So, I was wading through ebay once again and then I got a goofy idea to sort the auctions based on price with the highest price at the top of the list. Before I clicked to sort, I was trying to play a little guessing game with myself as to how high the price of the most expensive item would be. I guessed $4,800. As it turns out, I suck at that particular game because what was at the top was JOHN D'ANGELICO Guitar maker 1930-40's Tiple Ukulele.
Holy crud! $29,999?! Ahh.. wait, though. Free Shipping! So, it balances out, right? Heh. Reading the description of the tiple ukulele, you see that it sounds like the guy doesn't really want to sell it as much as he wants to talk about it. But, that's fine by me because Tiple Ukuleles is something I know very little about. I really do want to get my hands on one, though. A 10-string ukulele?! Why wouldn't you want that.
I've always had questions about how the strings are arranged and the auction answered that question for me:
"This tiple by D'Angelico has the first string doubled in unison, the second and third having three strings with the middle tuned a octive down from the others. and the forth in octave low then high."
Anyway, even if you don't have $30k burning a hole in your pocket, the auction is a good read. Also, if you do have $30k burning a hole in your pocket, did I mention that today is my birthday! 😉 Ok, it isn't really my birthday, but with Thanksgiving coming up, I'm sure you were wondering what you could get for me, right?
So, if you didn't get what you needed yet, head on over. Seems like if you are going to need strings, cables, straps, stands or cases, this is the freaking week to buy them! Seriously, you should probably check it out.
All of my guitar (not ukulele guitars, my electric guitars) cases are aluminum. Sure, they are rugged and whatnot, and that's great, but I can't tell you how many times they've made me curse after swinging them into my shins. Enough is enough. So, I was scouting Musician's Friend for some good deals and I came across this Musicians Gear Featherweight Soprano Ukulele Case.
I like what I see, and I like that it's only $29.99. Check out the picture:
From the description, "This Durafoam uke case offers the same protection for your soprano ukulele minus the heft. The high-density polystyrene foam shell has a soft plush form-fitting interior that coddles your instrument and is covered with tough Cordura." It sure sounds like I'd rather be hauling this case through the airport than something that I'm sure to jam into my legs when I'm juggling 6 things trying to show them that I don't have more than 10 ounces of liquids or gels on my person.
Ahhh.. cute! It looks like something that Ralphie should have played in "A Christmas Story". You know, like maybe that made some alternative version where he wished for this instead of the Red Rider BB Gun? At the time of this post, it's only $10 and that seems like a pretty good deal for a vintage ukulele. Plus, imagine what a badass you would fell like if you were doing Metallica Ukulele covers with a vintage children's Ukulele. So.. there ya have it: Vintage Harmony Child's Toy Wooden UKULELE+Instructions
Look at that thing. It's gorgeous! You know how Amazon sometimes has those deals where the price is so dang good that you have to add it to your cart to see the price. Well, that's what's going on here. List price on this thing is $104.90. It sells for $69 on Musician's Friend, and that's already a crazy deal. Well, it's only $56 at Amazon and FREE SHIPPING?! Has the world gone mad? Just the other day a guy was asking about good deals on Twitter. Buddy, I hope you didn't buy anything yet. This is as good as it gets for a price to awesomeness ratio.