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Thread: WTB- inexpensive pocket uke/sopranissimo/sopranino

  1. #31
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    Quote Originally Posted by ukeanixi View Post
    Forgot to mention: after all that it still can't be tuned well, the notes go sharp for some reason, plus intonation up the fret board still is lousy (sharp) above the 6th fret or so
    I believe that the tuners are at fault for the tuning problems. Fret placement errors might account for the intonation issues.

    Conclusion: worth about $18 at the most, it's pretty much a toy not a proper sopranino
    Not recommended!
    UPDATE:
    I've changed the strings to Martin M600 series (used) and it's much better re intonation. I'm thinking of keeping it since it cost me less than $19 including used strings. Play it all the time now, which is odd since it doesn't sound all that great, but, the sound that does come out of it is at a decent volume.
    Talking of volume, Enya say that it is a "Spruce Top". Technically correct, except that it's very thick, over 2mm, NOT solid, and super stiff laminate.
    I've changed my mind a bit to conclude that it's not that bad, really. If the price goes down below $20, including free shipping, I'd recommend you try it out. That assumes that you are willing to put in the work to make it play properly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ukeanixi View Post
    UPDATE:
    I've changed the strings to Martin M600 series (used) and it's much better re intonation. I'm thinking of keeping it since it cost me less than $19 including used strings. Play it all the time now, which is odd since it doesn't sound all that great, but, the sound that does come out of it is at a decent volume.
    Talking of volume, Enya say that it is a "Spruce Top". Technically correct, except that it's very thick, over 2mm, NOT solid, and super stiff laminate.
    I've changed my mind a bit to conclude that it's not that bad, really. If the price goes down below $20, including free shipping, I'd recommend you try it out. That assumes that you are willing to put in the work to make it play properly.
    UPDATE: I've modified the ukulele extensively. Plus, Enya put a shim under the saddle which made the playability horrific. Once I removed the shim it started to behave. I also removed the "squirrel" by opening up the sound hole. I found that the neck strap supplied was moving around helter skelter making playing annoying. I also replaced the tuners with pegs, Grover 3B. This was because one of the machine heads started grinding and was becoming unusable. Pics attached. Still playing this franken-uke, quite a lot of time invested in this turkey!
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    I like the "QC PASSED" sticker right next to your work with the tuners.

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    Quote Originally Posted by snowdenn View Post
    I like the "QC PASSED" sticker right next to your work with the tuners.
    I guess the mounting screws could be put in the holes...
    The pegs need to be trimmed as well. It's a bit difficult to tune as it is.

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    BTW, I just checked the fret levelnessivity. It sucks in the extreme: the first fret is embedded into the fretboard crooked
    No wonder the intonation was way off! I had to take a punch to it, finally seated it into the fretboard and it is finally level with all the other frets.
    What. A. Turkey!
    Enya, you should be ashamed of yourselves.
    Not much is right with this so-called "instrument".

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