Hi From Australia

ukecaitlin

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Hi. Although I've been a member here for over six years, my profile says I'm a new member, so I thought I'd take the opportunity to say "Hi" and share what Uking is like in Tasmania, which is an island state south of the Australian mainland.

Tasmania has a population of 500,000 and has about 19 public uke groups, most of which are sing and strums. As te State has a largely dispersed population, there are little groups coming or going in lots of little towns, plus a largish group <120 In the State Capital, Hobart.

I've been uking for 9 years now and am still enraptured! I am managing my UAS, by resorting to buying a four string steel resonator, which sounds fabulous. Being guitar length it has fabulous sustain, but I am still trying to discern if it actually a uke or a guitar. Uke - four strings. Guitar- size. But my collection has otherwise stabalised at; A Kanalea Tenor, A Kamake Concert Deluxe, A KoAloha concert necked soprano (a performance workhorse), A DaSilve Concert, an Epiphone Les Paul, a Greg Bennett concert, and my fav, a Scott Wise Super Tenor. I think that's it.

Other than that, I've just started to lay gypsy jazz with a local guitatist, although he's a bit of a purist and is troubled by the little soprano I Pompe on.

I have been unable to get my posts to register and all my recent posts do not appear and reside in my "latest activity folder' with strikethroughs! So I hope this one makes it up onto the forum.
 

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Hi (g'day) ukecailin. I'm sorry you are having problems posting. Hopefully they will be resolved soon.

Sounds as though you've been busy. I was going to say "devil of a time" but I'm sure you're tired of hearing jokes like that.

Welcome to your other guise.
 

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Welcome back, Ukecaitlin!
That's certainly a fab collection of instruments you list in your post. I'm sure they will continue to bring you lots of joy.
 

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hi ukecaitlin! Wow that is interesting that there is some great interest in ukulele in Tasmania. Welcome to the forum!
 

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Hi Caitlin. I'm also in Tassie (in Hobart). Feel free to drop me a line sometime.
 

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Thanks for all your comments. Alas, days after I posted this I broke my back and have been waylaid in hospital. But thanks

Robyn I'll send you a pm. MS Bean, I do have UAS and it manifest at the wrong end of the price range. I have contained myself enough to avoid the $25K Devine uke for sale on his site atm!! Who needs a car? But I do need a house, if only to hose my ukes!!
 

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Welcome.
I envy your so small 500K population in a island state. In Beijing where I live, a large community may have more than 300K people, so crowded.
 

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Thanks for all your comments. Alas, days after I posted this I broke my back and have been waylaid in hospital. But thanks

Robyn I'll send you a pm. MS Bean, I do have UAS and it manifest at the wrong end of the price range. I have contained myself enough to avoid the $25K Devine uke for sale on his site atm!! Who needs a car? But I do need a house, if only to hose my ukes!!
Yes, finding room for uke acquisitions can be a problem. Then there is humidifying all of the little darlings...

You'll have to get a Gypsy Jazz tenor uke. Canadian Luthier Shelly D. Park of Moodyville Ukulele Co, makes excellent Gypsy Jazz-Styled Maccaferri Tenor Ukuleles. As she states: "Moodyville Ukuleles are a tasteful hommage to the mid-century guitars of Mario Maccaferri."

I hope you have a speedy recovery Caitlin.
 
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ukecaitlin

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Kenn "Get behind me, satan!!" Another uke! But you're right a good gypsy jazz one is just what I need! Might be the wrng thread, but does she use steel strings, and have you seen Mathius CeVe playing gypsy jazz uke?
 

ukecaitlin

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Welcome.
I envy your so small 500K population in a island state. In Beijing where I live, a large community may have more than 300K people, so crowded.
WQKing. I loved Beijing when I was lucky enough to visit. I came home to Tasmania and wondered where all the people were!!

(In fact, I loved all of China, and Chinese people. One day I wish I to return and learn more Mandarin, but our governments are being a bit grumpy. at the moment.)
We moved here fro Melbourne, which has a population 5.5M and I too like the small population. PS. Most people think Tasmania is in Africa. You are very knowedgeable.