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AC Baltimore
08-19-2011, 02:15 PM
Hello Ukers,

I have three bills to spend on a tenor. Electric is not desired and I want it to come setup. Any suggestions appreciated.

Ukulele Dude
08-19-2011, 02:45 PM
Here's one option:

Islander Tenor (http://www.acousticvibesmusic.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=170_173&products_id=1629)

I played it yesterday, and I thought it played and sounded quite nice for $230 bucks. It's solid Mahogany with some bling like I think it has tortoise binding, and satin finish. He'll probably send you pictures if you want.

PhilUSAFRet
08-19-2011, 03:37 PM
Here's one option:

Islander Tenor (http://www.acousticvibesmusic.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=170_173&products_id=1629)

I played it yesterday, and I thought it played and sounded quite nice for $230 bucks. It's solid Mahogany with some bling like I think it has tortoise binding, and satin finish. He'll probably send you pictures if you want.

I agree.....you couldn't buy a solid mahogany Kala or Lanikai for that price and I doubt they sound as good as the Islander.

haolejohn
08-19-2011, 04:07 PM
Hello Ukers,

I have three bills to spend on a tenor. Electric is not desired and I want it to come setup. Any suggestions appreciated.

Might not be the answer you asked but it is the one I will give. Save up some more money.

dhoenisch
08-19-2011, 04:44 PM
I'm very happy with my Lanikai ST tenor. Solid spruce top. Has a nice deeper tone, but still bright. Best I can explain it anyhow. They are new for around $170 with Aquila strings already on it. Just gotta get a nice case for it.

Dan

pulelehua
08-19-2011, 04:53 PM
Might not be the answer you asked but it is the one I will give. Save up some more money.

+1. Seems like you've been playing a while. Get another $300-400 and get something seriously good. Save up another $800 and get something special. Or save another $1700 and e-mail Chuck Moore. ;)

AC Baltimore
08-19-2011, 05:10 PM
Thanks for the input folks. I would like to grab an Islander but I can not seem to find the darn thing in stock anywhere that does a setup. AFAIK Hawaiian Music Supply and Uke Republic seems to be the only ones doing setups now.

ksiegel
08-19-2011, 05:55 PM
Check with Mim also - I think she does set ups, but don't know which brands she carries.

-kurt

zac987
08-19-2011, 06:16 PM
I'd recommend a Mainland Red Cedar Tenor or a Kala Acacia Tenor.

PhilUSAFRet
08-19-2011, 09:31 PM
I'd recommend a Mainland Red Cedar Tenor or a Kala Acacia Tenor.

It's mahogany, but check out the Mainland tenor in the Marketplace.

RawrGazzawrs
08-19-2011, 11:01 PM
I suggest looking at the solid mahogany top, solid top b/s from ohana. you might be able to find one under retail price. plus i emailed them and they said they do the setups themselves before shipping to their dealers.

Raygf
08-19-2011, 11:09 PM
Walk in to Appalachian Bluegrass on Frederick Road and play the Lanikai Curly Koa tenor. If memory serves me correctly it's under $300 and they are set up and play well. I have played all of them in the series and own the baritone.

Dino
08-20-2011, 01:19 AM
Hey. Since we are all here for a very good reason.....the UU staff and its website, why not take a chance on a Kamoa from their store? They swear by them and swears the quality is as good as ukulele twice the price. Hit up Aaron, Aldrine or Ryan. Ask em.

deach
08-20-2011, 02:57 AM
Fluke .

cantsing
08-20-2011, 05:33 AM
AFAIK Hawaiian Music Supply and Uke Republic seems to be the only ones doing setups now.

If you decide to go Mainland and buy directly from their site (http://www.mainlandukuleles.com/), setup is included.

guitarsnrotts
08-20-2011, 10:07 AM
I too would recommend Mainland. Either their solid mahogany or the cedar/rosewood is under $300. Comes set up either from Mainland or UkeRepublic.

AC Baltimore
08-20-2011, 10:57 AM
I already have a mainland mahog on the way. I kicked my budget to the curb and ordered a pono and kala thinline. Oh well ya only live once lol. Thanks for all the input folks.

Pippin
08-20-2011, 12:10 PM
Ohana TK-20Ce.