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Doug R
10:46 PM ET (US)
   I plunked around on my Dad's "Roy Smeck" ukulele as a kid, but since I picked it up again about four years ago, I haven't put it down. Ukulelia is at the top of my "ukes" sites. It is also one of my most shared. Great site! And keep it up!
John K.
02:58 PM ET (US)
I'm new to the uke, but I got hooked when I watched Todd Rundgren play "Bang on the Drum" on PBS. I'm a guitar player with abilities somwhere between "zero" and "suck", but I keep trying! I'm currently looking for tabs from any source, but specifically Todd Rundgren tabs. Recently bought a baritone uke on a tripp to Hawaii and I love it. Since I'm about 6'5" and 270, people get a kick out of seeing me play it.

All the Best,
Ken DaSilva-Hill
08:31 AM ET (US)
HI,love your site. I have been into ukes since I was a small kid and have had a lot of fun collecting, playing, making and restoring uke's, uke banjos, mandolins, guitars and other stringed instruments. My house resembles a retirement home for old instruments as we now have so many to use as decoration as well as to play. Currently I am trying to form a ukelele society for beginners, players, collectors and enthusiasts in and around Croydon,Surrey,UK, and have recently launched a website "ukelelemad".
My site address is http://hometown.aol.co.uk/kenhangsloose/ukelelemad.html
I am building a uke from coconut shells in the small amounts of spare time I have between being a specialist art conservator. Hopefully it will not be long before it is finished and I can try paddlin' Madelin home!
             Best wishes to a great site,
                Ken (ukelelemad)
Dave Silverstein
11:38 AM ET (US)
  I just found this great Ukelia site and want to Thank you . I've been playing ukulele for about 2 years. I live in Brewster,NY near Danbury, Ct. Currently, I own a Martin 1 and a Gibson 3. I also just ordered a Beltona , really excited about that. Looking for other ukesters in NY, CT. area, a little isolated up here.

I enjoy all kinds of music especially, early jazz. I love Ian Whitcomb ,Jim Beloff's books and alot of the old classics . I'm also looking for a teacher.

I can be reached at dave.silverstein@rcn.com
Marian Bumala
02:00 PM ET (US)
I started playing uke in April 2001 after I bought a Johnson soprano on a whim on Ebay. I was looking for a new instrument to play which might be a little easier on the arthritic fingers than my acoustic guitar, my flute or the piano. I was instantly hooked! Quickly, I found that the Johnson, although a cute little instrument, would never really sound all that good, so I dropped a few heavy hints and received a Fluke for mother's day. Wonderful instrument! I take with me everywhere (it's been on planes twice now, and travels very well). At home, it spends a lot of time in my kitchen so I can play while cooking. I've taken it to parties, and I'm looking for an excuse to bring it to work (although it might have an impact on my productivity). I was also given a wonderful old banjo uke which I love to play old songs on; it looks and sounds just like a little banjo! What is it about the ukulele? It's fun, it's easy to play, it encourages people to sing along; I guess it's just loveable and friendly.
03:53 PM ET (US)
i'm a little frenchy & i'm beginner in ukulele this is santa claus who bring me one then i'm looking for information for the uke but can't find some tabs please help meee...
so i like bob brozmann r crumb roy smeck ...
& that's all see u
Brooklyn Ukes
03:46 PM ET (US)
I live in New York City and am wild about ukes.

I am the founder of the toddling Brooklyn Ukulele Club.

The Brooklyn Uke Club meets on a bi-monthly basis.
We play our ukes, talk about ukes, croon, check out everybody's ukes...

We have a few Flukes, a Martin, a Gibson, and a Beltona.

Mostly I strum and leave the fancy chord solos to others in the club. Have a plastic uke under my desk at work.

