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Thread: Mahalo 2500 Kahiko Soprano REVIEW

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    I completely agree about the extremely poor quality control and inconsistency of cheap ukuleles. My own fifteen year old Mahalo U30 was chosen from a batch of twelve, bought by a friend, from a dealer who took the time to weed out the very worst examples. All the Mahalos he supplied to customers were, at least, playable.

    My friend let me try all twelve and choose the one that I thought sounded the best.

    Round about the same time, I acted as assistant at an event (a corporate motivational thing) where a lecturer taught a class of fifteen adults to play and sing a simple song on the uke. My job was to ensure the ukes were playable and to keep them in tune for the duration of the event. The participants got to keep their ukes.

    All the ukes were OK - ish, but some were noticeably better. One of them (in a horrible shade of purple) was startlingly good!

    It is difficult to understand how the occasional cheapy can turn out so well, but it does happen.

    John Colter
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    Years ago, before I knew what I was doing, had never seen a Baz review, I went shopping on a vacation. Stepped into a gift shop, and bought a green Mahalo soprano for a little girl back home, her Mom couldn't afford an ukulele for her.
    I did check it out, tuned it, played it a little, it all seemed straight, stayed in tune, and didn't sound too bad. I think I paid $30 for it, plus tax.
    I never did see them after that gift, I always wondered how she made out with it.
    "Those who bring sunshine and laughter to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves".

    Music washes from the soul, the dust of everyday living.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nickie View Post
    Years ago, before I knew what I was doing, had never seen a Baz review, I went shopping on a vacation. Stepped into a gift shop, and bought a green Mahalo soprano for a little girl back home, her Mom couldn't afford an ukulele for her.
    I did check it out, tuned it, played it a little, it all seemed straight, stayed in tune, and didn't sound too bad. I think I paid $30 for it, plus tax.
    I never did see them after that gift, I always wondered how she made out with it.
    This was good enough for the Daily chuckle.

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    Could've been worse. At least it wasn't a drum, or (shudder) a banjo!

    John Colter

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