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remy
02-17-2009, 11:46 AM
So I've been kind of considering getting a second uke for a while now. I currently have the flea, and I like it, but I kind of wanted to get something that had a more plucky, Hawaiian sound, and a more traditional look. Something I could go sit on the beach and play for the tourists in a cute little dress with a hibiscus blossom behind my ear (um, at Coney Island? Far Rockaway? Yeah, so the beach thing is just a fantasy) It's all crazy talk though because I clearly don't NEED another uke, and those are completely superficial reasons for wanting one!

But anyway, one issue with the flea has been that it's so loud, and my neighbor periodically pops by to annoy me, so there's no pretending I'm not home if I happen to be playing when he knocks on my door. I have resorted to playing on the bathroom floor with the door closed, but I bet he can still hear me. Not to mention, the tiles are cold...

Is there any uke that would satisfy all of these conditions? Pretty, plucky, and quiet? (like the perfect wife!) Under $200 hopefully.

I also kind of feel like the flea isn't real great for finger picking, since I can't seem to do this at all... Am I wrong? it could very well be me though!

seeso
02-17-2009, 12:14 PM
Something made of nato wouldn't be too loud.

rayan
02-17-2009, 12:19 PM
If you're not looking to perform with it and just want something to play indoors quietly, you can look into one of the electric solid body ukes like the bugsgear eleuke or the risa ukestick and use headphones but those dont look like traditional ukes at all. they look like electric guitars.

remy
02-17-2009, 12:36 PM
If you're not looking to perform with it and just want something to play indoors quietly, you can look into one of the electric solid body ukes like the bugsgear eleuke or the risa ukestick and use headphones but those dont look like traditional ukes at all. they look like electric guitars.


HUH...:rolleyes: I have an electric piano for this very reason, but it just never occurred to me to get an electric uke!!! This is really interesting. That would solve a lot of problems if I could play with headphones. Would I need an amp to plug the headphones into, or could they go right into the uke? Also, is the feel of the electric (like the ukestick looks kinda weird!) comparable to a regular ukulele? Does it make absolutely no sound at all without any amplification/headphones?

h-drix
02-17-2009, 12:43 PM
if you can plug up the soundhole then a lot less sound will come out, might be kinda of annoying getting said item in and out, but it might work for cheaper then an electro uke.

Ukulele JJ
02-17-2009, 12:48 PM
Under $200 hopefully.

Also like the perfect wife.

JJ, ducking... :p

deach
02-17-2009, 12:51 PM
... Also, is the feel of the electric (like the ukestick looks kinda weird!) comparable to a regular ukulele? Does it make absolutely no sound at all without any amplification/headphones?

It makes a sound. You can hear it if you're in the room but if the tv is on, you won't hear it much. The feel is comparable. It's a little heavier but similar.

dnewton2
02-17-2009, 01:11 PM
Ukulelereview.com has a review of the uke stick here. (http://ukulelereview.com/2008/11/15/risa-uke-solid-ukulele-review/#more-568) There is a sound sample at the bottom of both amped up and not, so you can get a sense of the sound. As for needing an amp i think it depends on the pickup. I know some eleuke mdels have headphone jacks as well as a jack to go out to the amp.

cpatch
02-17-2009, 01:23 PM
Here's a link to MGM's current Eleuke offerings (you can plug headphones into these directly):

http://search.stores.ebay.com/Musicguymics-Room_eleuke_W0QQfciZQ2d1QQfclZ3QQfsnZMusicguymicQ2 7sQ20RoomQQfsooZ2QQfsopZ3QQfsubZ12235086QQsaselZ34 517586QQsofpZ0

Stackabones
02-17-2009, 03:06 PM
Get whatever uke you wish and put up a sign on your door saying,

Recording In Process: Do Not Disturb.

:nana:

khrome
02-17-2009, 03:21 PM
Get whatever uke you wish and put up a sign on your door saying,

Recording In Process: Do Not Disturb.

