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Thread: Best Solid-Wood Intermediate-Level Ukulele in $150-300 range?

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    Yeah...coming soon means??? Elderly and every other retailer are at the mercy of the manufacturer. I rather buy from someone who already had one in stock and does setup vs. saving a few $$. Go with HMS

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    If they are made in the same factory as Mainland and Mike has to discard a portion of his received inventory as substandard. Who makes that decision at Ohana? I'm sure they are a fine company. I know Mainland is.

    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.
    Mainland Mango Concert and Red Cedar Soprano, Kala KA-ASKS Soprano, KoAloha Concert, Boat Paddle Tenor, Moore Bettah Tenor, Boat Paddle Mseries Baritone

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    Kanilea would fall into category 2 in my list with KoAloha and Kamaka. Again that is just my opinion FWIW.


    Quote Originally Posted by Choweet View Post
    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.
    Mainland Mango Concert and Red Cedar Soprano, Kala KA-ASKS Soprano, KoAloha Concert, Boat Paddle Tenor, Moore Bettah Tenor, Boat Paddle Mseries Baritone

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    Quote Originally Posted by nongdam View Post
    Yeah...coming soon means??? Elderly and every other retailer are at the mercy of the manufacturer. I rather buy from someone who already had one in stock and does setup vs. saving a few $$. Go with HMS
    Ideally, that's what I want to do, but their supply is so limited!

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    I snagged a Pono MCD-E with Ko'olau hard case for $285. I think it has the edge on the Mainlands....as nice as they are.
    Soooooo many ukes, sooooooo little time

    Soprano: Pre-war Martin "O"; 81-82 Kamaka White Label; Grizzly kit;
    Concert: Pono MCD-E; Kala Reso-burst; Rally banjo; Bruce Wei Acacia teardrop; KPK acacia Cutaway; Mele Solid Mahogany 6 string; Ohana CM35-8 Taropatch; Goldtone Metal Resouke;
    Epiphone LP vintage burst; Asmus solid maple/spruce; Alida Jazz electric
    Tenor: Risa semi-hollowbody electric (red one); Mele Koa; Kala solid mahogany A/E cutaway

    Bass: Oscar Schmidt Curley Maple;

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    Damn, nice price! Used or new?

    Quote Originally Posted by PhilUSAFRet View Post
    I snagged a Pono MCD-E with Ko'olau hard case for $285. I think it has the edge on the Mainlands....as nice as they are.

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