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    Kanile’a seems the most balanced to me. Sweet and warm and growing by the day. Bias much?
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    Pono and Romero Creations for their unusual designs and quality, Lichty, LFdM and Ko'olau CS for sound.
    Enjoying instruments by - Beau Hannam - Jay Lichty - Jerry Hoffmann - Luis Feu de Mesquita - Kala - Kamaka - Kanile'a - KoAloha - Ko'olau - Moore Bettah - Pono - Romero Creations - and others

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    When I was first looking (in the $100-$350 range) I thought the best value was Ohana. For those who want/need a wider nut, I liked the Córdoba 30 series. I am impressed with the build quality of my Romero Creations ST Concert. I find the tiny tenor shape easier to hold. Have yet to try a Koaloha, but very impressed with the sound. Just bought a Rebel tenor, which is my current favorite.
    Rebel NEO II Cedar/Maca Tenor
    Mya Moe Chocolate Mango Concert
    Romero Creations Koa ST Concert
    Concert Magic Fluke
    Gary Creedy Cherry Tenor
    Martin OX soprano
    Deering Goodtime Banjo Uke
    Mainland Cedar/Rosewood Baritone

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    Three Kings of Blues. B.B King, Albert King and Freddie King

    Three Ks of Ukulele. Kamaka, Kiwaya and Koaloha


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    1. Romero Creations Tiny Tenor
    2. Cocobolo Concert, with beveled armrest
    3. My old beatup Kala concert cutaway solid mahog
    4. Kamaka 8 string tenor
    "Those who bring sunshine and laughter to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves".

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    Kinnard
    Mya-Moe
    Koaloha
    Romero Creations
    Super Tenor
    Luis Feu de Mesquita Sinker Western Red Cedar/Myrtle

    Tenor
    Mya-Moe #1976 Master Grade Koa Classic

    Concert
    Kamaka Tiki Gold Label || Pohaku Koa/Maple Concert 10

    Long Neck Soprano
    Asturias Spruce/Rosewood || Gerard Guasch #14 Mahogany Pineapple

    Soprano
    Romero Creations XS Soprano Spruce/Koa

    Sopranino
    Koaloha Noah

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    Quote Originally Posted by Captain America View Post
    Just curious. Wondering if any specific brands/manufacturers get a lot of love.
    The way to look at brands is the likelihood that the workmanship and quality control will be good.
    Beyond that it really boils down to the specific instrument, you can play 2 instruments from the same maker and have a clear favorite.
    From the list below please remove riptide.
    I do wish in the future I can own a Beau Hannam, Kanilea, Kamaka, KoAloha, Ohana retro models (ex: sk28), I forget the name but I'wili? It has 3 small holes on the front (played it at a fest and liked it).. too many more excellent makers.. can't try them all :-( forget about owning..

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    Of all those I have ever owned: Beansprout, G String (despite the finish not holding up), and Mya Moe. Of less expensive models I like and recommended Ohana. I'm not a fan of the shiny finishes currently popular with a lot of upper end makers and would refinish two of mine if I could easily.

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    Beansprout #346 walnut/cedar - alto
    Mya Moe #2150 walnut resonator - tenor
    G-String CST1 custom koa - tenor
    G-String CB semi-custom koa - tenor
    Deering Goodtime banjolele - tenor
    Risa Les Paul steel-string electric - tenor
    Risa Uke Solid - tenor
    Asonu whale-shaped Tahitian - concert
    Outdoor Ukulele - soprano
    Kala UBass
    Ohana O'Nino
    Fluke

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    My Kanile'a is the sweetest sounding uke in my small collection. I want to dedicate it to Baroque and Classical music.

    Recently I bought a Kiwaya KSU-1L for travel purposes and really like it; but upon my return from Europe, I picked up my 1920s Martin Style 2 and was quite struck by its tone. It was far superior.

    The Kanile'a or the Martin? I can't say which is my favorite. They serve different purposes and beat the other ukes I have and many that I have heard belonging to others.
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    Loquax autem mutus es

    1920s Martin Style 2
    Anuenue Moon Bird Tenor
    Kanile'a K1T
    Pono Tenor Pro Classic (Macassar and Cedar)
    1923 Gibson tenor trap door banjo (ukefied)
    1920s SS Stewart soprano banjolele ("University Model")
    Kiwaya KSU-1L (long neck soprano)
    Flight TUS-35

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    Martin, Magic Fluke, and Mainland are my favorites! All great sounding, great playing, great looking Ukes that are extremely well made.


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    Tenor Koa Fluke (rosewood fretboard, Pegheds)
    Concert Tie-Dye Flea (rosewood fretboard, Lucy's tuners)
    Soprano Firefly (walnut fretboard, Pegheds)
    Late 40's Martin Style 1 soprano
    Concert Oscar Schmidt Mousekulele
    Tenor Mainland Mahogany Slothead
    Concert Eddy Finn Moon and Stars

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