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    Default I'm so happy!

    I finally got a semi-decent ukulele!

    I had been studying ukulele, writing for it and arranging for it using a cheap little $30 Gremlin for quite a while now. Today I received in the mail my new favorite thing: it's an Oscar Schmidt OU-5 Concert Ukulele.

    It sounds great to me, and I can finally start trying to play some of those John King arrangements that I like. That Carol of the Bells arrangement is just about impossible on my old Gremlin (it has a terrible intonation problem; I reckon the bridge ought to be back several millimeters or so.)

    I had been a mandolin player for about 20 years, but lately I've been almost obsessed with the ukulele. I haven't picked up the mando for about a month now. I don't know what it is about the ukulele, but I sure have been charmed by it.
    Last edited by Buddy McCue; 04-22-2009 at 12:15 PM.

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    Congratulations, Buddy!

    I'm a mando --> uke convert myself
    And whether the blood be highland, lowland or no,
    And whether the skin be black or white as the snow,
    Of kith and of kin we are one, be it right, be it wrong,
    As long as our hearts beat true to the lilt of a song.

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    Congratulations, Buddy! Lookin forward to hearing it. Uke is oddly addicting. I considered myself a banjo player through and through, but this little demon guitar thingy has pretty much consumed my music lately.

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    I think we all know and love the feeling. I was acoustic guitar maniac, and I've barely touched the thing since I picked up my uke one day in November to make a quick, goofy video. I'll never turn back!

    Congrats on the new uke!

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    Hurrah for the uke! I will warn you though, once you catch the buzz its impossible to get rid of it.


    Happy strumming,
    nik

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buddy McCue View Post

    I had been a mandolin player for about 20 years, but lately I've been almost obsessed with the ukulele. I haven't picked up the mando for about a month now. I don't know what it is about the ukulele, but I sure have been charmed by it.
    this is easy to figure out; half as many strings = twice as much fun
    "...the Dude abides."

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    Congrats!

    Looking forward to hearing yor stuff!

    JT
    http://tampabayukulele.com for TBUG info
    http://www.youtube.com/user/jtpokie for my videos
    and http://www.nightgig.com for my Drawing the Wrong Conclusions Podcast
    love,

    That Guy 1:94

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    Congrats, the OU5 was my first "semi-decent" uke as well. I has a surprisingly nice tone, for the money. I recommend upgrading the strings to Aquilas. They really do improve the tone. The OU5 should hold you over until you inevitably get the urge to sell your possessions and upgrade to a "decent" or "more-than-decent" ukulele!

    Enjoy!

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    I second that about the Aquila's, it'll make your uke sound even nicer.

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    I third it, Aquilas ! Makes that pretty uke come alive! Woooo! Can I get an amen?

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