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KevinV
02-12-2014, 02:01 PM
I bought a new uke today; I got a Makala MK-SS/YLW. It's the first new ukulele I've brought home in a few years. Not that I haven't been digging the uke, I just hadn't been hit with UAS for a while. It hit me hard this week and I've got a couple of others on the way that I snagged on Ebay.

This one was a local pick from the music store and I wanted something that I could take to work to let a coworker use who has been showing interest in taking up uke. She's a real sweetheart and I've taken a shine to helping her get started.

I tried several at the local music store and chose the one with the best projection and intonation up the fretboard. I've got some Aquila strings on hand but will leave the stock ones on for now. I'm going to try something a bit different when I do the string change to make the uke more versatile but need to order some supplies to do it first.

Here's a shot of the new one. I dig the retro matte color…

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v467/bikenriden/th_DSC_0449.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/bikenriden/media/DSC_0449.jpg.html)

Icelander53
02-12-2014, 02:06 PM
That shark is pretty frightening compared to the dolphin.

Captain America
02-12-2014, 02:11 PM
I'm hoping to pick up a seafoam green Shark. I think you're on target with the idea of putting on Aquilas eventually.

KevinV
02-12-2014, 02:26 PM
I'm hoping to pick up a seafoam green Shark. I think you're on target with the idea of putting on Aquilas eventually.

They had a seafoam green one which is one of my favorite colors, but the intonation on the G string was off quite a bit. The yellow is attractive too so I didn't mind passing on the green. I can see getting a green one in the future though, especially if Julie digs this one and I pass it on to her.

DaleR
02-12-2014, 02:29 PM
I really want one of the black ones....just have a great dolphin noir already...Soon though...

limegreensuit
02-13-2014, 06:08 PM
On the shark, I fought between foam green and coral blue ... and ended up falling victim to the blood red color. But before I had to make this choice, was pondering the shark series or the Kala uke-uh-delic line, particularly the camo ... or the nighttime beach scene. It was a (fun) struggle. Hard to decide.

Not expecting much for the price, yet the UU reviews seem to have surprisingly good things to say about these guys, the Makalas. Just hope the intonation is OK.

Already bought a better KALA tenor earlier this year, so this one is something picked up to chuckle over, and strum. And for $42 bucks, free shipping, why not?

Back to the foam green, looked sharp in some pics --- but sickly color in others. Like cheap apartment wallpaper from the 60's. Mental health issues shouldn't arise playing the uke.

Gene

TheCraftedCow
02-14-2014, 09:13 PM
mounting the strings through the body rather than tying on top really makes a tonal difference. It also assures everyone around you that they will not have to worry about a shark attack when/if the bridge chooses to go visit the tuners.

limegreensuit
02-16-2014, 11:59 AM
Would be neat if they came out with a Diver Down paint scheme. To go with the shark shaped bridge.

Gene

KevinV
02-16-2014, 03:12 PM
Julie liked the uke and ended up buying her own Makala Shark in red. There's about 5 other coworkers now that are interested in learning uke, they're just debating on spending the money on one. I referred them to Uncle Rod's Ukulele Boot Camp and am showing them some chords. This is getting fun! Not that uke wasn't already, I just enjoy seeing the new enthusiasm.

Nickie
02-16-2014, 03:42 PM
Julie liked the uke and ended up buying her own Makala Shark in red. There's about 5 other coworkers now that are interested in learning uke, they're just debating on spending the money on one. I referred them to Uncle Rod's Ukulele Boot Camp and am showing them some chords. This is getting fun! Not that uke wasn't already, I just enjoy seeing the new enthusiasm.


Wow Kevin, 5? Cool!
I got 3 coworkers playing....I thought that was pretty great....but 5? neato!

coolkayaker1
02-16-2014, 11:45 PM
Hi, Kevin. Sounds like you're not only sweet on the Shark, but perhaps a bit on Julie, too.

I'm waiting for the Makala Carp. In river-foam brown, naturally.

coolkayaker1
02-16-2014, 11:51 PM
Would be neat if they came out with a Diver Down paint scheme. To go with the shark shaped bridge.

Gene

A guess: Probably Van Halen's record company would want more for the Diver Down licensing than the price of the uke itself.

KevinV
02-17-2014, 05:01 AM
Hi, Kevin. Sounds like you're not only sweet on the Shark, but perhaps a bit on Julie, too.

She's a very sweet girl, but we're just friends. I'm married. I just get excited when someone shows interest in the uke and even more so when it's a friend.

bnolsen
02-17-2014, 07:38 AM
Don't put a shark with your other ukes, you never know what might happen when you are out....

coolkayaker1
03-01-2014, 07:43 AM
She's a very sweet girl, but we're just friends. I'm married. I just get excited when someone shows interest in the uke and even more so when it's a friend.

I see. It's all good. :-) You're a popular guy at work, I'd wager.

pixiepurls
03-01-2014, 12:54 PM
One of the strings on my Makala buzzed but I took a knitting needle and got a little bit of paint out from where the free board meets the uke and it was gone straight after. I was happily surprised by how easily I fixed it. It plays very nice but I'll admit my Hohner Kids Suprano is louder and clearer (same strings aquila on both) of course its not plastic so that could be why but well it won't stand up to the same bangs the makala will!

Concertina
03-01-2014, 05:02 PM
Back to the foam green, looked sharp in some pics --- but sickly color in others. Like cheap apartment wallpaper from the 60's. Mental health issues shouldn't arise playing the uke.

