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estreya
03-20-2011, 02:45 PM
Hello, ukulele players!

What a thrilling forum to have stumbled upon for a novice ukulele enthusiast such as myself! My husband and i are both planning to purchase our first ukuleles, and although i have yet to read the threads here in their entirety, i thought i'd cast my question into the pond now to see what i might pull out of the water:

If a team of two beginners would like to play together, but would prefer not to purchase the exact same ukuleles, what would you recommend? We'd like to buy ukuleles that have a complimentary sound, but still observe the same string tuning and chord fingering.

Any thoughts?

I thank you in advance for your responses!

Cheers to all,

a very excited beginner

estreya
03-20-2011, 02:48 PM
Oh! I should add what our price range is: We'd like to spend no more than $150.00/ukulele - USD.

fitncrafty
03-20-2011, 02:57 PM
First of all welcome to UU!

I would say, play some ukes and see what each of you like, for size and sound. I have played my ukes with lots of other people and types of ukes and the only thing I don't like is my beginner playing, besides I think you will find you get more ukes anyhow! most people do! :)

I have been playing about 6 months and have 4 ukes now. 2 arent' really playable at the moment.. so two I play regularly. I say get what you like, sound and looks wise and I am sure you can't go wrong.. Find a ukulele group to attend they are usually very open and there are lots of ukes of all types and sizes..

We have some reputable dealers on the forum that set up the ukes and all, Mim's (http://www.mimsukes.com/), MGM (http://stores.ebay.com/Musicguymics-Room) and Uke Republic (http://cargo.ukerepublic.com/) I am fairly certain that if you called or emailed any of them they would help you purchase ukes you would be very happy with.

good luck..

estreya
03-20-2011, 09:27 PM
This coming Saturday is the day we'll be visiting the music store. I suppose "judge by how they feel and sound to you" really is the only answer at this point, isn't it? :)

fitncrafty
03-21-2011, 12:40 AM
And the other thing is, what you think sounds good on Saturday, may not sound as good to you in 4 months, As you learn and grow in your playing... plus they are like potato chips, you can't just have one! So you all might like to switch off and play they others too.

SweetWaterBlue
03-21-2011, 02:03 AM
I would add to the "how they sound to you" a caveat. it is often difficult to judge the sound of a ukulele when YOU are playing it, because the sound comes out the sound hole and away from you. In my experience, its much better to have someone play it in front of you and judge the sound that way.

If at all possible, I would buy ukuleles with at least a solid wood top. They are louder and generally sound better. Most people want one eventually anyway. They do require more care (a case and humidifier), however. There are a few exceptions, like Kiwaya brand laminate ukes, but they are not in your price range.

If it were me, and I was wanting to play duets, I would probably choose two different sizes, such as a soprano, and a concert or tenor. A good solid wood (or solid top) soprano is well within your price range if you shop carefully. A concert may be. The tenor will be a bit harder to come by for $150. Both Kala and Lanikai make solid spruce topped tenors for that price, and I own and recommend one.

When buying new ukes, it is important to check the frets and intonation, unless you buy from a respected dealer (such as one mentioned in a previous post who do or check setups). Run your hand up and down the fret board on the side and make sure none of the frets are sharp or rough feeling. Then, get a tuner (most stores have them and you will need one anyway). Get the uke in tune and check that the notes are in tune up to about the 12th fret. The notes should go up in half tones on the tuner as you move up each fret. For example, if you play the highest pitched string (the A) as you move up the fretboard it should say A A# B C C# D D# etc. The tuner will have an arrow that will tell you how close each note is. Inexpensive ukuleles will not be perfect on this test, but you want it as good as you can get it, and if it is well set up, it should not be off by much. Make sure the tuners work well on each string. Also make sure that no frets buzz when you finger them on each fret up the fret board.

Generally Kala, Ohana, and Lanikai make good ukes which are widely available in your price range.

I envy you having a spouse that wants to make music with you.

