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    Question Choosing uke between $150/$250

    Hi!

    A friend lent me a tenor Lanikai LU21 and I can't put it down, I'm hooked to ukes... and I'm gonna get my 1st one! I've been researching in the last week (although I have a background on stringed instruments) before I chose. It won't the begginers uke you buy when you're not sure if you'll keep on playing.

    For now I'm decided on the concert size but I want something better than the LU21, which I think is fine but I'd like something better sounding, with a solid top (I'm leaning to mohagony), maybe between $150 and $250 (i wonder if you can get soundboard bracing at these prices...)

    I suppose all brands within the LU21 price range are very similar so I feel i should aim over $150, as I want something better sounding than the uke my friend lent me. What do you think, is it possible to get anything better in the $150-$250 range? any suggestions, models, brands? Thanks!
    Last edited by ikele; 11-10-2009 at 04:50 AM. Reason: prices!

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    Short answer....

    Mainland mahogany concert.

    I rest my case....
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    Quote Originally Posted by mailman View Post
    Short answer....

    Mainland mahogany concert.

    I rest my case....
    Ding, ding, ding...we have a winner!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mailman View Post
    Short answer....

    Mainland mahogany concert.

    I rest my case....
    i'm starting to get sick of seeing mainlands mentioned in every thread, i feel left out i will actually have to buy one now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ikele View Post
    For now I'm decided on the concert size but I want something better than the LU21, which I think is fine but I'd like something better sounding, with a solid top (I'm leaning to mohagony), maybe between $150 and $250 (i wonder if you can get soundboard bracing at these prices...)
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    Thanks for the replies! these are very nice and seem really good contenders!
    in that price range I'm also considering Kalas, Ohanas, and a Mele model (although this one was more than $300... don't know if I can strech to that!)
    Last edited by ikele; 11-10-2009 at 05:10 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dave g View Post
    Shameless plug: I think you need this http://www.wsukes.com/114/u114.html

    That looks really nice, Dave.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pippin View Post
    That looks really nice, Dave.
    Thanks! I'll bring it Saturday (if not sold)

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    I have a Kala solid mahogany concert ukulele and I'm very happy with it.



    You can get one from MGM, who is a UU member, at his eBay site for $209, which includes a hard shell case, the famous MGM setup, and upgraded Aquila strings.

    http://cgi.ebay.com/Kala-ka-SMHC-SOL...item5636bbe990

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