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    I am considering an entry level uke like Kala Makala Tenor Ukulele from Guitar Center. Is it worth the $40 they want for setup on this uke?
    Thank you, Roger

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    A proper setup is absolutely essential. Some suppliers include a setup with the sale. Check out HMS http://www.theukulelesite.com/
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    Quote Originally Posted by rogerthedodger View Post
    I am considering an entry level uke like Kala Makala Tenor Ukulele from Guitar Center. Is it worth the $40 they want for setup on this uke?
    Thank you, Roger
    I would just order it from someone that includes the set up. I personally wouldn't want Guitar Center to set up my uke. I don't know much about guitar or Uke set ups, but I'm assuming there are differences, and I would prefer someone who specializes in ukuleles to set mine up. I've bought a couple Makalas from a chain music store and it's a crap shoot. One plays good, while the other was a huge disappointment.

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    Also, welcome to UU!

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    Setup is definitely worth it, but not necessarily from Guitar Center. For the same money you'd pay (plus a bit more for shipping), you can upgrade to a Kala KA-T from Hawaiian Music Supply, they'll set it up better at no extra charge, and there's virtually no risk they'll send you a dud. Why settle?

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    I will not set foot in a Guitar Center again except to escape bad weather or use the restroom. The suggestions above are excellent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rogerthedodger View Post
    I am considering an entry level uke like Kala Makala Tenor Ukulele from Guitar Center. Is it worth the $40 they want for setup on this uke?
    Thank you, Roger
    I have mixed feelings about getting a ukulele set up I think a lot depends on who it is for and what they intend to do with it. But you should judge for yourself:

    Here is a video from HMS showing what they do when they set up an instrument and what they might need to do:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Elfo9xHPhZE
    At one point in this video you can see he has to fix a buzz but that buzz was noticed after he slightly lowered the action so it may not have been there out of the box but it is gone by the time he finishes.

    When he is asked about what the most common issues are on this video at 1:35 he says that most issues are cosmetic
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FWWAm8eJGig

    I personally want to know what condition something I buy is in when it comes from the factory and what has been done to it.

    And If I spend hours picking out the instrument that I think is perfect I don't want someone to take it to the back room and make changes before I am consulted. But when you are spending hundreds of dollars it is good to have someone who you can trust look over what you are buying. (and I have never heard a complaint from an HMS customer about the condition their uke arrived in)
    Last edited by Brian1; 09-19-2015 at 08:51 PM.

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    Aloha and welcome to UU Roger. Glad you joined us.

    I agree with the suggestion of getting the uke from HMS or Mim's Ukes or Ukulele Republic. They will screen out the bad instruments, set it up as a matter of course, and be there if you have any problems (and make it right)

    Happy hunting and let us know what you get.

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    Thank you for all of the responses. I was looking at a uke from HMS but have a hard time paying shipping of $25. I do think you should go to the stores you can depend on to do do it right. I am an old dude, but in my younger days played piano, violin, guitar, and a little uke. I want to have a good experience with my uke, so your input Is appreciated. BTW I love this website. So much info, I can tell you are wanting to get it right.
    Thank you, Roger

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    Mim, located in Virginia, is another top notch web dealer that does setup.

    I've had very good work done by the West L.A. Guitar Center repair guy Jeff. He can setup a uke just as well as a guitar. Too bad the store is getting more and more empty of equipment and customers. I keep wondering if Guitar Center is getting ready to shut it's brick and mortar stores.
    Last edited by kohanmike; 09-19-2015 at 10:03 PM.

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