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    Hi Mctot,

    Enya have a X1 HPL series is quite suitable for students. It is made of HPL new material which will not be effected by the environment and humidity. So you don't need take good care of the humidity in the room.

    And Enya X1 HPL series ukulele have a very low action and perfect fretboard radian which make the ukulele is very easy and comfortable to play.

    Besides, Price including a high quality cotton padded gig bag and a whole set of accessory pack ( tuner, capo, strap, strings, picks, clean cloth, finger shaker etc.)

    If you order 15pcs, we could give you a factory wholesale price. It will be definitely within your budget.

    Welcome your inquiry!

    Emma
    Enya Musical Instruments Company

    Manufacturer of Ukulele in China

    www.enyamusical.com

    We are looking for distributors all over the world! welcome to contact!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Choirguy View Post
    Ric, can I ask why you recommend this model? The Mitchell ukulele series is not usually recommended (see some of Booliís thoughts for example). Do you have a different experience with them?
    I enjoy Booli's thoughts and reviews. I've purchased dozens of Mitchell MU40's when Guitar Center has them on sale for $29 bucks. I test each one out in the store by tightening them with my P38 and stretching and tuning the strings before leaving. I have not purchased a single one that was not playable out of the box. Here's a video review of one I had just purchased and the strings had not yet settled. They are really sweet instruments after a week of playing.

    https://youtu.be/yk9RkAmKO4M

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    Quote Originally Posted by Choirguy View Post

    The ukuleles we are purchasing for our next school are Outdoor Ukuleles, which come in Soprano or Tenor, and if you contact them, they give special pricing to schools, making them very affordable. If you want rugged and perfect set-up...thatís the way to go.

    A third option is the new Makala Dolphin concert sized instruments. They are in the $65 range, and can be purchased set-up by a number of dealers (Uke Republic, for example).

    A final option is in the world of Amazon (gasp!) where a company called Enya has entered the market. I have found their products to be very good, and there is a laminate concert Sapele (laminate) for $53.39 with a very nice gig bag (the only choice in this list with a gig bag). These have been shipping well set up.
    Don't you use the Caramel's now Choirguy?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Iulia View Post
    Don't you use the Caramel's now Choirguy?
    We have....

    41 Makala Soprano Waterman (40 donated by Kala when I wrote to ask for some ukulele posters) (2 left handed)
    40 Caramel Concerts (1 strung lefty)
    10 Caramel Tenors (1 strung lefty)
    6 Kala Concert Waterman
    2 Mainland Mahogany Sopranos
    2 Mainland Mahogany Concerts
    2 Makala MK-CE Concert ukuleles (one high G, one low G, arriving next week)
    1 Populele
    1 Lanikai Soprano Banjolele
    1 Bonanza Custom Cherry Tenor
    1 Enya HPL Tenor

    All have Aquila KIDS ukulele strings

    I recently ordered 70 black straps from Legacy Straps...just a pleasure to work with. Right now we have CHEAP eBay guitar straps on the Caramels.

    We have a Reverb tuner for every instrument (if needed—I took most of them off as students caused more issues than they solved) and two Roadie 2 tuners.

    As we open a new school (same name, new location) we will leave the Waterman and Caramels behind to be used by the elementary school that opens in our building—and one of the sets will be sent to one of the other 18 elementary schools in our district.

    We are ordering:

    60 Green Tenor Outdoor Ukuleles with strap buttons (5 will be lefty)
    10 Green Soprano Outdoor Ukuleles with strap buttons (we’ll have a few of these for smaller hands)
    1 Green Tenor with a double pick up for the teacher

    I also am ordering 300 sets of KIDS strings so that we have them on hand.

    We have been asked to stop fundraising and that our future needs will be met (this is a first for me in my career) and to date, all existing materials were bought by fundraising. The new instruments and strings are part of the new school building.

    Other than the Waterman and Caramels, all the other equipment goes to the new school.
    Playing ukulele since January 2016.

