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    Hello knowledgeable ukulelers!

    My sister came to visit me for the long weekend, and it just so happened that it was also the monthly uke group weekend. So I took her with me, and now she is hooked. I would like to get her a ukulele for Christmas and would love some suggestions. I think she would like a soprano or a concert, as the tenor she tried was too big.

    Thanks for your help!

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    Plenty of good choices, but I have heard good things about this one -

    https://www.mimsukes.com/listing/mim...e-078/14185388

    I think she would be happy with it at the price, a solid top + Mim setup. I know you said under $150, but hey it's close enough.

    Or check out this thread. Quality uke right here at a decent price -

    https://forum.ukuleleunderground.com...d-Kala-ACP-CTG
    Last edited by Kyle23; 11-15-2018 at 02:52 PM.
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    Thanks Kyle! Any other thoughts?

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    This is all just personal preference but I have always been a fan of Islander ukes (Kanile'as import brand)

    This is a pretty solid deal with a hard case
    https://www.theukulelesite.com/shop-...gany-mc-4.html
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    I wholeheartedly agree with getting a uke from Mim. First, make a decision as to what size your sister would like and then either check Mim's site or just give her a call and see what she has. I started out with an Ohana CK-10S from her, and I love that little uke. It wasn't very expensive, but it's well setup and it's a joy to play. I just looked and she's got an SK-10 package going right now with a tuner, bag, and a strap for $79. That's a soprano mahogany laminate. You can't go wrong with that as a starter uke, and if she doesn't stick with it, you haven't invested much. (How exciting to help someone else start their uke journey!)

    (And you couldn't go wrong with the deal that Kyle23 posted as well.)
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    I always suggest a concert for a beginner, (Kala or Ohana), & if you can afford it, get a solid top model.
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    I picked up a new aNueNue Khaya soprano off Reberb for a bit over $150. These were close to $300 and come with a very nice gig bag. Really hard to beat.
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    I swear by the Ohana SK35G solid mahogany soprano. Even when I have significantly more expensive in the house, I consider it the one I’d keep if I fell on hard times.

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    If you can get another family member to kick in, you can’t go wrong with a Flea for a first Uke!


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    Reverb has Cordoba 24 series blems for that kind of money. I've got a 24T tenor that I love enough that I'll likely pull the trigger on a blem 24C sometime soon. $139? Heck yeah! They have solid cedar tops over laminated spalted maple bodies trimmed in paduak... gorgeous, light as a feather, great setup right out of the box ...and they sound great.
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