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It was also an inspiration to spend a whole lot more than I originally intended for what was then a passing fancy.

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I later bought an electric guitar, an American-made Stratocaster clone. Besides, I had been brought up listening to George Formby on the banjo ukulele (or banjolele), and a bit of Cliff Edwards, so it was in my blood, more or less.

Plus I started playing harmonica again (see my harmonica review pages). I had heard buskers playing charango in Zihuatanejo at La Casa Cafe and I became very interested in the little instrument. I went to the local music stores for advice and to purchase (always shop local, first).

Towards the end of winter '08, I decided to add ukulele to my practice. I spoke at length (in my abysmal Spanish) to one of the performers, and he even let me try out his charango. I was shown some cheap $30-or-less knock-offs, and my inquiries for something of higher quality met with a shrug of the shoulders, and the presentation of a catalogue with a single "better" ($75) uke listed.

I'm not a musician: I'm just someone who likes to make music.

I hack away at it; I have since I was 14, back when the Beatles were still new.

For a short while in my 20s and 30s, I was very serious about playing music; I studied, I tried many instruments, and I jammed a lot, sometimes daily, at least weekly, but because I don't have any real musical talent or training, my enthusiasm generally outpaced my talent.

Still, I enjoy playing, and perhaps learning even more. I had sold my last guitar a few years back in order to focus on other things (the shakuhachi, for one).

I got the impression ukuleles weren't treated as "serious" instruments, not serious enough for either store to have a tuned one on hand at least.

And certainly not serious for anyone to want to take more of my money for one. I spent hours surfing uke-related forums, blogs and websites, trying to match my growing interests with my limited budget, trying to understand everything about ukulele brands, woods, strings, sizes and finishes, reading reviews and comparisons. I also spent time on You Tube and similar sites looking at the brilliant new performers - like Jake Shimabukuro and Mike Okouchi and Israel Kamakawiwo'ole, Brittni Paiva, the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain and others - musicians who have returned the uke from a novelty into a serious musical instrument for a new generation, and in turn helped spawn the ukulele renaissance.

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