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    I recently became aware of locks for uke straps. That seems like a clever idea. It's not that I'm afraid the strap will disconnect and let the uke fall to the floor. I don't like forcing the strap over the pins. If I cut the strap holes larger, then having the strap come off would be a concern. With a strap lock, on and off would be done quickly and without any stress on the uke.

    Do any of you use them, and do you have a preference for brand? Prices vary wildly.
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    On my guitars I use the Schaller strap locks, which I've always considered the standard. But they would seem like overkill on a uke. If I had trouble getting the strap I liked over the pin, the next best thing would be an elliptical strap pin, like this one from A'Addario.



    I used one very much like this for years on my 11 lb Les Paul way back before strap locks were developed.
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    I have Schaller S-Locks on guitars and basses. I had them on a ukulele but it felt bulky on the small instrument and so I removed it.

    I have a single Planet Waves Planet Lock strap which connects to normal end pins, but its locking ends are big enough that they don't fit on most heel-mounted pins.

    The straps that I have for my ukuleles go on and off easily enough that the quick-release wasn't a big benefit to me, and they hold well enough that the lock doesn't seem to be an issue. Most of my ukes live hung up and don't travel. Without going in a case there's rarely a need to remove the strap.

    The one place that I'd like a good quick release but haven't found one is on end-pin pickup jacks. I suspect that modding something like the Planet Lock system will be my final story there.

    My plan to reuse straps between instruments died when I realized:

    • Different instruments want different straps. My bass straps are way too bulky for a uke. My uke straps are way too light for the bass.
    • Different instruments need different strap lengths
    • I scatter my instruments around the house. It defeats the purpose if I have to go to the other room to get a strap.

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    I use something that resembles a washer and slips over the button end. Simple and cheap.

    https://www.amazon.com/Guitar-Savers...0763&s=gateway

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arcy View Post
    I have Schaller S-Locks on guitars and basses. I had them on a ukulele but it felt bulky on the small instrument and so I removed it.

    I have a single Planet Waves Planet Lock strap which connects to normal end pins, but its locking ends are big enough that they don't fit on most heel-mounted pins.

    The straps that I have for my ukuleles go on and off easily enough that the quick-release wasn't a big benefit to me, and they hold well enough that the lock doesn't seem to be an issue. Most of my ukes live hung up and don't travel. Without going in a case there's rarely a need to remove the strap.

    The one place that I'd like a good quick release but haven't found one is on end-pin pickup jacks. I suspect that modding something like the Planet Lock system will be my final story there.

    My plan to reuse straps between instruments died when I realized:

    • Different instruments want different straps. My bass straps are way too bulky for a uke. My uke straps are way too light for the bass.
    • Different instruments need different strap lengths
    • I scatter my instruments around the house. It defeats the purpose if I have to go to the other room to get a strap.
    I looked for strap locks for a while, but all of them were too big and bulky for my tenors. I have had a couple of straps come off the strap pin whilst playing. The holes in the leather strap ends had enlarged from putting it on and taking it off repeatedly to fit in a hard case. The silicone washer strap keepers solved that problem.

    The Strap Keeper by Tapastring Guitar Care does a very good job of providing an excellent way to attach your strap to the end jack. Quick and easy to pop on and off the "C" clip into the groove in the end jack. I did a review here on UU Forum a few months ago. www.tapastring.com
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    Quote Originally Posted by rainbow21 View Post
    I use something that resembles a washer and slips over the button end. Simple and cheap.

    https://www.amazon.com/Guitar-Savers...0763&s=gateway
    These work great, I’ve been using them a year or so on several ukes.
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    If you don't plan to have to remove the strap quickly, the really solid strap connection is a screw and an appropriate size washer. I had a lot of SS screws and washers from my sailing days, but regular hardware stuff would work just as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rainbow21 View Post
    I use something that resembles a washer and slips over the button end. Simple and cheap.

    https://www.amazon.com/Guitar-Savers...0763&s=gateway
    We use something similar, Grousch Beer bottle gaskets.
    https://www.homebrewing.org/Grolsch-...588c69aeeaa22d

    Or you can buy the bottle of beer as it comes with a hand strap keeper.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rainbow21 View Post
    I use something that resembles a washer and slips over the button end. Simple and cheap.
    Good idea, but that is opposite of what I want. I want something easy - so I'm not forcing the strap on and off the pin - and fast. I've seen strap locks in use, and they are easy and fast.
    Too many ukes, but I can't stop buying!
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    Quote Originally Posted by maki66 View Post
    We use something similar, Grousch Beer bottle gaskets.
    https://www.homebrewing.org/Grolsch-...588c69aeeaa22d

    Or you can buy the bottle of beer as it comes with a hand strap keeper.
    Clever! Buy the gasket with the beer attached.
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