Page 2 of 5 FirstFirst 1234 ... LastLast
Results 11 to 20 of 41

Thread: Buying my first ukulele

  1. #11
    Join Date
    Jul 2015
    Location
    Catskill Mountains, NY
    Posts
    5,298

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by HONOMO View Post
    What about spruce? Any thoughts on this one?

    Edit: sorry I meant maple

    https://offerup.co/g9TaH3ZCP2
    I'm surprised he doesn't provide any info about it. For the price, that would be a good choice, if you can pick it up locally. For me, it would be a 2,500 mile drive. He says, "Make an offer." That means he'll sell for less. I always make an offer, but there is always a counter offer, so keep that in mind.
    Last edited by Jerryc41; 12-30-2019 at 02:50 AM.
    Too many ukes, but I can't stop buying!
    https://www.catskillukulelegroup.com/

  2. #12
    Join Date
    Nov 2014
    Location
    Yes
    Posts
    332

    Default

    Theukulelesite.com is known for sound demos engineered to be close to sound in the recording room as they can get. Of course the quality of your audio stuff matters.

    Go to “shop by” hit price then hit low to high and you can quickly locate your price range. Several solid top or all solid are listed.

  3. #13
    Join Date
    Jun 2019
    Location
    NC
    Posts
    104

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by HONOMO View Post
    I want to spend $300 or less. I've played guitar my whole life and finally picked up a Ukulele for a few days and absolutely love it.

    I have googled the best Uke brands and Kala seems to be listed at the top of most. I'm looking at two possibilities from Kala.

    One is the Koa wood and the other is Ebony. I prefer the Koa wood but the ebony is tempting because it's so much cheaper.

    Any thoughts on whether the type of wood will affect the sound much? Or is it just aesthetic?

    Here's the products I'm looking at:
    https://kalabrand.com/collections/ha...roducts/ka-kcg

    https://kalabrand.com/collections/st...ducts/ka-eby-c

    Thanks a bunch in advance for your advice!
    I would recommend finding out if there is a ukulele group in your area. If so, go sit in with them for a session. It would be a great way to audition several different kinds and sizes of ukes, and you probably are going to want to play with the group eventually anyway!

  4. #14
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    Port Hueneme, CA
    Posts
    2,627

    Default

    Ohana has a series of Ukes with solid tops and laminate bodies.
    I have a tenor TK-70R, solid top and rosewood laminate, slot head. Great uke for around $200.
    I use it for my classes with kids to save my expensive ukes from them. I have recommended it to many of my beginner adult students too.
    Keep Strummin'

  5. #15
    Join Date
    Aug 2019
    Location
    Finland
    Posts
    102

    Default

    I very much endorse the sentiments of some of the previous comments. Brands like Kala and Ohana are reputable enough in your price range but you should go for either solid or at least solid top for the best quality when it comes to these brands specifically. Other excellent brands have been mentioned as well but some are out of your price range. Of those that aren't, my favourite is Magic Fluke. They do mostly laminates but are still excellent quality. Another personal favourite is Kiwaya. Their laminate models are really good and punch well above their price range, similar to Magic Fluke IMO. If you're lucky you might be able to find a solid mahogany or acacia Pono around $300 which would be an excellent choice as well.

    But brand is almost secondary. As many have said, check your local music dealer and go and try some ukes. If that's not an option for you, find a reputable dealer that you can order from. Avoid Amazon and similar mega-sized dealers that usually don't offer any setup.

  6. #16
    Join Date
    Apr 2016
    Location
    the wild west, Canada
    Posts
    568

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Jerryc41 View Post

    Koa is the classic ukulele wood, but it's expensive because it comes exclusively from Hawaii, and those trees cannot be cut down. In practical terms, you would buy a koa uke for the appearance and "prestige." It's the construction, as much as anything, that makes one uke sound better than another.
    Another thing to keep in mind if you decide you like the sound of Koa: Koa is a species of Acacia. An Acacia ukulele will typically sound very much like Koa, but at a more affordable price.
    Glenn

  7. #17
    Join Date
    Dec 2019
    Posts
    13

    Default

    Thanks for the tip with Enya. I'm very intrigued by these ones. After researching a bit, it seems like an all solid Mahogany for $129.99 seems too good to be true. Especially when comparing with prices for solid wood ukes from Ohana, Kala, Luna, etc. What's the catch?


    Quote Originally Posted by jer View Post
    With those Kala laminates it's cosmetic. The exotic wood top of the laminate is almost paper thin it seemed. I learned this when doing some sanding on an ebony topped one after making a minor repair. I think that's pretty standard though with most laminates. Kala makes some good ukes.

    You could get any number of good ukes in the $300 and under range. I'm a big fan of Enya as far as imports go. They can be had from enya-music.com in the USA and also on Amazon.com. I have owned three Enya instruments (two ukes and a guitar) that were all well setup, playable instruments for less than anything else comparable.
    You also owe it to yourself to look at Ohana and some others.

    I'm not sure if you have a place locally you can buy or not. If you buy online, I highly recommend MIM's Ukes on Reverb. You can find Kala, Ohana, and others there.

  8. #18
    Join Date
    Nov 2019
    Location
    Texas, USA
    Posts
    113

    Default

    Although I'm partial to baritones and darker woods. If I was looking for a decent concert sized uke, I'd buy that used one with the hard case and not think twice about it.
    Solid spruce top, and love the look of the spalted maple back and sides.
    The crew...Giannini Baritone Uke, Washburn Rover "4-string tenor guitar", Yamaha G-85A classical guitar.

    In the works....LP style long scale wide neck solid body electric tenor guitar.

    Wall hanger...The Loar Honey Creek type-A Mandolin.

  9. #19
    Join Date
    Oct 2015
    Location
    Denmark
    Posts
    899

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by HONOMO View Post
    Thanks for the tip with Enya. I'm very intrigued by these ones. After researching a bit, it seems like an all solid Mahogany for $129.99 seems too good to be true. Especially when comparing with prices for solid wood ukes from Ohana, Kala, Luna, etc. What's the catch?
    I never played an Enya. According to the Gotaukulele review of their tenor https://www.gotaukulele.com/2018/12/...le-review.html, it should be decent value for money.

    Just to clarify: you mention Kala, Ohana and Luna in the same sentence. Luna does not have as good a reputation as Kala and Ohana. I once had a Luna uke, and I was not happy with it. Heard enough similar stories in this forum that I would probably get an Enya before I got a Luna.
    With the cheaper price might come a low er quality control, so you are not as surden what you get. But you see that with the Luna at a higher price point. Then rather have the chance for a real bargain with the Enya.

    That being said, I would probably end up with buying and Ohana.
    Last edited by UkingViking; 12-30-2019 at 11:58 AM.
    Ohana SK30M mahogany super-soprano, Cort UKEBWCOP Blackwood concert, Anuenue African Mahogany Tenor, Fluke Koa Tenor, Hora M1176 spruce Tenor

  10. #20
    Join Date
    Dec 2019
    Posts
    13

    Default

    Thank you every one for each of your responses. I read every one and they were very helpful.

    Which one of these would you choose and why?

    Kala KA-FMC - Solid Spruce Top with Maple back/sides (I assume laminate). $150 here locally. I believe it retails for around $260. Comes with a hard case.

    Cordoba 15CM - All Mahogany. $79 here locally. I believe it retails for around $135. Does not come with a case.

    Enya MAD - All Mahogany. Purchase new for $130.

    These are all concert size.

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •