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    Default Favoritist Uke Brands!

    What brand do you like, and why?

    Recognizing there are many options out there. . . what jibes best with you?
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    Really, I think that Loprinzi does the most mojo to me. I just ordered one. Lots of my friends play Loprinzi ukuleles. They're practical, feel good to play, good looking, very light, and have fabulous necks. One of my friends has 5, another has 4. I think we'll start a Loprinzi owners club.
    The Barnkickers both play Loprinzi.
    They are local (15 minute drive away) and give TBUS members a discount.
    Sure, I'd buy a Moore Bettah if I was rich, but I'm not.
    The Loprinzi may well be my final ukulele!
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    I'm a huge fan of Martin Ukuleles. Of the big K brands, Kanilea would be my pick. But, Martin ukuleles have the tone, neck and playability that I look for in a ukulele. I have ordered 3K customs in both Tenor and Concert size and they are wonderful instruments with beautiful voices. However, my favorite that ticks all the boxes is my Martin 1T IZ.

    Jim
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    2017 Martin Style 3K Custom Tenor
    2018 Martin Style 3K Custom Concert
    2018 Martin 1T IZ Tenor (#576)
    2018 Martin S1
    2017 Pono Pro Classic Spruce/Rosewood Slothead Cutaway Tenor RTSHC(S)-PC
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    I like Ohana ukes. They play nice, and are solid quality builds.

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    The Magic Fluke Company is my favorite.

    After trying about a dozen other ukes in different brands and models, my concert Flea is my Holy Grail, and since getting it, UAS is a far away memory, by which I have never been tempted since. That was 4 years ago.

    All the reasons why? Pretty much well documented in Booli's thread here, "The Magic Fluke Company Appreciation Thread":

    https://forum.ukuleleunderground.com...ciation-thread

    See all the wonderful instruments they offer, including their new Mandolin, on their web site here:

    https://www.magicfluke.com/Default.asp

    Nota Bene: I am not affiliated with, endorsed by, nor compensated by The Magic Fluke Company at all!

    I'm just a huge fan and grateful for being able to own and play such a great sounding, easy playing, go-anywhere and durable uke with near perfect intonation.
    -Joe......Have uke, will travel...

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    Wasn't this same question asked not long ago? I think Kala makes ukes that are better than the price indicates. I've casually compared my $379 KAATP-CTG-CE to the $1000+ K brands and in my opinion, it comes very close. The Thinline travel uke is also impressive, a number of members in my group have it.




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    Quote Originally Posted by kohanmike View Post
    I think Kala makes ukes that are better than the price indicates.


    9 tenor cutaway ukes, 5 acoustic bass ukes, 11 solid body bass ukes, 8 mini electric bass guitars (Total: 33)

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    I especially like that Kala cedar tenor. I got one without a pickup or the cutout ($250), and I kept it instead of my Pono tenor.
    Too many ukes, but I can't stop buying!

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    My Kiwaya KTC-1 is my favorite stringed instrument, ever.
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    Before I got my KoAloha OPIO, it was Ohana, & before that........

    What I'm saying is it's a progression......until you find one that really works......for you.....
    Trying to do justice to various musical instruments.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kohanmike View Post
    Wasn't this same question asked not long ago?
    Maybe, but different people might respond, and some us might change our minds from time to time. :-)
    Always interesting to see the responses, anyway.

    OP didn't answer the question, so might still be up in the air on an answer there, too.

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