I came across this link on the Ohana dealers list. It's in Genève. The website is a little confusing, as it doesn't really show instruments they sell, but it might be a start. On the "Occasions" page there is a picture of what appears to be a uke, anyway. Looks like they sell a lot of second-hand instruments. But they are on the Ohana dealers list so perhaps they have something.
I checked out the two nearby music shops and one of them is shutting down (no 'ukes, but if you need a bust of Franz Liszt I can help you out), and the other, the one I mentioned previously, has a few toy-like 'ukes (or at least they seem so to me). I also checked online and found several music shops between Lausanne and Villeneuve (figuring Montreux, home of the Jazz Festival, might have something, and it's a lovely trip from Geneva), but NONE sell 'ukes. Can you believe it? I found one that sells tubas, but I don't know how your Mom will feel about that.
Oh, I changed my strings, finally, and it sounds worlds better but not holding the tuning as well as I'd like (after a week). I'm sure it will settle in soon.
So sorry I couldn't be more help! Maybe you could start a thread and see if anyone knows of any decent shops in Zürich or Bern? Let me know if I can look into anything for you.
Thanks for the link! I'll watch tomorrow (later today?) when my mind is clearer. I've found a few videos and they're really helpful but it's just new. I used to play violin and that seemed so much easier! (Changing strings, that is...)
Off-topic so I didn't want to post on the thread, but I was reading about your new Peanut uke -- did you say you have the flu??? If so I hope you're feeling better!
You really know your way around the uke! I'm trying to work up the nerve to change my strings (my Dolphin still has the original strings), so I might need to pick your brain some time. Also -- do you have a picture of your new uke? I'd love to see it!
I checked out a music shop today and they have 'ukuleles but they didn't look great. They were all the same brand and it's one I never heard of, and they kind of resembled knockoffs of Makala Dolphins. They had about five of different colors, all 65 CHF (about £45). I'm going to look into the brand. I wasn't able to play any today.
I'm actually pretty far from Geneva, so probably you can find a shop in Geneva with a better selection. It's pretty rural out here (we're in the vicinity of Crans-Montana, about two hours by train from Geneva). Also in Geneva they may speak English, if that's an issue.
You may do as well to bring one from the UK, if you don't want to order online. If you order from Exquisite let me know how it goes, though! For that matter, let me know if you find anything in Geneva -- would be worth the trip. And of course if I can help at all please ask!
I replied to your nice welcome in my new member introduction, but as I'm new to this I don't know how this works. I don't know if you'll see it, so I wanted to make sure I got back to you.
I actually brought mine back from the US -- I ordered it on Amazon when I was visiting my mom in December. I had a gift card and I didn't know what I was doing, so that worked for me at the time. I have, however, discovered Exquisite Ukuleles in France (http://www.exquisite.fr/), and they sell Dolphins for 29 euros. Haven't tried them yet but I'm keeping them in mind for my next 'uke as they also sell Fleas. Also there is a music store relatively nearby that I would like to stop into -- I will take a look and let you know what I find. I didn't start there because my French is so-so but this will be a great excuse for me to check them out.
Where does your mom live? Perhaps we can start a partly-English-speaking group once she gets her 'uke!