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

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    Quote Originally Posted by glennerd View Post
    Well, if you want to talk about insulating your uke, why not put a cooler in the trunk, maybe with an ice pack? I"m only half joking here. Also, the trunk probably won't get as hot as the rest of the car since there are no windows to let in the sun.
    Someone has to develop a cooler for items we don't want to get too hot or cold while they're in the car - like cameras and ukuleles. Something like the one linked below, but without the extreme cooling.

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    Makala Dolphin ukes are pretty durable and fun to play. I've heard of folks leaving them in their cars with no problems.
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    I'll add my two cents. I bought my son an Outdoor soprano and my daughter the Enya Nova. I prefer the sound and playability of the Outdoor uke. It also seems more durable for living in a car. However, the Enya does come in a pretty pink if that's your thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steedy View Post
    Makala Dolphin ukes are pretty durable and fun to play. I've heard of folks leaving them in their cars with no problems.
    The two issues with the Makala Dolphin/Shark and Flight TUS 35 (Also the Panda Watercolor) is the wood soundboard and bridge, as well as the plastic itself ABS. They are great ukuleles for beginners and durable--but heat isn't going to be friendly to the ABS, which is very different in how it deals with heat than polycarbonate, and also the issue of a bridge potentially giving way in the heat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by balzac View Post
    I'll add my two cents. I bought my son an Outdoor soprano and my daughter the Enya Nova. I prefer the sound and playability of the Outdoor uke. It also seems more durable for living in a car. However, the Enya does come in a pretty pink if that's your thing.
    I'm with you 50% of the way.

    The Outdoor's neck and action are amazing (although I've recently heard about some Outdoor Ukuleles that have had very bad action...but I haven't seen this myself).

    As for sound, I'm on the side of the Enya. I have a video coming soon that I still have to edit that demonstrates what I hear. And I'll also say that there was a recent thread on Facebook where a person was demonstrating really bad intonation on brand new Outdoor Ukuleles (soprano) which is crazy to me, as my Outdoor Ukuleles are no better or worse with intonation than any other ukulele I own.
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    Enya is selling it for $79.99, while Amazon has it priced $10 higher. Now it's down to $88 on Amazon. I see that pickup is "available" for $100, which is considerably more than the uke itself. For $79.99 with the pickup, I'd order one right now.

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    I don't have a uke that just lives in the car. But I do have my old Makala concert that has gone through some very harsh conditions. I paid $65 for it new. It was my first uke and I still play it, I like the sound of it so well. After a year I upgraded. Over the years since then I have done everything possible with that uke. I goes everywhere. It has survived trips to the beach, my grand daughter filled it with sand, summer afternoons in a hot car, bicycle rides, it even survived two hurricanes. I'm just saying that I don't know of anything more I would expect a ukulele to live through. It is battle worn, but still plays well. Just my thought on the subject. I'm not sure that one needs to pay a lot of money for something supposedly designed to be indestructible. Maybe some day I will find my poor Makala just couldn't take it any longer and it will be laying in the back of my car or the bottom of my canoe in a million pieces. But so far, so good.
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    I kept our Soprano Martin OX in the car during the summer. It was fine. But it has been less happy with the cold. Although perhaps this was due to the tuners needing tightening. In the meanwhile it goes inside a big bag and in and out of the car. I'll have to contact Martin and find out are the recommended temperature limits etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by keenonuke View Post
    I kept our Soprano Martin OX in the car during the summer. It was fine. But it has been less happy with the cold. Although perhaps this was due to the tuners needing tightening. In the meanwhile it goes inside a big bag and in and out of the car. I'll have to contact Martin and find out are the recommended temperature limits etc.
    What is the typical high temp for you in the summer?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Choirguy View Post
    The two issues with the Makala Dolphin/Shark and Flight TUS 35 (Also the Panda Watercolor) is the wood soundboard and bridge, as well as the plastic itself ABS. They are great ukuleles for beginners and durable--but heat isn't going to be friendly to the ABS, which is very different in how it deals with heat than polycarbonate, and also the issue of a bridge potentially giving way in the heat.
    Flight has recently changed there bridge design so hopefully fixed.

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