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    Question Mainland Ukes - are they really that good?

    I am looking to buying a good concert uke and may try out a cedar top Mainland Uke. What are your opinions on this brand? Thanks!!

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    There have been quite a few people say they're happy with theirs.

    Mike recently posted that they have some cosmetic seconds if that is something you'd be interested in: http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/...light=mainland
    "...how strange to see that I don't want to be the person that I want to be." - Amanda Palmer, In My Mind (NSFW)

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    They are built and play way above their price point. They are an excellent value, and Mike the owner does a great job with inspection and setup. You may want to contact him directly at Mainland, in that he occasionally has slightly blemished 2nds, which he sells at a reduced price. Good company with a good, honest product.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shalomjj View Post
    I am looking to buying a good concert uke and may try out a cedar top Mainland Uke. What are your opinions on this brand? Thanks!!
    I have a Mainland Mahogany concert with a MiSi Pickup. Most of the year it is my one and only. I get along fine with it and have not wished that I had gotten something else. I consider it the working man's ukulele. You get a lot for your money with a Mainland. I don't have a lot of experience with any other ukuleles, so I couldn't do a comparison.
    I don't want to live in a world that is linear.

    I just want everyone to understand that I am not a ukulele expert, even though it may look at times like I'm pretending to be.

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    I don't have a concert or a cedar top. But! My mainland tenor is super. I recommend Mainland...highly.

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    I have a Mainland tenor and my good friend has a Mainland concert. They're both cedar topped and are great ukuleles. I teach ukulele at the local community center and have recommended Mainland uses to three people and they are very satisfied.

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    I have a cedar soprano and a mahogany baritone and both are excellent instruments. Can't say enough good things about them.

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    My wife has a Mainland concert - rosewood body and red cedar top - and its an amazing uke. I swapped out the Aquila strings for Martin 600 fluorocarbon strings and it is a sweet, chimey, great sound. Recommended. One of the nicest sounding concert ukuleles I have heard.
    Mya Moe #2004 - Quilted Maple and Port Orford Cedar Tenor Classic
    Martin C1K Concert
    Mainland Red Cedar Tenor

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    I bought a mainland Red cedar top concert at our last Blackwater uke fest in sept 2016 and it is now one of two reenterant tuned ukes that I perform with all the time. Great intonation, tone balance, and overall volume. Nice feel and playing balance. Very pretty looking with rope style binding and such, but thats not what I bought it for (to look at). If something happened to it I would buy another. Great price for such a nice uke. I really like the sound of a cedar top.

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    I have both a mahagony Mainland tenor and baritone both of which I love dearly. Recently I attended the SCIUC (put on by Two Harbors,MN Uke Group) and several attendees were able to play both instruments. The unanimous response was the unbelievable tone and intonation for these instruments. Absolutely consider purchasing a Mainland. And Mainland Mike is a great person to deal with.

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