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Play your Ukulele Day

The Ukulele is one of the few mainstream stringed instruments that we do not stock at The Old Dairy. A few years ago we did look into them and found a couple of European luthiers. However, with Chinese mass produced imports being available for as little as £8, our hand-crafted instruments would have been seen as far too expensive.
02 - Ukulele dayShould you have a burning desire to turn your hand to the Ukulele we can get some in for you to try and we also offer our usual build to order service for soprano, tenor, and bass ukes as well as banjoleles and guitarleles. All hand crafted in Europe by first and second generation luthiers.
However, if you want something very distinctive and different we can also offer you a grande bouche ukulele courtesy of the wonderful Maurice Dupont with prices from £700 depending on what woods are used.

Cavaquinho

Our #ThrowbackThursday instrument this week is the Cavaquinho.

The cavaquinho is a traditional Portuguese instrument whose origins are not easily traced.  It is thought by some that the ancient Gallaeci were influenced by the Greeks, by others that it was brought to Braga by the Biscayans.

Whilst the ancient tuning was D-A-B-E most these days are tuned to D-G-B-D.  That said, given the precursors to the Ukulele are also thought to be Portuguese in origin – the braguinha and rajão, some will use baritone or tenor ukulele tunings.

Being not disimilar to a Ukulele we would recommend using our Schatten Design pickup as a more attractive alternative to the one used in the picture.

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