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bugmenot
07-20-2009, 01:21 PM
Hey guys getting my first uke and I have no idea who to talk to. So basically I want it to be $90-$150 I don't want to get a cheap brand. If you can post a store link because i have no idea where to buy it either. I want a soprano specifically. I want lots of suggestions I really need the help here. I was suggested to get one of these what do you guys think of these brands: Kamaka, Koaloha, Kanile’a, G String, Ko’olau?

ritzer012
07-20-2009, 01:51 PM
the brands you mentioned are some of the best ukuleles out there.

a standard koaloha (http://www.koaloha.com/KoAloha_Products/SopranoStd.html)soprano is around 500 dollars and the prices seem to get higher from there.

kamaka (http://www.ukes.com/kamaka.html)


kanile'a (http://KanileaUkulele.com/k-1_soprano.php?osCsid=9fe3d98625a5fc4f6d696ace9e063 fb5)


g string (http://ukulele.pua2.com/gstring.html)


ko'olau (http://www.koolauukulele.com/)


also, koaloha just released their line of koalanas (http://www.koaloha.com/KoAloha_Products/KoAlanaMain.html) that are right in your price range and is made by the same awesome company.

that being said, there are lots of less expensive ukuleles that aren't considered "cheap" but, like anything else, you do get what you pay for

DaveVisi
07-20-2009, 01:58 PM
Kala might be in your price range too. Check out musicguymic on eBay.

seeso
07-20-2009, 03:00 PM
Hey guys getting my first uke and I have no idea who to talk to. So basically I want it to be $90-$150 I don't want to get a cheap brand. If you can post a store link because i have no idea where to buy it either. I want a soprano specifically. I want lots of suggestions I really need the help here. I was suggested to get one of these what do you guys think of these brands: Kamaka, Koaloha, Kanile’a, G String, Ko’olau?

The ukes you mentioned are way out of your price range. For $90 - $150 I'd check out Kala, Ohana, Lanikai.

dnewton2
07-20-2009, 03:29 PM
Like others said the brands you listed all have an excelent reputation. They are however a little out of you price range. Check out MGM on ebay. Probably most of the members here have ordered something from him, I know I have. Heres a link to MGM's ebay store. (http://stores.shop.ebay.com/Musicguymics-Room__W0QQ_armrsZ1)

If you raise your funds check out Mainland ukes. (http://shop.mainlandukuleles.com/category.sc?categoryId=3)

KC8AFW
07-20-2009, 03:50 PM
The Kamoa is also in your price range...and you can get one from the UU store. Be sure to check out the video clip.

http://ukeunderground.bigcartel.com/product/kamoa-mahogany-soprano

Ukulele JJ
07-20-2009, 04:41 PM
Might I also suggest, in addition to the fine suggestions so far, that for a few more dollars than your upper limit, you could get a Flea.

Otherwise, Kamoa, or anything in your price range from Music Guy Mic.

JJ

built
07-20-2009, 05:35 PM
you can also consider emil's uke (at the luthier's section).

molokinirum
07-21-2009, 06:09 AM
Welcome to UU!!! There is tons of extremely helpful information on all pages at UU. Also, everybody here wants to help each other regardless of their ability so please stay with UU!!! Also, let everybody know what uke you buy and from who!!!

RevWill
07-21-2009, 06:23 AM
Might I also suggest, in addition to the fine suggestions so far, that for a few more dollars than your upper limit, you could get a Flea.
JJ

It wouldn't hurt to look for a pre-owned Fluke or Flea. Great instruments!

