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    Default Best laminate soprano?

    I'm thinking of getting a laminate soprano as a travel uke and am leaning towards the Martin 0XK. It got me wondering which laminate sopranos might give it a run for its money. Any impressions?

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    Well, I guess I'll jump in ahead of the others who will probably suggest a Flea. They are known for their durability, but play nice, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by itsme View Post
    Well, I guess I'll jump in ahead of the others who will probably suggest a Flea. They are known for their durability, but play nice, too.
    Hard to beat a flea - still the easiest to play uke I've experienced. Sound is great also, nice crisp note definition and great projection.
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    Kiwaya laminates are very good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hmgberg View Post
    Kiwaya laminates are very good.
    +1 what Howard said.

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    Default Ohana vita uke

    Quote Originally Posted by campfly View Post
    I'm thinking of getting a laminate soprano as a travel uke and am leaning towards the Martin 0XK. It got me wondering which laminate sopranos might give it a run for its money. Any impressions?
    Hi not sure if you have bought a uke yet but i bought a travel uke last year so i did not have to chance damage to my good ukes. I settled on a ohana vita uke and i am very impressed with it it sounds and plays amazing for its cost and was not very expensive so no worry about damageing it
    Hope this helps

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    Default Great basic

    I have a plywood uke you that sounds great it's the Gretsch
    For $100 you have A clear and punchy sound and it loooks also beautiful vintage! Maybe the HMS set up made it so good!

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    I think it's well worth having a good laminate. I already have a solid instrument. One that deals well with weather extremes makes sense to have.

    I was down to the Martin OXK, Flea, and KS-1. All three look like equally good choices. I got the Kiwaya. One advantage to it is the wider neck, if you like that. The finish on the neck feels smooth and seems like it's made to last, and the thing is very light. The other two are sure to be durable. I bet the Martin sounds awesome up close - I'm fascinated by that material it's made of.

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    Quote Originally Posted by coolkayaker1 View Post
    +1 what Howard said.
    +2 for Kiwaya. Better than a lot of solids in my book.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mattyukaholic View Post
    +2 for Kiwaya. Better than a lot of solids in my book.
    The KS-1 rocked
    http://ukeeku.com/2011/01/11/kiwaya-ks-1-full-review/
    The flea is not a bad idea either. I guess it depends on use. does it need to be rugged? Does it need to be stable? Kiwaya.
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