We just got in the new Makai TK-65 tenor ukulele and the consensus here at the shop is that this is some serious value!
The sound is balanced and the design is fluent with a soft venetian cutaway. Classic Martin style construction, solid without being heavy. The tuning keys are really well made and a bone nut and saddle are used. The neck profile feels CNC computer perfect. Which is what the best makers are doing to insure a consistent feel and flow. And after our final setup, this tenor plays effortlessly, and is available with a low G setup at no extra charge.
It would be a sweet deal even without, but the real kicker is…It has a pickup with an on board EQ that has a built in tuner, and, as you would figure from my title, it’s under $200!!!
IMHO the four most impressive Brands of ukulele with models under $200 are -Leolani, Kala, Luna, and Makai.
Of all of them, if my budget was $200,
this Makai would be my choice.