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    Default Best value solid mohagany soprano?

    UAS never ends, does it?

    I'm currently saving my filthy shekels for the next ukulele.
    Somehow, for some reason, I'd like to try a vintage style solid mahogany soprano.
    I've been looking at Mainland Ukuleles, Bushman, Ohana sk-28.
    Possibly something better if I can find it used.

    Any thoughts, advice, rants, or raves welcome!
    Playing my Magic Fluke and grinning like a fool!

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    A used Martin S1 would fit the bill nicely. I got mine here on UU and never regretted it.
    Martin OXK Soprano
    Kamaka HF3 Tenor
    Eastman EU3C Concert
    Martin S1

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    Any Martin soprano.
    " Anything larger than a soprano is cheating "
    " I'm no luthier but ,........"

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    Depends on how much you want to pay, several people on here have the Ohana, some have Kala, whilst others have Mainland &/or others.
    Much of the sound depends on the strings fitted also.
    I have a long neck Ohana solid mahogany, in fact I have two, one is tenor scale, the other is concert scale, I like them.
    Trying to do justice to various musical instruments.
    Formerly known as uke1950.

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    Bushman!? Really? that's interesting.
    If everybody wanted peace instead of another TV, then there would be peace.
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    Quote Originally Posted by stevepetergal View Post
    Bushman!? Really? that's interesting.
    Interesting? How so? No good?
    Playing my Magic Fluke and grinning like a fool!

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    Favilla Soprano. Used to be called a "poor Man's Martin" but many professional musicians back in the day like them better than Martins'. They have a very bluesy, smokey sound to them.

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    I'll be predictably myself and recommend Kiwaya. If you don't want to save for one of their solids, I've not heard anything but good about their laminates.
    Kiwaya KTS-6
    Enya X1 soprano
    Kiwaya KTC-2
    Ohana BK20

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ziret View Post
    I'll be predictably myself and recommend Kiwaya. If you don't want to save for one of their solids, I've not heard anything but good about their laminates.
    Seconding all of the above... predictably

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    Just the FAQs
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