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janeray1940
07-28-2014, 10:08 AM
Some of you already know I'm a big fan of straps with strap buttons. I've been happy for quite some time with a Levy's Leathers mandolin strap on all of my ukes. But recently, moving to my biggest uke yet (my Kamaka Ohta-San) I started to think I needed something with more stability.

My teacher has been recommending that I use a 2" guitar strap for years now. I've resisted, because it always seemed like too much strap - I didn't want a strap that weighed more than the uke itself!

But after having some difficulty with the Ohta-San, I decided to investigate guitar strap options. My criteria started pretty simple: made in USA, and of a natural fiber. One thing led to the next and after seeing all the options out there, I decided it had to have a rose floral pattern. Picky, picky.

Turns out I found not one, but two options, that fit all of the above. The first is a company called Legacy Straps (http://www.legacystraps.com/musical.htm), based (and made) in Pennsylvania. Their website uses plug-ins that don't play well with my Mac, so I had to find another way to look at their stuff. Turns out they sell via Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/gp/aag/main?ie=UTF8&asin=&isAmazonFulfilled=0&isCBA=&marketplaceID=ATVPDKIKX0DER&orderID=109-8283847-0898652&seller=A2Z8BPZ7PH6JFA). I bought this one (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00IKLGT9W/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1), sold as a "girl's" strap but it doesn't seem particularly kid-sized toe me - adjusted to the shortest possible length, it's perfect for me and my concert-scale ukes. It's made of cotton and faux leather and has the roses that I wanted, and plastic hardware that seems less likely to scratch than metal would. And the price of under $20, shipped to my door, is unbeatable.

Then I found the high-end option: Feedback Straps (https://www.etsy.com/shop/FeedbackStraps) on Etsy. I bought this one (https://www.etsy.com/listing/176002936/hemp-guitar-strap-western-style-roses?ref=listing-5). This one is hemp, with ribbon trim and metal hardware. It was made to my size specifications and shipped within 2 or 3 days. At almost $80 with shipping, this one is no bargain - but it's a beautiful, handmade work of art! The downside is the metal hardware, which makes it almost as heavy as the uke, and considering my tendency to be clumsy, I'm a little worried that it will scratch. So I'm saving this as my special-occasion strap :)

All of that to say that I'm really happy with both of these. The sellers were super easy to work with, and I liked knowing that my purchase was supporting a small business rather than a big-box store. So - just passing it on in case anybody else is looking for other strap options.

BigD
07-28-2014, 10:44 AM
ive been having an issue with straps lately too!! Ive always been happy with just a plain old generic black guitar strap, or a rigged up strap fom a backpack or gig bag plus a shoe lace lol not pretty but it worked! Now that im coming up into the world of nicer higher end ukes i want something better its just so hard for me to drop that kinda money on something that in reality i barely see while im playing and once i set it down its outta mind. Eventually when i have more disposable income ill get me sumthin purdy but as of now ill probably have to stick to my shoelace and gigbag strap!

janeray1940
07-28-2014, 11:03 AM
just a plain old generic black guitar strap

Funny thing, I've always been pretty much a generic basic-black person when it comes to this sort of thing myself. (Tried the shoelace really early on, didn't work for me.) But once I started looking I decided why not get something with a little personality. Very unlike me, but I'm glad I did it, because what I got is both functional and nice looking.

mr79
07-28-2014, 11:24 AM
Souldier straps in Chicago make some very nice fabric straps - they do guitar ones in the standard 2inch width, but I found the mandolin one the perfect size for my tenor. Fabric with any range of patterns on top, so comfy too. On their website the sample shows metal buckles, but mine has plastic: http://www.souldier.us/CustomMandolinStraps.aspx

I'd love to be able to find this sort of thing here in the UK, but they always seem to be in the US - you are all very lucky!

janeray1940
07-28-2014, 11:31 AM
Souldier straps in Chicago make some very nice fabric straps - they do guitar ones in the standard 2inch width, but I found the mandolin one the perfect size for my tenor. Fabric with any range of patterns on top, so comfy too. On their website the sample shows metal buckles, but mine has plastic: http://www.souldier.us/CustomMandolinStraps.aspx

I'd love to be able to find this sort of thing here in the UK, but they always seem to be in the US - you are all very lucky!

