*Extra links below for those who seeking place to buy Ukes in East and West Malaysia.
I found that there are some people were lead to my link when they search "where to get Ukulele in Malaysia". I know there is no information for that because I already tried to search it and disappointed with the result. Anyway this is the answer... None!
As I lived in Sabah, I already tried to find all over Kota Kinabalu music shop/center and tried to ask my friend to find one for me in Kuala Lumpur. Unfortunately, you only can find cheap China Made ukulele. Price wise, very cheap. Quality wise, not good. There is some shop that sell good quality ukulele but again, it is very expensive. Quality, okay, Price wise, too expensive for that particular brand.
Why buy good quality? Buying musical instrument is like investing. When you invest your money to a good quality music instrument, it will be a life long enjoyment. Provided that you care for that instrument. But buying an overprice instrument also can be a burden.
Buying a cheap ukulele also have another downside. Sometimes, the fret board are not accurate, making any beginner frustrated because the sound that the ukulele produce are not accurate and this will hamper any further learning improvement.
Unless you really want and willing to buy, I recommend Ukulele Movement, the first and only music shop specializing in ukuleles, in Singapore. I know it is too far away from Sabah, but the service that they gave are the finest one that I ever get compare to my local music shop.
I bought my first ukulele from them last December 2009 through email. Their reply are good and fast. They even recommend you based on your budget. You can make your payment through Paypal, credit card or bank transfer. I'm not sure if they accept Maybank money transfer but you can always try to ask them.
I bought one for our first born, Sean Taro, Christmas present. That is when he only 1 month old. Now, almost 6 month, he already show interest to ukulele when I strum it and first thing when he woke up, he will reach the ukulele first and try to strum (yes 5 month and can strum with his fingers) the ukulele that we put in his cot along with his diapers and cloths. He even show interest when I play White Sandy Beach, Israel Kamakawiwo Ole.
Be prepared to spend about RM300 for a decent ukulele. And that will include postage around Malaysia. I recommend you Makala Soprano ukulele. It is good for beginner. Apart of it, it can be a good addition for your music instrument collection like me.
So for those who wanted to buy one, try contact them. For those who already have one, have fun.
Update * Now you can get Ukulele in Malaysia!
Another update * Where you can get UKULELE in SABAH!
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