:nana:

lol I like that idea - I will have to file that away in case I ever get an annoying neighbor.

NatalieS
02-17-2009, 04:01 PM
Get whatever you want! Tell your neighbor to bugger off. :p

tiki_ink
02-17-2009, 04:08 PM
I say you should hit your neighbor over the head with your uke!

remy
02-17-2009, 04:26 PM
Here's a link to MGM's current Eleuke offerings (you can plug headphones into these directly):

http://search.stores.ebay.com/Musicguymics-Room_eleuke_W0QQfciZQ2d1QQfclZ3QQfsnZMusicguymicQ2 7sQ20RoomQQfsooZ2QQfsopZ3QQfsubZ12235086QQsaselZ34 517586QQsofpZ0

THANKS SO MUCH!!! I'm quite nearly over the edge on the eleuke. (Sorry, the ukestick would just be too embarrassing if I ever had a boy over. Oh wait... that's never happening again.:( Nevermind.) But why doesn't MGM have a soprano? I'd really like to have some consistency, since I play a soprano now. How often does he get in new stock? I'd really like to have this uke SOON though, because I can't be sitting around on the cold tiles in the bathroom with my flea for the rest of winter.

I would really like to order from MGM if I can, though, so maybe I will consider the concert. For those of you who switch back and forth between soprano and concert, how different are they?

AWERHRHGHHGH...... TELL ME WHAT TO DO!!!!

remy
02-17-2009, 04:38 PM
Get whatever uke you wish and put up a sign on your door saying,

Recording In Process: Do Not Disturb.

:nana:

:rotfl:

That would be awesome! Then I could make really weird sounds, like I could pop that poppy paper stuff that comes in packages all day long, or read the whole bible backwards in a klingon accent, or I could just spend days frying pickled cabbage and garlic and letting it ferment. And every so often I'd go outside for a cigarette wearing nothing but a skirt made out of metrocards. I bet he wouldn't knock on my door then!

Of course, folks, shouldn't we be happy when our neighbors try to befriend us? Should I really be shopping for a ukulele for the sole purpose of not having to talk to my neighbors because they know that I'm home? I feel like there's something wrong with me...with New York... with the world these days... but then you all took my side, so we're cool!:D

Howlin Hobbit
02-17-2009, 04:43 PM
And every so often I'd go outside for a cigarette wearing nothing but a skirt made out of metrocards.

That ought to get you lots and lots of really creepy friends.

(I like my really creepy friends but then, you know all about me by now.)

haole
02-17-2009, 04:47 PM
THANKS SO MUCH!!! I'm quite nearly over the edge on the eleuke. (Sorry, the ukestick would just be too embarrassing if I ever had a boy over. Oh wait... that's never happening again.:( Nevermind.) But why doesn't MGM have a soprano? I'd really like to have some consistency, since I play a soprano now. How often does he get in new stock? I'd really like to have this uke SOON though, because I can't be sitting around on the cold tiles in the bathroom with my flea for the rest of winter.

I would really like to order from MGM if I can, though, so maybe I will consider the concert. For those of you who switch back and forth between soprano and concert, how different are they?

AWERHRHGHHGH...... TELL ME WHAT TO DO!!!!

The difference between soprano and concert is noticeable, but not bad at all. I think you'd be comfortable with either one. Concerts are a little easier if you play on the upper frets, but even small hands rarely have trouble adjusting to playing chords on the lower frets. :D

E-mail MGM and see if he has a soprano kicking around; he doesn't always list every single item he has but he'll post it if you ask. If not, I'd say go for the concert. If 4-foot-tall elementary schoolers on Youtube can handle a full-size guitar, then you can handle a uke a little bigger than your current one. ;)

remy
02-17-2009, 04:48 PM
That ought to get you lots and lots of really creepy friends.

(I like my really creepy friends but then, you know all about me by now.)



Fine, I won't wear it to ukefest... or maybe should i wear it to ukefest?

Howlin Hobbit
02-17-2009, 04:50 PM
Dang! Now I wish I was going to the ukefest.

