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It was a huge leap up from my first thought of a 'throw-away' uke. It was beautifully made, sounded crisp and clear and played like a charm. I downloaded songs and tabs and practiced late into the night (much to Susan's distress), trying to become accustomed to the instrument. Every time a UAS sufferer sees a new model, he or she wants to get it, just to try it out... I spent a few hours tuning it and tinkering with it.

I met a chap from a nearby Ontario town with 45 ukuleles. It wasn't nearly as well made as any of the ukes I'd purchased by then; it sounded thin and had rough fret edges. I put it on consignment at the local music store a few days later and sold it within a week (at a loss, of course).

Those same strings on a guitar are tuned D-G-B-E, but a ukulele (soprano, concert and tenor) is tuned higher, at G-C-E-A (or A-D-F#-B: see the sidebar on tuning under shapes and sizes).Last Spring, Susan gave me a beautiful blue Takamine 540C. Blue because of my affinity for Wallace Stevens' famous poem. In the intervening month or so between order and arrival, I decided I could learn some ukulele because I read they're tuned similarly.I later bought an electric guitar, an American-made Stratocaster clone. Besides, I had been brought up listening to George Formby on the banjo ukulele (or banjolele), and a bit of Cliff Edwards, so it was in my blood, more or less.I still have difficulty ordering ukulele strings, straps and accessories locally. And let us not forget Tiny Tim, whose novelty act hid a wealth of talent, and to whom most of us owe a debt because he kept the ukulele in vogue at a time when it had waned in popularity.I went online, looking for something a little better than the inexpensive laminate-topped Chinese-made brands I had seen locally. Their talent was an inspiration to me, although I could never aspire to anything that good.

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