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    Hello everyone,

    For a while, I've been looking at better quality ukes than the one that I have, basically just upgrading and I thought a Mainland would be perfect.does anyone have a mahagony tenor or a mango tenor and would care to share their thoughts/opinions about it? I'm really interested and want to make sure I make the right decision.

    Thanks in advance,
    Annemarie
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    Quote Originally Posted by ukulelelearner View Post
    Hello everyone,

    For a while, I've been looking at better quality ukes than the one that I have, basically just upgrading and I thought a Mainland would be perfect.does anyone have a mahagony tenor or a mango tenor and would care to share their thoughts/opinions about it? I'm really interested and want to make sure I make the right decision.

    Thanks in advance,
    Annemarie
    LOTS of love for Mainland here on UU! The owner, Mike Hater AKA "HoosierHiver" on UU, is a HECK of a nice guy & the ukes are sweet too. Here's a couple of threads to get you started.

    http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/fo...y-Tenor-Review

    http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/fo...mainland-post!

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    Tenor: LoPrinzi Model A Mohagany
    Pineapple/Other: Mainland red-cedar, Mya-Moe Concert Pineapple (Mango), KoAloha Longneck Pineapple, Vintage Kamaka Pineapple, Kamaka 100th Anniversary Pineapple

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    AGreed, Mainlands have been great for me. I have had at least three but maybe more, can't remember.

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    I love my Mainland Mahogany Slotted Headstock. I put Worth Browns on it. I find I reach for it the most. The sound is mellow without being too much so (that's what I was trying to achieve). I don't have a Mainland Mango Tenor, but I do have a Mainland Mango Pineapple with Aquilas on it, it has brighter, punchier sound.
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    Mainland Mango Concert here. Only one I've ever had but I like it.
    Mainland Mango concert
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    I have the Mainland Mahogany Slotted Tenor. Hard to beat for the price! I have Worth Browns on mine also.
    Mainland Mahogany Slot Head Tenor, Moore Bettah Custom Tenor

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    Let's see, my ukes, in the order purchased (some of the Mainlands were purchased from Mike and others I picked up used):

    Lanikai LU-21C (given to the wife though she hasn't shown much interest)
    KoAloha concert (sold after I got my longneck)
    Lanikai O-8E 8 string acoustic electric (gave it away to a friend - had great setup, decent electric sound, but unplugged it had all the tone of playing a wet dog)
    Kala solid acacia pocket uke (gave it away as a contest prize)
    Mainland gloss mango tenor with MiSi
    Kiwaya longneck soprano
    Mainland red cedar/rosewood concert (converted to coffee-can resonator)
    KoAloha longneck (concert scale) soprano
    Mainland red cedar / rosewood tenor (gave to my son-in-law - was good uke but I never warmed to it)
    Mainland gloss mahogany cutaway slothead tenor with MiSi
    Mainland matte mango soprano
    Mainland matte mahogany baritone
    Mainland matte mahogany soprano

    Anybody noticing a trend?...

    All of the Mainland ukes above I regard as good ukes but the two sopranos are both truly outstanding - they really don't give up anything to my KoAloha. I don't know whether that is true of all Mike's sopranos or if I just got lucky.

    The gloss mango tenor is also very good and definitely a keeper; not as loud as some tenors but very sweet whether acoustic or plugged in.

    The other Mainlands are good ukes with nice action, good intonation, and good sound. I consider them keepers but I wouldn't be broken up over losing them the way I would the sopranos and the mango tenor.

    John

    Edit to add...oh, and a concert solid-body eleuke - don't remember what order I bought it in.
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    I have to agree, Mainlands can't be beat in their price range. I got a Gloss Mango Concert a while back and it has taken over the most played spot in my line up, I even prefer it over my Kamaka (although it not an apples to apples comparison, the Kamaka is a soprano Pineapple and I tend to prefer concerts).
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    I like mainlands for sound and price... it's a real good deal...not all ukes have the sound I like, but I can say this, mainland is up there for me...way up there..

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    I don't have any Mainlands....yet, but have played a few. They have a sweet woody tone and represent great value for the money. Can't count the number of positive posts and recommendatins I've read on UU. Good choice....fantastic customer service.

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