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Thread: Help deciding on a new Tenor. Cordoba 21T, 24T or Kala KA-STG

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    Default Help deciding on a new Tenor. Cordoba 21T, 24T or Kala KA-STG

    Hi, looking to step up a little...I would like a bright sounding uke that will project. Budget is $200.

    The Cordoba 21T is not yet available, Solid spruce w/ mahogany B/S.

    The 24T is Solid cedar w/spalted maple B/S.

    The Kala is solid spruce/mahogany B/S. My biggest problem with this uke is that is has a gloss finish. Not crazy about that for the neck and concerned the gloss top could hamper projection.

    Was looking at a Ohana, but the only spruce tenor has a slotted headstock with back leaning tuners, not crazy about that.

    Am i correct in assuming a solid mahogany top will be softer/warmer?

    Any comments, suggestions? Really need to stick with this budget.
    Thanks in advance.
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    How about this one? https://www.ebay.com/itm/MIM-Ohana-T...UAAOSwZElZnsQo

    Or this one? https://www.theukulelesite.com/kala-...l-ukulele.html

    Honestly at this price point I think you're overthinking it.
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    I have had a Córdoba Spruce top Tenor w/ Rosewood back and sides, don’t remember the model number but I think you would be happy with either the Cordobas or the Kala.

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    I'm also looking for a loud tenor in that price range, but maybe up to 250 euros which has me looking at one or two solid mahogany tenors. I've had my eye on the Kala STG as well, and I gather it's loud from the few personal reviews I've read.

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    From what I know, spruce is loud, whilst cedar is warmer, & mahogany has that great mellow sound, of course, personal opinion.

    I like Kala & Ohana, I don't have experience of Cordoba, but in your price range, I'd be looking at getting a solid top uke.
    Trying to do justice to various musical instruments.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Hanks View Post
    How about this one? https://www.ebay.com/itm/MIM-Ohana-T...UAAOSwZElZnsQo

    Honestly at this price point I think you're overthinking it.
    Thanks for your suggestions. I know $200 is not a big budget, but for me this is going to be my main uke for teaching and playing....I did a little bit more research, and decided on the Ohana Tenor Thin body from Mims Ukes.

    Thanks again.

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    Thanks to all for your responses.

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    It’s a little more, but you may also want to check out the offerings at Mainland as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jricc View Post
    Thanks for your suggestions. I know $200 is not a big budget, but for me this is going to be my main uke for teaching and playing....I did a little bit more research, and decided on the Ohana Tenor Thin body from Mims Ukes.

    Thanks again.
    Congrats, that uke looks nice.
    Trying to do justice to various musical instruments.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Croaky Keith View Post
    Congrats, that uke looks nice.
    Thanks man, appreciate it.

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