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Since HPC is a fount of ukulele wisdom, I have been thinking of trying one. Can anyone recommend a nice one! My first guitar was awful and made my fingers bleed! The chords look pretty straight forward, but obviously different to a guitar! I notice, that for a left handed one, you just put the strings on "backwards", as they do not seem to have a slanted bridge, which a guitar usually has. Or do they? :blink:

I used the Internet today ( a totally new experience for me ) and noticed this device was originally invented for Portuguese sailors, who couldn't fit a Les Paul, 200 Watt head, 4x12 cabinet, and Honda generator, on their small ships! They all ended up in Hawaii, where women used to show you their tits, until the Americans invaded. <_<

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I wouldn't mind buying one sometime too, but I haven't researched what to buy. I'd just knock around on it a bit, which is more than I do on a guitar these days.

I thought the tuning was the same though? i.e. the higher four DGBE or the lower four EADG.

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Since HPC is a fount of ukulele wisdom, I have been thinking of trying one. Can anyone recommend a nice one! My first guitar was awful and made my fingers bleed!

You need to dip your fingertips in methylated spirit - before you drink it - to toughen them up. I did this for years when I played the guitar. Nowadays my bad hand can't change chords quickly enough, so everything I play is like a dirge.:(

I wouldn't mind buying one sometime too, but I haven't researched what to buy. I'd just knock around on it a bit, which is more than I do on a guitar these days.

I thought the tuning was the same though? i.e. the higher four DGBE or the lower four EADG.

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I wouldn't mind buying one sometime too, but I haven't researched what to buy. I'd just knock around on it a bit, which is more than I do on a guitar these days.

I thought the tuning was the same though? i.e. the higher four DGBE or the lower four EADG.

I think you are thinking of mandolins or pangolins ! A scaly South American mammal with 8 strings!

Apparently you can get baritone ukes in a bigger size, but that would rule me out on Portuguese ships! Actually it's probably a bass-guitar I saw, and I imagined it! :blink:

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Since HPC is a fount of ukulele wisdom, I have been thinking of trying one. Can anyone recommend a nice one! My first guitar was awful and made my fingers bleed! The chords look pretty straight forward, but obviously different to a guitar! I notice, that for a left handed one, you just put the strings on "backwards", as they do not seem to have a slanted bridge, which a guitar usually has. Or do they? :blink:

I used the Internet today ( a totally new experience for me ) and noticed this device was originally invented for Portuguese sailors, who couldn't fit a Les Paul, 200 Watt head, 4x12 cabinet, and Honda generator, on their small ships! They all ended up in Hawaii, where women used to show you their tits, until the Americans invaded. <_<

I`ve got a Brunswick `concert` which I bought last summer. A decent piece of gear...and all for 47 quid. Stays in tune well.

Where`s `turned out nice again` anyway?

Btw, I`m not left handed, just stroke disabled...well, I was anyway.

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I`ve got a Brunswick `concert` which I bought last summer. A decent piece of gear...and all for 47 quid. Stays in tune well.

Where`s `turned out nice again` anyway?

Btw, I`m not left handed, just stroke disabled...well, I was anyway.

I'm amazed you can get these things so cheaply! I observe "left handed" models are available, but I reckon they are pretty symmetric. On a guitar (well a steel strung one!) the bridge is slanted so the lower strings are slightly longer! It's something to do with Young's Modulus. You bend the string, the tension increases, the note goes too high, so the bridge is slanted backwards to compensate!

You can buy a nice steel strung guitar for a bit more than £100. For £200 you can get a really good one! China I think!

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I'm amazed you can get these things so cheaply! I observe "left handed" models are available, but I reckon they are pretty symmetric. On a guitar (well a steel strung one!) the bridge is slanted so the lower strings are slightly longer! It's something to do with Young's Modulus. You bend the string, the tension increases, the note goes too high, so the bridge is slanted backwards to compensate!

You can buy a nice steel strung guitar for a bit more than £100. For £200 you can get a really good one! China I think!

Yes, I`d say that £40 is as cheap as you`d want to go, anything less is a toy whereas you might have to spend 10 times as much to get something 10% better.

How about a guitalele?

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Yes, I`d say that £40 is as cheap as you`d want to go, anything less is a toy whereas you might have to spend 10 times as much to get something 10% better.

How about a guitalele?

I appreciate the fifteen quid plastic ones are toys!

