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eculuke
10-27-2009, 04:11 AM
I recently got into uke's after my trip to hawaii. There I visited bounty music in Maui and picked up an all wood soprano pono. Now the bug has bit me. My birthday is Nov 2. And I am looking to pick up a good concert size uke. My budget is 300-350. If you were me, in that price range, which uke would you get?

Thanks
Luke

buddhuu
10-27-2009, 04:21 AM
Kala solid acacia, or maybe Kala solid koa if they do it in a concert.

I've been so pleased with my Kala solid mahogany tenor that I'd be happy to stay loyal to the brand for my next uke if I ever bought one.

Those solid acacias look and sound great to me.

It's lucky I don't really need another uke, coz my available budget is closer to $0.35 ! :D

Matt Clara
10-27-2009, 04:24 AM
I recently got into uke's after my trip to hawaii. There I visited bounty music in Maui and picked up an all wood soprano pono. Now the bug has bit me. My birthday is Nov 2. And I am looking to pick up a good concert size uke. My budget is 300-350. If you were me, in that price range, which uke would you get?

Thanks
Luke

Mainland Mango.

eculuke
10-27-2009, 04:31 AM
This is super helpful...I have been racking my brain on this.....I was looking at these models

http://www.activemusician.com/item--HS.SM-C

also this one

http://shop.mainlandukuleles.com/product.sc;jsessionid=F580F3B71B918ADCAA4B040740EA 96DF.qscstrfrnt01?productId=9&categoryId=3



any opinions?

buddhuu
10-27-2009, 04:37 AM
The Lanikai is pretty. Wonder how they sound. The specs say solid top! :)

The Mainland... well, it's a Mainland, so presumably it's a great uke!

GX9901
10-27-2009, 04:38 AM
Looks like the regular Mainland concert is out of stock right now, but they do have the slotted headstock version, which is the same thing except for the headstock style. I've been working on a series of comparison posts for this uke and a Collings concert, check it out here, maybe you'll get some useful information out of it: http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?t=20268

eculuke
10-27-2009, 04:55 AM
I really like the mainland...the darn concert is out of stock.......any thoughts on tenor vs concert. I know alot of it is personal preference. the soprano is a little small for me.

spazus_maximus
10-27-2009, 04:57 AM
Kala Acacia without a doubt:D

JT_Ukes
10-27-2009, 05:01 AM
I'll go out on a limb and say you cannot go wrong with a Conceret Fluke or Flea...

eculuke
10-27-2009, 05:02 AM
I just called mainland and he said he did have tenor in stock.....he said since I have been a long time guitar player, tenor might be better suited......the confusion continues

eculuke
10-27-2009, 05:13 AM
looks like its available here but I want to call and cant find a number to confirm

http://ukeunderground.bigcartel.com/product/mainland-ukes-mahogany-concert-ukulele

vahn
10-27-2009, 05:20 AM
I vote tenor.

Either one of these would be a good choice, both kalas:

this (http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-KALA-ACACIA-OPEN-HEADSTOCK-TENOR-UKULELE-w-case_W0QQitemZ250520555231QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_De faultDomain_0?hash=item3a54304edf#ht_3688wt_1279)

or this (http://cgi.ebay.com/KALA-SOLID-lacewood-spruce-TENOR-UKULELE-SALE-see-video_W0QQitemZ330370164516QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_D efaultDomain_0?hash=item4ceb98a724#ht_3109wt_958)
I own the cutaway version with p/u of this uke and mine sounds excellent. nice tone bright top, balanced mids and lows I have it strung with low g pro-artes and its exceedingly balanced.

If you like the idea of a cutaway and pickup I'd spend 400 on this one (http://cgi.ebay.com/KALA-SOLID-LACEWOOD-SPRUCE-TENOR-UKULELE_W0QQitemZ330367017846QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH _DefaultDomain_0?hash=item4ceb68a376#ht_2919wt_958 )

cornfedgroove
10-27-2009, 05:28 AM
I would go with Kala or Mainland...

the lanikai does look nice, and I'm sure it sounds good but you probably arent going to have someone go over the setup and show it the extra attention that Mike or MGM would show...and I dont think MGM has lanikai

RevWill
10-27-2009, 05:44 AM
Mainland all the way. The ukes are fantastic and you will not find better customer service anywhere.

Lori
10-27-2009, 06:53 AM
I am really loving my Mainland Concert Mango, so any Mainland gets my vote. I don't own a Lanikai, so I can't really weigh in on it's sound or quality.

I understand your attraction to the Spalted Lanikai. The tricky thing there is that with spalted grains, each uke will look wildly different from one another. Make sure you get to see a picture of the exact uke you are buying. The range of coloring and grain pattern can be startling.

As for size, tenor is definitely closer to guitar in playability and sound. You will have an easier time on the left hand with more room, but you will also get a more guitar-like sound. If you want a more uke-like sound, go for the concert. I find the concert neck pretty comfortable, and I came from the guitar too. Keep trying on the soprano, it will get easier with time (it did for me anyway).