Oh wow, they have some really good options too. I've seen their guitar straps at my local shop but didn't realize they also did custom orders - will keep them in mind next time. Or maybe I need the 1" width one for my soprano now... :)

kohanmike
07-28-2014, 11:34 AM
I like a thin strap so I make up my own using a Levy 5/8" cloth strap and add a Martin leather button extender to one end. I'm waiting on a custom u-bass and have already put together a 1" strap from a shoulder bag strap and two Martin extenders.

http://www.fairfax67.com/images/uke strap.jpg

http://www.fairfax67.com/images/Strap bass.jpg

Shorebird
07-28-2014, 12:19 PM
Souldier straps in Chicago make some very nice fabric straps - they do guitar ones in the standard 2inch width, but I found the mandolin one the perfect size for my tenor. Fabric with any range of patterns on top, so comfy too. On their website the sample shows metal buckles, but mine has plastic: http://www.souldier.us/CustomMandolinStraps.aspx

I'd love to be able to find this sort of thing here in the UK, but they always seem to be in the US - you are all very lucky!

I went with the mandolin strap with two strap buttons

janeray1940
07-28-2014, 12:24 PM
two strap buttons

I'm trying to understand what the purpose of the second strap button is (on the heel) - does it help with stability at all?

caukulele
07-28-2014, 12:37 PM
When I play, I have found that sometimes having only one strap buttons makes the strap get in the way of my right hand..or at least it feels that way to me....When I have two strap buttons, I never notice the strap at all, and I feel free when playing.

mds725
07-28-2014, 01:22 PM
Those Feedback Straps look very cool!

Not to hijack this thread, but since others are making strap recommendations or posting what they themselves use, I thought I'd put in a word for Sherrin's Threads on etsy (https://www.etsy.com/shop/SherrinsThreads?ref=shopsection_shophome_leftnav). These are one-inch (ukulele) or two-inch (guitar) straps, made in the USA (California) with some very cool designs. I have this one in the one-inch (pictured) size.

http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=69440&d=1406589450

I attach it to my headstock using this headstiock attachment adapter loop (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000G3MV1W/ref=ox_sc_sfl_title_8?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER).

http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=66804&d=1400193407

Shastastan
07-28-2014, 01:24 PM
I went with the mandolin strap with two strap buttons

I have a couple of leather mandolin straps that I like. They are dark brown and I think they are made in Canada. I bought them at my local guitar shop. I only have one strap button on the bottom end.

tbeltrans
07-28-2014, 01:54 PM
Janeray -

Great that you find straps that work for you. As for two buttons, That is what I have on my guitars, but I don't know about them on something as small as a ukulele. I would think that they would be quite stable, considering a ukulele's relative size and weight.

I am still very happy with the Levi's leather mandolin straps I am now using on both my ukuleles (one of which is the Ohta-San). I had a passive Schatten UKE-1 pickup installed on the Ohta-San, and that provided an end pin jack that I attach one end of the strap to. The other end has a shoelace that I tie behind the nut. That is a very stable arrangement, and works equally well on both of my ukuleles. Also, these straps roll up and fit very nicely in the hard cases that came with the ukuleles. I remove the end that is attached to the end pin, leaving the shoelace tied and simply roll the strap up and put it under the headstock. Since the straps are only 1/2" wide, they fit under the headstock with plenty of room to spare.

Tony

Bluejunco
07-28-2014, 03:24 PM
Thank you for all the info. Have a few questions. Where are your strap buttons located?
Did you just order a guitar strap? Don't the ends of the guitar strap too big?
Isn't a guitar strap too long? How did you measure for the length?

lol. I know. Too many questions

Dan Uke
07-28-2014, 03:43 PM
Don't forget the uke leash made by one of our members, Lori.

http://ukeleash.com/

janeray1940
07-28-2014, 04:24 PM
Thank you for all the info. Have a few questions. Where are your strap buttons located?
Did you just order a guitar strap? Don't the ends of the guitar strap too big?
Isn't a guitar strap too long? How did you measure for the length?

lol. I know. Too many questions

No such thing as too many questions :)

I just have strap buttons on the bottom of the uke, as pictured below; at the headstock I attach my straps with a "shoelace." Both of the ones I linked in my original post are guitar straps. The Legacy ones are about 50" long; for the custom order I asked for it to be 48" long - I'm short, so I don't need a lot of length. But for comparison, I measured the mandolin straps that I've been using for years - they are all 48" long when fully extended.

