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    Default Seeking comments on two ukuleles

    Hello,
    I am planning to upgrade. I have decided on a concert.
    Here are the two I am pondering over:

    Grace Vanderwaal Signature model
    $192 at a local store. Comes with pickup and case.

    Hola Concert Hm-424SSR +
    $129.95. Package deal with strap and case.

    Reviews are overall good on both, with few complaints.

    Iíve set my $ limit at $200.00.

    The GV concert is absolutely beautiful. Only drawback I feel is the finish is very slick. I guess I could install a strap.

    Thank you
    Terry

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    I havent tried any of the two ukuleles, but I am sure you will be recommended to go for a third option.

    They are pretty different.
    The Grace Vanderwaal uke is from Fender, right?
    Their ukuleles are not praised very much.
    I believe it is made from sapele. Probably laminates, I can't find other info on it.
    The Hola has a solid spruce top, which probably will be very different sound wise. Hola is not a very known brand to me, and looks like something you would buy of Amazon. People here will warn you against buying instruments on amazon and recommend dedicated music shops.

    Before someone else suggests it, I will suggest looking into something like a B-stock solid mahogany Ohana. That can be found within your budget from a good suppler.

    But really, try to find sone sound samples online of the ukes you are interested in. If you can't find the sound sample, the brand is probably hard to get opinions on here also. Spruce, koa/Akacia and Mahogany sounds different, so listen on youtube and make a decision on what kind of wood you prefer too. Spruce is more clear in the tone, Mahogany mellow with string mid tones, koa/Akacia warm but with some jangle/bright overtonen that might or might not suit the sound you are looking for.
    Ohana SK30M mahogany super-soprano, Cort UKEBWCOP Blackwood concert, Anuenue African Mahogany Tenor, Fluke Koa Tenor, Hora M1176 spruce Tenor

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    I did have a chance to handle the GV signature at a Guitar Center. I did NOT like the way it felt or sounded... recollection is overbuilt and that I would not want it at any price.

    I purchased an Ohana Cynthia Lin model from Mim for $179 for my daughter and felt the money was well spent (and she likes it). The setup is as important as which uke you select, so I would start with Mim as she has a good selection in your price range and can converse with you to find one that you should be happy with.

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    Thank you for your comments. I’ve purchased two from Mims prior, with complete satisfaction. I think I’ll stick with her.

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    Your location says Georgia. You might also check out https://www.ukerepublic.shop/#/ right in your home state. He has a nice selection and gets high praise for service and set up.

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    If I lived near that uke republic ukulele shop, I would so go there and try those ukes out!
    The Islanders have a good reputation within your budget, and some of the Ohanas are only slightly above.

    I would wish Copenhagen had a shop like that.
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    Ohana SK30M mahogany super-soprano, Cort UKEBWCOP Blackwood concert, Anuenue African Mahogany Tenor, Fluke Koa Tenor, Hora M1176 spruce Tenor

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    How about this one? I play out twice a week, every week, with uke and other instruments.
    Thought a pickup would be nice ever so often.

    Ohana Concert Cutaway CK-20 CE.
    B stock from Mims

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    I trust Ohana, & Mim is one of the best places to buy, on your side of the pond, so I'd give it the thumbs up.
    Trying to do justice to various musical instruments.

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    Quote Originally Posted by terrgy View Post
    How about this one? I play out twice a week, every week, with uke and other instruments.
    Thought a pickup would be nice ever so often.

    Ohana Concert Cutaway CK-20 CE.
    B stock from Mims
    I havent played it myself, but I believe it is a safer bet than the first two you mentioned. The Ohana I have is a gem.
    Ohana SK30M mahogany super-soprano, Cort UKEBWCOP Blackwood concert, Anuenue African Mahogany Tenor, Fluke Koa Tenor, Hora M1176 spruce Tenor

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    Another one that has caught my attention:

    Ohana Cynthia Lin concert. $169.00 set up from Mims. With bag.
    No solid top and no pickup. Being honest with myself, I don’t think I am good enough to notice the difference between a solid top or lam top. Also, I have been getting by for several years now with no pickup. I always plug my dulcimer into power, because it is not a loud instrument. While my $50 uke is plenty loud.

    So, more to ponder over. I plan to order around Jan 2nd.
    I did check out the “uke Republic “ web site. They have some really nice ukes. If I decide against a pickup, the choices really multiply.

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