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    Quote Originally Posted by bazmaz View Post
    I think you might be right actually - my bad - thanks Clive!

    (nb - made an edit to the review and thanked you for pointing it out!)
    Thanks Baz, I came to research this brand after seeing a previous all laminate Snail review of yours, so thanks for that. One thing to note is that the tenor version of the M1 is 36mm at the nut. 34mm seems rather narrow, though may suit some people fine.

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    Yes it's a bit narrow for me
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    I've noodled around on a few of the Amahi ukes. I didn't care for them at all, they were heavy, the necks felt way to big, and they sounded dull to me.
    Then I picked up a Snail (laminate).
    I couldn't even tell they were by the same company. The newer Snails are better than they were two years ago!
    I think they are competing pretty well around here against Kala and Lanakai.
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    With so many new far eastern brands coming to market it can be really hard to sort the wheat from the chaff. A good yardstick I use is whether they are stocked as a matter of course by the ukulele specialist stores we have in the UK. We only have 3 true uke specialists (SUS, WOU and Eagle). I believe Snail are stocked in two of them. That tells me an awful lot. They wouldn't give them storeroom space if they were no good.

    There are literally dozens and dozens of new brands flooding Amazon now - all with a miraculous number of 5 star reviews (yeah right!!) - but virtually none of them are stocked by the uke specialists. Automatic turn off for me and alarm bells ring.
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    Really, Baz.
    I just cringe when a newbie tells me "I got it from Amazon."
    Amazon's goal is to put everyone else outta business. To hell with them.
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    There was a time that several of the uke specialist stores used Amazon marketplace as a convenient storefront - when those were being sold you knew you were still getting them from the store, not an Amazon warehouse. That made a lot of sense for them and it was essentially like buying from them direct, but with the convenience of Amazon.

    I know of at least two real uke stores (who told me directly) who have now ditched selling on Amazon because their products, no matter how good they are, are just lost in the noise of an ever increasing number of 'new' Chinese models. You might say 'well that's just the market' - but it's impossible to compete with a tidal wave, and especially those brands who are engineering numerous 5 star reviews. The good stuff just isn't visible and new players who go there to shop for a uke nowadays are presented with cheap clone uke after cheap clone uke and think that IS the ukulele marketplace. So sad.
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    Another great review, Baz.

    I live in China now. I see these and many other Asian brands all the time on Taobao(Chinese Amazon/Ebay).
    From my perception, it seems as though there are a few factories that make many brands of ukes to different specifications which has saturated the market.
    Ironically, it seems like they keep the good stuff in China though.
    Here is a Taobao seller who has 50 (5A rare wood) ACE tenor ukes going for $2000usd each. That ain't cheap!
    https://item.taobao.com/item.htm?spm...d=528316116459
    Check out the kid rocking out on the video too.

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    Baz, thanks for another great review.
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