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Peetypete
11-28-2012, 03:06 PM
So I am looking to buy a third uke for my collection, right now I have a mahogany concert mainland and Mitchell concert. I am looking to buy a tenor because I don't really want another concert and i figured its time to switch things up. I have been playing for over a year and a half now but unfortunately being the poor college student that i am i cant really afford to pay over $200, if its a good deal i can go to $250 but thats it. Please throw out suggestions!!!! I need help!!

PhilUSAFRet
11-28-2012, 03:10 PM
If you can do some minor setup work if needed, seen some brand new Kala solid mahogany tenors with cutaway and eq for $199.99 with free shipping. on ebay

http://www.ebay.com/itm/251172553974?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649

Peetypete
11-28-2012, 05:27 PM
Ill check it out! Thank you!

patico
11-29-2012, 05:06 AM
hey .... why not a second mainland?
a nice mahogany concert maybe?

Sporin
11-29-2012, 07:20 AM
Check out the Islander line, very nice ukes. Also HMS has a killer deal on the beautiful Kala KA-PWT- Pacific Walnut Tenor right now, $154 http://www.theukulelesite.com/kala-ka-pwt-pacific-walnut-tenor.html I've been extremely tempted by that one myself.

Peetypete
12-05-2012, 06:34 AM
If you can do some minor setup work if needed, seen some brand new Kala solid mahogany tenors with cutaway and eq for $199.99 with free shipping. on ebay

http://www.ebay.com/itm/251172553974?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649

Could you tell me what kind of minor set up i would need to do...

PhilUSAFRet
12-05-2012, 06:44 AM
Check intonation, "MAYBE" lower nut/slot, saddle, "IF" action too high, maybe sand fret ends if too sharp, otherwise, it's a new uke and has a warranty.

Peetypete
12-05-2012, 06:50 AM
Check intonation, "MAYBE" lower nut/slot, saddle, "IF" action too high, maybe sand fret ends if too sharp, otherwise, it's a new uke and has a warranty.

Ok that doesn't sound too bad, I'm looking at a luna high tide as well as this kala... could you tell me what you think would be the better option. I really dont know too much about this kala and i cant find it anywhere else other then the ebay link you provided so its hard for me to decide which is the better buy.

Bill Mc
12-05-2012, 07:09 AM
So I am looking to buy a third uke for my collection, right now I have a mahogany concert mainland and Mitchell concert. I am looking to buy a tenor because I don't really want another concert and i figured its time to switch things up. I have been playing for over a year and a half now but unfortunately being the poor college student that i am i cant really afford to pay over $200, if its a good deal i can go to $250 but thats it. Please throw out suggestions!!!! I need help!!

How about a Koa Pili Koko tenor. It is solid acacia and will have a great set up. It will come in under your budget. http://pilikoko.com/index.php?main_page=document_product_info&cPath=1&products_id=32

AndrewKuker
12-05-2012, 10:53 AM
If you can do some minor setup work if needed, seen some brand new Kala solid mahogany tenors with cutaway and eq for $199.99 with free shipping. on ebay

http://www.ebay.com/itm/251172553974?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649

There's a reason why Kala is ending that model. They simply don't sound good. Super dead. The laminate KA series sounds tons better. Don't get me wrong, the regular smh series is among the best in value. But these are not the same and this tenor is more like a concert body and built like a tank. Just so you know, I say so as a friend to those that see these online. They need more than setup. Wanna experiment with scalloping braces? It was a different factory they stopped using. With Kala..the regular SMH or new SML, the S or FM series, even the gloss laminate mahogany TG sounds way huger than this run of solids. This is a case where specs don't mean a thing. Solid is just a word. Better off looking for used stuff here at the marketplace.

ukeeku
12-05-2012, 10:59 AM
Why not a thin acacia tenor?
http://www.theukulelesite.com/kala-gatu-t-golden-acacia-travel-uke-tenor.html
Everyone of the ones from this line rock, and it is thin

Peetypete
12-05-2012, 03:00 PM
There's a reason why Kala is ending that model. They simply don't sound good. Super dead. The laminate KA series sounds tons better. Don't get me wrong, the regular smh series is among the best in value. But these are not the same and this tenor is more like a concert body and built like a tank. Just so you know, I say so as a friend to those that see these online. They need more than setup. Wanna experiment with scalloping braces? It was a different factory they stopped using. With Kala..the regular SMH or new SML, the S or FM series, even the gloss laminate mahogany TG sounds way huger than this run of solids. This is a case where specs don't mean a thing. Solid is just a word. Better off looking for used stuff here at the marketplace.

Do you have a suggestion as to what is a good tenor for under 250 and has a pickup????

Yestyn The Great
12-05-2012, 04:05 PM
I will tell you what I tell everyone else. Lanikai Spruce Top Tenor. You could also look at the Kala Spruce Tops, but in my opinion Lanikai makes better tenors.

jglover
12-05-2012, 04:25 PM
Cordoba makes a nice solid top tenor with a pick up, the 20TM-CE and it is on sale right now at HMS for $160. There is also a Luna and a Kala Golden Acacia on sale as well for about $100 more. All three under $250 (just barely though!).