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AC Baltimore
04-20-2010, 07:42 AM
I am getting a low end uke in the next couple of weeks. I want to get one setup low G. I am torn between a Lanikai LU-21T (http://folk-instruments.musiciansfriend.com/product/Lanikai-LU21T-Tenor-Ukulele?sku=512522&src=3WFRWXX&ZYXSEM=0&CAWELAID=26042140) and a Makai MT-70 (http://www.elderly.com/new_instruments/items/MT70.htm). So you choose.

GrumpyCoyote
04-20-2010, 07:47 AM
The Makai has a solid spruce top - I think the Lanikai is all laminate.

Very likely to get a better overall sound from the the Makai - But I've never played one. No idea about the fit, finish, or intonation.

AC Baltimore
04-20-2010, 07:53 AM
The Makai has a solid spruce top - I think the Lanikai is all laminate.

Very likely to get a better overall sound from the the Makai - But I've never played one. No idea about the fit, finish, or intonation.

Hmmm, very good point GC. MGM said somewhere that the MT is made in the same factory as Ohana and that they are the same instrument. Something to that effect.

Dane
04-20-2010, 08:35 AM
I would say the makai, I have played neither, but just by looking at the descriptions I would go with the solid spruce top, I don't like laminates in general. And a solid spruce top should give some good volume.

And since you said it's the same factory, I would pick them for sure, I love ohana, I know they're made in china but I think they do a pretty good job.

AC Baltimore
04-20-2010, 10:04 AM
Thanx for the input folks. I am strongly leaning toward the Makai.

angelopb
04-20-2010, 10:13 AM
I know this is not a choice. I would pick the Makai I think.

DOes anyone know if this one is decent?
http://www.ukuleleworld.com/oscar-schmidt-ou-6-koa-tenor-ukulele.html

AC Baltimore
04-20-2010, 10:46 AM
I know this is not a choice. I would pick the Makai I think.

DOes anyone know if this one is decent?
http://www.ukuleleworld.com/oscar-schmidt-ou-6-koa-tenor-ukulele.html

I have an OU5. I am hardly a uke expert but to me it is beautiful but soso as far as sound. I seem to prefer tenor size and sound, so I put my OU5 up for sale. Having said all that, it won't break my heart if it don't sell.

kenikas
04-20-2010, 11:05 AM
Definetly the Makai! I've been looking at the same uke myself and MGM has them upgraded with Aquila's and his great set up for $129 with free shipping, hard to beat that deal.

arashi_nero
04-20-2010, 11:07 AM
to the op, i would go with the mt if those are your choices.


I know this is not a choice. I would pick the Makai I think.

DOes anyone know if this one is decent?
http://www.ukuleleworld.com/oscar-schmidt-ou-6-koa-tenor-ukulele.html

i like the ou6; with the stock aquila strings, it has a very warm sound. i have an ou4 and love it. the next uke i buy will probably be the ou6-lce. you just need to make sure it's setup right. the ou6 i'm looking at needs some new strings and little adjustments, but the store has a luthier that will do that for free.

Mim
04-20-2010, 11:29 AM
I would go with the Makai. Especially if it is from the same factory as Ohana. The Ohanas come very well made!

Paul December
04-20-2010, 12:17 PM
I guess I'm the only one .... I vote Lanikai.
Personally, I prefer a laminate mahogany over any spruce.
A laminate mahogany can sound nice, while I dislike the sound of all spruce ukes I've heard.
...if you've never heard/played a spruce in person, make sure you do to see if you like the sound first.

BadLands Bart
04-20-2010, 12:24 PM
Take the Makai and get it from MGM. You will love it!!

StereoJoker
04-20-2010, 12:40 PM
DOes anyone know if this one is decent?
http://www.ukuleleworld.com/oscar-schmidt-ou-6-koa-tenor-ukulele.html

I own an OU-6! It was actually my first ukulele. I got it as a factory second (slight blemish on the finish), but for what I paid for, it sounded great. It's pretty mellow, as far as laminates go. You won't be blown over, but you won't be disappointed with it (at least, you shouldn't), either. I'd just stay away from the smaller Oscar Schmidts (my soprano is kind of "meh-just-gets-the-job-done-could-be-a-lot-better"). The tenor isn't too bad at all.

molokinirum
04-20-2010, 12:46 PM
Looks like it's Makai!

AC Baltimore
04-20-2010, 01:18 PM
I own an OU-6! It was actually my first ukulele. I got it as a factory second (slight blemish on the finish), but for what I paid for, it sounded great. It's pretty mellow, as far as laminates go. You won't be blown over, but you won't be disappointed with it (at least, you shouldn't), either. I'd just stay away from the smaller Oscar Schmidts (my soprano is kind of "meh-just-gets-the-job-done-could-be-a-lot-better"). The tenor isn't too bad at all.

That pretty much sums up my feelings on my OU5... I don't love or hate it. It's just kinda there looking pretty. I do like the wider neck which puts a tad more space between the strings, making fingerpicking a little more easy. The sound is decent but a bit "choked" next to my kala tenor. I am not sure how much of that is related to concert vs tenor or satin vs high gloss... maybe a bit of both.

AC Baltimore
04-20-2010, 01:19 PM
Looks like it's Makai!

I'm thinking so :-)

AC Baltimore
04-20-2010, 01:21 PM
After the Makai, I am going to grab a Ohana TK-35G if I ever find one in stock.

KevinV
04-20-2010, 05:19 PM
MT-70. My affinity for solid top guitars spills over to the uke as well.

AC Baltimore
04-20-2010, 09:23 PM
Take the Makai and get it from MGM. You will love it!!

No doubt... have a Kala from him and love it.

AC Baltimore
04-20-2010, 09:26 PM
MT-70. My affinity for solid top guitars spills over to the uke as well.

I know the feeling I may be crazy... but even on my solid body Telecasters, wood seems to affect tone.

Sambient
04-21-2010, 02:04 AM
Neither is a bad choice. But I voted for the Makai.