The ends of the guitar strap fit over my strap button and "shoelace" attachment on the neck just fine.

Hope that covers it!

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janeray1940
07-28-2014, 04:31 PM
Janeray -

Great that you find straps that work for you. As for two buttons, That is what I have on my guitars, but I don't know about them on something as small as a ukulele. I would think that they would be quite stable, considering a ukulele's relative size and weight.

I am still very happy with the Levi's leather mandolin straps I am now using on both my ukuleles (one of which is the Ohta-San). I had a passive Schatten UKE-1 pickup installed on the Ohta-San, and that provided an end pin jack that I attach one end of the strap to. The other end has a shoelace that I tie behind the nut. That is a very stable arrangement, and works equally well on both of my ukuleles. Also, these straps roll up and fit very nicely in the hard cases that came with the ukuleles. I remove the end that is attached to the end pin, leaving the shoelace tied and simply roll the strap up and put it under the headstock. Since the straps are only 1/2" wide, they fit under the headstock with plenty of room to spare.

Tony

Thanks, Tony, for the info re: two buttons. I'm just not really in a hurry to drill a second hole in my ukes - I see the point for guitars, but as you noted, with ukes being small and light it seems like overkill.

Those Levy's straps have served me well for several years, and I'll continue to recommend them. But what I was finding was that in order to compensate for my small hands/short reach, the closer in I keep my fretting arm to my body, the better angle/reach I could get when trying to span 5+ frets. Probably not a problem most people have, but I need all the help I can get when it comes to getting the most distance out of my stubby fingers!

And that's good advice re: removing the end of the strap that attaches to the end pin and rolling it up. I may borrow that idea :)

janeray1940
07-28-2014, 04:37 PM
Those Feedback Straps look very cool!

Not to hijack this thread, but since others are making strap recommendations or posting what they themselves use, I thought I'd put in a word for Sherrin's Threads on etsy (https://www.etsy.com/shop/SherrinsThreads?ref=shopsection_shophome_leftnav). These are one-inch (ukulele) or two-inch (guitar) straps, made in the USA (California) with some very cool designs. I have this one in the one-inch (pictured) size.

http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=69440&d=1406589450

I attach it to my headstock using this headstiock attachment adapter loop (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000G3MV1W/ref=ox_sc_sfl_title_8?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER).

http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=66804&d=1400193407

Not hijacking at all :) And those headstock adapter things look a bit... classier than the shoelace things I've always used. I had no idea such a thing even existed!

DownUpDave
07-28-2014, 04:55 PM
Not hijacking at all :) And those headstock adapter things look a bit... classier than the shoelace things I've always used. I had no idea such a thing even existed!

I love threads about straps. I am a strap junky and always enjoy it when others post great ideas and products. I am already planning on ordering 2 of the 1" Sherrin Uke straps. Just have to decide on which colour/pattern.

Lori
07-28-2014, 06:56 PM
Don't forget the uke leash made by one of our members, Lori.

http://ukeleash.com/
Thanks nongdam! Yes I offer a Uke Leash Guitar Style Strap, and it is made by me personally in Los Angeles. I have both one button and two button options, as well as strap and tie options. The half inch width doesn't make much room for patterned straps, but the polypro straps can be special ordered in your choice of 13 colors. If you want to make your own strap, I can supply the leather end pieces separately on request.

–Lori

tbeltrans
07-29-2014, 02:24 AM
Thanks, Tony, for the info re: two buttons. I'm just not really in a hurry to drill a second hole in my ukes - I see the point for guitars, but as you noted, with ukes being small and light it seems like overkill.

