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WazzzupWill
09-21-2013, 05:05 AM
I was recently told that my play style would suit a tenor ukulele than the concert I am using because I do a lot of finger picking. After having a go on a couple I loved the idea of getting one and was wondering if you guys with your uke knowledge could help me out with which kind to get :)

Doc_J
09-21-2013, 05:09 AM
I was recently told that my play style would suit a tenor ukulele than the concert I am using because I do a lot of finger picking. After having a go on a couple I loved the idea of getting one and was wondering if you guys with your uke knowledge could help me out with which kind to get :)

What's your target budget for a tenor? Do you want new, or would you be OK with gently used?

WazzzupWill
09-21-2013, 05:35 AM
I'm not too sure about the pricing of it, I've just started university so a cheap one would be better but I would pay extra for a good quality one

Patrick Madsen
09-21-2013, 05:39 AM
Mainland is a great uke for around 250. I like the redwood top best.

Doc_J
09-21-2013, 05:45 AM
If you get a solid wood uke, you would have to watch temperature and humidity. There are some pretty good sounding laminates, like a Takamine tenor. You can get those for about $100 and not worry so much about humidity or temperature, or roommates borrowing it.

kohanmike
09-21-2013, 06:55 AM
I started playing a few months ago with a Mahalo T (Telecaster style) acoustic/electric soprano, but quickly discovered it was too small. I got online and found an Eddy Finn EF-13-TE spruce top a/e for $158 at Amazon. Very nice, bright sound. Just have to lower the action a bit.

KoaDependent
09-21-2013, 07:58 AM
Ebay seller Butler Music has some great values on solid-wood tenor ukes right now:

Solid mahogany, $99 + $14 (http://www.ebay.com/itm/AMAZING-BLOWOUT-PRICE-LANIKAI-LM-T-ALL-SOLID-MAHOGANY-TENOR-SIZE-UKULELE-/350880272964?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item51b2181244)

Solid spruce top, quilted ash sides, electric, $130 + 14 s/h (http://www.ebay.com/itm/AMAZING-SALE-LANIKAI-LQA-TCA-QUILTED-ASH-SOLID-TOP-ELECTRIC-ACOU-TENOR-UKULELE-/360720354715?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item53fc9bcd9b)

Same as the above, no cutout, no electric $99 + 14 s/h (http://www.ebay.com/itm/AMAZING-BLOWOUT-PRICE-LANIKAI-LQA-T-QUILTED-ASH-SOLID-TOP-TENOR-UKULELE-/360720362447?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item53fc9bebcf)

You won't be getting the benefit of a professional setup on these as you might if you went with a dedicated uke shop, but the prices are great for solid-wood instruments.

I'm not in any way affiliated with the seller, btw. It's just a great deal.

Pundabaya
09-21-2013, 09:47 AM
Ohana TK-35s are good. Had a go on a Mainland Red Cedar Tenor which was nice as well.

rickkes
09-21-2013, 11:00 AM
has anyone here dealt w/Butler Music? 100$ for a solid hog tenor is tempting me. . .

kenikas
09-21-2013, 12:13 PM
has anyone here dealt w/Butler Music? 100$ for a solid hog tenor is tempting me. . .

I've bought from Butler, no problems

patico
09-21-2013, 03:16 PM
playing mostly fingerpick, i usually grab my tenor, but this vacations (3 months) i decided to bring only my soprano.... weird.

i will teach my hands to play in smaller scale.

rickkes
09-21-2013, 03:18 PM
I went for it. Ordered the Lanikai Solid Mahogany Tenor - $113.95 all up. . .that's about the same as I spent on an LU21 about 2 years ago.

Thanks for the link, KoaDependant!

strumsilly
09-21-2013, 03:24 PM
has anyone here dealt w/Butler Music? 100$ for a solid hog tenor is tempting me. . .

I have had 2 of these. the tuners are kinda cheap, but for 100 bucks this is a great deal. they sound and play great. the edges are sharp, but i SANDED MINE DOWN WHERE MY ARM RESTED.

sugengshi
09-22-2013, 02:37 AM
I would vote for either Mainland Red Cedar or Mahogany Tenor.