So I got an e-mail from a nice fella named Rich Cichowski. He runs an eBay guitar store (www.abetterguitarstore.com) and he's a big fan of Orcas strings. So, we get to talking and he's telling me about Orcas strings (which I will review now that I have some) and also about the new Tenor Banjo Ukuleles from aNueNue. I'm super intrigued especially when I see how pretty these things are. Check it out:
Click on the uke to go to their site and see what else they offer, but then come back here because they don't sell direct and Rich has the goods! The banjo ukulele in the picture is a concert, I believe, but the one Rich sent me to test out is a tenor. I literally just opened the package but I was so excited that I had to tell someone. Don't worry, though, videos and reviews will be forthcoming on both the aNueNue Banjo Ukulele and the Orcas strings. Although, I already broke a string with my stupidity, so I'm going to order another set from Rich as soon as I post this. Heh... no one has ever accused me of being the Ukulele genius, thank god.
Anyway, in the meantime, check out Rich's stuff. Here is his Orcas stuff:
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And here are some of the aNueNue ukuleles you can get from Rich:
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Holy smokes. I'm freaking excited! My first banjo ukulele experience!
EDIT: Turns out the aNueNue Banjo Ukulele I'm testing out is a Concert, not a Tenor like I said above. I think I got it confused because Rich was talking to me about aNueNue's 6-string tenor ukuleles and I transposed it somehow. Anyway, I've got the aNueNue Concert Banjo Ukulele out of the case, I've got the floating bridge in place and I'm stretching the strings right now. The tone is soooo much more different than I'm used to. I'll tell you more once I get a video recorded.
So, I had a few beers last night and it started out that I was going to be searching eBay to find a replacement/upgrade for my Danelectro Hodad Guitar. I played an American Fender Stratocaster at band practice and, while I did enjoy it, I think I'm too used to my Hodad's whammy bar and I really like the thin sound it has (see, it's made of masonite). Anyway, that's how the evening began. I'm not totally sure how it ended but here is what I do know.
I had to clear more than 4 beer cans off of my desk this morning
I had about 30 eBay browser tabs open
I had e-mail from eBay saying that I had made an offer on a Banjolele
I discovered the Tahitian 8-Stringed Ukulele
I'm most excited about number 4. You see, I never knew there was such a thing as a Tahitian Ukuelele. What's awesome about them is that they are all carved into cool representations of sea creature. So, some have pairs of dolphins on them and others look like gigantic manta rays! The bad news about this discovery is that it's only a matter of time before I have to buy one of these. Regarding the Banjolele offer I made, though, I heard from a guy today that's going to let me review a Banjolele soon. If I like it, I'll probably buy it as well, so I'll make sure and show it off to you guys.
Apparently the downside to being hungover for three days after your birthday is that you apparently are prone to missing out on important announcements.
Take this one as a fer instance. Musician's Friend is having a HUGE sale on used items! I just checked out the sale and I see 13, count em 13, ukuleles! Quite a few Fender ukes and a Rogue ukulele for $10.50. Holy smokes!
BUT, the sale ends tonight! ACK! I promise to not be so damned hungover next time. Hopefully I can keep you guys better informed.
I have been meaning to post this for awhile, but freaking summer just gets busier and busier. Anyway, Rick from Kala sent me a press release about Kala's new "Round About" Ukulele Amplifier. I know I've talked about the Roland Micro Cube before and I do love that amp, but as far as looks go, the Round About is the winner. It comes in three styles: Black, Pink and Tweed! What great choices! The whole look of the amp feels really retro and fun. It seems like something a foxy lady in the 60s would carry around with tiny white earbud headphones. Or maybe something that Frankie Avalon would bring to a beach party. Here's some pictures:
The amps are 10 watts with a 5" speaker. If you want more details, here's a YouTube video talking all about the Round About Amp:
The rule I use is Koa Ukuleles sound best with Aquila or D'addario Strings. Mahogany Ukes sound better with Worth. The exception to this is Koaloha. Spruce goes either way. Laminates generally like Aquila Strings (except for Kiwaya) as well. I think Worths are so much better than Aquilas on Flukes and Fleas. Kiwaya laminates tend to like the fluorocarbon types, including Worth. The same rule applies for their solid ukes. 🙂
@hermanvdc had this to say on the subject of Ukulele Strings:
Indeed, Aquila helps give more brilliance to cheap ukuleles but on good the better ones Worth and especially Orcas sounds better!
So, I figured that I should post this so that everyone can make up their own mind and then give you some links to buy Orcas and Worth Ukulele Strings.