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    Default Uncle Rod's conundrum

    LORD willing, I will be attending the Ukulele Guild of Hawaii (UGH?)
    November Luthiers' Event at the Bishop Museum, Nov 22-25, 2019
    and I have a problem... which ukulele to bring with me.

    Disclaimer: (needless to say?) I will not be playing one of the Luthiers's
    custom ukuleles, and I've somewhat narrowed my choice between (believe it or not) the Martin C1K and the Soprano Outdoor Ukulele!

    Now, the Martin will represent a more traditional wood build (koa, made
    in Mexico) vs the Outdoor Ukulele's polycarbonate/plastic material.

    I don't want to offend the Luthiers, but neither will I be playing a custom uke so neither the Martin nor the Outdoor Uke would be in keeping with
    the nature of the Event, technically. But those are my options... for now

    Faced with that conundrum... what would you do and why?

    looking forward to your suggestions and opinions
    Last edited by Uncle Rod Higuchi; 11-05-2019 at 09:03 AM.
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    Is this event open to the public?

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    I'd take the Martin for sure. More volume, better tone. The OU are nice, esp for beach/boat/trunk, but just have a more plasticky tone IMO. Have fun at the event!
    John

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    Martin. I think it represents a more traditional look and sound.
    I don't want to live in a world that is linear.

    I just want everyone to understand that I am not a ukulele expert, even though it may look at times like I'm pretending to be.

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    Thanks for the feedback!

    YES, open to the public! ( https://www.ukuleleguildofhawaii.org/ )

    Uncle Rod Higuchi
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    Quote Originally Posted by Uncle Rod Higuchi View Post
    Thanks for the feedback!

    YES, open to the public! ( https://www.ukuleleguildofhawaii.org/ )

    Oh that sounds so tempting, as I will be on Oahu for the next two weeks. I doubt that I will bring a uke, though my vintage KoAloha could use a trip to the shop.

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    I dunno. This seems like the kind of event you show up empty handed and don't go home that way.
    Glenn

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    Hey Merlin666, on Thursday the 21st around noon at the Highway Inn near the Kamaka Factory, those who take
    the tour will be having lunch and I intend to crash the 'party' so feel free to join them/us

    after that I'll probably return to The Makai Food Court at the Ala Moana Shopping Center, the end near Cinnabon.
    In fact, I'll probably start my day there before hiking to SALT in Kakaako and the Highway Inn. So if you're in the
    area, please stop by. We can sing and play for the paper lei makers. That's what I've been doing everytime
    I return to HNL. They are teaching me how to retire

    Anyway, if can, I hope to meet you in HNL. I'll be arriving on Wed the 20th and leaving for Seattle on Mon the 25th.

    keep uke'in',
    Uncle Rod Higuchi
    ( rohiguchi@seattleschools.org )

    MP3s: http://www.mediafire.com/?50db7nls4o6m6
    Ukulele Boot Camp, FREE Songbook, Holiday, Hawaiian & More: http://ukulelebootcamp.weebly.com
    Crazy G tutorial on YouTube ( uncle rod crazy g )
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    Quote Originally Posted by Uncle Rod Higuchi View Post
    Hey Merlin666, on Thursday the 21st around noon at the Highway Inn near the Kamaka Factory, those who take
    the tour will be having lunch and I intend to crash the 'party' so feel free to join them/us

    after that I'll probably return to The Makai Food Court at the Ala Moana Shopping Center, the end near Cinnabon.
    In fact, I'll probably start my day there before hiking to SALT in Kakaako and the Highway Inn. So if you're in the
    area, please stop by. We can sing and play for the paper lei makers. That's what I've been doing everytime
    I return to HNL. They are teaching me how to retire

    Anyway, if can, I hope to meet you in HNL. I'll be arriving on Wed the 20th and leaving for Seattle on Mon the 25th.

    keep uke'in',
    Thanks, we will arrive on the 13th and leave on the 27th for an escape from snow and cold that has hit us early here. We are definitely considering factory tours again, and I haven't gone to Kanilea yet. Bit of a stretch with the bus. Do you carry spare ukes to your performances?

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    Bill1, I love your comment primarily because I wanted some support for my leaning toward bringing
    my Outdoor Ukulele. well said! good points (to help justify my leanings )

    Merlin666, If I want to help you out I'd better bring 2 ukes with me That would solve the Martin or OU
    conundrum. Actually, I have ukes in HNL so I will try to remember to have a couple with me. They will
    both be Sopranos so I hope you'll be able to play them. NOTE: just to clarify, these are not performances,
    just informal singing and playing so no pressure.

    Bill1 what a refreshing perspective on my conundrum! I hope the Luthiers can appreciate the same point
    of view

    Thanks Guys & Gals for sharing your points of view.

    the cat's out of the bag in the sense that I'm leaning toward bringing the Outdoor Soprano.

    anyway, keep uke'in',
    Last edited by Uncle Rod Higuchi; 11-05-2019 at 01:50 PM.
    Uncle Rod Higuchi
    ( rohiguchi@seattleschools.org )

    MP3s: http://www.mediafire.com/?50db7nls4o6m6
    Ukulele Boot Camp, FREE Songbook, Holiday, Hawaiian & More: http://ukulelebootcamp.weebly.com
    Crazy G tutorial on YouTube ( uncle rod crazy g )
    pdf file for Crazy G:
    https://www.dropbox.com/s/0o6id06c06...20TAB.pdf?dl=0

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