I had a Risa LP that was really nice and if I wanted another steel string uke, would not hesitate to buy it.
I've given up on steel string ukes, however. I'm sticking to nylgut and fluorocarbon strings for ukes. I have steel strings on my tenor guitars and mandolin. These instruments are built for steel strings from the get go and don't need to be amplified. They are also tuned in fifths, giving a broader range in chord sounds and easy transposition.

My latest purchase is this http://www.ebay.com/itm/Johnson-Meta...vip=true&rt=nc At $160 including shipping, it is a steal. I can play it as a mandolin, remove four strings and play it as a small tenor guitar (soprano guitar) or use it for a hammer.