Hello CU and a big welcome from the UK! I find myself playing cheap ukes far more often than my expensive ones. I've got a Martin style 1, a Gibson, 2x Ken Timms, a KoAloha, and various others, but I leave cheap ukes lying around in different rooms at home, while the better ones stay safely in their cases.
Thanks, well I have to say that being new to ukulele I'm not new to playing acoustic guitar.
I started many years ago ('64) from the cheapest classical guitar available then, and with the time I ended to get the finest acoustic guitar I could afford.
After many years of stop playing, now I'm starting to write a new story.
I know there are many good luthiers and many high end ukulele brands.
But I prefer to start humbly with a cheap ukulele, and then see what happens.
Greetings from Italy!