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04-26-2013, 03:51 PM
Hello, All!

I am brand new to this site and to the ukulele community in general. I'm looking to purchase my first uke within the next week or so. Any advice on the best beginner brands? I've been asking around a bit and I've mostly got it narrowed down to a Kala concert or an Ohana concert. A good friend of mine who's been playing a while is in Kala's corner, and a Mom&Pop music store here in town is singing Ohana's praises to me.

(I'm looking for a good, basic, beginner uke... I don't want to purchase a $30 "toy." My budget for the instrument is around $90, although if it's possible to pay less for a good one I'm all for that!)

Thoughts? Suggestions? Any and all advice is welcomed and appreciated :)

Thanks in advance!

- S

Jim Hanks
04-26-2013, 04:17 PM
The main thing for your first uke is to make sure it is "setup" properly. Ask mom&pop if they do setups on their Ohanas and if they don't give you a good answer, run, do not walk, away, and go to mimsukes.com. If you're sure you want a concert, the Ohana C-10 is $89, the tenor size TK-10 is $119.

04-26-2013, 04:24 PM
It will be better to get a uke that is set up. All of these places set up their ukes. A little more can go a long way.

Email Mim and ask her what she can do.
Or a second from here

04-26-2013, 07:26 PM
Kala and Ohana are both excellent choices for a beginner instrument.

04-26-2013, 07:32 PM
I'll 3rd the suggestion to just email MIM directly and see what she can get you for under $100. If you're in the US, her shipping is only $10. MIM does a really good job on setting up her ukes.

I made the mistake of not getting my first Kala set up properly when I purchased it (as a complete noob). I nearly gave up playing because of the high, uncomfortable action. I later bought a Flea and loved its easiness of playing

04-28-2013, 11:44 AM
Thank you, everyone! I've got an email out to Mim now :)

04-28-2013, 12:08 PM
Welcome to UU - have to chip in and say I was going to call my first girl Sarah, but at the time the TV was filled with adverts for 'Sarah Lee' cakes...... :D

04-28-2013, 12:26 PM
Thanks for the warm welcome! Haha, yes... My middle name's not actually "Lee" but my grandfather has always called me Sarah Lee, so it's stuck a bit.

And I can think of worse things for a name to remind people of than yummy baked goods ;)