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    By chance I happened upon a video of a good player using a Mahalo U320c (about $70) in an instrumental piece (just playing, no singing) and was impressed. Whilst they are very affordable other Ukes of that brand haven’t encouraged me to think any worth more than a second look, but this video raises a question in my mind and challenges my prejudice : https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ur_CroYRtGU . The moto of the retailer behind the video is “reasonably decent guitars that won’t break your wallet”, the idea sounds good to me.

    Asking the forum what wallet friendly Ukes are will get a thousand different answers. Instead I’d like to ask for video links to ‘reasonably decent Ukes that won’t break your wallet’ being played relatively well in instrumental only pieces and some supporting comment to go with each link. For ‘won’t break your wallet’ I suggest a limit of roughly $120 and for well played I suggest comparative to the video above (so not undemanding, how good can you find). I suspect that there are some surprises out there.
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    I’ll add another: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=kn-CGDfWJtw

    This is of an Islander MS-4. IIRC they’re a little over $100, if you do a bit of searching.

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    I suggest my uke, i.e.the Mahilele 3.0 which sounds really well for about 60$.
    https://youtu.be/tPVxrKISsuo

    It should be similar to the alic soprano reviewed by baz.

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    I think the new VTAB ukes are some of the best value ukuleles I have played for some time.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Is8D-Oyfx-4
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    So many out there, I happened to walk into a shop yesterday and found this Snail UKS-220 Rosewood, very well made and I'm really liking the sound. I paid about $120. I wasn't looking to buy another and hubby this morning said the obsession word.....and nice gig bag too. I'd be thrilled to get this as a gift.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xulZt0deWUg

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    Quote Originally Posted by Iggy86 View Post
    I suggest my uke, i.e.the Mahilele 3.0 which sounds really well for about 60$.
    https://youtu.be/tPVxrKISsuo

    It should be similar to the alic soprano reviewed by baz.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ziret View Post
    I love that uke!
    Sadly the UK version (Alic) of that that I tested had frets that wore down easily. Might have been down to an early review sample as I haven't seen other complaints - but mine certainly did.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Graham Greenbag View Post
    Instead I’d like to ask for video links to ‘reasonably decent Ukes that won’t break your wallet’ being played relatively well in instrumental only pieces and some supporting comment to go with each link.
    My apologies to those that missed the above in my original post and my thanks to everyone who has taken the time and trouble to respond.

    There are some great sites for Uke reviews but links to them and the expert words there are just not what I’m looking for.

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    If you go to Mim's youtube videos, she demos a lot of ukes. And the great part is that they are consistent. There is 103 videos to watch. Take your pick.

    https://www.youtube.com/results?sear...y=mims+ukulele

    Here is a good example of Mim demonstrating the Ohana SK-10 series, which is wallet friendly, and she doesn't just play it, she tells you all about it.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iIFkb6jgGig
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rllink View Post
    If you go to Mim's youtube videos, she demos a lot of ukes. And the great part is that they are consistent. There is 103 videos to watch. Take your pick.

    https://www.youtube.com/results?sear...y=mims+ukulele
    Some things translate better across the Atlantic than others, I wasn’t so sure about Mim until I listened to these two Videos:

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=CfC4m1hpYpQ
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=eQMtHnj5GS8

    To me she comes across, in those videos, as who she is. The other Mim videos are great in other ways, but to me they are, if less so than other sites, there to assist sales (obviously that’s perfectly reasonable and I both appreciate and value what she does). I hope I haven’t said anything negative here but if so it’s totally unintentional and I’ll happilly retract it.

    In contrast to reviews and sales videos what I’m looking for is near total impartially in which the viewer and listener come to their own conclusions totally un-influenced by what anyone has to say.

    Here’s an example of what I’m looking for: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=YHOdBIt2u1I
    A Lanikai LU21 Tenor, in non electric form I guess that it can be bought for less than or roughly $120.

    And another example: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=PahKDQ6i1yI
    A Jack Daniels or Peavey Compser, last I saw they were about 85 in the U.K.

    And another: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=UaWPEcPQ7_0
    A Baton Rogue ur3c, it might be just over the $120 mark
    Last edited by Graham Greenbag; 12-03-2017 at 11:34 AM.

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