Gene


That's the best part about the green one!!! I want one of these guys, but really...I can't decide on the color. I'm probably going to get the green though. ;)

KevinV
03-11-2014, 02:05 PM
I gave the stock GHS strings a month and just couldn't like them. I switched out for Aquila tonight and am much happier. They're crisper, louder, feel better, and have more tension. I also put a small drop of lubricating oil on each gear and it eliminated the grating feeling that was there. I've had cheap tuners like these on guitars before and the brass gears ended up stripping out. Hopefully the oil will slow the deterioration of the gears.

I also found out today that I was upgraded to a larger locker in the break room at work. It's not full length, but is tall enough to put a soprano uke in. The Shark will now reside at work. I've been carrying one back and forth in the backpack for use on break when I get a chance. Now I don't have to worry about it anymore.

It's the little things in life that can really make for a great day.

kvehe
03-11-2014, 03:29 PM
Everyone needs a uke at work; I have a bright green Dolphin.

RAB11
03-11-2014, 11:55 PM
Not seen a shark uke before... Just had a look and I still think the Dolphin bridge looks better. Maybe it's first-uke bias though. I've got the red burst Dolphin. The shark bridge just looks a bit funny to me.

Kudos on getting your workmates into it! Not sure I could get away with bringing a uke to work, although I am hoping to convert my girlfriend sometime.

KevinV
03-12-2014, 01:10 AM
Not seen a shark uke before... Just had a look and I still think the Dolphin bridge looks better. Maybe it's first-uke bias though. I've got the red burst Dolphin. The shark bridge just looks a bit funny to me.

Kudos on getting your workmates into it! Not sure I could get away with bringing a uke to work, although I am hoping to convert my girlfriend sometime.

I'm not a huge fan of either aquatic shaped bridges. I'd prefer a standard rectangle myself. I went into the music store that day with the intention of buying a soprano that I could take back and forth to work without the concerns of a solid wood instrument. Of their offerings, the Makala's fit the bill best. After trying out several Dolphins and Sharks, this one spoke to me more than the others.

We can add one more to the ranks of uke players at work. One of my buddies who already plays piano and is in a band was showing interest. When I came home from work one night last week I read the thread about the Lanikai's on sale at MF. I called him at work (we work overlapping schedules) and he ordered one. I got to play it this past weekend and it's quite nice. He and his wife are vacationing in Hawaii next month and he plans to pick up a nice Hawaiian made one while there.

Playing at work during the week is pretty infrequent. I'm usually way too busy to even think about it, but I try to find a quiet spot during my lunch break to de-stress. On the weekends things are sometimes a little slower paced and I keep the uke out to grab when I get a chance. I work in a hospital and we have no support staff in my department on the weekends. So I sit at the front desk of the department and check patients in and then perform the exam (I'm a Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist…I do x-rays, fluoroscopy, OR, ER, etc.). After the exam is over there's usually a lull while waiting for transport to come back for the patient. It's those times that the uke comes in handy. I leave it where they can see it and quite often they ask about it. That gives me a chance to talk about the uke and play a little for them. For long term inpatients, some live there either in the nursing home or spinal cord injury unit, it's about the only entertainment available outside of TV.

limegreensuit
06-02-2014, 03:33 PM
Gave my good sounding shark to a relative so I could get a green dolphin. Dolphin sounds even a bit better to my ears, but only because I tried fluorocarbon in place of Nylgut; sweeter, softer to these ears. Realize these are the same instrument.

Wish they made dolphin with a matte finish like the shark. If you have OCD, the high gloss finish will drive you nuts (until you get around to playing). Once again, as with the shark, no buzzing, plays nice all the way up, and decent intonation.

Was tempted to make the dolphin yet another gift, and go back to a (new) shark, but the dolphin's friendly expression --- just couldn't do it.

Chopped Liver
10-22-2014, 12:49 AM
Ooooo! Glad I found this thread!

I have a nice concert uke, but just recently bought a deep green dolphin. Funny, I'm playing a lot more now. Now, I'm wanting a shark! This thread justifies it! I need one for work!! :p ('cept I doubt I'd want to leave it there . . .)

I can't decide between the seafoam green or the teal blue!!

Does anyone have the teal blue? I'm leaning towrd the green . . .

kvehe
10-22-2014, 02:24 AM
Yes, you definitely need one for work; which color matches the decor in your office? I keep my deep green Dolphin in my office (and my lavender one in the car). I thought I was resisting the Shark, but gee whiz, I haven't bought a uke in six months.....

UkerDanno
10-22-2014, 04:24 AM
This one is Mako Blue...and customized by me! ;-D
72086

Chopped Liver
10-22-2014, 07:00 AM
Yes, you definitely need one for work; which color matches the decor in your office? I keep my deep green Dolphin in my office (and my lavender one in the car). I thought I was resisting the Shark, but gee whiz, I haven't bought a uke in six months.....

Double oooooooo! I could get both since I have 2 jobs! The light green would go in my classroom and the teal in my office at church!!:drool:

Hey! You leave one in your car? Doesn't the heat bother it?

Chopped Liver
10-22-2014, 07:02 AM
This one is Mako Blue...and customized by me! ;-D
72086
NICE!! Love your customization! Hm . . . I'm leaning toward blue . . .

Chopped Liver
10-22-2014, 07:06 AM
Oh, and thanks to both of you for being such good enablers!! :D

kvehe
10-22-2014, 07:53 AM
You're welcome. I know you'd do the same for me (and maybe are doing it even as I write).

So far, nothing bad has happened to the one in the car, but it wasn't there during the worst of the heat. I should probably substitute my Outdoor Uke for the winter months.

Chopped Liver
10-22-2014, 01:59 PM
But, of course I would do the same for you! Tell me what you want to buy and I'll talk you in to it! :D


Wait. Outdoor Uke?! Tell me more!!