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    Quote Originally Posted by Mukti View Post
    I was looking at prices for electric/acoustic tenor ukuleles
    and so far I haven't seen a very large selection also prices are high for any good names. I heard they are just like concert ukuleles but just a bit larger yet the concert size are better pricing and larger selection. Am I missing something?
    You can ask any of the major ukulele retailers (Elderly, The Ukulele Site, Uke Republic, Mims, etc) to add a pick up to any uke you purchase from them. Most offer a couple different varieties. I have K&K pick ups installed on my Tiny Tenor and my Magic Fluke. I installed the K&K Big Island Spot in my Magic Fluke myself; I had the high quality K&K Aloha Twin installed professionally in my Tiny Tenor for a $30 fee.

    The Lanikai came with a built in Fishman pre-amp/tuner and pick-up, it adds a lot of weight because there is a battery inside, and generally the built in pre-amps are lower quality. I much prefer the K&K pickups as the do NOT have preamps inside the uke, adding weight, throwing off balance, etc.

    In addition to K&K pickups, check out the LR Baggs ukulele pickups too. Both brands have ukulele specific pickup that can be added at (or after) the time of purchase.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ubulele View Post
    Here's my theory (and it's only that): Brick and mortar stores mostly cater to beginners and (uninformed) impulse buyers, particularly to parents buying essentially toy starter instruments for younger children. Also, ukes are relatively slow-moving items, so stores don't like to tie up much money stocking ukes. Sopranos and concerts are cheaper than tenors if only because less material is used to make them, so a store can stock three sopranos for the same outlay as for two tenors; and in the popular mind, ukes "should be" small, while beginners who are unsure of the right size for them will opt for either the over-touted "standard" (soprano) or the middle compromise of the concert. It's only after this first exposure that people have a better sense of what size they may actually prefer, at which time they'll probably also be looking to upgrade, and will have found the stock at local stores to be too limited, so they're more likely to scout online, where they can find all the sopranos, concerts and tenors they want, even if they can't test-drive them.

    In truth, you find a wider range of options in tenors than in the other sizes, even though there are some companies (like Kiwaya, last I checked) that make only sopranos and concerts. The fewest options exist for baritones, treated as the bastard siblings of the uke family.

    I agree wholehearted with ukulele. I got started on ukulele at my local big box brick and mortar store. And by local, I do mean local. Not a guitar center or other chain, but it's a large music store that has a bit of everything. So yes, they have ukuleles and the occasional used vintage Martin, even, but they don't have a stellar selection. When I went, they only had concert and sopranos, and so I bought a concert. Once I really got into playing, got to try tenors at my local ukulele club meetings, etc., I knew enough to buy from a specialty dealer who would set it up nicely, and got a tenor from Mim that I love.

    So yes-there are lots of tenor ukuleles, but you won't often find them in stores, and even if you did, I strongly, strongly urge you to buy from a place that is known to be an expert in ukulele setups, like Mim, theukulelesite, Uke Republic, or Elderly. It makes a big difference.

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    If you want a good inexpensive Tenor Acu/Elect, check the Caramel CT-100 on Amazon/E-Bay. Less than $70 and plays well. Fremont Blackline strings makes it sound like a baritone if you detune to dGBE. Hi or low G in GCEA, the Fremonts or D'Addario Carbons will give yu excellent touch and tone.

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    I have some quite expensive ukes, but my very inexpensive Donner tenor -- the one with the solid mahogany top and electronics -- for $81 delivered is quite good. Had to do some filing at the nut, changed to my favorite strings, and it is a go-to uke. Donnerdeal.com

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    I don't think that they are rare, and from this poll they seem to be the most popular, at least among people on UU who voted.
    http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/...=favorite+size
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mukti View Post
    I was looking at prices for electric/acoustic tenor ukuleles
    and so far I haven't seen a very large selection also prices are high for any good names. I heard they are just like concert ukuleles but just a bit larger yet the concert size are better pricing and larger selection. Am I missing something?
    As you go up in size [same brand] the prices go up. Most manufacturers make every size and flavor. I'd stay away from inexpensive ukes with electronics, as a cheap uke can sound good, cheap electronics generally do not.
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