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behzamal
04-28-2013, 10:40 AM
Hello there, newbie here. Run uke club in Manchester UK. Need a spare uke or two as back-up. Despair of eBay after seeing second hand stuff go for prices above new retail price. Can anyone recommend good value ukes - under 50 or 60 or $70?
Thanks in advance
Simon

ChaosToo
04-28-2013, 12:12 PM
I guess the stock reply for club use is going to be Dolphins - not played one myself, but I'd say they would be ideal little ukes.

Where abouts in Manchester are you?

BIGDB
04-28-2013, 12:23 PM
I've never played one of these but I was reading james hills FaQ on his website and he recommended these http://www.empire-music.com/Catalogue.php?ProductID=CL500M they look pretty nice they have soprano, concert, and tenor and you can get geared tuners on them

fumanshu
04-28-2013, 01:02 PM
I think in the very cheap that can sounds good, I think it's quite hard to beat the Dolphin. You just need to change the strings and make sure that you have a nice set up on it and you have plenty of pleasure with it!!!!


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Tootler
04-28-2013, 01:11 PM
At about 50, Ohana Sk10 or Lani LS50 are both OK.

UkeKiddinMe
04-28-2013, 01:57 PM
I can't vouch for these because I haven't tried any of them, but, the website/supplier is well known in the
guitar and bass worlds for providing outstanding bargains. They might serve your purpose.

http://www.rondomusic.com/bluegrassfolk.html

TheCraftedCow
04-28-2013, 10:39 PM
There is a company in the UK who carries the EddyFinn Minnows. They have an oval sound hole rather round, so the tone is really much nicer. Unlike Dophins by Makala, the Minnows are wood. They also have nice geared tuners. They come in seven different colours. The natural coloured ones are red mahogany back and bottom with a cedar coloured top.There is no other "cheap" ukulele who puts a ten year written warranty on their instrument.
The price on the Mahalo U-30 went up $10.00 to the dealers, and quality went down $15, so I stopped selling them to schools and individuals. If you cannot find who carries EFs, send me a private message and I shall ask my sales rep., and I will send it to you. I shall also create a post for the entire board of who they are.

drbekken
04-29-2013, 12:08 AM
Make sure that the cheap ukes you buy are properly set up...if they are not, you are in deep trouble...regardless of brand.

Kyle23
04-29-2013, 12:25 AM
If I were you I'd go on http://www.theukulelesite.com and check the listings in price from low-high.

PhilUSAFRet
04-29-2013, 01:16 AM
There is a company in the UK who carries the EddyFinn Minnows. They have an oval sound hole rather round, so the tone is really much nicer. Unlike Dophins by Makala, the Minnows are wood. They also have nice geared tuners. They come in seven different colours. The natural coloured ones are red mahogany back and bottom with a cedar coloured top.There is no other "cheap" ukulele who puts a ten year written warranty on their instrument.
The price on the Mahalo U-30 went up $10.00 to the dealers, and quality went down $15, so I stopped selling them to schools and individuals. If you cannot find who carries EFs, send me a private message and I shall ask my sales rep., and I will send it to you. I shall also create a post for the entire board of who they are.

I've only heard minnows online, but the sound clips sound amazing for this price range uke. Am planning on getting a case for my Senior's uke class in the fall.

PhilUSAFRet
04-29-2013, 01:17 AM
At about 50, Ohana Sk10 or Lani LS50 are both OK.

Get the best Ohana you can afford