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    Default Solid Wood Soprano suggestions

    Hi all,

    I'm looking for a decent quality solid wood soprano (around $400 ex postage) and the Pono Gloss Acacia Soprano or the Koaloha Acacia Opio Sopranowere two that I was looking at.

    Here's the links:
    https://www.theukulelesite.com/shop-...s-soprano.html
    https://www.theukulelesite.com/shop-...e-package.html


    Do people have experiences with any of these or would have others to recommend? I have a solid mahogany so anything other than mahogany would be fine.

    I'm also open to second hand and was looking to put something on the Marketplace here.

    Thanks as always
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    How about this one from a reputable Seasonista here on the forum, & he's fairly local to you.

    http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/...oprano-Ukulele
    Keith M --> likes a long neck - & being different.....

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    I saw that

    I don't know that much about Tiwi customs. From what I have read (and I can't find much) they have quite a bit of character but are maybe a bit rough from a workmanship perspective? I've read one review that said that so I was a bit worried.

    Do you know anything about them?

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    No, but Jon, (mountain goat), has posted a sound sample, why not ask him direct, (he doesn't buy rubbish).
    Keith M --> likes a long neck - & being different.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by uke1950 View Post
    No, but Jon, (mountain goat), has posted a sound sample, why not ask him direct, (he doesn't buy rubbish).
    Done

    Cheers for your help.

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    Have you see the Bruko?

    http://www.brueko.de/screen/page/sopran-ukulele

    I've been looking at getting one of their Sopranos, a lot of good talk here about them on UU...
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    Quote Originally Posted by AlohaKine View Post
    Have you see the Bruko?

    http://www.brueko.de/screen/page/sopran-ukulele

    I've been looking at getting one of their Sopranos, a lot of good talk here about them on UU...
    A Bruko was on my short list as well I missed out on a second hand one quite recently but wasn't sure how they compared to the Pono etc...

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    I quite like Mele ukuleles (http://meleukulele.com/). They are around that price range.

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    I like both Pono and KoAloha Opio very much. In the soprano size, I'd probably go for the Opio, but have the friction tuners changed for Gotoh UPT Planetary tuners that look the same, but are much easier to use. Pono's strength, in my opion, are their bigger sizes. The Opio will bring you very close to KoAloha's Hawaiian instruments, both in terms of sound as well as in craftsmanship and playability.

    You will get he most professional quality control and set up from Hawaii Music Supply (The Ukulele Site). They will also change the tuners for a small upcharge. The only downside is their relatively long inspection period of about two weeks.
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    I'm partial to the Martin S1. Rather plain compared to most other ukuleles but they play very well.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_c...&v=BDBdICqQ_D0
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