Time, Nov. 28, 1955: According to estimates by the American Musical Conference, the current rankings for numbers of US players by instrument (or type) was as follows: 1st: piano - 19,000,000, 2nd: guitar - 4,000,000, 3rd (tie): all woodwinds and brass - 2,000,000 each, 4th: ukulele - 1,600,000. (link)
See also a related blurb on uke sales: link
Time, March 12, 1928: Honolulu instrument maker George P. Mossman (aka "the Hawaiian Strad") is reported to have created a ukulele that can be heard 1/2 mile away.
from the Etsy web site
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Created by D.J. Coffman
600 Overholt DR
Scottdale, PA 15683
from the Big Foot And Tiki web site
Bigfoot & Tiki. The world’s first sitcom…ic! The story revolves around the “oddest of couples” living together in Big City. First there’s Bigfoot, who grew up as a loner with a wallflower personality. Bigfoot often stood out in a crowd for all the wrong reasons. He was intent on living alone until little Tiki came along, with his laid back, island living lifestyle and “no worries” attitude. Hijinks ensue.
Bailey Mandolin Straps
3523 N. Gleaner Road
Freeland, MI 48623
from the Bill Bailey Straps web site
Gigging professionals demand the Bailey endpin attachment system that’s safe, secure and fits over pickup jacks (or any endpin strap button). Other straps have extremely weak “slot and hole”" endpin attachments methods that become baggy and loose sometimes resulting in dropped instruments and damage. Don‘t trust a strip of leather with a hole and slot design to be secure.
P.O. Box 416
Holualoa, Hawai’i 96725
from the Holualoa ukulele Gallery web site
Just a few miles above Kailua-Kona, is the village of Holualoa. Once the bustling center of the Kona Coast, over the years it has attracted many artists and crafts people. Now famous as the art center of Kona, it has just about everything to offer the many visitors who discover this little piece of paradise.
from the Kani Ka Pila Klip web site
Kanikapila in style with the versatile, double-ended Kani Ka Pila Klip. Weighing less than 1 ounce, it folds down to less than 4 inches square, fitting easily into a pocket, purse, instrument case, or gig bag. The 4-inch-wide top clip holds music, song cards, chord charts, etc. The coated bottom clip expands to one inch and can clip onto music stands, mic stands, the backs of chairs, and the headstock of most ‘ukuleles, guitars, banjoes, etc. Two sturdy knuckle joints and a two-inch-long extension bar allow you to position things exactly where you need them. Comes with a black velveteen pouch.
Toll Free: 1-888-783-2969
from the Katahdin Studio Furniture web site
Featuring handcrafted Made in Maine furnishings influenced by Shaker, Arts & Crafts, and other traditional American designs. Each article has been developed with great care to balance functionality, aesthetics and value. Our pieces are primarily crafted from cherry, chosen for its stable nature, its workability and sheer beauty. Every Katahdin product is handcrafted one at a time with the most appropriate joinery methods. Finishes are hand rubbed in the tradition of fine woodworking.
from the Kuawa Road Productions web site
Kuawa Road Productions is a family owned and operated software development firm based in Honolulu, Hawaii. We were founded on a mission to create the next generation of mobile software that makes our users’ lives easy, efficient and fun.
28141 State Hwy 64
Canton, Texas 75103
Toll Free: (866) 500-2799
from the Kyser Musical Products web site
Since 1991, Kyser Musical Products has marketed the unique Quick Change capo. The ingenious design, performance and sturdy construction of the easy-to-use capo quickly caught on with musicians. Today it’s the best-selling product of its kind and the foundation of a company that grew out of a garage workshop to a worldwide presence applauded for the quality of its products.
Somerset, United Kingdom
e-mail: [email protected]
from the Moogly Moo, Unique Hand Painted Ukuleles web site
Moogly Moo (aka Mrs Nipper) has been painting for many years using a variety of media. She is also a keen ukulele player and singer. So it was with great excitement that she combined the two passions and began painting ukuleles. She has been painting ukuleles since the beginning of 2007. All the ukuleles are hand painted at Moogly Moo’s home studio in Somerset in the UK.
William Preston Robertson: producer & co-director
2009 23rd Street
Sacramento, CA 95818
Vox: (916) 736-1040
Email: [email protected]
from the Rock That Uke web site
Rock That Uke is a funky, curiously philosophical cinematic love poem that examines the near mystical allure of the four-stringed underdog of the musical world and the recent surge of alternative and experimental musicians on the American mainland who have taken up the instrument and incorporated the ukulele not just into their raucous and irreverent original compositions, but into a counter cultural/post-punk ethos.
by Peter and Donna Thomas
260 Fifteenth Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA 95062
Phone: (831) 475-14557
from the Ukulele Books Thomas web site
One day I thought to myself, “I love to make books and I love to play the ukulele. Can I put these two loves together? Can I make a book out of a uke?” After Donna and I made the first one, I thought, “How many more can we make? Each one will have to represent a different book structure, format or concept and each will still have to play....”
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