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hokumele
12-11-2011, 01:23 PM
Hi,
I want to get a tenor uke but don't know what to get. I'd like it to be solid koa and with geared tuners. I've played the kanile'a k1 tenor and really liked it. The only problem with it was it's price; I can't but anything over $550. What should I get?

strumsilly
12-11-2011, 01:57 PM
Hi,
I want to get a tenor uke but don't know what to get. I'd like it to be solid koa and with geared tuners. I've played the kanile'a k1 tenor and really liked it. The only problem with it was it's price; I can't but anything over $550. What should I get?

maybe this

http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?56665-Holiday-Special-Master-Grade-Myrtle-Tenor

oops . not koa
ps, Koa is a nice wood, but there are plenty others, the builder means a lot. kind of like nature or nurture
pps, if you're patient you can probably get a used Koa tenor here on UU

or this if you're in a hurry

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Kelii-Koa-Tenor-Ukulele-/300634012068?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item45ff2ef9a4

Kanaka916
12-11-2011, 02:01 PM
http://www.theukulelesite.com/ukulelemarket/pono-atd-acacia-tenor-deluxe
http://www.theukulelesite.com/ukulelemarket/kala-asac-t-solid-acacia-tenor-slothead
http://www.theukulelesite.com/ukulelemarket/pono-at-solid-acacia-tenor
You can also check Big Island Ukuleles (http://www.bigislandukulele.com/products/index.html#product05) and Mele (http://www.meleukulele.com/shopdisplayproducts.asp?id=1&cat=Koa+Ukuleles)

Drew Bear
12-11-2011, 02:40 PM
Solid koa, tenor, new? These are as close to your budget as you'll probably get:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/MELE-DOUBLE-HOLE-HANDMADE-SOLID-KOA-TENOR-UKULELE-/170312777460?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item27a76ebef4#ht_3625wt_1156

http://cargo.ukerepublic.com/product/kelii-koa-tenor-gold-series

As others have suggested, non-koa options may yield better results. $550 lands you in mid-level solid koa territory, but the same dollars can get you top-level solid mahogany or acacia tenors.

mm stan
12-11-2011, 03:07 PM
Buy second hand..that way you get a premimum uke for your budget range.. keep a daily search in our UU marketplace and Flea music Marketplace good luck...and jump when you first see
it if a good one comes along...good ones usually don't last long...Good Luck...
be patient and you will be rewarded...you always pay more when you want something right away...

mr moonlight
12-11-2011, 04:12 PM
For your price range, I'd focus mainly on just a great sounding uke rather than solid koa. Solid koa is great, but you often do pay a premium for it even if it's on a sub par uke. There are a lot of great ukes out there made of a a lot of different woods that sound amazing in your price range. I just picked up a spruce top Pono for around your price range that's really a killer uke. If you were talking over 1K for a uke then yes, you can start to get picky about woods and still get the best uke for your money, but at $550, you may have to make some sacrifices.

Ryan<3Ukes
12-11-2011, 04:37 PM
http://www.fleacircusmusic.com If you're desperate.