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Ukejenny
06-28-2014, 01:46 PM
Yes, if you think doing different things with the ukulele is wrong, this might send you into orbit.

My beef is I can't find a sound sample or any information on the Ohana site. Just this little blurb on Facebook...

https://www.facebook.com/ohanaukes/photos/a.263087587039945.84355.128194303862608/906248492723848/?type=1&theater

UkerDanno
06-28-2014, 01:50 PM
That is totally cool! Gotta have one...

iamesperambient
06-28-2014, 03:09 PM
Yes, if you think doing different things with the ukulele is wrong, this might send you into orbit.

My beef is I can't find a sound sample or any information on the Ohana site. Just this little blurb on Facebook...

https://www.facebook.com/ohanaukes/photos/a.263087587039945.84355.128194303862608/906248492723848/?type=1&theater

it's whatever it's just a drum
shape like a small figure 8

iamesperambient
06-28-2014, 03:12 PM
Can it be a ukulele if it does not have four strings?

nope it's just a silly novelty drum

Tommy B
06-28-2014, 04:00 PM
Looks like a uke-shaped cajon. I'd love to hear it.

iamesperambient
06-28-2014, 04:01 PM
But was it able to be used in the world record ukulele ensemble attempt discussed in the same post? Sure it looks like a drum and has bongo in the name, but can you have a drum that is shaped like a figure 8. Whats next a trumpet shaped like a pineapple ukulele?
Did they break the record?


I don't think it should count I
think tapping on an actual uke
would count but it's not am actual
uke if it's not a a stringed instrument

dusty
06-28-2014, 04:32 PM
Why do you think it's silly? Have you played one? Looks to me like a uke-shaped bongo cajon, like the ones made by Latin Percussion and Meinl, both of which sound pretty nice.


68345


nope it's just a silly novelty drum

iamesperambient
06-28-2014, 04:36 PM
Why do you think it's silly? Have you played one? Looks to me like a uke-shaped bongo cajon, like the ones made by Latin Percussion and Meinl, both of which sound pretty nice.


68345


I think instruments shaped like
other instruments is silly. silly isn't
a bad thing it's just silly. not my thing
but may be for some.

kohanmike
06-28-2014, 05:56 PM
I was at the U-Space/Japanese Cultural Center Expo in downtown Los Angeles today and Brad of U-Space/Anacapa showed and played it. Sounds like a mixture of a bongo and small African drum, really nice. I played it at the Ohana booth, very nice. They were selling the solid rosewood body there for $65 and bringing out a laminate mahogany for $45. (By the way, we did not break the record of 2,134 simultaneous uke players, we had just over 1,000. I think it was due to short and limited PR campaign, next year should be much better.)

jotto
06-29-2014, 07:59 PM
I bought one at the Expo. Just something fun and different and it does seem to provide a lot of different sounds depending on how you strike it. And I'm no percussionist by any means but I think it sounds pretty good. I got the solid Rosewood with Spruce top model for $65.

PhilUSAFRet
06-29-2014, 09:26 PM
Just a uke body. Ohana's answer to Kala's Kalimba? At least Ohana didn't leave the heel and neck "stub."

katysax
06-30-2014, 06:24 AM
I think it looks cool. I find the uke purist thing to be silly; one of my biggest frustration with uke groups is how some of them are so rigid. The UBass was a brilliant idea, and since groups are willing to allow the UBass, it improves the sound and the experience immensely. If a drum shaped like a uke will lead to some kind of drum being allowed, that's great.

Vagrant
06-30-2014, 06:30 AM
I like it and I want one. And a uke shaped harmonica. And a uke shaped hat. And a uke shaped shoes. And a uke shaped boat. And a uke shaped house... and...

Seriously though, I do want one. And a...

SailingUke
06-30-2014, 07:15 AM
I think it is a cool percussion instrument and is easily carried in a ukulele bag/case.
Using my double bag I can carry a drum and uke.

iamesperambient
06-30-2014, 07:19 AM
Just a uke body. Ohana's answer to Kala's Kalimba? At least Ohana didn't leave the heel and neck "stub."

i'd rather just get a cajon if i was going to get this sort of thing it def doesn't appeal to me instruments shaped like other instruments
just doesn't appeal to me. I guess its another way for them to cash in from percussionists and people who like novelties just like the sopranino
and pocket ukes (which do appeal to me).

