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itsscottwilder
01-24-2012, 05:06 PM
I picked up one of those Mahalo smiley face Ukes over the weekend but had to return it because the bridge was pulling off the body.

Are the dolphin ukes really the only good values in the bargain category?

tjomball
01-24-2012, 08:54 PM
There are other good ukes in the bargain category.
But, and there's a but here.
The Makala Dolphin is without a doubt one of the most popular cheap ukes out there.
I've had the chance to play a few of them myself. And all I can say is, try before you buy.
The quality control on the Dolphins seem to be a little bit better compared to others.

salukulady
01-24-2012, 09:28 PM
Have bought several dolphins over the years as gifts for beginners. All were great starter ukes. Tough and solid even for kids.

Teek
01-24-2012, 10:32 PM
Can't part with mine. :)

novocaine
01-24-2012, 10:34 PM
have a look at stagg too. really impressed with the build quality and tone of mine.

mm stan
01-24-2012, 11:07 PM
Awww I really wanted a Smiley uke...shoots..

fitncrafty
01-25-2012, 12:30 AM
We have two at our house.. .one purchased from uke republic and sounds superb. (with aquilas and Mikes set up) and the other was a painting project for my husband, lots of paint changed the tone some, it's still playable and I do play it some.. I recommend if you can't play one in a store, get it from Uke republic or Mim if she has any.

23skidoo
01-25-2012, 12:38 AM
I've heard good things about the plastic-bodied ukes from Mainland (http://shop.mainlandukuleles.com/category.sc;jsessionid=6BCFCCBE6C8BB8CDE18FA958773 4055B.qscstrfrnt03?categoryId=11) - they're a little more, but there supposed to be pretty sweet.....

zac987
01-25-2012, 01:04 AM
I'm sorry, but did you really expect better from Mahalo? You get what you pay for. Cheap price generally = cheap uke

itsscottwilder
01-25-2012, 04:09 AM
I'm sorry, but did you really expect better from Mahalo? You get what you pay for. Cheap price generally = cheap uke

Well to be fair I wasn't asking for it to sound as good as one of the K brands or something. All I was really expecting was for the Uke to stay together.

But now that it hasn't I'm thinking I would still like to have a soprano in my collection.

Although being a hobbyist. I'm not going to spend more than $125

Gadzukes!
01-25-2012, 05:01 AM
Get an Islander!

SailingUke
01-25-2012, 05:18 AM
Take a look at the aNueNue U900, bear and rabbit ukes.
The rabbit is a pineapple, the same one "The Rock" plays in the video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1iy0j...b5FAAAAAAAAUAA)

greyghost
01-25-2012, 05:20 AM
Mahalo quality is apparently quite variable--I just got a smiley too, and I freakin' love it. It's well-built, came with a decent setup out of the box, and plays and sounds way better than a $30 uke has any right to. + it's really cute!

Steedy
01-25-2012, 05:28 AM
Mahalo quality is apparently quite variable--I just got a smiley too, and I freakin' love it. It's well-built, came with a decent setup out of the box, and plays and sounds way better than a $30 uke has any right to. + it's really cute!

I've had the same experience with my Mahalo Smiley uke. It definitely puts a smile on my face! :)

greyghost
01-25-2012, 05:48 AM
Also, regarding the OP's original problem: are they building these 2 different ways? My bridge is actually held on with screws rather than the more traditional glue, so pulling up isn't really an option for it.

itsscottwilder
01-25-2012, 05:56 AM
Also, regarding the OP's original problem: are they building these 2 different ways? My bridge is actually held on with screws rather than the more traditional glue, so pulling up isn't really an option for it.

No screws on the one I returned. Just glue.

Shazzbot
01-25-2012, 06:01 AM
I have a mahalo flying V.
It looks great hanging on my wall, which is all it it good for.

808boy
01-25-2012, 06:51 AM
Sorry to hear about that. I haven't received the Smiley I ordered for my daughter as yet and hope it's okay when it gets here. X-mas 2010, I bought 13 Diamond Head ukuleles as gifts and every one was good out of the box for starters. They come in different colors like the Mahalos at a lower price. For your budget, there are lots of options. Good luck in your quest for a soprano uke.........................................BO.... ......................

micahlele
01-25-2012, 06:58 AM
What about a Luna, since you already have one (and presumably like it)? Three models in your price: tattoo pineapple, honu pineapple, and pineapple great wave. The great wave is a pretty sweet little uke.

fitncrafty
01-25-2012, 07:02 AM
What about a Luna, since you already have one (and presumably like it)? Three models in your price: tattoo pineapple, honu pineapple, and pineapple great wave. The great wave is a pretty sweet little uke.

Luna just introduced some new models too.. Can't wait to see them in person! Plus Koa etc..

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
01-25-2012, 03:20 PM
I guess the uke turned its smile upside-down.

One more to think about: Nicest-sounding soprano I've played for less than $100 was an Ohana SK-20S. I think Elderly's got them in stock for $95. For under $50, a Makala is the way to go. MK-S has a more volume and a more full tone than the Dolphin, but the Dolphin's very sweet.

Best of luck finding a soprano that puts the smiley on your face.

itsscottwilder
01-25-2012, 03:44 PM
What about a Luna, since you already have one (and presumably like it)? Three models in your price: tattoo pineapple, honu pineapple, and pineapple great wave. The great wave is a pretty sweet little uke.

Yes, looking at the Luna. their website shows some new models that I'm waiting to see the details on.

itsscottwilder
01-25-2012, 03:47 PM
I guess the uke turned its smile upside-down.

One more to think about: Nicest-sounding soprano I've played for less than $100 was an Ohana SK-20S. I think Elderly's got them in stock for $95. For under $50, a Makala is the way to go. MK-S has a more volume and a more full tone than the Dolphin, but the Dolphin's very sweet.

Best of luck finding a soprano that puts the smiley on your face.

The reason I want a cheap one is so my 3 year old son can play with it without me worrying about it. Will check out the Makala.

mr moonlight
01-25-2012, 04:56 PM
The reason I want a cheap one is so my 3 year old son can play with it without me worrying about it. Will check out the Makala.

I got a Kala off ebay for $45 shipped. It was one of their cheap laminate Soprano's. I'm sure it not much different than the Makala version. I got one for my now 1.5 year old son. It's been dropped a few times (From kid height) and it's still working just fine. Plus It's good enough for me to play a tune on and hand it over to him.

joeybug
01-25-2012, 08:44 PM
Good Luck in your quest, someone mentioned a Luna Tattoo Pineapple - I have one and it's great, well made and sounds beautiful! I also have an Ohana SK10S, another good buy for a not too expensive price - think it was 50 from eBay. Both great sounding Sopranos!