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    Quote Originally Posted by Jan D View Post
    Twiggy,
    I also recommend the Flight Travel Ukulele (Model TUS35) as a very good, inexpensive starter uke. (They come in a variety of colors, too, which is fun.) I bought mine through a reputable online store in Britain. Their web address is: www.musicroom.com. I just checked their website and can confirm that they still sell the TUS35 model. The price is 39.99. Their flat shipping rate to Canada is 5.99. Even when you convert the pounds to CAN dollars, this is an excellent price for a very well-made, easy to play, good sounding ukulele.

    Jan (a Canadian now living in Oregon)
    Wow, that shipping rate is insanely cheap!

    Also, as mentioned above, I should have said Makala as it's the more affordable line of Kala. Probably your best bet for buying locally, but Jan's suggestion is a good deal. Depending where you live you might look for a Makala MK-S or Dolphin for ~$70-$75.
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    Last edited by glennerd; 01-13-2020 at 08:13 PM.
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    Seems I can get a Makala off ebay, for just about $80CAD: https://www.ebay.ca/itm/MAKALA-SOPRA...S-ypSVy_KTAExA

    I'd go for the black one. Is this the same Makala, or a scam/fraud/knockoff?

    Edit: I just noticed that there's also $12USD of import charges, so that kind of brings it to piratically $100, so scratch that.

    There is this one though, only about 2 hours from me, free shipping, and $45CAD. From the pictures it looks Okay, but then again, I don't really know what to look for. I am not able to find any info about them online either. Looking it up on youtube gives me back some ukulele covers for some reason. "CNBLUE". https://www.ebay.ca/itm/Ukulele-Conc...IAAOSwvtxdQn3f
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    Cnblue could be the colour of the bag. Cheap ukes are all pretty much the same and the name of them has little meaning. Some are ok some are not. If it's really bad you can probably return it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by glennerd View Post
    Wow, that shipping rate is insanely cheap!
    Glenn,
    Not only was the shipping rate highly affordable, but MusicRoom sent the Flight uke to me by DHL and I received it 4 days after I placed the order!
    Jan
    KoAloha KCM-00 (koa concert)
    KoAloha Opio KCO-10 (acacia concert)
    Thormahlen Yew-kulele (yew concert)
    Kala KA-SLNG (long neck soprano)
    Flight TUS35 (blue soprano)

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    ^ That shipping is really impressive.

    I am still considering that source, though it won't let me see the real cost without creating a guest account.

    I did create one, with the shipping and everything, in total, it says it'll cost me 49.99 euro, meaning $73 Canadian dollars. Can be doable then for sure.
    Last edited by Twiggy; 01-13-2020 at 07:52 PM.

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    Okay, I just bought the TUS35, from musicroom, thanks Jan D!

    Cost me $75.84 Canadian total, with the shipping, conversion, paypal fees, etc.

    I got the black one, because that's my aesthetic.
    Last edited by Twiggy; 01-13-2020 at 08:20 PM.

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    Avoid the cnblue, has a lot of neg. fb on amazon:

    https://www.amazon.ca/product-review...ews-filter-bar

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    If you like yellow, Amazon.ca shows the yellow Flight TUS-35 in stock for CDN$50.85 and free shipping. https://www.amazon.ca/Flight-TUS-35YW-4-String-Ukulele/dp/B07SHJSRW7/ref=sr_1_4?keywords=flight+ukulele
    There are also Makala Sharks from CDN$70 shipped and an Enya Concert at CDN$70 after a coupon https://www.amazon.ca/Enya-EUC-200A-Beginners-Fingershaker-Polishing

    These are all generally well regarded starter instruments. Personally, I'd lean towards the Flight. My Flight TUS-35 is my cheapest and one of my favourite ukes, and it almost hits your $50 price point. The Flight and a different Enya are the only ukes that I have that didn't need a setup (either by myself or by the vendor - thanks, Mim!) to play well. The general hazard from Amazon (and other non specialist vendors) is that the instruments don't come set up for playability and need some work done on them. They can be very frustrating to play before that work is done.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Twiggy View Post
    Okay, I just bought the TUS35, from musicroom, thanks Jan D!

    Cost me $75.84 Canadian total, with the shipping, conversion, paypal fees, etc.

    I got the black one, because that's my aesthetic.
    Congratulations, from what I’ve read over time here I don’t think that you’ll be disappointed. I’ve updated my earlier post with some additional detail that might help someone else in a similar position to you (starting off, limited budget, exposed to high shipping costs). For other starters: local music shops usually aren’t price competitive and don’t carry much of if anything in the way of Ukes, however it’s nearly always sensible to check them out and particularly so if shipping costs are high. Sometimes you avoid excessive shipping costs, you can test before you buy, you take away the actual instrument that you test and you can avoid the expensive mistake of buying something that looks OK for you on-line but in practice isn’t.

    After purchase you need to figure out lessons and a group of similar folk to play with.
    Last edited by Graham Greenbag; 01-14-2020 at 12:07 AM.

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