View Full Version : Looking for beat up or interesting cheap uke

11-23-2015, 01:26 PM
A few years ago I posted this same thing and fell into one of my most prized ukuleles. Just before my daughter was born (she's now 3) I asked looking for a uke to pass down to her and found a great one that she can play with as she gets older without worry. Well, we are expecting a second baby next year and thought I'd start the search. Please let me know if there's another gem out there!

11-23-2015, 01:37 PM
Which scale (presuming a Soprano) were you interested in? And what amount did you consider "cheap"' i.e. $50/under, $75/under, $100/under, etc..???

11-23-2015, 03:26 PM
All scales and I would need to stay under $200. Lower the better though. Don't mind fixing something up.

11-23-2015, 04:20 PM
There's this on eBay.



11-23-2015, 04:23 PM
Dolphin. You can do what you want with it and not worry. I have mine, scratches and all, in a case that cost more than twice what the uke cost. It sounds and plays great. My two granddaughters have one each also.

11-24-2015, 12:28 AM
Look at the Caramel ukes on Amazon. They are selling sopraninos for under $50 and they sound pretty good. I bought a butterfly one of my granddaughter and refinished it because it had a very light finish. I used sparkle paint on the vine and butterfly in green and gold and put a few coats of poly on it looks very nice now. She was just turning 3 so it fits her hands now. I also bought a concert in the same pattern for my daughter and refinished it as well. It was a horrid orange color. Some poly and sparkle paint made the two of them alike. Later I saw a zebra wood sopranino for $30 and bought it for myself. after changing the strings to fremonts, it sounds very nice and will probably go to my granddaughter after I have no more use for it.

check thisout: http://www.amazon.com/Caramel-CP100-Zebrawood-Sopranino-Ukulele/dp/B017VRMV88/ref=sr_1_16?s=musical-instruments&ie=UTF8&qid=1448364709&sr=1-16&keywords=caramel+ukulele

and http://www.amazon.com/Caramel-CP400-Mahogany-Butterfly-Sopranino/dp/B017E6W488/ref=sr_1_22?s=musical-instruments&ie=UTF8&qid=1448364709&sr=1-22&keywords=caramel+ukulele

For inexpensive Ukes the Caramels (previously Rubin) are pretty good. My Uke shop that set them up seemed to think they were equal/better to low range Kalas. I have zebra wood tenor and concert Caramels and get a lot of joy out of them.

I have an Ohana spruce top that cost three times the Caramel and while it is lighter and louder, is not as mellow as my zebra woods. I end up playing the zebra concert most days.

Being a noob and on a slim income keeps me from Pono or K's.

11-24-2015, 01:31 AM
Here is the post from the last find

11-24-2015, 05:56 AM
Good luck at getting another deal like that (: I think it was one in a million, like your little girl!

11-25-2015, 02:14 AM
Under $200 gives you many options, but you don't need to spend that much to get a worthy uke for your daughter to play and grow into. I also would say the most important aspect is getting decent uke with that is set-up *properly*. For $79.99 delivered, I think these would be great for your children to start with and still be very worthy to play when they get older: The Ohana Pineapple or Standard 10 series that you can buy from MIM's where she checks and adjusts the set-up. Here are the links to each to purchase:

Pineapple soprano: http://www.ebay.com/ulk/itm/171948410790

Standard soprano: http://www.ebay.com/ulk/itm/181883374116

11-26-2015, 06:17 AM
I was at a garage sale and picked up four banjo ukuleles that need a bit of work. If you are interested, I'll get more into detail. They are 25.oo each. I am in Salem, Oregon

Captain Simian
11-26-2015, 06:23 AM
If he's not interested I am.

11-26-2015, 06:14 PM
I will take them out of the drawer tomorrow and see if I can get pictures from my phone to the computer. They are all old style soprano ukes. It is an open offer.