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    Wow, Kmise didn't waste any time getting on board with a copy of the new Goldtone plastic concert size banjo uke. Only selling clear and lime green, but this may be the first time I've seen a Chinese seller beat a U.S. importer to the market with a clone. https://www.ebay.com/itm/Kmise-Banjo...EAAOSwZqZaDpoQ

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    Quote Originally Posted by PhilUSAFRet View Post
    Wow, Kmise didn't waste any time getting on board with a copy of the new Goldtone plastic concert size banjo uke. Only selling clear and lime green, but this may be the first time I've seen a Chinese seller beat a U.S. importer to the market with a clone. https://www.ebay.com/itm/Kmise-Banjo...EAAOSwZqZaDpoQ
    That's just begging for some blinky-lights to be added somehow.

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    Personally getting really really tired of Kmise riding roughshod over other makers. They also copied the aNueNue U900 uke (calling it a U800 or something) and have copied the Luna Honu too. I spoke to aNueNue about it and they were appalled, but felt there was nothing they can do...
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    Here's the Luna version and the Kmise. Bold as brass. 26241587_1589780554423238_2066607459_n.jpg26235565_1589780654423228_1955120622_n.jpg
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    And the aNueNue original and Kmise copy

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    Interesting that it's "only" about a 33% discount, and with no case. I think I'd probably pay the extra $50 to get the Gold Tone version that comes with a case, since you'd spend a good $20 on a halfway decent case anyway. My primary instrument is the 5-string banjo and the one and only banjo I've ever needed over the past decade plus I've played has bee a Gold Tone. I'm seriously tempted by the Little Gem series; would love to tune it CGDA and have a mini tenor to travel with.

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    If I was in the market for one, I'd get the Goldtone too.
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    It's funny what bazmaz says about Kmise undercutting Gold Tone, Luna, etc. I have been off-and-on looking at getting a banjo uke, but wouldn't necessarily want to spend a ton on what would probably be a sort of novelty for me. I honestly would probably have bought a Kmise if Gold Tone hadn't come out with this line at a very similar price point! So who's undercutting who?

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    I didn’t suggest undercutting. I suggested pinching designs used by others.
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    Kmise is completely ripping off designs especially the cute bear-head design. I would think that is unique enough to be under some sort of copyright law, but my guess is that anything goes in China!
    I think most of us here on UU would buy the slightly-better Gold Tone since we trust the name more. But we are a more educated player than most (I think). So it’s really the newbie who’s looking at these Chinese knockoffs who are taking the plunge
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