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Thread: What Uke Would You Choose to Buy Again?

  1. #51
    Join Date
    Apr 2012


    Fun question. I actually did get rid of all my ukes and just restarted with a Kiwaya KTS-7 soprano.

    If I could have one I had before it would be a Compass Rose Tenor Jumbo by the legendary Rick Turner. He has them on his website but they don’t seem to be making any new ones at the moment. I have been checking in with them the last two years.

    I like the Compass Rose Tenor Jumbo for it’s unique shape, cantilevered fretboard, use of local wood like Walnut and Sycamore, and that it’s an original from the Master himself. Rick likes to say that ukes take just as long as guitars to make but sell for 75% of what a guitar would. I always believed he could sell his ukes for more than that.
    Last edited by NewKid; 10-16-2020 at 12:23 PM.

  2. #52
    Join Date
    May 2018
    An airpark in NC


    Oooo! That would be a painful decision between my Anuenue UC200E Concert Moonbird and my Kamaka Ohta-San. Probably the Moon Bird. Love the way the birds sing!
    UAS!!! One day I will be worthy
    • Kamaka HB-2D Ohta San, 5.0 P/U
    • Anuenue UC200E Moon Bird-My Fav!
    • Kanile'a Custom Baritone
    • Kala KA-SRT/MA, Michael Aratani Model,5.0 P/U
    • Koaloha KTM-00 Tenor
    • Anuenue UT200E Tenor Moon Bird
    • Firefly Concert Banjolele
    • Kanile'a KPA-C-PREM Concert
    • Anuenue UT140 Light Bird, AirAir P/U
    • Anuenue US200 Moon Bird
    • UC200E Moon Bird, low-g
    • Uluru Lehua IIICX
    • Cocobolo Tenor #399
    • Colobolo Custom 5 String
    • Pono Taropatch
    • Romero GT-MG

  3. #53
    Join Date
    Aug 2016


    Quote Originally Posted by NewKid View Post
    Fun question. I actually did get rid of all my ukes and just restarted with a Kiwaya KTS-7 soprano.
    A year or more ago, I sold my Kiwaya KTS-6. I bought another this summer, and it's my most-played, most-loved uke. As it was when I sold it. I don't know what gets into me sometimes, but I think I've learned my lesson. It has brought me back to sopranos. I suspect it sounds and plays identical to a KTS-4, except the extended fretboard, which I don't care that much about, but I don't want to take any chances, although if I had insurance money, I might by a KTS-7 if they were ever for sale used.

  4. #54


    My Mainland soprano. . . it just outperforms others. I've compared its volume/tone to Martin and Kiwaya and it competes well. Just as loud, great tone. My Koaloha is a sweeter voice, though, but the build is harder to hold, for some reason.

    Mainland is a good brand.

    I think also my Kala La Salle is a real winner as a tenor. Never cared to think about buying any other tenor.
    Mainland mahogany soprano
    Kala KA-SC
    Kala La Salle tenor

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