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bigtan
09-06-2012, 03:32 PM
So, I broke my Lanikai Tenor acoustic/electric uke :( I loved that thing, enjoyed the tone, sound, and play. So, I'm looking to get another ukulele. There aren't really any stores around here with ukuleles, so I can't really try them out. As for listening to them online, I've heard so many!

Do you guys think I should just stick with Lanikai, or should I get something like Big Island or Mainland uke?

Just looking for some suggestions from you guys :D

itsme
09-06-2012, 03:55 PM
Welcome to UU, bigtan! :)

How did you break it and what model did you have?

Is A/E a requirement? Electronics add to the cost and if you don't need to plug in you'll get a better value with a pure acoustic.

What's your budget?

bigtan
09-06-2012, 04:49 PM
Thanks for the warm welcome!

I accidentally sat on my uke :/ lol

Electric is not a requirement, I usually used a mic for my a/e anyways.

It was the Lanikai LU-21TE.

I'd be looking to spend around $300.

vanflynn
09-06-2012, 05:15 PM
Welcome to UU big tan. Wow, some folks will do anything to upgrade!

If you are not fixed on having electrics you have lots of nice options. Big Island and Mainland being two.

Do you live some where that you can try some different types, be it a music shop or a Uke club?

PS. Is the lanikai a project Uke or just for parts? Save the neck if it's ok.

mm stan
09-06-2012, 05:20 PM
Welcome to the UU bigtan,
either a mainland or call MGM he does great setups for free..and a great selection..Hawaii Music supply

TheCraftedCow
09-06-2012, 08:15 PM
Are you familiar with Eddy Finn ukuleles? There are six Electric Cutaways on sale in my new dealer's catalog. If you would like to see what they have at prices below what you have set at max, tell me where to send them via my scanner.

Nuprin
09-07-2012, 02:22 AM
Mainland and Big Island would be nice upgrades from your Lanikai. You could also look at Pono...they make a really nice sounding uke. Whatever uke you decide on, I would go through a retailer that sets them up...the three I can think of off the top of my head are Hawaii Music Supply (http://www.theukulelesite.com), Uke Republic (http://www.ukerepublic.com), and Mim's Ukes (http://stores.ebay.com/Mims-Ukes).

frets alot
09-07-2012, 04:00 AM
One thing that I'd like to add, that I think is important. There are alot of good ukes out there in your price range and you'll get some good recommendations from the folks here, but if at all possible...TRY BEFORE YOU BUY. I recently bought a new uke and was fortunate to have a great local store to go to (Elderly Instruments). I tried many ukes and can tell you that the feel of a uke in your hands is a big deal, as is the sound, etc. I tried ukes that sounded good, but did not feel good in my hands....I was immediately turned off. So, as folks have said here, it is really important to try ukes out before you buy, if at all possible.

delray48209
09-07-2012, 07:10 AM
How about a Flea or a Fluke?

wconley
09-07-2012, 08:17 AM
Ouch! I think someone recently posted not to lay your uke on the couch. I often play on the couch and live in constant fear I'll space out some day and put it down next tom me to get something from the kitchen and sit on it when I come back.
Thanks for the warm welcome!

I accidentally sat on my uke :/ lol

Electric is not a requirement, I usually used a mic for my a/e anyways.

It was the Lanikai LU-21TE.

I'd be looking to spend around $300.

bigtan
09-07-2012, 09:49 AM
Ouch! I think someone recently posted not to lay your uke on the couch. I often play on the couch and live in constant fear I'll space out some day and put it down next tom me to get something from the kitchen and sit on it when I come back.

I set it on my couch, which is brown leather. It was camouflaged into the couch, haha.

Also, there are a few music stores around me, but only 2 carry ukes. One has lanikai, and the other has kala. I went and played the kala ukes, and wan't really impressed.

J-dawg5
09-07-2012, 08:42 PM
Hey man, if your looking to stay in the lanikai group, i have my self a Lanikai Szw-tca. its a sweet heart. she has great tone the fishmen pickup works great, the play is amzaing and the zebra wood looks amazing:) try one out youll be in love!

justinlcecil
09-07-2012, 08:59 PM
This reminds me of the dog incident in The Sopranos.

MattLindahl
09-08-2012, 01:58 AM
This morning, I woke up on the couch with my Mainland cradled in my arms. This may indicate how much I love my Mainland.

The Big Kahuna
09-08-2012, 02:23 AM
Ever notice how Mike doesn't pimp his Ukes whenever anyone appears on here asking for advice ?

Or Mim ?

Or almost everyone else ?

Just sayin'

bigtan
09-09-2012, 05:54 AM
I'm sure this has been asked before, but it wont hurt to ask again. I've read a lot of threads comparing mainland and big island, it seems like most people have mainlands. What do you have, and which do you prefer?

The Big Kahuna
09-09-2012, 06:59 AM
Me ? I just have a Fender NoHea. If I suggested you bought one of those instead of a Mainland I'd be (quite rightly) lynched.

Whatever you decide to go for, buy from Mainland, Mim, HMS or Uke Republic, as mentioned earlier. All of these (I'm guessing about Uke Republic tbh) set the instruments up beforehand, are all highly regarded on these forums, are all active forum members, NEVER pimp their instruments in threads such as this and will all go the extra mile to make sure you get the right Uke.

fitncrafty
09-09-2012, 07:08 AM
So, I broke my Lanikai Tenor acoustic/electric uke :( I loved that thing, enjoyed the tone, sound, and play. So, I'm looking to get another ukulele. There aren't really any stores around here with ukuleles, so I can't really try them out. As for listening to them online, I've heard so many!

Do you guys think I should just stick with Lanikai, or should I get something like Big Island or Mainland uke?

Just looking for some suggestions from you guys :D

Welcome to uu and sorry to hear about your uke. Good luck with your search to find a new uke. I am currently looking in the same price range and not to excited about my options. I don't really have a lot of options to play in person. The highest recommendation I have gotten is mainland, no offense to anyone or their taste, the mainland sound fantastic however I so dislike that rope binding I will not purchase one. I know so many love them and I would consider if not for the looks. If you don't mind the looks it's a great option with good sound and fantastic customer service to boot.
I look forward to seeing what you choose, and feedback from others.

bigtan
09-09-2012, 11:31 AM
UkeRepublic is the the only one out of those three that carried mainland, and they only have 2 tenors to choose from :/

What other sites would you suggest purchasing from?

kvehe
09-09-2012, 12:17 PM
The Mainland website (mainlandukuleles.com) has a mango tenor and a mahogany tenor (still two, but maybe a different two).

ukegirl
09-09-2012, 12:55 PM
That's why i love a good laminated Uke...if I sit on it, it is not as likely to splinter!

bigtan
09-09-2012, 05:10 PM
So, I've listened to a variety of mainland ukes, and enjoyed some better than others. But, those I enjoyed the most, I can't find anywhere to buy!? :/ I actually liked the Mahogany Tenor Slotted Headstock the best, but I can't find it available anywhere. If I can't find it, I might have to get the mango tenor.

DaveY
09-09-2012, 06:08 PM
there's a Mainland MTSH for sale on UU - http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?69656-Mainland-Tenor-Mahogany-Slotted-Headstock-with-Mi-Si-pick-up-system-and-extras - for $400 or best offer (or $360 if you want to pick it up . . . in California). It comes with a Mi-Si active pickup and case, straps, extra strings, and tuner.