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    Default So I Bought a Mitchell Concert or "Hello"

    Hey there Ukulele Underground, my name is Mike and I've just discovered that the Ukulele is simply fantastic.

    My sister is a pretty big fan of Julia Nunes, Wade Jonston, and the other youtube ukulele people. Me being a music person decided to buy her a Ukulele for Christmas. It was a very cheap Oscar Schmidt from the small local music store. I didn't want to get her anything too nice because I wasn't sure if she was going to really take to it, or if it would end up being a novelty thing.

    After Christmas I just couldn't stop playing it! It is just an incredibly fun instrument. I spent a while reading things online and then went to Guitar Center to see if they had a decent selection (I live in the Middle of Nowhere Florida, also known as Highlands County--so there really aren't too many other places to go).

    The salesperson there sold me a Mitchell Ukulele, MU100, claiming that it was solid Koa. I thought that unlikely but he insisted. I probably should've known that I couldn't get a solid wood Ukulele for $170, but excited and pleased I purchased it.

    I've had it for about two weeks and looked it up online--found this forum: http://www.ezfolk.com/forums/forum18/4626.html where people have said things like this:
    Quote Originally Posted by ForeverUke
    Just say "no" to Mitchell ukes. Same maker as Samick/Washburn/Lyon & Heal/Oscar Schmidt.

    Composite/laminate spruce tops do not make a nice sounding uke. They look pretty, but that's about where the honeymoon ends. Yuck, yuck, yuck.

    "Mitchell" is Guitar Center's p.o.s. cheapo house brand. They overcharge. I'd tell you to go for it if they offered the uke for $25. That's about their value.
    (Mine is laminate koa, I've since found, I think he's talking about the MU70.)
    This disturbs me. I don't have anything to compare it to. Right now the Mitchell is the most expensive Ukulele I've heard in person, and I don't know ANYONE down here who sells, plays, or has Ukuleles for me to compare it to.

    To ME, the tone sounds real nice and mellow--with factory strings. The intonation is nearly perfect (maybe I got lucky). The weight seems nice to ME. It looks beautiful of course, but apparently its a laminate. Its a little bit quiet--but then again I'm not entirely sure how loud its suppose to be.

    It seems pretty good to ME, but maybe only because I've never even seen a solid wood Ukulele and I don't really know much.

    Should I try and return it to Guitar Center? Could I get something better for the price? I don't really want to pay more than $250 for it.

    So, hello. My name is Mike and I've just started on my journey of discovering this amazing little instrument. Thanks for reading/responding!

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    Can you get nicer ukes for the price, yes but if you like it, who cares what other people think.

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    That's a good stater Uke. I started out on the MU-70, a big step down from yours, and I loved that thing. I only had mine for 6 months though before the nut fell off though.. this just happened this last weekend. If you plan to keep playing, I might suggest returning that one and using the money to boy a Uke from musicguymic's room, a great eBay store which is highly rated round here.

    Here's a sample of what you could get for the $170:
    http://cgi.ebay.com/KALA-KA-SC-solid...742.m153.l1262

    A solid spruce top, complete set up with Aquila strings, free hardshell case chordbook and pitch pipe. All for $139.95 plus 18.95 shipping.

    Good luck to you, keep playing!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Link View Post
    That's a good stater Uke. I started out on the MU-70, a big step down from yours, and I loved that thing. I only had mine for 6 months though before the nut fell off though..
    Will you stop with your falling nut already!??
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    Greetings and salutations!

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    I haven't heard too many good things about Mitchell,but I would be pissed that the shop insisted it was solid Koa when it wasn't.That's like selling someone a 4-wheel drive truck that doesn't have 4-wheel drive.

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    Afeatheredhat,
    Do you like the sound of it? It so, don't worry about it. I'm saying this because I also bought the concert MU-100 (laminated koa top) from guitar center. I sat and played that thing for at least an hour before buying it. I have a $800 G-string tenor that I normally play. Sounds good, nice solid koa uke. However, the tone of my laminated Mitchell is just as musical as my G-string. No kidding. It's of course not as "Big" sounding due to the concert actual size, but it plays great and goods damn good. In fact, the next week I went into guitar center and they had just got in a solid koa Mitchell concert for about $100 more. I played it and believe or not, I have to laugh, my laminated one sounded better!

    If yours is anything like mine, then you should be good to go. The only down factor I could find with mine was it needed a fret dressing ( a bit rough at the edge of the frets) and there are a couple over stained areas on the neck. However, this has no effect when it comes to tone and playability. I hope this will ease your mind. Thanks, e.lo...
    Last edited by E-Lo Roberts; 01-13-2009 at 10:51 AM.
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    I would say return it and get something like a Mainland ukulele or Ohana or something equivalent. While I have not personally played any Mainland or Ohana, I have played the Mitchell and I'm pretty sure you can get something better for the same or a little more money.

    Edit: E-Lo's post went up as I was typing mine, but I agree with what he says as well. However, given that the original poster have no point of reference for that Mitchell, I'd still recommend getting a decent reputable solid wood uke instead.
    Last edited by GX9901; 01-13-2009 at 11:05 AM.
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    If you're having fun with it, and it sounds good to you, that's all that matters.

    The music you play is more important than the instrument you play. Just have fun.

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    yknow, Ive got this uke, and Ive compared it to others, and Id say about more than half of the time I prefer my Mitchell. (and this is comparing to $300 and under ukes) I wouldnt say you bought a bad uke, Id say you bought a starter uke. And as a starter uke, you really cant go wrong with it.

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