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    Default Best ukulele for beginners...Wirecutter

    What do you think of their choices?

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    I hadn't heard of Donner 'ukuleles before. The company is evidently known for pedals. I don't know anything about their pedals either.

    The Donner brand instruments look attractive. I like the way the fretboard curves around the sound hole, and included strap pins is a nice feature. Some won't like the slotted bridge, but I wouldn't mind giving it a try.

    Still, the proof's in the playing, right? I wonder if anyone here has tried one.

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    Never heard of Donner, but that Ohana was the uke that got me back into playing as an adult after not picking a uke up in nearly 40 years. I quickly moved on to higher-end ukes and passed it on to a friend in need, and years later she's still playing it.

    I actually know one of the testers and he's legit - plays anything and everything with strings and I would tend to trust his judgment.

    That being said, I tend to disagree with only presenting under-$100 options as "beginner" models. It would be good to see a mix of price ranges in one of these round-ups sometime.

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    The only time I have heard of Donner was Barry Maz's (gotaukulele.com) review, which was generally favorable (compared to, for example, the Caramel CC102 that he reviewed). http://www.gotaukulele.com/2017/04/d...le-review.html
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    I dislike that they link to Amazon for the purchase. If buying and you don't know any better, I'd rather get your first from someone like MIM's Ukes or HMS or Mike/Uke Republic who will inspect it/ do a set up.
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    Same uke for $33 with a bag and free shipping. Only problem is that it's a Kaka and Amazon for returns is an advantage, otherwise one has no real advantage over the other. I have two Kaka's I bought as loaners for my uke group and can't fault either for the money. Neither had any setup issues and sound and play well for a sub-$100 uke. Also that Cordoba 15-CM is generally considered to be the best sounding all laminate concert under $100 by many. I'd have to question that "test group". (can get under $100 with patience)

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    Quote Originally Posted by janeray1940 View Post
    Never heard of Donner, but that Ohana was the uke that got me back into playing as an adult after not picking a uke up in nearly 40 years. I quickly moved on to higher-end ukes and passed it on to a friend in need, and years later she's still playing it.

    I actually know one of the testers and he's legit - plays anything and everything with strings and I would tend to trust his judgment.

    That being said, I tend to disagree with only presenting under-$100 options as "beginner" models. It would be good to see a mix of price ranges in one of these round-ups sometime.
    I'm a born skeptic, so I ask myself what the motivation for writing that article was in the first place? They gotta write something I guess. I also wonder how many of those ukuleles that they tested were the same ukulele, from the same ukulele factory in China, just a different tag stuck inside it and a different decal on the headstock? Maybe some cosmetics to define it as one brand of ukulele or another? I also wonder what actually defines a "beginner" ukulele? What even makes a ukulele a beginner's ukulele? I'm thinking price. I think that for most people just getting into something and not being particularly knowledgeable, one does not want to sink a lot of money into it until they know a little more and know if it is really what they want to do. That goes for everything, not just ukes. But I think a beginner ukulele by definition is something that doesn't cost a lot but is still playable. Okay, that is a Mr. Skeptic view of it. Take it for what it is worth, probably not much more than the article itself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by igorthebarbarian View Post
    I dislike that they link to Amazon for the purchase. If buying and you don't know any better, I'd rather get your first from someone like MIM's Ukes or HMS or Mike/Uke Republic who will inspect it/ do a set up.
    Quote Originally Posted by Rllink View Post
    I'm a born skeptic, so I ask myself what the motivation for writing that article was in the first place?
    Truth is, the actual motivation for the putting the article out on the interwebs is for the website owner to generate clicks to their Amazon Affiliate links, pure and simple. In other words, money.

    And I'm a skeptic too (and not a believer in "beginner" instruments or "beginner" cars or "beginner" camera equipment and such), although I still sense the testers had some legitimacy and probably little or nothing to gain from giving their opinions.

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    Hello, this my first post and I purchased the Donner DUC1 from amazon. Pretty much what RLLink stated were my reasons. I wanted to try a ukulele but did not want to spend a lot on something that might be a short term adventure. I have had the Donner for about a month and have enjoyed playing it. I am still learning to strum and learn the chords but it has been a good investment at this point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by janeray1940 View Post
    Truth is, the actual motivation for the putting the article out on the interwebs is for the website owner to generate clicks to their Amazon Affiliate links, pure and simple. In other words, money.

    And I'm a skeptic too (and not a believer in "beginner" instruments or "beginner" cars or "beginner" camera equipment and such), although I still sense the testers had some legitimacy and probably little or nothing to gain from giving their opinions.
    I agree that the testers are legitimate. You said that you knew one of them and that is good enough for me. But I got to thinking about it, and if the testers were not beginners, doesn't that sort of form a bias to start out? I can only base my opinion on my experience. So considering that I was a beginner for a short period once in my life, my personal experience in beginner ukuleles is pretty much limited to the ukulele I began with.
    Last edited by Rllink; 06-16-2017 at 09:22 AM.
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