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    • Eddy Finn EF1T Tenor Ukulele

      Eddy Finn EF1T Tenor Ukulele

      $160.00
      Stock No: EF1T
    • Aria Concert Ukulele With Pickup

      Aria Concert Ukulele With Pickup

      $179.95
      Stock No: ACU1EA
    • Cort All Solid Ukulele Various Sizes

      Cort All Solid Ukulele Various Sizes

      $499.00

      $299.00

      Stock No: 131/UKE
    • Ibanez UEWT21E Tenor Ukulele With Cutaway

      Ibanez UEWT21E Tenor Ukulele With Cutaway

      $379.00
      Stock No: 9300233
    • Kealoha Concert Ukulele

      Kealoha Concert Ukulele

      $39.95
      Stock No: AUP24
    • Kealoha Ukulele Capo

      Kealoha Ukulele Capo

      $17.95
      Stock No: CCT-7
    • Eddy Finn EF7C Concert Ukulele Mahogany

      Eddy Finn EF7C Concert Ukulele Mahogany

      $159.00
      Stock No: UK-EF7C
    • Eddy Finn EF3T Tenor Ukulele Basswood

      Eddy Finn EF3T Tenor Ukulele Basswood

      $140.00
      Stock No: UK-EF3T
    • Eddy Finn EF1C Concert Ukulele

      Eddy Finn EF1C Concert Ukulele

      $140.00
      Stock No: EF1C
    • Xtreme Ukulele Stand

      Xtreme Ukulele Stand

      $15.95
      Stock No: TV9640
    • Kohala Lanikai Ukulele Pack - Soprano

      Kohala Lanikai Ukulele Pack - Soprano

      $139.95
      Stock No: LUKPSS
    • Mahalo Baritone Ukulele

      Mahalo Baritone Ukulele

      $119.00
      Stock No: UK320B
    • Mahalo TL Syle Ukulele

      Mahalo TL Syle Ukulele

      $109.00
      Stock No: UTL1EB
    • Mahalo LP Syle Ukulele

      Mahalo LP Syle Ukulele

      $89.00
      Stock No: ULP1
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    Ukuleles

    With a name that means “jumping flea” to many Hawaiians, the ukulele was the Hawaiian interpretation of the various small Portuguese guitars which had made landfall in the islands in the course of Hawaii’s encounters over the centuries with European mercantile powers. With the avid support of King Kalakaua in the late 19th century, the ukulele became established in Hawaiian culture.

    The ukuleles at the Hawaiian Pavilion captivated visitors to San Francisco’s 1915 Pacific International Exposition, igniting a fad for ukulele music that ran through Tin Pan Alley, carrying the instrument into the jazz age and featuring in a number of early sound-on-film experiments..

    Conveniently compact and inexpensive, the ukulele was a favourite too of vaudeville performers, and during the interwar years occupied  much the same position in popular music as the guitar was to do, post WW2. Sheet music of the day included ukulele charts

    The ukulele was to experience a dramatic boost to its cultural significance when in 1960 the Canadian educator Chalmers Doane recruited it as a cheap,  handy instrument for teaching children the rudiments of music. Doane’s program continues in Canada, and children all over the world continue to benefit from the ukulele’s many virtues as a teaching instrument.

    Ukuleles are generally, but not always, made of wood. As well as from relatively inexpensive woods, a quite acceptable sound can be had from the use of plastics. More expensive, concert performance instruments can be made from dense woods such as mahogany. The typical ukulele has four strings, but five-stringed ukuleles do exist. On some ukes, the four strings are paired. The commonest size of ukulele is the concert soprano, but larger instruments, with a lower register, do exist, as does a smaller, sopranino ukulele. A variety of tuning is used, but for a concert soprano ukulele the commonest is C6-tuning: G4 C4 E4 A4. The “low” G is an octave higher than would be expected, giving “re-entrant” tuning. However Doane’s ukulele teaching method uses D tuning with a low 4th, A3 D4 F#4 B4, sometimes called "Canadian tuning".

    At Music Mart we carry a great range of Mahalo teaching ukuleles from as little as $29.95, as well as fine concert models in the soprano, tenor and baritone registers. These include electric models from makers such as Fender and .Kealoha. Whether you are buying a school ukulele for your child, or a concert instrument for your performing career, we’ll have one to suit your purpose and your pocket. Here are some of the brands we stock:

    Mahalo

    Best-known for their fine range of school ukuleles, with a startlingly high quality of sound that belies their colourful appearance.

    Kohala

    This American company makes a complete range of high quality ukuleles, but their Tiki Ukes, with their built-in tuner, are taking the ukulele world by storm.

    Lag

    Since 1978, French luthier Michel Lâg-Chavarria has dedicated himself to producing stringed instruments of the highest quality at affordable prices. We stock his Soprano Ukulele, a beautifully made instrument in natural French Satin finish.

    To learn more about our range of ukuleles, give us a call on (08) 9250 2015 or send an email enquiry.