Buy ukulele: Hamano H-100 Vintage

This last christmas I bought three new ukuleles. One for my wife, one for my brother, and one for myself. Today I wanted to talk about the ukulele I bought for myself, the Hamano H-100 Vintage.

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I chose this ukulele for a couple reasons. It had great reviews, it was a solid wood ukulele at a pretty decent price, it was a concert, and though I didn’t particularly like the style at first, I grew to like it. Many people actually prefer this style as it resembles the old Martin ukuleles.

Once I actually started playing it, I was very happy. It had a great sound, and was very easy to play. The quality is also very good for an ukulele in this price range. I was used to playing a soprano, so playing a concert did take some getting used to, but once I got used to it, I loved it.

I have been playing it for about 7 months now, and I have to say that the sound has gotten even better. When I first looked at buying a solid wood ukulele I heard people say this, but now I have actually experienced it myself. It makes you want to play even more.

I am also surprised at how many people comment on the style. I wasn’t a fan at first, but everyone really seems to like the vintage style ukulele.

So, if you are looking to buy an ukulele, and want something that will sound great and last, then I can highly recommend it. I think it is a great ukulele for beginners and is high enough quality to stay with you for a long time.

I have had a chance to handle some more expensive ukuleles and I think this one definitely competes with those. It’s not quite as flashy as a lot of other ukuleles for sale, but that is actually part of it’s appeal.

Check out the Hamano H-100 on Amazon

 

 

Buy an Ukulele: 3 Things to consider

Buying your first ukulele can be a bit overwhelming. There are a lot of ukuleles to consider, a lot of different ukulele brands, and even different sizes. You will be spending a lot of time with your ukulele, so you want it to be the right one. So what is the right one for you? Here is a list of three things you should consider.

How serious are you about learning the ukulele

This may seem like a pretty stupid question. If you weren’t serious then you wouldn’t be planning to buy an ukulele right. However, knowing the answer to this question will help you decide what kind of an ukulele to purchase.

If you have experience with music and know what it takes to learn, and know that you will continue, then you should buy something that is nicer. That way you don’t have to buy something better down the line.

If you just want to try learning the ukulele, or if this is your first instrument, then you may want to buy a less expensive ukulele. Something like the Makala Dolphin, which has a great sound, but can be had at a great price. This way if you don’t decide to continue playing you are only out a few bucks and can give the ukulele to someone else wanting to learn.

Try the ukuleles out

This isn’t always possible. For those who do have the ability to test out different ukuleles, you definitely should. It will allow you to see how they feel in your hands and how your fingers hit the chords. You will also find that ukuleles vary between each one. Some will sound great while others might not sound as good (even though they are the same model). Getting them in your hands will help you find the right one for you.

The right shop and setup

Not every shop carries ukuleles, and most of the ones that do, don’t specialize in them. This means that they are selling the ukuleles as is. This is usually okay for high end ukuleles, but for ukuleles for beginners, ones in the lower to middle range, most will sound better with a proper setup. A shop who knows ukuleles will usually offer a setup with their ukuleles, which helps to get rid of the imperfections from manufacturing and makes your ukulele sound better. Most places will include this service for free when selling an ukulele, but you should always consider this in the final value when making your choice. A proper setup is probably worth about $20-$40.

So now that you know what to look for, check out some of the below links to get started on choosing your ukulele.