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alexc
06-03-2017, 02:54 PM
Hi there...
I'm looking for a nice solid tenor uke, and can't decide between the KALA KA-SMHT, or the Mainland Mango Tenor. Also, how is the mainland mango compared to the mahogany and red cedar?

Thanks,
Alex :)

derbyhat
06-03-2017, 03:52 PM
Personally, I'd go with Plan C and get this Pono.
http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/showthread.php?127591-FS-Pono-Mango-MGTD

peanuts56
06-03-2017, 04:08 PM
Personally, I'd go with Plan C and get this Pono.
http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/showthread.php?127591-FS-Pono-Mango-MGTD
This is the best advice you will get. I don't own a Pono but have a friend who does and it's a really nice instrument.

Mivo
06-03-2017, 05:21 PM
Between a Kala and a Mainland, I'd always pick the Mainland. I'd opt for the cedar or mahogany, as mango isn't my sound, but that is very subjective. :)

WifeOnFourStrings
06-03-2017, 05:24 PM
Hi there...
I'm looking for a nice solid tenor uke, and can't decide between the KALA KA-SMHT, or the Mainland Mango Tenor. Also, how is the mainland mango compared to the mahogany and red cedar?

Thanks,
Alex :)

I have the KA-SMHCE-C—same family of ukulele, only concert size, with an electric pickup and cut-away. I got mine from HMS and I am very happy with it.

But here's the one you're considering (KA-SMHT) in action:

https://vimeo.com/88702069

The video embed doesn't appear to be working at the moment, so here's a direct link: https://vimeo.com/88702069

I can't comment on a Mainland or a Pono as I've never played either, but Pono has an excellent reputation here on the UU forum.

UkerDanno
06-03-2017, 06:48 PM
Between a Kala and a Mainland, I'd always pick the Mainland. I'd opt for the cedar or mahogany, as mango isn't my sound, but that is very subjective. :)

:agree: and skip the Pono, unless you like a heavy, thick neck...

Croaky Keith
06-03-2017, 10:05 PM
Personally, I like mahogany & cedar, not keen on mango at all, & I'm not that fond of the looks of Mainland ukes, so I'd go with Kala, or perhaps Ohana.

PhilUSAFRet
06-03-2017, 11:50 PM
Cedar topped Mainland's sound great. I have a solid mahogany Kala tenor. It's light and resonant, but wouldn't want one for "full price." I also love Pono's. The Mango Pono is bright, but can likely be tamed with strings if you want it more mellow. With an Oahu case and shipping included, it's quite a deal.

Rakelele
06-04-2017, 12:02 AM
Another vote for the Pono plan. Other than that, I'd prefer the Cedar top Mainland over the Mango.

OhioBelle
06-04-2017, 05:27 AM
Personally, I'd go with Plan C and get this Pono.
http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/showthread.php?127591-FS-Pono-Mango-MGTD

:agree:

But obviously, I'm biased. :)