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  1. #91
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    Honestly, vintage Martin tenors have become my go to uke. Once I played a couple of those, my search was over.
    Originally posted by ukemunga:
    "Best is a very personal thing. Gotta play it to love it. And you'll always think there's one better. And there is."

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    Quote Originally Posted by bazmaz View Post
    For me - my most owned and played, mainly because I think they have the best balance between price and quality is Pono.

    But that's just me.

    I own more expensive ukuleles and I own cheaper ones. Some of them are individual favourites - but all round, it's Pono for me.
    Quote Originally Posted by Debussychopin View Post
    That is interesting. Can you share some points as to the Ponos?
    It's not just you. I have some ukuleles, including customs, that cost more than my Pono, yet my Pono is easily the best-quality construction of the bunch.
    Build quality - superb.
    Playability - excellent.
    Tone - wonderful.
    Visual appeal - not curly koa, but still very beautiful.
    The gloss finish remains mirror smooth and I have had this ukulele about 10 years now.

    I just can't say enough about how much I love playing my Pono.

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    My Quiver: S & J Craft Milo Tenor "Liliu" six string custom and Milo and Lychee concert by Emil Bader
    Pono PKT-1 Koa Tenor w/MiSi, Lanikai LU-21T - Autographed!, Hikare CU 528 Baritone
    R&L all koa mini concert, Mainland Gecko, Epiphone Les Paul Vintage, Purple Kamoa GC-700, Kala Concert
    Nothin' left to do but : ) : ) : )

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    Currently, my Mainland spruce top Baritone.
    All time, my Gretsch Clarophone banjolele.
    •Framus 6197 Tenor
    •Gretsch G9470 Clarophone Banjo Ukulele
    •Hadean UKB22 UBass Zebrawood
    •Ibanez Uew10qm Ew Concert
    •Kala KA-S Soprano
    •Kala KA-SSTU-T Travel Tenor
    •Kay Soprano (Plastic Fretboard 1950s)
    •Koalana Soprano (first gen.)
    •Lanakai LB6-S Soprano Banjolele
    •Lanakai LQA-C Concert
    •Lanakai LU21T Tenor
    •Luna Tattoo Electric Concert
    •Outdoor Ukulele Black #35
    •Outdoor Ukulele Transparent
    •Werco Metal Necked Soprano
    •Zeynel Abidin Cumbus Ukulele
    •Zither Heaven Cherry Banjo Ukulele Tenor

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    Quote Originally Posted by gitarzan View Post
    Currently, my Mainland spruce top Baritone.
    Do you have any video of yourself playing it? I've been curious to hear those ever since I saw them on the Mainland site.
    uke collection:
    Vintage Martin Tenor, Johnson UK-200 Baritone, Blue Star Baritone Deluxe, Luna Great Wave Concert, Kala Gloss Black U-Bass

    songs:
    https://soundcloud.com/bennypaul

    videos (includes uke demos):
    http://youtube.com/user/theschumanity

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    I love all my ukes, but I have to say that for sheer noodling draw and easiness to play, I love my Kala KA-STE-C Tenor. It sounds good, the neck feels good, the fret spacing is comfortable and it sounds great through my Yamaha THR5A amp. I record with it and it does the business. Now, I love all my other ukes, from the Kala UBass, through my Noah Monkeypod Concert, to my amazing Rob Collins Sapele Soprano. I am thinking about a pickup for my soprano, if anyone has any ideas for a decent one at a reasonable price, I'm all ears :-)
    Fuzzbass (Steve 45)

    Rob Collins Tin Guitar Sapele Soprano
    Kala Mahogany U Bass
    Kala KA-STE-C Tenor
    Noah Monkeypod Electro Concert

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    Depends what you call a decent price, MISI Trio or maybe a Shadow pickup(?).
    Keith M --> likes a long neck - & baritone.

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    My Kamoa E3 tenor and my Kala solid acacia 8 string tenor are definitely the most played. The Kamoa is my play by myself for the sheer joy of playing uke (though every time I play in front of people I get a ton of compliments on the sound). The a Kala is what I go to for a full sound to strum or pluck out a pretty melody for others to hear. The doubled strings and all solid wood construction make it really sing.

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