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Total Ukphoria
10-04-2012, 01:44 PM
Range between $100-400
My local shop wants to expand their uke inventory and has asked me which brands they should get!:drool:
More than 3 is fine!

Thanks for everyone's input so far.
Great news! As of TODAY our local shop now officially carries
MAINLAND! Still waiting to hear back from some of the other brands.
THANKS AGAIN!
VOTE if you haven't!

PedalFreak
10-04-2012, 01:49 PM
Kala has a great line up. Pono can be a upper end beyond that, but still be in that range, plus John Kitakis is an awesome person to deal with (still working hard at convincing our stores owner to buy in to Pono). And then you have the Flea's and Flukes.

OldePhart
10-04-2012, 01:50 PM
Mainland
Islander
KoAlana - well, that one's not fair since HMS bought the full US-bound allotment of the first run... :)
Ohana especially their higher-end stuff.

v30
10-04-2012, 01:53 PM
koalana
islander
pono

Total Ukphoria
10-04-2012, 01:58 PM
I will be tallying up all results so please chime in! :D

PedalFreak
10-04-2012, 01:59 PM
What brands does the store carry now? If they have nothing, they will HAVE to have a sub $100 uke on there uke wall. That's why if they don't have Kala, that should be a must for them, Kala has $40 up to $419 ukuleles available.

Hippie Dribble
10-04-2012, 01:59 PM
Ohana would be a welcome addition to any local music shop. (Hope the Launceston folks read this :p). Fleas and Flukes would be a great and quirky line up to have in there too. Big Island? Yep, I'd say Ponos too as far as production ukes go, and have them increase their 400 upper limit to include some of their nicer models.

PedalFreak
10-04-2012, 02:00 PM
Mainland
Islander
KoAlana - well, that one's not fair since HMS bought the full US-bound allotment of the first run... :)
Ohana especially their higher-end stuff.

Islander is great, but if I remember right I believe that also means becoming a Kanilea dealer...

OldePhart
10-04-2012, 02:00 PM
Yeah...pono is a good choice... replace Ohana with pono on my earlier post... :)

Total Ukphoria
10-04-2012, 02:04 PM
His primary stock right now is Kala. Thanks for the input so far!

Roselynne
10-04-2012, 02:14 PM
All the brands given above are great. Don't see many of them out this way, except for Kala.

We really need more variety in strings, too. D'Addario and Aquila are common -- if poorly stocked at times -- but Worth, Pearse, Fremont and Martin are pretty rare. (Maybe I'm just looking in the wrong places?)

ksiegel
10-04-2012, 02:31 PM
Nobody in my immediate area (25 miles) sells Ohana or Fluke. Pretty much the only brands I normally see are Kala (including Makala), Lanakai, Riptide, Luna, Stagg, and the bottom of the line Martin, except by special order. I may have seen some Samick, but not too sure.

This doesn't include Guitar Center, which on a hit-or-miss basis also has Anuenue, Mitchell, Applause, Cordoba, Fender, and some even less memorable things.




-Kurt

missameeames
10-04-2012, 02:38 PM
I like a lot of the brands listed above. I might also add Kamoa or Eleuke if they think they might want some electrics, and Kelii and Mele ukuleles, too.

Paul December
10-04-2012, 03:11 PM
1 Martin's re-vamped, mid-priced line
2 Fluke/Flea
3 Kala
IMO these 3 would give you the most variety.

Patrick Madsen
10-04-2012, 03:29 PM
Devine, Moore Bettah, Rick Turner, Brian Griffin. Whooops you said Mid priced. Griffin, Donaldson, Compass Rose

David Maron
10-04-2012, 03:43 PM
Fleas & Flukes, Pono, and Big Island covers a lot of territory.

Bob Bledsoe
10-04-2012, 04:35 PM
Pono
Kamoa (becoming a really solid line with all their new stuff)
Big Island

mm stan
10-04-2012, 05:32 PM
Black Bear for shua...wanted one for so long....gotta go with mainland and kiwayas....

Lori
10-04-2012, 07:17 PM
I would choose Kala, Ohana, Mainland, and Fluke/Flea.

–Lori

coolkayaker1
10-04-2012, 07:20 PM
Oh no, it's a lovely Pono.

haolejohn
10-04-2012, 07:26 PM
What is mid range? I don't consider kala or ohana midrange though they do have midrange quality in their upper line of ukes. does that sentence make sense at all?

