-30-2013, 07:35 AM
But it is really expensive for a beignner...I think most people are using Kala for a beignner choice now in hong kong

It motivates you to play more cuz you paid a lot for it !! Just Kidding I wanted to get a uke that had great tone so I can enjoy and be more encouraged when you learn your first song! I have no regrets on starting with it just like you won't have regrets starting on the Kamaka

bunnyf
08-30-2013, 08:15 AM
I got my husband, a former bass player and previous guitar dabbler a Lanakai Lu-21B, over ten years ago. I got a baritone because I thought he would adapt best to it, being familiar w/ guitar chords. I got the Lanakai because that was the only brand the local music store carried. We were both busy working and with 6 kids, he just didn't find the time to get into it. Ten years later, I retired and saw the uke in the back of the closet and thought, what the heck, I'm gonna give it a go.. and as they say, the rest is history. I have been playing non-stop since and still have this bari. I've gotten "better" ukes since then, but still love my old bari (my son says he has dibs on it when I treat myself to another bari (thinking vint. Martin, or maybe another by a local luthier, either another LoPrinzi or perhaps a sideways 8).

RobinMS
08-30-2013, 08:30 AM
My first uke is a cheap Kohala that my husband bought for me. With it, I realized that I wanted a better sound and that a tenor would be more comfortable to play, and I recently bought a Kala cedar top tenor. And now when I play the tenor, my daughter plays the Kohala! If she sticks with it for a few months, we'll buy her a nicer uke, use the Kohala to teach her best friend, and keep spreading the uke love.

greenie44
08-30-2013, 08:30 AM
I was having a conversation with my brother a while back about how I had gone on a date with a friend of his a couple decades ago to see the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, and he implied I had been somewhat demeaning about them. (Funny, cause I really like them now.) SO I knew of ukes, and even had some pass through my hands, for a while.

But the first uke that really took was my 6 string Lanikai, purchase with passion at the Aloha Stadium swap meet a few years back. Somehow, that one just seemed like magic. And the journey continues.

DaveY
08-30-2013, 08:56 AM
Mine was a Kala KA-C which I still own. Does plywood open up?
It does, but it requires hand tools.

I also (like Bao) started with a Mahalo soprano ($25). I had no idea I'd ever buy another uke, or that I'd move to concert and then tenor (which is a pretty good argument for starting with less-expensive instruments - unless you don't mind selling them - until you settle in on what you'll like).

Hippie Dribble
08-30-2013, 08:59 AM
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mine was a little blue Mahalo soprano. Best $25 I ever spent. That was 7 years ago and I still play it regularly.

whepper
08-30-2013, 09:06 AM
Mine was a Fender laminated mahogany tenor. It infected me with UAS!

iamesperambient
08-30-2013, 09:31 AM
Aloha! Everyone!
What is ur first ukulele which u get in ur life?
And y do u get this ukulele ? Not the others?
I think mine was a samick concert uke.

cantsing
08-30-2013, 11:06 AM
My first was a Kala KA-T bought from MGM back when he had his e-bay store. Good starter uke at a good price from a good guy.

Shady Wilbury
08-30-2013, 11:53 AM
My first uke was a Vintage VUK17N, I think. My grandfather bought it for me for my 15th birthday. The first uke I bought for myself was 'Paloma', my Ashbury AU-80 concert uke (koa, laminate...realised after purchase, but love her still.)

barefootgypsy
08-30-2013, 11:55 AM
I think mine was a samick concert uke.As was mine - a birthday gift from my husband in 2005. Lovely quality rosewood fingerboard, poor finish on the body - but a great sounding uke (mahogany laminate)and I'll never part with it.

Ukejenny
08-30-2013, 12:34 PM
My youngest son was a toddler and tearing up my older son's Lauren guitar, so we got him a blue Mahalo. I got the flu last Christmas, and played it as soon as I was able to sit up on the couch. Ended up on that spot a few days, noodling around, and then decided I needed a "real" instrument. I looked here, on Youtube, the Internet and decided to try my luck with a Koa Pili Koko. Instant love. So, I'm not sure whether the Mahalo is my real first uke or if it is my tenor KPK, but I will never get rid of the blue one. I took a butter knife to the nut and restrung it, made a new bridge using a chopstick, and it plays great if you enjoy the Terribly Out Of Tune genre. I may have it really set up someday.

UncleMoon
08-30-2013, 01:10 PM
Mine was a Mitchell Concert on ebay, has a dent in the soundboard. I got it cheap. I got it reluctantly. My wife thought it looked "fun". I strung it and tuned it and strummed it a little, but didn't get it. It sat there for months calling me while I played my guitar, and I still didn't get it. Then one day I was surfing the web, and found something that made me want to pick it up again. I did, and pretty much have played at least one of my ukes daily for the last 13 or 14 months.

kvehe
08-30-2013, 03:05 PM
Hi K

and you have a Kamaka HF3 Special on order right now too right?
you are Kamaka family too now...haha

Nope, not I. I do have a Kamaka pineapple, so, yes, I'm family.

hawaii 50
08-30-2013, 04:23 PM
Nope, not I. I do have a Kamaka pineapple, so, yes, I'm family.

Sorry Kathryn...I must of mixed you up with someone else who ordered a HF3S
btw my first uke was a Kanile'a K2 concert..and I still have it

BIGDB
08-30-2013, 06:52 PM
My first uke was my Martin s1. I didn't know anything about ukuleles so I went based off of what my favorite player was at the time which was IZ. Doesn't get much playing time anymore but it has a lot miles on it

Cheeso
09-01-2013, 10:40 AM
My first uke was a Kala KA-15S, the shop gave me a Flea gig bag, which seemed more expensive than the uke. Until I put Aquila strings on it, and that little Kala sang pretty sweetly, actually.

Kupanaha
09-01-2013, 03:12 PM
My first ever uke - An Oscar Schmidt OU5.

Haven't got it yet though! He-Who-Must-Be-Fed won it off e-bay a few hours ago. I didn't know about it till his bid won, he's got it for me for our wedding anniversary. Aww!

(Wonder if the seller is a member here?!)

:)

Lend27
09-01-2013, 03:40 PM
My first ukelele is on its way to me from KPK in Hawaii as we speak. It's scheduled for delivery on 9/6.
It is their Deluxe Concert model with maple binding and bone nut and saddle upgrade.
I play guitar and am looking forward to learning to play the ukelele. :-)

Len