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    Quote Originally Posted by DownUpDave View Post
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    Cool! Well after doing some research I canceled my Amazon order for the Martins and ordered a Living Water set from Uke Republic. I want to see if I can stay away from wound strings.
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    Sweet! I have high hopes for mine!
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    Congratulations! Mainlands are just pretty darn hard to beat. I've almost jumped at one twice, Mike Hater is a great guy. A very close friend and band member has one, and I love playing it, when she lets me.
    You did good! And your photos look great!
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    Well ... much to my dismay ... I sent my Mainland in for a refund. Once I actually got to play it for awhile I found the set up to be lacking and the intonation to be off by quite a bit. Very flat at the 12th fret. I am sure that Mainland puts out some fine ukes and fine set-ups - just not this one. They were very nice on the phone and sent me a return mailing label so it is in on the UPS truck and headed back.

    Now I have to figure out what to try next.... Thinking or ordering something from MIM or Uke Republic as they seem have a good reputation for set up. any suggestions?
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    Ohana or Kala are usually a safe bet.
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    Too bad about the Mainland. I really like how they look and the general fit and finish. I bought a Kala all solid mahogany Baritone from my local Music store. I know Uke Republic carries that model and the one with the cedar top. They also have some nicer Baritones, but I really like mine. I would like to get an upgrade down the road but will have to wait till my ukulele budget reloads.

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    I bought a Caramel Baritone last year and put Worth Brown's on it. Non wound strings make a difference. My Zebra wood bari is very nice and plays well, almost perfect intonation and cheap! I want to try a brighter string set though to see how it sounds. I bought a Cedar topped tenor and love the way it sounds (dGBE) but it doesn't have the depth of sound of my Baritone.

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    Well ... I want ahead and ordered a Kala KA- SMHB solid mahogany back & sides baritone from Hawaii Music Supply (ukulelesite.com). It looks like they do a thorough set up. I am having a K&K pickup installed as well. I ordered a hard case, strap button on the neck heel and tuner too so that kicked my total up to a hair over $400 which is enough to qualify for free shipping. Shipping from Hawaii to Idaho was going to cost $50 so I figured I might as well get the works!
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    I have that very uke but with no pickup. I think you will be happy with it

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4given View Post
    Well ... much to my dismay ... I sent my Mainland in for a refund. Once I actually got to play it for awhile I found the set up to be lacking and the intonation to be off by quite a bit.
    I've never played or even seen a Mainland but that has to be one of the few (maybe only) reports I've heard like that. Can I ask where it came from? I wonder if something strange could have happened in transit?
    Ukulele:
    Iriguchi Tenor "Weeble" - A, WoU Clarity
    Blue Star 19" baritone Konablaster - DGBE
    Cocobolo 16" SC#1-gCEA, SC SLMU
    Ono #42 19" baritone, Ab, LW
    Imua iET-Bb, M600
    Covered Bridge CLN pineapple - Eb cuatro, SC XLL
    Rogue bari
    Bonanza super tenor, cFAD SC LHU
    Kala KSLNG, Eb SC XLU
    Hanson 5-string tenor, dGCEA
    Bonanza SLN GCEA
    Southern Cross concert GCEA
    Guitars:
    Jupiter #47, G, TI CF127
    Pelem, B reentrant
    Jupiter #71, A, UG1

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