What is the midrange price point? DUUUUHHHH $100-$400 I skipped that somehow. I am assuming we'd want ukes that can be stocked fairly regularly so that leaves out the one man shows so...


1. Mele
2. Mainland
3. Pono (which would lead to ko'olau).

csibona
10-04-2012, 07:40 PM
Where is the fluke and flea love? I would highly recommend flukes and fleas.

joekulele
10-04-2012, 08:04 PM
I would recommend Flea/Fluke, Kamoa and Mainland. If the shop already carries Kala, that should make a little something for every taste in that price range, including American made (Magic Fluke) solid wood (Kamoa) and eye candy rope purfling (Mainland).

roxhum
10-04-2012, 08:15 PM
Mainland
Ohana
Flea/fluke

bodhran
10-04-2012, 08:48 PM
There are quite a few factors at play here:

What is their customer base in terms of number of potential purchasers and disposable income?

What is their average rate of repeat purchases per customer and how frequently do repeat purchases occur?

Is the shop offering mail order or relying solely on local sales?

Are they able to offer any potential purchaser a decent ukulele setup service and expert advice?

Are they looking to stock an extensive range of accessories?

Years ago I found out the hard way that running a small retail business is not the easiest thing in the world....

bazmaz
10-04-2012, 09:34 PM
Wow! Did nobody say Bruko??

Bruko!

Lalz
10-05-2012, 12:49 AM
Wow! Did nobody say Bruko??

Bruko!

Oh yes! Brüko! I'd love to get to try one of these in the flesh! You only ever get to see them online.
I wish my favourite little local uke shop by the coast (which does great set-ups on all ukes, has very good prices and is just generally wonderful) would also stock Ohana, Kamoa, Mainland and... KoAlana :) All of them brands I've never gotten to try in the flesh either but that seem very good.
Oops sorry, did you say just 3?

Uke Whisperer
10-05-2012, 01:22 AM
OHANA
Mainland
Pono

Ethan
10-05-2012, 02:12 PM
With a $100-400 stated range, I would vote for Mainland, Islander, Pono, Big Island, Kamoa, and Ohana.

Total Ukphoria
10-05-2012, 02:27 PM
This has been very helpful!
so far the leaders by vote are...

1) flea/fluke
2) Pono
3) Mainland
4) Ohana
5) Kamoa
6) islander
7) Big Island
8) Mele
and several others- I will update as I hear from others.

Please vote for your favorite/s or mention your choice/s if it's not on this list. (but please don't vote twice: if you've already voted))

ukuhelen
10-05-2012, 03:00 PM
mainland
pono
flea/fluke

Pondoro
10-05-2012, 03:42 PM
Mainland, Ohana, Flea/Fluke. Pono is upper mid range if you want to go there

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
10-05-2012, 04:41 PM
Ohana (Great variety, great ukes.)
Magic Fluke Company (Fleas and Flukes are perfect, high-quality beginner instruments.)
Kiwaya (Could even stock a couple more expensive ones once the community's uke lovers know the shop has the good stuff.)

PinoyUker
10-05-2012, 10:09 PM
Ohana
Pono
Mainland

haolejohn
10-06-2012, 12:12 AM
This has been very helpful!
so far the leaders by vote are...

1) flea/fluke
2) Pono
3) Mainland
4) Ohana
5) Kamoa
6) islander
7) Big Island
8) Mele
and several others- I will update as I hear from others.

Please vote for your favorite/s or mention your choice/s if it's not on this list. (but please don't vote twice: if you've already voted))

Now comes the good question...If you have never played one of the ukes you voted for...cancel it too:) LOL j/k. which isn't really a question.

strumsilly
10-06-2012, 03:09 AM
If he's already got Kala line which covers a wide range, I' say Pono and something different like Flea/fluke.

Total Ukphoria
10-06-2012, 12:15 PM
Update...

