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    Default Suggestions for soprano with a BIG sound?

    Hi all,

    I'm always on the lookout for getting another uke. :-) Soprano is by far the most comfortable and versatile size for me to play. I can hit so many more chords and variations on the sop than with larger sizes. I love my Lanikai koa, but are there any solid wood sopranos (maybe with a spruce top) that produce a big sound comparable to larger sizes? I've tried a Flea and have a Fluke, but I'm looking to go solid wood in this case.

    Thanks for any suggestions!

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    I would recommend taking a look at either the Mainland mango or red cedar. Just my
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    I think you've got the right idea thinking of a spruce top soprano. It'd really be different from your other ukes.

    FWIW, I have an Ohana solid spruce top / lam sides and back soprano, and damn is it loud. Definitely a great buy for well under $200.

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    Red Cedar Mainland. (that is a period at the end of that statement )

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    KoAloha sopranos have a big voice. The standard soprano is actually a little larger than typical.

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    I have a Mainland Honey Soprano Factory 2nd and it is much MUCH louder than my Lanikai Pineapple. I love it to death. I recommend any Mainland, any size, any time. They're just awesome and for the price, hard to be beat.

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    I just got a mainland mango pineapple, and I was really surprised how loud it is. Really nice tone too. I totally recommend it.

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    I was just playing a spruce top KALA travel 'ukulele at the stadium flea market this past weekend and she sounded really nice, plenty loud.
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    Ohana's SK-25 is a loud little uke with matte finish and solid mahogany top, back, sides. The Ohana SK-50WG is a cedar top, willow back and sides. The SK-70MG is a spruce-topped uke with mahogany back and sides.

    This is a link to Ohana's website. Take a look at the three of these units. They are reasonably priced and all sound great.

    http://www.ohana-music.com/soprano.html
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    Loprinzi is the loudest I have, especially if you whale on it.

    Koaloha is right up there, though.

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