Submitted November 23, 2016 by Patrick C in Durham, NC
"Not bad for a travel uke"
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My tenor uke recently broke and, with Christmas right around the corner, I didn't feel right putting down a couple hundred dollars on a new one. The Vorson seemed like a cheap stopgap until I could get a proper uke.
For that or as a travel ukulele, it's great. I probably wouldn't recommend this as someone's first ukuelele. The plastic body gives a much different tone than even cheap laminate. More snappy and sharp with not much resonance. The playablity is also not the best. The string height was pretty high when I received it (though I did lower it) and the lack of distinction in color on the frets makes them pretty hard to see. They are just ridges on a solid piece of black plastic. Though it feels sturdy, you'd never be fooled into thinking it's a "nice" uke. The fretboard in the one I received was slightly off center and the tuners are pretty cheap feeling (it seems like the knobs will snap off anytime).
Okay, that was mainly the bad points. There are some good points though: The intonation isn't bad. In fact, it's much better than I've found on other cheap ukes. It also definitely feels like something that would hold up to travel. Due to that and its price, I wouldn't hesitate in bringing it on a camping trip or travelling with it. Depiste its plastic materials though, it doesn't feel like a toy either. Maybe it is the concert size (vs the soprano size of most toy ukes), but it has the feel of a proper instrument. Again, I probably woudn't bring this on stage or use in a recording, but for throwing in my carry on to visit family or keeping the car for when I have some free time, it's perfect. Especially considering the price, if this broke, i would definitely buy another one.
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