I don’t live in a big city and it’s rare to find a ukulele store within 100 miles radius of my town. For that reason, I was super excited when I learned about a new ukulele store opening up only 8 miles from my house! Mainland Ukes in Nashville, Indiana is run by Mike Hater and his wife Tookta. Mike was the instrument setup person for another well known uke company and recently had the opportunity to strike out on his own.
The store itself is in an easy to find location, so if you ever find yourself in Nashville, Indiana, you can find it at 90 Washington Street.
Tookta and Mike in their workshop.
They already have a selection accessories, such as replacement tuning keys…
Chromatic tuners, gig bags, wall hangers, etc.
As far as instruments, they have a few Fluke and Flea ukuleles for sale.
But of course, the instruments that you would primarily be interested in if you visited the shop or the online store are their own Mainland Ukes.
They have a gorgeous matte or gloss finished solid Mahogany model that comes in soprano, concert and tenor. The matte finish looks really nice in my opinion.
They also carry a gloss finished solid Cedar topped / Rosewood back and sides model that looks equally nice. It’s also available in all three main sizes.
If you order online, you can specify different types of tuners, friction, sealed, button type, etc.
Check out that cool rope binding.
Even their logo is the rope binding.
I didn’t get a chance to sit down and play any of the ukes, but Mike might let me review one at some point.
Before I left the store, Mike took me to the ‘nursery’ where almost 200 babies were sleeping. To be in a room with that many ukes… ahhhh
The affordable ukes look really nice and from what little I played with them, they sound equally nice.
Mike also mentioned that he’s hoping to make a banjo ukulele available soon. I was really interested in hearing that bit of info as I’d like to try one.
Mainland Ukes motto is that “not all great ukuleles are made in Hawaii”. I wish them luck in their new venture.