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Plainsong
05-19-2008, 11:07 AM
What would you choose? I loves me some aqua Kala tenor, basically because I think that retro aqua is cool, but what in and around that price range would you go for? I've been eying the Kala jazz-tenor because I played one and it was too cool for school - but as I played it unplugged in a pub, I couldn't tell ya much about the sound because it's not a loud uke unplugged. I do have an amp though. The jazz tenor is more than I want to spend, but...it's so cool. :rolleyes:

So what cheap n cheerful (probably laminate) sweet sounding tenor or concert uke would be on your impulse-buy list? :rock:

deach
05-19-2008, 11:09 AM
I don't think I've made a non-impulse ukulele purchase yet. :confused:

Plainsong
05-19-2008, 11:16 AM
LOL, then you should be good at helping me spend my money. I prefer buying from MGM because with the setups on these budget ukes, you just never know, and he's an online seller who sets it up for ya. :)

GX9901
05-19-2008, 11:20 AM
If I was making a cheap impulse buy, I'd go for one of those Ohana sopraninos. I guess if it has to be a concert of tenor, perhaps another Ohana such as the plastic back/spruce top concert. I've never played any Ohana ukes and am a bit curious about them.

My problem lately has been that the impulse buys have been very costly...:o

tad
05-19-2008, 11:22 AM
I don't think I've made a non-impulse ukulele purchase yet. :confused:

This is why all my ukulele purchase seem to be made at three a.m., after hours of ebay "window shopping."

deach
05-19-2008, 11:22 AM
hmmm from MGM, Kala Mango or maybe the Tahitian ukulele for a change of pace.

Plainsong
05-19-2008, 11:26 AM
I thought about that Kala Mango, but in that Kala black tenor review from a UU member that slips my mind at the moment, he mentioned the tuning pegs were very short on the Mango, and that the problem was corrected by Kala on the black tenor. That makes me go "hmmmm" about the Mango. Anyone have experience with that one way or the other?

deach
05-19-2008, 11:28 AM
I thought about that Kala Mango, but in that Kala black tenor review from a UU member that slips my mind at the moment, he mentioned the tuning pegs were very short on the Mango, and that the problem was corrected by Kala on the black tenor. That makes me go "hmmmm" about the Mango. Anyone have experience with that one way or the other?

WS64 just got one.

seeso
05-19-2008, 11:29 AM
One of these screen-printed sopranos, maybe.

Like the Pineapple (BIN $77.97):

http://i11.ebayimg.com/08/i/000/d8/3b/3448_1_sbl.JPG

Or the Kiwi (BIN $72.96):

http://i12.ebayimg.com/06/i/000/c8/1c/3994_1.JPG

These Santini F-hole ukuleles look cool.

Like this one in a cherry finish (BIN $54.95):

http://www.saletime.net/ukulele_brown_sanmb_06.jpg

They also make this funky triangle uke (BIN $54.95):

http://www.saletime.net/ukulele_oblong_boga_06.jpg

seeso
05-19-2008, 11:33 AM
This one's intriguing. (http://cgi.ebay.com/Hawaiian-made-Koa-bearclaw-Pine-SOPRANO-ukulele-w-case_W0QQitemZ250249656859QQihZ015QQcategoryZ16224 QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem#ebayphotohos ting) A hand-made Hawaiian soprano with bearclaw pine top, Koa back and Mahogany sides. Unknown maker! OooooOOooOo...

Current bid: $61.00

http://i22.ebayimg.com/04/i/000/f1/c4/1a98_1.JPG

Plainsong
05-19-2008, 11:33 AM
Awesome funkiness. But since my koa flea subdues the need for funky at leat for the moment, I'll keep it to the traditional guitar shape. Those Kiwi Kalas are killer though. :)


edit - that funky solid koa at least has to go on the watch list!

Rubbertoe
05-19-2008, 11:36 AM
Hmmm... I'm in the same boat... I've been looking at a cheap baritone to satisfy my UAS craving... probably the Lanikai LU-21B or possibly the Silver Creek all solid mahogany baritone (i've never heard of Silver Creek before so I'm not sure what to expect here)... now I just have to figure out how to get it tuned to GCEA.

deach
05-19-2008, 11:40 AM
edit - that funky solid koa at least has to go on the watch list!

