The last Makala dolphin I bought was a bright blue wooden one for a special girl I know, I haven't bought one of the plastic models yet...I have successfully fought that branch of UAS so far, although Ukisociety seems to really like his. He does have a penchant for the plastic models...yes?!?
It's ouuurs, precious...It's our ukeses and we wants it, we needs it, we MUST haveses it! They might buyses it firsts, our ukeses in filthy, dirrty handses!
Fluke mango concert (Britney), Koa Pili Koko tenor (Beyonce), Melokia pineapple soprano (Miley), Kala kiwi soprano (Kylie), Brad D. superconcert (Fiona), Doane Clone baritone (Bjork), Cigar box tenor (Bonnie), Lanikai cedar deluxe concert (Katy)
"I intend to leave that uke behind in Cambodia to be used there by someone who needs it more."
Sounds like an Aloha gift. I would go with a Flea or Fluke, a gig bag, a couple sets of strings and a tuning fork. Maybe a cord book too. The gift may become an heirloom within your Cambodian family. They will certainly remember your visit long after your departure.
Pono PCES concert
Kala KAA15 baritone
Molokai mo bettah
That's the size of it.
Dolphins are great value, but in the real world there is a limit to what you can expect for peanuts, so Flea or Fluke may better suit someone who is used to a more expensive uke.
Dolphins hide their light under a bushel until you get Aquila strings on them.
I've never known one to buzz with the out of the box set-up once I fitted good strings, and I've had 3 myself, set a couple more up for friends and bought and set up another for my daughter.
Intonation does benefit from a tweak to the nut action. Once that is done, they play consistently in tune and with good intonation.
All mine have been the laminate type. Wish I could find the plastic ones in the UK
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