Is there really a ukulele shortage in Britain?

There's a nice piece in The Times today claiming that Britain is facing a shortage of ukuleles, with most supplies sold out until a ship arrives from China in June. They're blaming the craze on the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, although I suspect enthusiastic MT coverage is to blame. Of course, the story of a shortage is nonsense - eBay has blenty of ukes, from the classic £18.99 Pink Flying V - #270132175720 to a rather elegant Martin at £275 - #120129269037. (Picture shows Rev. Ken of the romantic-sounding

Phew ! I was already beginning to worry.
I have two :(
For some reason I had escaped the crappy plastic things for years, then last year I got two as presents. Fantastic I thought.

(please note the sarcasm in that last mini sentence - although I appreciate getting presents)
I have a Greg Bennett baritone uke (made by Samick) and it is a real quality instrument - beautifully made, abalone binding, grover tuners, sprice top, etc, etc. It plays really nicely too and is a good alternative to a travel guitar when going places.
(Sorry - SPRUCE).
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