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    Default An under $75 Pineapple Uke?

    I've come across these possibilities with varying reviews and would welcome input from those who might own one:

    1) Makala MK-P : generally positive reviews
    2) Luna Tatoo : very few reviews
    3) Makia PK-55 : very few reviews
    4) Johnson UK-140 or UK-160 : no reviews, but had a Johnson soprano that had lousy intonation.
    5) Lanikai LU-21P : a few positive reviews; have an LU-21 soprano that's OK, but needed a setup to fix some intonation issues.
    6) Mahalo U-320P : generallly not very good reviews on most Mahalo ukes.

    Recently bought a Mainland pineapple and really like the fuller tone of the body size. This one I plan to make my 'campfire' uke, so I don't want to sink too much into it, although I may have to up my $$ limit to get one of reasonable playability.

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    Here is my review of the lunas
    http://ukeeku.com/category/brands/luna/
    In a nutshell, Lunas are inconsistant. make sure you play it before you buy it.
    the other that I have experience with is the lanikai. If you buy it, expect to have to lower the nut so that all your chords that use the first fret will not go sharp. I guess these are the issues with less expensive ukes.
    I have less experience with Makai, not real cool with sending out review ukes, but all that I have played have been pretty nice.
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    A Makala with a good set up and strings is a great camp uke...or office uke. Ebay seller p-hill has been posting the Kala KA-P which is a little nicer I am sure (and not with the graphics on it) for around 50 bones lately. I have not bought from them, but I know they are the only place in the world that has them...or at least I believe that.
    I have played one Makai- laminate Willow and a cedar top- I absolutely loved it but have not played a pineapple from them

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    I have a Soprano Luna Tattoo Pineapple and love her to pieces, she's laminate so would not have the fuller sound of a solid body Pineapple, but she does sound different to my other sopranos that are also laminate. I enjoy playing her and didn't have any need for extra setup from the one provided by the eBay store I brought her from. Basically I'd recommend the Luna, cheap enough to not worry about it being a "campfire" Uke, but also good quaility...the tattoo'ing is brilliantly done.

    Hope that helps

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    Quote Originally Posted by TCK View Post
    A Makala with a good set up and strings is a great camp uke...or office uke. Ebay seller p-hill has been posting the Kala KA-P which is a little nicer I am sure (and not with the graphics on it) for around 50 bones lately. I have not bought from them, but I know they are the only place in the world that has them...or at least I believe that.
    I bought a Kala KA-P for my wife from Easy Music Center while in Honolulu this past February. I believe they had 3 or 4 in stock. I called around town and they were the only ones with KA-Ps in stock. $65 with a case and tuner if I recall. Not sure how much they would charge for shipping. Nice folks there.
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    I have a Luna Tattoo also. For the price... I love the sound. Granted, its the only pineapple I have ever played. I recommend it!
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    I don't own any of the ukes listed, but I have played a couple in local shops, and of them I'd recommend the Makala or Makai. I do own 3 other Makalas and thay are all great players for the money (all three were set up by MGM). I have a Lanikai LU-21 but the concert not pineapple, it's also a good player but did need a little tweeking when I got it. I also have a Kala KA-PSS which also plays well but is a bit muted sounding. I recently bought an Oscar Schmidt OU2-P which was a very pleasant surprise, it has a concert scale and after replacing the godawful GHS strings with a set of Aquila's it's one of my favorites take anywhere ukes, and I paid less than $65 with a gig bag! None of them will compare with your Mainland! but as a campfire uke I think any of them will work.

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    Kala kiwi for a real conversation piece. Seem pretty tough and have a decent setup.

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    The only brand I have experience with is Lanikai... I love my LU-21 ^.^ no setup needed, just new strings to fix the intonation. Soo... theres my 0.02
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    I have a luna honu, not the pineapple. I just switched the strings from aquilas to martins and it sounds like a much more expensive ukulele. I am imagining the pineapple is similar enough. I also had a Makala Pineapple and put Martin strings on that too. I gave it away but only because I have too many ukes. It was very nice. Paid like forty bucks for it.
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