SailQwest
03-21-2011, 02:21 AM
My husband and I were also looking for complimentary ukes when we first started playing. We eventually settled into what we have now as our "main" ukes. I play a spruce/rosewood concert. My husband plays a mahogany tenor. We love the way our different ukes and playing styles blend so well together.

Huna
03-21-2011, 02:27 AM
if you just want the ukes to be different, why not get two different colored dolphins? 35 bucks each delivered from Samash.com

roxhum
03-21-2011, 03:48 AM
Welcome Estreya to UU. You will find the forum very helpful as you and your husband learn the ukulele. The ukulele is habit forming. My friend and I practice together and I recently got a Mainland Mahogany soprano and she plays a Mainland Mahogany Concert and they sound really nice together. Moral of story try two different sized ukuleles in the same type of wood.

haolejohn
03-21-2011, 04:13 AM
Lots of great advise so far. Where are you at? Are there ant uke dealers near you other than music stores? I don't even visit music stores (helps that ukerepublic lives ten minutes from me) but even before I didn't b/c of the junk they offered.
I recommend you get either a soprano and concert or tenor. I would also.recommend a spruce top and a mahogany uke. You can get a nice tenor for $225ish and spend $75 on the soprano. The ukes don't have to be same price. Also.search for used ukes in marketplace.

haolejohn
03-21-2011, 04:13 AM
Lots of great advise so far. Where are you at? Are there ant uke dealers near you other than music stores? I don't even visit music stores (helps that ukerepublic lives ten minutes from me) but even before I didn't b/c of the junk they offered.
I recommend you get either a soprano and concert or tenor. I would also.recommend a spruce top and a mahogany uke. You can get a nice tenor for $225ish and spend $75 on the soprano. The ukes don't have to be same price. Also.search for used ukes in marketplace.

heymak
03-21-2011, 04:23 AM
I have to restate what some else has said. Make sure you buy your Uke from someone who will do a good set up on it. I have only two ukuleles, the first one I bought from MGM http://stores.ebay.com/Musicguymics-Room and it has been nothing but enjoyable. The second I bought from Sam Ash because the price was cheap. I am constantly tinkering with it trying to get it to sound right because it was not "set up". Buying from a reputable dealer that does a good setup seems to cost more, but let me tell you that you will have regrets if you don't. To what sailqwest said earlier, I really like the way the concert and tenor sound when played together.

pdxuke
03-21-2011, 05:02 AM
This

http://cargo.ukerepublic.com/product/ohana-sk-35

and this

http://cargo.ukerepublic.com/product/ohana-pineapple-pk-25g

or this

http://cargo.ukerepublic.com/product/ohana-sopranino-ukulele-sk-21

All wood instruments, ez to play, sound great. If it were me, I'd get two SK 35 sopranos--classic instruments, you'd be learning on the exact same instrument, and they'd sound great together.

Of course, you could always get two Dolphins. That would cost you about $100 total, would sound great, you could see if you were going to stick with it, and you could buy different colors:
http://cargo.ukerepublic.com/product/makala-dolphin-soprano-mk-s

kenikas
03-21-2011, 05:35 AM
I would add to all the above recommendations that you check out Makai ukes, I got a solid spruce top tenor from Musicguymic a year or so ago, well within your price range and Mim carries them as well. I understand they are made in the same factory as Ohana and Mainland. I'd also agree with the Makala Dolphin recommendations, they are great little ukes for the money.

haolejohn
03-21-2011, 06:21 AM
I would add to all the above recommendations that you check out Makai ukes, I got a solid spruce top tenor from Musicguymic a year or so ago, well within your price range and Mim carries them as well. I understand they are made in the same factory as Ohana and Mainland. I'd also agree with the Makala Dolphin recommendations, they are great little ukes for the money.