Back off! That's been on my (long) watch list since last night. :p

I think I need to add ebay to my 'block" list.

Plainsong
05-19-2008, 11:41 AM
LOL, as solid koa, it's going to go out of my "Hey, look how awesome and cheap this is!" price range. She's all yours. :D

Ukulele Dude
05-19-2008, 12:08 PM
My birthday's coming up and my UAS is flaring up, so I've been thinking about this same question myself.

I want to get something that I don't have to obsess over (from a humidity standpoint, note my location). I want something fun and different because I might hang it on the wall in my office.

So....I was thinking maybe a nice Cigar Box Uke, or a Kiwaya K-wave Les Paul or Strat style, or maybe a Fluke. I wish Kiwaya made a tenor scale rock uke.

la_ingrit
05-19-2008, 12:14 PM
I was thinking maybe a nice Cigar Box Uke, or a Kiwaya K-wave Les Paul or Strat style, or maybe a Fluke. I wish Kiwaya made a tenor scale rock uke.

If I could I'll buy the Cigar Box Uke, the Kiwaya K-wave Les Paul AND the Strat style, AND a Fluke!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:nana::nana::rock::rock:

deach
05-19-2008, 12:16 PM
If I could I'll buy the Cigar Box Uke, the Kiwaya K-wave Les Paul AND the Strat style, AND a Fluke!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

You might not have the outward signs UAS but you're definitely infected. :eek:

Plainsong
05-19-2008, 12:30 PM
I love those k-waves, but they're a bit out of my budget price range at about 300 bucks. The cigar box....meh. I saw one at the last uke meetup, and it wasn't my thing. I think it's hardcore though for ukesters though, just not my thing. :)

I'm loving all these different suggestions that I'd never thought of, and I hope this isn't a bittersweet thread for anyone with flaring UAS and a crying wallet.

Plainsong
05-19-2008, 01:02 PM
Strangely seeming to migrate to the Kalas this time, and this would be my first Kala, I've narrowed it down to these:

Kala solid sitka spruce top sunburst concert:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=250249222377&ssPageName=STRK:MEWA:IT&ih=015

The purrrty aqua tenor:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=330236724028&ssPageName=STRK:MEWA:IT&ih=014

The gloss black concert with active pickup (not that I need a pickup for my uses):

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=230253268229&ssPageName=STRK:MEWA:IT&ih=013

And at the top end of the budget, the solid cedar top koa concert:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=230252301961&ssPageName=STRK:MEWA:IT&ih=013

The reason I end it there is because of cost of shipping. It gets to a point where I may as well stretch to the Koa Pili Koko concert, but that would put me over 300 bucks once shipping to Finland is added. That last one is certainly close in price, and that might eleminate it from the running this time around.

NotoriousMOK
05-19-2008, 01:05 PM
I never thought too heavily on the cigar box ukes, until I saw this one -- it had a different attraction that really caught my attention

Hootchulele (http://www.earnestinstruments.com/ceegar.html)

http://www.earnestinstruments.com/jpgs/hootchulele1.jpg http://www.earnestinstruments.com/jpgs/hootchulele2.jpg http://www.earnestinstruments.com/jpgs/hootchulele3.jpg

This might have to be the next on my list :rolleyes:

deach
05-19-2008, 01:08 PM
I never thought too heavily on the cigar box ukes, until I saw this one -- it had a different attraction that really caught my attention

Hootchulele (http://www.earnestinstruments.com/ceegar.html)

http://www.earnestinstruments.com/jpgs/hootchulele1.jpg http://www.earnestinstruments.com/jpgs/hootchulele2.jpg http://www.earnestinstruments.com/jpgs/hootchulele3.jpg

This might have to be the next on my list :rolleyes:

Where's the ukulele?

