My nails were growing, but then at the crucial point, a night's uke playing smashed the index nail.
At our uke group we have an excellent bassist and a guy who plays instrumentals on mandolin and banjo uke.
I had been toying with the idea of buying a lap steel, but, except for a couple of us, Hawaiian music doesn't go down well there (even less Robert Crumb's style of playing it), and we only play one Western Swing number at the moment (but that will change). But we play up to a dozen numbers where a violin solo would work, so I spent £50 on one. It ought to be good at that price (incl. case and bow and rosin)
. One of our players is a professional violist, but she's a bit shy and can't play without music, but I might cadge a lesson or two from her.
1975 Calatayud y Gisbert, Yamaha CG131S.