Christmas is coming, maybe you can get both....

–Lori

eculuke
10-27-2009, 07:22 AM
man...does anybody have the MainlandClassic Mahogany Concert in stock!!!

existence
10-27-2009, 07:46 AM
Elderly instruments has the Hamano H-100C on sale right now, with free shipping. They usually street for something like 325. It's solid mahogany, has classy looks, and sounds great. The one I played had fantastic intonation as well.

http://www.elderly.com/new_instruments/names/hamano-h-100c-concert-ukulele--H100C.htm

I've played a decent number of concerts in this price range, including Lanikais, Ohanas, and Kalas (haven't tried a Mainland though), and IMO this is the best of them.

haolejohn
10-27-2009, 08:27 AM
If I had that much money I would look at 2 ukuleles. Either a Mele which is based off Maui but made in Philipines or a mainland.

GX9901
10-27-2009, 08:40 AM
man...does anybody have the MainlandClassic Mahogany Concert in stock!!!

The slotted headstock version looks like is still in stock, if you like slotted headstocks. It appears to be exactly the same uke otherwise.

eculuke
10-27-2009, 09:15 AM
Id prefer the non slotted...but it might be my only choice

rasun
10-27-2009, 09:26 AM
I think you would be happier with the tenor.

dave g
10-27-2009, 09:30 AM
I think you need this: http://www.wsukes.com/111/u111.html (but I'm biased :D )

existence
10-27-2009, 09:35 AM
Oh, that Waverly Street is really cool looking!

Too bad I just bought a concert (resist...urge...to....buy...)

hoosierhiver
10-27-2009, 09:37 AM
man...does anybody have the MainlandClassic Mahogany Concert in stock!!!

Where do you live?, there may be a dealer near you with them in stock.

eculuke
10-27-2009, 10:12 AM
North Carolina

jimmybookout
10-27-2009, 10:34 AM
I just called mainland and he said he did have tenor in stock.....he said since I have been a long time guitar player, tenor might be better suited......the confusion continues

That is good advice. I play all Tenor (or Tenor scale length) ukuleles. As a long time guitarist also, I bought one Concert and sold it 2 weeks later, the fretboard was just to small to suit me.

Count me in on the thumbs up for both guys mentioned (MGM and Mike at Mainland). I got a Mainland Mahogany Tenor last week from Mike, it came setup nicely, and sounds far better than the level of cash charged. I also prefer this Mainland to the 2 Kalas I've had (currently a Cedar/Koa Tenor and formally an all Mango Tenor). I find the Mainland sweeter and more "woody" tonally, both of MY Kalas were much brighter and "metallic" tone wise (JMHO).

Jimmy

eculuke
10-27-2009, 06:20 PM
Still searching...

HoldinCoffee
10-28-2009, 01:57 AM
Maybe take a drive over to Wilmington and visit North Carolina Ukulele Academy? Looks like they have a few Mainlands in stock. Cool place. Nice people.

http://www.alohau.com/

keithy351
10-28-2009, 04:11 AM
kala acacia and thats that, now stop asking and go buy one off MGM ;) or a mainland mango if your that way inclined

eculuke
10-28-2009, 10:09 AM
So guys I decided and pulled the trigger on TWO ukes.

1. Mainland Classic Mahogony Tenor
2. Ohana CK-35G Concert Gloss


Pretty happy with my decisions and appreciate all the advice.

Now I just have to wait for them to come in. :drool:


Luke

FromTheWayside
10-28-2009, 12:42 PM
I vote tenor.

Either one of these would be a good choice, both kalas:

this (http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-KALA-ACACIA-OPEN-HEADSTOCK-TENOR-UKULELE-w-case_W0QQitemZ250520555231QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_De faultDomain_0?hash=item3a54304edf#ht_3688wt_1279)

or this (http://cgi.ebay.com/KALA-SOLID-lacewood-spruce-TENOR-UKULELE-SALE-see-video_W0QQitemZ330370164516QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_D efaultDomain_0?hash=item4ceb98a724#ht_3109wt_958)
I own the cutaway version with p/u of this uke and mine sounds excellent. nice tone bright top, balanced mids and lows I have it strung with low g pro-artes and its exceedingly balanced.

If you like the idea of a cutaway and pickup I'd spend 400 on this one (http://cgi.ebay.com/KALA-SOLID-LACEWOOD-SPRUCE-TENOR-UKULELE_W0QQitemZ330367017846QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH _DefaultDomain_0?hash=item4ceb68a376#ht_2919wt_958 )

Not to derail, but do they make the last one in a slotted headstock (because damn it looks sexy!)?

Ebay link - http://cgi.ebay.com/KALA-SOLID-LACEWOOD-SPRUCE-TENOR-UKULELE_W0QQitemZ330367017846QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH _DefaultDomain_0?hash=item4ceb68a376#ht_2919wt_958

EDIT - It's a little too late, but my two cents are certainly behind the fluke uke. Great instrument!

grappler
10-28-2009, 01:18 PM
i would get either a Kpk
or applause tenor