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    Just bought a Kmise tenor on ebay. Cost about 50 , with free shipping to Norway! The ukulele is laminate mahogany, very well made, nice action and intonation, no tweaking required. Video in the works...
    Anyone heard about this brand before???

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    yep. I saw them on Amazon , bought the Mahogany lam [$46 ]and the solid spruce top [$60]. They both played fine out of the box and in my opinion are worth at least 2x what I paid. They are not perfect, but they play and sound fine. I bought them to give away, but I liked the mahog so much I ordered one for me, and a solid top too just because [$65]. They are shipped from china, the mahog came in less than a week, the spruce took 2x as long. They have no bracing in the back, which is molded for strength. The lam is plain but has a beautiful grain and nice matt finish. The lam I just ordered even comes with a rosette at the same price! I don't know if they are selling this cheap to generate sales and then the price will go up. But that is what happened with the Islanders Amazon was selling. I did file the nut slots a little deeper on some of the strings, but definitely playable out of the box, much better than any other $50 uke I've seen. I don't know about the longevity, but at $50 what does it matter? They come with Aquilla look strings, anybody's guess if they are authentic, but they sound OK. Oh, and the bridge is an cool looking string through design, nicer looking than my Koaloha tenor! What was Koaloha thinking, going from the coolest looking to the cheapest looking, but I digress. This is a no brainer buy if they are all like this.
    UPDATE: looks like the prices are already creeping up. get 'em while they're hot
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    Quote Originally Posted by strumsilly View Post
    yep. I saw them on Amazon , bought the Mahogany lam [$46 ]and the solid spruce top [$60]. They both played fine out of the box and in my opinion are worth at least 2x what I paid. They are not perfect, but they play and sound fine. I bought them to give away, but I liked the mahog so much I ordered one for me, and a solid top too just because [$65]. They are shipped from china, the mahog came in less than a week, the spruce took 2x as long. They have no bracing in the back, which is molded for strength. The lam is plain but has a beautiful grain and nice matt finish. The lam I just ordered even comes with a rosette at the same price! I don't know if they are selling this cheap to generate sales and then the price will go up. But that is what happened with the Islanders Amazon was selling. I did file the nut slots a little deeper on some of the strings, but definitely playable out of the box, much better than any other $50 uke I've seen. I don't know about the longevity, but at $50 what does it matter? They come with Aquilla look strings, anybody's guess if they are authentic, but they sound OK. Oh, and the bridge is an cool looking string through design, nicer looking than my Koaloha tenor! What was Koaloha thinking, going from the coolest looking to the cheapest looking, but I digress. This is a no brainer buy if they are all like this.
    UPDATE: looks like the prices are already creeping up. get 'em while they're hot
    My thoughts exactly...thanks!

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    http://youtu.be/hT86CZaugps

    ...and here's the sound sample. I have had the Kmise ukulele for a couple of weeks, played it every day, and I like it a lot. A true bargain, and an excellent starter uke or beater.

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    Great job playing and it sounds like a great bargain Uke.

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    Interesting... I see an all solid mahagony (body) concert size Kmise listed on Amazon here in Germany for 49€. Says it ships with Aquilas. Looks pretty sweet with that stringthru type bridge. Also have a similar styled solid spruce (top only) for 52€ with a bag and tuner. Crazy...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ukinator View Post
    Interesting... I see an all solid mahagony (body) concert size Kmise listed on Amazon here in Germany for 49€. Says it ships with Aquilas. Looks pretty sweet with that stringthru type bridge. Also have a similar styled solid spruce (top only) for 52€ with a bag and tuner. Crazy...
    Crazy is the word.

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    https://youtu.be/gib7CI5lUIk

    Here's a sound sample of this nice ukulele...recorded on an iPhone, but it still sounds pretty good. I like this uke so much I just ordered a baritone of the same brand, for about 60 USD, including shipping from China to Norway!! Looking forward to receiving it.

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    I just pulled the ebay trigger on the laminate mahogany tenor... on the strength of your review drbekken. Thank you for the video and thoughts on these ukes.

    At $60.99 Australian dollars this is a bargain indeed. I have a Makala Tenor that was setup by Music Guy Mike (RIP) it was my first uke and I am rather attached to it, so much so I don't like the idea of taking it travelling etc (sentimental value I guess). Hopefully the Kmise fills the gap and I can take it with me when I travel, rather than the precious el cheapo Makala tenor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill1 View Post
    Type "Kmise" into the Chinese site AliExpress.com and you get a few hits on a number of Kmise products. Guitars and ukuleles. Given that there is a growing number of reasonable low cost ukes coming out of China, why bother with the one or two selected by Amazon buyers, why not just shop directly from a site like AliExpress based in China and see many more brands that are competitive with Kmise?
    For me it's been hit or miss on Aliexpress. Sometimes I order something and it's shipped, other times the product is never is shipped and then I have to wait for a refund.

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