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Island_Uke
09-14-2009, 03:53 PM
I already have a Lanikai LU-21c and an Oscar Schmidt OU7T and just gave a Hilo soprano to my cousin. Now I want a soprano ukulele.
I was thinking about Mainland.
Any suggestions on other ukes or should I get a Mainland?
If Mainland what kind of wood? Mahogany, Red Ceadar, or Mango?

KC8AFW
09-14-2009, 04:37 PM
Check this thread...maybe there's one left. http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?t=18926

Matt Clara
09-14-2009, 04:39 PM
I've heard nothing but good things about Mainland, and I really like my Ohana mahogany CK-25. The Ohanas are well constructed out of thin wood, resulting in very light, loud ukes.

Island_Uke
09-14-2009, 05:44 PM
I guess i'll get a Mainland then.

Uncle-Taco
09-14-2009, 05:55 PM
'Atta boy.
All the cool kids play Mainlands. ;)
(Seriously, you can't do any better, not that I know of.)

Link
09-14-2009, 05:59 PM
Do it. Mainlands have incredible tone. Can't beat it for the price.

buddhuu
09-14-2009, 10:27 PM
Sounds like you're sorted. I've never heard a bad word about Mainland ukes. :cool:

Island_Uke
09-15-2009, 03:36 AM
Go now which one, Mainland Soprano or a Mainland Pineapple?

specialmike
09-15-2009, 03:48 AM
a better question would be which wood? cedar or mahogany? D: mainland offers soo many decisions that would drive you crazy. :p

Captain_Lovehandles
09-15-2009, 04:28 AM
And all the options are good ones. I've played a cedar soprano and a pineapple, and I have a mahogany concert in matte. It's soooooooo nice.

deach
09-15-2009, 04:57 AM
I've played two Mainland cedars sopranos. If I were in the market for a soprano, that's what I'd get.

buddhuu
09-15-2009, 05:24 AM
I've played two Mainland cedars sopranos. If I were in the market for a soprano, that's what I'd get.
That'd be good enough for me. :cool:

Soprano or pineapple... I wonder what Ahnko would say... :D

benmealer
09-15-2009, 10:03 AM
I played both the red cedar and the mahogany soppranos in a store around here. I went in really wanting a mahogany and left really wanting a red cedar instead. Then I played Shani's mahogany sopprano at the UWC and now I'm back to wanting that one. I'm thinking that the mahagony may sound a little different once it's been played for a while. Another theory is that I could have been fooled into liking that one because of that cool scarf thing Shani has hanging off of her headstock. Makes me want to rock out while I play.

Island_Uke
09-15-2009, 03:39 PM
From what I'm seeing... Red Ceadar?

specialmike
09-15-2009, 04:36 PM
hey man, it's your uke. Go with what you like. Red Cedar vs Mahogany... I think is purely aesthetics. Then again, I don't know about the comparison of the two, audio quality wise. I have a red cedar soprano, nice and loud. relatively cheap if you get it from ukerepublic. it's a good beat around ukulele. I can throw it around and everything and not worry about it as much as I would a Hawaiian K. Not that I treat it like crap, but there was a thread earlier that said something about "having scratch marks" and it "being perfectly fine." I wasn't about to treat my koaloha like that, but my mainland, I'll treat with the utmost respect while playing the hell out of it.

thejumpingflea
09-15-2009, 05:00 PM
hey man, it's your uke. Go with what you like. Red Cedar vs Mahogany... I think is purely aesthetics. Then again, I don't know about the comparison of the two, audio quality wise. I have a red cedar soprano, nice and loud. relatively cheap if you get it from ukerepublic. it's a good beat around ukulele. I can throw it around and everything and not worry about it as much as I would a Hawaiian K. Not that I treat it like crap, but there was a thread earlier that said something about "having scratch marks" and it "being perfectly fine." I wasn't about to treat my koaloha like that, but my mainland, I'll treat with the utmost respect while playing the hell out of it.

It really isn't purely aesthetics. Both are different solid woods and will give different tones. That is the great thing about it. Not every wood sounds the same. ;)

Island_Uke
09-15-2009, 05:51 PM
Or nevermind the mahogany and red cedar ill get the mango pineapple.

lespaul_79
09-17-2009, 04:30 PM
What is the difference in price between the 2 Mainlands your talking about?

I'm new in the Uke world. Don;t know anything about them.

I just ordered a Kala KA-15S from MGM. Are these in the same category?

lespaul_79
09-17-2009, 04:33 PM
http://shop.mainlandukuleles.com/category.sc?categoryId=3

I answered my own question. Just doing research for when I upgrade in a year or 2.

nukulele0
09-17-2009, 04:43 PM
I would definitely go for the soprano's for $200, its the least expensive and it has a pick up, seems perfect to me. If this is going to be your first solid wood uke prepare to be blown away :eek:

specialmike
09-17-2009, 05:09 PM
It really isn't purely aesthetics. Both are different solid woods and will give different tones. That is the great thing about it. Not every wood sounds the same. ;)

that carries the implication that one sounds better than the other ;)