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    Default Hawaiian swing bluegrass in the Philippines

    Hi all -

    I moved to Subic Bay Philippines three years ago from Portland Oregon where I played mandolin and guitar in a bluegrass band. I've always loved the ukulele and now I'm on to this big 4 string adventure. Excited to be on this forum.

    Even though many wonderful ukuleles are made in Asia (Ohana, Pono, etc.) It's very difficult to buy one here. Rapacious Philippines customs adds hundreds of dollars to the price of anything imported. I'm looking at three or four different tenor ukes and may just have to send one to the US and bring it back with me on my next trip in Sept. Grrrr.

    Mabuhay - Mike

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    Welcome to the UU forum, Mike!

    Oh, us Europeans deal with high import costs too, so I can relate. The $100+ shipping aside, there's another 22-25% of the total (including shipping and insurance) in VAT and import taxes due. That was relatively fine when the US dollar was worth less than the Euro, but now they are almost equal, so importing from the States is doubly punishing.

    Do you use a pick with your uke? If so, which thickness do you prefer?
    Current main players: Moon Bird concert and Barron River tenor. My other ukes are listed on my profile page.

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    Welcome to UU Mike.
    All the best,
    Campbell

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    I'll learn Hawaiian strums & fingers w/ the uke. Flatpick for bluegrass, Irish, fiddle tunes. Being forced to wait on my purchase has the advantage of giving me more time to research and obsess - haha.

    Looking at tenors:
    Pono Acacia
    Opio Acacia
    Romero Tiny Tenor
    Big Island Koa

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    Maybe these folks can help, perhaps someone is selling a quality used tenor: https://www.facebook.com/UkuleleCebu

    Don't know if these are any good or not, but all solid mango: http://mabuhay-ukulele.com/

    Here? http://www.wheninmanila.com/ukulele-...e-philippines/
    Last edited by PhilUSAFRet; 04-23-2017 at 01:44 PM.

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    Welcome! Are there no luthiers in the Philippines?
    "Those who bring sunshine and laughter to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves".

    Music washes from the soul, the dust of everyday living.

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    Welcome to UU, Mike! I used to live in Manila and Subic is a bit of a drive out.

    In case you're visiting Manila soon, here's a place you can check out: https://www.facebook.com/happymusicPH/. Looks like a cool place, what with the spontaneous jam sessions, and I've seen some friends posting about it on FB.

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