Thursday, 23 October 2014

TK-10 Ohana Ukulele Mahogany Tenor. And just $135 Aussie Dollars

Ohana's best-value Tenor Ukulele, this uke has great sound and action at a price that might surprise you! 

The TK-10S is the entry level Tenor Size Ohana ukulele from their 10 Series Range of  California USA designed but China built ukuleles.  The Entry level Tenor ukulele it may be...but you know what?  The TK-10S sounds good and is easy to play.

Plenty of volume, and clean tone by the bucket load in this tenor. Works well for a wide range of playing styles, from  vigorous strumming and gentle picking.

The neck feels great (a feature of Ohana instruments)

And considering it's price point, it scrubs up as a really good Tenor uke that won't cost you an arm and a leg.

FEATURES:
Mahogany top, back & sides
Rosewood fingerboard & bridge
Bone nut & saddle
Die-cast geared tuners

SUMMARY:
A very good value Tenor ukulele, ideal for a first foray into the longer scale length.  Classic lines and traditional sound define this great value from Ohana!

And for only $135 bucks they play fantastic, sound sweet and offer CHEAP FUN FUN  FUN.

ABOUT OHANA UKULELES
Ohana is an American ukulele brand based in California.  All their Ukuleles are their own, designed in California and Manufactured in China. Their goal is to provide the highest quality product at a reasonable price. Every ukulele that leaves their warehouse is carefully inspected and set up for maximum playability. Yes that's right — EVERY UKULELE.


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MANY MORE Ukuleles, Strings, Tuners, Cases, Capos & Accessories in-stock.

I Carry a Huge Range of Kala & Ohana Ukuleles, Aquila & Worth Ukulele Strings.

Fancy Something Else?

Please Contact me and I can arrange it for you, your dream ukulele, Set-up just like you want.

Ukulele Workshops & Private Tuition: Corporate Training Days, Community Centres, Local Councils, Schools... contact me to arrange a program tailored for you.

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Sunday, 19 October 2014

Big Heart Guitar Slides MADE IN THE USA Clearance of my last three.

Another clearance of my old guitar shop stock.  This is New Old Stock as they say... lucky for you all that guitars slides don't go off like strings or fruit.

Of course you can always play slide on a ukulele you know.

I have 1 Bronze guitar slide and 2 Porcelain Guitar slides from Big Heart Slides USA.

"Made By Slide Players,
For Slide Players."

Queenbee Drippin’ Blues Slide.
BHS-QDB RRP $39.95

Queenbee Drippin’ Blues Slide. Straight cylindrical porcelain slide with domed end. Triple glaze finish. A Unique porcelain slide.


Queen Bee Angel
BHS-QA RRP $39.95

BigHeart BHS-QA Queenbee Angel Slide. Straight cylindrical porcelain slide with angel graphics and domed end. A Unique porcelain slide.

Bronze Bomber
BHS-BB RRP $39.95

BigHeart BHS-BB Bronze Bomber Slide. Traditional design. 3/16” solid heavy bronze wall.   A classic!  Made from cast red bronze with thick walls for extra tone. Great for acoustic and resonator guitars






Saturday, 11 October 2014

Ohana TK-35G-5 Five String Tenor ukulele ALL Solid Mahogany wood

Ohana TK-35G-5
Five String Tenor Ukulele 
ALL Solid Mahogany wood.

$549 RRP in Australia


Comes with; 
1. FREE Hardcase
2. FREE Postage in Australia
3. FREE Headstock Tuner
4. Warranty and After Sales Service Backup from Aussie KALA Ukulele Dealer.

Life is too short to play a crappy instrument;
Happy Strumming is where it’s at. 


"Ohana Ukuleles, Made To Be Played" is the company slogan... and they are not messing about.

Ohana ukuleles are some of the most inexpensive solid wood ukuleles around, and the TK-35G-5 is all solid mahogany, not just the top, but the back and sides too.  A deep gloss finish and fine details adorn this solid mahogany tenor ukulele with outstanding tone and playability.

