What's the least expensive Ukulele you play regularly?

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I'm interested to hear from everyone but the reason for asking was just I was wondering whether the more experienced players move onwards and upwards and never go back to the entry-level ukes, or whether the basic models still offer any sort of charm or pleasure.

To answer my own question, I'm just starting out, and the Flight 310 Concert I picked up for GBP19 actually cost me less than the first ukulele I bought - a Makala Waterman I bought for our children - which got me interested in learning myself, which in turn brought me here...
 
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It's not so much that low budget ukes are unplayable or bad. But once you taste something higher-end, you sort of run out of reasons to regularly play something that isn't as refined and pleasant.

The only ukulele I regularly play nowadays is a Kanile'a tenor. I've no craving to play an inexpensive uke in the mean time.
 

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The reason you buy a more expensive Ukulele is to play it, so no reason to play the low cost Ukulele after you get a better one, unless the low cost one is better than the expensive (you buy something wrong?)

When I have only one Ukulele which is low price, I have no choice, I only play it. After I got another much better and more expensive one, I only play the new one.
 
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I regularly play my Runin soprano ukulele that cost me GBP18 brand new off Ebay. I own other, better, more expensive ukuleles, but this one resides almost permanently in my car so I play it almost every day.
It's used more like a travel ukulele. It's all laminate so I don't worry about humidity, etc.
 

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I regularly play my least expensive ukes which were $150 and $210 and I own other ukes which were 2x and 3x(+) more expensive which many would consider better sounding but I think all of my ukes sound good. I've been playing my $210 uke almost exclusively for the last year because it's a thinline uke which is the most comfortable to play from my easy chair where I've been playing most of the time. My starter uke was a kit which cost about $100. I had to pay to get it set up after buying it but it played like a breeze after that. I regret having sold it because I loved the feel of how it played and I haven't quite encountered that feel since.
 

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I have an inexpensive Ohana in the office, before that was a $40 Kmise before I gave it away. Also have a $50 Kmise banjo ukulele at our cabin.
 
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My Pono Pineapple. The weight, the feel, the tone. I absolutely love it.
 

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I have too many ukes, including LFdM, Kinnard, Kamaka... etc. They often sit in their cases. I play my MaKala Shark Soprano almost everyday. It sits on the kitchen counter top of my office and I go to work 6 days a week. I think I paid about $50 for it.
 

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this one resides almost permanently in my car so I play it almost every day

I've got about a $30 "Bugs Gear" peanut style uke that I keep in my car. I'm a driving instructor, so I'm in the car a lot. If I find myself waiting somewhere for a few minutes, or have a student cancel and have time to kill, I play it. It sounds like crap... but "it sounds". I actually have a lot of fun mindlessly jamming on it.
 

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Concert flea in my office sitting on my desk. Most used ukulele. Ever.
 

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Interesting idea for a thread. To the OP, what was your purpose, research? Curiosity?

$630 Cocobolo custom concert scale. For gigs.
For lo G stuff, $240 Ohana concert scale. Acoustic only, for my instrumental ensemble.
The only other one I play is a Good Time banjo uke, seldom, for certain Irish tunes. Don't remember the cost. It's been customized, I spent a little over $100 doing that.
 

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I don't play my less-expensive ukes very often, but when I do, it's my Islander AC-4. It's actually a very nice little uke to have handy hanging on the wall.
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My cheapest uke would be a vintage Gibson banjo uke that cost me about 250 Euros but I don't really play that regularly. The one that I do play regularly and that is my second cheapest uke is a Millar TM-240. Cost me 269 GBP so slightly more than 300 Euros/Dollars. The quality of that uke is just so good, especially for the price. I'm not joking when I say that it compares favourably to some of the high-end ukes I have.
 

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I have a custom made gypsy jazz style uke that cost $780, to which I had electronics added for $100, another custom all mango for $480, a custom mandolele that was $420, a used Godin Multiuke that was $400 here on the Marketplace, a $380 Kala solid cedar top with electronics, a Lanikai Thinline Bacote (butterfly wood) with electronics that was $360, a direct from China acacia koa two hole Hanknn for $120 to which I had electronics added for $75, and my last purchase, an all bamboo Aklot for $100. In the last few months, I've only been playing the Aklot, I changed the strings to black D'Addario and it sounds and plays very well.

I've been mainly playing bass uke/mini bass guitar during the week every Monday afternoon and Thursday morning, and every other Wednesday noon, Sundays being the only day I play uke now, but this thread actually prompts me to start rotating my ukes from now on.

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HaHa i can list all my ukes and say they are all low end ukes nowadays..many of my ukes are 6-7 years old now and prices are much higher for the ones i own....not going to bore folks with prices i got them:eek::eek:

but to the question i have been playing my kit solid mahogany tenor from StewMac lately it sounds pretty good by accident..lol i think building with mahogany the safest for a someone like me
 

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I own a $50 Amazon bought Enya which is ok but I don't play it much because it is just ok. I'm in the on-going process of bringing the action down to make it more playable.

I have a mahogany Pono that I bought used and cheap and I play that one regularly because i love it.
 

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Ahh yes... It's the Petros that I'm playing in my dreams.... cost nothing; perfect intonation; and I'm able to barre every cord with ease.

"Doctor, doctor... will I ever play barre cords?" " Of course," says she. I'm happy because I could never play a clear barre cord.
 

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Pono MGT Mango Tenor is now my least expensive uke that I play regularly. It was $350 when I bought it in 2017 from Mim. (She carried Ponos then.) I like the warm mango sound that it has, I keep it in re-entrant tuning. It hangs on the wall in my office for easy access. A lot of ukulele for the money.

Some time today, I am supposed to receive my Enya Acoustic Nova U tenor. I imagine that will become my most played least expensive uke. When the novelty wears off, it will go in my car. (Gonna have to step up memorizing some songs.)