Barry Maz is creating Ukulele Reviews and Buyers Guides
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The Got A Ukulele website has, for some time, been one of the most popular sources on the Internet for impartial advice and reviews for ukulele buyers. It is also the home to the largest collection on non-commercial and impartial instrument reviews online going back over many years.

One thing people wrongly assume though is that I get paid by brands to write the site - I don't. The majority of the instruments I review are provided on loan only and I dont charge brands anything to write about them. The only income the site generates is a small amount of Google advertising revenue, but believe me - it doesn't pay the bills! I also want to ensure that the  loan reviews are mixed with non loan instruments - that keeps things balanced and more impartial for the reader - but that takes funds. And I am NOT buying them to create a mammoth ukulele collection for myself - I simply don't have the space in my house (or that understanding a family!!) Once they are reviewed they are then donated to local schools and charities, or sold to fund more ukes (which eventually end up being donated to the same places) The whole thing becomes 'self sufficient' and the local community get gifted free ukes in the end. So for there to be more reviews, more have to be acquired! 

I am asked several times weekly to review certain instruments, and I do always then ask the brands. Not all want to engage though and this is where buying them to try to keep my readers satisfied becomes so important.

I WOULD like to keep the website going but have to justify it financially and not treat it like a vanity project. I'd like to get hold of more gear to review, but I can't do that on my own (or at least without losing my marriage!).  Think of dontations as a means to keep the site going, but eventually your funds end up with a charity or in the hands of schoolkids to help people start enjoying the ukulele. Alternatively of course, you might just want to donate to say thank you and buy me a beer. Of course that is hugely appreciated too! Either way though - the funds go back into the website to keep bringing you content.

And no - I am not doing 'Patron only content'  like some channels choose to do - I personally find that creates an 'us and them' feeling with readers. I said when I started that Got A Ukulele content will always be free for ALL readers, so this would go against that. Got A Ukulele is NOT a subscription site. Donations are therefore purely a 'thank you' and not forced on anyone. If you can't donate, you can still read everything on the site!

For whatever reason you assist though, my sincere thanks to you.

www.gotaukulele.com
Goals
49 of 500 patrons
Donations help keep the site going in part, but are also a very nice way to say thanks for the work already created and available for all to read. All donations go back into the site, mainly to get gear to review, which are then subsequently donated to charity or local school.

The goals on this Patreon are not about giving supporters something that they feel they have to pay for to get a special 'tier' - Got a Ukulele will NEVER be a two tier website with extras for those with money. I hate that and it just isn't what the site is about. Free to all. If those that have the funds can help to support it for the majority, then that's a wonderful thing and much appreciated.
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The Got A Ukulele website has, for some time, been one of the most popular sources on the Internet for impartial advice and reviews for ukulele buyers. It is also the home to the largest collection on non-commercial and impartial instrument reviews online going back over many years.

One thing people wrongly assume though is that I get paid by brands to write the site - I don't. The majority of the instruments I review are provided on loan only and I dont charge brands anything to write about them. The only income the site generates is a small amount of Google advertising revenue, but believe me - it doesn't pay the bills! I also want to ensure that the  loan reviews are mixed with non loan instruments - that keeps things balanced and more impartial for the reader - but that takes funds. And I am NOT buying them to create a mammoth ukulele collection for myself - I simply don't have the space in my house (or that understanding a family!!) Once they are reviewed they are then donated to local schools and charities, or sold to fund more ukes (which eventually end up being donated to the same places) The whole thing becomes 'self sufficient' and the local community get gifted free ukes in the end. So for there to be more reviews, more have to be acquired! 

I am asked several times weekly to review certain instruments, and I do always then ask the brands. Not all want to engage though and this is where buying them to try to keep my readers satisfied becomes so important.

I WOULD like to keep the website going but have to justify it financially and not treat it like a vanity project. I'd like to get hold of more gear to review, but I can't do that on my own (or at least without losing my marriage!).  Think of dontations as a means to keep the site going, but eventually your funds end up with a charity or in the hands of schoolkids to help people start enjoying the ukulele. Alternatively of course, you might just want to donate to say thank you and buy me a beer. Of course that is hugely appreciated too! Either way though - the funds go back into the website to keep bringing you content.

And no - I am not doing 'Patron only content'  like some channels choose to do - I personally find that creates an 'us and them' feeling with readers. I said when I started that Got A Ukulele content will always be free for ALL readers, so this would go against that. Got A Ukulele is NOT a subscription site. Donations are therefore purely a 'thank you' and not forced on anyone. If you can't donate, you can still read everything on the site!

For whatever reason you assist though, my sincere thanks to you.

www.gotaukulele.com

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