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    Eight years ago my wife bought me an Eddy Finn Resonator Concert Banjolele for $300

    I love the tone and playability. It can be incredibly LOUD or, I can play it so softly that my wife in the next room doesn’t hear me.
    It is heavy and, for me, has limited applications. But, there are times where it is the appropriate choice:
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    definitely sounds better with it than a standard concert.

    Ohana is a good brand. I’ve never heard their Banjolele, but the price sounds reasonable.
    Good luck and enjoy your choice.

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    Default Relax, have a sense of humor

    Quote Originally Posted by DPO View Post
    You posted this twice under the mistaken belief that it would be twice as funny? If only you were original, alas most of the haters lack any sign of originality.
    Actually I posted it twice by accident. And you may have noticed that I actually said some positive things about the possibilities of banjoleles.

    Relax. Have a sense of humor. I would think that if a person likes the sound of a banjolele he doesn’t need to be talked into or out of buying one. He’s playing the straight man by asking to be talked out of it. Thanks.

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    No I will not talk you out of it, go buy it right now. (I don't need much of an excuse to buy, i.e., I had two empty spots in a print out of my 30 bass ukes to show my group last week, a few of them mentioned the empty spots, so I went home and ordered two more. No more empty spots.)


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    I tried an Ohana banjolele a few years ago and I certainly agree about the weight. The volume on the one I played was underwhelming too, but then again some people regards that as a plus.

    Have you compared other brands/models? I wouldn't talk you out of getting one but I know that for my playing style at least I'd want something lighter.
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    I've mostly played slightly more expensive banjo ukes like the Firefly and Gold Tone models so I don't have experience with the Ohana, but if you already tried it and liked it then I don't see a problem getting it. Ohana is generally a decent brand so if you can't find any obvious flaws with the build I'm sure it'll be a great instrument.

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    There is a world of difference between a banjolele and a five string which Bela plays. The banjo uke was developed so the ukulele rhythm part was audible in a big band. In a ukulele group it generally is overpowering and, in the wrong hands, downright offensive.

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    With seven banjo ukes, I'm not the one to talk you out of buying one. I posted some links below, but they are not definitive or authoritative. Consider the Firefly from Magic Fluke and also the Duke 10. You will see the Gold Tone DLX on these lists - for good reason. As always, I recommend looking in our Marketplace, on Reverb, Fleamarket Music, and Gryphon Strings. Several people in my group have banjo ukes, and we all enjoy the sound.

    Some recommendations, suggestions
    https://www.awkwardsound.com/best-banjolele/
    https://www.429records.com/best-banj...es-banjoleles/
    https://www.guitarfella.com/best-ukulele/banjolele/

    Shopping -
    https://forum.ukuleleunderground.com...le-Marketplace
    https://www.fleamarketmusic.com/marketplace/default.asp
    https://reverb.com/marketplace?query=ukulele
    https://shop.gryphonstrings.com/prod...my=Instruments

    If you are a ukulele player, you need a banjo uke.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DPO View Post
    Six replys and most of them Anal about Banjo Ukes. Sheesh guys get a life!
    Sheesh Dennis, get a sense of humor! The tone was set when the original poster asked to be talked out of something he obviously didn't want to be talked out of.
    Money can't buy happiness but it can buy a uke which is basically the same thing.

    Ukes are a lot like potato chips. It's hard to stop with just one!

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    Quote Originally Posted by besley View Post
    You want to be talked out of buying it? How about this. If you play a banjo uke, everyone at the jam WILL hear your mistakes.
    Yes, that is a concern. : )

    My Duke 10 came with for an amplifier. Talk about loud!
    Too many ukes, but I can't stop buying!
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    I hate banjukes!

    No, that's not quite true, (but I'd never buy one ) - if it 'spoke' to you, that's all you need to know - go buy it.
    Trying to do justice to various musical instruments.

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