Those Levy's straps have served me well for several years, and I'll continue to recommend them. But what I was finding was that in order to compensate for my small hands/short reach, the closer in I keep my fretting arm to my body, the better angle/reach I could get when trying to span 5+ frets. Probably not a problem most people have, but I need all the help I can get when it comes to getting the most distance out of my stubby fingers!

And that's good advice re: removing the end of the strap that attaches to the end pin and rolling it up. I may borrow that idea :)

I can definitely see you continuing to experiment with straps for the best fit for your situation. If the Mobius strap could work with the Ohta-San's shape a bit more securely, it would probably do well for you. Unfortunately, that strap slips away from the proper position too easily. I looked at the Ukeleash on the web site, and though I went with the Levi strap you recommended, it looks to me as if the Ukeleash might juat suit your situation well. It is certainly worth a try.

Tony

tbeltrans
07-29-2014, 02:25 AM
Thanks, Tony, for the info re: two buttons. I'm just not really in a hurry to drill a second hole in my ukes - I see the point for guitars, but as you noted, with ukes being small and light it seems like overkill.

Those Levy's straps have served me well for several years, and I'll continue to recommend them. But what I was finding was that in order to compensate for my small hands/short reach, the closer in I keep my fretting arm to my body, the better angle/reach I could get when trying to span 5+ frets. Probably not a problem most people have, but I need all the help I can get when it comes to getting the most distance out of my stubby fingers!

And that's good advice re: removing the end of the strap that attaches to the end pin and rolling it up. I may borrow that idea :)

I can definitely see you continuing to experiment with straps for the best fit for your situation. If the Mobius strap could work with the Ohta-San's shape a bit more securely, it would probably do well for you. Unfortunately, that strap slips away from the proper position too easily. I looked at the Ukeleash on the web site, and though I went with the Levi strap you recommended, it looks to me as if the Ukeleash might juat suit your situation well. It is certainly worth a try.

Tony

janeray1940
07-29-2014, 05:14 AM
I can definitely see you continuing to experiment with straps for the best fit for your situation. If the Mobius strap could work with the Ohta-San's shape a bit more securely, it would probably do well for you. Unfortunately, that strap slips away from the proper position too easily. I looked at the Ukeleash on the web site, and though I went with the Levi strap you recommended, it looks to me as if the Ukeleash might juat suit your situation well. It is certainly worth a try.

Tony

I actually play in a group with the Uke Leash maker - it's a great product for those who don't want to put any holes in their uke, but doesn't have enough support for me. I already have an endpin button on all of my ukes, so drilling a hole in the first place is not the issue.

What I was wondering about was the point of the second button on the heel - from people I've talked to, they like it because it is *less* restrictive. And while it may sound odd, I need something that is *more* restrictive - I don't want the uke to move at all! So far, the thicker cotton strap seems to be doing the trick - the thickness keeps it more stable, and the natural fiber offers some resistance (unlike synthetic fibers or leather, which are more slippery).

So far I'm doing just fine with the two options I posted about originally :)

coolkayaker1
07-29-2014, 05:26 AM
http://shop.ukeleash.com/Button-Adapter-for-Guitar-Style-Strap-BA-GGS.htm

Janeray1940 knows this, so I post for others: there are two fixed point options for UkeLeashes by Lori, including adapters if you already own the traditional uke leash. I love mine. Love.

JR40, do you read Haruki Murakami and are you buying his latest release, getting rave reviews on Amazon (from overseas)--I pre-ordered it for my Kindle, it comes out on August 12! Exciting!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=abofmaUEr_I

janeray1940
07-29-2014, 05:33 AM
JR40, do you read Haruki Murakami and are you buying his latest release, getting rave reviews on Amazon (from overseas)--I pre-ordered it for my Kindle, it comes out on August 12! Exciting!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=abofmaUEr_I

I'll definitely have to check that out. I could hardly put down 1Q84, but none of his prior works really captivated me all that much (I'm not a big fiction reader to begin with though). I wish my Japanese was good enough to read the originals!

coolkayaker1
07-29-2014, 05:53 AM
I'll definitely have to check that out. I could hardly put down 1Q84, but none of his prior works really captivated me all that much (I'm not a big fiction reader to begin with though). I wish my Japanese was good enough to read the originals!

I agree it would be nice to read it in it's native language. I have only read H.M. short stories in The New Yorker (such as the weird one last year, Samsa In Love, which was well-written and truly odd! Here's the link so someone can read it on their computer while they eat lunch today:
http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2013/10/28/samsa-in-love

The Amazon reviews for the upcoming book are stellar, and the topic is beguiling:
http://www.amazon.com/Colorless-Tsukuru-Tazaki-Years-Pilgrimage/product-reviews/0385352107/ref=dpx_acr_txt?showViewpoints=1

Maybe get on the top of the list to get it from your library, JR40. Fun!

Okay, now back to straps. I do like ukulele straps. Very much. Although they get in my way.

janeray1940
07-29-2014, 05:59 AM
I agree it would be nice to read it in it's native language. I have only read H.M. short stories in The New Yorker (such as the weird one last year, Samsa In Love, which was well-written and truly odd! Here's the link so someone can read it on their computer while they eat lunch today:
http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2013/10/28/samsa-in-love

The Amazon reviews for the upcoming book are stellar, and the topic is beguiling:
http://www.amazon.com/Colorless-Tsukuru-Tazaki-Years-Pilgrimage/product-reviews/0385352107/ref=dpx_acr_txt?showViewpoints=1

Maybe get on the top of the list to get it from your library, JR40. Fun!

Okay, now back to straps. I do like ukulele straps. Very much. Although they get in my way.

Thanks for the link! I'm always looking for stuff to read online during work downtime :) And I made it to the top of the library waitlist, although usually that ends up costing me more than buying the book itself since my library's new book checkout time is so short. But hey, good cause and all.

And yes, straps. It is totally okay to put a strap on it!

Steveperrywriter
07-29-2014, 06:19 AM
Or this, which I find useful and neat: http://shop.ukeleash.com/Guitar-Style-Strap-in-Leather-GSS-LEA.htm

coolkayaker1
07-29-2014, 06:34 AM
Thanks for the link! I'm always looking for stuff to read online during work downtime :) And I made it to the top of the library waitlist, although usually that ends up costing me more than buying the book itself since my library's new book checkout time is so short. But hey, good cause and all.

Oh, how cool! Maybe that means your library will have it, new as a chick-a-dee, on the day it comes out on August 12?! That's two week away only. You might be the first person in the state of California to read it! I will get mine bc it's Kindle and they push it to me on that date. Let's read it together--I'm trying to get another UU'er to do the same--even though 1000+ miles apart. I'm a slow reader--even if I put every effort into it, it'll likely take me a week to read it. But I'm excited to start it straight away! (If you or anyone else reads that Samsa In Love short story while eating a tuna sandwich at lunch, can someone please explain it to me? Is it about love comes in all forms, like the girl in the story?)


Or this, which I find useful and neat: http://shop.ukeleash.com/Guitar-Style-Strap-in-Leather-GSS-LEA.htm
I have one of those, Steve, and I agree with you, I love it. I like thin leather straps. What ukulele do you use yours on, Steve? A tenor?

janeray1940
07-29-2014, 06:36 AM
Or this, which I find useful and neat: http://shop.ukeleash.com/Guitar-Style-Strap-in-Leather-GSS-LEA.htm

I have one of those on my little Kiwaya travel uke - it's perfect for such a tiny uke.

Dan Uke
07-29-2014, 06:56 AM
This is the strap I use and I bought extra connectors so I can keep it on the ukes that doesn't have a strap button on the heel. I'm a fan of neoprene.

http://www.amazon.com/Neotech-8001002-Mandolin-Ukulele-Strap/dp/B000EELBQ4/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1406652597&sr=8-2&keywords=neotech+mandolin

http://www.amazon.com/Neotech-5001312-Mandolin-Ukulele-Connectors/dp/B0079KQE0Y/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1406652633&sr=8-1&keywords=neotech+mandolin

janeray1940
07-29-2014, 07:08 AM
This is the strap I use and I bought extra connectors so I can keep it on the ukes that doesn't have a strap button on the heel. I'm a fan of neoprene.

http://www.amazon.com/Neotech-8001002-Mandolin-Ukulele-Strap/dp/B000EELBQ4/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1406652597&sr=8-2&keywords=neotech+mandolin

http://www.amazon.com/Neotech-5001312-Mandolin-Ukulele-Connectors/dp/B0079KQE0Y/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1406652633&sr=8-1&keywords=neotech+mandolin

Hey, bonus points for made in USA :)

Steveperrywriter
07-29-2014, 07:20 AM
I have one of those, Steve, and I agree with you, I love it. I like thin leather straps. What ukulele do you use yours on, Steve? A tenor?

