Oscar Schmidt OU7, Ohana Deluxe TK-70CG

Oscar Schmidt go one louder with the OU7. It looks cool, but if they’re going to keep jacking up the price they’ll have to switch to solid ukes pretty soon.

A ‘deluxe’ and ‘limited edition’ Ohana TK-70CG. Sexy cutaway, but not sure about the pink tuners (and I usually love pink).

One uke that might want to think about adding a cutaway is this Mike Chock Mango ukulele. What’s the point of 23 frets if you can only reach 12 of them? But I do quite like the pear shape.

Every time a vintage Martin 5K crops up on eBay I do a quick ‘pros and cons’ list of selling one of the kids. And in this case the uke has a lovely battered case – making the list dangerously close to even.

We’ve been total idiots. Practicing when all we had to do was learn to play the ukulele subliminally.

Easel style ukulele stand: classy solution.

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  1. byjimini April 24th, 2009 6:29 pm

    My word, that OU7 is simply stunning.

  2. Woodshed April 25th, 2009 7:15 am

    byjimini: It does look good. A shame it’s not solid though.

  3. mute April 28th, 2009 8:40 pm

    I found the oscar schmidts really lovely to look at, but very quiet. I’m guessing if this is another laminate it won’t have much volume?

  4. Woodshed April 28th, 2009 10:00 pm

    mute: I would guess that the sound wouldn’t be up to solid standards.

  5. Mike Lynch December 16th, 2009 7:33 am

    I have owned my OU7T for almost a year now and It still never fails to amaze me with its sound. . . The spalted mango is asthetically beautiful but what really drew me to this instrument is the lightness of it and it has a great voice. . . It really speaks. . . Plus. . . the action of the neck and fingerboard for me is second to none. I like the extra bit of width that Oscar Schmidt puts on its fingerboards. . . Being a guitar player for over 50 years, that feature is very attractive to me. . . The action is smooth. . . I know its laminate but honestly I’ve played many solid wood ukes that dont have nearly the voice that this instrument has. . .

  6. Woodshed December 16th, 2009 10:22 pm

    Mike: Thanks very much for the review.

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