LOW G STRING OR HIGH G STRING... HAVE BOTH
Ahhh,   every ukulele player's conundrum... High-G or Low-G!?
With Ohana's unique 5-String model, featuring both G's, all the guess work has been taken out!

Personally I think it sounds amazing...Very loud and boy that low and High G string combo is fantastic, Jangle from the Octave G Strings but you still have single course of C E and A strings for picking and runs etc...

Very happy to have added this model to the range of Ohana ukuleles available in Australia.

WHY TWO G STRINGS?
Well having the g strings doubled up (similar to a 12 string guitar), with the high G and low G an octave apart adds a much fuller bodied rhythm tone, gives it a beautiful and interesting sound but still a ukulele sound..

The Ohana TK-35G-5 has a big sound with a bit of jangle. It’s actually a very loud instrument.
The other strings are normal single and so the cea strings do not sound different to the normal 4 string ukulele.

CONSTRUCTION
The uke is a tenor, and is made from solid mahogany, imparting a more full tone but still a bright attack to notes… very rock.

Being a Solid Wood ukulele it will sound even better as it opens up over the years. As the wood dries out it becomes stiffer and lighter and become even better at transferring string energy to the sound waves we hear.

The headstock on the 5 string is visibly longer than an ordinary ukulele's headstock to accommodate the extra 5th string tuning key.

This is a top of the line instrument with its beautiful gloss finish that makes it look as good as it sounds.

SETUP IN THE USA
Like with all Ohana instruments the workmanship is superb. Ohana ukuleles may be made in China but they all travel to you via Ohana Head office in the USA where they go through a detailed premium adjustment, ready to play.

SPECIFICATIONS
Solid Mahogany Top/Back/Sides
Body Binding
Grover Geared Tuners
Rosewood Fingerboard & Bridge
Bone Nut & Saddle
Aquila Strings
Gloss Finish
19-fret




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Thursday, 9 October 2014

Kala KA-ASAC-C Solid Acacia Wood Concert Size Ukulele and Alligator Hardcase with hygrometer and thermometer.

Ukulele and Case Package $599
Concert Ukulele Kala KA-ASAC-C and Hard-case Package


Setup Options: String Brand
High OR Low G
Right / Left handed


Includes; 

KA-ASAC-C Ukulele ($550)
Alligator Hardcase  ($125)
Clip On Headstock Tuner ($15)
Setup ($50)
Free Shipping (approx $45 value within mainland Australia).

Your Choice of
1. Aquila or Worth Strings. 

2. Low or High G String.
3. Right or Left-handed.

MAX BANG FOR YOU DOLLAR
Kala have got a lot of things right with their acacia range of ukes. They’re obviously going after a more serious ukulele player but they’re keeping it affordable by using Acacia wood (a close relation of Koa and much cheaper) and manufacturing it in China.
'Definitely worth checking these Solid Acacia ukuleles
out if you’re in the market for a quality uke,

but don’t have a massive budget.'

Solid woods are usually reserved for high end professional luthier constructed ukuleles great to see a solid wood ukulele at this mid range price point. If you were looking for a beautiful, solid wood concert in this price range, then put this All Solid Acacia Concert from Kala on you short list, check out the pictures and the sound demo and you may find that the KA-ASAC-C may be just what you want.

SOUND DEMO



SOLID WOOD AGES LIKE FINE WINE

Solid wood ukuleles sound better from the get go, but they get better with time, the wood ages like fine wine.  Unlike Ply (which is a laminate of 3 slices of wood glued together) solid wood ukuleles will dry out over time.  

As moisture leaves the wood the top, back and sides become stiffer and lighter, that’s a good thing as the lighter and stiffer the wood the more resonant it is.  

The stiffer and lighter the wood the better string energy can be transferred, that means a better dynamic range of frequencies and more volume.

Ply Ukes will sound pretty much the same now as in ten years, solid wood ukuleles will  improve every year you own it.


A RELATIVE OF KOA WOOD
Solid Acacia trees are also called the Mimosa or Shower Tree; these tropical trees are cousins of the Hawaiian Koa tree. They have gorgeous striped patterns of light and dark brown and have a deep colourful tone that match their visual beauty.