The makai is a good ukulele. Our recent convert bought a cedar top concert from UkeRepublic and he came over yesterday so I could teach him some basics. It didn't sound that bad at all.

haolejohn
03-21-2011, 06:22 AM
ultimately I recommend trying out the ukuleles at the music store but buying from either UkeRepublic, Mim, or MGM. Just my $.25 worth. I have bought my fair share of ukuleles online and those three wil not steer you wrong.

estreya
03-21-2011, 06:25 AM
Thank you all so much for your replies! I'm going to print out this thread so i can absorb every word and scribble notes in the margins. :)

I also see i've only scratched the surface of this site (and the youtubes linked here).

I feel i'm on the cusp of a thrilling and deeply satisfying adventure ...

My mother, in her mid-70's, just recently joined a ukulele group, and she's just on fire with it. Many in the group are very accomplished, life-long players, and others are beginners, just as she is. Somehow, they all manage to compliment one another beautifully (although she lives in Arizona so i've yet to hear them play). She now speaks of her "gigs" and they recently "cut a cd" at her active adult community!

Mom doesn't want me to spend more than ~$50.00 per ukulele, as she did, but after just a few short months, she's already at that stage where she's craving a better instrument. Apparently, a friend from the club is putting better strings on the one she uses, and she's hoping that helps quite a bit.

Meanwhile, ever acquisitive, i'm aiming to spend a little more so i don't "grow out of" my initial purchase the way she seems to have done.

Mom also wants us to get Skype so we can bridge our geographical divide and play together (which charms me to my core, even if it may not work) ...

Anyway, i'm blathering. I just thought i'd let you all know what lit my pilot light where Ukulele's are concerned. Thank you all again, so much, for the wealth of information here. I'll come back once the purchases are made (though i'm going to explore the on-line vendor mentioned here as well, so maybe we won't get something from the music store after all) ...

Here's to strumming our bliss,

estreya

SweetWaterBlue
03-21-2011, 06:30 AM
I think you are wise to get something you won't grow out of in a month. I have a little Dolphin, and it sounds good, but seriously is a grown 60 year old man really gonna play one of those all the time in a uke-meetup - I think not. Perhaps I am just vain.

That's great about your mom's enthusiasm. I loaned(gave) my Flea to my mom when she expressed an interest. She is 84, but so far she hasn't really picked it up. She has trouble curling her fingers enough to make some chords.

pdxuke
03-21-2011, 06:35 AM
Growing out of it is a real issue. If I had to do it again and could only have one uke, under $200, it would be an Ohana SK35. You could get one with a gloss finish, and one with the satin! :-)

haolejohn
03-21-2011, 06:46 AM
Thank you all so much for your replies! I'm going to print out this thread so i can absorb every word and scribble notes in the margins. :)

I also see i've only scratched the surface of this site (and the youtubes linked here).

I feel i'm on the cusp of a thrilling and deeply satisfying adventure ...

My mother, in her mid-70's, just recently joined a ukulele group, and she's just on fire with it. Many in the group are very accomplished, life-long players, and others are beginners, just as she is. Somehow, they all manage to compliment one another beautifully (although she lives in Arizona so i've yet to hear them play). She now speaks of her "gigs" and they recently "cut a cd" at her active adult community!

Mom doesn't want me to spend more than ~$50.00 per ukulele, as she did, but after just a few short months, she's already at that stage where she's craving a better instrument. Apparently, a friend from the club is putting better strings on the one she uses, and she's hoping that helps quite a bit.

Meanwhile, ever acquisitive, i'm aiming to spend a little more so i don't "grow out of" my initial purchase the way she seems to have done.

Mom also wants us to get Skype so we can bridge our geographical divide and play together (which charms me to my core, even if it may not work) ...

Anyway, i'm blathering. I just thought i'd let you all know what lit my pilot light where Ukulele's are concerned. Thank you all again, so much, for the wealth of information here. I'll come back once the purchases are made (though i'm going to explore the on-line vendor mentioned here as well, so maybe we won't get something from the music store after all) ...

