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    hello uu,

    today I made a realisation. I no longer prefer the tenor size XD
    when I first started playing ukulele on my makala pineapple I felt rather cramped on the small fretboard. and as soon as I could gather the funds to get a tenor I got a kala fmt.
    later I bought myself a tenor eleuke. and this weekend I bought a zebrawood tenor-ish uke. but in between purchasing the eleuke and the zebra-uke I got myself an old Brüko.

    The scale lenght of this uke is shorter than my makala but it sounds so nice so I couldn't help myself but play it. and now I'm used to this size and my tenors feel big.

    and while for finger picking I still prefer the tenor size I'm more of a strummer so Soprano is the size for me.

    (shame I figured it out now, could have gotten a nice koa soprano for the money I spend on the tenors xD)

    So tell me about your stories
    soprano: anna smudge a Makala pineapple (loaned out to a friend), Nyx an old Bruko no.6, old 97 a home made cigar box resonator
    concert: Iris Kanilea K-1 satin finish
    tenor: artemis a Kala flame maple tenor (low G), Jekyll a Harley Benton Sunburst Cutaway Jazz model Eleuke (high G), Pan an odd sort of tenor scale sideport only uke with a banjo bridge and tailpiece made from zebrawood and alpine spruce

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    great to have made a decision. I am still checking them out for myself. I have a soprano and a concert. I want a tenor next.

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    I loved my sorprano, but moved to the concert to 'try it out'. I instantly found it just that little bit less cramped on most chords and fell in love with it. The only thing i struggle with now is reaching the E (which i could do easily on soprano!) .
    I did try a tenor, but i found it to big, though its possible i would get used to it.

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    I'm the same way, I do a lot of fingerpicking and solo arrangements on my soprano and even for that I feel it's the best . I guess it's just about how much time you spend playing it, people like Ohta-san and Roy Smeck do some amazing things with their sopranos. Although I definitely prefer 15 fret models.. they allow me to play stuff like "While My Guitar Gently Weeps". If I had the money then I swear I'd have a million ukes by now haha.
    "The ukulele is a noble little instrument... anyone serious about music will eventually come to play one.

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    I like them all, I've gone through phases.....now I like the soprano best....go figure..

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    I'm a strummer too, (learning to pick some). I started out on a borrowed inexpensive Mahalo soprano. My hands aren't small so when I went to purchase I went for the Makala MK-T. Then after a few months of playing the tenor I picked up the soprano again and was liking how easy it was to get around the fretboard. So When I saw a Kala KA-C for a reasonable price in at local guit shop three weeks ago my wife insisted I buy it. Since then I've been getting used to the smaller size and believe I'll stick with the concert size.
    I would think you'd have no problem recouping much of your funds if you were to put them up in the Market place. You purchased good ukes.
    DAP
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    Makala Dolphin-green burst

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    the problem is selling them to people in the us. because of the shipping an taxes. or don't you have import taxes?
    soprano: anna smudge a Makala pineapple (loaned out to a friend), Nyx an old Bruko no.6, old 97 a home made cigar box resonator
    concert: Iris Kanilea K-1 satin finish
    tenor: artemis a Kala flame maple tenor (low G), Jekyll a Harley Benton Sunburst Cutaway Jazz model Eleuke (high G), Pan an odd sort of tenor scale sideport only uke with a banjo bridge and tailpiece made from zebrawood and alpine spruce

    MUST HAVE A BARITONE :3

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    Definitely love the concert scale for strumming, but not so much for picking. Prefer tenor for that. Didn't think I'd want to do that much picking so when I bought my "really good" uke I bought a concert. A funny thing happened. I bought a mainland tenor and found myself playing that more than I expected, though I really do like the "ukey" sound of a smaller body better - and the concert scale is still my favorite for strumming.

    So, now I "have to have" a concert scale neck on a soprano body - just waiting to find the right one and the money together in the same place at the same time. LOL

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    I am liking the soprano best right now. I hope I don't keep changing because I am collecting sopranos and will probably never give a concert anyway lol.
    OHANA SK-30L, Hamano Soprano, Cordoba 15CM, Makala MK-Tenor , Luna Honu, Mahalo LesPaul in Cherry Burst, Makala Dolphin red burst, Makala Pineapple.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HornedOne View Post
    the problem is selling them to people in the us. because of the shipping an taxes. or don't you have import taxes?
    I don't know about import taxes. I've not purchased from overseas. Perhaps someone has the answer.
    Kala KA-TE
    Makala MK-T
    Kala KA-C (low G)
    Makala Dolphin-green burst

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