Hilo Standard Soprano Ukulele - Red
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4 of 4 found the following review helpful:
a fun toy, but not a true instrument Jun 01, 2010
By benjamin vorspan
I got this uke a long time ago... probably a decade ago, on ebay, before I realized how easy it is to be duped on there.
This is a toy. That's all there is to it. The fret board is plastic and is screwed on. no real musician would want to use this in public (or private). Ive tried tuning it, and Im aware that ukes generally are tough to keep tuned, but this thing wont stay tuned long enough to tune itself... you tune the top string, and by the time you've tuned the bottom, the top is out of tune again (have you ever heard anyone say "tune" so many times in one sentence?).
having said that, if you're looking for something to give a 2-year old to play with, this will be great. you wont be worried about it being dropped or broken, and the plus side is that if you could get it to tune for more than a minute or two, you can play a few songs with it as well.
Spend a few dollars more on a real uke. keep in mind that if you plan on keeping it around for years, or even decades, you dont want to kick yourself each time you take it out. spending $20 extra now could result in a lifetime of happier "ukeing"
2 of 3 found the following review helpful:
Yukey Junior Mar 27, 2009
By Mary M. Smith
Named my baritone ukulele "Yukey" to make it easy and call this soprano "Yukey Jr." It is adorable and was so easy to tune and play.
Already play the baritone ukulele and wanted to learn the soprano and tenor. Found the soprano easier to tune and play then the tenor.
Really a fun item.
Good beginner uke, that I still play years later Aug 31, 2012
I bought this uke seven years ago. It was my second ukulele. I would like to clear a few things up. Yes, it has a plastic fretboard. But, with a plastic fretboard on a cheap uke, at least you can be sure that the frets are in the right spots. By the way, Fluke and Flea ukuleles have plastic fretboards and everybody brags on them. My first uke had the frets placed off kilter so when I played chords it was never in tune with itself, so this Hilo was actually an upgrade, if you can believe it. As for loose strings; instruments are shipped from who knows where to who knows where else, in who knows what climate. It would not be smart to ship one at full string tension. It could cause the bridge to come off or worse (I had a mandolin in a hot car once that the neck came off of due to the weakening of the glue.) If you are not willing to learn how to tune a ukulele, why would you think you could learn to play it? Reviews like that just confuse people.
This uke does sound a little plasticky and cheap, but that's all cheap ukuleles. The only way to make a ukulele sound better is with better materials, like solid wood. You will never get solid wood at this price, but that's ok. For a cheap uke the most important thing is fret placement, and on this Hilo soprano, they are pretty good.
As advertised Jul 24, 2010
By Susan, the Book Junkie
A nice little uke I bought for my Grandson. Quick delivery, I am a satisfied customer.
1 of 9 found the following review helpful:
ukulele was not strung too tight Apr 21, 2008
By M. Levee
Sorry, but I sent this back. It was not up to the standard that I thought it was.