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Jerwin
12-01-2015, 12:02 AM
Hey,

I am thinking about giving myself a Xmas present.

By cheap I really mean the entry level of a uke. Let's say 100-150 USD... which usually goes like 20% higher in Europe.

Any suggestions?

drbekken
12-01-2015, 12:05 AM
Try the Lanikai LU-21B. Inexpensive and nice. For the ultra cheap alternative, try the Rogue baritones (they will require some set-up work, though).

Jerwin
12-01-2015, 12:49 AM
Try the Lanikai LU-21B. Inexpensive and nice. For the ultra cheap alternative, try the Rogue baritones (they will require some set-up work, though).

EVERY SINGLE China made ukulele I have seen so far required set-up. Even higher-end China ukes from Kala and Ohana.

Croaky Keith
12-01-2015, 01:00 AM
Makala MK-B?

PhilUSAFRet
12-01-2015, 01:07 AM
I've seen Cordoba BM-20's with a solid mahogany top for just slightly over $100 bucks on ebay. I had a tenor, required no setup. Had a rich, full sound.

Here's two, one for $105 and one for $115. They are first cousins to the Ohana BM20

http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_odkw=Cordoba+MB-20+ukulele&LH_PrefLoc=1&_sop=10&_osacat=619&_ipg=200&_from=R40&_trksid=p2045573.m570.l1313.TR0.TRC0.H0.XCordoba+2 0+BM+ukulele.TRS0&_nkw=Cordoba+20+BM+ukulele&_sacat=619

Here's a review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cRvhxPYRiD8

Rodney.
12-01-2015, 01:20 AM
http://www.hora.ro/other_ethno_instruments.html

Scroll down. A solid spruce top baritone from Romania. European made from European wood. 46 euro plus shipping. I sanded the nut and saddle down a little, and it needed new strings. Great uke.

Doc_J
12-01-2015, 01:41 AM
If you're going "cheap & cool" for less than $150, consider a vintage used baritone.

mm stan
12-01-2015, 01:44 AM
Try the Lanikai LU-21B. Inexpensive and nice. For the ultra cheap alternative, try the Rogue baritones (they will require some set-up work, though).

Rogue sopranos as well.. maybe on out 10 is not bad out the box before
oscar schmidt may work for you
Harmony baritones are vintage not bad

Jerwin
12-01-2015, 02:15 AM
I have terrible experience with Cordoba ukulele. Total cr*p was shipped to me. I am not sure if to blame the dealer but no uke like that should leave a factory in my opinion whatsoever.

That Hora stuff seems worth considering. Thanks for the tip!
Makala is nice. And is available in local stores :p

PhilUSAFRet
12-01-2015, 02:21 AM
Sorry, have seen several Cordoba's, but no crap ones. Here's a previous thread on baritones. Dr. Bekken also has a review on youtube of 3 cheap baritones: http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/archive/index.php/t-77425.html

http://humblebaritonics.blogspot.com/2013/01/dr-bekken-getting-real-cheap-with-bari.html

Mxyzptik
12-01-2015, 02:43 AM
I bought a used Kala baritone in a second hand store for $80. It had only 2 strings and needed cleaning but it seems to play just fine and the search was fun , poking around in second hand stores.

Jerwin
12-01-2015, 08:19 AM
I probably can't resist that Hora baritone with solid spruce top for 53 Euro? WTF....


Ukeval has one. I don't know but I do not get the pricing of their ukes. What do Hora's employees eat?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xGUufK1HInk

SteveZ
12-01-2015, 09:20 AM
I have a Kala KA-BE that I love. The BE goes for $200 and the B (no electronics) about $50 less.

Rodney.
12-01-2015, 09:55 AM
I probably can't resist that Hora baritone with solid spruce top for 53 Euro? WTF....


Ukeval has one. I don't know but I do not get the pricing of their ukes. What do Hora's employees eat?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xGUufK1HInk

I couldn't resist either, I love it, play it daily. String change, little sanding on the nut and saddle, it's a great uke.

Brian1
12-01-2015, 10:46 AM
I have a rouge Baritone, it played fine for what it was ($30 shipped) it is big and bulky built like a tank and had weird strings but had smooth frets, "okay"
action.

I have a friend that has bought 60 ukuleles (many of them Baritone) from Bruce wei and likes them very much and has not experienced any of the problems that are commonly reported. I have one and have had no problems. All of Bruce Wie's ukes are unique and hand made. Most can be bought for less than the cost of shipping from Vietnam.

Jerwin
12-01-2015, 11:28 AM
I couldn't resist either, I love it, play it daily. String change, little sanding on the nut and saddle, it's a great uke.

I messeged the company asking about shipping cost. Do they ship directly from them? Found no dealer in the Czech Rep... What is it like to have uke shipped without hardshall case? Quite worried about that.

kypfer
12-01-2015, 01:18 PM
Hey,

I am thinking about giving myself a Xmas present.

By cheap I really mean the entry level of a uke. Let's say 100-150 USD... which usually goes like 20% higher in Europe.

Any suggestions?

Available in the UK, a Brunswick BU-4B or BU5B http://www.amazon.co.uk/Brunswick-BU5B-Maple-Baritone-Ukulele/dp/B008G1NIMC should just about fit in your budget, else you might find a Kala KA-B at a similar price.

