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    Default Which between Enya X1 ( HPL ) and APC TC ( Solid wood ) ?

    Hi everybody !

    I'm considering to buy a tenor ukulele, I'm guitarist and I've already tried the different size, tenor is best for me

    I'm looking for a good ukulele under 200 , I need your help to choose between :

    Enya X1 : HPL Wood, the soprano size has been rated very well by a UU member ( 8,8 / 10 ) and it has been compared to the martin 0xk
    China manufacturing for 150

    https://fr.aliexpress.com/item/Enya-...703470506.html


    APC ( Anthonio Pinto Carvalho ) TC or TS ( don't know the difference between those ? ) :

    Solid Wood Koa-Like ( Acacia apparently )
    Portuguese manufacturing for less than 100

    APC TC :
    https://www.amazon.de/APC-Instrument...eywords=apc+TC

    APC TS :
    https://www.amazon.de/APC-Instrument...eywords=apc+Ts


    I'm considering the Gretsch G9120 with his very warm tone.

    So which one would you advice to me ?

    Considering that if I ordered on amazon I could refund it if I don't like it but on Aliexpress ( China Amazon ) I can't, and the Enya can't be shipped in Belgium from USA

    Thanks in advance for your help

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    Personally, I always recommend a Kala or an Ohana as a first uke, bought from a dealer who will set it up properly.

    Edit: Maybe take a look here - http://www.southernukulelestore.co.uk/
    Trying to do justice to various musical instruments.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Croaky Keith View Post
    Personally, I always recommend a Kala or an Ohana as a first uke, bought from a dealer who will set it up properly.

    Edit: Maybe take a look here - http://www.southernukulelestore.co.uk/
    Reputable dealers who do quality set ups are the safe bet.
    I also believe that you can't go wrong with a dealer set up Kala or Ohana.

    Mim ships to Europe, so you have a second dealer to consider.
    https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_nkw=mim+tenor+ukulele

    About Enyas, we have 6. We like them, alot. None have needed any set up work, but others have had issues.
    http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/...highlight=enya

    The one Enya HPL we have is a camp style soprano. It is a little heavy, but otherwise very nice.

    We have no experience with APC ukuleles, sorry.
    No experience with Gretch either but they get very good reviews from what I have seen.

    I will say that you might not want to buy strictly on price, even if you can return it.
    It may entail weeks or months of frustration when you might have been playing.

    Best of luck to you on your ukulele journey!
    Playing my Magic Fluke and grinning like a fool!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Croaky Keith View Post
    Personally, I always recommend a Kala or an Ohana as a first uke, bought from a dealer who will set it up properly.

    Edit: Maybe take a look here - http://www.southernukulelestore.co.uk/
    Thank you for your answer, you're right I should go to a good supplier like that I won't have bad surprises.
    What about the brand snail ? On " Got A Ukulele " it's the brand with the best reviews

    http://www.gotaukulele.com/2016/12/s...or-review.html
    Last edited by BenJaja; 01-04-2018 at 03:14 AM.

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    As far as those terms you didn't understand, TC and TS..... I'd guess the TC means concert sized and TS means soprano.

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    Quote Originally Posted by maki66 View Post
    Reputable dealers who do quality set ups are the safe bet.
    I also believe that you can't go wrong with a dealer set up Kala or Ohana.

    Mim ships to Europe, so you have a second dealer to consider.
    https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_nkw=mim+tenor+ukulele

    About Enyas, we have 6. We like them, alot. None have needed any set up work, but others have had issues.
    http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/...highlight=enya

    The one Enya HPL we have is a camp style soprano. It is a little heavy, but otherwise very nice.

    We have no experience with APC ukuleles, sorry.
    No experience with Gretch either but they get very good reviews from what I have
    Thank you for your answer, actually I've tried KALA TG it wasn't bad but a lack of warm tone, if I consider to buy a known branded ukulele which wood should I take between : Ebony or Magahony or Zebrawood ? ( laminated of course ^^ )

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    Quote Originally Posted by TobyDog View Post
    As far as those terms you didn't understand, TC and TS..... I'd guess the TC means concert sized and TS means soprano.

    Hey Toby ! Actually it seems to be both tenors that's why I can't get it

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    Quote Originally Posted by BenJaja View Post
    Thank you for your answer, you're right I should go to a good supplier like that I won't have bad surprises.
    What about the brand snail ? On " Got A Ukulele " it's the brand with the best reviews
    Yes they have had some good reviews, & Baz does honest reviews, but I have no personal experience of them.
    Trying to do justice to various musical instruments.

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    I also recommend Kala or Ohana and buying from a reputable dealer. I don't recommend the Enya X-1. It seems well made, but the HPL absorbs the high notes and the tone is very unbalanced. It's also very quiet. (Need to do a review, but I'm waiting to see if the neck is stable). If you must buy from Amazon, be warned. I've purchased five ukes through them, including the Enya. Four were either damaged, used, or defective. Packaging is almost always poor and causes damage.

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    Thanks for your advice !

    I finally took the snail UKT 528 based on the review of Baz.
    On amazon 'cause I couldn't find it on a more reliable website..
    It is apparently sold by snail itself so I cross my fingers to have no issues with it !

    https://www.amazon.fr/dp/B01JWB2GVS/...740131_TE_item

    Look gorgeous I really hope It will sound as good as it's beautiful !

    I consider to take another one later for this summer, a soprano to take with me travelling around Europe

    What should I check when I receive the ukulele ? Do you think a quick inspection in a luthier could be great ? ( There is one in front of my house ^^ )

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