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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill1 View Post
    It is not hard to find a ukulele that has no parts of animals in the materials used for construction. As suggested above, a sustainable wood like mango comes from a plant not an animal. The metal frets are not from an animal. You can get wooden or plastic nuts and bridges. And there are glues which are not hide glue. What is hard is to find a uke that is made in a process where it can be guaranteed that no animals were harmed in the process of harvesting and or refining the materials.
    We can currently access many low cost ukes from East Asia, these are the ones which are possibly going to be hardest to find with a definitive statement about the use of hide glue and or harm to animals. It can seem strange watching "protestors" with their Chinese made ukes at Vegan rallies and Free Tibet protests, you often wonder at their commitment to the cause.
    So you may have to look for a more expensive model made by a company which does not feel a need to hide all the information about the materials and processes used. There will be ukulele makers who live not very far from you who has enough control over the process and materials who would be pleased to take the time to make a uke that is guaranteed to be made without harming animals in any way, you just have to order it and pay the costs.
    I recall a thread in the luthier section where a maker showcased a lovely uke made for a vegan customer who was willing to pay extra to make sure the materials and processes involved no harm to animals. I am not sure if the maker had to get rid of the rat poison from the woodshed, but it did appear to be a successful project. So it is possible.
    Very well said Bill.

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    Quote Originally Posted by _Ukeless_ View Post
    I most assuredly want a ukulele that contains no parts of dead animals.

    Well... if you consider dinosaurs to be dead animals, you’re options go way down. Plastic is made from oil, and oil is made from dinosaurs.


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    Quote Originally Posted by 70sSanO View Post
    I agree. Then again, I thought this whole thread was troll bait.

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    It’s disappointing to think that this might be the case but, to me, it does seem a not unreasonable conclusion to reach. Maybe I’m being harsh but sometimes a question posed seems like it could have been answered by the asker doing some research themselves ............. or is that asking too much? Sometimes one wonders whether a question is genuine or asked for some other reason.
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    Doesn't seem that case to me - the OP is new to the world of ukuleles, and just wanted advice about something that's obviously important to them.

    Ukeless I think you have a choice - you can get a sustainable wood made by a luthier that you can ask them to make as close to 100% vegan uke as possible, or you can go budget. I don't think you can do both.

    If you are looking for a budget starter uke I think you are going to have to get a plastic or mostly plastic model and take your chances with the glue, or write to every maker and maybe one will have the info to hand and tell you. To be honest I don't think you will get is, as if its a mass produced item the glue they use one month may or may not be exactly the same the next.

    Not dissing your concerns, just being realistic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Iulia View Post

    Ukeless I think you have a choice - you can get a sustainable wood made by a luthier that you can ask them to make as close to 100% vegan uke as possible, or you can go budget. I don't think you can do both.

    If you are looking for a budget starter uke I think you are going to have to get a plastic or mostly plastic model and take your chances with the glue, or write to every maker and maybe one will have the info to hand and tell you. To be honest I don't think you will get is, as if its a mass produced item the glue they use one month may or may not be exactly the same the next.


    You are less sceptical than me and I hope that you are correct here. Before purchasing my own instruments I researched what was available myself and the answer to the original question was and still is obvious: look at the manufacturers’ spec’s for material details, use Google to find other data, accept that you can’t find details of everything and make your purchase accordingly. That’s not rocket science or that difficult really so it does make one wonder about motives.
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    In searching for a full specification of the Brunswick BU4CE all that I can find is virtually the same minimal description everywhere. Can anyone do better? You know what I am seeking to discover.
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    All good natured kidding aside, I believe your requirements are met by the Flea or Fluke ukuleles that have plastic fret boards.

    https://www.magicfluke.com/Fluke-s/1477.htm
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    I am moving house in the next couple of months and there are other matters needing attention such that my ukulele purchase will be in January. Of course I could do various categories of searches but I am seeking to use the expertise here in order to cut down the myriad of such searches.
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    There seems to be no bone used in the 'Kala mkce (Makala Concert Electro-Acoustic), Satin Finish' at 88.91 plus postage and also this soprano 'Stagg Mahogany US80SE Electro-Acoustic Soprano' at 69 plus postage.

    Please could you folks comment on their merits and flaws?
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