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    Default $200-300 Tenor Suggestions

    Looking to buy a tenor in the $200-300 range. Which models/manufacturers should I consider? Any to stay away from?

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    You could consider Koa Pili Koko. Their solid acacia tenor is about $225 or so I think ...
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    Do you know what sort of woods you're looking for? Acacia, Cedar, Spruce, Mahogany?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mr moonlight View Post
    Do you know what sort of woods you're looking for? Acacia, Cedar, Spruce, Mahogany?
    It's all Greek to me. What are the advantages/differences of one type versus another?
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    Just tried a spruce top. Nice volume but the tone was a bit sharp. Played 3 or 4 mahogs which were fine.

    I think the leader right now is an Alani (?) mahogany. The only issue was the lack of position markers/inlays on the neck.

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    My best advice would be to go to the high end of that, or even a little over. If you get up around the 300-350 mark you're getting into decent mid-range tenor uke territory. Anything you get up there should be decent, especially if set up by a real ukulele shop (NOT Guitar Center, etc.). At the low end of your range you're kind of playing ukulele roulette - there are some decent ukes there but variableness even within a single model can be pretty wide. I wouldn't even consider one without playing it first.
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    Quote Originally Posted by arturo7 View Post
    It's all Greek to me. What are the advantages/differences of one type versus another?
    Generally speaking from my own experience, but none of this is set in stone.

    Spruce - loud but bright
    Cedar - loud but a bit darker sounding than spruce
    Koa - not as loud as cedar or spruce, but is very clear and resonant. Rings like a bell.
    Mahogany - sort of like koa, but not as resonant or clear.

    Spruce and Cedar will generally be louder than Koa or Mahogany and have more sustain, but Koa and Mahogany will give you more of that classic uke sound.

    There are a lot of other woods out there and each have their own sonic characteristics, but generally, the big difference is between having a softwood (cedar/spruce) or hardwood (koa/mahogany) top.

    If you can, stick with solid tops for optimum sound quality.

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    I second the recommendation of checking out the Islander by Kanile'a. I think best sound for your buck, I think.

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