1) Flea/Fluke 13 votes
2) Pono 10 votes
3) Mainland 9
4) Ohana 7
5) Kamoa 5

Others mentioned- in no particular order (all 4 votes or less currently)
Islander, Kiwaya, Big Island, Mele, Eleuke, Bruko, Kelii, Martin, Koalana (sorry if I missed any)

PLEASE VOTE or offer other ideas if you have them! (once again, please don't vote twice :p)

peaceweaver3
10-06-2012, 03:04 PM
Flea/Fluke
Mainland
Anuenue (not sure if price qualifies though)

bonesigh
10-06-2012, 04:35 PM
I quite like my Luna and Ibenez and Eleuke.

gyosh
10-06-2012, 07:10 PM
Devine, Moore Bettah, Rick Turner, Brian Griffin. Whooops you said Mid priced. Griffin, Donaldson, Compass Rose

Uhhhh . . . Compass Rose is Rick Turner.

gyosh
10-06-2012, 07:12 PM
My vote goes to:

Moku (UU member)
Kamoa (another UU member)
Ohana or Islander

Ben_H
10-06-2012, 10:18 PM
I have taken your mid range to be £100-£400 for UK purposes because by the time I order from the States, add tax, delivery and more tax and more delivery $1 almost equals £1 from what I've seen.

Given this conversion rate I would want:

Pono - Cos I love every one I've played
Ohana -Cos I've never managed to play one as they always seem to be sold out over here - must be good then, huh?
Bruko - Sooooooo affordable, everyone raves about them sound and quality wise and the only one I've ever played I really didn't like so I would like to try more.
Mainland - I like them a lot, but there is only one UK stockist

hammer40
10-07-2012, 01:02 AM
Ok, I'll chime in as well:

Pono
Ohana
Big Island

TheCraftedCow
10-07-2012, 08:57 PM
Leolani from Hawaii
Lehua designed by Bob Gleason

erivel
10-07-2012, 10:33 PM
Pono
Mainland
Kamoa

Total Ukphoria
10-08-2012, 11:34 AM
ANOTHER Update...
It's not too late to vote!

1) Flea/Fluke 13 votes
2) Pono 12 votes
3) Mainland 10
4) Ohana 10
5) Kamoa 7

Others mentioned- in no particular order (all 4 votes or less currently)
Islander, Kiwaya, Big Island, Mele, Eleuke, Bruko, Kelii, Martin, Koalana (sorry if I missed any)

PLEASE VOTE or offer other ideas if you have them! (once again, please don't vote twice )

Coleton33Music
10-08-2012, 02:36 PM
Kala, Eleuke, Ohana, Oscar Schmidt, Lanikia, Ashbury. That's what my music store has.

I vote for Ohana, Pono and Flea/Fluke

BassGuyukin'
10-08-2012, 03:59 PM
Speaking only of the great ukes I have owned, I'd have to give a huge thumbs up to Pono. Not so thrilled with Mainland. I love my Kamoa. Actually I have to give a thumbs up to Oscar Schmidt as well.

haolejohn
10-08-2012, 05:36 PM
Total Ukphoria,
What are you guys thinking of? I am reading some of these votes and I am laughing out loud at some of the suggestions. Is your store wanting to actually create their own market or mimic what the established dealers are already doing?

THis is almost a popularity contest. Well there is no almost about it. I am sure that your store wants to offer affordable quality ukes, but why only three dealers? If you are going with three only why not look for variety?

BassGuyukin'
10-09-2012, 01:31 PM
THis is almost a popularity contest. Well there is no almost about it. I am sure that your store wants to offer affordable quality ukes, but why only three dealers? If you are going with three only why not look for variety?

Exactly, shouldn't it be a popularity contest? Isn't that the point? Things become popular because people like them. Is there a problem with alot of people liking the same thing? If something becomes too popular, I can never understand why it often loses it's cool. In any event, hopefully this is a popularity contest, that way others that may know less than we do, can learn what we already know. Bring it on!

luluwrites
10-10-2012, 02:18 AM
Mainland
Ohana
LoPrinzi -- because I can't find one to try out anywhere near me.

Total Ukphoria
10-10-2012, 01:57 PM
Range between $100-400
My local shop wants to expand their uke inventory and has asked me which brands they should get!:drool:
More than 3 is fine!

Thanks for everyone's input so far.
Great news! As of TODAY our local shop now officially carries
MAINLAND! Still waiting to hear back from some of the other brands.
THANKS AGAIN!
VOTE if you haven't!
:music: sooooo excited!