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    Default Help with choosing new tenor uke

    I picked up my kids soprano uke this past summer and have been loving it. Looking to get a new tenor for myself with budget roughly $150 to $225. In general I like deeper, more melancholy tones than bright, plinky tones. Unfortunately, I have very little selection to actually try out within a few hours of me, so I'm doing my best to pick online. Just curious as to whether anyone has experience with any of these options:

    Makai TK65
    Oscar Schmidt OU6
    Riptide EUT-5NS
    Cordoba 20TM
    Ohana TK20

    Thanks a bunk. Happy uke-ing.
    Tom

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    Hey there tmanson! Have you considered a baritone, if you are looking for that deeper sound. To my ear, tenors don't sound hugely deeper. If I were putting it on a scale w 1 being a soprano and a guitar a 10' I'd say a concert is a 2.5, a tenor a 4, and a baritone a 7. I had a Bari first, then a soprano. I was looking for a tenor but was living in a remote area and the only music store near carried only one brand and one size(soprano). I was hoping the tenor would give me a mellow sound in a smaller package. To me though, I thought it actually is much closer in tone to a concert and pretty darn far away from a Bari. Even changing out the strings to dGBE, didn't do it. Still sweet, but just not as mellow as I was looking for. Good luck on your hunt. I haven't had any of those ukes, but I'm sure someone on UU can give some good advice.

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    I would recommend a leho ukulele. Their bodies have longer sides and an arched back which makes it much louder and deeper than my lanikai uke.
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    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

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    I have a Cordoba concert (CM20) set up by HMS. It plays very well for a budget instrument, I can't imagine the tenor being any less reliable.

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    The make/model could vary based on your budget, but I would try an all-solid Mahagony Tenor or Concert sized Uke. Laminated construction typically sounds less robust and not as pronounced as a nice solid wood constructed Uke.
    -Tikiden

    Martin:
    • S1 #2550
    • C1K #7405
    • S1 #2279


    Flea Market Music:
    • Firefly Concert Banjo Ukulele; Walnut; Rosewood F.B.
    • Fluke (on order)
    • Flea (on order)


    Misc. Brand Ukuleles:
    • Kala KA ASACT
    • Kala Ukadelic Tiki
    • Fender NoHea Koa
    • Lanakai 21UP Pineapple

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    I got a Gretsch G9121 A.C.E. for $199 a couple months ago, it looks like it's up to $219 now. I think it's excellent, solid top, sounds great.


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    As mentioed prior knowing that all-solid wood is the way to go, to give you a specific model, defintely give the Martin T1K consideration as well. It's top in craftsmanship and will retain it's value well if resale is a consideration down the road for you. Of course there are many other brands that may cost slight less (Ohana, Oscar Schmidt, Kala, Lanakai, etc...) offering all-solid wood construction choices in Mahagony, KOA, etc..., for slightly less cost. Again it goes back to your budget. Looking forward to hearing about what you select. Have fun!
    -Tikiden

    Martin:
    • S1 #2550
    • C1K #7405
    • S1 #2279


    Flea Market Music:
    • Firefly Concert Banjo Ukulele; Walnut; Rosewood F.B.
    • Fluke (on order)
    • Flea (on order)


    Misc. Brand Ukuleles:
    • Kala KA ASACT
    • Kala Ukadelic Tiki
    • Fender NoHea Koa
    • Lanakai 21UP Pineapple

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    Default Martin T1K

    Photo of the Martin T1K: image.jpg


    Here are couple of Video reviews:

    http://youtu.be/5hOzzI1IDXY

    http://youtu.be/vMRZNANdO8M
    -Tikiden

    Martin:
    • S1 #2550
    • C1K #7405
    • S1 #2279


    Flea Market Music:
    • Firefly Concert Banjo Ukulele; Walnut; Rosewood F.B.
    • Fluke (on order)
    • Flea (on order)


    Misc. Brand Ukuleles:
    • Kala KA ASACT
    • Kala Ukadelic Tiki
    • Fender NoHea Koa
    • Lanakai 21UP Pineapple

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tikiden View Post
    The make/model could vary based on your budget, but I would try an all-solid Mahagony Tenor or Concert sized Uke. Laminated construction typically sounds less robust and not as pronounced as a nice solid wood constructed Uke.
    Do I really have to be careful about humidity and warpage with a solid wood uke?

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