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littlebird
04-01-2011, 08:36 AM
Hi. I'm waiting for a solid wood Kala tenor uke to appear on one of the reputable online stores (budget $300). I've done a comparison between a concert and a tenor, and I think that the tenor is the right size for me. In the meantime, I have no instrument.

Should I buy a decent (and well set-up) concert size to tide me over for what may possibly be a few months?? Or should I just run out and get a cheap tenor at a local music store that does not do set-up, and practice on that for a while?

Unlike all of the UAS owners out there, I don't think that I have the room or the budget for getting BOTH a good concert and tenor at this point. And I'm not keen about having to sell a uke. The shipping costs in Canada are prohibitively high!

Any thoughts/advice would be appreciated.

seeso
04-01-2011, 08:54 AM
Give Mike (musicguymic, or MGM) a call:

757-777-7873

He's as reputable as they come, and he should have a solid tenor Kala in stock for you now.

seeso
04-01-2011, 08:56 AM
Also check out Uke Republic:
http://www.ukerepublic.com/Merch.html

seeso
04-01-2011, 08:59 AM
I forgot the most obvious one for you - Ukulele Junky in Canada.

http://guitarjunky.ca/spip.php?rubrique96

ukulelezo
04-01-2011, 09:02 AM
If you're looking to get a cheap uke you could go to Empire Music (http://www.empire-music.com/) in Van or Long and McQuade (http://www.long-mcquade.com/). Talk to them, they'll sort you out if that's what you want. :)

I would recommend buying a uke in Canada if you can. The shipping/brokerage/taxes are crazy! Definitely check out ukulelejunky.

littlebird
04-01-2011, 10:06 AM
I've talked to Mike. I'm interested in the Kala Acacia tenor, and he says that he has nothing in stock, and it will be a while (possibly months) until I can get my hands on one through him since others have already put in their pre-orders. I was eyeing the Acacia concert, but I really want a tenor. So in the meantime, I'm deciding what to do, since concerts seem to be more readily available, and going back and forth.

btw, people are VERY quick to respond on this forum. And so helpful. It's awesome. :-)

littlebird
04-01-2011, 10:09 AM
If you're looking to get a cheap uke you could go to Empire Music (http://www.empire-music.com/) in Van or Long and McQuade (http://www.long-mcquade.com/). Talk to them, they'll sort you out if that's what you want. :)

I would recommend buying a uke in Canada if you can. The shipping/brokerage/taxes are crazy! Definitely check out ukulelejunky.

Do these stores do setup?? I went to Tom Lee's and they do not.

I would prefer to do business in Canada, but the prices are so much better in the US. I have friends in Washington that I ship any cross-border purchases to, so I don't have to worry about brokerage fees, etc. Lower prices, setup, free case, and free shipping. It's hard to beat that!

ukulelecowboy
04-01-2011, 10:24 AM
Ah, one of the most popular ukuleles out there. I'm contemplating a baritone, myself. And not easy to find. If you've played both sizes of ukulele and the tenor is your choice based on comfort, playability, fretboard width and spacing, size of the actual instrument, etc. then I would be wary about purchasing the concert just to have the Acacia. You might want to make your initial investment in a high quality solid wood tenor that is available (if you are needing to purchase now) and keep your sites set on the Acacia for the future. There are some fine instruments out there that match the Acacia in tone and quality that, I imagine, would make you very happy.

Check out Mainland Ukuleles. I don't know what Mike charges for shipping to Canada, but his instruments are great and he's a nice guy.

Just a thought.

ukulelezo
04-01-2011, 10:26 AM
Do these stores do setup?? I went to Tom Lee's and they do not.

I would prefer to do business in Canada, but the prices are so much better in the US. I have friends in Washington that I ship any cross-border purchases to, so I don't have to worry about brokerage fees, etc. Lower prices, setup, free case, and free shipping. It's hard to beat that!

I suspect neither of those places do set up, but it's worth a phone call. My default size is tenor, but I have a concert and a pineapple as well. Just get one of each! :D

The prices are definitely better in the US. No question. Check out some of the ukes Ukulelejunkey has though. http://www.guitarjunky.ca/spip.php?rubrique90

I think you'll be happy with either size. What did you play as a 10 year old?

ukulelecowboy
04-01-2011, 10:27 AM
Do these stores do setup?? I went to Tom Lee's and they do not.

I believe that Mike at Mainland does do setup. Can someone help me on this?

Huna
04-01-2011, 10:59 AM
I have a Makala Tenor and its great. Mine didn't require any sort of setup ... came fine. I did put some diff strings on it though but probably didn't have to really. I am starting to like black strings that come on ukes lol.

littlebird
04-01-2011, 12:42 PM
I suspect neither of those places do set up, but it's worth a phone call. My default size is tenor, but I have a concert and a pineapple as well. Just get one of each! :D

The prices are definitely better in the US. No question. Check out some of the ukes Ukulelejunkey has though. http://www.guitarjunky.ca/spip.php?rubrique90

I think you'll be happy with either size. What did you play as a 10 year old?

I was played either a soprano or a concert. My Gr. 4 teacher started a ukulele program. Students would open the cupboards and grabbed their uke of choice. I always liked the bigger size with a more mellow tone. My brother had a soprano, so I practiced on that. Recently, I had a chance to play around on a friend's solid mahogany tenor, and I loved the feel of it.

The problem is that I'm not sure if I'd be happy with either size. I'm now leaning towards ukelelecowboy's suggestion: buying a solid wood tenor, and keeping my sights on the Acacia tenor for future. BUT I still can't help wondering if I should buy a concert in a different wood so that I can have some experience playing that size, and then buy a tenor later. Ack. I guess that this is the beginning of the dreaded uke acquisition syndrome that seems to have infected the forum.

mangorockfish
04-01-2011, 09:06 PM
Get yourself a Mainland tenor or concert, either one from Mainland Mike or UkeRepublic Mike and be done with it. Ypu'll never look back or regret iy. Mainlands RULE!!!!

cb56
04-02-2011, 02:03 AM
I agree. get a mainland. And yes Mike does set these up himself. Mine was perfect right off the rack (went to his shop) but I'm sure if you called him and told him exactly what you wanted he would set it up to your specs.

molokinirum
04-02-2011, 02:27 AM
Or...contact Mike at Mainland Ukes here at the UU!! He is a member, just send him a PM!!

HoldinCoffee
04-02-2011, 03:22 AM
This is the Kala Acacia Tenor selling for $310 at UkuleleJunky and they say they ship anywhere in Canada...
http://guitarjunky.ca/spip.php?article1075

OldePhart
04-02-2011, 05:40 AM
+1 on Mainland and yes Mike inspects them very closely and does great setups.

littlebird
04-02-2011, 06:13 AM
Finally made the plunge...and bought a Kala cedartop koa concert from a fellow UUer. He made me an offer I couldn't refuse! So I'm going to start with something "cheap" and cheerful, and then look into a tenor in the future. Possibly a Mainland!

seeso
04-02-2011, 06:54 AM
Finally made the plunge...and bought a Kala cedartop koa concert from a fellow UUer. He made me an offer I couldn't refuse! So I'm going to start with something "cheap" and cheerful, and then look into a tenor in the future. Possibly a Mainland!

I used to have the tenor version of that Kala. You should like it. Congrats!