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    Default Fist Uke

    Hi. First Uke not Fist (I guess that's something more Hollywood).

    New Year's resolution is to play Uke . . and now I've finally got rid of the hangover (yeah, 10 days later - I'm getting old) it's time to get a Uke. . . as I obviously can't play what I don't have.

    So, I'm looking for a recommendation. Obviously the temptation is to go with the cheapest available (more or less 20euros) BUT I heard the really cheap ones are terrible and go out of tune really quickly and easily.
    Then again, budget is a concern, as I'm quite poor

    So, please let me know what you recommend.

    Also I should state importantly that I'm in Europe - so would need to buy from somewhere here and also that I'm a man with man hands (if that makes a difference to the size of Uke I should get).

    Thanks in advance and Happy New Year to everyone. Let's Uke This!
    Last edited by Pukelele; 01-10-2018 at 02:35 AM.

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    What country? The important thing is to find a vendor that does a proper setup. As to the size, find a music store that has some and try them out. I'm guessing you'll want at least a concert size, but probably tenor. Happy hunting!
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    I have normal man sized hands, & I found the concert scale best to learn on, neither cramped nor too big a stretch.
    I always recommend Kala or Ohana for a first uke, bought from somewhere that will set it up properly.
    Several other Europeans have bought from the Southern Ukulele Store here in the UK, as have I myself, worth taking a look.
    http://www.southernukulelestore.co.uk/
    Trying to do justice to various musical instruments.
    Formerly known as uke1950.

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    Hi.

    What do you mean when you say 'set it up properly'?

    I'm in Spain.

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    They will make sure it has the strings at a suitable height at both the nut & the saddle, make sure there are no buzzing strings, the fret edges are smooth, etc. Not all sellers do this, & may charge extra to do it, if it is found to be necessary.
    Trying to do justice to various musical instruments.
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    If you do get a factory made instrument like a Kala or an Ohana it is important to get the setup done. The instrument may not have desirable sound or action without a setup.

    I had a good experience buying from Mim through ebay. She does setups on all the ukes she sells.

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