View Full Version : Relatively inexpensive solid koa tenor?

04-21-2009, 06:10 AM
I'm looking for a solid koa tenor but I can't afford Kamaka, Kanile'a, Koaloha, etc. Big Island Ukulele Co.'s traditional series tenor seems reasonably priced, but are they good ukes? I don't have the luxury to 'try before I buy' so I'm looking for some advice.

04-21-2009, 06:32 AM
Check with MGM (http://stores.ebay.com/Musicguymics-Room_W0QQcolZ2QQdirZQ2d1QQfsubZQ2d999QQftidZ2QQtZk m). He can answer your questions and provide you recommendations. He has a sizeable inventory in various price ranges. OUtstanding customer service and the members here will vouch for him.

04-21-2009, 06:48 AM

Looks and sounds great. I'm pretty new and only tried a couple before settling on this. It was recommended to me though so I went for it. Haven't been disappointed at all .

04-21-2009, 07:02 AM
$525 for a Hawaiian-made, solid koa tenor. (http://cgi.ebay.com/Kelii-Tenor-Koa-Ukulele-w-case-made-in-Hawaii_W0QQitemZ270376220530QQihZ017QQcategoryZ162 24QQcmdZViewItemQQ_trksidZp1742.m153.l1262)

(You know it's a problem when you can barely afford a Makala but you'll still say $500 is "cheap")

04-21-2009, 07:09 AM
I have the concert size Big Island Ukulele Co. Honu. I adore her. I e-mailed MGM several times while I was searching for a nicely priced solid Uke. I was having trouble deciding between the Pono and the Honu. He suggested the Honu. It is put together very well, no glue showing, finish is flawless as far as I can tell. She has a nice full tone and great sustain. I don't think you would be disappointed