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  1. #31
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    I just got a mahogany special also had some cosmetic problems. I bought it because everyone here really praise these ukes. Like the poster above It sounds ok so rather than pay shipping back and forth etc (mike offered to swap it) I decided to keep it. Its not glaring problems but more than I expected givin the rep. Wonder if the factory is maybe slipping? I bought it as my drag around uke anyway so now I can relax I guess that first opps won't hurt as bad,
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    Quote Originally Posted by poppy View Post
    I bought it as my drag around uke anyway so now I can relax I guess that first opps won't hurt as bad,
    Same here; great reason not to care about cosmetics and just enjoy yourself and your great sounding uke.

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    there are cosmetic problems with mine also but the sweet sound more than makes up for them and they add to the character of the instrument
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    I am considering a Mainland Cedar Tenor for a drag arou d as well.

    Now are you Ukes holding up?

    Do you still love them?
    How bad is your UAS?

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    I received today Mainland Redcedar/Rosewood Tenor Ukulele. Returning it to the seller. I bought it after Mike (the Founder) instantly confirmed via Email that width at the nut is 37 millimetre. Unfortunately, it is 35 mm; nut width itself is at most 35.5 mm; the ukulele has dings and imperfections on it (as expected? My Islander didn't have any!)

    So that I am returning it instantly. Save money for Kanilea!

    P.S. BTW rope binding does not look ugly. But sustain and resonance? Twice less than my twice cheaper Enya M6!!!

  6. #36
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    I played a bunch of concert and Tenor Mainland (all cedar tops), and 4 of 5 had a buzz at the saddle when playing the C string hard. Other than that, they sounded great. But I feared that buzz would be tough to fix, and I couldn't live with it... This is looking like a common issue.
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    Current Stable:

    Soprano:
    Kala travel uke (spruce & mahogany) (KA-SSTU)
    Concert:
    Romero Creations ST Concert (Spruce & Mahogany)
    Gold Tone Banjo Ukulele (BU-1) - Open Back
    Tenor:
    Romero Creations Tiny Tenor (Spruce & Mahogany)
    Kala Spruce-Ovangkol (KA-ASOV-T)
    Blackbird Farallon (Tobacco Sunburst)

    Banjos:
    Pisgah Dobson Rambler 12" pot

    PM me if you'd like to be in touch...

  7. #37
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    Congrats on your Mainland.
    I just emailed Mike Hater about a tenor for my wife.
    The scratches will buff out. 3 of my friends own Mainlands, and neither have a scratch.
    They don't let other people play them.
    "Those who bring sunshine and laughter to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves".

    Music washes from the soul, the dust of everyday living.

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