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    Ya know. Iím wondering why so many UUers look down their noses at bling. Especially right now.

    Brass instruments are now being made in colored plastics, and woodwinds are being made in bright colors too. Glass flutes have been made for a long, long time. Iíve even seen some gussied up violins. And guitars in wild shapes and colors one sees everywhere. There are lotsa really fancy pianos shown on the internet.

    So why do ukuleles have to be flat brown with absolutely no bling on Ďem? A lotta ukers donít even seem to like glossy finishes.

    Iím just curious. Thatís all. Somethiní ta think about.
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    For the purposes of the discussion, how is "bling" being defined?
    Ohana CK-42R concert - solid sinker redwood top, solid rosewood back and sides, maple binding, Ltd. Edition
    Kala KA-FMCG concert- solid spruce top, laminate spalted flame maple back and sides, mahogany binding
    Ohana CK-120G - all-solid acacia, mahogany binding, Limited Edition

    Money can't buy happiness but it can buy a ukulele which is basically the same thing.

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    It is a personal thing. Certainly cheap woodwind instruments (often crappy instruments meant to appeal to the young student) are are sometimes made in flashy colors. This is not so much the case in high end pro instruments.

    On a uke, I really don't like bling, (lots of abalone, mother of pearl) and I am one of those who does not even like a high gloss finish. On the other hand, I love woods where the color and lovely grain show through. A nice french polish finish is lovely and subtle. Some instruments look gaudy to my tastes. On the other hand, some with the beautiful wood designs and mix of woods, like some of the deco inlayed designs Barron River does are stunning to me.

    To each his/her own. Often a simple lovely old vintage uke with lovely patina really does it for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikelz777 View Post
    For the purposes of the discussion, how is "bling" being defined?
    By bling, I ment decoration. Something, mebbe, to add to it’s music and fun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EDW View Post
    It is a personal thing. Certainly cheap woodwind instruments (often crappy instruments meant to appeal to the young student) are are sometimes made in flashy colors. This is not so much the case in high end pro instruments.

    On a uke, I really don't like bling, (lots of abalone, mother of pearl) and I am one of those who does not even like a high gloss finish. On the other hand, I love woods where the color and lovely grain show through. A nice french polish finish is lovely and subtle. Some instruments look gaudy to my tastes. On the other hand, some with the beautiful wood designs and mix of woods, like some of the deco inlayed designs Barron River does are stunning to me.

    To each his/her own. Often a simple lovely old vintage uke with lovely patina really does it for me.
    You may be correct, but to me a ukulele is not a Stradivarious or Amati violin. I play and study music for fun and jus’ somethin’ ta do. And you are correct, the colored, plastic instruments are probably crappy, but some “young students” will never become professionals of the top water. They will just have fun, marching with a bright red tuba, or gittin’ down with a blinged out git-fiddle.

    You are correct, however, in liking what you like, and more power to you. Thanks for your post.
    Kala "Spalted" baritone - Lo D GBE - Fingerpick

    Kala tenor eight string - gG cC EE AA
    Gold Tone tenor banjolele - Hi-F BbDG

    Luna "Peace" concert - Hi-C GDA - Fingerpick
    Flea "Red" concert - Hi-G CEA

    Kala "Exotic Mahogany" soprano - Hi-A DF#B

    Mahalo yellow "Smiley" soprano (Dad's Day gift) - Wallhanger
    Ka-Lai Pineapple soprano (old) gift - Wallhanger
    God gave us old age so we wouldn't mind dying so much.

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    Yeah, Bill1, I couldn’t agree with you more. I very seldom sell my stuff, so, if it wears a little, I don’t care much. A few scratches and nicks and worn spots add character. And, God knows, I’ve plenty on me too.

    Bling, to me, makes an instrument somethin’ to look at, somethin’ to admire. Maybe recalling memorys . . .

    Lots of the UUers seem to buy ukes with selling them in mind, so it behooves them to take good care of them. They even resist putting strap buttons on them because it might hurt their resale value. I understand, but well . . .

    Anyway, I guess we all do it our way. Thanks for the post.
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    Kala tenor eight string - gG cC EE AA
    Gold Tone tenor banjolele - Hi-F BbDG

    Luna "Peace" concert - Hi-C GDA - Fingerpick
    Flea "Red" concert - Hi-G CEA

    Kala "Exotic Mahogany" soprano - Hi-A DF#B

    Mahalo yellow "Smiley" soprano (Dad's Day gift) - Wallhanger
    Ka-Lai Pineapple soprano (old) gift - Wallhanger
    God gave us old age so we wouldn't mind dying so much.

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    I think that alot of folks are just traditionalists, and like em plain, as their uke heroes of old played. Not sure if blingy ukes were even readily available when Iz was with us, but it seems he played plain old Martin tenors. To me, there is a charm to a plain instrument, while others find happiness with the beauty of an ornate uke. Whatever floats your boat!

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    I have a very old Ka-Lai Pineapple soprano uke with a pineapple painted on it that my Hawaiian Godmother gave to me. It usta have real wooden, carved tone pegs in the headstock, but my kids took ‘em out and lost three of them.
    It’s cracked and glued and rubbed and has violin pegs holding very, very, very old strings.

    Anyway, it’s on a prominent bookcase shelf in my music room, and I just enjoy looking at it now.
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    Kala tenor eight string - gG cC EE AA
    Gold Tone tenor banjolele - Hi-F BbDG

    Luna "Peace" concert - Hi-C GDA - Fingerpick
    Flea "Red" concert - Hi-G CEA

    Kala "Exotic Mahogany" soprano - Hi-A DF#B

    Mahalo yellow "Smiley" soprano (Dad's Day gift) - Wallhanger
    Ka-Lai Pineapple soprano (old) gift - Wallhanger
    God gave us old age so we wouldn't mind dying so much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Down Up Dick View Post
    the colored, plastic instruments are probably crappy, but some “young students” will never become professionals of the top water. They will just have fun, marching with a bright red tuba, or gittin’ down with a blinged out git-fiddle.
    It is not the color of those instrument that bothers me, it is the quality. I could go on about it, but it is not uke related, so I'll save it.

    Whatever people want to play is fine if they enjoy it.

    Some even manage to do fairly well with some colored instruments.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EDW View Post
    It is not the color of those instrument that bothers me, it is the quality. I could go on about it, but it is not uke related, so I'll save it.

    Whatever people want to play is fine if they enjoy it.

    Some even manage to do fairly well with some colored instruments.

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    I guess some of us don’t care so much about quality. I once bought a second hand Blessing Cornet for $35 and enjoyed playing it for years. I also bought a $105 flute from Sears years ago and taught myself how to play, and I enjoyed playing my flute (another, different one) today. I usta check-out trumpets from the USAF Service Clubs overseas and play them.

    I guess if one is gonna be a famous musician though and not just enjoy music, he oughta have the very best ukulele.
    Kala "Spalted" baritone - Lo D GBE - Fingerpick

    Kala tenor eight string - gG cC EE AA
    Gold Tone tenor banjolele - Hi-F BbDG

    Luna "Peace" concert - Hi-C GDA - Fingerpick
    Flea "Red" concert - Hi-G CEA

    Kala "Exotic Mahogany" soprano - Hi-A DF#B

    Mahalo yellow "Smiley" soprano (Dad's Day gift) - Wallhanger
    Ka-Lai Pineapple soprano (old) gift - Wallhanger
    God gave us old age so we wouldn't mind dying so much.

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