Yep, a tenor. I have one with a pick-up, so that gave me a bottom button, and I like the leash idea, so that makes it easy to do at the headstock. I also have a Mobius Strap, which works fine on the other tenors. Next uke I get, I'll have another pick-up put in, I like having the option to plug in or play acoustic, and I'll get another uke leash/guitar style for it. (I realize I might be weird about this, but I have each uke outfitted with its own tuner and strap. Easier just to grab the case and go without worrying about that. Read: Too lazy to do it ...)

Mostly I play sitting down and no strap needed. Since I started trying to go out and play elsewhere, sometimes I have to stand, and while there are plenty of folks who can do that without problems, I appreciate the strap. Got enough to worry about without maybe dropping my uke ...

niwenomian
07-29-2014, 12:54 PM
(If you or anyone else reads that Samsa In Love short story while eating a tuna sandwich at lunch, can someone please explain it to me? Is it about love comes in all forms, like the girl in the story?)


Sorry for continuing the hijack, I know it's bad form, but I wanted to thank Steve for the story link and add that this is a continuation of a story by Kafka, the Metamorphosis. It's about a man, Gregor Samsa, who awakens one day to find that he is an insect (presumably a beetle of some kind, though the story doesn't actually say.) In this story, he awakens under similar circumstances to find that he is human. He has certain memories of his prior life, and even indistinct memories of his former, former life.

coolkayaker1
07-29-2014, 02:05 PM
Yep, a tenor. I have one with a pick-up, so that gave me a bottom button, and I like the leash idea, so that makes it easy to do at the headstock. I also have a Mobius Strap, which works fine on the other tenors. Next uke I get, I'll have another pick-up put in, I like having the option to plug in or play acoustic, and I'll get another uke leash/guitar style for it. (I realize I might be weird about this, but I have each uke outfitted with its own tuner and strap. Easier just to grab the case and go without worrying about that. Read: Too lazy to do it ...)

Mostly I play sitting down and no strap needed. Since I started trying to go out and play elsewhere, sometimes I have to stand, and while there are plenty of folks who can do that without problems, I appreciate the strap. Got enough to worry about without maybe dropping my uke ...
I see, Steve. I see how it would be a good strap for a tenor. I have, but never truly enjoyed, that Möbius strap. I think it slides too much. Wonder if others agree? Thanks.

Sorry for continuing the hijack, I know it's bad form, but I wanted to thank Steve for the story link and add that this is a continuation of a story by Kafka, the Metamorphosis. It's about a man, Gregor Samsa, who awakens one day to find that he is an insect (presumably a beetle of some kind, though the story doesn't actually say.) In this story, he awakens under similar circumstances to find that he is human. He has certain memories of his prior life, and even indistinct memories of his former, former life.
Thanks, niwenomian. I guess I knew it was a take-off on Kafka, but I have never read the Metamorphosis, so perhaps that's why I didn't get this story. The reversal, in this case insect to man. But did the Metamorphisis have a girl and the, you know, low G-string (to keep it ukulele) parts? Thanks agAin. I gotta read Kafka's man-to-bug version first, I guess.

Steveperrywriter
07-29-2014, 03:28 PM
[QUOTE=coolkayaker1;1558171]I see, Steve. I see how it would be a good strap for a tenor. I have, but never truly enjoyed, that Möbius strap. I think it slides too much. Wonder if others agree? Thanks.

I've owned classical guitars for fifty years, and never had a strap for any of them. Not that I did it particularly well, but I played sitting or I didn't play; I didn't want to put any holes in 'em.