I've got a couple of Brunswick ukuleles, happy to recommend them to anyone, my Kala is a concert, KA-C, again perfectly good for the price :)

kissing
12-01-2015, 03:36 PM
These are rather cool

Http://www.ebay.com/itm/Oscar-Schmidt-OU55CE-Ukulele-Baritone-Size-Acoustic-Electric-Koa-Wood-NEW-/201469417631?nav=SEARCH

Beautiful glossed Koa, fancy cutaway and electronics

Jim Hanks
12-01-2015, 04:06 PM
What is it like to have uke shipped without hardshall case? Quite worried about that.
If it is packed well, it is not a problem. I have had ukes shipped in soft cases (gig bags) and one or two just in boxes with the right packing materials.

Rodney.
12-01-2015, 06:44 PM
I messeged the company asking about shipping cost. Do they ship directly from them? Found no dealer in the Czech Rep... What is it like to have uke shipped without hardshall case? Quite worried about that.

They ship directly from the factory. Mine arrived without a scratch, in a simple, sturdy package.

Jerwin
12-01-2015, 07:07 PM
Thank you all for your tips. Hora baritone uke is the cheapest possible choice on EU market which has nice reviews and seems fine with solid top. I'll post some kind of review if I buy it,

THANKS!

igorthebarbarian
12-01-2015, 07:41 PM
You could try ordering from the website where I got my Risa at from Germany. They sell a laminate budget line under the name Koki'o. I don't know if it is related to Risa or not (I think it may be). It is difficult to find any information/reviews on the Koki'o lineup though. They seem like a great deal if they come with Risa's action/set-up:
https://www.ukulele.de/shop4/en-Baritone-Ukuleles?cat=14

Jerwin
12-01-2015, 10:18 PM
Just out of curiosity, what is fretboard made of? ... It says "hardwood".

From the picture it looks like it's just painted black. Is it?
http://www.prokapelu.cz/galerie/1_9091/hora-baritone-ukulele-barytonove-ukulele-original.jpg

kissing
12-01-2015, 10:41 PM
i wonder whether fretboard wood really mattered these days. even the cheapest ukes will come with a fretboard that works

Jerwin
12-02-2015, 02:08 AM
i wonder whether fretboard wood really mattered these days. even the cheapest ukes will come with a fretboard that works

Paint on the fretboard (if not natural) will go off.
But you are right that asking about one of the cheapest uke's fretboard look silly.

Booli
12-02-2015, 02:39 AM
Jerwin, You might want to look in this thread from Nov 21:

http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/showthread.php?116650-Baritone-ukulele-makers-whats-hot

drbekken
12-02-2015, 03:56 AM
I bought a Mahalo UK320B the other day. No set up required. Slim, smooth neck. Excellent action. Good intonation. Nice tone. Awesome feel. $110AUST.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=47hGOM4Eu3I
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zXQwddrdx1g
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ekn8ZFjBpeQ
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aOGao_hKzq4

That Mahalo is pretty damn cool. It looks very much like the Richwood baritone I had a few years back. Maybe same factory in China???

Jerwin
12-02-2015, 09:50 PM
So I made a little trip with a friend of mine to a shop in Prague where they has HoRa ukes.

It sounded very pleasant but the setup was beyond unplayable.
For the money it's still a bargain soundwise.
They had the last piece which had quite a lot of blemishes so I may wait till they get more on stock.


Having said that - it's the second shop I stumbled across Guitalele Yamaha GL-1. They had 4 pieces there. All amazing quality (even setup quite satisfactory). I am considering purchasing one of these instead. Beautiful work. The workmanship level higher than anything else in this price range.

Rodney.
12-02-2015, 10:43 PM
So I made a little trip with a friend of mine to a shop in Prague where they has HoRa ukes.

It sounded very pleasant but the setup was beyond unplayable.
For the money it's still a bargain soundwise.
They had the last piece which had quite a lot of blemishes so I may wait till they get more on stock.


Having said that - it's the second shop I stumbled across Guitalele Yamaha GL-1. They had 4 pieces there. All amazing quality (even setup quite satisfactory). I am considering purchasing one of these instead. Beautiful work. The workmanship level higher than anything else in this price range.

Yep, I sanded down the nut and saddle of my Hora on arrival, easy job though, and we'll worth it.
Good luck with your new present, whatever it is.

timmit65
02-21-2016, 08:15 AM
I really like the Amahi UK220.

drbekken
02-21-2016, 09:02 PM
http://m.ebay.com/itm/Baritone-Ukulele-Mahogany-30-inch-Hawaii-Guitar-Abalone-Soundhole-Rosette-Matt-/191805951561?nav=SEARCH
This might be something. The manufacturer makes a very fine inexpensive tenor.

Kimosabe
02-21-2016, 09:10 PM
Good old laminate mahogany Kala.

mm stan
02-21-2016, 10:49 PM
My first baritone was a vintage franchican one, i pulled it out recently and was shocked with the tone..how beautiful it is, and h9w i underappriciated it while learning.. dang

mm stan
02-21-2016, 10:52 PM
Get a vintage harmony baritone. . 100 bucks or so, i got mine for 75

igorthebarbarian
02-22-2016, 03:53 PM
Which of these cheapo baritones are lightweight? I have a vintage Giannini but it's a little heavy

Kimosabe
02-23-2016, 05:42 AM
I've got a Giannini also that I keep tuned low D. It is heavy and beautiful. I just added a Thinline Kala baritone for a high d tuning. It is extremely light yet loud. Quite a nice uke. Spruce top but not real bright because the body is something else. A warm sound. I play jazz. Only about $250 with a decent gig bag. I'm quite pleased.

JackLuis
02-25-2016, 08:48 AM
For cheap and cool try this Big Zebra.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01ANJGX8U?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00

20" gloss Laminate, mine needed no setup.

drbekken
02-25-2016, 10:41 AM
http://youtu.be/89Pfptxwh-o
Here's the 'Savannah' baritone, a true blues monster.