I wonder if I could get one of the companies to let me "endorse", a MrPin signature model, with skulls on it!, for the folk-metal crowd? :huh:

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I appreciate the fifteen quid plastic ones are toys!

I wonder if I could get one of the companies to let me "endorse", a MrPin signature model, with skulls on it!, for the folk-metal crowd? :huh:

Oh yes, but the difference between 20 quid and 40 or 50 quid is quite unbelievable.

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Oh yes, but the difference between 20 quid and 40 or 50 quid is quite unbelievable.

I think I posted that wrong!

With any "object of desire" there is a bottom price, lower than which you get tat, then the good value area, beyond that, the law of diminishing returns!

I think the MrPin "signature" model would be solid mahogany with pearl inlays on the fretboard, and gold tuners Only a complete nob would buy one!

Look, if Neil Young can get a special made, then so can I.

Actually Mr Dweller, I already play guitar, so I would probably get it.

I think it a pity they went "out of fashion", because I think a uke would help kids "get" music better than a descant recorder (god help us!). :blink:

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I think it a pity they went "out of fashion", because I think a uke would help kids "get" music better than a descant recorder (god help us!). :blink:

Yes, you can say that again, I can only think that education is not about education at all...it`s just designed to fck kids up!

Thanks to the Ukulele, amazon and youtube I`m finally able to play something ....a maybe stop myself from starving to death.

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A ukulele is a wise purchase indeed but I wouldn't go splashing too much cash to begin with as you won't know what you like until you've plunked it for a bit.

First question is what size? Smallest is soprano, next concert and then tenor, all with 'standard' gcea reentrant tuning. There's a baritone, which is bigger again but the tuning is different. I favour the soprano as I don't have much stretch in my fingers and I like the portability but if you've played guitar before you might be happier with the larger and mellower-sounding tenor.

Next is construction: cheaper laminate or the more resonant solid tone woods? I'd start with a rated laminate like the Makala brand, which is the cheaper line of high end makers Kala. Their 'dolphin' laminate soprano is excellent, comes with decent strings (aquila nylgut) and can be had for about 35 quid; and their equivalent tenor for about 50.

Something like Council dweller's part-solid mahogany Brunswick or equivalent will be 50-60, and for an all-solid wood (mahogany or koa) you'll be starting at about 100. Beyond that you have Hawaiian-made solids or the likes of Martin for which the price escalates precipitously.

Last and not least factor is setup: chiefly the height of the action which can make a huge difference in playability. It's worth a few quid to have a Luthier look at this for you or buy from a dealer who sets up in advance as most of the cheaper instrument come too high out-of-the-box.

If I were you I'd go to a uke specialist and handle some instruments to get a better idea of what feels right. There's a good one off brick lane in London called 'duke of uke' that I'd recommend.

Failing that, get a makala dolphin soprano.

Avoid Mahalo, they are a cheap and nasty chinese make; having said which, the first one I bought was a Mahalo, for 5 quid in a charity shop, and I still take it places where I would fear for my pricier ones. It's not that bad!

Good luck. And let me know if you want any song books.

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A ukulele is a wise purchase indeed but I wouldn't go splashing too much cash to begin with as you won't know what you like until you've plunked it for a bit.

First question is what size? Smallest is soprano, next concert and then tenor, all with 'standard' gcea reentrant tuning. There's a baritone, which is bigger again but the tuning is different. I favour the soprano as I don't have much stretch in my fingers and I like the portability but if you've played guitar before you might be happier with the larger and mellower-sounding tenor.

Next is construction: cheaper laminate or the more resonant solid tone woods? I'd start with a rated laminate like the Makala brand, which is the cheaper line of high end makers Kala. Their 'dolphin' laminate soprano is excellent, comes with decent strings (aquila nylgut) and can be had for about 35 quid; and their equivalent tenor for about 50.

Something like Council dweller's part-solid mahogany Brunswick or equivalent will be 50-60, and for an all-solid wood (mahogany or koa) you'll be starting at about 100. Beyond that you have Hawaiian-made solids or the likes of Martin for which the price escalates precipitously.

Last and not least factor is setup: chiefly the height of the action which can make a huge difference in playability. It's worth a few quid to have a Luthier look at this for you or buy from a dealer who sets up in advance as most of the cheaper instrument come too high out-of-the-box.

If I were you I'd go to a uke specialist and handle some instruments to get a better idea of what feels right. There's a good one off brick lane in London called 'duke of uke' that I'd recommend.

Failing that, get a makala dolphin soprano.

