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    Default Best Tenor Ukulele under $300

    Hi, I am buying my daughter her second Ukulele. She currently has a Soprano KR-SCP Kohala and I was thinking of buying her a Concert or Tenor Ukulele between $250 - $300 for her upcoming 12th birthday. She plays just for fun but really enjoys it and has been asking when I am going to fix her ukulele (she lost a screw from the tuning head) so I thought I'd surprise her with hopefully a better instrument. I realize we are still in the low range of quality at $250-$300.

    Also, if anyone can point me to a parts store that might sell the screw I need that would be appreciated. It's been hard to find locally.

    Thanks in advance for your help!

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    You're clearly a good parent if you're thinking about upgrading your daughter's ukulele!

    In that price range, for a 12-year-old, I'd certainly consider a Flea or a Fluke. They play and sound great, they're ridiculously durable, and you can find ones with really cool designs. https://www.magicfluke.com

    As for a replacement screw, if you have a music store in your town, the repair folks there should have them available.
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    How about the Epiphone Les Paul concert acoustic-electric along with a little amp?
    The crew...Giannini Baritone Uke, Washburn Rover "4-string tenor guitar", Yamaha G-85A classical guitar.

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    Is it worth the extra money ($79) to upgrade to the hardwood fretboard? I really like the look of the flea and that the company is local to MA and donates a portion of profits

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    Quote Originally Posted by Breeze View Post
    Is it worth the extra money ($79) to upgrade to the hardwood fretboard? I really like the look of the flea and that the company is local to MA and donates a portion of profits
    I would if using a wound low G. Wood also looks a little nicer. Bonanza has has nice ukuleles in that price range and are USA made.

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    Not a tenor but this is a good deal from an excellent member of this forum: https://forum.ukuleleunderground.com...highlight=flea

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    Check out this link. I changed the search parameters to $300 and lower. Any uke from Mim will be set up, which is honestly the most important part. Playability is the first thing you want to look at. Any of these options would be perfect -
    https://www.mimsukes.com/?price_max=...t=price%7Cdesc

    I would personally suggest one of the solid wood Ohanas. Great ukes.
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    Mainlands are excellent solid wood ukuleles in your price range. They even gift wrap.

    http://mainlandukuleles.com

    You can try stewmac for the screw.

    http://stewmac.com
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    Quote Originally Posted by gochugogi View Post
    I would if using a wound low G. Wood also looks a little nicer. Bonanza has has nice ukuleles in that price range and are USA made.
    Yes, agreed. If you're not using wound strings, then the standard plastic fretboard is fine. If you don't mind spending the extra money, the hardwood fretboard is better, of course. But not a necessary upgrade.
    PLAYERS: Martin C1K • Enya Nova U concert (BLUE!) • Ohana CK-50WG concert (solid cedar top) • Ohana SK-28 ‘Nunes’ • Flea koa soprano • Ohana SK-35G solid mahogany soprano <yay!!> • Famous FS-1 <yippee!!> • Firefly maple concert banjolele <yee-haw!> • Makala MK-CE concert
    LOOKERS: • Vintage 'Mauna Loa' c. 1925 soprano • Kahuna "Felix the Cat" soprano • Woodrow "Steelers" soprano <eyeroll>


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    Also, I have an Ohana for sale https://forum.ukuleleunderground.com...ighlight=Ohana
    I can do $300 shipped.

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