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    Hey everyone, first, im going to give you a brief background of my ukulele history:

    9 months ago, I purchased my first ukulele. It was the ka-15s(http://www.austinbazaar.com/Kala-KA-...=c&cagpspn=pla). I had guitar experience, and kind of ditched the guitar completely because of how much I liked the ukulele, because of the sound and portability. Now I am looking to upgraded from this clunker that I've been playing to a nicer, bigger uke.

    Im looking at tenors because of their size and sound. I do want the fuller sound, and I'm not going to lose the soprano I have completely, so I want to have more diversity. That being said, I cant find many tenors that I'm trusting enough to buy. I do have a tight-ish budget, as I'm a high-schooler who pays for gas. The price range is 100$-200$, although if something pops up that is in the 200$-250$ range that blows everything else out of the water, i'll save more.

    I've heard I should look for solid wood ukes, and that laminate wont give the depth i'm looking for. Is this true? I know strings are a whole different story, so i'm going to leave that out of this thread. Bottom line, what should I be looking at that will last me years after college?

    I would also like to note that I am determined to buy a talsma ukulele if I'm still loving the uke as much as I do now. But for now, thats just a dream. Thanks for reading, Hope you can help me out!

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    For that price, it is going to be mostly or all laminate, but try this list - http://www.theukulelesite.com/best_s...ulele_under200
    Proper setup is crucial, especially in this price range, so the usual suspects to investigate include HMS, Mims Ukes, Mainland, Uke Republic, and I'm sure I'm leaving somebody out. What country are you shipping to?
    Ukulele:
    Iriguchi Tenor "Weeble" - A, WoU Clarity
    Blue Star 19" baritone Konablaster - DGBE
    Cocobolo 16" SC#1-gCEA, SC SLMU
    Ono #42 19" baritone, Ab, LW
    Imua iET-Bb, M600
    Covered Bridge CLN pineapple - Eb cuatro, SC XLL
    Rogue bari
    Bonanza super tenor, cFAD SC LHU
    Kala KSLNG, Eb SC XLU
    Hanson 5-string tenor, dGCEA
    Bonanza SLN GCEA
    Bonanzalele concert
    Guitars:
    Jupiter #47, G, TI CF127
    Pelem, B reentrant
    Jupiter #71, A, UG1

    !Flukutronic!

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    Alright, thanks a ton. I live in the U.S. Id be shipping to pennsylvania, and it would be in the late fall most likely, so cold. Also, does laminate make that huge of a difference? I want something that sounds nice, that I would be able to work with it for the next 6 years or so.

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    You may be able to find a solid top, laminate sides and back in your price range. Most of the sound difference between solid and laminate is in the top. And I'd second Jim's advice about buying from a reputable shop that does a good setup.

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    Gary, Ive been looking at theukulelesite.com, and found a beautiful one, although I'm not totally sold on it yet, but it is very unique which is something im looking for. Also, Allan, I checked the uke out, and I love it, but when you look at the images, at least two, maybe all three are different ukuleles. It's pretty, and after reading the description, seems like a steal, but the pictures worry me.

    The ukulele in the link is said to have more of a bass, but im looking for that. I'd like something with a deeper, more melancholy sound. But thats of course not a requirement, especially at the price range Im looking at.

    here is the ukulele im talking about: http://www.theukulelesite.com/luna-m...lele-pack.html

    Also, thanks a ton for being so helpful, I really appreciate it. Hopefully someday Ill be able to help someone on here the same way you have helped me.
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    http://elderly.com/new_instruments/items/TK20.htm
    http://elderly.com/new_instruments/n...ele--CK20S.htm

    The Ohana 20 series (either concert to tenor) are a great option in this price range. Solid mahogany top with laminate back and sides. Smooth player. Mim and Uke Republic some times have them.

    Happy hunting

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    Well, the price of the concert, along with free shipping and what it offers makes that one look like a winner. Im just not liking how "plain it looks". Although I know that sounds stupid, if I'm going to buy something like this, I want to love it. Im going to go looking again for some and report back now that i know somewhat about what im looking for and where i should look. Thanks as always.

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    Well... here they are. I'm comparing them all, and they all are ukuleles I would consider. Dont feel like you need to read through them all, its a long list, and I should be doing a lot of the research myself. But, if anyone is interested in seeing what I'm browsing through, or want to lend a helping hand, I would appreciate it.

    http://www.theukulelesite.com/luna-m...lele-pack.html
    http://www.theukulelesite.com/island...r-ukulele.html
    http://www.theukulelesite.com/island...gany-mc-4.html
    http://www.theukulelesite.com/kala-k...nut-tenor.html
    http://store01.prostores.com/servlet...t-Solid/Detail
    http://bit.ly/1ad7HtN
    http://cargo.ukerepublic.com/product...w-willow-tenor
    http://cargo.ukerepublic.com/product...oncert-w-setup
    http://cargo.ukerepublic.com/product...-concert-w-bag
    http://cargo.ukerepublic.com/product...mi-maple-tenor

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    You do realize you've listed a number of concert size ukes instead of tenor, right? That Islander tenor would probably be a good choice for you. You might also want to call or email Mim and see if she has any Ohana tenors on the way - looks like she is short on tenors in stock right now. Also this one if you can stretch to $250 - http://shop.mainlandukuleles.com/pro...c?productId=10
    Ukulele:
    Iriguchi Tenor "Weeble" - A, WoU Clarity
    Blue Star 19" baritone Konablaster - DGBE
    Cocobolo 16" SC#1-gCEA, SC SLMU
    Ono #42 19" baritone, Ab, LW
    Imua iET-Bb, M600
    Covered Bridge CLN pineapple - Eb cuatro, SC XLL
    Rogue bari
    Bonanza super tenor, cFAD SC LHU
    Kala KSLNG, Eb SC XLU
    Hanson 5-string tenor, dGCEA
    Bonanza SLN GCEA
    Bonanzalele concert
    Guitars:
    Jupiter #47, G, TI CF127
    Pelem, B reentrant
    Jupiter #71, A, UG1

    !Flukutronic!

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