As posted last week, I bought my daughter a plastic dolphin and thought I'd provide an update on setup (considering I rate these so highly)
I bought my first Dolphin from the Highly Strung online store (based in Wantage). Its a shop I very much like, cos I know it is run by a musician who cares. I knew the dolphin would come with nasty strings so ordered it with Aquilas. Even though he knew I would be changing strings, he set it up for me very good - adjusting the nut slots and the saddle height - the thing played perfectly on arrival - all for £25 plus £2 packing.
My review of that is here - CLICK HERE
Anyway, Highly Strung only do them in three colours, and I wanted something different for my daughter - have been keeping an eye on UK stores waiting for confirmed plastic models to come in - I found one at Bonsai Guitars LINK who I had never seen before - in fact I found loads there - in tons of colours. £25.50 and free delivery - I ordered her purple
The service was great - and it arrived in super quick time (despite the free postage)
Setup though was, sadly, lacking - mainly at the saddle which needed a major sanding down. One of the tuners was also loose. I have set it up myself and put Aquilas on it - and it now plays great - the beauty of these Dolphins.
In summary therefore, if you are looking for no nonsense well set up instrument in the UK - go to Highly Strung. If you desperately want to get a wackier colour - go to Bonsai - but be prepared to do a bit of work on it yourself.
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