Tuesday, 6 December 2016

SK-30L Ohana Longneck Soprano $225 including Tuner, Setup and Shipping

Long-Neck Sopranos have been restricted to the "Pricey End of Town", but Ohana make this great idea available to the masses at a very affordable price.  

A 17 Fret Tenor Longneck and Solid Mahogany crafted soprano body at a price us mortals can afford ... Happy Days!

SK-30L Ohana Longneck Soprano $225.

A Tenor Neck on a Soprano body and Vintage style friction tuners (that work)

As usual we bundle our Ukes with;
- Clipon Headstock Tuner,
- Set Up (includes Fret Levelling with Fret Recrown and Polish to perfection) and YES you really can feel and hear the difference in a properly setup Ukulele.
- FREE Shipping in Australia.

The Longnecks are here, The Longnecks are here. And they are another great addition to the Aussie Ohana range.

The Soprano Body gives you that traditional Solid Mahogany Midrangy Honk that is typical of the Classic Mahogany Soprano sound that we all love.

An extended, longer neck gives you more room for your fretwork, yet retains an authentic soprano sound.  You have real room to move with the increased finger space in that is available on a 17 frets to the body Tenor Neck.

I really dig the chunky neck too, I'm of the old school of thought that the fatter the neck the more comfortable your Left hand/arm feels (especially with long gigs)

And a Fatter Neck has more wood mass, is stiffer and stronger and that means every ounce of energy and tone can be wrung out of the Strings.  Strings are the quality Italian made Aquila Nylgut

The intonation is fantastic too, I find that you usually get superior intonation on a Tenor neck vis a vis a Soprano Neck.

Solid mahogany top and body, and as usual that indefinable Quality Ohana Craftsmanship feel.

Tenor-scale neck
Solid mahogany top, back & sides
Rosewood fingerboard & bridge
Vintage headstock shape
Gotoh geared tuners
Aquila strings
Bone nut & saddle

Savoir Plunk Ukulele Band

Ukulele band of 2 girls, 3 guys, 5 different ukes, 5 voices + standup drummer.

Leading a journey of musical genres, laced with sweet harmonies & percussion surprise.


Blues and Lead Ukulele Workshop Sat 10th December 2016

Hi Family, are you Free this Saturday 10th Dec between 1 and 3pm?
Then why not make the trip North (norf) to another of my up-skill ukulele workshops.
I run these for the NUkes family, but you are more than welcome to
BLUES AND LEAD UKULELE WORKSHOP is on Sat 10th December, from 1 - 3pm at the Old Spot hotel, 1955 Main North Road, Salisbury SA. Notes and refreshments provided, lots of ukulele playing and lots of laughs.

CC and Jason Kennedy team up to get you playing lead licks and boogie blues rhythms. Learn how to play in ANY key.
Learn, in a very Hands On approach, all about Rhythms, Keys, Scales, Licks and so much more as we learn how to play "The Blues"

We Have a few places left, so Be Quick

This is the last of my workshops for 2016!
$10 includes notes and refreshments, lots of ukulele playing and lots of laughs.

Bookings via CC or text / phone 0432 306 920

Friday, 18 November 2016

Buy the Kala KA-SRT-CTG-CE Tenor Electric and get a Bonus Kala Waterman See Through Soprano.


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Kala has increased the fun of playing ukulele by making them more comfortable with this special edition all solid wood ukulele. The Comfort Edge Tenor is a real joy to play.

The beveled edge on the lower bout allows the player's forearm ​t​o rest comfortably on the edge of the uke while playing.

A Padauk (a red African wood) binding accents the entire instrument in a striking contrast to the solid cedar top and all solid rosewood back and sides, including the beveled edge.

This Special Edition Tenor is sporting Kalas new tenor “Florentine Cutaway”, which is a first for Kala.

The Florentine Cutaway is a beautifully constructed sharp cutaway. ​Constructed with a solid Cedar top and solid Rosewood back and sides, th​is ukulele​ project​s​ a very full, strengthened tone ​that ​balance​s ​the lows and high​s.​

The KA-SRT-CTG-CE is equipped with a Kala UK-300TR EQ system so you can plug into an amplifier or PA system.

Other features include Gold Grover tuners, mahogany neck, rosewood fingerboard and bridge, Graphtech Nubone nut and saddle, pearl/padauk inlay on headstock, and a high gloss finish.

The Waterman Story
KALA Ukulele, known for several brands of high quality yet affordable instruments, has been inspired by the 1950's Maccaferri ukulele and created a new uke with a focus on the outdoor enthusiast.

 "The Waterman" is a ukulele for everyone but pays special tribute to people that live the waterman, outdoor lifestyle.