    Have you participated in the thread, "How the Ukulele Found You?" If not, please consider adding your story--they are just fun to read.

    http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/...lele-found-you

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    That's awesome, Choirguy. I've gifted well over a two hundred 'ukulele, all soprano, to local schools, friends and family well over a decade. I used to personally setup all the instruments before gifting them, to make sure they were playable and in fairly correct intonation. Currently I have 4 of the Mitchell MU40 natural 'ukulele in the Bonsai padded bags and will buy more, when Guitar Center has their next $29 buck sale on them. We also prepare notebooks with lesson plans on the origin of the 'ukulele, parts of the 'ukulele, Olelo Hawai'i basics (language of Hawai'i), chord charts and simple songs. 'Ukulele Tonya Dale of 'Ukulele of Paradise assembled my favorite basic lesson plan:

    https://web.archive.org/web/20101011...lesson_pkg.pdf

    for teaching 'ukulele to beginners. The Boss Tuner app for Apple and And Android from Roland is the best device tuner I've encountered. I tune solely by ear and am always within 5 cents of a digital tuner, so I can tune a couple dozen 'ukulele in about 5 minutes. Ric

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    Quote Originally Posted by Choirguy View Post
    We have....

    I know you used to recommend the Caramels as a good budget friendly option, I wondered if you felt the quality had dropped or something, or if you just had a better budget now. I noticed a lot of their products seem to have vanished or out of stock on the website, - wondered if the company was in trouble.

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    I still think that the Caramels are a great way to get a playable ukulele into a classroom when you had no budget. Even at today’s prices, the same set of Caramel ukuleles (40 concerts at $37 and 10 tenors at $42) is an overall investment of $1900. That’s incredible. But you may have to do set up work on each ukulele—and as we have been reminded in other threads, dry humidity conditions (many schools) will lead to sharp fret ends and buzzing over time as fretboards and necks dry out (this is true with any ukulele you would drop into the same environment).

    The Caramels have served us well—as well as any laminate ukulele could.

    But at the same time, if I didn’t acknowledge that Barry Maz’s review of Caramel Ukuleles didn’t impact my thinking about them, I’d be lying. I know—he’s just one voice and he’s the first to say that. But how do I have the audacity to recommend a brand to others when that brand was one of the worst reviewed ukuleles on a blog devoted to ukulele reviews (and that has reviewed hundreds of ukuleles)?

    With this opportunity to buy Outdoor Ukuleles, the school is set up to have instruments that will withstand substantial damage and have perfect set-ups. Someone may not like the sound or feel of a current Outdoor Ukulele—but you can not deny the playability of every instrument they make. And the best part is that the school will never need to worry about heat or humidity impacting the instruments (unless the school burns down). With school discounts and a slightly larger set of instruments plus the extra cost of strap buttons, overall cost of this purchase is around $6000, which is still less than 2 tubas. The 71 Outdoor Ukuleles will serve over 400 students each year...so even at a cost much higher than the Caramel (I think $70 for Sopranos and $90 for tenors for schools with the added hardware) it is a bargain investment for schools in terms of a rugged instrument with great educational impact and an instrument that makes playing about as easy as possible due to a perfect setup.
    Playing ukulele since January 2016.

    Have you participated in the thread, "How the Ukulele Found You?" If not, please consider adding your story--they are just fun to read.

    http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/...lele-found-you

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    The Mitchell MU40 is on sale through today for $33.59 and look at the 129 reviews for an average 4.5 stars out of 5 stars in these reviews. They are a gem at this price and you can try them before you take them home if you live close to a Guitar Center. I have never purchased any Mitchell models, other than the Mitchell MU40, so I cannot personally attest to their quality, but I do have the personal experience and audacity to recommend the Mitchell MU40 sopranos. Don't for get to tighten the phillips cross point tuner screws on them before tuning to key. Download the Boss Tuner app by Roland on your smartphone, if you cannot tune by ear. Ric

    https://www.guitarcenter.com/Mitchel...ano-Ukulele.gc

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    I like Kala KA-15S Mahogany Soprano Ukulele. With its meager price, the ukulele can offer you great ergonomics, control, and playability. It doesn't suffer from tuning problems, plus it has a great sound, too. A ukulele like this should never be ignored!
    http://guitartrance.com/best-ukulele-review/

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    I won one of those in a contest a decade ago, Monica. It was a nice player out of the box. I donated it to a local 'ukulele club raffle and it became the first 'ukulele for a retired lady and she shortly after started taking lessons. Ric

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