The woman at Threeworlds was so helpful to me in choosing this ukulele. She really understood my needs. I chose the Makala because I adored the deep wood colour and it was also an affordable price. I do have to tune it every time I use it (which is several times a day) but it always stays in tune the whole time I'm playing it. I really love it, it's lightweight and looks and feels beautiful in my hands. And it has a gorgeous deep sound. As a beginner on the uke I want to pick it up and play it all the time, because he makala is such a sweet instrument. I'm very happy with my choice!