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    Quote Originally Posted by Ukecaster View Post
    Inexpensive baritone, reviewed by a UU member. Check his other YT videos. That uke always sounds great to me.

    https://youtu.be/SHJjhBnXfjE
    Sounds fantan for a cheap instrument! Of course, the playing is languid and wonderful...
    What is this guy's UU handle?
    Thx for sharing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ukeinfused View Post
    What is this guy's UU handle?
    Same as the YT handle - pabrizzer
    Ukulele:
    Iriguchi Tenor "Weeble" - A, WoU Clarity
    Blue Star 19" baritone Konablaster - DGBE
    Cocobolo 16" SC#1-gCEA, SC SLMU
    Ono #42 19" baritone, Ab, LW
    Imua iET-Bb, M600
    Covered Bridge CLN pineapple - Eb cuatro, SC XLL
    Rogue bari
    Bonanza super tenor, cFAD SC LHU
    Kala KSLNG, Eb SC XLU
    Hanson 5-string tenor, dGCEA
    Bonanza SLN GCEA
    Bonanzalele concert
    Guitars:
    Jupiter #47, G, TI CF127
    Pelem, B reentrant

    !Flukutronic!

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    Someone I know has a Lanikai baritone and it sounds pretty good. Buy it from a guitar center, you can order on line and youíll get a 45 day period to return it.
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    But, but, but if you buy cheap you wont play it much anyway. I have tried Lanikai and Kala baritones in the shop. Lanikai is acceptable but i think you should spend the extra little money and get a solid top Kala.

    That is unless you can get to a shop and try something that you like in the price range you like (i really struggle to make those venn diagrams overlap).

    Having said that Koaloha are cheap and surprisingly good. They are related to Lanikai but i think they sound nicer than a cheap Lanikai.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Davoravo View Post
    But, but, but if you buy cheap you wont play it much anyway. I have tried Lanikai and Kala baritones in the shop. Lanikai is acceptable but i think you should spend the extra little money and get a solid top Kala.

    That is unless you can get to a shop and try something that you like in the price range you like (i really struggle to make those venn diagrams overlap).

    Having said that Koaloha are cheap and surprisingly good. They are related to Lanikai but i think they sound nicer than a cheap Lanikai.
    OP says he wants to try a baritone and not lose any money if he doesn’t like it. GC will take it back with in 45 days. Of course, check the return policy first. The set up won’t be great but he’ll know quickly if the larger size, fret spacing, tuning and tone suit. Then if OP likes the baritone, return cheapie and look for more expensive one.
    I personally was surprised by the Lanikai because I do think they are not that good overall but much better than Luna (IMO).

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    I'm opening my offer up to anybody for the next 24 hours or so: https://forum.ukuleleunderground.com...s-weekend-only
    Ukulele:
    Iriguchi Tenor "Weeble" - A, WoU Clarity
    Blue Star 19" baritone Konablaster - DGBE
    Cocobolo 16" SC#1-gCEA, SC SLMU
    Ono #42 19" baritone, Ab, LW
    Imua iET-Bb, M600
    Covered Bridge CLN pineapple - Eb cuatro, SC XLL
    Rogue bari
    Bonanza super tenor, cFAD SC LHU
    Kala KSLNG, Eb SC XLU
    Hanson 5-string tenor, dGCEA
    Bonanza SLN GCEA
    Bonanzalele concert
    Guitars:
    Jupiter #47, G, TI CF127
    Pelem, B reentrant

    !Flukutronic!

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    I have bought both Caramel and Kmise baritones, and either one could do the job for you. These are the best cheapies (sub $100) IMHO. Of course, I'm speaking from my experience, and I haven't owned the other brands you mention. Both are pretty well-made (for the money), and were set up OK out of the box. You can probably get the Kmise in a "Bundle" deal on Amazon for around 70 bucks. The best Caramel is the Zebrawood model (CB103), and is best ordered direct from their website. Your best bet s to take Jim up on his generous offer, if you are in the U.S.

    That's my $.02, and good luck in your search.

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    Yes the Caramel CB-103 is very good, now they have an adjustable truss bar, so they are even better. THe Rosewood one is also very nice sounding. (CB-500?)
    I tried out a lot (~10) of bari's at my local shop and found that my CB-103 was as good as any of the sub-$1000 bari's I tried.

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    Thanks for all the suggestions. Here is the link to the Kmise I like, what do you think? I find the pic claiming lower action (2.75mm at the 12th fret) interesting and wonder if they can really ship them to that spec.

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Baritone-Uk...wAAOSwlf5cuA06

    Here is a favorable review I found:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JMY8g-81eQc

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