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    Quote Originally Posted by DownUpDave View Post
    I like to relate the story of my brother in law and his Martin D28. It is solid spruce and rosewood and retails today for over $3000.00. Starting as a teenager he hitchhiked around the USA for 10 years with that guitar. He busked for a living and lived mostly on the streets with guitar in tow in the elements. He still performs on stage with that guitar 45 years later.

    I travel with my Koolau which is about the same price as the Martin D28. No problems, no issues, no worries. Get a hard case or pro level gig bag, Mono or Fusion.
    I love the Mono M80 gig bags. They are very sturdy. Sometimes you can find a used one on reverb for about 50-60% of the cost new. I just checked and there's a used concert gig bag for $85 shipped.

    My family and I had a great time in Japan. I didn't bring a uke, and we were super tired every day.

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    "This option is not exactly out of the window. But is highly dependable on wifey mood. I would still need an uke with me in case I don’t get the Kiwaya."

    Leave your uke at home, telling your wifey that you want to make sure she has a wonderful time. Then the night before you visit Kiwaya, take her to a great dinner spot. Afterwards, tell her you hope she is having as wonderful a time as you are... and that this would have been the perfect trip "if only you had an uke with you". Then, next day, show her the 100th anniversary Kiwaya for $2k and ask if she likes it. Well, how about the $300 one to remember the trip by...

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    Quote Originally Posted by DownUpDave View Post
    I like to relate the story of my brother in law and his Martin D28. It is solid spruce and rosewood and retails today for over $3000.00. Starting as a teenager he hitchhiked around the USA for 10 years with that guitar. He busked for a living and lived mostly on the streets with guitar in tow in the elements. He still performs on stage with that guitar 45 years later.

    I travel with my Koolau which is about the same price as the Martin D28. No problems, no issues, no worries. Get a hard case or pro level gig bag, Mono or Fusion.
    Definitely on the lookout for a sturdy gig bag now. Thanks for sharing yours and your brother in law experiences for the confidence boost. Seen so many posts on having an outdoor or travel uke makes me think that that’s the only way to go for cold weather.

    Quote Originally Posted by ghostrdr View Post
    I love the Mono M80 gig bags. They are very sturdy. Sometimes you can find a used one on reverb for about 50-60% of the cost new. I just checked and there's a used concert gig bag for $85 shipped.

    My family and I had a great time in Japan. I didn't bring a uke, and we were super tired every day.
    Sounds like you had a packed but fun schedule! We tend to laze around in the hotel room till late morning which gives me plenty of bonding time with my uke.

    The mono looks like it could survive an apocalypse. Thanks for the heads up on the used category.

    Quote Originally Posted by rainbow21 View Post
    "This option is not exactly out of the window. But is highly dependable on wifey mood. I would still need an uke with me in case I don’t get the Kiwaya."

    Leave your uke at home, telling your wifey that you want to make sure she has a wonderful time. Then the night before you visit Kiwaya, take her to a great dinner spot. Afterwards, tell her you hope she is having as wonderful a time as you are... and that this would have been the perfect trip "if only you had an uke with you". Then, next day, show her the 100th anniversary Kiwaya for $2k and ask if she likes it. Well, how about the $300 one to remember the trip by...
    Sounds like someone pulled this off before. ‘Wink’
    I may have jinx myself already as I shared to her about Kiwaya and their great uke history. Her reply to my casual comment on the very slight possibility of getting a kiwaya locally was, “you’re only getting the magnet.” Oh well. Lol
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    I didn’t see your plan for coming back. Were you going to sell your Eddy Finn over there? You do realize that if you buy a Kiwaya and keep the uke you are taking you’ll need to fly two ukes back.

    Have you looked into renting a uke over there? I don’t know if that is an option, but even though I’ve flown with a solid koa tenor, I’ve never tried to juggle two at one time.

    John

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    Quote Originally Posted by 70sSanO View Post
    I didn’t see your plan for coming back. Were you going to sell your Eddy Finn over there? You do realize that if you buy a Kiwaya and keep the uke you are taking you’ll need to fly two ukes back.

    Have you looked into renting a uke over there? I don’t know if that is an option, but even though I’ve flown with a solid koa tenor, I’ve never tried to juggle two at one time.

    John
    That's probably what spouses are for - uke transport.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 70sSanO View Post
    I didn’t see your plan for coming back. Were you going to sell your Eddy Finn over there? You do realize that if you buy a Kiwaya and keep the uke you are taking you’ll need to fly two ukes back.

    Have you looked into renting a uke over there? I don’t know if that is an option, but even though I’ve flown with a solid koa tenor, I’ve never tried to juggle two at one time.

    John
    Lugging a couple of ukes is the easy part. I highly doubt I’m able to get a Kiwaya. ‘Cross finger’

    Quote Originally Posted by AQUATOPAZ View Post
    That's probably what spouses are for - uke transport.
    You are totally right on that part, I’m the shopping bags porter and damn proud of it.
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    Despite of all the good suggestions and advices given, I decided to be a complete idiot and bought a gig bag for its looks rather than functionality. Okay, itís still pretty functional as a gig bag.

    Saw this in a uke shop while on the day trip to neighbouring city today. Bohemian style gig bag and how cool is that when it doesnít even look like a uke bag.


    My soprano uke strap-in for a test drive. It can fit up to a concert.


    It has about 10mm thick padding sewn internally and the interior is made of water resistive maternal. Comes with a internal pocket for tuner and stuff.


    I intend to use this as my only hand carry bag pack as it seems big enough to hold other traveling items, ipad, passport, charger etc plus the ukulele.


    Thanks for looking!
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    When I see those gig bags, I think there’s not much protection. Apparently, I am very wrong! Congrats! Looks awesome!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ghostrdr View Post
    When I see those gig bags, I think there’s not much protection. Apparently, I am very wrong! Congrats! Looks awesome!
    Thanks, ghostrdr! I though so too initially but was surprised to see the padding inside. I would most probably stuff some rolled shirts to prevent it from bouncing around. although it is strap in, there’s plenty of space inside.
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    Be careful of size restrictions for carry on bags. If it were just carrying your uke, it would likely be allowed. If it has a bunch of clothes and other personal items, they may limit you to the 22 inch length restriction.

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