If your one of those budding ukulele players looking for a reliable start up uke with a full bodied sound, then the DU-150 Traditional Soprano Ukulele by Diamond Head is probably the instrument that’s going to fulfill your needs.
It’s affordable, great value for money, comes with an easy to play 3 chord chart and gig bag for easy transport. The body and neck are constructed from maple wood that is coated with a semi gloss stain for an attractive finished shine.
Don’t be fooled into mistaking this baby for a toy. There has been a lot of care and consideration that has gone into it’s manufacture. In fact this model to be of benefit for both young and old.
So, what’s special about this Ukulele? The Diamond Head soprano ukulele is definitely the most recommendable ukulele for children. Recommended age range would be between 3 years to 12 years, why? The simple fact is, it’s safe for them, the reason being, because it’s small. It’s a breeze for your little tot to easily lug around with them.
Using your Diamond Head DU-150
When you first start to use your ukulele you will find that, until the nylon strings get a little wear, they are going to need tuning more often. When they’ve been used a while and they’ve been given time to stretch a little, you’ll notice that you won’t have to tune them as often to stay at the required pitch.
This is normal and to be expected so don’t get the idea that there is something wrong with the strings. You will find the actual tuning to be relatively easy using the nickel plated tuning machines. These are enhanced by the smooth action and a high gear ratio. The strings are separately colored.
Green is G, red is C, E gets yellow and A comes in blue
Overall the Soprano ukulele has a warm mellow kind of sound that brings visions of the Hawaiian Islands to mind. This instrument would go well with the swaying palm trees and hula hula dancers with swinging grass skirts. Feeling a little down? Settle down with your Diamond Head DU-150 for a couple of hours, relax and dream about a desert island paradise.
While your doing that, let’s consider the five amazing features that this product is made up of.
Diamond Head DU-150 Soprano Ukulele Review | 5 Major Features
A tuner is not supplied with this product, but as already mentioned, they are pretty cheap to buy and I’ve found a lot of players are just downloading a tuner app to their mobile phone and using that. Most are free and they are quite adequate for getting the job done.
Guitar style tuners are fitted. With an ample ratio of 15.1, you’ll find little trouble in twisting the easy turn knobs to arrive at the right pitch.
This ukulele is fitted with the usual number of 4 strings. Each string has a different color to make each string easily identifiable and as a consequence, making the playing a little easier to master.
The sting coloring are:G for Green, C for red, E for yellow, and A for blue.
The strings are made of Aquila nylgut which is a different material from nylon. It stays in tune longer and has a better sound. However, a little extra care may be need to be taken whilst installing them. Exposed ends of strings may be a little sharp so it probably wouldn’t be a bad idea to give them a quick smooth over with a bit of fine grade sandpaper to save any unwelcome scratches.
This product has a dimension of 21 x 7 x 2.2 inches and not too hefty weighing in at just 1 pound. It has a traditional look about it complemented with it’s dark mahogany semi-gloss stain.
It’s fingerboard, fitted with nickel plated frets, and bridge are hardwood for durability, the body and neck, maple.
The task of string changing isn’t so hard due to the fitted easy tie-on bridge. New strings will stay in tune longer, once stretched to their limit, due to the efficiency of the geared guitar style tuners.
Until the instrument has been used for a period of time certain problems may arise until the strings have adjusted to their full potential. You may experience a little buzzing or/and flatness from the stings. As I’ve already stated, you will need a little perseverance to overcome some of these problems, when and if they occur.
It comes in a box with an instruction booklet and 3 chord chart.
Tuning the Diamond Head Du-150 Soprano Ukulele
To simplify this routine it is best to use a tuner made for this purpose. Our recommendation would be the Golden Gate PT-1 Posi-Tune Compact or a similar tuner meant for this purpose.
You can use any electronic tuner or, come to that, get an app for your mobile phone and use that.
Start by turning the tuning peg posts on each string to find a pitch that is something close to that which you are looking for.
Our aim is to tune each string starting at the top and working to the bottom.
We want to finish with with the strings tuned to G – C – E – A
Due to the nylon material that ukulele strings are made out of, each string will need to be manually tightened and stretched a number of times before it reaches the potential for staying in tune for any length of time. This means it should be a while before the fully stretched strings need to be adjusted again.
We would ask you to have a little patience while performing this exercise as strings can be brittle and if too much force is applied, string damage may be the result. Taking more care now this will pay dividends in the long run.
This exercise will need to be repeated a number of times before the desired result is reached. Your strings will have to be re tuned over the next couple of weeks. Don’t rush it. Once again we must stress, your patience now will reward you ten fold in the future. When you find that your strings are holding the required pitch without further adjustments, then you will be able to get on with the actual fun of playing. Remember, the same applies to tuning, as that in playing, practice makes perfect.
Why Should You Use Diamond Head DU-150 Soprano Ukulele?
For what you get, this is a great deal. Want a good sounding reliable uke at a budget price? Get this one!
Because this product is constructed with durable materials, namely maple and hardwood, it stands to reason that if you are seeking an instrument for your boistress off spring to practice his/her music on, without damaging your pocket too much, then, this one might just be your answer.
3. Gig Bag
This product comes with a gig bag complete with a comfortable handle to help you to lug it around.
4. Removable Strings
This also uses the easy-tie-on bridge which makes replacing strings super-duper easy.
At only one pound weight, you can practice and carry this around for ages without your arms falling off .
- This product is lightweight and dependable
- It comes with a gig bag with handle
- This has a gear ratio of 15:1 for easier tuning
- Fitted with easy tie-on bridge
- It has the traditional soprano body shape
- The strings are different colors for quick identity
- Last but not least……The Price
The Negative Things
- The strings can take a while before they begin to hold their pitch without constant re-tuning
FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions
- Is this ukulele left-handed?
Answer: No! This is for right-handed users.
- Are the four strings already attached, or do I have to fix it by myself?
Answer: You don’t need to attach the strings. The strings are fixed already.
- Does it come with diamond; why is it called described that way?
Answer: Its head looks like a diamond. This helps users to differentiate it from other products in the market.
- Can I paint it?
Answer: Yes, but only with chalkboard paint or paint that doesn’t require raw and finished wood.
- Does it come with tuners?
Answer: No, it doesn’t come with tuners, just get and app on your mobile
All in all, if you want an affordable great sounding, knock around ukulele that you can take out and about to your gigs without worrying about damaging a more expensive instrument, then you just can’t go past the Diamond Head DU-150 Traditional Soprano Ukulele. Although I wouldn’t quite consider it disposable, I wouldn’t worry too much even if the kids were giving it some biff. In a nutshell it’s a great rough-and-ready-toss-about-uke with few unsolvable problems.