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    Default First Ukulele, Which one to choose?

    I've decided I wanted to learn ukulele. I'm very knowledgeable about guitars but clueless on ukuleles.
    I value the appearance of my instrument a lot and am looking for that vibrant koa top.

    Here are the ones I'm considering

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Alulu-Tenor...8/372663584480

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Alulu-Solid...3/381381182415

    https://motorcityguitar.com/products...nt=45057377038

    https://vipoutlet.com/product/hilo-2...xoCeAoQAvD_BwE

    https://www.guitarcenter.com/Used/La...tca-Ukulele.gc

    https://www.theukulelesite.com/kala-...cia-tenor.html

    I was prepared to buy one of the first two by Alulu but would like some feedback on if there are better choices. The guitars are in order of most appealing to me. The Lanikai Smp-tca seems like a very good uke from what I've heard, but lacks the appearance I'm looking for.

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    I bought an alulu as first uke and it was horrible not useful for playing. Fortunately I got a partial refund that I used to buy a Gretsch that served me well for several years. Do yourself a favour and start with a reputable uke. Fancy looking woods, and unnecessary features like electronics and cutaways are warning signs that fundamental quality is likely missing. Good uke tends to be plain and simple and many are reviewed here.
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    Bill - As a newbie, I found Barry Maz's www.gotaukulele.com reviews helpful.
    Good luck in your search. Please keep us posted. Rick

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    Are there any ukulele shops near you? Trying different sizes, companies, price ranges, etc. will educate you much better on your preferences. Ask here if you should choose A or B uke and 1/2 will say A, 1/2 B, and 1/2 neither.

    I do agree that The Ukulele Site and Mims are great to order from with a return policy that will allow you to return one if you do not like it (essentially costing you return shipping).
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    Just for the setup alone, I would go with the Ukulelesite or Mim's. The rest you showed don't have setups as part of the deal. A well setup uke with marginal materials will give you better results than a poorly setup pretty uke from Ebay or Guitar Center.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Patrick Madsen View Post
    Just for the setup alone, I would go with the Ukulelesite or Mim's. The rest you showed don't have setups as part of the deal. A well setup uke with marginal materials will give you better results than a poorly setup pretty uke from Ebay or Guitar Center.
    +1

    This is the way to go do get one set up by a Luthier.

    Additionally a Hard Case for storage will be far superior to a soft case since it will offer better humidity control as well as protection.

    Please do not get hung up on appearance, it is tone, neck comfort, the setup, the overall feel of the Uke that are far more important than looks.

    A $400 Uke is not even a mid price instrument, its the equivalent of a Squier guitar rather than an American made Strat.

    Visit a Uke store if you can and play as many as you can, remember a Ukes tuning is a Capo on the 5th fret of a guitar except that string 4 (the top one) generally is an octave higher.
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    I always suggest a Kala or an Ohana, & concert scale, but if you are used to guitars, also consider tenor scale.

    (Don't go on looks alone, some real rubbish ukes 'look' good.)

    Buy from a reputable dealer, especially for your first, you don't want to be buying a wall hanger.
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    Quote Originally Posted by polarboar View Post
    I've decided I wanted to learn ukulele. I'm very knowledgeable about guitars but clueless on ukuleles.
    I value the appearance of my instrument a lot and am looking for that vibrant koa top.

    Here are the ones I'm considering

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Alulu-Tenor...8/372663584480

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Alulu-Solid...3/381381182415

    https://motorcityguitar.com/products...nt=45057377038

    https://vipoutlet.com/product/hilo-2...xoCeAoQAvD_BwE

    https://www.guitarcenter.com/Used/La...tca-Ukulele.gc

    https://www.theukulelesite.com/kala-...cia-tenor.html

    I was prepared to buy one of the first two by Alulu but would like some feedback on if there are better choices. The guitars are in order of most appealing to me. The Lanikai Smp-tca seems like a very good uke from what I've heard, but lacks the appearance I'm looking for.
    IMHO it is important for a new musician to have a good, well setup instrument when first starting out. The slight additional cost is more than made up for by not having to replace cheaper but not adequate instruments as you learn how bad they are.

    For that reason my vote from your list is the Kala Solid Acacia Tenor (KA-SA-T) from HMS.
    Martin OXK Soprano
    Kamaka HF3 Tenor
    Eastman EU3C Concert
    Martin S1
    Martin T1K

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    It seems that everyone unanimously agrees with me.
    You can't go wrong with a Kala. I've had one for almost 7 years.
    And Mim's or the Ukulele Site are two of the best places to order from.
    You'll be treated well.
    I'd steer clear of eBay and Guitar Center for my uke!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nickie View Post
    It seems that everyone unanimously agrees with me.
    You can't go wrong with a Kala. I've had one for almost 7 years.
    And Mim's or the Ukulele Site are two of the best places to order from.
    You'll be treated well.
    I'd steer clear of eBay and Guitar Center for my uke!
    If you're checking out Mim's store, the Ohana's are great ukes and good value too.
    Glenn

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