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    Default Back on ukulele after a slight gap...

    Hi all.
    Had a soprano about 40 years ago, stopped to concentrate on playing melodeon and concertina for barn dances and a dance group (Seven Champions Molly Dancers).
    Am now semi-retired and we are switching to playing local pubs and for charity events.
    Bought a Kala resonator, now learning some different songs and tunes. Loving the change of venues and material.

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    Welcome to the UU Forum, Paul. Glad you are enjoying your revived relationship with the ukulele!

    Jan D.
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    KoAloha Opio KCO-10 (acacia concert)
    Thormahlen Yew-kulele (yew concert)
    Kala KA-SLNG (long neck soprano)
    Flight TUS35 (blue soprano)

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    Welcome to UU Paul
    Grandma Uker Penny

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    Welcome Paul!

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    Welcome Steve. I understand the draw of other instruments, in fact, the concertina has interested me for quite a while. But I stuck with strings and mainly play mandolin. My ukes are staying put though cuz I still love to break them out now and then. Enjoy the forum!

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    Thanks!
    Concertinas can get complicated, as there are English, Anglo and multiple Duet fingering systems available. Good ones can be very expensive though, and as they rely heavily on the quality of the steel reeds and mechanical components the cheap ones can be a waste of time, and the mid-range ones frustrating. Sadly, it seems to be much harder now to pick up the quality ones from ads or auctions. UAS is a less ruinous affliction than CAS. Still, no tuning, or strings to buy...

    Cheers
    Paul
    Pete Howlett 'Deacon' - low G (That One With The Amazing Back)
    Gold Tone small bodied Tenor resonator - high g
    Kala Tenor resonator - low G

    Also Mark Savoy G melodeon, Andy Norman DG Anglo, Alba & MK whistles, Dave Copley flutes and Jon Swayne bagpipes. Well, keeps me busy.

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    Welcome Paul, you fit right in here.


    This is Michael Kohan in Los Angeles, Beverly West near the Beverly Center
    9 tenor cutaway ukes, 5 acoustic bass ukes, 10 solid body bass ukes, 13 mini electric bass guitars (Total: 37)

    • Donate to The Ukulele Kids Club, they provide ukuleles to children in hospital music therapy programs. www.theukc.org
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    Welcome aboard matey! Greetings from a hundred miles north...
    All power and respect to you Concert,Tenor and Baritone players, but Soprano is what does it for me every time! (And my beautiful Sopranino!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by kohanmike View Post
    Welcome Paul, you fit right in here.
    Many thanks, Michael.

    I see that you are involved in getting ukuleles into hospitals.

    I'm a volunteer Humanist pastoral carer in our local hospital's chaplaincy department and have recently been bringing our band in to play in the wards, and round the buildings. One reason for taking up the ukulele again is that it will probably be far more suitable than my regular 'dance instruments - quieter, very happy and upbeat and great to accompany the songs that go down well with the patients suffering from dementia. Perhaps I'll have a chat with the children's ward staff as well...
    Pete Howlett 'Deacon' - low G (That One With The Amazing Back)
    Gold Tone small bodied Tenor resonator - high g
    Kala Tenor resonator - low G

    Also Mark Savoy G melodeon, Andy Norman DG Anglo, Alba & MK whistles, Dave Copley flutes and Jon Swayne bagpipes. Well, keeps me busy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TopDog View Post
    Welcome aboard matey! Greetings from a hundred miles north...
    Many thanks from a (currently) non-Soprano heretic
    Pete Howlett 'Deacon' - low G (That One With The Amazing Back)
    Gold Tone small bodied Tenor resonator - high g
    Kala Tenor resonator - low G

    Also Mark Savoy G melodeon, Andy Norman DG Anglo, Alba & MK whistles, Dave Copley flutes and Jon Swayne bagpipes. Well, keeps me busy.

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