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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.
    Mim, does this mean you won't be carrying Pono any more? Just curious.
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    I've bought from both Mim and UR. I was very happy with both. I would say that I liked the setup better on the one from Mim, but only fractionally. They were both great! You can't go wrong with either one.

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    I have bought from Mim, Uke Republic, Elderly, and HMS, and was completely satisfied with the setup work from all four. (Normally I request a medium-low action, but not, as Mim would say, "crazy low".)

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    I've purchased tenor Ponos from Uke Republic, MimsUkes and TheUkuleleSite. I requested a slightly lower action to help my slightly arthritic hand to easier barre the first fret and use plain Low-G Fluoro strings. All three came through brilliantly with perfect, slightly lowered setups. With level frets and great intonation. The strings were usually from Worth and most recently Ko'olau.

    I have never had the opportunity to buy through Elderly.

    I would also recommend looking at Opio ukuleles as well. I don't think HMS handles anything except the higher-end Kala Elite models. They stated that due to high volume of sales, they couldn't carry the lower priced models for now. They do stock them in their stores.

    Best of luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by frets alot View Post
    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)?
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    Thanks all, I'm comfortable with ordering from any of the 3. I sort of thought that, but just wanted to confirm. I appreciate the replies.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Joyful Uke View Post
    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.
    Definitely! That's where I look first.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerryc41 View Post
    Definitely! That's where I look first.
    No longer carrying Pono's, but worth checking out the others she carries.

    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.
    Susie
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    Quote Originally Posted by frets alot View Post
    No longer carrying Pono's, but worth checking out the others she carries.
    I interpreted that to mean that she is out of stock, (sold the last one that she had), but doesn't necessarily mean that she won't be getting more in stock. Maybe I interpreted that wrong, though.

    That might be worth clarifying. If she'll continue to carry Pono but is simply out of stock, it would be unfortunate for people to think that she is no longer a dealer for them.

    But, I don't know which interpretation is correct.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joyful Uke View Post
    I interpreted that to mean that she is out of stock, (sold the last one that she had), but doesn't necessarily mean that she won't be getting more in stock. Maybe I interpreted that wrong, though.

    That might be worth clarifying. If she'll continue to carry Pono but is simply out of stock, it would be unfortunate for people to think that she is no longer a dealer for them.

    But, I don't know which interpretation is correct.
    I may have misinterpreted that too. I will check to be sure. Thanks.
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