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    Found a great deal on a Kanilea K-1 (used once). The price with shipping is $550. The unit is in Switzlerland and I'm in the US.


    What could be the deal with this? Excessive import fee? Complete scam?

    Thanks!

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    Without more specific info, I doubt anyone can give you any opinion.
    Trying to do justice to various musical instruments.

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    Hmm, yeah, think more details are needed. Saying that, a new kanile'a k1 from the ukulele site is about $770 so this doesn't seem so outrageous for a used price. However, I do imagine you'd have import charges your side to take into consideration.
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    This must have recently dropped in price. I'd much rather purchase from HMS!

    Thanks for the heads up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Uberhonky View Post
    This must have recently dropped in price. I'd much rather purchase from HMS!

    Thanks for the heads up.
    No problem, that price is for the soprano on ukulele site
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    Concert - Ziegenspeck mahogany Sunburst sunrise Kanile'a KSC-C
    Tenor - Anuenue UT200 Sumi Kobo sinker cedar + ziricote Kamaka 100th anniversary Kanile'a KSR-T LFDM ukaferri
    Baritone - Kala SMHB

    "Beater" no brand solid spruce + rosewood tenor

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    Could you provide a link or more details? I'm in Switzerland, so I might be able to assess credibility of that deal. The price sounds pretty good, depending on what size and wood grade it is.
    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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    Ok, the one on eBay is a Soprano with a natural finish (not gloss), no wood upgrade, and probably a couple years. This model was usually priced around $750 USD from US stores. I say "was" because newer models are different, with the new TRU-R bracing as well as Ebony fingerboard and bridge instead of Rosewood (another issue to think about when ordering this uke to ship to another country).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rakelele View Post
    Ok, the one on eBay is a Soprano with a natural finish (not gloss), no wood upgrade, and probably a couple years. This model was usually priced around $750 USD from US stores. I say "was" because newer models are different, with the new TRU-R bracing as well as Ebony fingerboard and bridge instead of Rosewood (another issue to think about when ordering this uke to ship to another country).
    Good advice above. I bought an older, 2001, used, but not played much, K-1 soprano from Elderly a few years ago for just over $400 shipped USA. Remember Kanile'a warranty does not transfer from original owner. Back when my soprano was made I think they retailed for no more than ~$600 new. So, depending upon age/condition this may or may not be a great deal.
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    Walk away.

    It is far to expensive for a used instrument with so many unknowns.
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    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Ukulele-Kan...h/223525161211

    Seller says it's new with a serial number t confirm the year built. I've been burnt n eBay before where the seller just didn't send the item. eBay isn't quick and doesn't always refund under their Buyer's Protection policy.

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