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Thread: Best Ukulele in $100 Range

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    Quote Originally Posted by browneyedalbino View Post
    I just bought my second uke (very slowly working my way up to a DaSilva.. I wish), a Lanikai LU-22 (Same specs as an LU-21, I think it's a Guitar Center thing though..) concert. Pretty good setup out of box, changed the strings to Worth Brown's, and it sounds worlds better than my first cheap ukulele. I picked it up for $90, including a string change and tuner at my local Guitar Center.

    Good luck, and welcome to the ukulele world (And UU!)!
    I love my DaSilva. You may also want to put Mya-Moe on your short list.
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    There's a mango-colored Fluke on the FMM marketplace for $100 right now. I'd jump on that in a heartbeat if I wanted a $100 uke. That's one you'll never regret buying even if you upgrade later.

    http://www.fleamarketmusic.com/marketplace/default.asp

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    mango-colored Fluke
    Nice heads up! That looks like a schweet deal.
    cletus

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sambient View Post
    Really those Lanikais are not a bad place to start. But I'll throw a new name up there that can at least get you a solid top in your price range: Makai. You'll have an especially good looking one just a sniffle over $100 if you go for the Makai LK80 or a little under with the Makai MK-70
    Some Makais have been showing up on ebay. Many of their models echo Ohana.
    I just got a Makai solid sprucetop tenor, and it's a very nice uke. They have several models in all sizes in your price range.
    Quote Originally Posted by molokinirum View Post
    Check out MGM (Music Guy Mic) on ebay and see what he has. Great dealer, great service and he has an awesome reputation.
    You definetly can't go wrong with MGM! And he usually has the Makai's as well as Kala, Makala, and Ohana, set up and with upgrade to Aquila strings. Give him a call or email and he can answer your questions.

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    i'd really say go for the lanikai's....i've played some in a local shop and there isn't a thing in the world wrong with them for that price range, like you said, around 50-100 bucks....great intonation, tone, really great....or you could save your pennies and pick up a flea, fluke, or mainland (all in the 200ish range) all ukes you would never feel the need to replace (until UAS sets in)
    From smallest to largest. Kala Pocket Mahogany- Ohana SK-21- Kala Travel Uke- Hilo soprano (my first!)- Kamaka 1960's Soprano- Ovation Soprano- Bruko Concert- Mainland Mahogany Concert- Lanikai Banjolele Concert- Lanikai 08E- Mainland Mahogany Tenor- Savannah crappy (but loved) baritone

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    I'd wait and add $25 to the budget for this:

    http://elderly.com/new_instruments/items/SK25.htm

    Ohana makes a great all wood uke. The Sopranino is a great buy at $125 too.
    My Soprano Empire:
    VINTAGE MARTINS: c.'48 Martin 0
    OTHER VINTAGE: c30s Blue Favilla, c50 TV Pal, 30s Redhead
    MODERN MARTINS: OXK; 2012 2M
    KAMAKA: 2010 Pineapple (RIP MGM)

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    '12 Kala KA-B, '69 Silvertone, c.'53-57 Favilla, c.'63 Martin, '11 Kamaka

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