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I am planning to buy a ukulele tomorrow, and I am a bit lost. I did manage to figure out the differences between a Soprano Ukulele and a Concert Ukulele, so I have chosen an Concert Ukulele, which I assume fits my musical choices.

The problem is choosing a specific model, I've seen many brands available and I am currently considering the the Aloha 30C Ukulele and the Ibanez UKC 10.

I am not sure which one I should pick, the reviews I've found from the Aloha are all in French, nothing interesting really.

How can I evaluate these ukeleles?

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Welcome to the site! If you check out the FAQ, you'll see that we don't answer questions related to shopping / brand choices. If you can edit your question to pertain to performance practice, then I'm sure you'll get some great answers. –  jjmusicnotes Jun 9 '13 at 19:18
    
I think there's enough here that we don't have to close. Asking questions about how to evaluate different models is fine, and that's mostly what this is about. –  NReilingh Jun 9 '13 at 20:39
    
If you can try them in a shop, I think this would help you decide. I find that when I try instruments, I just 'know' when I find the one I like. It's unscientific, but if you love the feel of it then you might end up playing it more :) –  laher Jun 9 '13 at 22:02
    
@am75 Problem is, I cannot try the Ibanez :( –  Ben Mezger Jun 9 '13 at 22:12
    
ok. At that price range, the wood will almost certainly be plywood, so it's probably down to construction quality, which is hard to judge like this. Based on familiarity and googlability I'd go for the Ibanez. (I've never heard of Aloha - possibly a European brand - whereas Ibanez are well known to make quality guitars, and that Ibanez model has 5 [positive] reviews on musiciansfriend.com). –  laher Jun 9 '13 at 22:48
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Most of the same considerations come in as for a guitar:

Ukuleles are generally nylon strung, so you don't need to worry about truss rods. You might want to think about amplification, and electric-acoustic ukes are increasingly common.

The most important advice is equally true for all instruments: don't spend serious money on an instrument you haven't held in your own hands, and tried out.

What you're proposing to spend here is one step more expensive than the bottom-of-the-range ukuleles that seem to be everywhere. It might be worth spending €30 on a really cheap one, and learning the basics on it, so that you can visit a music shop and know what you're looking for when trying out more serious instruments.

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Thanks! I tried and tested the Aloha 30C! I loved it and I got it! Playing it right now! Cheers. –  Ben Mezger Jun 12 '13 at 12:55
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