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FromTheWayside
11-08-2009, 03:20 PM
Hi Guys -

I have a quick question. I want to buy a uke for a friend, but I can't spend too much...(she'd probably object if I spent more than $50). I was thinking about getting her a plastic uke of some kind, but I'm honestly not entirely sure what to look for. I know a bunch of people on this forum collect / play the things, so any help would be greatly appreciated!

(Beyond that, if someone could recommend a good stater soprano...that's work too! :D)

Thanks guys, and uke on!

Ahnko Honu
11-08-2009, 03:33 PM
Good starter with plastic body? How about a Makala Dolphin from MGM? :D
http://cgi.ebay.com/MAKALA-PURPLE-SOPRANO-UKULELE-aquilas-HEAR-VIDEO_W0QQitemZ250524597432QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_D efaultDomain_0?hash=item3a546dfcb8
http://s30.photobucket.com/albums/c345/musicguymic/?action=view&current=MVI_9186.flv
http://www.themusicstop.co.uk/images/shop/product_images/guitar/makala/mupur.jpg

brickerenator
11-08-2009, 03:45 PM
I'll agree with the makala, pretty nice actually, I got my little brother one. I think it was $53 shipped.

Buy it from MGM, he puts on nice Aquila strings and checks over the uke before sending it.

So much better than the $25 Mahalo I bought for myself.

cocohonk
11-08-2009, 07:21 PM
Where's Ukisociety? I bet he knows.

UKISOCIETY
11-09-2009, 02:08 AM
Where's Ukisociety? I bet he knows.

Hm? Oh, sorry. The first response was spot-on. I've been playing my Makala Dolphin a lot lately. Awesome uke!

iDavid
11-09-2009, 02:53 AM
I just got two Makala Dolphin's for my daughters as X-mas presents.

They sound better than my Bushman soprano... really

I am going to order one for myself and one for my wife.

two big thumbs up for MGM!

UKISOCIETY
11-09-2009, 03:31 AM
This gives me an opportunity to show off my custom Dolphin, now with autographs by Ingrid Michaelson and Eric McKeown!

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2655/4058511015_62bf302f68_b.jpg

mangorockfish
11-09-2009, 02:09 PM
Are all of these purple? That's all I've seen.

Valerie
11-09-2009, 02:36 PM
How do you know if the Makala's are plastic bodied or laminate?

I know the newer ones are plastic, but is there a way to know for sure?

(Is looking to get one for a friend for X-mas)...

UKISOCIETY
11-09-2009, 04:48 PM
Are all of these purple? That's all I've seen.

No. They come in a variety of colors. Besides Lilac, the other butch colors ;) are black, white, green and blue. Oh, and red too.See the pic below.

How do you know if the Makala's are plastic bodied or laminate?

I know the newer ones are plastic, but is there a way to know for sure?

(Is looking to get one for a friend for X-mas)...

email MGM. That's what I did and he told me what he had in stock that were plastic. Put a note on your Ebay order and he'll make it right.

http://kokothebear.com/imgs/makalaukuleles.jpg

FromTheWayside
11-09-2009, 05:19 PM
Thanks for the information, everyone. When I make a choice, I'll let you all know. Also, is it still UAS if it's for someone else?