Down Up Dick
06-30-2014, 09:46 AM
I don't see why it's silly, and it's almost a Uke. Is a banjo a Uke? Is a 5 string a Uke?--a 6 string?--an 8 string? Anyway, does it play like Bongos? Or does it make a lot of different sounds? I'm interested.

iamesperambient
06-30-2014, 09:55 AM
I don't see why it's silly, and it's almost a Uke. Is a banjo a Uke? Is a 5 string a Uke?--a 6 string?--an 8 string? Anyway, does it play like Bongos? Or does it make a lot of different sounds? I'm interested.

its not a uke it has no neck and its a percussive instrument not a stringed one.
I think its silly and fun, its a cool idea it just does not appeal to me.

DaveY
06-30-2014, 10:02 AM
I hear that Yamaha is coming out with a ukuba -- a ukulele shaped liked a tuba.

iamesperambient
06-30-2014, 10:05 AM
I hear that Yamaha is coming out with a ukuba -- a ukulele shaped liked a tuba.

what about the trumpele the ukulele trumpet or -U-trump i think kala i s working on it now.
or the U-zoo the ukulele shaped kazoo!

Down Up Dick
06-30-2014, 10:36 AM
Well, I see where it only costs $65, and there's gonna be another one for $45. Pretty cheap, so every one will be able to afford one. Some with a cheap one, and some with a better, nicer looking, more expensive one.
Has anyone ever seen someone in a group tapping the beat on his Uke? I have and more than once.

iamesperambient
06-30-2014, 10:42 AM
Well, I see where it only costs $65, and there's gonna be another one for $45. Pretty cheap, so every one will be able to afford one. Some with a cheap one, and some with a better, nicer looking, more expensive one.
Has anyone ever seen someone in a group tapping the beat on his Uke? I have and more than once.

thats what im saying you coud turn off a baritone uke an tap on it and get a nice resonate sound ive seen it done
and sounds good than you can flip it over and play something than flip it back and tap on it and do fancy tricks
i dont know...

OldePhart
06-30-2014, 01:43 PM
Does anybody know if it has an internal baffle - basically making a dual wooden bongo with different tones depending on which bout you tap?

My Meinl bongo sounds great but doesn't look as nice. LOL

John

Dane
06-30-2014, 02:30 PM
I don't really know why people make such a big deal about hybrid instruments or gimmick instruments. The more instruments the better I say, more ways of expressing music, in whatever ways someone sees fit.

Nickie
06-30-2014, 03:18 PM
its not a uke it has no neck and its a percussive instrument not a stringed one.
I think its silly and fun, its a cool idea it just does not appeal to me.


Gee, why don't you just tell us how you really feel about it?

What the hell, I like it! I think it's cute.....

kohanmike
06-30-2014, 08:15 PM
Does anybody know if it has an internal baffle - basically making a dual wooden bongo with different tones depending on which bout you tap?-John

It has a separator and depending on where and how you tap it, you get a variety of sounds. I really like it and I'm sorry I didn't buy the rosewood one.

Vagrant
06-30-2014, 11:09 PM
It has a separator and depending on where and how you tap it, you get a variety of sounds. I really like it and I'm sorry I didn't buy the rosewood one.

That's it, I'm sold... where can I get one? Are they only available in the US?

Great, now I have BAS, thanks guys...

Ukejenny
07-01-2014, 07:06 AM
I was at the U-Space/Japanese Cultural Center Expo in downtown Los Angeles today and Brad of U-Space/Anacapa showed and played it. Sounds like a mixture of a bongo and small African drum, really nice. I played it at the Ohana booth, very nice. They were selling the solid rosewood body there for $65 and bringing out a laminate mahogany for $45. (By the way, we did not break the record of 2,134 simultaneous uke players, we had just over 1,000. I think it was due to short and limited PR campaign, next year should be much better.)

