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    Default High-end ukes with side soundport

    I've been looking all over the place for high-end ukes (by which I mean around the $1000 mark, feel free to disagree) with side soundports but haven't had much luck. I've mostly been able to find side soundports on mid range ukes - like some of the Flight models and all Kai ukuleles - or really high-end models, much closer to $2000 which is a price I'm not really ready to pay for a uke at least currently. The only uke brand with a side soundport around that $1000 range I was able to find is Maestro ukuleles. They seem to be decent quality but I'm not familiar with them. They are a Singapore based guitar manufacturer that also make ukuleles but I can't really tell from the few videos I found whether I would enjoy the sound. I also saw some Pono Pro Classic models that had a side soundport but didn't find any that were available near me.

    Any idea if I'm just missing brands that do side soundport on their ukes at that $1000 price range or are they really as rare as hen's teeth?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dohle View Post
    I've been looking all over the place for high-end ukes (by which I mean around the $1000 mark, feel free to disagree) with side soundports but haven't had much luck. I've mostly been able to find side soundports on mid range ukes - like some of the Flight models and all Kai ukuleles - or really high-end models, much closer to $2000 which is a price I'm not really ready to pay for a uke at least currently. The only uke brand with a side soundport around that $1000 range I was able to find is Maestro ukuleles. They seem to be decent quality but I'm not familiar with them. They are a Singapore based guitar manufacturer that also make ukuleles but I can't really tell from the few videos I found whether I would enjoy the sound. I also saw some Pono Pro Classic models that had a side soundport but didn't find any that were available near me.

    Any idea if I'm just missing brands that do side soundport on their ukes at that $1000 price range or are they really as rare as hen's teeth?
    http://www.cocoboloukuleles.com/

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    FatherXmas beat me to it.

    The Cocobolos are perhaps closer to mid range pricevice at about $500, but they are stunning, loud and have high playability. And I like the tone a lot.
    I am not that into the sideport myself, bought mine in spite of it in stead of because.
    Last edited by UkingViking; 10-10-2020 at 08:29 AM.
    3 tenors ukuleles and 4 concert ukuleles, wonder it that is enough.

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    I have one uke with a side sound port. It is a Pono Master Series and new it was in the $1000 price range. Before getting it, I thought the side port would make a significant difference. I have not found that to be the case. The experience of others may differ from mine . . .

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    Several individual builders do side ports in that price range. Jupiter Ukuleles and Covered Bridge are two that come to mind. A few others in the $1500 range also come to mind like Ono, Iriguchi, and Kimo.
    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
    Jupiter #71, A, UG1

    !Flukutronic!

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    If you want to up the cost, Koo’olau has a thin line with side port. Not sure if they still make them but I have one and I do like a side port. Not playing now due to a broken right arm but got a few strums today using my pinky. And at least I could hear it! Very easy playing too.

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    I've been eyeing on the Cocobolo ukes occasionally and I think they're stunning. I have no doubt the quality is there even though they're priced more like mid-range ukes. The lottery system is not ideal since it's not a guarantee you'd be able to get one. Last time I checked, they only had tenors on the lottery and I'm looking for a concert (or a soprano although that size is probably not ideal for a side soundport) so I didn't participate. I'll have to keep my eyes open.

    Not really looking for going the custom route. I have one commissioned already and hopefully ready soon.

    Thanks for the comments on the side soundport in general. I'm trying to find a mid to high-end uke with one simply because I don't have a uke with one and I'm intrigued by it, but it's certainly not a requirement. Just thought I'd scratch that feature off of the list while getting my next uke if I can find something nice.


    Quote Originally Posted by quiltingshirley View Post
    If you want to up the cost, Koo’olau has a thin line with side port. Not sure if they still make them but I have one and I do like a side port. Not playing now due to a broken right arm but got a few strums today using my pinky. And at least I could hear it! Very easy playing too.
    Ko'olau ukes are at least typically beyond my budget and often not available anyway. That $1000 price range or slightly above has been my limit so far and probably will be for the foreseeable future. At least until I happen to bump into my dream ukulele at which point I'll probably sell the house to fund it.
    Last edited by Dohle; 10-10-2020 at 11:00 AM.

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    In the ~$1500 range the Blackbird Farallon can be ordered with a side port, as can the ~$1000 Klos All Carbon.
    Blackbird Farallon Ekoa Tenor
    Beltona Songster Resonator Tenor
    Klos Carbon Fiber Tenor
    Magic Fluke Tenor Firefly Banjolele

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    I can give a big thumbs up to Cocobolo. I scored my concert on the second time I entered the lottery. It’s a great sounding, easy playing, and beautiful ukulele at a reasonable price.
    My ukulele family.....
    KoAloha Koa concert - circa 2006 (Living Waters)
    aNueNue Moon Bird concert - Spruce & Rosewood - 2018 (Blackwater)
    Blackbird Clara - 2019 (Oasis Bright)
    Cocobolo concert - 2019 (Worth Brown)

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    At my local Music store the guitar guy's rave about the Maestro guitars and ukuleles. Definitely worth looking at if you can give one a play. I can't say that I have played them myself because at their price I will usually go for a custom build and realise that also means that I'm not really in the market for big name Hawaiian ukuleles either.

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