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    Default Waterman on the way!

    I know UAS is a thing, I'm trying to not succumb to it. I know I likely won't play more than one or two, and don't want to clutter the house with them.

    I've had an empty uke hook on my wall since December when I gave my tenor to my sister. Decided that I much prefer playing the concert scale.

    I came very close to dropping $200 on something yesterday. But, I came across an open-box Waterman soprano for $30 shipped. I like the idea of having one of those around just as something to take anywhere and not worry about, kinda wanted to try one.

    Plus, it's a soprano, which I've also been wanting to try. And it gives me something to string up with reentrant tuning without having to restring my "daily player" Low G concert.

    So, it checks a lot of boxes for me. I know it won't be a great instrument, but it will at least let me play with the soprano scale, and High G, and if I ever want to take a ukulele... anywhere... I'm covered!

    With this, I'll have played with all of the standard sizes. Played with a friend's baritone for a few days a long time ago. Way too big. Played a tenor for more than a few years before deciding to try a concert. Now I'm dipping my feet in the soprano end of the pool.

    Waiting...
    What could possibly go wrong?

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    Please don’t blame the soprano scale for how the Waterman sounds and plays. I hope you like it, though.

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    your sig made me chuckle

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    I keep one in my office and paid about the same amount as you did. Not bad for noodling around and playing songs on break. As my building shuts off heat/AC after hours it is a sturdy choice for me.

    Changed the strings early on to D'Addario Titaniums, which helped - one of the original strings refused to stay in tune. I am well pleased with it. Enjoy your Waterman.
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    I have an inexpensive plastic concert size Uke that I use for playing in the bathtub. I'll be getting a hot tub soon, so it will be used there too. I got it before the Waterman was available. And, the open gear tuners are getting a bit rusty. So, knowing me and my UAS, I may just celebrate getting the hot tub with the purchase of a Waterman to go with it!
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    I hope it is everything you imagined it would be.
    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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    We (Ukers For Life) own 2 of them so that the kids in Shriner's childrens hospital could play along with us, pre covid.
    They worked well, we could sanitize them after each kid played.
    TBUS owns a few dozen of them, for teaching.
    Ukulele Bartt once filled one up with chocolate pudding and played it. Kind of a waste of chocolate pudding....
    One of my beginner students bought one to play....on her sailboard!
    "Those who bring sunshine and laughter to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves".

    Music washes from the soul, the dust of everyday living.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nickie View Post
    We (Ukers For Life) own 2 of them so that the kids in Shriner's childrens hospital could play along with us, pre covid.
    They worked well, we could sanitize them after each kid played.
    TBUS owns a few dozen of them, for teaching.
    Ukulele Bartt once filled one up with chocolate pudding and played it. Kind of a waste of chocolate pudding....
    One of my beginner students bought one to play....on her sailboard!
    Filled one up with chocolate pudding?? I'll be it sounded sweet!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Sheehan View Post
    Filled one up with chocolate pudding?? I'll be it sounded sweet!
    Ugh, Bill

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    [QUOTE=Ziret;2267387]Please don

    EDIT: What the heck? My whole post just disappeared.
    Is the website breaking?

    I only meant to agree with Ziret.
    A cheap playable soprano is lovely, and I like nearly all Kalas, but not the Waterman IMO (or the Ukadelics). Tone and intonation leave me cold.

    Buy a used Kala KA-15S laminate with the old walnut fretboard instead.
    Or if you insist on plastic, a Flight.
    Last edited by ukeinfused; 02-18-2021 at 03:27 PM.
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