In fact there's a red tenor fluke for sale at Flea Market Music's marketplace for $150. No affiliation.

specialmike
07-21-2009, 06:27 AM
At the UU store, there are some really nice Ukuleles. Such brands include Mainland and Kamoa. They're really nice. Aldrine has a Kamoa Pineapple.

http://ukeunderground.bigcartel.com/category/ukuleles

They're really good quality from what I see and hear. I'm sure they will be a pretty good investment. The other brands mentioned: Kala, Ohana, and Lanikai are great as well.

flyingace
07-21-2009, 07:58 AM
I've actually done fine with my first one being an Oscar Schmidt OU3 spruce concert. It cost me a little over $100 with gig bag and got me down the road to learning for my first 6 months until I decided how much I loved playing Uke, even more than guitar. I bought a second OS Uke, a solid mahogany for $280 with hard case that has gotten me down a few years and NOW I'm ready to move up to something a little nicer, tenor size, etc.

But any of the kala, ohana, etc. brands that elderly or UU store sells in your price range will be perfect for getting started, it's always handy to have an extra cheaper uke around for the kids or friends, or taking to the lake/beach, etc.

good luck and happy playing!

new2ukes
07-21-2009, 08:40 AM
Hi all
Following advice on these boards, I bought a Kala Makala S, for my very first uke. I'd really recommend this - lovely little instrument! I think now we'll have to buy another as my OH keeps 'borrowing' mine, and we'll need another, strung the other way for his left handed technique!

Keep strummin'!

bugmenot
07-22-2009, 01:13 PM
Wow I would just like to say THANK YOU to each and everyone of you who gave me advice. I never expected to get so much feedback in such little time. Seriously, thank you guys.

So I looked into everything that was suggested and ultimitaley chose the Kamoa S from the UU store. It seems perfect for a beginner. I'll let you guys know first impressions and such when I recieve it. Thanks again for the warm welcome, I'm definitely sticking around! If you noticed, I'm only using a 'bugmenot' account so I plan to create a brand-new, legit account soon enough.

Providence
07-22-2009, 01:37 PM
Very nice bugsmenot, I am looking into Kamoa myself. I'll tell you when I get one.

KC8AFW
07-22-2009, 01:40 PM
...If you noticed, I'm only using a 'bugmenot' account so I plan to create a brand-new, legit account soon enough.

What is a 'bugmenot' account? :anyone:

Providence
07-22-2009, 01:44 PM
Oh yeah bugmenot you don't need a new account, see if a mod can change the username.

ukulelearp
07-22-2009, 01:49 PM
Congrats on the new ukulele, hope you enjoy it. By the way, I kind of like Bugmenot, I think you should keep it. But that's just my opinion.

OMGus
07-22-2009, 05:31 PM
Okay everyone, I am 'bugmenot'. This is my new account! KC8AFW, if you go on bugmenot's website, it let's you byass website restrictions that need registration. Like, some forums require you to have an account in order to view them. This is what I did until I realized I want to use this permenantly. :D

KC8AFW
07-22-2009, 05:52 PM
Okay everyone, I am 'bugmenot'. This is my new account! KC8AFW, if you go on bugmenot's website, it let's you byass website restrictions that need registration. Like, some forums require you to have an account in order to view them. This is what I did until I realized I want to use this permenantly. :D

Glad you decided to stick around. Its a nice place...you'll like it here. So...post some pics when you get the new uke. Maybe even a video (so we can hear how she/he sounds).

ichadwick
07-29-2009, 01:03 AM
...basically I want it to be $90-$150 I don't want to get a cheap brand. ... Kamaka, Koaloha, Kanile’a, G String, Ko’olau?
At around $100, you'll be in the low end. Not cheap, but certainly inexpensive as far as ukuleles go. Kala, Lanikai and Ohana have acceptable models in that zone and all have a good reputation. You might also give serious consideration to a Mainland - it's a bit more but not enough to impoverish you.

Try to get a solid wood top, not a laminate. That will push towards the upper end (and beyond) of your price range, but you will be much happier with one than a laminate. The sound will be richer, fuller.

Read as many reviews online as you can before deciding. Try to play a few at local music stores. If you can't then get in touch with a reputable delaer for advice and recommendations. MGM is well liked and respected here.