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    So this is more than likely in the wrong place but.. im curious about these seagull merlin do-hickies theyve got out now. I understand its a diatonic scale, mainly tuned DAD and based of a three string mountain dulcimer. Any one have any experience with them?? And with a little adjustment and work could it be made into a large tenor or bari ukulele? They've just really caught my eye and im thinking of purchasing one soon. Also any idea on what strap would be best?? I know the nut and saddle would need work and frets added which seems like a lot of work but more out of curiousity then anything! Thank you!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigD View Post
    So this is more than likely in the wrong place but.. im curious about these seagull merlin do-hickies theyve got out now. I understand its a diatonic scale, mainly tuned DAD and based of a three string mountain dulcimer. Any one have any experience with them?? And with a little adjustment and work could it be made into a large tenor or bari ukulele? They've just really caught my eye and im thinking of purchasing one soon. Also any idea on what strap would be best?? I know the nut and saddle would need work and frets added which seems like a lot of work but more out of curiousity then anything! Thank you!!
    Haven't heard of them. A link to a website, if there is one, or a photo of one, or a link to a photo of one, might help.

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    They do not have a ukulele scale, so you could not play it like a uke. Some custom makers make them with tenor uke necks though. Go to cigarboxnation and investigate making one.

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    The guys who made my cigar box uke have a cigar box guitar store. The guitars use three strings and they were trying to get a patent for it at one time. Great folks. I think the Nickel Cigar Box guitars would be closer to uke than the Merlin, which is based on a dulcimer.

    Edited to add link: http://nick-a-jack.com/home/nickelcbg/
    Click a photo for information!

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    I have one (mahogany), and have a lot of fun playing around with it - mine is the first thread referenced by janeray1940. I wouldn't try to turn it into something else, but maybe that's just me; I'm not much of a tinkerer. (If I had been in the East-Start buy group, I think the East-Start would be sitting in the back of the closet now.)
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    Well cool thanks everyone! Im not much of a wood-worker of any sorts myself but the shape and idea of it really interested me, without the idea of changing it to something else. I do a lot of camping and such and i feel like it could be a fun thing to grab along and make little tunes as you please. kvehe do you still play yours now and how is the quality/setup/finish? Im a HUGE fan of seagull i think for the price of their instruments you absolutely cant get any better. Plenty of ppl would argue but thats my story and im stickin to it lol and if it wasnt under their name i probably wouldnt even be considering it. But it just sure does look fun!!

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    BigD, you and I think alike. I am also a big Seagull fan, and what initially drew me to the Merlin was the Seagull name. The quality is top-notch, as you would expect. While it's smaller than a dulcimer, it might be a bit bigger (longer) than you'd want for camping, but then I'm not a camper so what would I know? I know that the scale is 20.75". I can measure the total body length when I get home and let you know what that is. ...and yes, I do play it and would say that "mak[ing] little tunes" is mostly what I use it for. I get a real kick out of it.

    Okay, home now. The total length is 31.25". It fits nicely in a Kaces baritone uke gig bag (KUKB-4). Do it!
    Last edited by kvehe; 05-10-2014 at 02:27 PM.
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    I think im going to!! I was reading a bunch of comments on idk where and people were complaining about not having a bag and i thought to myself, im sure this would fit in a baritone bag.... and also for the price, 130 bucks free shipping, you really cant beat it. About a month and ill probably have one and ill let ya know how i feel about it! Thanks! Ill also get the mahogany, i dont think the sound is going to be any different between the two i just like the look!

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    The seagull is pretty cool (Probably won't be available locally in Aus though ) but for anybody interested it may be worth checking out http://www.strumstick.com/ - they also do chromatic scale versions. And maybe also the TK'Obrien version http://craggymtnmusic.com/category/pickin-sticks/

    A strumstick and a "pick'n" stick were in the marketplace not long ago - might be worth checking out
    http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/...ht=strum+stick

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