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    Default what are your favorite ukulele makers/brands?

    Just curious. Wondering if any specific brands/manufacturers get a lot of love.
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    For me, Outdoor Ukulele and Ohana.

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    Lately I've been enamoured with Cordoba solid top tenors. Sweet tone, great volume/projection, and I just can't get enough of those 1.5" nuts. It's hard going back to smaller nut instruments after playing these. As far as favorites I've never played, a Kanilea K1 tenor is my dream uke.
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    I have 2 Kalas, 2 Ohanas and I'm looking at another Ohana. I had a Pono and it was a lovely uke but it was a tenor and that's how I learned I didn't like tenors so I sold it. I had a Lanikai starter uke which I sold but I sometimes regret it even though every uke above was a better uke.
    Ohana CK-42R - all-solid concert, sinker redwood top, rosewood body, maple binding, Ltd. Edition
    Kala KA-FMCG- solid/lam concert, spruce top, spalted flame maple body, mahogany binding
    Ohana CK-120G - all-solid concert, 5A acacia top sides and back, mahogany binding, Limited Edition
    Ohana SK-30M - all-solid mahogany long neck soprano (concert scale)
    Romero ST - solid/lam concert, spruce top, mahogany body

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    If I get to pick, a 1930's Martin would make me happy.
    I have 2 1920's Oscar Schmidt's. I inherited one so it has a special place in my heart. I am the third generation owner. They spend most of their time in the humidity controlled curio cabinet.
    My daily players are a Cordoba solid top tenor (low G) and a Cordoba concert.

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    1. KoAloha
    2. Kamaka
    3. Mya-Moe

    A couple of years ago, people posted polls about brand and type. KoAloha was the favorite brand, and tenor was the favorite type. I like all sizes.
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    Bruce Wei Arts in Vietnam and Kala.


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    I would have to say Ohana, beings the last two that I've bought are Ohanas. But I didn't buy them both for that reason.
    I don't want to live in a world that is linear.

    I just want everyone to understand that I am not a ukulele expert, even though it may look at times like I'm pretending to be.

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    Although I have had good luck with Ohana and Kala, one brand that doesn't seem to get a lot of attention is Eddy Finn. I have their EF-15-S mahogany soprano, with the guitar-style split-shaft tuners and the shark-fin sound hole, and it's really sweet!

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    Currently my heart belongs to Romero Creations, Outdoor Ukes, Mya-Moe, LFdM, Fred Shields, and my Martin mahogany tenor (not all Martins, just that one).
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