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    Default Howdy from San Diego! I have no idea what I'm doing here, with a Sunlite.

    Hi All! I'm Ground Loop and I just bought a Ukulele. Happy New Year!

    So far, I play nothing. The only musical part of my body is my eardrum, which appreciates music quite a bit.

    Like many parents, I live vicariously through my kids, so my boy is beginning Guitar lessons young. I'm helping him with practice and such at home, so his younger brother (as 2-year olds do), had to have one as well.

    This, right here, is where you'll recognize the story. My wife picked up a up a Mahalo U-30BR for less than $20, just to give him something to pluck while we practiced the real guitar. I figured it was a kids toy, and not a musical instrument. It sounded like a hammered rain spout full of mice, but I humored him and tried to tune it. To do that, I had to go look up Uke tuning, get it wrong twice, and finally stretch the fishing line about right. I tried to make some nonconvulsive noise with it, but failed, and didn't give it much more thought.

    A couple months later, we were walking back from a seafood restaurant in Carlsbad and stumbled into Giacoletti Music just to gape at guitars and stuff.

    They had a Sunlite Ukulele within child-height reach and I preemptively grabbed it. Hey! This one doesn't sound nearly as bad as the Mahalo. Kinda nice, even. For $50, I had to try it.

    I wasn't even home before I realized I probably made an idiot impulse buy, and would soon find the Internet full of scolding admonitions not to touch these.

    On the contrary.. I found... nothing at all! Apparently, nobody but me has one of these Sunlites. It's a "US-100" and I don't have any idea how it measures up to the Mahalo's and Dolphins and such. It looks just fine to me. I see it has geared tuning knobs, Aquila strings, Soprano size. I have many questions, but I haven't yet found anything I can blame the Sunlite for.

    So here I am.. after midnight, watching Ukulele Mike on YouTube and reading my Got a Uke e-book.

    Cheers!

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    Well welcome to UU. I am sure that you will enjoy learning all about the ukulele and this is definitely the place to do it.
    I started uke same way living vicariously through my kids and their amazing musical talents. Me I am getting by and have definitely improved...
    Good luck and see you around the forums!

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    Welcome! If you made it this far, you might be "hooked". Also check out Uncle Rod's Ukulele Boot Camp for a great chord learning method. Good luck.
    Soooooo many ukes, sooooooo little time

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    Hey Ground Loop,

    Great story. I came from the other direction (piano rebuilder, operatic singer), but my story is almost the same. I received a cheap ukulele out of the blue and haven't looked back. Who knew? Midnight with Ukulele Mike is a big part of my story, too. He'll take you a long way. Congratulations on your discovery, and welcome to the journey.

    My only advise is this. Careful with the impulse buying. I may have finally settled on a few wonderful ukuleles but, there was a time my wife wanted to kill me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ground Loop View Post

    They had a Sunlite Ukulele within child-height reach and I preemptively grabbed it. Hey! This one doesn't sound nearly as bad as the Mahalo. Kinda nice, even. For $50, I had to try it.

    I wasn't even home before I realized I probably made an idiot impulse buy, and would soon find the Internet full of scolding admonitions not to touch these.

    On the contrary.. I found... nothing at all! Apparently, nobody but me has one of these Sunlites. It's a "US-100" and I don't have any idea how it measures up to the Mahalo's and Dolphins and such. It looks just fine to me. I see it has geared tuning knobs, Aquila strings, Soprano size. I have many questions, but I haven't yet found anything I can blame the Sunlite for.


    Cheers!
    Welcome to UU Ground Loop. If it gives you any encouragement, I have seen Sunlite ukuleles in Westwood California in a nice music store. Glad to hear it is better than the Mahalo. It can be hit-or-miss with the lowest end entry-level ukes, so trying them out in person is very helpful. So glad you finally got a chance to play an instrument. It is great fun!

    –Lori

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    Thanks y'all for the kind welcome!
    I didn't know about Uncle Rod's.. next stop.
    I found this link:
    http://ukulele4kids.files.wordpress....mp-rev2011.pdf
    which looks like the business.

    SteveP: I know what you mean about the "more purchases" urge! I'm anxious to go hear a "reliably good' Uke like the Flea just to see if I'm missing anything (other than skill, talent, and practice). Any place to hear a Flea/Fluke in San Diego?

    Lori: Aha! Another Sunlite, and in a reputable place. Good sign!

    I did get a Peterson tuner and a Uke for Dummies book, so I should be done buying stuff for a few moments.

    Fun stuff, and a friendly forum. I feel like I just fell into a hidden Mr Rogers Neighborhood on the Internet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ground Loop View Post
    Any place to hear a Flea/Fluke in San Diego?
    I don't know what they have ukulele-wise, except I sold them some Uke Leashes recently. Bertrand Music were vendors at the San Diego Ukulele Festival last summer. http://www.bertrandsmusic.com. You might look into Buffalo Brothers Guitars in Carlsbad as well.

    –Lori

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    Welcome aboard! Tons of good educational material here if you haven't yet seen them: http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?15464-Ukulele-Resources-(Updated)

    Quote Originally Posted by Ground Loop View Post
    I'm anxious to go hear a "reliably good' Uke like the Flea just to see if I'm missing anything (other than skill, talent, and practice).
    I know you probably want to hear the uke in person, but 2nd best are video sound samples: http://vimeo.com/user4573115/videos/...er/sort:newest

    Here's an example of one possible upgrade. It's a slightly larger Concert size with a slightly wider fret board. Might make a difference if you find your fingers cramped forming certain chords.
    Kanile'a K-1 Tenor Premium Handcrafted in Kane'ohe, Hawaii
    Wixom Custom Tenor Redwood top, Koa sides & back, low G

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    So I took a drive around San Diego guitar stores today, to see what I might learn.

    It's apparently a bad time of year to shop, as they are all cleaned out from Christmas and have not yet restocked.
    I saw a LOT of Lanikai LU-21Cs.. at least a dozen at about $100. All the Sunlite's looked about the same as mine, so it must be standard for these.

    A new one on me was the Fender Ukulele, with a guitar-style head on it (all pegs on one side). About $100.

    A Lanikai LKP-C goes for $179.

    Nothing really jumped out as awesome.
    I need to learn more, shop less.

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