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    Why are you folk telling the man he should go for a concert or a tenor? He wants a ukulele. If he said he wanted a violin, would you say, "What you need is a viola or a cello"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ukantor View Post
    Why are you folk telling the man he should go for a concert or a tenor? He wants a ukulele. If he said he wanted a violin, would you say, "What you need is a viola or a cello"?

    John Colter
    If the man was asking for saxophone recommendations, would you insist that he only look at tenor saxes and ignore the soprano, alto, and baritone saxes? They're all saxophones, just as concert and tenor ukuleles are all ukuleles.
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    I'm comparing like with like - saxophones aren't string instruments. Anyway, just light-hearted banter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ukantor View Post
    I'm comparing like with like - saxophones aren't string instruments. Anyway, just light-hearted banter.

    John Colter
    OK, wasn't sure if you were one of those "purist" folks.
    Larry

    • ROMERO CREATIONS SOLID MAHOGANY "TINY TENOR"
    • COCOBOLO CEDAR/COCOBOLO CONCERT
    • ANUENUE UT200 MOON BIRD (ALPINE SPRUCE/ROSEWOOD) TENOR
    • KOALOHA KCM-10 PIKAKE KOA CONCERT
    • PONO ATD-CR CEDAR/ACACIA TENOR (LOW "G")
    • HARMONY MAHOGANY BARITONE (1950's)
    • VTAB TS2401 SPRUCE/MAHOGANY CONCERT

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    I know from where you are Professir, I had open heart surgery twice, in 1996 to by-pass 5 arteries and in 2018 to replace 2 valves, caused by radiation treatments I had for cancer in 1973. I also played guitar for almost 50 years before I took up the ukulele in 2013 and never touched my guitars again, gave them to my nephew.

    I started on a soprano on a whim, but when I tried to play it, the tight frets were very difficult, so I did some research and discovered the sizes, tenor being recommended for guitar players. I went to my local Sam Ash, tried a concert and tenor and immediately realized tenor is for me. In my first year I went through 16 ukes, culled them to 4 of the good ones when Mim recommended a Kala solid cedar top model that sells for $370, which I found it to rival $1000+ ukes. It's my go to gig uke, and I'm up to 9 now.

    I hope all these valuable posts give you pause for thought. (I notice that professir has not been back here since the original post 2 days ago.)


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    Snargle sed, "I wasn't sure if you were one of those 'purist' folks"

    Yes, I am, but I'm very tolerant.

    John Colter

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    You might want to look at the Ko'Aloha or Ko'Aloha Opio brand ukuleles. They have excellent world-class sound and the neck shape makes them pretty easy to play. Lots of other brands to consider in whichever size you decide will be right for you. Concert may be a good size compromise to accommodate your physical injuries. Versus the sound you prefer. Not too big, not too small. But only you can make that decision. I strongly suggest using a strap. Even though ukes are small, it's one less thing you have to worry about as you play. Even sitting down.

    Buy from a dealer who will do a professional setup. Explain your situation and that you need a low setup to make playing as easy as possible. A little buzzing may occur, but I think the trade off will be worth it. I also suggest you have it restrung with medium or low tension fluorocarbon strings. They are thinner and more bendable and slightly easier to fret than Nylon strings. (You can always put Nylons on if you prefer the sound after your hands are used to playing again.)

    Best of luck. I hope you will be able to play and enjoy your ukulele.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ukantor View Post
    I second the recommendation of an Ohana, or similar. I still have an Ohana SK35G which came to me thirteen years ago. Mine is a particularly good example of the type - I've played other SK35s that were not as good, in terms of tone and volume. That is the only real drawback with mass produced ukes in that price range. They can vary a lot. If you get a good one, it can be comparable with much more expensive brands.

    In your situation, Professir, a good second hand uke would be a solution. You need to have something to play while the urge is with you.

    John Colter
    I’d be interested to hear what other Ukes you have, which ones you prefer and why. I’d have thought that your selection of Sopranos would have a broad spread of good instruments in it that would point the OP in good directions.

    The way I read it the OP seems to want an S1 and nothing else because anything else is second rate and, in the long term, a waste of money. Personally I think that a misguided view. A good musician can make remarkably good music on lesser instruments (check out ‘our’ Dr Bekken) and some basic but good enough sounding second hand instruments are available for quite modest amounts. Many basic second hand instruments are well worth the investment and within budget now rather than later (do an earlier purchase and get an earlier start to playing).
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    Oh I am around......reading and researching. I went to the music store today and played each size. I can play any of them, as I am proficient on mandolin and fiddle. But still working on the pain issues. Jury is still out.

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    If you want a really nice uke then try to get a Hawaiian built one. The Asian ukes are ok and cheap but are fairly generic and mainly distinguish from each other cosmetically. As others mentioned KoAloha is the most affordable of the K brands and the long neck sopranos and concert size ones are easy to play and sound sweet. They are worth saving a bit longer and then not needing to ever upgrade.

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