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Thread: Decent 'cheap' uke as birthday gift.

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    Default Decent 'cheap' uke as birthday gift.

    aloha to you all,
    one of my friends is celebrating his twentieth birthday in a few days. We have reason to believe he is quite interested in picking up a new instrument, next to the guitar. So what could possibly be better than the ukulele? Unfortunately we dont't have a lot of money to spend on it. So I hoped you could tell me what uke you would pick in the price range of 80-100$ ? Also, you think we should go for a soprano, concert or tenor?
    thanks a lot.

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    cant go wrong with a kala/lanikai bottom line tenor
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    Kala 15-S.

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    The Kala watermelon!

    I love my Lanikai tenor though. Very easy transition from the guitar (for me).
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    Look into a Kala and check out MGM, he sells tons of Kalas in all prices. Plus he will setup the uke and put on aquila strings.
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    Makala makes a great uke for the money, and for around $100 you can probably get one with a case or bag, and a tuner. I don't know how expensive it is to bring them in to Belgium, but MusicGuyMic has starter kits that are very reasonably priced, and his set up is well worth it!

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    Thanks for the feedback. The only thing that worries me is the shipping costs to belgium. I found a shop here that sells oscar schmidt ukes, are they any good?

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    I have an Oscar Schmidt (OU3, I believe) and it's really good in my opinion. Not that I've ever owned or even tried the top of the line ukes out there, but I think it's great for it's price, and for a beginner. They tend to look pretty spiffy, too.
    I was actually just going to suggest an Oscar Schmidt and then I saw your post.

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    I'd get him a concert size. That's what I started on, and I love it. Very different from holding a guitar, but not super tiny.
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