Our webpage:
12:56 PM ET (US)
I live in Portland, OR. I heard IZ playing on the e-Toys commercials around Christmas 2000 and got myself a Fluke. I take it almost everywhere. I am no longer on the fun, steep part of the learning curve. Now I really have to work to get better. That is, I have down most of the straight forward chords and a few songs, but no intricate strumming or chord solos or fingerstyle - yet.

I take a look at the site every week or so.
Lonnie Anderson
12:37 AM ET (US)
Mark, I sure am!!! If you get to the area, give me a holler,
we can jam some. I believe that on wed. nights they have an open mike night at the hotel on the hill. some pretty good
stuff goes on there. I was there for only one session & it
was absolutely incredible! Make a point of it sometime!
         Lonnie Anderson at sagewoodworks@aol.com
Rusty Brooks
10:48 PM ET (US)
I actually only started peeking in recently. I've been a regular boing boing reader for a few months now, and I was curious about the iron on stuff so here I am. I play, in order of decency, guitar, mandolin and bouzouki. I have had my hands on a ukulele only a few times, but I imagine that if I played on these days I'd probably go out and buy one, I like to fiddle with stringed instruments.

I live in Los Angeles, but not for long, I'm moving "home" (where my folks and girlfriend live) in the near future. I'm a software developer more or less by accident.

You may find me at http://www.rustybrooks.org/
Bobby Dee
05:52 PM ET (US)
I always had guitars and cheapo ukes since I was a kid. Then in 1978 when I was 20 I found a Martin baritone uke in a Geib case in a garbage can in Santa Clara California. It was from the forties. i kept it for 20 years before selling it to a collector for $700, cause I was dead broke, and he wanted it so bad.

I still have a Martin four string, but it is an acoustic bass I bought new last year...
Mark Frauenfelder
02:42 PM ET (US)
Are you moving to Jerome?

on 12/18/01 9:10 PM, QT - Lonnie Anderson at
qtopic+11-zAiVdnBCvwR@quicktopic.com wrote:

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Lonnie Anderson
01:10 AM ET (US)
I started playing uke when I was about nine or so. I played
tip-toe ala Tiny Tim for different functions, complete with
wig and falsetto ( still can!! ) much to my wife's chagrin !
I set the uke down for about thirty years or so... then one
day I heard Somewhere Over the Rainbow by Israel...Whoa!!!
I now own two Martins and one really pretty kamaka soprano.
I have started to build a birds eye maple ukulele, but have
not had time to finish it. I build custom furniture for a
so- called living and am in the process of moving from southern California to a small mining town in Arizona.
Scott b.
07:45 PM ET (US)
I am a part time student full time retail manager. I started playing the ukulele about two months ago and have completely fallen in love with it. I bring it to work, I play it in the car I always have it with me. I probably play about 4 hours a day. I'm hooked! I live in St. Charles, Il.
Dave Means
02:34 PM ET (US)
I'm an engineering manager for the US Gumment who builds/repairs/restores ukes and other stringed instruments as a hobby... practicing for making lutherie my retirement avocation. I've fooled around with guitars for nearly 40 years, but only got into ukes about a year and a half ago. Although I try very hard to be a good player, anyone who's ever heard me will agree that my talents lie more in the area of building and repairing. I live with my wife, dog, and sailboat in Annapolis, MD.
Edited 12-17-2001 02:37 PM
Pat Monteleone
01:33 PM ET (US)
I have been a friend of the uke for 20 years. I sing and play old jazz/pop/blues. My heroes are Duke Ellington, Hoagy Carmichael, Bing Crosby, Ella Fitzgerald, Cliff Edwards, Harold Arlen, Mildred Bailey, Sinatra, Connie Boswell, and, well, you get the idea--all the dead old jazz/pop singing and songwriting giants. I have a collection of about 15 cool ukes and banjo-ukes, including Martins, Hawaiians, and a nice Regal/Dobro resonator. I am married, with 2 teenagers, live in central NJ, and work as an art director in NYC. I regularly visit your site--keep up the great work!
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