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Thread: Lanikai solid top, or thomann full solid uke?

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    Question Lanikai solid top, or thomann full solid uke?

    Hello! I'm doing some research for my next uke purchase. I already have a concert, mahi mahi solid top mahogany, and I'd like to get one of similar quality. I'd like to go for acacia wood this time, and I've seen a Lanikai, solid top, and a full solid one in thomann (thomann brand). As far as I know, Lanikai has very good reputation, but I have no idea about thomann. Has any of you played solid thomann ukes? Are they worth it? Here's the link to the thomann uke, so you can see it:
    https://m.thomann.de/es/thomann_conc...rch=1568596447
    And this one is the lanikai (although I don't know the price, I'd have to ask a dealer in my country):
    https://lanikaiukuleles.com/product/...ncert-ukulele/

    Please, tell me what you think.
    Thank you guys for your time.

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    They're both pretty generic Made in China ukuleles using solid acacia.
    They will be more or less similar.

    Lanikai is solid top, while Thomann appears to be all-solid.
    Not that it would make a huge difference in performance.

    Given that the two ukuleles will be very similar, I would choose based on

    -Price: which is better value?
    -Looks: which do you like the aesthetics of better?
    -Package: does one come with more extras (like bag?)

    If they were the same price, and I had to pick 1, I lean towards the Thomann.
    It comes across as a bit more of a premium model with fancier features.

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    I never played either, but I would choose the Lanikai.

    Lanikai is an ukulele brand. They build a few ukes in Hawaii, but most, like this, is made in the far east. Still they have a reputation to think about.

    Example of Hawaiian made Lanikai:
    http://worldofukes.co.uk/concert-uku...oncert-ukulele
    Again, the suggested uke is probably not.

    Thomann is a music supply retailer. They just put their name on it. For the Americans here, it is like buying an ukulele labeled "Guitar Center".
    Sure it might play well, though that headstock looks pretty heavy, but I dont like the story it tells.
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    I don't know either uke you are looking at, but I would suggest you at least take a look at Kala & Ohana ukes before making a decision, these are well trusted brands for lower priced ukes.
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    I haven't tried a Thomann branded uke but I have owned a banjo uke from Harley Benton which is another proprietary brand by Thomann. While I liked the looks of the banjo uke, I quickly found that the finish was really lacking. Particularly, the fret edges were the sharpest I've ever seen on any instrument and actually tore into my fingernails while playing. Basically as UkingViking said above, the Lanikai (and other similar brands like Kala or Ohana) is a safer bet since they're an actual uke manufacturer. After the horror show I experienced with the Harley Benton, I'm not going to touch these music retailer brands ever again. Even though they can look quite nice (and imo the Thomann does look nicer than the Lanikai), I'm willing to bet that their quality control is much worse than the more reputable brands.

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    I think a few people are giving some "ukulele" brands more credit than is due.
    Lanikai, Kala and Ohana are as generic as they get.

    There won't be any discernible quality difference between them and the Thomann. They're all similar ukuleles being pumped out of the same factories.

    Don't take this to be a bad thing.
    Generic Chinese-made ukes are better than they ever were.
    I picked up a "Martinez" solid mahogany (Australian equivalent to generic "Thomann" like brand) the other day.
    The finish and quality is absolutely flawless - not even joking - flawless. Not a hint of shoddy craftmanship to be seen.

    That being said, pretty much nearly all inexpensive production ukuleles will benefit from a setup to get the action at a reasonable height.
    That includes Lanikai, Kala, "Thomann", Ohana, etc. They generally always leave the factory with a high action.

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    As Croaky Keith said, I would recommend looking at Kala and Ohana. All four brands here are most likely made in China, Kala and Ohana are the heavy weights. It's hard to get valid info on that Thomann uke because who know what it really is? Unless I can see a review of a uke, I'm hesitant to buy it.
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    As the owner of two Lanikais I can say I'm happy with them. One is a 'mahogany' laminate baritone LU-21B I've had for maybe 8 years. The other is a solid spruce top baritone S-B I bought about a year later. I've not regretted my purchases.

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    Thank you very much for all the replies! I've been investigating a little bit and I've found out that Thomann ukes and APC (Antonio Carvalho ukes from Portugal) look exactly the same, same colos, shapes... which makes me think that are the same instruments made in the same place. If it's like that, maybe I should give them a chance, as I like the idea of buying from a company whose instruments are made in Europe than in the far east. It still isn't a 100% guarantee of good quality control, who knows. I've read good things about APC ukuleles, so I'll send them an email asking if they're the same instrument. I'll keep you informed!

    Edit (to avoid double post) : ok, I've found a review by "got a ukulele" for one of those APC ukes, and now I'm not so sure if I should get the risk. It seems indeed that the quality control is really lacking. Here's the review, for those of you that might be curious: https://www.gotaukulele.com/2018/12/...ulele.html?m=1
    Last edited by Naisha; 09-17-2019 at 07:55 AM.

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    Whichever you choose (or if you choose something completely different), please let us know. I, for one, am really curious about these retail brand instruments, especially since I have my doubts.

    BTW, if you're still looking for you're next uke and looking to buy from Thomann, I noticed that they've slashed the price of several Baton Rouge ukes by a fairly significant amount. I hear that's supposed to be a decent brand similar to Kala, Ohana, Lanikai, etc., so maybe check those ones out.

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