This is another article in our occasional look at ukulele stores. Note that if you buy from a specialist store, it may cost you a little more than from a bulk supplier (e.g. amazon) online, but you get access to advice and expertise, and you can try out the instrument, and paying a small premium to ensure that this facility survives can be worthwhile.
Andertons is a store based in Guildford. Though it is a sizeable shop, they have only a modest ukulele collection. As I write, they don’t stock the very cheap Mahalo/Makala instruments, though they do have reasonably priced instruments from Stagg and Vintage, both of which can make a quality instrument for a beginner – a reasonable entry on the price/quality spectrum.
It can be tricky to park near Andertons in busy periods, there are spaces outside the store (give consideration to driving away, I prefer to reverse into the space as otherwise to leave there is a reverse onto a main road) – or on the opposite side of the road (crossing is difficult). Failing that, there are car parks in the town centre. The ukuleles are on the left hand side just past the counter.
Andertons is very geared up for the guitar, and so it has seemed to me that the ukes are a bit of an afterthought. Their ukulele collection is growing as there is a strong uke scene in Guildford, but the choice is still rather limited – however, I bought my first uke from them (a concert stagg acoustic uke) and it has served very well despite being dropped on the floor of the pub several times.
Andertons is not a uke specialist, but it is a well established music store, and the ukes they do stock are very sound.
The ukulele has quickly got me to a standard where I can play along with a group of people in a pub, something which, when I first picked up a uke, was my goal. Now, my goal is to keep having fun with 'me little ukulele in me hand'.
I have been playing since 2011, and I am a teacher.