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    I do a bit of motorcycle touring and enjoy playing a uke at camp. I have been carrying a Kala travel soprano. That's been fun but a tenor or bari would be a bit more satisfying. I am looking for advice on a uke and case that may fit my travel needs.

    I say bari because that is what I mainly play and I am most comfortable with the DGBE tuning.

    My concerns are mainly with a case that can protect the uke in dust and rain conditions, size and price. I hate to break the bank on something I may damage in a situation where the bike wants to take a nap. A bonus would be a uke I can strap to a backpack when hiking.

    First thought is a Kala travel tenor. The thin body would work well on the backpack. I like the idea of the optional hard case I can mount to the bike. Low G tuning should let me do the fingering I do on my bari.

    Thoughts?

    A pic with the soprano on the scooter.

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    Get a Flea or a Fluke. I've had my concert Flea on three continents. It lives in my car winter & summer, from below zero to over 100. Usually in tune. Bulletproof.
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    Outdoor Ukulele, Tenor?
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    If worried about replacing a broken uke - a Kala or Ohana, laminate baritone or tenor (which can easily be tuned to DGBE), would be good choices, & put into an ABS case, should solve the weather problems. (Possibly strapped to the rear of your pannier, upright.)
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    I see ABS cases like the Crossrock 800. Are these things water tight?
    I assume the Kala and Ohana ABS cases are rebranded Crossrocks.
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    I was just thinking any make of ABS styled case - I would think they'd be at least shower proof, but I would put a bin liner/plastic bag over it whilst travelling to be sure of stopping water ingress.
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    Last edited by hammer40; 09-25-2016 at 01:39 AM. Reason: Added link
    Tenor Ukes
    KoAloha KTM-00
    Pono MTD-(All Mahogany)
    Big Island BI-MO-TR-(All Spalted Mango)
    Compass Rose Style B Tenor-(All Claro Walnut)
    Boat Paddle ML style Tenor-(Red Spruce/Cocobolo)

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    Kala makes a travel version in Baritone (it is pretty rare though/ hard to find). Just make sure you get it from a reputable dealer who does setups
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    Nice Beemer. I have a Fluke that I strap on my Moto Guzzi Norge. It's in a Mono M80 case wrapped in a plastic trash bag. Works ok, but not crash proof......... but then again what really is?

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    For a high quality ukulele the Tiny Tenor is good, but, unfortunately, it's not that much smaller than an everyday tenor. And possibly they go over the "expendable" price by a hundred dollars or so. I think a thin uke is a good choice for cutting down the overall size, but the thinness would be wasted on any commercial case...does anybody make a thin case?

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