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    Default Tenor suggestions

    I'm looking to buy my first Tenor. I have ukes made of Koa and Mahogany so I'm looking for different wood choices. Leaning toward cedar top but I am open to suggestions. I'd like to keep it under $500. So far I've looked at the Ohana TK-250G and 260G. Also, Mainland has some Tenors at a reasonable price.
    What recommendations can you suggest?

    Thanks!

    p.s. Currently going through a case of UAS. I have purchased four ukuleles in the past month. OY!....but loving every strum.

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    There is an Ohana TK 470G listed on UU marketplace, it is a blemished model but the blemish is hidden and the Uke is gorgeous.

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    Any other requests, like a wide nut? Many production ukes have nut widths of 34mm or so. Getting a uke with a 1.5" nut width can make things much more comfortable for some players.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ukecaster View Post
    Any other requests, like a wide nut? Many production ukes have nut widths of 34mm or so. Getting a uke with a 1.5" nut width can make things much more comfortable for some players.
    I come from an acoustic guitar background so playing a wider neck is not a problem, or a more narrow neck. Just looking for some good solid suggestions. Thanks.

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    The Kala cedar with slotted headstock is beautiful, and you can get it for a little over half your budget. I saw Brett McQueen playing one in a lesson, and I had to look it up and order one. You can't go wrong with something like that.

    https://www.theukulelesite.com/ka-atp-ct.html

    For about four times that price, you can get a similar Pono.

    https://www.theukulelesite.com/pono-...-ul4n-20c.html
    Too many ukes, but I can't stop buying!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spicysteve View Post
    There is an Ohana TK 470G listed on UU marketplace, it is a blemished model but the blemish is hidden and the Uke is gorgeous.

    Very pretty but I'm not a fan of the beveled edges. Call me old fashioned. I like my acoustic instruments pretty but simple. Thank you for the heads up. Nice deal though and I'm sure it will make someone very happy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerryc41 View Post
    The Kala cedar with slotted headstock is beautiful, and you can get it for a little over half your budget. I saw Brett McQueen playing one in a lesson, and I had to look it up and order one. You can't go wrong with something like that.

    https://www.theukulelesite.com/ka-atp-ct.html

    For about four times that price, you can get a similar Pono.

    https://www.theukulelesite.com/pono-...-ul4n-20c.html
    Very nice looking. Keeping my eye on that one. Any thoughts on Kala vs. Ohana? These ukes seem to be similar in specs and price. I only have limited experience with an Ohana soprano.

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    Contact Fred Shields and have him make you one! He likes to keep the price under $500 and you could have an amazing handmade instrument that looks and sounds amazing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spicysteve View Post
    There is an Ohana TK 470G listed on UU marketplace, it is a blemished model but the blemish is hidden and the Uke is gorgeous.
    I would definitely go the softwood top route, either spruce or cedar. This one here that Steve mentioned is a killer deal. Spruce and rosewood works great together on a uke as on a guitar. You might not like the arm rest but once you play one you will. I own three with armrests and I would have them on everything if I could.

    Another great sounding and well made tenor are Pono. They have a series one down from the top end Pro Classic called MTD-SP and are around $550. All solid wood spruce or cedar top with mahogany back and side. Ebony binding, radius fretboard, just not as much bling as the Pro Classic line. You are getting a tenor that plays and sounds like a $1200 uke, seriously.
    Last edited by DownUpDave; 09-28-2018 at 01:59 PM.
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    Lots of great options. I will throw in the Martin T1K as a suggestion. They tend to run at $539 pretty much everywhere, but you can often get an open-box for well under 500. They're solid koa and though they're pretty bare bones, very well made IMO. They've got great volume and a super comfy satin finish. I bought one right when they came out, played it for a couple years and eventually sold it, but I missed it enough to get another. Just super fun to play and made in Nazareth or no, it feels every inch a Martin to me.

    I will also absolutely recommend the solid cedar top slot-head tenors from Kala. I played one of the ones at Hawaii Music Supply in July, and wow! They've got a depth of tone which I find shocking in a $275 uke. I can't really recommend it over the Martin on its own merits, but at half the price I sure can!
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