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Thread: Car uke: Outdoor, Enya, or (shudder) Waterman?

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    Go on, it will be fine. Don't retune it if it has got really, really hot though. The strings may break.

    This is true of any ukulele, btw.

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    You're right, Chris. I read, somewhere, that if a uke gets really hot, and the strings stretch, you can remove the strings, put them in a freezer overnight, regain room temp. and they will have returned to their previous condition. I tried it just once, and it seemed to work OK, but it's easier just to fit new strings.

    Certainly IME, simply re-tuning stretched strings is a bad idea. They sound awful and are likely to break.

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    Right you are, Fluff.

    It makes me wonder why there is so much made of the Outdoor Uke being suitable for all extremes of hot or cold.

    That claim may or may not be true of the instrument, but if the strings aren't suitable for the same extremes of hot or cold then what is the advantage?

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    Of the three you mention, I'd go with the Enya - good price and good quality. It's also fairly small- thin - and light.

    I wonder why your post has those odd characters. I’
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    Quote Originally Posted by ukantor View Post
    You're right, Chris. I read, somewhere, that if a uke gets really hot, and the strings stretch, you can remove the strings, put them in a freezer overnight, regain room temp. and they will have returned to their previous condition. I tried it just once, and it seemed to work OK, but it's easier just to fit new strings.

    Certainly IME, simply re-tuning stretched strings is a bad idea. They sound awful and are likely to break.

    John Colter
    If your freezer is big enough, you could just put the whole uke in and skip the restringing step.

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    Any ideas for a beater uke I can play in Ukantor's freezer?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerryc41 View Post
    Of the three you mention, I'd go with the Enya - good price and good quality. It's also fairly small- thin - and light.
    You so realize that this post is nearly 2 years old... likely OP has made a decision by now... ;-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by chris667 View Post
    Right you are, Fluff.

    It makes me wonder why there is so much made of the Outdoor Uke being suitable for all extremes of hot or cold.

    That claim may or may not be true of the instrument, but if the strings aren't suitable for the same extremes of hot or cold then what is the advantage?
    I would say the advantage is it's a lot cheaper to replace strings than a damaged ukulele.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jer View Post
    I would say the advantage is it's a lot cheaper to replace strings than a damaged ukulele.
    I don't consider an el cheapo uke like a Mahalo a particularly fragile instrument. I have never heard of one being damaged by being left in a car. So long as it plays in tune I wouldn't worry, myself. An antique is a different story.

    Your money of course! If you want to buy an outdoor ukulele then it's all good. It is a fine instrument but I am puzzled by the claims of how robust they are. We've established that the strings may be affected before the uke is, so it's probably better to say no uke is suitable to be left in a car on a very hot day. The reliability of the instrument is a moot point if the strings won't tune.

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    I purchased the Enya for my daughter and she is pleased with the instrument. I have not actually seen the instrument but I was under the impression that the Enya is carbon fiber which should not be flaking off paint.

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