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    Quote Originally Posted by Captain America View Post
    Take it all in stride. The great problem is the dearth of music stores selling ukes of good quality. Plenty of music stores will stock a cheap uke or perhaps two. But the good stuff? Gotta trust a long-distance store, and you can only hope it works. . . or you'll lump the cost of the shipment back.

    I'm old school, like to inspect merchandise like ukes that I intend to keep 20 years or more. I'm not a gear spinner.

    I dislike the current situation where there are only a few decent retailers since I'm not keen on having only one or two options.
    I agree wth you in part but not fully - yes I always suggest to my readers that buying in person is preferable - but for many that is simply not possible to do in what I call a 'specialist' ukulele store - whether through sheer distance, disablity, cost of travel options etc. It may also surprise you that when it comes to my own personal ukuleles - I have NEVER bought one in person - all have been online purchases one way or the other.

    Yes, i'd like to see more GOOD retailers too though - but bear in mind, those that do exist have to work REALLY hard to make them work. I don't think there is is enough demand out there for there to be large numbers of uke specialists. I think there's probably diminishing demand for large numbers of musical instrument stores full stop. Very sad...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Counter View Post
    Oh, there's probably a 'Gotsomespeakers' site for that
    I’m not trying to stoke the fire, I attribute my most expensive ukulele purchases to being swayed into completion by Baz. He’s charismatic and easily trusted... And obviously very genuine. His Uke passion is evident. He’s a valuable part of our world... but this was f&&king funny. Good night.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Kibes37 View Post

    Thanks for your time Baz, your are awesome bro.
    Thanks kindly - glad they helped!
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    Quote Originally Posted by bazmaz View Post
    Yes, i'd like to see more GOOD retailers too though...
    Imagine the cost of stocking a variety of top quality ukuleles. Add up the cost of half a dozen each of KoAloha, Kanile'a, Kamaka, Kiwaya, Martin, Blackbird, Romero, Flea, and Fluke, to name just a few. There are too many brands, sizes, materials, and appearance options for any store to stock a good selection. Online shopping shows you virtually everything that's available anywhere. If I don't like the appearance of a uke in CA, I can choose a similar one in WI.

    I visited some uke stores when I was in Hawaii, but I didn't know anything about ukes at the time, so I can't comment on the selection.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerryc41 View Post
    Imagine the cost of stocking a variety of top quality ukuleles. Add up the cost of half a dozen each of KoAloha, Kanile'a, Kamaka, Kiwaya, Martin, Blackbird, Romero, Flea, and Fluke, to name just a few. There are too many brands, sizes, materials, and appearance options for any store to stock a good selection. Online shopping shows you virtually everything that's available anywhere. If I don't like the appearance of a uke in CA, I can choose a similar one in WI.

    I visited some uke stores when I was in Hawaii, but I didn't know anything about ukes at the time, so I can't comment on the selection.
    This is true - plus, the likes of Kamaka, Kanile'a, Koaloha, Martin etc are VERY picky about who they allow to sell their instruments (to keep quality of service up, but, of course, because their volumes are not actually that huge). It was only 'relatively' recently for example that dealers in the UK could get hold of Kamaka ukes easily.

    Over here there are four or five stores that I consider to be true uke specialists. They don't all stock the same things of course, though there is some overlap. But it's better than them not existing and me only having the choice of the big high street sellers with racks and racks of Fenders, Luna's and whatnot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bazmaz View Post
    Over here there are four or five stores that I consider to be true uke specialists.
    If I ever get to England again, I'll be sure to visit the Southern Ukulele Store.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerryc41 View Post
    If I ever get to England again, I'll be sure to visit the Southern Ukulele Store.
    Yep - great shop.. And probably the specialist that covers most bases.
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    My sister lives near Bournemouth. I'll be visiting her in the Spring. Only about ten miles from SUS. I must try to resist the temptation. I'd be like a kid in a candy store!

    My name is John Colter, and I am a uke-aholic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bazmaz View Post
    This is true - plus, the likes of Kamaka, Kanile'a, Koaloha, Martin etc are VERY picky about who they allow to sell their instruments (to keep quality of service up, but, of course, because their volumes are not actually that huge). .......
    It appears that Guitar Center is a dealer for new Kanilea ukes. That was a surprise, if Kanilea is indeed picky about who can sell their new instruments.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ukecaster View Post
    It appears that Guitar Center is a dealer for new Kanilea ukes. That was a surprise, if Kanilea is indeed picky about who can sell their new instruments.

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    That’s a BIG surprise to me!
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