Cool. I would like to have a cajone, but this shape would allow you to hold the drum between your knees and play, instead of hunching over the instrument as you sit on it (cajone). Now, that would be great, as long as holding it doesn't cause leg strain... Did you just hold it and play?

Ukejenny
07-01-2014, 07:07 AM
I think it is a cool percussion instrument and is easily carried in a ukulele bag/case.
Using my double bag I can carry a drum and uke.

Great idea.

Ukejenny
07-01-2014, 07:10 AM
If anyone has a link where to purchase, please share it... They look cool and I really like the "toting it around in a uke case" idea. I have a spare bag sitting around at the moment, it needs something in it. A bongolele would be perfect.

I agree that different sounds and different timbres adds a lot to a group. It takes a village...

UkerDanno
07-01-2014, 07:36 AM
If anyone has a link where to purchase, please share it...

+1

I suppose the solid one needs humidification? I would order one in a second if I knew where!

kohanmike
07-01-2014, 07:41 AM
I was just holding it my hand. I just talked to Ohana and they said they're getting another run together now and will call me with an estimate of when they will be done. She also said that U-Space will be the first to receive any because they were created together with Daniel Ho and Brad Ranola.

UkerDanno
07-13-2014, 03:03 PM
the price seems to have shot up...
http://www.ohana-music.com/index.php?dispatch=products.view&product_id=29968

UkerDanno
08-17-2014, 03:39 AM
Has anyone seen these for sale anywhere?

Ohana Ukuleles
05-25-2015, 06:31 PM
Hey All,

Ohana Ukuleles here with some more info on the bongolele!

Brad Ranola (owner of Anacapa Ukulele and U-Space) demos the instrument here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mijgvv93REg

You can also hear more from the Bongolele from renowned percussionist Luis Conti, who used the instrument to play on Grammy-nominated album "Our World in Song": http://danielho.com/albums/Our_World_In_Song.html

Ohana is working on more web content regarding the bongolele, so you all can better come to know the instrument.

Happy playing!

gyosh
05-25-2015, 06:51 PM
If I could only play like Brad!

UkerDanno
05-26-2015, 02:43 AM
sorry, Ohana, I wanted one real bad, but I demo'ed one and the sound is pretty dead.

Nickie
05-27-2015, 12:49 PM
I saw it last year. We thought about getting one, but changed our minds because of the price, and well, we already have drums that are perfect for our jam sessions. Now I want a cowbell and a train whistle....

Ukejenny
05-28-2015, 06:16 AM
I'm opting for a homemade stompbox made out of one of my old car tags and some scrap wood, and getting a pickup to plug it in.

Moore Bettah Ukuleles
05-28-2015, 06:31 AM
Let's not forget that the ukulele is primarily a percussive instrument. But without strings and a fretboard it's just a drum. Not that thee's anything wrong with that. ;)

k0k0peli
05-29-2015, 08:05 AM
Let's not forget that the ukulele is primarily a percussive instrument. But without strings and a fretboard it's just a drum. Not that thee's anything wrong with that. ;) Also useful for swatting flies, stirring mash, and beating dust from hanging fabrics. It's even more useful when dismantled: the body can be an ashtray or planter, the neck can be a club or fire poker, etc.

Icelander53
05-29-2015, 09:04 AM
=Ukejenny;1544784]Yes, if you think doing different things with the ukulele is wrong, this might send you into orbit.

My beef is I can't find a sound sample or any information on the Ohana site. Just this little blurb on Facebook...

https://www.facebook.com/ohanaukes/photos/a.263087587039945.84355.128194303862608/906248492723848/?type=1&theater

I want one but only if it comes with a Gilligan's Island lunchbox.

UkerDanno
05-29-2015, 11:28 AM
I saw a bongo cajon at guitar center that sounded way better! Too bad they can't make the bongolele in a similar manner, it's probably the top material.

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/drums-percussion/meinl-bongo-cajon/h80525?cntry=us&source=3WWRWXGP&gclid=CPGmppzy58UCFU1qfgod2EwAOA&kwid=productads-plaid^80556539547-sku^H80525000001000@ADL4MF-adType^PLA-device^c-adid^51870555867