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    Default Does this sound like a good upgrade?

    Hi all, I have been playing the uke since December. I still suck, but I like it. I have found a teacher and will begin lessons this week. I currently have a Mahalo u-30. It is a cheapy, but it has been enough for me to learn that I like the uke. My teacher says I can use the mahalo for the lessons, but I want a "real" uke.

    I have almost decided that I want a Kao Pili Deluxe Soprano. I want the solid acacia model. unless someone can make a case for the mahogany one.

    Does this seem like a reasonable upgrade? Should I look for something cheaper since I am new? Any suggestions?

    Thanks,
    Hadsdad

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    Rule of thumb with up grades if spend as much as you can or whatever is in your buget. Because better quality instruments just feel better which will want you to play more and then make you a better player. So if you can afford that kao pili deluxe go for it or if you can afford more go for that.

    As for the dfference in acacia and mahogany listen to sound samples see which sound you like better I have both a "koa" and a solid mahagony and they sounds completely different.
    My Babies (in order of purchase): Fender Nohea Koa Tenor, Pono MS with pickup, The Magic Fluke Co. Firefly, Martin T1K, Kala Ka-8

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    I'm a beginner also but one thing I have learned is that it's best to go play and hear the uke you think you want to have before investing big bucks in it. Outside of that an upgrade is always a great idea if you can afford it.

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    I've never owned a KPK - I've heard both good and bad of them. There are a couple of real fans of them around here someplace...

    Actually, the most important thing when purchasing a mid-range uke is that you purchase it from a dedicated uke seller who will go the extra mile to set it up, etc. Folks like HMS, Mim, Uke Republic, and Mike and Tookta at Mainland Ukes all have good reputations around here - avoid buying a mid-priced uke from the big chains like Amazon.com, Musician's Friend, Guitar Center, etc. unless you know how to set a stringed instrument up properly (unlikely if you're a beginner, unless you have prior experience setting up guitars or what have you).

    You will get far more from your lessons if your uke is set up with a decently low action (not crazy low, but low enough that intonation is good and barre chords like the Bb are not particularly difficult). It will be far more fun to play so you will practice more, and if the intonation is good you will develop an "ear" much more quickly.

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    @kwall, I was thinking the same as you. Buy a better uke and I would be more willing to play more often.

    @Icelander, unfortunately there is nowhere local to try decent ukes. Also, I am so knew, I don't think I would be much of a judge

    @Oldphart, I plan to buy from the website others have recommended. http://pilikoko.com/. I will call them first to make sure they will set it up. Others have said good things.

    Thanks for your input guys.

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    Just a heads up there is a KPK acacia on the Fleamarket Marketplace right now for $130. No affiliation - just saw it a minute ago before logging on here.

    https://www.fleamarketmusic.com/marketplace/default.asp

    Cheers,
    Matt

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    I think it's in the marketplace here too. http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/...ginal-gig-bag)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hadsdad View Post

    @Icelander, unfortunately there is nowhere local to try decent ukes. Also, I am so knew, I don't think I would be much of a judge
    where are you from? always just randomly pop into guitar stores cause you never know. As well, you may not think you are a good judge, but it is your ukulele so it has to feel right for you. That would be why you test em cause it is all about feel.
    My Babies (in order of purchase): Fender Nohea Koa Tenor, Pono MS with pickup, The Magic Fluke Co. Firefly, Martin T1K, Kala Ka-8

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    A quick question before you upgrade ukes. Have you every tried a concert or tenor uke or have you only played a soprano. If you have tried different sizes and like the soprano than go with the best one you can afford. If you haven't tried different sizes I would suggest you do so before making any decisions or purchases.

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    Best sounding soprano I've played so far is a KPK pineapple that was donated to me to give to a child. I still miss that uke and joke with the boy I gave it to that I want it back!

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