Exciting, isn’t it! Well, I thought so. Maybe not the same as a mud wrestling match, or even playing UNO on your iPhone. But it’s like the excitement you get watching videos on youtube, or checking Facebook. Because in string battling, or even ukulele reviewing, there can be no defined winner or loser. Not everyone is trying to sound the same. And that’s a good thing!
The Lanikai reviewed was one I brought in to sample because I remembered Bruce Robbins commenting on it in response to the Kala or Lanikai? post a few months ago. Thanks for the tip Bruce.
If you have been trying different ukes out, please comment on what you are finding to be the best value in the uke market. We want to hear your opinions!
We sell this for $379 shipped and it is all solid Monkey Pod, also known as Rain Tree. It has a Fishman Sonitone undersaddle pickup, and a Fishman Sonicore preamp with volume and tone adjustment from two wheels mounted right under the soundhole. The sound is mean! (which means nice here in Hawaii). Ya, it’s weird….but back to the review, the Lanikai SMP-TCA may not win like a glorious mud wrestler champion. But with a slight adjustment, in the form of an Alohi wound 3&4 string set from the Ko’olau company, the uke came alive. AND when you factor the spectacular setup (because they need it) from our new full time tech -Mr. Danny Navarro, you get an instrument worth it’s tag and more. Let’s see… All solid wood, bone nut and saddle, slotted headstock, wood bindings, a killer fishman pickup, + custom setup from people who care for only $379! That’s a good value!~
Some ukes I prefer with Aquila. Most I prefer with the high G. But this one sounds sweet with the Low G Ko’olau set. At least that’s my opinion. What’s yours?