Here is the latest news on Ukulele Corner and the instruments that are coming

With the demise of Picasa the old show here is no longer maintainable
when i find an usable alternative i will put something here

Pockets, Burning Holes and Disapointment

posted 28 May 2020, 12:33 by Lardy Fatboy   [ updated 29 May 2020, 07:18 ]

Dodomi DS3 Concert ukulele
kala makala shark concert sea foam green concert ukulele
Gewa Manoa Waimea W-SO-GR soprano ukulele
ortega keiki k1 turtle mini sopranino ukulele
Well that's my excuse anyway - Well I suppose you could throw in UAS as well
I have been disappointed recently by having a couple of people not let Ukuleles that have accepted my invitation, come to Ukulele Corner so looking online today I happened across the Ortega Keiki Mini that has been on my list of "to invite" for a while now so I did a quick bit of research and found that the best price for it was at my old dealer friend Thomann. Well the best price if I a} got the Orange one which was for some reason cheaper that the other colours? And b} invited something else so I would qualify for free shipping. Common sense says I should have just gone with one that would have been cheaper if I included shipping onto the price, but as usual, common sense was having a nap so I had a look to find something else to invite. I found a Concert scale Makala Shark, which was another one on my "to invite" list but it's fairly low on the list so I put it in reserve and carried on looking. What I was taken with that I hadn't seen before was the Gewa Manoa Waimea Soprano in the smart 50's kind of blue and white livery. As the Keiki and the Gewa were still not enough to qualify for free shipping UAS kicked in and I decided to invite all three!

Then there is the Dodomi DS3 Concert that I had forgotten about! Before being reminded of the Keiki I was looking at the Ukuleles that were ending soonest on ebay again as part of the feeling of disappointment thing and I came a grose this Dodomi Concert with just over half an hour to go. I remembered looking at it before because it was a name I'd not come across before and it was VERY pink! I didn't bid on it then because I wasn't "very disappointed" even though it was VERY cheap, anyway here it was again and still no one had bid so it was still cheap, so I figured "what the hell", and bid the minimum. I didn't stop to watch because it was an if it happens bid and went off, was distracted by the Keiko and forgot all about it. Much later I went back into ebay to do some feedback and found I had bought something and to please pay now. Still didn't remember until I looked and found that unlike that Tom19 Seller this one did honor the contract and would let it go for the minimum price so it to is on the way to Ukulele Corner

Goings and Comings

posted 27 May 2020, 17:39 by Lardy Fatboy   [ updated 28 May 2020, 05:24 ]

Barnes and Mullins the Gresse spruce spalt maple Tenor
Barnes and Mullins the Gresse spruce spalt maple soprano
Well maybe? The Going is fairly certain, just need to agree a price. The Coming less so, if fact it's downright dodgy!

The going is the Barnes & Mullins "the Gresse" Tenor. My good friend the Swamp's stepdaughter decided, in these times of incarceration, that she would like to try learning the Ukulele, so I lent her a couple, including the Gresse, and she has decided she would like to continue and keep it. No problem, it will be going to a good home where it will be well treated and to be totally honest I wouldn't be surprised, even with money changing hands, if it didn't come back to Ukulele Corner at sometime in the future - and it would be welcome back too, I've always thought it was a very pretty Ukulele.

The dodgy coming, is another Barnes & Mullins "the Gresse" but this one is a Soprano. I was looking for the current price for a the Gresse Tenor so I could give a reasonable price for buying mine and on Amazon my search led me to the Soprano model for an absolutely ridiculous, must be a mistake, they are never really going to sell it to me for that, price. well it said 4 were in stock and there didn't seem to be much to loose so I went ahead and bought one. Well the order went through ok and 45 minutes later I even got an email telling me it had been dispatched, (it was quite late so I think this might be an automated thing and probably not true). Well I will see tomorrow if the order gets canceled or if in the fullness of time the Ukulele arrives at Ukulele Corner?

Surprise, surprise the order for the Soprano has been canceled; well actually not surprised, the surprise would have been if I had actually got it for £6.90

I almost missed it!

posted 27 May 2020, 16:31 by Lardy Fatboy   [ updated 29 May 2020, 06:59 ]

Tonante 400 brazilian cavaco cavaquinho at Ukulele Corner
12 seconds later and I would have!
I had been watching this on ebay well I'd bid on it and been outbid then a day and a half before the auction ended I bid again but with a couple of minutes of this bid someone outbid me again; so someone else was watching! I would have to do one of those last second snipes ans since my snipe site had shut down I would have to do it manually. I logged on and was all set with 15 minutes to go but as there was 15 minutes I started pissballing about and almost forgot!! Like I say I went back with 12 seconds left, hit bid and was just in time with no one having the chance to outbid me so the invitation was accepted. Now an electro acoustic Tonante 400 Brazilian Cavaquinho is coming to Ukulele Corner

Another Farewell

posted 24 May 2020, 08:46 by Lardy Fatboy   [ updated 24 May 2020, 08:49 ]

JHS Vintage AMG1 single cone Resonator Guitar

This time it's my JHS Vintage AMG1 single cone resonator Guitar. I got it at an auction with a nice hard case, and it was very shiny but it always seemed to lack something when I played it? Not volume certainly, (or weight!), nor build quality, but something about the "feel" when I played it?? I guess it's days at Ukulele Corner, (inc. the Pony Guitar Sanctuary), were numbered when I got the JHS Vintage AMG3 tricone. It's wasn't a direct replacement but, even with its damage I prefer playing it, and collection wise having both of my brass bodied resonators being part of the AMG series did seem a bit limited.

