I'm already saving my pennies for my first uke. Something's happening to the music shops.

The two can co-exist in harmony; there's no gentle weeping of your six-stringed companion to worry about. By the s, Sears Roebuck and other department store catalogs offered ukes for a couple of dollars—and sometimes even for free with the purchase of lessons. Something's happening to the music shops.

It's the ultimate democratic instrument for recession-hit times: The ukulele was mass produced between and by an American plastics manufacturer, which degraded the instruments build quality as nine million inexpensive ukuleles were turned out.