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chester_733
11-25-2017, 12:56 PM
Hello
I wish to buy my first Ukulele and i am really confused on which one to buy. Basically i am an Basic Guitar and wish to learn Ukulele . I am from originally from INdia but stayed and many countries and recently moved to Canada. The market of Ukulele's back home is not that great and we got very very limited options. Now since i am here i wish to buy one from Amazon.
I got long fingers and hence i am confused which is the best one of the below to buy.

Confused on below points:
1. Sophrano or Concert . Which one to take?
2. I am confused between the below choices ,once i figure out point no.1 can figure this too
Sophrano -- Kala Ka 15-s Mahogany Sophrano
Sophrano -- Lanikai Lu 21 sophrano
Concert -- Oscar Schmidt OU5 concert
Concert -- Kala Ka C concert

Please help in above choices or any brand good body,built and good sound. I am open to others as long as i it is under 200$
My budget is 200 CAD.

Appreciate your help.!!

Cheers

maki66
11-25-2017, 02:50 PM
Welcome to the forum.

You've got a lot of good options, Kala's are wonderful, we have a couple.
I like the concert size.
Another brand you might consider are the Enya's.
https://www.amazon.com/KUC20-Concert-Sapele-Ukulele-Beginner/dp/B06X1GL96W/ref=sr_1_4?s=musical-instruments&ie=UTF8&qid=1511660834&sr=1-4&keywords=enya+ukulele

We have been getting them at sale prices but they are still a bargain at normal price. IMO

cyber3d
11-25-2017, 03:00 PM
What part of Canada are you in? A ukulele is a very personal choice IMO. You have to play or at least strum to hear what they sound like and you can't do that on the internet. You can't know which size is best for you unless you hold it and you can't do that on the internet. But, you can buy just about any ukulele on the internet. So, try it out in person and buy it on Amazon if you must. But, there is a big reason to buy from a local store. They can set it up for you. By exception, there are a few online sellers that always do the setup and test your ukulele for you - like http://mimsukes.com/ ). My point is that you should choose in person. You know how to play the guitar so it should be easy to feel what is right for you. Personally, I don't think there are any ukuleles under 200CAD that are guaranteed to be of great quality. You might find one. Anything over 200CAD is no guarantee either. I had a $450 Kala that was made poorly. I keep hearing on this forum that guitarist like Concert sized ukes to begin with. That might be a good choice as you can easily string it with low G OR high G (low G being more like a guitar). But, in reality, a concert sounds like a concert and not like a soprano. Again, you gotta hear it in person.

chester_733
11-25-2017, 03:31 PM
Welcome to the forum.

You've got a lot of good options, Kala's are wonderful, we have a couple.
I like the concert size.
Another brand you might consider are the Enya's.
https://www.amazon.com/KUC20-Concert-Sapele-Ukulele-Beginner/dp/B06X1GL96W/ref=sr_1_4?s=musical-instruments&ie=UTF8&qid=1511660834&sr=1-4&keywords=enya+ukulele

We have been getting them at sale prices but they are still a bargain at normal price. IMO



Thanks , let me check them out.

Nickie
11-25-2017, 03:33 PM
Hello and welcome to the ukulele!
cyber is right, go to Mim's Ukes site and watch some of her videos, then email or call her.
I've bought 3 ukes from her, and have always been satisfied.

chester_733
11-25-2017, 03:34 PM
What part of Canada are you in? A ukulele is a very personal choice IMO. You have to play or at least strum to hear what they sound like and you can't do that on the internet. You can't know which size is best for you unless you hold it and you can't do that on the internet. But, you can buy just about any ukulele on the internet. So, try it out in person and buy it on Amazon if you must. But, there is a big reason to buy from a local store. They can set it up for you. By exception, there are a few online sellers that always do the setup and test your ukulele for you - like http://mimsukes.com/ ). My point is that you should choose in person. You know how to play the guitar so it should be easy to feel what is right for you. Personally, I don't think there are any ukuleles under 200CAD that are guaranteed to be of great quality. You might find one. Anything over 200CAD is no guarantee either. I had a $450 Kala that was made poorly. I keep hearing on this forum that guitarist like Concert sized ukes to begin with. That might be a good choice as you can easily string it with low G OR high G (low G being more like a guitar). But, in reality, a concert sounds like a concert and not like a soprano. Again, you gotta hear it in person.


