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Started by Paul Walters Nov 20, 2013.
Started by susi Lawson. Last reply by susi Lawson May 19, 2013.
Started by Greg Nelson. Last reply by T Willi Dec 30, 2012.
What do you recommend as a good beginner ukelele? I have not yet made a purchase but want to add it to my ever growing list of stringed instruments. Like to keep my purchase under $100 unless that means you end up with a poor quality instrument. Is a soprano sized instrument the way to go.
That particular soundhole shape is the so-called "boca de raia" (rayfish mouth).
Many cavaquinhos made in Minho (North Portugal - cradle of cavaquinho) - but not all Portuguese cavaquinhos - feature that particular soundhole shape.
Maybe T Willi's instrument is made by Domingos Machado, at Tebosa, Braga
in the very homeland of cavaquinhos, ukes, and the like... if so, it is probably a high-class instrument.
I leave a link for a picture you may like to see...
I teach Ukulele and slack key guitar and we Use a book called DAILY UKULELE
BY JIM BELOFF this book is desined for ukulele songs and has pictures of all the chords at the top of each page Best of luck
I love the sound hole on that T Will.
It is also nice to see that Giannini is still in business. I had one in the 70s.
I have a builder in Michigan who makes cavaquinhos. Gary Zimnicki makes ukes and guitars as well, and does custom design.
Thank you, I really enjoyed the links. The instrument I am looking is Portuguese. I do not the maker but am excided to see it. This is the picture the seller put in his ad. I will post an update after I see it.
Here's a link to the "Tuning Options" page on the Etros Music website:
I'm joining this group just to ask - are you looking at/getting a Giannini?
Here's a pic:
and a link to the Giannini website:
this is to the Brazil Series page - they also have an all-solid-wood model:
and a link:
also, a link to the North American importer - Etros Music -
Have fun looking! I have a recently-purchased Giannini Craviola (Brazil Series), and I love it!
No, it is like the first four strings of a 5 string banjo. You can tune it any way you wish. Tenor is fine.
I am going this weekend to look at a cavaquinho. I've done a little research and Is it understand what the instrument is, but ... Does one tune and play it like a guitar?
I have a tipple, a cavaquinho, a baritone, a tenor, a piccolo guitar, a couple of banjo ukes and about 6 or 7 sopranos. I never get tired of playing the things.
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