Pippin
02-17-2009, 08:52 PM
Good Suggestion, Stack...

You could get a Lanikai Curly Koa (they are laminated and soft, sweet toned. Not very loud).

khrome
02-17-2009, 09:11 PM
Of course, folks, shouldn't we be happy when our neighbors try to befriend us? Should I really be shopping for a ukulele for the sole purpose of not having to talk to my neighbors because they know that I'm home? I feel like there's something wrong with me...with New York... with the world these days... but then you all took my side, so we're cool!:D

I'm happy to know my neighbors but I don't like them popping in un-announced. I just got a new neighbor who seems rather chummy and I thought I would go over there and introduce myself when she had her door open but then I thought it would set a precedence that she could just knock on my door whenever she wanted. So instead, I figure I'll just introduce myself when we bump into each other in "neutral" territory like in the pathway or stairs. I haven't met her yet. lol What can I say, I'm a recluse.

MisoHappy
02-17-2009, 09:59 PM
.... I currently have the flea, and I like it, but I kind of wanted to get something that had a more plucky, Hawaiian sound, and a more traditional look.

Something I could go sit on the beach and play for the tourists in a cute little dress with a hibiscus blossom behind my ear (um, at Coney Island? Far Rockaway? Yeah, so the beach thing is just a fantasy) It's all crazy talk though because I clearly don't NEED another uke, and those are completely superficial reasons for wanting one!

..........

Is there any uke that would satisfy all of these conditions? Pretty, plucky, and quiet? (like the perfect wife!) Under $200 hopefully.

I also kind of feel like the flea isn't real great for finger picking, since I can't seem to do this at all... Am I wrong? it could very well be me though!

The style of the uke doesn't make it a picking uke or not. If anything, I would say it's the strings.

A traditional look, plucky sound, pretty face, quiet personality....I would say KoAloha, but they go for an obnoxious $200-$250 for a standard size.

As for your fantasy, if you were in Hawaii, you might look like a wannabe tourist, or some hotel entertainer. (I'm sorry in advance for sounding so mean!!)I really wish I could see the islands like a tourist sometimes, all the luaus, Polynesian dancers, and pretty beaches, but living here makes it a normality.

HaileISela
02-17-2009, 10:15 PM
also like the perfect wife.

Jj, ducking... :p

lol :D


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deach
02-18-2009, 01:48 AM
...

....I would say KoAloha, but they go for an obnoxious $200-$250 for a standard size.
....

If this were true, I'd buy 10 of them right now.

hoosierhiver
02-18-2009, 05:23 AM
Tell your neighbor politely that you need to practice and want to be alone.
I don't think you should have to hide in your bathroom.

Ukulele JJ
02-18-2009, 05:58 AM
Okay, I guess I'm still confused about the title of this thread.

Are you trying to avoid being annoying to your neighbor?

Or are you trying to avoid your neighbor, who is annoying?

Or both? :D

JJ

remy
02-18-2009, 06:39 AM
Okay, I guess I'm still confused about the title of this thread.

Are you trying to avoid being annoying to your neighbor?

Or are you trying to avoid your neighbor, who is annoying?

Or both? :D

JJ

Yeah, it is left ambiguous. I originally wanted to avoid the neighbor who is annoying, but I'd prefer not to annoy neighbors as well! Although, I would think you can only hear me if you stand right outside of my door, so if you're doing that, you kind of deserve to be annoyed.

14twelve
02-19-2009, 07:36 PM
I agree with the Eleuke suggestion. My walls are so thin that I can hear everything my neighbours do, and they used to bang on my wall a bit if I was playing late at night. I now switch over to my Eleuke about 10pm each night, and haven't had any banging on the wall since then.... well, a couple of times, but that has always been when I've lost track of time and I'm playing my Koaloha really late.

Your neighbours wouldn't know you're home if you're playing an Eleuke - it really is very quiet. Not silent, but quiet enough that even in the next room you can't hear it.