Thanks for the response.!!
I Stay in Mississauga,Ontario . I will try to go in person and try out some Sophrano or Concert first and then make it a point to order online. But in terms of brand and above choices what is your take.

cyber3d
11-25-2017, 09:28 PM
Thanks for the response.!!
I Stay in Mississauga,Ontario . I will try to go in person and try out some Sophrano or Concert first and then make it a point to order online. But in terms of brand and above choices what is your take.

Unfortunately, I don't have experience with those ukes on your list. I do have a solid all mahogany Tiny Tenor by Pepe Romero, a Kala KA AS0V S (soprano), and an Islander AS-4 soprano. Best of luck in your search for a uke. BTW, I started out with a Kala Spruce/Rosewood scalloped Concert. Ended up with the soprano. I like the soprano sound. But, my pride and joy is the Tiny Tenor.

Croaky Keith
11-25-2017, 11:43 PM
I always recommend Kala or Ohana, & concert scale for a newbie. :)

Buy from a dealer who will check it & make sure it is set up right, (unless you can do this yourself).

(Mims Ukes is a good place to start looking.)

AlohaKine
11-26-2017, 03:22 PM
Don't buy a laminate instrument if you have good ears, go for solid woods...

I have a Kala KA-ASOV-S these are really nice, it's a little over your budget, but if you can find one, they're nice and I've seen them online around $200 USD

https://www.theukulelesite.com/kala-spruce-ovangkol-soprano-asov-s.html

If you want a solid Mahogany instead, look at the Kala KA-SMHS.

Maybe you can find a nice used Brueko here on UU, people sell them here all the time.

Here's their site for Sopranos; (Made in Germany too)

https://brueko-ukulelen.smoolis.com/screen/page/sopran-ukulele

jer
11-26-2017, 03:41 PM
Don't buy a laminate instrument if you have good ears, go for solid woods...

That is one opinion. Mine differs. It all depends on who is listening. Some laminates can sound better than some solids, depending on the instrument.

Nickie
11-26-2017, 04:06 PM
That is one opinion. Mine differs. It all depends on who is listening. Some laminates can sound better than some solids, depending on the instrument.

Yes, it's been stated on UU many times, that in the right hands, a well built laminate uke beats a poorly built solid wood uke any day.

AlohaKine
11-27-2017, 12:52 PM
Yes, it's been stated on UU many times, that in the right hands, a well built laminate uke beats a poorly built solid wood uke any day.


I didn't explain well, and I certainly get your point. :)

I was just going by the price range that was being discussed, of $200 CAD, which is around $150 USD, which is probably going to be a typical laminate, you get what you pay for, and to say, try to spend a little more and get a NICER solid wood.

maki66
11-27-2017, 01:01 PM
Here is another thought.
You could get a decent economy laminate, say a Donner or Enya to get started.
In the mean time you can be playing while you decide what you want.
If you have money and time there are often great deals that come up on the used instrument section of the forum.

We have beater/laminates that we don't mind taking out of the house.
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01M1L6OSX/ref=twister_B01M98G6TS?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1

jer
11-27-2017, 02:48 PM
Yes, it's been stated on UU many times, that in the right hands, a well built laminate uke beats a poorly built solid wood uke any day.
Yeah.
I also even like the more fundamental, with less overtones, kind of sound that comes off of a lot of laminates. Sound quality is just such a personal thing.

AlohaKine
11-27-2017, 02:52 PM
But if we talking Solid Wood for a Soprano or Concert these are nice ones and the prices are just a little over his/her budget;

Kala KA-SMHS
Kala KA-SMHC

Around $200-$250 USD

maki66
11-27-2017, 03:14 PM
But if we talking Solid Wood for a Soprano or Concert these are nice ones and the prices are just a little over his/her budget;

Kala KA-SMHS
Kala KA-SMHC

Around $200-$250 USD

These are LOVELY.

chester_733
11-28-2017, 03:03 PM
Thanks All for the responses. Did not expect so many responses. Really appreciate that.
I did an Hands-on experience( that's what they called in my field lol ) on Kala Ka-c , Cordobo 15 CM .I loved the satin matte finish on Cordobo and thought to buy it at first glance. Although upon playing , i loved the sound quality of KALA and got biased towards it. Overall the hold , play-ability and the wood quality i found better that Kala offers.
I may go and buy Kala Ka-c but will explore more options in this weekend before making a final call.

