Breedlove: Ukulele Window Shopping

Ukulele I’d buy if money were no object: Breedlove Soprano Prototype. Ukulele I’m a bit tempted by and is within my budget: Ohana TK35G-5 5 string. I love my Ohana TK-35G and the prospect of a uke that has both low and high-G strings is intriguing.

The number of heavily decorated ukuleles just keeps going up: Kapono soprano, leafy Blueberry, floral Blueberry. As well as the odd shapes: Electric Concert Ukulele C17

Kala’s slimline travel ukuleles have been a huge hit. So not a surprise to see a bit of horning-in: Mele Slimline.

Photos: Black man playing a ukulele, Child in rocking chair with a pipe and ukulele, Evil forest sirens play the ukulele.

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  1. pepamahina May 21st, 2011 3:19 am

    I recently convinced myself that I wanted the Ohana TK35G-5 5 string too. I was really enamored by the idea of high and low G string together in one instrument. Then I tracked one down in real life and tried it out. I didn’t like the sound of the lower wound string, and playing them together while strumming made everything too “G heavy” if you know what I mean. I thought it would be great for fingerpicking, but the two G strings were really close together, and it was harder to hit just one at a time than I anticipated. Not as much fun as I had hoped, so I got over it. Welcome back Al, nice to hear from you again.

  2. Ron Hale May 21st, 2011 4:40 am

    Al, why in the world do we have the term “concert” ukulele? It’s confusing, so why not just call it an alto uke? I’ve seen concerts called alto a few times, in fact. The next size sax up from soprano isn’t a concert sax.

  3. Woodshed May 21st, 2011 7:47 am

    pepamahina: Thanks for the review. I may have to reconsider.

    Ron: I agree that ‘alto’ might be a better term. But it’s not like concert is unknown as an instrument size (pianos and guitars spring to mind).

  4. Phredd May 21st, 2011 11:10 am

    Welcome back, Al. What do you think of that Breedlove headstock?

  5. Bossarocker May 21st, 2011 11:44 am

    Let’s not forget the C Melody saxophone which is in concert pitch.

  6. art Crocker May 21st, 2011 2:40 pm

    Welcome back, hope the book launching went well. I’ll be on Maui in a few weeks so will stop my Mele and check out the new slimline.

  7. Woodshed May 22nd, 2011 1:06 pm

    Phredd: Love it. That was the thing that first caught my attention.

    Bossa: I’ve always fancied having a go at saxophone. Never bothered though.

    Art: Thanks very much. The book hasn’t launched yet. Still more to do. Have fun in Maui.

  8. ukuleletim May 22nd, 2011 2:47 pm

    The Breedlove is beautiful, but $2750??? Even if money was no object I still might have a hard time with that.

  9. Woodshed May 25th, 2011 11:24 am

    ukuleletim: Depends how it sounds and feels. I’d be willing to try it out if I had that sort of money to throw around.

    “This listing was ended by the seller because the item is no longer available.” Looks like someone might have taken a shine to it.

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