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    Default HMS and Uke Republic

    I've purchased all my ukes from my local music store. I'm considering my next purchase from HMS or UR. I pretty sure either would be just fine, but just checking. I understand HMS does a full set-up. Does UR also do full set-ups? Thoughts on either/both store/s?
    Any other store to consider (I'm leaning Pono or Kala)?
    Last edited by frets alot; 02-01-2019 at 01:13 PM.
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    You might also want to consider buying from Mim.
    She sells Pono, too. The ukulele that I bought from her is the best set up of any of my ukuleles. We talked about what I liked, and she did a great job.

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    Mim, Uke Republic and Elderly Instruments do a full set-up. I have purchased a uke from both Uke Republic and Mim with good results. I haven't purchased from Elderly thus far, but I've had good communication from them when I had questions about ukes they had for sale.
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    Elderly is my local store (since 1974), but I can't do a Pono from them. Kala, yes.
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    Mike and Donna at UR do Great Setups. I’ve bought from all three and UR did the best setups and offered the best service. I would go with UR.


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    Mim here... I just sold my last Pono. If you want a Pono check into Hawaiian Music Supply. He is the son of the owner of Pono so is always fully stocked.
    In that price point, also take a peek at the Opios. I love the tone and my customers do too.
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    I think you'll find the best selection at HMS/The Ukulele Site, as Mim mentioned; and I agree with Mim about the Opio option. I've been happy buying from Mim, and from HMS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mim View Post
    Mim here... I just sold my last Pono. If you want a Pono check into Hawaiian Music Supply. He is the son of the owner of Pono so is always fully stocked.
    In that price point, also take a peek at the Opios. I love the tone and my customers do too.
    Is there an Opio baritone?
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    I have had a great experience with all three. The Ukulele Site has been very good with their customer service, UkeRepublic had quick, quality service, and Elderly had a great price on a book I bought. I have never worked with Mim (sorry Mim, maybe someday). Sounds like any one of these should be able help you. Hope you find your perfect uke!

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    Quote Originally Posted by frets alot View Post
    Is there an Opio baritone?
    Oh, doh, Baritone.
    Yeah either Kala or Pono are really great on Baritones due to them having a truss rod. But my Baritone selection is quite thin.
    If you are leaning towards Baritone Pono hit up the Ukulele Site. I like the Pono Baritones a lot.
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