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    Hey folks,
    Just picked up an Ohana SK-35S at my local music shop. This was an impulse stop and purchase so I honestly didn't do my typical research. In my mind, since I'm a beginner and just mess around with ukuleles for fun and to relax, a laminate makes more sense to me because I don't want to worry AT ALL about "taking care of" or babying the instrument. I just want to pull it out when I have time and relax. I could've sworn that the sales guy told me the SK-35s is a laminate instrument, but when I got home and started looking it up, everything I can find says that it's solid mahogany construction. Can anyone verify one way or the other and please tell me if this ukulele is temperamental or will need special care and attention? Thanks!
    Edit:I live in north Texas and don't plan on doing any traveling with this use outside of maybe taking it to a friends house or camping on occasion.
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    My CK35 is all solid. You'll want to humidify if needed.

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    Well that's great that it's solid mahogany! Just get an Oasis in-string humidifier, fill it once a week or so with distilled water, and you're good to go. Keep it in the case when not in use. https://www.oasishumidifiers.com/pro...midifier-oh18/
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    Yes, the SK35 is solid mahogany. I've had mine for at least twelve years and have bought a number of more expensive ukes in that time, but the Ohana still doesn't disappoint. I've never used a humidifier with mine, but I live in the British Isles where it varies from slightly humid to very humid. Dryness is not a problem, here! The only negative thing I would say, is that quality control on the Ohanas could be better. The back popped off mine (insufficient glue) but I was able to fix it myself. A friend of mine has one which sounds every bit as good as mine, but another one passed through my hands that sounded very dull indeed. I couldn't see anything wrong with it, it was just a duffer.

    Hopefully, yours will be a good one, and it should give years of tuneful service.

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    I owned an SK-35G and loved it (sold when I was downsizing my collection). You will need to humidify it. I didn’t one winter and a small crack developed between the sound hole and the fret board. Had to have it glued and cleated. It’s a fine instrument.
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    Thanks for the replies everyone. I’m sure it’s a great instrument but I was not looking for a hid that needs this type of care. I’m a bit annoyed because the sales guy told me directly that it was a laminate instrument. Oh well. Maybe he wasn’t sure about himself. I’m contemplating swapping it out for something else. Can anyone recommend a good laminate instrument under $200? How about the Ohana sk-14.
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    While those models are fine, to me a care-free and camping uke is one that is much less than 200. I'd look at flight Tus models or even kmise, or whatever that local music store stocks and allows you to exchange for.

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    Anyone have experience with the Ohana SK-10 or SK-14. Baz seemed to like the SK-14 for what it is. I agree with you that well under $200 is a good idea for a care free uke. Will the 12 vs 15 frets be a hindrance for someone who is just learning?
    Quote Originally Posted by badhabits View Post
    While those models are fine, to me a care-free and camping uke is one that is much less than 200. I'd look at flight Tus models or even kmise, or whatever that local music store stocks and allows you to exchange for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 40mm View Post
    Hey folks,
    Just picked up an Ohana SK-35S at my local music shop. This was an impulse stop and purchase so I honestly didn't do my typical research. In my mind, since I'm a beginner and just mess around with ukuleles for fun and to relax, a laminate makes more sense to me because I don't want to worry AT ALL about "taking care of" or babying the instrument. I just want to pull it out when I have time and relax. I could've sworn that the sales guy told me the SK-35s is a laminate instrument, but when I got home and started looking it up, everything I can find says that it's solid mahogany construction. Can anyone verify one way or the other and please tell me if this ukulele is temperamental or will need special care and attention? Thanks!
    Edit:I live in north Texas and don't plan on doing any traveling with this use outside of maybe taking it to a friends house or camping on occasion.
    Like another respondent I too have an Ohana CK35. I

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    Quote Originally Posted by 40mm View Post
    Hey folks,
    Just picked up an Ohana SK-35S at my local music shop. This was an impulse stop and purchase so I honestly didn't do my typical research. In my mind, since I'm a beginner and just mess around with ukuleles for fun and to relax, a laminate makes more sense to me because I don't want to worry AT ALL about "taking care of" or babying the instrument. I just want to pull it out when I have time and relax. I could've sworn that the sales guy told me the SK-35s is a laminate instrument, but when I got home and started looking it up, everything I can find says that it's solid mahogany construction. Can anyone verify one way or the other and please tell me if this ukulele is temperamental or will need special care and attention? Thanks!
    Edit:I live in north Texas and don't plan on doing any traveling with this use outside of maybe taking it to a friends house or camping on occasion.
    Like another respondent I too have an Ohana CK35. I’m pleased with mine now, it took a bit of time to start to open up and for a while I thought that I’d made a mistake. The SK35 is liked and if you put Martin M600’s on it it will sing even more nicely - as you tube’s headless ukulele player advises, and he knows what he’s doing. Some solid Ukes are built more lightly than others, I wouldn’t regard my CK35 as obviously fragile (more the reverse of that) and doubt that the SK35 is different in that respect. Basically play what you have and enjoy what is a decent Uke, get a hard case and a humidifier, I don’t recall Texas as being a place that's really hard on Ukes so all might be well for years - play it into the ground.

    If you look around and keep your eyes open then the SK10’s can sometimes be had for not that much at all. Baz Maz did a review of then a few years back, see: https://www.gotaukulele.com/2015/09/...-sk-10-vs.html. You won’t be wasting your money but if you’re happy to spend more then to my brief chance to hear one the SK14’s sound quite nice, IIRC they have a slightly bigger body than the SK10 which might be a hindrance for a camp Uke ... if you can afford it then I’d go for the SK14 ahead of the SK10, but that’s just me. The SK10’s come in colours as well as plain, it’s a case of what do you prefer (painted or plain).

    Mum demonstrates an SK10: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=iIFkb6jgGig
    Baz demonstrates an SK14: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=DsTIjM01vmM
    The headless Ukulele Player, SK35: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=gPkX0f-GEzI
    Look out his other videos too ... I’d have an SK35 for myself, well if a second hand one came my way for sensible money.

    Ahead of the standard shape model I’d be tempted by the Pineapple version of the the SK10, the PK10.

    Whatever you buy make sure that it gets well set-up or learn to do it yourself.
    Last edited by Graham Greenbag; 02-16-2021 at 10:58 AM.

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