NotoriousMOK
05-19-2008, 01:10 PM
Kala solid sitka spruce top sunburst concert:
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=250249222377&ssPageName=STRK:MEWA:IT&ih=015

The purrrty aqua tenor:
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=330236724028&ssPageName=STRK:MEWA:IT&ih=014

The gloss black concert with active pickup (not that I need a pickup for my uses):
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=230253268229&ssPageName=STRK:MEWA:IT&ih=013

And at the top end of the budget, the solid cedar top koa concert:
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=230252301961&ssPageName=STRK:MEWA:IT&ih=013



That Kala archtop is pretty neat IMO, and the mahogany one catches my eye pretty well -- http://cgi.ebay.com/CLASSIC-F-HOLE-MAHOGANY-ARCHTOP-UKULELE-BY-KALA-NEWEST_W0QQitemZ230253105084QQihZ013QQcategoryZ162 24QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

nice to get something on the unique side this time around??

Have fun!

NotoriousMOK
05-19-2008, 01:12 PM
Where's the ukulele?

haha -- there have been many times strummin' on the beach with friends where something like this would have come in handy :D

Plainsong
05-19-2008, 01:16 PM
I've seen those before. The party you can take with you. ;)

Of those on my list, why do I think the gloss black concert with its bling on the body and neck and active pickup is the best deal at that price point of the ones I'm looking at?

As for that archtop, I know, I know, and it is beautiful in person. I just worry about the sound really. The problem is, for the price, 10 bucks more gets a solid wood concert. Man, decisions, decisions.

deach
05-19-2008, 01:22 PM
Of those on my list, why do I think the gloss black concert with its bling on the body and neck and active pickup is the best deal at that price point of the ones I'm looking at?


If you played it through an amp a lot, maybe...but for my playing habits, I would be paying for a feature I wouldn't use.

Plainsong
05-19-2008, 01:23 PM
If you played it through an amp a lot, maybe...but for my playing habits, I would be paying for a feature I wouldn't use.

It's just me rationalizing my wish that the aqua colored uke had that binding on the neck like the black one does. Why would Kala do that for one and not the other? :(

NotoriousMOK
05-19-2008, 01:30 PM
Given only a choice of the four in your list, I'd go with the cedar top concert over the others, IMO.

vs. 'Sunburst' -- I personally don't like the look, and I'll 'assume' that there's lots of sound-deadening finish to get that look.

vs. 'Aqua Tenor' -- No surprise to choose a solid over a laminate, and I think I have a milkshake maker that looks like this. However, your comment shows some attraction to this one, so if you just want a 'fun' uke, this may be what you're after.

vs. 'Black Concert' -- Laminate again, and it's got electronics that you're unlikely to use. If you want to buy something you wont use, please ship it to me :p.


Anyways, that's my pick any why -- but yours is the one that counts -- have fun!

Plainsong
05-19-2008, 01:37 PM
Ya know what the problem with that post is? It sounds like the conversation going on in my brain! :)

I KNOW the cedar/koa is the best of that bunch. Gosh darnit to heck! :D

deach
05-19-2008, 01:39 PM
Ya know what the problem with that post is? It sounds like the conversation going on in my brain! :)

I KNOW the cedar/koa is the best of that bunch. Gosh darnit to heck! :D

Just to add to your confusion - the best might not end up being your favorite though.

Plainsong
05-19-2008, 01:49 PM
Just to add to your confusion - the best might not end up being your favorite though.

I know that too, and I've learned that lesson pretty well already. And in a strange twist of fate, I've got a guitar strap that matches the aqua Kala, and I could put it on a stand and not worry about it. I can't even do that with the koa Flea (not that it's oh-so-difficult to lean over and take it out of the case. ;)

Ukulele Dude
05-19-2008, 01:50 PM
I never thought too heavily on the cigar box ukes, until I saw this one -- it had a different attraction that really caught my attention

Hootchulele (http://www.earnestinstruments.com/ceegar.html)

http://www.earnestinstruments.com/jpgs/hootchulele1.jpg http://www.earnestinstruments.com/jpgs/hootchulele2.jpg http://www.earnestinstruments.com/jpgs/hootchulele3.jpg

This might have to be the next on my list :rolleyes:

Hey MOK, talk about the perfect uke for hanging on the wall at work. That might be it. I wonder if you can fit a bottle of Cazadores in there? Doesn't look like it.

