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    Default Anyone heard of Alulu? How are all solid wood ukes so cheap?

    Has anyone ever heard of a brand called Alulu? They have all solid wood mahogany tenors and all solid acacia tenors for $175. How can a decently crafted all solid uke come in that low on the price? I am assuming they are junk. But If someone tells me otherwise they could be good for my daughters.

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    This thread has some info.
    Latecomer to uke but loving it! Baton Rouge U108S soprano, Kiwaya KS-5 soprano, Uluru II concert low G, Barnes & Mullins banjolele UBJ2.

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    I see them on eBay all the time and if they're anything like ukes I have made in Vietnam, they are pretty good. The price is based on what they pay their builders, which is much lower than other places, and they don't mark up like importers do.

    I got a very nice solid acacia koa tenor cutaway for $165 on eBay shipped from Bruce Wei Arts in Vietnam.

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    I own a couple of Alulu ukuleles. They're not perfect, but they are good value for money and the ones I have sound great.

    Anthony

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    I wouldn't assume they are junk without playing a few. While laminates are more common in that price range, it's astounding how much uke you can get for $100-200 these days.
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    I have one ( Solid PQ Island Acacia), it is really good for the price. Having bought a couple of Ukuleles from that region, some are hit and miss but the Alulu ranks best to my ears. Good volume and tone.
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    I have a solid mahogany Caramel that was 99 dollars. Not junk. Not a Kamaka (assuming here) but not junk.

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    I appreciate all the feedback guys!!! I ordered them. I will update you as to how well they play.

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    Thank you for the input and link for the Kids Club!!!!

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    How did the Alulu work out? I'm looking at one and have never heard of them either, but they have a really pretty 8-string uke.

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