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  1. #11
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    There are three Mainlands in our house; a concert, tenor and baritone. I vote Mainland.
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    Thank you so much for the advices

    I will check Mainland's ukulele and Kala's all solid concert or save up a little more for something nicer.
    Also, keep checking the marketplace here.
    Unfortunately, I'm only allowed 1 ukulele because I already have a cheapie ukulele, a guitar, and a violin at home.
    While doing my research, Risa Stick catches my eye too, maybe later on if I can save up some more and splurge for an electric one to practice at night.

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    Welcome to the UU forums!

    Your post title is misleading—you’re looking for your second ukulele. That makes a big difference, in my opinion. If we are talking about a first ukulele, recommendations change a little.

    There are some great options here...lots of success with Kala, Ohana, Magic Fluke, Mainland, and even KoAloha Opio ukuleles. I’m partial to the KoAloha sound and own 3 of their products...and will likely buy one of the new KoAlanas (that look quite nice from NAMM) when they are released later this year. I will say that Kala and Mainland have been a big supporter of ukuleles in schools, and actually both have donated ukuleles to my school. Of the mainlands, I find myself partial to the Cedar models...and there was one for sale very recently very affordably from California...see if you can find that thread!

    I’m going to throw some other options out for you.

    A) Outdoor Ukulele. Want another ukulele that can go anywhere and is affordably priced? Sopranos $100, Tenors $150.

    B) Ohana Martin 3 Replicas. I think they are the Ohana 39 Models...with a new Tenor arriving in stores this week. It is a classic look of all mahogany. There is also a new 390 soprano made of all Koa. These are a little more than your budget...but might be very much worth the purchase.

    C) They have used questionable marketing on Amazon, and the “Dove” is a bit strange, but I received an Aklot Concert to test last year (now gifted away) and bought a couple to give away to choir students for a fundraiser this year. They have a solid top but sound pretty good to my ear (I preferred them with fluorocarbon strings), and come with all of the things you need...at $60 for a concert. One Aklot has lived in our choir room the entire winter (the student takes it home on the weekends) and it has survived very well in the dry climate (I was frightened that the solid top would split). So...look at the Aklot Concert and Tenor models. Then save up for a major jump.

    D) Bonanza. Pete Mai in Minnesota has been focusing more on his cabinetry business as of late but I am sure he can be talked into building some more ukuleles in his spare time. He can make them out of HPL laminate, solid American woods, or a mixture, custom-built, for not much more than your budget. Check them out.
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    In my opinion, I'd go with either a concert Fluke or a concert Flea. I own 2 concert Fleas, they're tuned differently (that's why 2). I could spend a lot of money on a uke, but after using a Flea for a year.... I can't imagine that I'd be any happier with an expensive instrument, so I bought my second one. Magic Fluke instruments get the job done!

    There's a second hand concert Fluke here for sale ($175), which I've been trying to not let myself buy. My advice would be to consider buying it. If you end up not liking it, you could resell it and probably get all of your money back here on this forum.

    http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/...-w-TKL-Gig-Bag
    Last edited by TobyDog; 03-10-2018 at 02:14 PM. Reason: forgot to put price

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    I have an Ohana SK 50 G Soprano. It holds its ground against my other $1000+ Sopranos. I know Mim carries the Concert version of it (CK 50 G). All solid. Cedar top and rosewood body. Costs about $250. You may want to take a look. I think ukerepublic may carry that too.
    Tenor: Kinnard, Mya Moe 2052, Mya Moe Resonator 1581
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    Soprano: Lanikai LU-21(Starter uke!), Kamaka Pineapple 100th Anniversary, Maui Music SK-41 "Pre-Fire", Romero Creations XS, Ohana SK 50G, Zimnicki #20, Makayla Dolphin Light Blue Burst, Fred Shields Oval, KoAloha KSM-02 (Long Neck), Barron River
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    Thank you!
    I will check those ukuleles.
    Getting it from HMS or UkeRepublic gives me a peace of mind because I know it will be setup well (according to everyone's praises for those 2 shops).

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    While Ive never bought directly from Mim's the used uke I bought that was originally sold and setup by her was spot on.
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    I strongly recommend the Fluke and Flea. I've had two Flukes. They're very durable, hold their tuning well, and have a nice big sound. The worst problem I've had is having to repaint the fret marker dots on the plastic fretboard of one, because I played it so much that I wore the paint off.
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