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    Default Farida?

    I'm helping a friend look at moderately priced concerts.

    Has anyone been able to check out the Farida solid hog concert at Elderly?
    The light build, satin finish, geared planetary tuners, and Elderly's thumbs up (granted this appears to be their in-house brand) make this one appealing...

    https://www.elderly.com/catalog/prod...ncert-ukulele/

    I'd love to hear how it feels and sounds compared to competitors...
    Tracie

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    Really no one?!
    Not one of you uke nerds have held this one?!
    Tracie

    Island Koa Instruments, prototype sop, Peter Howlett #153
    Kamaka white label sop (Tiki added!)
    Martin O sop, 1920's
    Martin O sop, 1960's
    Bruko Cedar/Mahogany archback
    Anuenue Khaya I sop
    Kala Elite 1MHG sop
    Lanikai SPS-S spruce top sop
    Blue Frog semi-custom LN soprano #1, Vic Jones
    Sawchyn hog concert (Martin copy), Peter Sawchyn
    Kamaka white label concert
    Kala KA-ASOV-C
    Kala Elite 1MHG tenor SN

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    I'll chime in, but not that I have any experience with these instruments - I too was hoping to hear from someone that does have experience with them. They seem like a nice buy. My guess would be that they are made by one of the big overseas builders to Elderly's specs. Quite possibly could be made in the Ohana factory. Or, perhaps the same factory that makes the Ibanez ukuleles (which who knows what factory that is). Not that any of this matters, as long as it is a fine instrument. If I lived closer to Elderly I would love to stop in and play them.

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    I also do wonder who makes those nickel geared planetary tuners and if they might be available as a cheaper generic version of the UPT's...
    Tracie

    Island Koa Instruments, prototype sop, Peter Howlett #153
    Kamaka white label sop (Tiki added!)
    Martin O sop, 1920's
    Martin O sop, 1960's
    Bruko Cedar/Mahogany archback
    Anuenue Khaya I sop
    Kala Elite 1MHG sop
    Lanikai SPS-S spruce top sop
    Blue Frog semi-custom LN soprano #1, Vic Jones
    Sawchyn hog concert (Martin copy), Peter Sawchyn
    Kamaka white label concert
    Kala KA-ASOV-C
    Kala Elite 1MHG tenor SN

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    I don't know anything about the ukulele, but wanted to point out that Elderly has a good return policy, so if anyone decided to give the ukulele a try, you can return it for any reason, (within their return period, of course.) You're out the shipping costs, but it's one way to try out a ukulele you're not sure about without being stuck with the ukulele if it really doesn't work for you.

    I did return one to them, and you don't even need to give them a reason. Just contact them and tell them that you're sending it back, (if it's in the required time frame), and they'll very politely refund your money.

    I have found Elderly to be very helpful, so you might also consider contacting them, asking them whatever questions you have about the ukulele, and see if they can provide some assistance.

    Just my experience, anyway.

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    I live a few miles from Elderly. I could check it out for you. Elderly's return policy is great, and the staff is very knowledgeable.
    Margaret, classical guitarist gone uke crazy

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    Tuners are friction tuners IMHO......even though the write up say geared. Write up does say Planetary greased. You can see the set screw on end of tune. Now, Uke May be fine and if I were buying the friction tuners would be off and Gotoh planetary tuners would be on asap if I liked the Uke. Somebody needs to try one and report back. Wood looks great. My .02 cents worth.

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    “Does NOT say Planetary geared”. Sorry... fat fingers on ipad

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    Quote Originally Posted by M3Ukulele View Post
    “Does NOT say Planetary geared”. Sorry... fat fingers on ipad
    Right, it doesn't say planetary, but it does say "geared" and they LOOK like fat friction tuners so I assumed...
    The screw on the end means friction tuners then?
    Tracie

    Island Koa Instruments, prototype sop, Peter Howlett #153
    Kamaka white label sop (Tiki added!)
    Martin O sop, 1920's
    Martin O sop, 1960's
    Bruko Cedar/Mahogany archback
    Anuenue Khaya I sop
    Kala Elite 1MHG sop
    Lanikai SPS-S spruce top sop
    Blue Frog semi-custom LN soprano #1, Vic Jones
    Sawchyn hog concert (Martin copy), Peter Sawchyn
    Kamaka white label concert
    Kala KA-ASOV-C
    Kala Elite 1MHG tenor SN

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    Quote Originally Posted by twokatmew View Post
    I live a few miles from Elderly. I could check it out for you. Elderly's return policy is great, and the staff is very knowledgeable.
    Please do!
    There's a small crowd waiting... ;^)
    Tracie

    Island Koa Instruments, prototype sop, Peter Howlett #153
    Kamaka white label sop (Tiki added!)
    Martin O sop, 1920's
    Martin O sop, 1960's
    Bruko Cedar/Mahogany archback
    Anuenue Khaya I sop
    Kala Elite 1MHG sop
    Lanikai SPS-S spruce top sop
    Blue Frog semi-custom LN soprano #1, Vic Jones
    Sawchyn hog concert (Martin copy), Peter Sawchyn
    Kamaka white label concert
    Kala KA-ASOV-C
    Kala Elite 1MHG tenor SN

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