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    Quote Originally Posted by Choweet View Post
    That's odd. They are wrong about this, right?
    Why don't you start by telling folks what YOU mean by "handcrafted".

    There are lots of categories for uke builds.
    Ukes built by luthiers Eg Chuck Moore, Pete Howlett, Rick Tuner, Eric Devine (I left off a bunch I know)
    Ukes make by a "shop" dedicated to building ukes (KoAloha, Kamaka, Mele, Ko'olau) (Again, more missing)
    Ukes made in factories (lower skilled labor, high rejection rate, need for retailer or distributer to cull out unacceptable product) (Mainland, Pono, Kala, etc)

    All of them are "handcrafted", ie they are touched by human hands. But there is more to it than that. I am not aware of a 100% machine built uke. I don't think it is possible at this time.

    Do you take to heart terms like "solid wood furniture (particle board qualifies)" "Lo Cal" "Lo Carb" "Lo Fat". That is how seriously I take a marketing blurb like "handcrafted".
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    Quote Originally Posted by olgoat52 View Post
    Why don't you start by telling folks what YOU mean by "handcrafted".

    There are lots of categories for uke builds.
    Ukes built by luthiers Eg Chuck Moore, Pete Howlett, Rick Tuner, Eric Devine (I left off a bunch I know)
    Ukes make by a "shop" dedicated to building ukes (KoAloha, Kamaka, Mele, Ko'olau) (Again, more missing)
    Ukes made in factories (lower skilled labor, high rejection rate, need for retailer or distributer to cull out unacceptable product) (Mainland, Pono, Kala, etc)

    All of them are "handcrafted", ie they are touched by human hands. But there is more to it than that. I am not aware of a 100% machine built uke. I don't think it is possible at this time.

    Do you take to heart terms like "solid wood furniture (particle board qualifies)" "Lo Cal" "Lo Carb" "Lo Fat". That is how seriously I take a marketing blurb like "handcrafted".
    Sorry you're right, I should've gave more detail. My "original" thought of a handmade ukulele was that of a webpage I saw, which was called the Kanile'a Process, in which the entire process of making a uke is done on-site and by the same company who's selling it to retailers.

    Here is the link:
    http://kanileaukulele.com/kanileaPro...55f9685aae9733

    Thanks for changing my outlook on ukuleles once again! Still got a lot to learn. I'm assuming the term "solid 'x' wood" is also a marketing blurb like "handcrafted" right? So far, my rule of thumb was less than $150 and below means it has laminate wood which $200 and up was solid wood.

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    I'd like to suggest looking at the concert ukuleles from Ohana, if you can wait a while from now. their ukuleles are made in the same factory as Mainland and I was told they check their setups and playability before they ship out to their dealers. I reserved one from elderly instruments and it should be coming in next month.
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    Just my 2 cents, but the mass production companies [like Kala]make some fine solid wood instruments in your price range. I love my Kala solid cedartop tenor. It's my go to uke if I need a loud one. The back and sides are koa lam but the projection is awsome. It's definately not as well made, is not as pretty, and doesn't sound as sweet as my KoAloha, but that sells for 2x as much.
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    I'd like to add to your indecision by also suggesting Kamoa. They make some solid tops in your price range and they're available at Ukulele Uprising (The UU store) or Larry's Music on Kauai. You can google Kamoa to find a distributer in your area. My pineapple sounds great! next vacay I'm coming home with the flamed maple super-concert.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RawrGazzawrs View Post
    I'd like to suggest looking at the concert ukuleles from Ohana, if you can wait a while from now. their ukuleles are made in the same factory as Mainland and I was told they check their setups and playability before they ship out to their dealers. I reserved one from elderly instruments and it should be coming in next month.
    Wow!! Thank you for pointing me in that direction!! Their Rosewood Concerts are only $340 (I don't know if I should get Matte or Gloss)!!! But I'm not sure how Rosewood compares up to their Mahogany Concert Ukes which can be had for $50 left.

    Now I've added the CK-25S and CK-35G/S to my options which is $40 above my price range, but I'd be more than willing to save up for a little longer if that means my uke will have Rosewood top. Thanks!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by gyosh View Post
    I'd like to add to your indecision by also suggesting Kamoa. They make some solid tops in your price range and they're available at Ukulele Uprising (The UU store) or Larry's Music on Kauai. You can google Kamoa to find a distributer in your area. My pineapple sounds great! next vacay I'm coming home with the flamed maple super-concert.
    Their cheapest solid wood uke is a Solid Mahogany Concert model is $370, and that's a tad bit more than I'm willing to spend on my 3rd intermediate level ukulele :|

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    Quote Originally Posted by strumsilly View Post
    Just my 2 cents, but the mass production companies [like Kala]make some fine solid wood instruments in your price range. I love my Kala solid cedartop tenor. It's my go to uke if I need a loud one. The back and sides are koa lam but the projection is awsome. It's definately not as well made, is not as pretty, and doesn't sound as sweet as my KoAloha, but that sells for 2x as much.
    I'd be more than willing to get a Kala solid wood ukulele, if I was buying from a company that I know does custom set-up jobs when they recieve the factory uke before they ship them out to me and as far as I know of, the only one at the moment that offers that service (for free too!) is HawaiiMusicSupply. However, they don't have any solid wood concerts ukuleles in my price range (that's in stock*)
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    Those Ohana prices on their website are MSRP prices. I've been quoted much less than their MSRP so check with resellers first.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trinimon View Post
    Those Ohana prices on their website are MSRP prices. I've been quoted much less than their MSRP so check with resellers first.
    I've seen them on UkeRepublic and Elderly but they're either "coming soon" or "SOLD OUT"

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