Here's to strumming our bliss,

estreya

You should check out the UU mini-jams. great environment and it is online. All you need is a webcam and internet. It is free:)

I Ukulista
03-21-2011, 09:40 AM
if you just want the ukes to be different, why not get two different colored dolphins? 35 bucks each delivered from Samash.com

Yea, two dolphins playing together but one with Low G tuning.

ichadwick
03-22-2011, 01:13 AM
Oh! I should add what our price range is: We'd like to spend no more than $150.00/ukulele - USD.
Probably something like a soprano and tenor, which could have some nice tonal complements. If you want two the same size, look for difefrent top woods - say a spruce and mahogany top. And change the strings. Put Aquilas on one and a more mellow type like D'Addario, on the other.

estreya
03-22-2011, 05:55 AM
All your thoughts and suggestions have been really wonderful. Thank you! I suppose worst case scenario, if something ends up not being quite right, it can always be replaced. I kinda get attached to things though ... :)

kenikas
03-22-2011, 11:16 AM
With ukes I never replace, just aquire more!

estreya
03-27-2011, 08:10 PM
Hello again, all! I'm not sure if anyone will come back to this thread, but if so, i thought i'd post a brief update. The visit to the music store this weekend was a mixed bag - disappointing in the sense that the ukulele is clearly an afterthought for this particular store. There were only two "adult" ukuleles there - a Samick UK60 soprano (at least they told us it was a soprano) for $79.00 and a Fender Tenor for $300.00. While both instruments were great fun to touch and play, neither looked into our eyes like a kitty at PetSmart and said, "Won't you please take me home with you?"

So the search continues! I'm going to check out a few more stores if only to get a "hands on" experience of as many instruments as possible in my immediate area, after which i think there may be an on-line purchase in my future ... :)

Thank you all again for your guidance ....

Cheers!

mikerr
03-27-2011, 09:53 PM
As some others have suggested, I'd go for 2 well setup 'Dolphins' for your first ukes to get you started. They're reasonably cheap and good value.
Even though I have acquired several better quality ukes, my original 'Dolphin' still gets played every day.

Mike

fitncrafty
03-28-2011, 01:28 AM
I was glad to see this thread pop up again, because I was just wondering if you ever purchased Ukuleles...
Have you looked into flea/fluke at Flea Market Music? They may be a little more than you want to spend. Otherwise I would say call one of our dealers (maybe the closest one to your home for quick shipping) and talk to them, they can probably help you decide and maybe even play a few ukes for sound samples and send photos..

I love how you described it as a kitty in Petsmart.. That's why I can't go there anymore.. I have had that happen to me 5 times.. although one was ill and we lost her... Aren't you dying to get your hands on a uke already?

roxhum
03-28-2011, 03:05 AM
Hello, I agree with fitncrafty, I will be interested to hear what ukuleles you get. You must be patient. I don't think I could have waited this long before ordering.

roxhum
03-28-2011, 03:08 AM
I just thought of something. I went to a music store when I was a complete newbie to look at the few ukuleles they had in the store and the one I had was clearly out of tune. If I could tell it was out of tune you know it was far out of tune. I mentioned that to the young bored man behind the cash register and he handed me something. Huh? I had never played a string instrument in my life and didn't have a clue that he just gave me some sort of electronic tuner. I left the store frustrated.

hufse
03-28-2011, 04:01 AM
It looks like I am not the only one checking out every instrument-store around only to find that they hardly regard a ukulele as a serious instrument. I just ended up buying a kiwaya laminate online. As most shops selling on ebay, or online in general are dependent on good reviews you can mostly get some good service. So I guess my two cents when it comes to complimentary instruments are: don't be afraid of buying online if you have problems finding a good shop in your neighbourhood. You might have a ukulele quicker that way.

(Sorry for not having an opinion on specific instruments, I hope I was not too off-topic.)

