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    Default Which one buy? not first one but low budget one :(

    Attachment 64072Hello everybody....

    For couple of days (weeks) I'm wondering which ukulele buy

    My first ukulele was Eleuke SL-C , i enjoyed it but it was not 100% happiness ;p;p and i had some cash problem so i sold it

    Now I really want to get back to Ukulele

    My budget is really low... about 275$

    I thinking for non-electric one in soprano or concert size....
    Problem also is avaibility in Poland where I live.
    Here is only 1 (specialized with ukes) store:
    www.przyjazne-ukulele.pl/en/

    Thinking about those positions:

    Soprano Kala egzotic Mahogany Ka-Sem about 180$
    http://przyjazne-ukulele.pl/images/s...b0dd58abbe.jpg

    Kala Ukulele soprano travel KA-SSTU about 210$
    http://przyjazne-ukulele.pl/images/s...ct/ka-sstu.jpg

    Ukulele Leolani concert about 210$
    http://przyjazne-ukulele.pl/images/s...ct/leokon1.jpg

    Kala Concert egzotic mahogany Ka-Cem about 210$
    http://przyjazne-ukulele.pl/images/s...uct/ka-cem.jpg

    Mahimahi concert MC-87G mahogany about 240$
    http://przyjazne-ukulele.pl/images/s...ct/mc-87g5.jpg

    Mahimahi concert MC-35W cedar about 255$
    http://przyjazne-ukulele.pl/images/s...uct/mc-35w.jpg

    Ukulele APC concert traditional about 285$
    http://przyjazne-ukulele.pl/images/s...9a9f8b5150.jpg

    Ukulele APC concert classic about 285$
    http://przyjazne-ukulele.pl/images/s...3f587684b6.jpg

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    Thread approved. Apologies for the delay.

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    You're in Poland?
    I have no idea what prices are like there, but in your price range I would look at the Bruko's which are solid wood handmade ukes out of Germany. They should be better quality than the Kalas you have listed and should come setup well.

    I have very fond memories of Warsaw and Krakow...I'd love to go back some day

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    Yes, here is only one ukulele shop (and its great! Mr. Maiski is really friendly and he knows a lot about ukes) They had Brueko but now is not avaible

    Bruko No. 6 is really nice !!! but I'm afraid a little of shipping (damage in shipping)

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    If ukes can be shipped from China without damage, they can be shipped to Poland. Do you have to pay an important tax for foreign purchases? Shipping from Germany for a Bruko, especially if you buy a hard case along with it, shouldn't be a problem.
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    I really love my Kala. When I purchased it, I had not been intending to spend that much on it (it was about $250). I am so glad that I did, it is my favorite uke. It needs almost zero tuning and always sounds great.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PhilUSAFRet View Post
    If ukes can be shipped from China without damage, they can be shipped to Poland. Do you have to pay an important tax for foreign purchases? Shipping from Germany for a Bruko, especially if you buy a hard case along with it, shouldn't be a problem.
    From outside European Union i should pay duty and tax (+4% +23%)

    Inside European Union nope

    I'm thinking now Brueko 130euro + 25euro = about 210$
    (but Bruko are mainly/only in soprano size)

    What do You think about APC/Iberica Ukes from Portugal ?? (concert size)

    and i have here in PL some options of MahiMahi but i dont know O.o

    So confused to buy something i really enjoy ;p;p so i dont know which would be better for me... (i prefer fingerstyle picking)

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    You won't go wrong with a Bruko, solid wood, lovely looking, well made, great sound. The No 6 is a great soprano - I bought one a few weeks ago. If you factor in a hard case with your purchase then the uke will be even better protected when its shipped to you. And Germany is EU so no import duties and shipping not that bad.

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    Ok Soprano option is Bruko 6

    And Bruko have "thin" sound I prefer "warm" sound ;/

    Can You advise me some option i concert size ?? also up to 250$ + shipping (You told me about shipping in hard case so I;m even thinking about something used)

    What Do You think about ULURU II (i read some not good opinions ) ??????
    http://www.southernukulelestore.co.uk/Product/722/Uluru-II-Ukulele-All-Solid-Mahogany-Concert-Ukulele-with-gigbag

    Maybe wait a little longer and buy Pono AC All Solid Acacia Concert Ukulele ???

    Kamoa E3GC Grand Concert Ukulele All Solid Wood Blonde ???

    Ohana CK20S Concert Ukulele Solid Mahogany Top ??

    And i found Kala KA-ACP-CT for 300$ <<< worth it ?


    I thought to buy something on ebay but this is tought nut to crack So buying from USA will be much expensive ;/;/
    Pono concert 350$
    Shipping:
    $56.13 International Priority Shipping to Poland
    Item location:
    Tarpon Springs, Florida, United States
    Import charges:
    $130.69 (amount confirmed at checkout)

    Regards
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    I've played the Kala ACP-CT, and own the tenor version. I like the model better in the tenor size, but that's based on playing only one in the concert size. The next could sound much better. If you've played it in person and it sounds fine, that price is within the reasonable range. The ACP CT and ATP CT are very popular models.

    The Problem With Shipping/Buying Without Trying:
    Looking at the shipping costs you listed, this can become very expensive with just one ukelele. Buying a second could become really expensive. I bought a Pono from a dealer in Florida, and asked for quicker shipping. It was a beautiful looking ukelele, but didn't have nearly the volume of another uke I had bought from him the week before. I shipped it back, and lost $75. I wanted another Pono, and spoke with the guys at Hawaii Music Supply. They told me to make a note that I wanted one with lots of volume. That's great, but not all dealers are going to do that for you.

    Ebay isn't always bad. Many of the listings are from retailers, and some very good retailers. Shipping costs come back into play again, so that would be tough for my if I lived outside the USA.

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