I started out with ukes the same way, but getting out and about was part of the intent, and while some places have chairs, some don't. I got the Mobius as a just-in-case, when I had unamplilfied instruments. It was more for insurance than anything -- I could strum chords okay with the tenor standing up, it was only when I ventured into fingerpicking that I got nervous, and the Mobius offers enough so I'm good with it. I don't think any of the options outside a guitar or mandolin-style strap, with buttons or a button and a tie feel as safe, but if I should drop my uke with the mobius on it, it will stop before it gets to the ground.

I think Lori's guitar-style leash is ideal for me, but it does need that bottom button. Since my next uke is gonna have that, that's the way I'll go, but I'll keep the mobius for the ones that don't have the button.

Few things in life are perfect; sometimes you have to make do ...

TheCraftedCow
07-29-2014, 07:05 PM
My name, The Crafted Cow came about from doing leatherwork on cow hide. It also includes sheepskin (hair on or off) pigskin (topgrain or suede) cowhide with various other embossed pattern formed into it ( alligator-croc-ostrich, etc.) Straps can be straight or ergonomically shaped and appropriate size for the person and the instrument. The past 30 years as also being an upholsterer, has given more than casual experience with various fabrics (naturals or synthetics).

The button on the heel of the neck puts no tweak on the neck as it gets sucked
back to the human's body. The neck can be pushed slightly forward so the sound develops through the back as well as the front. Do you want to see your idea in reality? Let's see where it goes, if you want.
Bill Thompson

My delight is to make for someone what [U]THEY want rather than what is offered. Have an idea? Want to see it in reality? Let's give it a go!

In leather, I can do ornate stamping or tooled designs. I really like Celtic Knotwork.

niwenomian
07-30-2014, 07:03 AM
did the Metamorphisis have a girl and the, you know, low G-string (to keep it ukulele) parts?

No, and **snicker** No.

janeray1940
07-30-2014, 12:57 PM
(If you or anyone else reads that Samsa In Love short story while eating a tuna sandwich at lunch, can someone please explain it to me? Is it about love comes in all forms, like the girl in the story?)


Hmmmmm well I did read it (while eating a tofu stir-fry at lunch) and I'm not sure I get it or not... I know I read The Metamorphosis a billion years ago but I've forgotten the point of it; I'm not sure it's really relevant to the Murakami story other than as a reference. I like the "love comes in all forms" take on it though.

But there you have it - why I tend to prefer nonfiction over fiction. Usually nonfiction "is what it is" - no hidden meanings to decode :)

And I still like my straps. Both of them. A lot.

coolkayaker1
07-30-2014, 04:27 PM
Yep, a tenor. I have one with a pick-up, so that gave me a bottom button, and I like the leash idea, so that makes it easy to do at the headstock. I also have a Mobius Strap, which works fine on the other tenors. Next uke I get, I'll have another pick-up put in, I like having the option to plug in or play acoustic, and I'll get another uke leash/guitar style for it. (I realize I might be weird about this, but I have each uke outfitted with its own tuner and strap. Easier just to grab the case and go without worrying about that. Read: Too lazy to do it ...)

Mostly I play sitting down and no strap needed. Since I started trying to go out and play elsewhere, sometimes I have to stand, and while there are plenty of folks who can do that without problems, I appreciate the strap. Got enough to worry about without maybe dropping my uke ...


Sorry for continuing the hijack, I know it's bad form, but I wanted to thank Steve for the story link and add that this is a continuation of a story by Kafka, the Metamorphosis. It's about a man, Gregor Samsa, who awakens one day to find that he is an insect (presumably a beetle of some kind, though the story doesn't actually say.) In this story, he awakens under similar circumstances to find that he is human. He has certain memories of his prior life, and even indistinct memories of his former, former life.


Hmmmmm well I did read it (while eating a tofu stir-fry at lunch) and I'm not sure I get it or not... I know I read The Metamorphosis a billion years ago but I've forgotten the point of it; I'm not sure it's really relevant to the Murakami story other than as a reference. I like the "love comes in all forms" take on it though.

But there you have it - why I tend to prefer nonfiction over fiction. Usually nonfiction "is what it is" - no hidden meanings to decode :)

And I still like my straps. Both of them. A lot.

