I just took delivery on two new ukuleles. One is a "custom" Bruce Wei concert ukulele that was $99 plus $65 shipping from Vietnam. The strings are still settling, and I will be removing those strings anyway…so I'm leaving that for now.
The other is an Enya Soprano Camp Ukulele. It is currently under $29, and comes with the ukulele, gig bag, tuner, cleaning cloth, truss rod adjuster, strap, extra strings (will say more about this later), picks (?), and a capo. Mine was $30.99 and the price has gone DOWN since I ordered it last week.
The ukulele is made of High Pressure Laminate…a higher quality and thinner (thinner usually equals more resonance)…apparently the same as Martin OX model ukuleles. The ukulele also has a radius fretboard (something only my high level Pono has), a truss rod (again, something only my Pono has), strap buttons (only my Bonanza came with these), and the neck is removable.
Right now, the uke is quiet, but easy to play…clearly high quality and completely insane that it is $29. Insane.
If you have been looking for a travel ukulele, or ukuleles for your school…and can get "in" on this deal…do it. You will need to replace the strings, which are junk…I prefer Martin fluorocarbon strings on all of my ukuleles (except my Banjolele), which are inexpensive…but strings are a subjective matter.
We still had some fundraising money at school, so I immediately ordered 10 for our program. That is less than $300 for 10 ukuleles. I was considering buying Outdoor Ukuleles (at a school cost, would still be $50 each) plus a gig bag ($15) for students to have access to ukuleles at school. I decided to get these instead with existing funds. We already have KIDS Ukulele Strings to put on them.
I'll post a video or two about this ukulele later…I'll try to record with the crummy strings, and then to later record with the Martins.
Oh…want a link? This is a referral which sends some of Amazon's profit my way:
Want to get KIDS Ukulele Strings? Individual Packs are slightly more expensive than other strings, but the cost includes a donated set to a charity like Ukulele Kids Club; sets of 20 can be ordered directly from Aquila.