The Waterman Ukulele pays homage in part to the legendary ukulele designer, Mario Maccaferri. Inspired at the 1939 World's Fair he saw plastic as the material of the future. Mario eventually combined his skills as a luthier and his business of injection molding and invented the Maccaferi Ukulele. After being endorsed by entertainer, Arthur Godfrey, on his TV show, 9 million of the Maccaferri ukes were sold between 1949 and 1969.

The Kala Makala Waterman Soprano Uke takes the Maccaferri concept to all new heights. An affordable, innovative uke with the quality you've come to expect from Kala, the Makala Waterman plays great, sounds great, and stays in tune. From the beach to the mountains and everything in between, the Makala Waterman boasts a durable high-grade polycarbonate construction and a travel-friendly, water-resistant design that makes this uke the perfect choice no matter where you go. Comes equipped with a set of nickel-plated open-gear tuners and a set of Aqulia Super Nylgut strings. Can easily converted for left-handed players. Includes a logo backpack bag.

The Makala Waterman Series by Kala features the latest water resistant composite technology packaged in vintage design and sound. The Waterman Series is designed for playability, portability and durability, making it the ultimate outdoor/travel ukulele.

In addition to being the perfect go anywhere ukulele for the outdoor enthusiast, the materials used in the Waterman’s construction make it an excellent choice for school and community music programs where cleanliness is a consideration. The ukuleles are easy to keep clean which is advantageous in settings where instruments are being shared.

Makala Waterman ukuleles come in soprano size and include a logo backpack/carrying bag. The instruments are made of high grade polycarbonate ABS construction which is durable and weather resistant, and are complemented with nickel plated open gear tuners. Each model is strung with Aquila Super Nyglut Strings.

Water resistant
Easy to keep clean
High grade polycarbonate construction
Nickel plated open gear tuners
Aquila Super Nylgut Strings
Logo backpack bag included

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Why wont my headstock tuner Tune my Ukulele? OR Headstock Tuners 440 Hz and Calibration Explained

Headstock tuners are really popular thesedays, but some have a Calibration mode and people accidentally alter the calibration away from 440Hz and end up with ukes out of Tune.

So todays post is all about International Standards, Hertz (Hz), Tuners and Calibration, Lets dive in.

Our Modern Tuners are often fitted with a Calibration Mode (at least the better quality tuners are anyways).

Since WW2 the worldwide standard for an A note is 440Hz, or Concert Pitch.  

Before WW2 different countries had different standards for Concert Pitch, some countries were 338 Hz some were 442 Hz etc etc.  

The Germans took over Europe and said this will not do, So all the European orchestras adopted the German standard of A = 440Hz.

Post WW2 it stayed that way, the International Standards Organisation was based in Germany post WW2.

Standard Modern concert pitch is an A note vibrates at 440 Hz.  

We have Ukuleles, Guitars, Bass Piano etc, these stringed instruments are instruments that can be tuned.

But when we play with Brass players they cant tune like we can, 

Brass have a fixed Pitch instruments, sometimes they can move their mouth pieces in and out a little to get it a little sharper of flatter, but not by much.

So if you play with a Brass player who has an instrument where the A note is Sharp or Flat of the standard A 440 Hz we can alter our tuners calibration to match the pitch of the Brass players A note.  

We then tune our instrument to match their A and all our strings are then either a little flat (or Sharp) but at least we match the Brass player.

OK that is why we have the ability to calibrate our tuners.

The On / Off button is on the rear, 

A long press turns it on and a long press turns it off.

But quick presses alters the calibration of the Tuner in 1Hz increments.

So lets re-calibrate

Turn the tuner On
Look at the Front face, 
Watch the number on the front, 
Start quickly pressing the button repeatedly and the numbers will change,
Keep pressing till it cycles back to the number 440.  
And bobs yer uncle you are back at standard Concert Pitch of 440 Hz

Friday, 4 November 2016

Play Lead ukulele in ANY key ... let us teach you how.

Lead Playing And Blues on Ukulele Workshop.

Sat 12th November 
Old Spot Hotel Salisbury.

$10 includes notes and refreshments.
CC and Jason Kennedy team up to get you playing lead licks and boogie blues rhythms. 

Learn how to play in ANY key.

Bookings via CC or txt / phone 0432 306 920

Sunday, 9 October 2016

Come And Try Ukulele Sat 15th October 2pm – 3:30pm

Come And Try Ukulele
Sat 15th October
2pm – 3:30pm

Ukuleles Supplied
Ink Pot Arts Arts Hub
Upstairs Mount Barker Town Hall
38 Gawler Street

Booking: P: 0429 673 327 
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