Thank you guys so much for the good advice and wise counsel. I'm definitely going to go to this
wonderful shop here in London to give 'em all a strum and pluck. I can't imagine buying an instrument without holding it to see if it fits, to see if it feels sweet in your hands. I know others don't go in for personification of inanimate objects in the silly way that I do, but I can't shake the idea that you have to make friends
with your instrument before you claim the little guy as your own.
I know you're all going to laugh gently at me for saying this, but there's something so peaceful
about looking at ukuleles. It makes me feel all serene and happy. They're all so interesting and soulful, and I like hearing about all the different woods that go into making them. I'm especially drawn to the pineapple-shaped ukuleles, like this one:
I love the lute-like shape of it, with it's big, happy tummy. Here's another beautiful one from DaSilva
Isn't that gorgeous? I can't spend absurd ammounts of money on my uke, but maybe if I practise and practise and get really good, I'll save my pennies and buy one of these beautiful babies someday. Here's one more that I think is just wonderful, with an abalone turtle around the sound hole, and a headstock that looks like a wing, or maybe a fin:SO PRETTY!
I've been having a nose around to see if I can figure out what kind Bret uses, but I haven't been lucky yet. It's a six-stringer, as you say, which is a bit unusual. I can't seem to find a picture of it where I can make out the icon on the headstock, but it's gold and has curly calligraphy. I think the wood might be mahogany, which is very lovely. It might even be a custom-made jobbie, which seems not-uncommon in the uke world. Here's a snap you guys can peer at to see if you can make out the insignia. Indigo, I know you, especially, will appreciate my using this one:
I'm not giving up. You can't keep me down. I'll find it. I will!