Now it's gone off to London to seek it's fortune I'll say once again I didn't hate it, but this does give me the opportunity to look for an alternative brass body single cone resonator and with space being tight I can justify one out, one in and have all the fun of looking for, and trying to invite, this alternative...

It's Gone

But I've kept the hard case

Now I have the set

posted 4 May 2020, 14:57 by Lardy Fatboy   [ updated 7 May 2020, 10:12 ]

mahalo rock series lp vs at ukulele corner
My first ever Ukulele was one of Mahalo's 2007 Rock Series, the Tele, and my interest in Ukuleles was first sparked by another of the Rock Series, my Brothers Vee, (I have since gone on to get my own pink Vee), and now finally I have invited the other member of the series, the LP. I didn't go after one of these at the time as I was a lot more interested in the Epiphone Les Paul Ukulele, (which I have got), and I wasn't particularly looking to get the complete set but not the series is discontinued, when I came across this as a "new" ex demo I thought I may as well invite it. After all I have the Fender '52 Ukulele as well as the Mahalo Tele so it's not like having the Epiphone should stop me inviting the Mahalo LP, (and it was a "bargin")

It's Here

and I can't see any marks from its life as a demo Ukulele. But for the fact it didn't come with it's gigbag I couldn't tell its not new

As it's May it's time for a May Bell

posted 1 May 2020, 17:32 by Lardy Fatboy   [ updated 17 May 2020, 15:26 ]

slingerland maybell soprano at Ukulele Corner
Slingerland MayBell that is.

It's Here

and apart from the missing 12th fret and the dirt its in fine shape

and now its off for a clean and some strings

I know the Proverb...

posted 22 Apr 2020, 16:10 by Lardy Fatboy   [ updated 29 May 2020, 16:07 ]

koa kolane concert long neck soprano hawaii at ukulele corner
If it seems to good to be true, it probably is!!

What I have invited is a hand made, all solid koa, made in Hawaii, Concert scale Supersoprano with paua inlay Honu from a maker called Koa Kolane. Well this is what the maker claims but the price is, even with shipping and import tax, less than a tenth what something like this should cost! I'm more than a little suspicious but it doesn't look like something mass produced from China so I'm feeling optimistic, (and I'm off my meds) so the invite has been sent and I hope it lives up to the hype.

The proverb has proved true again!! The Ukulele hasn't arrived but in researching something else I have found that is is actually made by Yiwu Skyline Musical instrument Co.,Ltd at no.1 catfish creek village, yiwu city, zhejiang province, China. Now I have not checked the atlas but I'm fairly certain that zhejiang province doesn't count as Hawaii? Also whilst ultimately the end product will have been produced by a person, it was mass produced in a factory!

As I was looking for a modern Made in Hawaii and, despite assurances, this clearly isn't, I have said that I don't want it and want my money back. However it is in transit somewhere so I'll have to wait and see what happens...

In the words of David Byrne and the Talking Heads, "I'm still waiting..."

Seems Like So Long

posted 18 Apr 2020, 13:08 by Lardy Fatboy   [ updated 23 Apr 2020, 10:07 ]

epiphone hummingbird tenor vintage sunburst at ukulele corner
Since I last left the house - no since I last invited a new Ukulele!
So I've invited a nice new Epiphone Hummingbird Tenor in Vintage Sunburst

It's Here!!

and being new the strings need a LOT of stretching but it looks great and when it does stay in tune for a bit it sounds lovely too

As sporty as I get

posted 17 Mar 2020, 18:08 by Lardy Fatboy   [ updated 12 Apr 2020, 16:23 ]

vg hockey head concert ukulele
There is a bloke in Sunderland who apparently has more Ukuleles than me! (He has a post on eBay for a Job lot of 1200 - that's one thousand two hundred,! no mistake! new Chinese made Ukuleles with various brand names). He is also selling the off singly with a 99p start. Some of them look a bit different and everybody knows I can't resist a "Bargin" so I have been bidding a couple o' three quid on some of them. So the first to accept the invitation to Ukulele Corner is a Concert branded YG with an interesting "hockey stick" headstock 

It's Here

and the headstock is interesting; it certainly feels different to tune I guess because its reverse to the Fender type 4 in a line tuner pegs 

No Shoe Box but...

posted 7 Mar 2020, 18:04 by Lardy Fatboy   [ updated 14 Apr 2020, 03:04 ]

1950s mahogany gretsch soprano ukulele new york
A nice 1950's, made in New York, mahogany Gretsch Soprano, (when it was sold new it would have come in a cardboard box that has always reminded me of a shoe box) 

It's Here!

I'm guessing the delay was due to the "unprecedented times" we are living through and not just postal inadequacies? But it's safely arrived at Ukulele Corner and is a welcome, if unpretentious, addition 

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