Recommended ukulele stores
Many of us who have discovered the ukulele have come to find these instruments wonderfully seductive. There is also a massive range of instruments all of which can sound and play very differently. I personally recommend the following ukulele stores for buying instruments. Each one is unique and not only has a fantastic range of ukuleles, but crucially also provides an excellent personal service. I have shopped in all these stores and most of my current collection comes from these shops. Every instrument is different and I always advise players to spend some time trying out a wide range of ukuleles to find what you love the most.
Japanese stores are top of the list simply because the range and quality is so great. Take a look below and increase your visa limit before heading East!
This store is full of great instruments, see http://nofofon.com/poepoe/ and a must visit for anyone coming to Tokyo
This store is astonishing with 2 floors packed with all kinds of ukuleles you may never see elsewhere as well an actual museum on the 4th floor – http://www.kiwayasbest.com/html/page17.html
They also have amazing cases of all colours, quality and sizes.
– http://www.ukulelemania.net/english/index.html One of the very best ukulele stores, period. Dean Leoni really knows his instruments as well. Here is a video clip from one of Nick Cody’s many visits there
Ukulele Store Ohana – http://www.ohana-k.jp/ A terrific esoteric ukulele store with a great range of instruments from both Japan and Hawaii
The Southern Ukulele Store
The Southern Ukulele Store has probably the best stock of ukuleles and uke related material in the UK. They also have an excellent website that shows the full range of what they offer
Ukulele photos courtesy of Karen Turner Photography