TCK
03-29-2011, 05:26 PM
What a great thread- and a fantastic dilemma! I am not sure how I missed it first time around, as my wife and I went through the same when she, after 20 years of being around, decided it was time to learn an instrument. She picked banjo...WAY to expensive for me, so I got her a Uke. Best thing I ever did.
She plays Soprano size, and I play primarily tenor (I have a few that are other sizes) and the Soprano/tenor is magic in terms of complimentary tonal quality.
Our first ones were Makala's. They are the budget Kala ukes and seemed to fit the bill. They will fit yours even better if you buy them from MGM and have him set them up (learning set up is hard- even for a guy who has repaired accordions for 20 years). She played it a lot and would still be playing it if I had not "upgraded" her. Probably would have lasted forever if I did not catch UAS (I can touch 6 Ukuleles from my desk). Our favorites now are the ones I got next, though I play all of them all the time. I was able to find one I really liked (A Kala flame spalted maple tenor) and one she really did not know anything about (A Kala Lacewood- solid wood) for next to nothing trolling around here (under $150 each- a substantial savings over retail) and I gotta say- if you can go solid wood (especially top)...DO IT. Hers is set up by MGM and is the best Uke I have ever played in terms of playability...It is a little mellow for me in tone.
I have experience with Kala and Makala, and with a set up, you can't go wrong in your price range. Dolphins really are mind-blowing for the cost with a set up and some Aquila strings.
I had the chance to play a Makai cedar top (http://cargo.ukerepublic.com/category/makai)and was blown away by it (and needed another like a hole in the head- but I played it all day).
I have an Ohana Vita, and it is awesome, and light. I don't think you could go wrong there. (I love this one- just an aside- one in the marketplace...please keep me from buying it) (http://www.ohana-music.com/conc/ck70rb/master.html)
I do not have a Mainland (http://www.mainlandukuleles.com/) yet, but I have played them and they are great! You will not find a better all solid Ukulele for the price (which is a tad above your limit). Mike has what I am sure is a well deserved cult following here and his Ukes are top-shelf.
These (http://www.tallgrassukuleles.com/) intrigue me- if I could make them sound like Josh does I would probably bite at one :) Watch the videos for sure.
Anyway- best of luck. I love Ukin' with my wife so much, it is a daily thing, and oh how we laugh. Cancelled the cable and threw the TV in a dumpster- best thing EVER

estreya
03-30-2011, 07:05 AM
Thanks so much for the continued thoughts expressed here, and TCK, what a gorgeous reply! The shared joy you and your beloved experience with your ukuleles is quite an inspiration. Threw the TV in the dumpster? Really? I can hardly imagine it ...

And i learned a new acronym - UAS. Ukulele Acquisition Syndrome? :)

Thanks again all,

estreya

PS: Did you see the Mad Men episode where the character of Joan plays C'est Magnifique on the accordion?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1QN4NyD6l8A

PPS: The accordion is also featured in one of my favorite films, Bread and Tulips. How you'll Netflix it without a TV i just don't know :D, but you can watch a trailer for it here:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0237539/

fitncrafty
03-30-2011, 07:29 AM
So estreya.. did you all pick out ukulele's yet?


I love the idea of husband's and wives playing together there are some other couples on the board. I have my 10 yr old daughter finally playing with me.. that's great! I will have to take it..

estreya
03-30-2011, 07:46 AM
Believe it or not, not yet, fitncrafty. I know, i know, we take forever! We'll have one more "hands on" experience at another music store this coming weekend, after which we'll likely order on-line. I really want to see how the "concert" plays before finally placing an order. I've got all of the on-line vendors that were linked here minimized, but i'm leaning towards MGM for their apparent care in set-up (which i never realized was so complex). We'll probably end up with a Tenor/Soprano combination, because hubby really liked the tenor he tried, and i'm just wed to the idea of a complimentary rather than duplicate mate for it.

My expectation is to have an order placed by the end of the weekend. I'll keep you posted! Already, it's so much fun ...

