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    Question Mahalo (u2k and u1)

    Hi to all,

    few weeks ago decided to buy an ukulele, but I just find in my country (portugal) these ones (I just searched in google):

    Mahalo u2k:


    Mahalo U1:


    At the moment, I havent found other ukulele or any ukulele acessories in Portugal.

    Are those uke's good beginner options?

    Thnks,

    Ricardo Nunes
    Last edited by Rnunes; 05-15-2008 at 07:48 AM.

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    I was rocking out on a Mahalo u30 (i guess its not much different from those two) until a friend of mine had a spare kala concert he gave me for a good price. All I really did to improve it a bit was replace the strings with Aquila Concert strings and changed the saddle around. Find out about stuff like this here... http://ukenoob.blogspot.com/2007/12/...ntonation.html

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    I cant find any Mahalo U30 in portugal, so I will start to see ukuleles stores on europe. The Mahalo U30 it's on a good price and I saw on 2 sites that is the best uke for begginers. Thnks for the tip JackT.

    Im not giving up of these two uke's so if you already try it please tell me what you thought.


    thnks,

    Ricardo Nunes

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    I currently have the U1, the only thing is that nothing on that is stock anymore, I changed the tuners (stock are not too great, so I changed them for guitar tuners). Sanded it and repianted it and installed a pick guard (no need for it but still cool looking). The only advantage that there is is the instructional DVD that came with it. I had no knowlege as to how to play and that is what got me started. My advice to you for that uke is that if it is your 1st one great, pick it up but start saving your money to order a good one as soon as possible.

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    I just decide that I have to buy the uke outside portugal, because even if i bought these U1 or U2K in portugal I have to bought at least new strings, and I just cant find uke strings in portugal.

    The cost of doing that s0me0ner will be big compared to a new uke, because I have to bought all in UK or Germany.

    Right now the Mahalo 'candidates' are:

    - U1;
    - U2K;
    - U30;
    - U50.

    If you tried one of those please tell me your opinion.

    Thnks for all,

    Ricardo Nunes

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    Do you have a budget in mind?

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    Total budget (uke + new strings if needed + shiping): 40 = $61.99 = 31

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    Hey Rnunes

    I have a U50, it comes with a (cheap) hard case and cost me 27 ($55-ish?)

    The consensus amongst the people I have spoken to (and on other blogs and forums) is that the strings are no good and Aquilas are better.(i changed mine over and it is a different instrument, order new strings when you buy and change them as soon as you can!)
    Some Mahalos are a little sharp or flat, some buzz on the fretboard and some go out of tune quickly.
    In any batch of 50 Mahalos there will be a couple of beauties and a couple of turkeys and the rest will just be 'good for beginners'.
    The current range is better looking than the older models but sound a little worse.

    All I know is that mine was fantastic value and has been great fun, it gets terrible treatment at my hands and the hands of my small boy and bears up really well. It is tough and fun.

    When i can play I will probably drop it like a stone and get a 'proper' instrument but for now we suit each other very well.


    There are more qualified people who can advise you but for my money (and in Europe) the Mahalo is a great value first instrument.

    Good luck

    Jack

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    A Makala/Kala soprano on ebay is around that price and is probably better than the Mahalo. Most ebay sellers ship worldwide.

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    Jack,

    that seems to me the solution to go (buy a cheap mahalo and aquila strings)


    deach,

    on ebay.com the Makala/Kala dealers dont send to Portugal. Tomorrow I will search for reviews on mahalos and makala/kala and stores on Europe to try to make my decision


    Thnks guys for the help.

    Ricardo Nunes

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