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    Default Quiet uke for practicing.

    I’m looking for advice on a very quiet uke that I can connect a set of headphones to. I doubt if I’d ever need it for performances, which are rare.

    I used to have a Risa solid tenor stick, and I am not interested in that form factor. It sounded nice, and was great for travel, but it just didn’t suit me.

    I like the looks of a Fluke SB, but it is on the expensive side.

    I’d consider an Eleuke, but it seems too much like the Risa in form.

    What else is out there?

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    What else is out there? Not much. Maybe a used Teton. Or something like this:
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/164798389489
    Ukulele:
    Iriguchi Tenor "Weeble" - A, WoU Clarity
    Blue Star 19" baritone Konablaster - DGBE
    Cocobolo 16" SC#1-gCEA, SC SLMU
    Ono #42 19" baritone, Ab, LW
    Imua iET-Bb, M600
    Covered Bridge CLN pineapple - Eb cuatro, SC XLL
    Rogue bari
    Bonanza super tenor, cFAD SC LHU
    Kala KSLNG, Eb SC XLU
    Hanson 5-string tenor, dGCEA
    Bonanza SLN GCEA
    Southern Cross concert GCEA
    Guitars:
    Jupiter #47, G, TI CF127
    Pelem, B reentrant
    Jupiter #71, A, UG1

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Hanks View Post
    What else is out there? Not much. Maybe a used Teton. Or something like this:
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/164798389489
    Close. I’d want a concert, though. I often play above the 12th fret.

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    There is this. Though I suspect I’d live to regret the purchase.

    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/4000...archweb201603_

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    What could possibly go wrong?

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    Maybe a Mahalo Surfboard, if you can get one somewhere, it came in both soprano & concert scales, & steel or nylon strung.

    I have a nylon strung concert scale, being a solid piece of wood, very little noise without amplification.
    Trying to do justice to various musical instruments.

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    There are ways to reduce the sound output of a uke for quiet practicing. The easiest way is to buy an all-electric and don't connect it to an amp.

    https://www.google.com/search?q=how+...hrome&ie=UTF-8
    Too many ukes, but I can't stop buying!
    https://www.catskillukulelegroup.com/

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    Going the cheapest route possible, I ordered a solid concert Ammoon from ***mart.com. The order was promptly cancelled by the vendor "[b]ecause of the system BUG, there is a difference between the product and the web page description."

    I'd probably live to regret that purchase anyway.

    I am hesatent to try muting the strings of an acoustic ukulele. For strumming only, I could see it working just fine, but for fingerstyle and slack key tunes where the notes best ring out as long a possible, I can't imagine it working out to any degree. I'm not a singer - I try to make the ukulele sing (emphasis on 'try').

    So at this point I think the choice is down to an Eleuke and a Risa stick (concert this time, rather than the tenor I once had). Other quality options get expensive quickly - e.g. Fluke SB, Pono TE.

    The used market is hit or miss. There was a used Teton on FB locally several months ago. I passed on it, unfortunately. A used Mahalo surfboard is getting up there in price - on Reverb there is one selling for more than the cost of a new Risa.

    Reviews for the Risa are universally more laudatory than for the Eleuke; at over twice the price I would expect nothing less.

    Last thoughts - I could see stuffing an electro-acoustic uke with batting and then using headphones through an amp. I'd rather not do this to my two ukes that this would work with, but I could do an experiment. If that works I could purchase a relatively inexpensive uke just for this purpose.

    Cost comparisons:

    Eleuke $130
    Risa stick $290
    Fluke SB $420
    Pono TE $720

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    Practice mute out of the question? It keeps the feel of the uke, and very effective at reducing the sound. Takes only a minute to make and costs less than $1.



    Without practice mute and since you aren't singing or anything with the uke, you can try to capo it to make the strings shorter. This, combined with softer picking, means less energy and less sound.

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    If you want to buy a soprano Ammoon, e-mail me...I could let it go for $35 shipped. It's red. I had to do some work on it (the original pickup was bad) but it's fine now. I made a video on it some time ago (Don't judge too much...I've changed a lot of the videos since then). https://youtu.be/ETTXITpkZF8

    I'm open to selling it because I bought the EleUke Peanut as a Kickstarter. The Peanut comes in concert (my preferred size). It, too, had some issues. (Another video showing how much I have changed things: https://youtu.be/3rv6O_8vLEk).

    If you can't afford a Risa Stick, which I think is the current ultimate "silent" ukulele, I'd send you to the EleUke Peanut.
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