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mierz13
10-09-2008, 06:34 AM
Hey UU!

WEll I had a question because I want to buy an ukulele. I really want a Kamaka Uke but they can be very expensive. But besides Kamaka, what other brand has a great sounding uke?

deach
10-09-2008, 06:37 AM
budget?
size?


so many things to consider.

LoMa
10-09-2008, 06:38 AM
What's your budget?

KoAloha's are real nice for the money. Very different sound than a Kamaka though, in myexperience.

Kanaka916
10-09-2008, 07:21 AM
Here are some websites of Hawaiian builders (there are more if you want a custom) . . . and you can make your own comparisons/asessments. You're also looking into the $800-1K range with some of these babies.

Da 50th State

Koolau (http://www.koolauukulele.com/)
GString (http://www.gstringukuleles.com/)
Kanile'a (http://www.kanileaukulele.com/)
KoAloha (http://www.koaloha.com/)
Tangi (http://www.tangiukuleles.net/)
Pono (Same as Ko'olau)
Mele (http://www.meleukulele.com/)


Da Mainland

Mike DaSilva (http://www.ukemaker.com/)
Mike Pereira (http://mpukuleles.com/)
Dave Means (http://www.glyphukulele.com/)
Tony Graziano (http://www.grazianoukuleles.com/)
Augie Loprinzi (http://www.augustinoloprinzi.com/)

mierz13
10-09-2008, 10:32 AM
My range would be $600 and under...

and thank you for the help =)

deach
10-09-2008, 10:33 AM
My range would be $600 and under...

and thank you for the help =)
size ?

mierz13
10-09-2008, 10:33 AM
My range would be $600 and under...

and thank you for the help =)

I like the rather larger ones, not standard sized

mierz13
10-09-2008, 10:46 AM
I like the rather larger ones, not standard sized

sorry I know I'm not quite clear, but at least a concert sized uke and not a standard one please

deach
10-09-2008, 10:50 AM
Here's an idea. Watch a bunch of videos and if you hear something you like, check out what they're playing.

There are heaps concerts and tenors under $600 that sound great.

LoMa
10-10-2008, 11:46 AM
For $600 or under, I'd probably go for a KoAloha - if you don;t mind the non-traditional look.
They're real fines ukes for the dough, and they're made in Hawaii. Nice fat sound with lots of overtones.

If you could higher than that, I'd get a LoPrinzi.

EleoCasil
10-10-2008, 02:29 PM
Hey UU!

WEll I had a question because I want to buy an ukulele. I really want a Kamaka Uke but they can be very expensive. But besides Kamaka, what other brand has a great sounding uke?

Hey bro!
I would say try out a Pono! They sound saweet! They have them in low G but you can always just change the strings, but I saw Pono tenor.

Most important though. If you have the time hit the music store and try out Ukulele's for yourself. That really is the best way.

whatevsalex
10-11-2008, 10:25 AM
Hey bro!
I would say try out a Pono! They sound saweet! They have them in low G but you can always just change the strings, but I saw Pono tenor.

Most important though. If you have the time hit the music store and try out Ukulele's for yourself. That really is the best way.


i just bought a pono not too long ago and i love it! i got it for about $425 with a case. its a tenor, solid (striped) mahogany, acoustic/electric, with cutaway.

a vid of me playing it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-sl1EOByJpI

i got it from Hawaii Music Supply on Oahu