Cheers,

e

estreya
04-03-2011, 08:04 AM
Hello again, everyone, and we're getting closer! Visited another music store this weekend - one with a slightly better selection to sample. We tried both Kala and Lanikai, the latter of which seemed slightly better made, although one of the strings made an odd vibration on the Lanikai, so perhaps it was actually a draw as far as quality is concerned.

I LOVE the concert ukulele. I think i'll end up with a concert, rather than a soprano after all.

The plan is to visit one more music store that stocks the Ohana brand, after which a decision will be made. I confess, upon waking this morning, i just wish we'd gotten the two we favored yesterday - the Kala Tenor and Concert. I awoke with a powerful enthusiasm for playing ...

Alas, patience is a virtue (or so they say) ...

Thanks again all, and i'll keep you posted!

PS: Any thoughts about the durability of a gloss finish versus matte? The fellow at the music store said the matte is more durable (we plan to take them camping, etc), but this seems counter-intuitive to me. Also, wouldn't the gloss finish help prevent moisture swelling?

haolejohn
04-03-2011, 09:20 AM
Hello again, everyone, and we're getting closer! Visited another music store this weekend - one with a slightly better selection to sample. We tried both Kala and Lanikai, the latter of which seemed slightly better made, although one of the strings made an odd vibration on the Lanikai, so perhaps it was actually a draw as far as quality is concerned.

I LOVE the concert ukulele. I think i'll end up with a concert, rather than a soprano after all.

The plan is to visit one more music store that stocks the Ohana brand, after which a decision will be made. I confess, upon waking this morning, i just wish we'd gotten the two we favored yesterday - the Kala Tenor and Concert. I awoke with a powerful enthusiasm for playing ...

Alas, patience is a virtue (or so they say) ...

Thanks again all, and i'll keep you posted!

PS: Any thoughts about the durability of a gloss finish versus matte? The fellow at the music store said the matte is more durable (we plan to take them camping, etc), but this seems counter-intuitive to me. Also, wouldn't the gloss finish help prevent moisture swelling?

I prefer matte finishes. Gloss is ok on a high end uke but alot of the cheaper ones put way too much gloss on it IMO. I had a matte finished mele concert and tenor and they showed my strum marks but i like that. I like my instrruments to look like they get played.

As far as set up, every reputable dealer (ukerepublic, mim, and mgm) do a set up. I really don't think one does a better job than the others. I have played ukes from all three dealers and each one was set up nicely.

I think you are making the right decision by buying online but trying the models out in poerson. Just remember that the uke you get online will be different than the one you play in the store.

fitncrafty
04-03-2011, 09:31 AM
Hello again, everyone, and we're getting closer! Visited another music store this weekend - one with a slightly better selection to sample. We tried both Kala and Lanikai, the latter of which seemed slightly better made, although one of the strings made an odd vibration on the Lanikai, so perhaps it was actually a draw as far as quality is concerned.

I LOVE the concert ukulele. I think i'll end up with a concert, rather than a soprano after all.

The plan is to visit one more music store that stocks the Ohana brand, after which a decision will be made. I confess, upon waking this morning, i just wish we'd gotten the two we favored yesterday - the Kala Tenor and Concert. I awoke with a powerful enthusiasm for playing ...

Alas, patience is a virtue (or so they say) ...

Thanks again all, and i'll keep you posted!

PS: Any thoughts about the durability of a gloss finish versus matte? The fellow at the music store said the matte is more durable (we plan to take them camping, etc), but this seems counter-intuitive to me. Also, wouldn't the gloss finish help prevent moisture swelling?

I personally love my concert size too.. Glad that you are making progress, you have much more restraint than I do.. I would have bought ukes by now..
I can't answer about gloss and matte, I like the look of the gloss better.. if you want camping ukes, I would really consider checking out flea market music for flea and fluke ukes... they are very durable and on my list for next uke to by. They are very popular. Google them and check them out.. Is there a uke club you can visit in the meantime?

pdxuke
04-03-2011, 10:16 AM
Matte finish all the way.

Maiyah888
04-05-2011, 05:02 PM
Happy to hear of couples who are "in tune" with each other!

* note to self: attract a spouse who loves to dance and uke and do yoga and has complementary values to mine *

Huna
04-10-2011, 02:48 AM
a fluke and a flea might be complimentary

estreya
04-11-2011, 09:18 AM
Hello, everyone!

I thought i'd post yet another progress report on our Great Pacific Northwest Entry-Level Ukulele Hunt! This past weekend, we got our hands on the last ukulele brand we wanted to try before making our decision - the Ohana. The good news? We now know what we want. The less-than-good-but-still-ok news? We've raised our price cap. :)

After quite a bit of research and several trips to our area music stores, we aim to purchase solid wood Ohana ukuleles; a tenor for my husband, and a concert for me. Even in the laminate version, the Ohana seemed to be a particularly well made instrument, and the difference between laminate and solid wood was striking. The one i liked best in the music store we visited this weekend was a CK-25. My husband tried the TK-10, which he liked, but would very much prefer a solid wood version because the difference in tone was clear.

At this point, i've sent e-mails to a trio of on line vendors, and we'll see what kind of responses trickle in. It's worth noting that the music store prices were quite a bit higher than what we've seen on line, which might make sense if the rock-star-wannabees behind the counter offered something other than thinly veiled hostility in return. It seems fairly clear the better service, at least in my area, will be found on-line.

Thanks again for all your thoughts and continued interest. I'll keep you posted, and meanwhile ....

Happy Strumming!

Huna
04-12-2011, 12:26 PM
About Ohanas, many of the ebay vendors have them drop shipped out of Idaho. Otherwise you might check a vendor like Uke Republic.. But seeing as you like the Ohana, you would probably also like the Mainland which is a bit prettier, and probably set up better... (has more options for looks of your choise) and you have the owner of Mainland and some of his vendors such as Uke Republic right here on the forum.

estreya
04-12-2011, 04:05 PM
Hi, Huna! Thank you for your response. Mainland was mentioned here in a very favorable light. Unfortunately, it's not one of the brands i could see "in the flesh" before purchasing on-line. The music stores around me are just pitifully understocked as far as ukuleles are concerned, and i've been very limited in what i've been able to get my hands on. For whatever reason, i just hesitate to buy something i haven't smelled, touched and tasted.

So far, i've gotten two out of three replies from on-line vendors. After all this time, i just can't wait to start playing ...

Cheers,

e

estreya
04-24-2011, 09:37 AM
Hello again, everyone! I thought i'd post yet another update for those of you who have been following my protracted "first ukulele" ruminations. You're not gonna believe it! After all this time, we ended up right back where we began. We just placed an order for a Lanikai LU-21T Tenor, a Lanikai LU-21C Concert (both of which come with Aquila Nylgut strings), matching Gig bags for each and a Snark clip-on tuner. At this moment in time, i couldn't be more pleased.

Sure, these are laminate instruments rather than solid wood. But as we kept examining our options and ratcheting up our price caps, my mind was repeatedly returning to the cost effectiveness and practicality of the Lanikais. It seems to me like this can't possibly be a bad initial purchase - they'll be perfectly adequate "entry level" instruments that we won't feel compelled to treat with kid gloves. And when and if we upgrade over time, these will always be available for guests to play, for grabbing and going to a park, or what have you.

So there it is! Hopefully, they'll arrive some time next week.

Thanks again for all the thoughts shared on this forum, and here's to strumming our bliss!

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fitncrafty
04-24-2011, 09:50 AM
Congrats to you!! I am sure that you will be very happy with them as first instruments!! Nice job.. Can't wait to hear how you both enjoy playing.. Your restraint is amazing!!!

pdxuke
04-24-2011, 10:54 AM
Congrats and enjoy! But in 6 months you'll be looking for the all wood Ohanas! :-) (UAS)