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Bladeyarn
08-27-2015, 05:10 AM
I'm looking for a solid-top ukulele under $100, $150 if necessary. Currently have a crummy rogue, and looking for something better. Probably a soprano, but may be open to other sizes as well.

vanflynn
08-27-2015, 06:57 AM
I vote for a Ohnan SK-20S from Mim!

http://www.ebay.com/itm/MIM-Ohana-Soprano-SK-20S-Solid-Mahogany-Top-Setup-Ukulele-Uke-418-/171883870858

Solid Mahogany top, great player and Mim will treat you right. (the concert and Tenor 20's are available too)

actadh
08-27-2015, 07:01 AM
Here is one from Uke Republic. Like Mim, you will get a great set up.

http://cargo.ukerepublic.com/product/makai-mp-71-solid-spruce-mahogany-pineapple-soprano-ukulele

k0k0peli
08-27-2015, 09:48 AM
Our Alvarez RU22T (4-string) and Oscar Schmidt OU28T (8-string) tenors were both under US$100; both are solid-top, and sweet.
Edit: Disregard this. I was wrong.

Bladeyarn
08-27-2015, 01:22 PM
Thanks for the responses so far.


Our Alvarez RU22T (4-string) and Oscar Schmidt OU28T (8-string) tenors were both under US$100; both are solid-top, and sweet.

The Alvarez catches my attention, as I am a guitar player, and own an Alvarez. The model you mentioned, though - are you positive it has a solid top? It doesn't say it does on their website.

PhilUSAFRet
08-27-2015, 02:17 PM
I suggest you consider this all solid acacia KPK if you want a soprano, but for a little more, the concert sounds "huge" when compared to a soprano. Set up properly too.

http://pilikoko.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=1&products_id=1

k0k0peli
08-27-2015, 07:15 PM
The Alvarez catches my attention, as I am a guitar player, and own an Alvarez. The model you mentioned, though - are you positive it has a solid top? It doesn't say it does on their website. Mine is in my hands right now (when I'm not keyboarding). I look at the soundhole edge-on and... I apologize. Let me check the Schmidt too. Nope, those are both some lighter wood with a very very thin darker lamination. I'll edit my prior post to correct the misinfo. I *can* say, however, that the Alvarez *is* a sweet and mellow instrument. We played every 'uke at a shop in Santa Fe NM before buying this for US$100. An Ohana for US$450 sounded a little better; nothing else cheaper than US$750 beat it. My wife picked it out as her own and she's a trained singer with better ears than mine. But no, it's not a solid top. Sorry.

PhilUSAFRet
08-28-2015, 12:17 AM
I'd try and get lucky on this one http://www.ebay.com/itm/281784673443?_trksid=p2055119.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

jjdejd
08-28-2015, 02:02 AM
Take a look at the Kala KA-SCG. Nice solid top concert.

jjdejd
08-28-2015, 02:31 AM
Checkout the Kala KA-ACP-CT for sale on the marketplace for $160. It's a steal

Bladeyarn
08-28-2015, 04:21 AM
Mine is in my hands right now (when I'm not keyboarding). I look at the soundhole edge-on and... I apologize. Let me check the Schmidt too. Nope, those are both some lighter wood with a very very thin darker lamination. I'll edit my prior post to correct the misinfo. I *can* say, however, that the Alvarez *is* a sweet and mellow instrument. We played every 'uke at a shop in Santa Fe NM before buying this for US$100. An Ohana for US$450 sounded a little better; nothing else cheaper than US$750 beat it. My wife picked it out as her own and she's a trained singer with better ears than mine. But no, it's not a solid top. Sorry.

Thanks for the info! I may still consider it if I can get my hands on one to try out and compare with others. I was looking around at various dealers' websites, and they have it listed as being a solid top, while the alvarez site does not. So I sent an email directly to alvarez, and they confirmed that the regent series are only laminate, you'd have to get an artist series to get a solid top. Bad advertising on the dealers' parts, imo. Hopefully they'll correct it.