This is my first post on this forum. I was looking for an inexpensive tenor uke to take to Burning Man this year, since it's a pretty harsh environment and i don't want to wreck my Pono. I found the Rubin RT401, all solid mahogany, with electric PU on eBay. At $90 w/ shipping it seemed too good to be true. This was the only place I could find a discussion on it, but the reviews looked good, so I decided to give it a try.
The uke arrived yesterday, actually a day sooner than the window they had said in which to expect it. I'm quite pleased with it overall. I expected it to come with a high g string on it, so I already had a low G string ready to put on it. As mentioned, they come with Aquila strings, which are also on a Lanakai concert I took to the desert last year, and although they tend to be a bit bright, I don't dislike them. A previous post mentioned that it is small for a tenor. I've compared it to my Pono, PKT-1, and although the overall length of the Rubin is about 1/2" shorter, the scale length on both is 17". Not really that small.
The wood and the finish are pretty good. It's an attractive instrument to look at. Some braces on the inside look a bit crude, and the rosewood bridge could have been sanded finer. The fret ends are smooth (unlike that Lanakai concert, which I had to file down.) It already has the fret marker dots along the edge of the neck, which I don't usually see on cheap instruments.
I'm still waiting for the strings to settle in - Aquilas take about a week - but I really like the tone of this uke. It's almost as good as the Pono. I don't use an amplifier much, so I dug one out, and the electrics are OK, but not the best. Unfortunately that amp seems to be not working so well, so that may be my next project.