Avoid Mahalo, they are a cheap and nasty chinese make; having said which, the first one I bought was a Mahalo, for 5 quid in a charity shop, and I still take it places where I would fear for my pricier ones. It's not that bad!

Good luck. And let me know if you want any song books.

...yes, what he said.

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Thanks Mr "again"! That'd be all good advice! You realise you are perverting a guitar man to the "dark side"? :blink:

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Thanks Mr "again"! That'd be all good advice! You realise you are perverting a guitar man to the "dark side"? :blink:

ah, you wouldn't be the first i've corrupted.

"a humble instrument of innocent merriment; easy to play but hard to master"

one mate with years of guitar behind him has ended up buying an £800 Koaloha tenor and now reports that returning to the guitar feels like putting on a dinner suit.

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I used the Internet today ( a totally new experience for me ) and noticed this device was originally invented for Portuguese sailors

They must have had better range than the Wifi on BT Broadband then!

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Anyone else thinking of buying one?

I would suggest keeping your ukulele uncased and unboxed within reaching distance so that you can play at anytime. It`s one of the many simple pleasures in life.

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Anyone else thinking of buying one?

I would suggest keeping your ukulele uncased and unboxed within reaching distance so that you can play at anytime. It`s one of the many simple pleasures in life.

Everyone that comes here, worrying about the loopy economy! :blink:

It's gonna be like Hawaii soon!

Simple pleasures as you say!

I did a bit of researching on the internet. Apparently if you want to play inverted you just put the strings on in the reverse order! The bridge is not slanted like on a steel strung guitar! I now know what this re-entrant tuning is. It means the G-String is a higher G than you thought! Specialist shops will string them up in reverse, to make sure it works properly, for a few quid extra! And put decent strings on, as I believe some of the originals are not so good!

I already know something of guitars, so appreciate there's a borderline price, above which you only get a limited edition "custom" model in a purple sparkle finish, with elaborate inlay on the fretboard, that's too precious to get out of its case!

I'll probably pay the extra for a real wood one, some sort of mahogany, or mahogany sort! If the world is cutting down all its forests, I'd rather it be made into something that lasts, rather than bog seats for people in Surrey! I'd like it to look a bit like my acoustic guitar, which is plain mahogany, with no adornments!

I feel a "concert" size might do me just about right!

There's always one more adventure. :)

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I have four and I love them all:

  • My surprisingly nice £20 Mahalo.
  • My incredibly robust (in construction and sound) Magic Fluke.
  • My just plain weird Tonewood Banjolele that I saw in Cash Converters
  • My current favourite a beautiful Kala Archtop tenor with in-built pickup.

I would recommend getting decent strings on whatever you get and consider getting a pickup if you intend to do open mic nights.

The French musician, Leo Bear Creek plays a uke that's strung left-handed but holds it right -handed.

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I have four and I love them all:

  • My surprisingly nice £20 Mahalo.
  • My incredibly robust (in construction and sound) Magic Fluke.
  • My just plain weird Tonewood Banjolele that I saw in Cash Converters
  • My current favourite a beautiful Kala Archtop tenor with in-built pickup.

I would recommend getting decent strings on whatever you get and consider getting a pickup if you intend to do open mic nights.

Are they allowed offshore? :blink:

I have some good advice here, and I will get one, I think it will be fun!

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Are they allowed offshore? :blink:

I have some good advice here, and I will get one, I think it will be fun!

I probably wouldn't expect the helicopter crew to be gentle with your bags as they sling them out of the chopper, so I wouldn't bring anything too expensive of fragile but I can't see an OIM having a problem with them.

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I probably wouldn't expect the helicopter crew to be gentle with your bags as they sling them out of the chopper, so I wouldn't bring anything too expensive of fragile but I can't see an OIM having a problem with them.

If it has a handle, it is thrown!

God no! As long as it's not full of vodka!

One of my mates has a "travelling guitar". It's just a stick really, with six strings! :o

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Are they allowed offshore? :blink:

I have some good advice here, and I will get one, I think it will be fun!

Now, are you sure? Don`t rush into something you might regret...

Here`s someone playing a ukulele on youtube!

I just searched on youtube and found this under "ukulele"!!

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Now, are you sure? Don`t rush into something you might regret...

Here`s someone playing a ukulele on youtube!

I just searched on youtube and found this under "ukulele"!!

Why not? It is better to have a regret, than never had to venture out! :blink:

I love my guitars, but I want to try something different!

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