Music stores

Here are some local music stores where you can find ukuleles, accessories, and, of course, ukuleles! Here's a primer on how to choose a ukulele. Strap buttons should be installed by a knowledgeable and skilled luthier. I recommend Randolin and Guitar Sam (call first). Recycled Reading is also a good choice if you leave your uke with them for a few days. Not all ukes are built to accommodate strap buttons. A knowledgeable luthier should be aware of this.

 

  • RANDOLIN  215 College St., Burlington (kitty-corner from the Roxy Theater and upstairs) 651-0070. If you want work done (strap installed, etc.), call first to make sure owner Nowa Randall is in. He also has strings, straps, capos, tuners, and a sweet herd of ukuleles to play with while he’s working on yours. Strap button installation on the spot (call first!).

  • GUITAR SAM  71 Main St., Montpelier, 802-229-0295. Call first to make sure Kevin Crossett, the owner, is in for strap button installations, setups, etc. They have a great selection of instruments and accessories and are very helpful and knowledgeable. Strap button installation on the spot (call first!).

  • RECYCLED READING  in Bristol (owner’s name is Melissa) has a fabulous selection of ukes and accessories. She works with a luthier, so you’ll have to leave your uke with her for a few days if you want a strap button installed.

  • ONLINE There are many online sources, but the only place I recommend for getting a ukulele online, especially for beginners, is Mim's Ukes. On her website, you can see exactly which uke you're getting, plus she makes sure they're all set up properly before they go out the door. There are many badly made ukes out in the world that can take the ease and fun out of learning and playing. Give yourself the best chance at getting a good uke by trying local first, then Mim's.

  • GUITAR CENTER (802-872-7627) in Maple Tree Place in Williston, near Starbucks. NOTE: I hesitate to include them because ukuleles seem to be low on their priority for knowledge, sales, and service. Also, if you want work done, go somewhere else. I pretty much include them only in service of freeing the ukuleles trapped in their store -- and they are a decent resource for accessories, like strings, capos, tuners, stands, etc.