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Only rules are you have to have paid less than $75 and it has to be playable, no wallhangers. Extra credit if you got it for free.

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Homemade banjo uke ($40), Harmony soprano with plastic fingerboard ($30), Harmony soprano painted uke ($5.00), Eddy Finn cigar box concert uke($40), Alic soprano plastic uke ($20).
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I’d also like to say this: Those Harmony ukes with the plastic fingerboard are pretty decent for what they are. I feel all uke players should own one, you just might be surprised by it.
 
21 Jun, 2019
Caramel CS419 Soprano Acoustic Electric Ukulele
with Aquila Strings, Padded Gig Bag, Strap and Picks
Price: $49.99 & FREE Shipping. Details

Size: Soprano
Solid mahogany top, solid mahogany back, laminated mahogany side
Acoustic/Electric, 3 bands EQ with onboard tuner, LCD color display
Aquila Nylgut string (100U) --> Immediately restrung for GDAE

This was the first soprano I really liked (after at least a half-dozen) and it's still the one I always reach for. When plugged in (Bass EQ set 1/2, Mid off, Trb 1/4), it sounds just like it does acoustically. Only louder. I quickly purchased a 2nd one as a spare... Its only fault is that it's not very loud acoustically. Tone-wise, though, I couldn't ask for more. Just plain lovely.
 

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I picked this Donner up from Amazon for, like, $24 when there was a sale last year to leave at my parents...
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Luna "Daddy-O" concert uke purchased from Musician's Friend for $50. Just an exercise in design - plywood mahogany box. five piece neck. Aquillas, rough edge frets. But amazingly it played real well, stayed in tune and had acceptable intonation. Came with a case and free shipping too. Gave the instrument to a potential daughter in law. Both she and the instrument are long gone.
 

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I cant participate here, even my cheap plastic ukulele was the equivalent of $100.
Doesnt help that my first uke, a Makala MK-C, was the equivalent of $120 in a shop in my town, even though I understand that they go for half that in the States.
 
Luna "Daddy-O" concert uke purchased from Musician's Friend for $50. Just an exercise in design - plywood mahogany box. five piece neck. Aquillas, rough edge frets. But amazingly it played real well, stayed in tune and had acceptable intonation. Came with a case and free shipping too. Gave the instrument to a potential daughter in law. Both she and the instrument are long gone.
I still want one of those.
 
A few of the best deal I've gotten (all new and all prices include tax and shipping):

KA-15S $24.67, eventually given away.
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Little known KTU-C (thin/travel uke) $70.79, a keeper, road trip uke.
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Also, a KA-LTP-MH for $46.86 (slightly used), a KA-SLNG for $55.76, and a KA-CEM for $64.35. All of these are for giveaways.
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Geso GC-85 and GT-85 1 & 4 USD on auction. Amazing quality and sound.

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I cant participate here, even my cheap plastic ukulele was the equivalent of $100.
Doesnt help that my first uke, a Makala MK-C, was the equivalent of $120 in a shop in my town, even though I understand that they go for half that in the States.
I’m always digging through second hand stores. Except for the banjo uke and the Alic, I found the rest in thrift stores. Not that I’m trying to give you a case of UAS or anything like that.
 
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How about a couple of Harmony mahogany ukes?

The red label soprano was $29.95 from an eBay auction, which for some reason no one else bid on.
The baritone was $49.95, also from eBay.

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Judging by the label, I think the soprano is from the 40’s. I also have a mahogany soprano and they really have a sound all their own.
 
Judging by the label, I think the soprano is from the 40’s. I also have a mahogany soprano and they really have a sound all their own.
Yes, this soprano is pretty well made and sounds good. I thought the red labels went back into the 20's or 30's, but can't find where I read that. Someone fitted it with some nice tuners, which alone were worth what I paid.

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I cant participate here, even my cheap plastic ukulele was the equivalent of $100.
Doesnt help that my first uke, a Makala MK-C, was the equivalent of $120 in a shop in my town, even though I understand that they go for half that in the States.
Yes. Same issue.
 
My one and only uke is the Yowling Tom soprano which began as a DIY kit intended (as I was to learn much later) as a ‘gag’ Christmas gift in 2021.
Labor hours aside, mod expenses totaled $43.75:
$16.00 Bison bone nut and saddle.
$ 5.00 bout-end strap button
$ 2.75 bootlace strap
$20.00 KoAloha friction tuners
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NOT just a wall hanger (even if such cartoonish paint were to your taste). Sound sample:
 
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