My analogy for the Koa v Acacia wood is its 'Champagne if it’s made in France, sparkling wine if it’s made elsewhere'.  Do not think that Acacia is inferior to Koa, it's not.

These solid wood ukes are trimmed with rosewood edge binding and classic herringbone purfling and custom position markers accent the fret board. 

'This beautiful, all-solid Striped Acacia has the WOW FACTOR
that is going to get admiring looks from your friends at ukulele club'


Some of the key features -  a rosewood bridge and fingerboard, and ebony nut and saddle. Decorative features include custom abalone fret marker inlays, rosewood binding and vintage-style herringbone purfling.

 With the all solid acacia wood construction this Kala is sweet and loud... a sweetness that ply laminate construction just cannot achieve.

DON'T BUY A LEMON
I never ship unopened boxes, every Ukulele I sell gets a thorough inspection for cosmetic flaws and a play test, every note at every fret.

The Higher the action the harder your ukulele is to play, some ukes I've seen you can drive a truck under the strings.  I don’t like that and you won’t either.

SETUP IS INCLUDED
Mass produced ukuleles come with "factory settings" and to get more units 'out the door' they err on the side of Medium to High-action (ACTION = The Gap between the bottom of the string and the top of the frets).  


TEMPERATURE AND HUMIDITY CHANGES
Ukuleles are made in the Far East and travel to Australia via Bulk Cargo Container Ship.  Sitting in 40 foot containers out at sea for months takes its toll on the wood, as it reacts to the changes in temperature and humidity. That's why I never ever ever ship out an unopened uke box, every ukulele is checked, tuned and playedAlso fret boards dry out a little and shrink leaving the ends of the frets exposed and feeling sharp.  I remove these rough fret ends and treat the board with lemon oil to hydrate and protect it.  In the drying process frets can move about a little, some pop up causing fret buzz.  

You get your choice of 
1. Aquila or Worth Strings. 
2. Low or High G String.
3. Right or Left-handed.
Standard is Aquila High G Right-handed, let me know if you want something else

FEEL THE DIFFERENCE
Just about every Ukulele can benefit from having a thorough setup.  You can feel the difference between a non-set up uke and a uke that has been through the Set Up Process. 

I set up each instrument to ensure you get the absolute best feel possible from your ukulele for your money. 

This includes, if required, altering Saddle and Nut heights/slots, Fret work and intonation checks, with levelling, re-crowning, fret end filing and fret polishing.

In Set up Ukuleles, the Fret ends will be smoother so your instrument feels more comfortable in your left hand, frets will be level and polished so you get the best possible contact between string and fret to extract every ounce of energy and tone.

SPECIFICATIONS
Size: Concert
14-7/8 Concert Scale (Distance from Nut to Saddle)
24-3/8 Overall body length
11 Body length
6 Upper Bout
8-1/4 Lower Bout
5 Waist
2-1/4 to 2-3/4 Arched Back Body depth
1-3/8 At Nut
All solid Acacia Top, Sides and Back
Rosewood Binding with herringbone purfling
18 Silver Nickel Frets
Custom vine Fret position Marks at 5th,7th,10th and 12th frets on neck and top of fingerboard
Rosewood Fingerboard and Bridge
Ebony Nut and Saddle
Mahogany neck
Multi-Layered Headstock cap with carved Kala logo
Satin Finish
Chrome Die-Cast Tuners with black buttons

Ukulele and Case Package $599
Concert Ukulele Kala KA-ASAC-C and Hard-case Package

Setup Options: String Brand
High OR Low G
Right / Left handed
 


Includes; 

KA-ASAC-C Ukulele ($550)
Alligator Hardcase  ($125)
Clip On Headstock Tuner ($15)
Setup ($50)
Free Shipping (approx $45 value within mainland Australia).


Your Choice of
1. Aquila or Worth Strings. 

2. Low or High G String.
3. Right or Left-handed.



















Ukulele and Case Package $599
Concert Ukulele Kala KA-ASAC-C and Hard-case Package


Setup Options: String Brand
High OR Low G
Right / Left handed