AlohaKine
11-28-2017, 03:45 PM
Try and see if anyone has the Kala KA-SMHC so you can play and compare it.

Also on the Ukulelesite they have a video, and their videos aren't to bad to get a sound idea;

https://www.theukulelesite.com/kala-ka-smhc-solid-mahogany-concert.html

CoolS
12-04-2017, 09:13 AM
Hi,

Maybe this (http://aboutukulele.com/5-best-ukuleles-under-60/) help to choose

frianm
12-04-2017, 10:27 AM
My aged brain thinks that you live just outside Toronto - there must be ukulele stores there where you can try out various instruments. Your first decision should probably be size. My first was a soprano and I continue to love that size. I teach a small group at church and they seem to prefer concert or tenor size. When the fingers do not yet have flexibility or the ability to scrunch them say into a D chord, then the larger fret board is a blessing. I have an Enya concert that was on a super sale from Amazon that is going to a beginner.
Having decided on size then look around for something that fits your budget. Do not neglect the Ukulele Marketplace on this site. There are some wonderful offerings that can be very affordable. I would suggest a used Mainland which come from the Chicago area and the people are really nice. I picked up a used concert for $185 and a used tenor for $200 - both mahogany.
Keep looking and find a local community of players.

captain-janeway
12-08-2017, 08:56 AM
Yeah and if you have long fingers you might want to try a tenor. My first uke was a tenor, but with no experience I found it to be way too big for my hands. It sounds great but it just sits until I get rid of it because I can't play it.
Like everyone else says, go try one if you can, listen to clips on internet (though the sound isn't always great). I would think big hands would rule a soprano out for you.

Vic Arpeggio
12-08-2017, 11:42 AM
Welcome to the board Chester. I second going for a tenor for starters. It still feels kind of puny coming from guitar. I suggest visiting Cosmo Music is in Richmond Hill, just north of Metro Toronto. They have 167 ukes in stock, mostly ones in your price range.

https://cosmomusic.ca/guitars-and-amps/ukuleles.html?ts_instock=14784

robedney
12-08-2017, 01:36 PM
If I were advising someone on a first uke right now I'd be very tempted to suggest Enya. That's because most people buy a uke and never really learn to play it. I bought three solid top tenors when they appeared on Amazon for something like $25 each. They are well built, sound pretty darn good and -- most importantly -- are set-up properly (which totally surprised me). I make ukuleles, and it always surprises me that so many folks can't get the set-up right at the factory. It's not rocket science. Each of the three Enyas features a straight fretboard, level frets and spot on clearance at the 1 and 12 fret. Somebody is paying attention.

Even at the regular price (which is still sub-$100) they are a real deal. Having said all that, they could crank out a batch of bad ones at some point.

If you're sure -- really sure -- that you're going to stick with it and still be playing in six months, buy something from either Hawaii Music Supply (aka the Ukulele Site) or MIM (on Ebay). Both will be sure to ship you a decent instrument that is properly set-up. You can call either of them and talk to a real person who will likely give you sound advice. Music stores -- even those with lots of ukes -- can be hit or miss on the whole set-up issue, not to mention often knowing nothing about what they sell. Andrew (at HMS) and Mim are real people who really care about the instruments they sell and the folks who play them. You'll find lots of folks on this forum who feel that they've earned our respect and support.

PhilUSAFRet
12-09-2017, 08:44 AM
have you clicked on the sticky at the top of this forum for buying entry level ukes? http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/showthread.php?69058-Info-Thread-Entry-Level-Ukuleles

1931jim
12-09-2017, 10:47 AM
Thanks All for the responses. Did not expect so many responses. Really appreciate that.
I did an Hands-on experience( that's what they called in my field lol ) on Kala Ka-c , Cordobo 15 CM .I loved the satin matte finish on Cordobo and thought to buy it at first glance. Although upon playing , i loved the sound quality of KALA and got biased towards it. Overall the hold , play-ability and the wood quality i found better that Kala offers.
I may go and buy Kala Ka-c but will explore more options in this weekend before making a final call.

I sent you a PM. I hope you are still making that big decision.
PS: Check out the Leho arch back concerts, all laminate models are within your budget.