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    I'd never seen many of these brand
    names before.

    Article looks like Amazon spam to me.

    I do not trust it.
    -Joe......Have uke, will travel...

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    I have, nor have I ever had, any desire whatever to buy a uke off Amazon. However, I feel like I need to walk into these discussions because many times I am asked by beginners "Will you sell me a uke/Where can I get a uke?"
    I would never tell a beginner to buy a uke off Amazon.
    See, what it boils down to, to me, is that a beginner doesn't know that her uke needs to be set up, let alone be able to do it herself. I've been playing for several years, and I still don't own a fret file.
    I see so many poorly set up ukes, that I'm considering buying some files and learning to do setups from You Tube, or my luthier, who is weary of doing them, keeps him away from building.
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    I will be able to comment more tomorrow after 10 more of the Enya ukuleles arrive, but perhaps we have a first vendor that can be trusted to have every ukulele set up correctly from Amazon? If memory serves, The Ukulele Site was once on Amazon.

    I also wanted to say that I never intended for this thread to have such a long life (I would rather keep reading new entries on the "How did the ukulele find you" thread). It was an article that surfaced somewhere, and in particular I found it amazing that Donner was listed just after hearing about it for the first time from Got a Ukulele. I never meant for this to be an anti (or pro) Amazon thread, and honestly, didn't even pay attention to that aspect when I posted the original post!
    Playing ukulele since January 2016.

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    Sorry 'bout that Choirguy....some of us can't help but hijack a thread now and then.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Choirguy View Post
    You can, but there is a risk in doing so. While some UU members are focused on the quality of the instrument for the beginner (and yes, I have seen the suggestion of a Kamaka as a first instrument), one of the more common bits of advice is to buy a ukulele from a dealer that sets up the instrument for a common string action, rather than getting a ukulele from a big vendor.

    Higher action means harder to play. Higher action due to a high nut means that beginner chords on the first fret are harder to play. And theoretically, an instrument that is set up right should play more closely in tune.

    So the suggestion to not buy from eBay or Amazon as a first instrument is generally good advice. That said, Mim's store front is via eBay...and she is one of the best out there.
    Just be sure to call her. Should would rather avoid ebay fees, and she might throw in a case or something and it's a win win for both.

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    I haven't heard of the brands, but it's not Amazon spam--the Wirecutter is well regarded. This might not be their area of expertise, they might be wrong, but they aren't scammers.

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    A buddy came over yesterday with two uke he bought. One was 27.00 the other 31.00. I'm used to hi end uke but these were wonderful, spot on action and intonation.https://m.banggood.com/Deviser-Ukule.../ukuleles.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by Patrick Madsen View Post
    A buddy came over yesterday with two uke he bought. One was 27.00 the other 31.00. I'm used to hi end uke but these were wonderful, spot on action and intonation.https://m.banggood.com/Deviser-Ukule.../ukuleles.html
    I see that they are selling Kakas too. I think that someone was talking about them a while ago.
    https://m.banggood.com/Kaka-21-23-26...ottom-alsolike
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    Kaka is the same company as Enya. Not sure what to make of the Deviser...the audio sample wouldn't make me want to buy one. They are saying it is solid spruce and rosewood. That's can't be at $34.
    Playing ukulele since January 2016.

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