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ovation_89
06-09-2008, 12:49 PM
hey all im new to the forum and playin the uke and was looking for some input on buying my first one. i plan on getting a "concert" ukulele so its slightly louder than a soprano. ive searched on musiciansfriend (ive done good business with them) and narrowed it down to 3 choices with good reviews. just looking for input from some experienced ukulele players and their thoughts on what would be the best option....

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Mit...lele?sku=518976

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Lan...lele?sku=512521

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Osc...lele?sku=514017

deach
06-09-2008, 12:52 PM
..... i plan on getting a "concert" ukulele so its slightly louder than a soprano. ...

Oh man I hope Howlin' Hobbit Doesn't open this thread....;)

Of the 3, I'd get the Lanikai.

Kanaka916
06-09-2008, 01:18 PM
Since you're goin' online for a purchase, you may as well check out MusicGuyMic (http://stores.ebay.com/Musicguymics-Room_Cases_W0QQcolZ2QQdirZQ2d1QQfsubZ10247QQftidZ2 QQtZkm). He has very good service, quality instruments and a number of members have ordered from him. Oops, forgot to mention he is a member here. Username=MGM . . . BTW, you can also call or email him if you have any questions.

cMejilla
06-09-2008, 07:03 PM
i'd go with kanaka's advice and check out MGM. he typically provides free action setup and string changes for many of his ukes and his prices are hard to beat.

but of the three that you listed, i'd go with the lanikai. i bought the tenor version of that uke as my starter uke and i still use it now along with my pono uke.

4strings707
06-09-2008, 07:45 PM
I heard that Oscar Schmidt ukes are wack. I would just go with the lanikai. One of the builders from kala made his own uke company which is now lanikai so you can expect the same quality. Plus....i play a lanikai.

Gaby
06-10-2008, 12:10 AM
I heard that Oscar Schmidt ukes are wack. I would just go with the lanikai. One of the builders from kala made his own uke company which is now lanikai so you can expect the same quality. Plus....i play a lanikai.

Erm, Mike Upton used to work for Hohner which owns Lanikai. He now has his own brand, Kala, and these ukes are made in the same factory as Lanikai.

Out of the three you mentioned, go for Lanikai - otherwise find a Kala or Ohana (the CK-10 Ohana makes is cheaper than the Lanikai and I reckon plays nicer and has better tone).

uber_goober
06-10-2008, 03:32 AM
As everyone else has suggested, go with the Lanikai (given the choice of those 3). I'll also plug Kala in that price range and recommend you look up MGM and check out his eBay store. Great guy, great gear, bought a fabulous KoAloha concert from him and it was a great transaction.

Good luck and enjoy your new ukulele,

-John

LonnaB
06-10-2008, 05:42 AM
I will back all of the good advice in this thread. MGM does an awesome job. I wish I'd known about him when I purchased my first ukulele.

I'll also plug Kala, as I am a happy owner of a tenor Kala.

I will say that after playing a really cheap uke for a year, stepping up to a nicer instrument was a real rush. I will give the advice to start as low as they go and move up, as you earn it!

peace and good luck :)

Howlin Hobbit
06-10-2008, 07:24 AM
Oh man I hope Howlin' Hobbit Doesn't open this thread....;)

Hah! Too late!


i plan on getting a "concert" ukulele so its slightly louder than a soprano.

A lot more goes into producing volume than just body size and scale length. So you definitely don't want to base your purchase on just that.


I will say that after playing a really cheap uke for a year, stepping up to a nicer instrument was a real rush. I will give the advice to start as low as they go and move up, as you earn it!

While I admire people who persevere on their cheap ukuleles, I don't think you have to "earn" a nice(r) one. You get too far towards the low end and you end up with a USO* instead of an actual instrument.

I concur with the folks that recommend MusicGuyMic. I'd also definitely stay away from Oscar Schmidt. I had a OS2 Concert way back when and, while playable, it had no volume to speak of.

Lanikai ukes are inexpensive and every one that I've played has been a pleasant surprise. Decent tone, volume and setup right out of the gate. You'll get an especially good setup if you go through MusicGuyMic.

Good luck and enjoy your new ukulele, whatever you decide on!

*Ukulele Shaped Object

FHS-72
06-10-2008, 07:41 AM
I would go with a lanikai or a kala. Good ukes for their price.

ovation_89
06-10-2008, 08:45 AM
very good, i think ill head to guitar center and try the lanikai out. thanks much for the help

polynesianpop
06-11-2008, 05:13 AM
Aloha Ovation 89!
I doubt you will find a Lanikai at Guitar Center. I've been to at least a 3 different ones in and around my home and work and they don't seem to have (or know) much about ukes.

Where are you located? If you are in Southern California, I would suggest you stop by Island Bazaar in Huntington Beach. Its probably the best ukulele shop around here.

Good luck!

deach
06-11-2008, 05:54 AM
Aloha Ovation 89!
I doubt you will find a Lanikai at Guitar Center. I've been to at least a 3 different ones in and around my home and work and they don't seem to have (or know) much about ukes. ...

The only ukes I've seen in GC are Cordobas.

lovemissheather
06-11-2008, 12:55 PM
hey all im new to the forum and playin the uke and was looking for some input on buying my first one. i plan on getting a "concert" ukulele so its slightly louder than a soprano. ive searched on musiciansfriend (ive done good business with them) and narrowed it down to 3 choices with good reviews. just looking for input from some experienced ukulele players and their thoughts on what would be the best option....

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Mit...lele?sku=518976

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Lan...lele?sku=512521

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Osc...lele?sku=514017


i would defnitely go with the Lanikai.. :)

good luck!!!! let me know what you get and how you like it!!

lovemissheather
06-11-2008, 12:56 PM
The only ukes I've seen in GC are Cordobas.

that's weird, i've never seen Cordoba uke's at Guitar Center. Usually I just find used Ukes... usually cheaper ones. ranigng 50 bucks to 150.


Then again, I've only been to the one in Huntington Beach and Sacramento. And it's been a couple months.

Yeah... we don't have a lot of music stores here in Tahoe.
Lame...

ovation_89
06-11-2008, 01:23 PM
i'm actually on the east coast in new england so theres nobody that sells ukes nor have seen anyone play one around here. the guitar center i went to had 3 stock. so i just fooled around with a mitchell koa concert ukulele for a bit, but it was out of my price range so i settled on ordering the lanikai from musicians friend with a gig bag. i also got free shipping. it should be here this week, im pumped

FHS-72
06-11-2008, 01:34 PM
I think you'll be happy with the Lanikai. Then you'll want a Koaloha, then G-string, then Kamaka. UAS AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGH

Kanaka916
06-11-2008, 02:51 PM
Then again, I've only been to the one in Huntington Beach and Sacramento. And it's been a couple months.
If by chance you happen to be in the Sacto area, you may wanna check out Skip's Music (9660 Elk Gorve Florin Rd.) in Elk Grove and Klines (2200 Sutterville Rd.) across from Sac City College. Both have a somewhat decent selection of Lanikai and Kala ukes.

lovemissheather
06-11-2008, 04:43 PM
If by chance you happen to be in the Sacto area, you may wanna check out Skip's Music (9660 Elk Gorve Florin Rd.) in Elk Grove and Klines (2200 Sutterville Rd.) across from Sac City College. Both have a somewhat decent selection of Lanikai and Kala ukes.

I will defnitely check it out. :) i'll take a day trip out there after i move... given its about an hour and fifteen minutes away.

elk grove is, i mean :)

sutterville will be close though

hmmmm