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Thread: Buying advice: good tenor in $200-500 range

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cadia View Post
    Thanks for this link.
    I really like cedar, so I am glad to have found this ukulele.

    Is there a good kit to add a pickup under the bridge of ukes? I've got some experience installing them in guitars in the past.

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    The $200-$500 price range is jam packed with quality ukes. I would suggest to first narrow your choice down to a top tonewood as each tends to have its own sound quality. Listen to the high quality recordings on The Ukulele Site for this step.

    Once you have a sound in mind you can then narrow your choice down to a more reasonable 5 ukes, or so, in your price range.

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    I would vote for a Pono. They are usually heavier than most and they have a thick neck by comparison to most other ukes. Every one who tries mine, I mean good experienced players, really like it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cadia View Post
    There are many here who will chime in with good suggestions, perhaps even offer you a good deal on a lightly used uke. I have a Kala solid wood flame maple, KA-ASFM-T-C, that sounds really sweet with Uke Logic strings. I have it with low g, but high g suits the maple tone well. Several Pono models would fit the bill too (in fact, I might have one to sell). One of my most favorite ukes, though, is the aNueNue AMM3 solid mahogany tenor which is just slightly above your budget at $599, but that includes the heavy duty gig bag, setup and shipping if you buy it from The Ukulele Site. This uke sounds and plays as good as $1000 ukes, so I think it's a real bargain. At your level of playing, I think you would really appreciate what it has to offer. And it is sweet fingerpicked!

    https://theukulelesite.com/anuenue-a...nor-amm-3.html

    Here's a video of it being played: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qkyB67NOjZs&t=408s

    This Kala intrigues me too: https://theukulelesite.com/shop-by/p...ka-ascp-t.html
    Awesome info. I truly appreciate it. The aNueNue is sexxxxyyyy I am taking a patient approach and I'm sure I will find one that is for me. Let me know if you are willing to divulge more info about your Pono. It would be going to a good home.


    This forum is a wealth of information for those who look for it!

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    UkeSkier89, the Pono is the Pono MT-SP, solid wood Spruce top, mahogany, satin model. It retails for $399. I bought it last May as a take-out tenor, but I really have not used it, except to give it an occasional strum when I fill its humidifier. It has Worth Brown low g on it right now. I have a Pono Pro Classic and several other gloss models which are costlier, and I wanted something that I wouldn't worry about damaging if I took it out to festivals and such. It has really nice tone for the price, But I use the maple Kala if I'm traveling, as the maple is so solid I don't worry about damage.
    "So many ukes, so little money..."

    Kanile'a KSR-T premium koa tenor
    KoAloha KTM-00 tenor
    Rebel Double Cheese spruce/mahogany tenor, my BFF.
    Pono ATC-PC acacia cutaway tenor
    Kala KA-ASFM-T-C flame maple tenor
    Pono MT-SP tenor
    Cocobolo concert #467
    Pono ASD acacia soprano deluxe
    Pono MGS mango soprano

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    Just a note on the Anuenue AMM3:

    It is a sweet instrument, but if the OP is looking specific Ally for a tenor to tune in High G, I am not sure it is the perfect fit.
    Due to the full body but slightly slow attack of the tone, I think it works best for low G.
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    Anuenue AMM tenor - Magic Fluke Koa Tenor - Cocobolo concert - Kamaka Tiki concert - Cort concert - Ohana LN soprano.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UkingViking View Post
    Just a note on the Anuenue AMM3:

    It is a sweet instrument, but if the OP is looking specific Ally for a tenor to tune in High G, I am not sure it is the perfect fit.
    Due to the full body but slightly slow attack of the tone, I think it works best for low G.
    That's a good point and one I considered, since my experience with it is with low g. But several forum members have said they received their AMM3 from aNueNue strung with high g. And Kalei Gamiao owns and plays the AMM3, and he is primarily a high g player. Would be interesting to hear from AMM3 owners who are using high g.
    "So many ukes, so little money..."

    Kanile'a KSR-T premium koa tenor
    KoAloha KTM-00 tenor
    Rebel Double Cheese spruce/mahogany tenor, my BFF.
    Pono ATC-PC acacia cutaway tenor
    Kala KA-ASFM-T-C flame maple tenor
    Pono MT-SP tenor
    Cocobolo concert #467
    Pono ASD acacia soprano deluxe
    Pono MGS mango soprano

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cadia View Post
    That's a good point and one I considered, since my experience with it is with low g. But several forum members have said they received their AMM3 from aNueNue strung with high g. And Kalei Gamiao owns and plays the AMM3, and he is primarily a high g player. Would be interesting to hear from AMM3 owners who are using high g.
    I had the AMM2 concert. I strung it with low G as well but it was perfectly playable with high G as well. UkingViking is right in saying that it shines with low G due to the wider body but, on the other hand, it has a really high-pitched tone as well. Strung with high G, I'd say the tone is really well balanced. It's one of those ukes that plays beautifully regardless what you throw at it.

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    My first tenor was a used Pono Mahogany I found on Ebay. While I wouldn't particularly recommend Ebay for used instruments, I love that sweet old Pono and would highly recommend one, either new or used.
    Enya (C) laminate, Bonanza (C) Cherry Oreo, Pono (T) mahogany, KoAloha (T) Koa, Kala (B) Cedar top/Acacia laminate, Mainland (B) Red cedar/Rosewood.

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    Ohana is another good brand at that price point. You can get solid woods with nice appointments in your price range, including some of their "limited edition" models.

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