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    Default Loud ukulele

    I am of the belief that I would like to own a concert uke that is loud, lots of volume. No pickup. All for under $150 to my door.

    I would appreciate all suggestions.
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    That's a tough one. Big dynamic range usually goes hand in hand with top quality materials and design—not common at that price point. Heck, USPS shipping will account for at least 1/3 of that amount. Maybe find a Kremona Coco that was in a bar brawl and sold cheap due to battle scars and beer stains? It's the loudest production line tenor I've played but is bumping' up against seven Benjamins when showroom fresh.

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    Kala Spruce Top Flame Okoume Concert Ukulele KA-SSEM-C, $159 or best offer on eBay. My son has the tenor size, obnoxiously loud...

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    Thanks for your suggestions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ukeanixi View Post
    Kala Spruce Top Flame Okoume Concert Ukulele KA-SSEM-C, $159 or best offer on eBay. My son has the tenor size, obnoxiously loud...
    Thanks for the tip. Ordered 5 min ago from same seller.
    Same model ukulele, except a tenor & $169. I offered $125.00 w/free shipping , and he/she accepted offer.
    By golly I got a ukulele coming. Love it.
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    Check out a resonator uke, though most are tenor size and will be a bit more expensive I think. Best bet might be a Gretsch G9112, for example:

    https://reverb.com/item/29657848-gre...deluxe-gig-bag

    With some searching/patience you might find one in your price range.

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    Quote Originally Posted by terrgy View Post
    Thanks for the tip. Ordered 5 min ago from same seller.
    Same model ukulele, except a tenor & $169. I offered $125.00 w/free shipping , and he/she accepted offer.
    By golly I got a ukulele coming. Love it.
    That is a smashing good deal! Wow, you've got more gumption than I do, congratulations!
    Unfortunately, the purchase is only step one. You'll need to either go through the process of setting it up properly, or, pay a shop to do it for you.
    Are you up for doing the work yourself? If so, there are lots of links on how to DIY.
    Looking forward to see the results!

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    Hey, the good thing about is, I can do it. If I couldn’t, my son can. He has built from scratch several guitars. He amazes me. Well, he doesn’t cut the he wood, he orders the parts he needs.

    Immediately after ordering, I ordered Worth Brown FC tenor strings. The seller stated that it had been stored in a warehouse. So I says to myself, probably needs new strings. I installed WB FC on my Lava tenor, and love them.

    Fingers crossed.
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    For under $200, I'd go with an Ohana Vita Uke. Concert body, soprano neck, and it is a CANON! When I play, the uke easily drowns out my voice, if I'm not paying attention. When I gig with it, it doesn't need a mic.

    I've got two of them. Many people I've run into who have tried the Vita Uke end up buying one.

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    Kurt, after a brief study, I have no doubt the Vita would have been a great choice. Since I’ve already ordered the Kala Flame, it’s now just a uke to be considered for another time. Very impressed with the Vita. Listening to the videos, and comments, it appears to be a loud uke.
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