View Full Version : Looking for trusted and dependable online stores that ship to Canada

07-04-2014, 03:25 PM
I recently had my Kala mango tenor stolen and need to replace it ASAP. I loved that uke with all of my heart, played it every single day for the last 6 years. Was purchased from MGM.
I play professionally and need a great sounding workhorse that can be amplified (I perform regularly and is a big part of my income). I'm willing to spend upwards of 600-700$.
All the retailers in my area have no clue what they are talking about and try to push toys on me at insultingly inflated prices (oh,the horror stories I can tell you). I'm hesitant to buy online for some of the same reasons.
I've been a long time lurker and value and respect a lot of the advice I've found on here.
So what are some of the places you get your gear from that you trust?
I should also mention I have never played any other uke, my Kala was my first and I loved it so much I never thought of getting another one (or thought I would ever need to), so any suggestions for higher end models is welcomed.

07-04-2014, 06:15 PM
HMS (Hawaii Music Supply). I've had several shipments from them to Alberta - all excellent transactions and never an issue shipping.

07-04-2014, 06:22 PM
HMS (Hawaii Music Supply). I've had several shipments from them to Alberta - all excellent transactions and never an issue shipping.

I don't live in canada but you can't find a company that does a better set up on an instrument imo. I'll always use them all things being equal. I trust them and I don't trust many or easily due to some bad experiences. In fact I just did trust them on a $800 uke purchased just two days ago. I'm confident that when I get it it will be just how I ordered it with a set up per my instructions.

07-04-2014, 06:56 PM
Man people on these forums order from HMS, Mim's Ukes, and Uke Republic. Those are the three main sellers that come to mind.

07-04-2014, 11:44 PM
You will hear about HMS, Uke Republic and Mims again and again for good reason, super knowledgable and reliable. I live in Ontario and bought my KoAloha Opio from HMS and it was a smooth tranaction from start to finish. I wish everyone of my other retail experiences were so positive. I will buy from them again, the owner Andrew is very accessable and extremely helpful.

Ukulele Eddie
07-05-2014, 02:11 AM
Sorry to hear about your misfortune. Dixie Ukuleles also ships worldwide. www.ukulele.mx (http://www.ukulele.mx)

Hopefully your new instrument will bring a positive to all this.

Kayak Jim
07-05-2014, 02:20 AM
You don't mention your location but there are options within Canada too. Long and McQuade have stores across the country and also do mail order. I've never bought a uke from them but know people who have. I've had good experience buying other things and they have low shipping rates and a good return policy. Also, based in Quebec, there is Guitar Junky. No experience but I would not hesitate to purchase from them.



P.S. You might also consider buying a uke from the UU Marketplace (some will ship to Canada). Get more uke for the same money.

07-05-2014, 04:41 AM
You might also consider the 12th Fret in Toronto.

Just be aware that, depending on who the shipping company is, you'll be paying 10-25% on top of the cost of the instrument in import duties/brokerage fees if ordering from the US. I find that USPS seems to have the lowest fees while fedex and UPS are the worst. I did a trade with a fellow UU-er last year. No cash changed hands, but the shipment I received from the States was insured for $500. I ended up paying about $150 in brokerage fees to UPS just based on that $500 valuation.

07-05-2014, 04:55 AM
Hawaii Music Supply. Enough said.

07-05-2014, 05:40 AM
I only have one uke, and it was shipped to Colorado from HMS. But I can say, without question, that the packing job done by HMS was the best packing job of anything I have every bought online. They did a fantastic job of protecting the uke from any shipping damage.

07-05-2014, 08:24 AM
Mimsukes.com. Enough said.

07-05-2014, 01:31 PM
Your profile doesn't specify where in Canada you are. It's kind of a big country.

For Canadian retailers... if you want another Kala, there's Long & McQuade (http://www.long-mcquade.com/departments/686/Guitars/Traditional_Folk_Instruments/Ukulele.htm).


There's 12th Fret (http://www.12fret.com/content/category/new-instruments/ukuleles/) in Toronto. They have new and used. Got my first Mahalo there (impulse buy) but they have ukes in your price target.

In Guelph, there's Folkway Music (http://www.folkwaymusic.com/new-instruments/ukuleles/). Even though I'm in Toronto, I drove there for my second ukulele, a Kiwaya. Loved it and sad I had to sell it when I upgraded (some sacrifices must be made for the gods of UAS...). They now have a location in Waterloo, ON, also.

If you're looking for a tenor and suddenly have a larger budget, there's Luis Feu de Mesquita (http://lfdmguitars.ca/instruments#ukulele). I have one of his tenors with the traditional Macaferri soundhole and just ordered a 'petite bouche' tenor (the first will be a low-G and the new one high-G).

In Orangeville, there's Broadview Music (http://www.broadwaymusic.ca/store/instruments/ukuleles). I visited them but when I went they didn't have the one I wanted in stock... that's when I drove to Folkway. Good people, owners do a lot for the ukulele community.

For other parts of Canada, check out Google. If you're looking for mass market brands then it's just a question of price and shipping cost.

07-05-2014, 01:59 PM
Try Twelfth Fret in Toronto. My experience with them has been very positive. But if you might want to consider a Pono tenor mango (pics and review here: http://www.vintageukemusic.com/ukuleles/pono.htm), let me know. I'm in Canada...