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    I'm looking to buy a new concert uke to replace my beginners one. I posted elsewhere for advice on spending up to £150 but I've only had 2 replies.
    However I'd like something a bit different and I'm really drawn to the Ohana Vita and it fits my price range.
    Is it a good choice or is there a better buy to be had in a concert uke for a max of £150?

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    Hi camperman, I know nothing of the Ohana Vita. That might be why you didn't get many replies if people have no experience with the Vita. However Ohana is a good dependable brand so I say, go for it. I have always been interested in the Mideast ukes that Mike has on UkeRepublic. I think they are Luteuleles.
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    The Ohana Vita scale is soprano, so if you need the extra fret spacing of a concert, you should probably keep looking. If scale isn't that important to you, I think the Ohana Vita is one of the best sounding ukes in its price range. I love mine! I started out playing classical guitar and dabbling in uke a little bit....the vita made me fall in love with the uke.
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    I have two Ohana Vita ukes - both have spruce tops. The first I won from Making Music Magazine - laminated mahogany body, no-name tuners (had to replace them, because the buttons cracked and broke, but Ohana sent me a set for free!), and the second I got a couple of months back from forum member scdano, who got it from Mim. It has the laminated rosewood body, and grover open gear tuners.

    I have Worth Clear strings on the older one, and the original Aquila strings on the rosewood - going to try the new oasis strings on it in a week or so. They both are loud or soft, as you need, play well, and have helped me - by virtue of being soprano scale necks - use a softer touch with my fretting hand, which has improved my overall playing.

    The MSRP (Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price) is up there, but the street price for the uke runs around $170-180 US, and the hard case runs about $80 US. So call it $260 US, plus shipping and VAT, and you are probably past your £150 target. I'd suggest checking with Mim or Mike at UkeRepublic, and see what they can do for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by missameeames View Post
    The Ohana Vita scale is soprano, so if you need the extra fret spacing of a concert, you should probably keep looking. If scale isn't that important to you, I think the Ohana Vita is one of the best sounding ukes in its price range. I love mine! I started out playing classical guitar and dabbling in uke a little bit....the vita made me fall in love with the uke.
    the one I reviewed was a concert
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    Quote Originally Posted by ukeeku View Post
    Mine measures 13.75 inches from nut to saddle (same as my Koaloha Pineapple soprano). Maybe mine is an oddball/defective one? The body is definitely more concert sized, it fits in a regular concert foam case and the model number would lead you to believe it's a concert, but the neck feels like a soprano (which is part of the reason why I love it...I'm definitely a soprano gal).

    ETA: Here's a post from Ken Middleton that says it's a soprano with a bigger body:

    http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/fo...lid-Spruce-Top
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    my confusion is in where it is on the ohana site
    http://www.ohana-music.com/index.php...category_id=85
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    I think they have it listed with concert, because it is a concert body.

    But the neck is definitely soprano.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ukeeku View Post
    my confusion is in where it is on the ohana site
    http://www.ohana-music.com/index.php...category_id=85
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    Everything above noted.

    Adding this: laminate back and sides, but solid spruce top, which is what really matters.

    Oh, and it's loud. Louder than any other ukulele I have heard. It may even be able to keep up with banjo ukuleles, it's that loud. I love it for old-time jazz standards.
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    The other alternative I'd suggest would be the Clearwater roundback concert - I have the tenor version and it's great! Spookily similar to Ohana's version of the same thing - but I got mine reduced via Amazon, down from £110 to £60 as it was B Stock. The concert was a tenner cheaper. The deal is no longer on (or at least I can't find it) but it's another good concert within your price range, even at full price.......
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