Plainsong
05-19-2008, 01:59 PM
Ya know what, in one of those "Why did you post this thread then??" turns of events, I got the "lesser" aqua tenor. Too many visions of ooohs and aaaaahhs at future uke meets. :D

MGM, if you see this, feel free to laugh your @ss off. ;)

I'll go back to silently trying to learn Stairway now. I've been putting that song off long enough. I have to learn it, it's the law. I've got that all-important opening phrase down by accident. I slipped up and changed something when reading the tab, and my husband said "No no, that's right, the tab is wrong." - nice to have another set of ears around in case yours are telling you it's ok for your fingers to be lazy.

davoomac
05-19-2008, 02:48 PM
i'm not sure if i saw it mentioned yet, but what about that $30 Rogue baritone ukulele that you can buy online? Guting plays one of those in his videos and he makes that thing sound killer. It might just be him though because he's super good haha. If I ever had money impulse buy a uke that would probably be the next one.

Phil Major
05-19-2008, 04:50 PM
Alas, I got here too late to weigh in... I love the look of the gloss black kala, but in a tenor scale. I'm not sure why, but the look of that uke always catches my eye. Its not traditional by any means, but its still pretty slick. Anyway... the aqua toothpaste badboy you picked up should be pretty sweet too! Its all about fun and that thing screams fun!

Howlin Hobbit
05-19-2008, 05:15 PM
I never thought too heavily on the cigar box ukes, until I saw this one -- it had a different attraction that really caught my attention

Hootchulele (http://www.earnestinstruments.com/ceegar.html)

http://www.earnestinstruments.com/jpgs/hootchulele1.jpg http://www.earnestinstruments.com/jpgs/hootchulele2.jpg http://www.earnestinstruments.com/jpgs/hootchulele3.jpg

This might have to be the next on my list :rolleyes:

Mok, dude! That is so on my UAS list. Except he's got to switch out that scotch for some good sour mash bourbon.

(Man, would I ever be the roving lil party, eh?)

The bestest part is that, being a Joel Eckhaus build, the uke itself would be just as fab as the filling.

la_ingrit
05-19-2008, 05:37 PM
Yeah Kim...ukulele equals fun...so if you like that aqua color thats cool...so.. bring the cheer on :nana:

I have this feeling...I want a lot of ukes...but when the time has come...you really dont know what to choose...

anybody feel like that :confused:

NotoriousMOK
05-19-2008, 08:16 PM
Here we go Plainsong, you can save more of your stash cash this way.

Go buy a $15 tourist trap uke and a can of aqua paint, I'll get the hoochoolele (full of course), hobbit will bring the bourbon, uke dude will bring the cazadores, we'll all meet at starbucks, modify our drinks 'as needed' and paint your TT uke. By the time we're done I'm sure that sucker will sound great!

Plainsong
05-20-2008, 03:58 AM
After the spiked Starbucks, I'm sure it will sound like the most awesome uke ever! :music:

This will be the least expensive uke I've ever gotten. I wonder how she'll do. :D

Or to look at it another way, since it has a method book that MGM throws into his deals, this will be the most expensive method book I've ever gotten. ;)

I do also like the gloss black tenor, but MGM didn't have one listed, and the gloss black concert was on the list because I usually prefer concert size anyway. Otherwise, I'm sure the gloss black tenor would have made the list of finalists.

Plainsong
05-20-2008, 01:45 PM
A further update: I've been pestering my husband with "You're never gonna pick up a guitar again. Dude, when are you going to pick up a uke??" And he finally said "I've been sort of interested since watching you play, and yours looks kinda like a lute but in a cool way. (His dad has a lute and plays it often.)"

Knowing his weakness for glossy black and f-holes, I showed him that jazz tenor and he said "That does look really cool...." And I even pointed out some cons to it, and the pros of course, and the nicest part: "Resophonic will have one at the uke meetup next month. Come with me and try it out!" He has all of June off, so he can get down with his bad self for one night at least. :D

So will he fall in love with that one? Dunno, but that and many other ukes will be there for him to taste. Mission Husband Conversion has begun!