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Original Post By: norsetruth Date: 2/12/2017 10:20:39 PM
i was looking around online, and found a few listings on one page with some low-priced ukes that i was checking out. some of them look nice, but i don't know.

these are the ukes (with pictures):
-Firebrand https://images.shopgoodwill.com/12/2-8-2017/71090328104359er.JPG
-Stella https://images.shopgoodwill.com/81/2-10-2017/7372704105448nt.JPG
-Stagg https://images.shopgoodwill.com/134/2-10-2017/88959891074936el.jpg
-CB-Sky https://images.shopgoodwill.com/122/2-10-2017/121059510144210ee.JPG

Posted By: Muttzukii Date: 2/13/2017 1:14:06 PM
Except for the Stella, these are at best adequate but most likely junk. The Stella is actually a true vintage preWW II instrument. It was built as a basic grade player, but the manufacturer has a good background [Leadbelly's guitar]. The problem with it is it may be in physically poor condition. While to a devotee of vintage instruments it would be a find, it would be a challenge for a beginner. [Think Model A Ford left under the haystack since 1930]. If you want a playable beginner instrument, go to Ukuleleworld.com. They are extremely honest and fair. If they say something is the best in it's price range; it is. Those dolphin kid ukes are OK, but if you can swing $100-$200, you're more likely to get something you can use to intermediate level.
Posted By: Dave Means Date: 2/13/2017 2:05:31 PM
I agree with Muttzuki and strongly urge you to step up a bit in price and quality if you can at all afford it. These bottom-line ukes invariably have impossibly high action, making them difficult to play, and the high action causes them to play out of tune, especially at the higher frets.

If you must buy a very inexpensive uke, try to find someone competent who can adjust the action for you. It will make learning and playing infinitely more pleasant.
Posted By: norsetruth Date: 2/13/2017 6:04:43 PM
again i'd just like to thank the both of you for replying! i truly do appreciate the help, seeing as i don't know what i'm doing, lol.
i checked out ukulele world and there's one they're selling that's quite literally titled " if price is important...Buy this one" http://www.ukuleleworld.com/ohana-sk-10s-soprano-ukulele-looking-for-a-soprano-uke-and-price-is-important-this-uke-is-the-one-to-choose.html?category_id=219 if anyone agrees that this one is good quality, i'll pick it up with my next paycheck coming up.

as well as that, the newest of my ukes is a Diamond Head. with doing minimal research online, i saw that they're a very cheap brand. would it be a better idea to keep the Diamond Head i have until i decide that i want to move up to a better quality, or should i just move up and not really use the Diamond Head?
Posted By: J Boy Shyne Date: 2/14/2017 8:34:47 AM   (Updated: 2/14/2017 8:46:32 AM)
I am a fan of cheap ukes. I play and love them. Indeed, I offer that ukes are supposed to be inexpensive instruments. IMHO anyone who spends more than $20-$30 for a first uke is a fool.

The pics of the ukes you posted are not "junk." If they are selling for $20 or less, I'd recommend purchasing any of them. At a minimum, they can be used as beater instruments and brought on camping trips or stored in the car.

Oh, I love my dolphin Makala ukes. When I bought them about 10 years ago, they were going for $25. They are not "kid" instruments. I've performed with said instruments.

My niece and me on our pink and baby blue Makalas.
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f6/jboyshyne/Maddie%20amp%20Uncle%20J%20Boy%20for%20Facebook.jpg

Me performing with my baby blue Makala for a bunch of beach stoners.
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f6/jboyshyne/JBoyShyne%20at%20Moonlight%20Beach.jpg
Posted By: J Boy Shyne Date: 2/19/2017 5:45:22 AM   (Updated: 3/10/2017 4:58:29 PM)
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Posted By: perep Date: 3/9/2017 11:37:34 PM
I have now 66 ukuleles and in them are two dolphins which with good strings will play to the 100-150 Uke range. Start there and you have not lost much if you decide to lay it down and there are people who will buy a dolphin used. Have fun. When you decide to go to a really good player spend all you can afford on it so you don't wind up with 66 ukuleles

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