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Thread: Mainland vs Sailor Brand

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    Default Mainland vs Sailor Brand

    These two ukuleles have caught my attention and I was seeing if anyone has an opinion on them.

    The Mainland Red Cedar concert really looks nice and sounds nice on the clips I have seen. It also seems to be a "loud" uke, which appeals to me when playing in jams. The all wood concerns me with the Colorado climate and it coming originally from a more humid china.

    Sailor brand kawazinga is beautiful and sounds nice. The veneer would seem to hold up better in my climate. Is there a difference between veneer and laminate?

    Thanks
    Lane

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    My choice would be the Mainland all the way. Of course...I'm a little biased as I have five or six.

    Colorado climate is not a problem for solid wood instruments as long as you keep it in a case with a good humidifier and just take it out to play.

    Nothing against the Sailor Brand, mind you, I just have lots of experience with the Mainland ukes and have yet to meet one that I didn't think was well worth the price. Even the red cedar tenor that I gave to a son-in-law because I never bonded with it was a great uke - I just found that I wasn't fond of the cedar top - perhaps because I played a cedar guitar for a long time.

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    Don't know Sailor but my experience with Mainland has been consistently positive. Mike's been great to deal with, too. Very customer-oriented and a member of this forum.
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    I have a Mainland Red Cedar Tenor which I use for gigging it has had a hammering believe me, but it still sounds and plays absolutely fantastic, I would buy another one tomorrow, don't know about the sailor brand never had one
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    The vast majority of Sailor ukes are spruce top, while Mainlands are mahogany or cedar. So it depends a bit on what sound you're after. I'm not a big fan of spruce from limited experience but really like my two Mainlands in each of the above mentioned flavours.

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    I have a sailor soprano that I love! It is probably the most brightest of all my sopranos. As for the mainlands, I have played them in the store and really wonder why I don't own one of them too. I think you will win either way.
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    Last I spoke to Mike at UR, he mentioned that the Sailor brand was made by Loprinzi...is that generally known?
    Seems like LoP has a great rep here on UU. Have no personal experience with Sailor, but UR has a pretty good return policy.

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    I just got a Mainland cedar tenor - been waiting for them to get back in stock for months. It's great - bright and loud, but great sustain and amazingly playable - it's an incredible value for the money. Unlike John/OldePhart, I love the ringing, guitarish kind of tone. It's bright but not irritating - just the sound I wanted.

    That being said - I live in Atlanta and have played several of Mike's Sailor ukuleles at Uke Republic. They're light, beautifully made, and play very well. You can tell just by looking at them that they are quality instruments - cleanly built and gorgeous design. I've seen and played more than a handful of them and they're consistently sweet instruments. You can't go wrong with one of the Sailor ukuleles.....

    It's a tough choice - I have one and want the other, so I'm not much help..... I don't think you'll be disappointed either way.

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    You could also look at a kiwaya laminate. I suspect that would be very good safe choice:
    I'm not sure who to purchase these from, here's their US page:

    http://takumiukulele.com/kiwayaukuleles.html
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    I got a Sailor concert and I love it. So smooth to play definitely my goto instrument. I dont have nor never played a Mainland but one day I would like to try one out to check them out.

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