Great info, Steve. Thank you.

Niwenomian, you certainly know more about Kafka than I do.

I a appreciate your interpretation, JR 40. Interesting. It was a weird story, indeed.

Will you still be reading the new novel with me on August 12? I think that it's not based on anything. Lol.

janeray1940
07-30-2014, 04:35 PM
Will you still be reading the new novel with me on August 12? I think that it's not based on anything. Lol.

I'm first in line on the library wait list, where it's "on order" - might just break down and buy it though :)

And - more strap news! The maker at Feedback Straps emailed me to say that she will soon be offering a 1.5" mando/uke strap without metal hardware, at a lighter weight and lower price point than the one I purchased. Might just be perfect for my soprano pineapple...

cantsing
08-21-2014, 04:03 PM
Turns out I found not one, but two options, that fit all of the above. The first is a company called Legacy Straps (http://www.legacystraps.com/musical.htm), based (and made) in Pennsylvania. Their website uses plug-ins that don't play well with my Mac, so I had to find another way to look at their stuff. Turns out they sell via Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/gp/aag/main?ie=UTF8&asin=&isAmazonFulfilled=0&isCBA=&marketplaceID=ATVPDKIKX0DER&orderID=109-8283847-0898652&seller=A2Z8BPZ7PH6JFA).

Just following up on my experience with Legacy Straps after reading your post. I love my Uke Leash full strap (converted from the half strap via an adapter) and I would never hesitate to recommend buying from Loria at Uke Leash, but I had started thinking about a strap with a pattern, which Uke Leash doesn't offer.

Most of the LegacyStraps are 2" wide, which was more than I wanted (I really do like the compactness of the 1/2 " Uke Leash) but then I spotted the Rockabilly strap (http://www.legacystraps.com/ngs.htm)--a 1" strap with an optional shoulder pad. The default length was too long for my purposes, but I emailed before buying and was told I could have any length I wanted, so I ordered a shorter one without a shoulder pad. (Actually, I included the shoulder pad in my order, but the pad was so thick and cushy that I decided it was overkill and removed it from the strap almost immediately.)

The service was quick and friendly, and the strap is high quality and exactly the length I asked for. I am a satisfied customer.

Down Up Dick
08-21-2014, 04:38 PM
There's another strap thread on beginners. :old:

janeray1940
08-21-2014, 06:19 PM
Just following up on my experience with Legacy Straps after reading your post. I love my Uke Leash full strap (converted from the half strap via an adapter) and I would never hesitate to recommend buying from Loria at Uke Leash, but I had started thinking about a strap with a pattern, which Uke Leash doesn't offer.

Most of the LegacyStraps are 2" wide, which was more than I wanted (I really do like the compactness of the 1/2 " Uke Leash) but then I spotted the Rockabilly strap (http://www.legacystraps.com/ngs.htm)--a 1" strap with an optional shoulder pad. The default length was too long for my purposes, but I emailed before buying and was told I could have any length I wanted, so I ordered a shorter one without a shoulder pad. (Actually, I included the shoulder pad in my order, but the pad was so thick and cushy that I decided it was overkill and removed it from the strap almost immediately.)

The service was quick and friendly, and the strap is high quality and exactly the length I asked for. I am a satisfied customer.

Good to know! Thanks for posting your experience and spreading the word.


There's another strap thread on beginners. :old:

Since I'm the strap evangelist these days, I was going to post my recommendations there, but got the impression the OP wanted a strap like Jake's so I figured it wouldn't be relevant. I'm with you on this one - I've always been told that the soundhole straps aren't great for the soundboard (and are definitely NOT great for clumsy people like myself who would certainly end up dropping the uke!). Kinda makes me wonder why Jake prefers that style... I did try one briefly way back in my anti-strap days, but it really wasn't supportive enough for me to play fingerstyle. OK for strumming chords but that's about it.

mds725
08-21-2014, 06:37 PM
There's another strap thread on beginners.

http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/showthread.php?99858-Another-acoustic-strap-question

Down Up Dick
08-24-2014, 09:56 AM
Ha! I'm not that computer saavy. Thanks for the help. :old: