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Gudjon
07-14-2011, 03:00 PM
Hi. I want to buy a Tenor Uke and I'm ready to pay about 1000$ for it.
I like warm sound and I want a good instrument. What would you buy?
Kamaka? Kanile'a? or something different?

haolejohn
07-14-2011, 03:14 PM
Buying tips....


I'd buy 10 makala laminate mahogany ukes.

haolejohn
07-14-2011, 03:16 PM
Buying tips....


I'd buy 10 makala laminate mahogany ukes.

I'm kidding. I would actually buy a KoAloha tenor if I wanted koa. Or a Kanile'a sound monster (satin finish one). Or a kamaka with a little bit of curl.

Are you wanting koa or mahogany?

itsme
07-14-2011, 03:24 PM
Gudjon, even though you signed up here several months ago, since this is your first post, we don't know anything about your background or what ukes you may already have.

$1K out of the box is a lot to spend unless you just have lots of cash and want the best.

Snorky
07-14-2011, 03:52 PM
Personally i'm saving up now for a Moore Bettah :)

But as Itsme says, for $1k you have a pretty decent range of ukuleles at your fingertips :)
Good luck and i hope you find something that makes you really happy!

Gudjon
07-14-2011, 03:55 PM
I started playing the ukulele 6 months ago and I have a Oscar Schmidt OU2
I want a good, solid koa uke that can grow old with me (I'm 16)

Hippie Dribble
07-14-2011, 04:01 PM
Hi mate, were it me I'd by a Mya Moe tradition model tenor. Wonderful, wonderful ukuleles. Second choice would be a Kamaka HF-3.

Have fun shopping and welcome to the forums!

erivel
07-14-2011, 04:10 PM
For a grand I'd also go with a Mya Moe Tradition.

Huna
07-14-2011, 04:24 PM
for only 380 shipped: http://cgi.ebay.com/Brand-New-Kala-Makala-Tenor-Ukulele-Free-Shipping-/160586395911?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2563b1f107#ht_640wt_954

I can't believe what people will sell these for....

Gudjon
07-14-2011, 04:34 PM
I've been thinking of the kanileas

ukestah
07-14-2011, 05:05 PM
Are you able to try them out? Or will you be buying online?

bbycrts
07-14-2011, 07:28 PM
I love Kanile'as. I've owned three - loved them all. But personally...

I'd contact Brad Donaldson and get it built to your exact specifications...

'Cause that's what I'm doing.

mm stan
07-14-2011, 08:54 PM
Do you have access to try them out......if so, let you ears tell you which one...ukuleles differ not only in the brands but also from uke to uke even in the same models..
they are individual as in us human beings and all have their own distintive voices..good luck...

mds725
07-14-2011, 08:55 PM
for only 380 shipped: http://cgi.ebay.com/Brand-New-Kala-Makala-Tenor-Ukulele-Free-Shipping-/160586395911?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2563b1f107#ht_640wt_954

I can't believe what people will sell these for....

That's just plain obscene!

fumanshu
07-15-2011, 12:13 AM
1K$ is a lot of money if you want to go with a production uke but it's not that much if you go with a custom...but there are some builders that you can have very nice custom uke at that price. I'm thinking specially of Mike Pereira (MP ukulele) that I think in that price range is quite a good deal. If you want something warm but very punchy, his cedar top-padauk sides and back is an amazing combo. His all koa is also very nice.

In the production uke, I think the super tenor from Kanilea is the most warm and balance uke that I've tried and owned in the past...it's an amazing uke and very close to high end customs in my opinion.

You can hear a little comparison in a few tenors that I have in this clip if you haven't seen it yet....

Thanks


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pRXteyWFOo8

Gudjon
07-15-2011, 03:12 PM
I love Kanile'as. I've owned three - loved them all. But personally...

I'd contact Brad Donaldson and get it built to your exact specifications...

'Cause that's what I'm doing.

What would that cost me?

Gudjon
07-15-2011, 03:14 PM
Are you able to try them out? Or will you be buying online?

No.. I live in Iceland (Eyjafjallajökull)
I can try...
KALA
MAKALA
LANIKAI
Oscar Schmidt
and some junk

ukestah
07-15-2011, 04:08 PM
No.. I live in Iceland (Eyjafjallajökull)
I can try...
KALA
MAKALA
LANIKAI
Oscar Schmidt
and some junk

LoL Ok that sucks for someone looking for a high end `ukulele, but... at least there are instruments there for you to try!

ukestah
07-15-2011, 04:17 PM
What would that cost me?

Go check out his website below:
http://donaldsonukuleles.com/

Good prices and excellent instruments!

Gudjon
07-15-2011, 05:23 PM
Yeah but what does a custom kanilea cost?

ukestah
07-15-2011, 05:44 PM
Yeah but what does a custom kanilea cost?

Check here: http://kanileaukulele.com/custom_tenor.php?osCsid=f28391125073764a5c92b63b1d e3d647

A basic tenor would run for $914 for satin finish and $1290 for the UV gloss finish, customization will make that number jump quite a bit depending on what you want.

iDavid
07-15-2011, 06:18 PM
I have the satin finish Kanile'a tenor and it is a wonderful instrument. I have it strung with a high-g, but tried a low-g awhile back and it blew me away. I also have a Compass Rose with a low-g which seems to suite to that uke. The Kanilea's took a few weeks to "open-up". I have not heard any uke that is any louder. It does have a guitarish tone as well.

I love my KoAloha concert, but didn't care for their tenor. The KoAloha tenor has really heavy tuners which throws off the balance, IMO.

I have also tried Collings which didn't so much for me. I love the look and feel, but the tone seemed a bit flat.

I have tried one Kamaka and it had Kamaka strings on it. It was pretty impressive, but I wished it had other strings.

I bought directly from Kanile'a and it was a fantastic experience.

joejeweler
07-15-2011, 09:27 PM
Personally i'm saving up now for a Moore Bettah :)

But as Itsme says, for $1k you have a pretty decent range of ukuleles at your fingertips :)
Good luck and i hope you find something that makes you really happy!

Seems to me the problem with the Moore Betta ukes is not the saving up the cash part........

........it's the finding one available for sale part! :D

I'm still looking for a concert and possibly another tenor in high G

Chuck's got a LOT of work to do! hehe