When choosing from all the instruments to learn how to play, the ukulele is one of the most unique, fun and easiest to learn. It may look like a small guitar, but in actuality it is absent two strings, and is lighter in weight and of course smaller in size, which makes it wonderful for people with small or for children to learn to make music. There is no bulky instrument to have to learn to hold before you can begin strumming. Sometimes they are purchased for the sole purpose of becoming an introduction to guitars, but end up being the instrument of choice for many individuals.
After you have chosen the ukulele from the variety of instruments available to learn how to play, it time to choose the best one for you or whomever you are gifting one to. Do not buy the cheapest one on the market. Many times, people cannot tell the difference between the toy ukuleles and the actual instruments. Take the time to do your research and learn which manufacturer is the best for your situation. Just because it may be smaller than a guitar that does not mean that it is cheaper to manufacturer than a guitar. You do get what you pay for in the long run.
Find a company to purchase from that cares whether or not their customers' ukulele is going to be one of the many instruments that they will cherish. Let them know what you are looking for, what you plan on using it for, and whether or not you will be able to find an instructor. This will give them the opportunity to determine which one will be best for you and your situation. Do not purchase from a company that won't take the time to evaluate your needs and opportunities to learn. A good ukulele company will be able to provide you with a choice of instruments that will not only satisfy your wants and needs, but will give you a lifetime of enjoyment. They will offer only proper packaging for shipping that will care for your new instrument, an instrument that will be able to handle being stored for indeterminate periods with minor maintenance if necessary, and accessories to make your time playing worth your while.
Purchasing your first ukulele is an assignment that will end up being with you for the rest of your life. There are "box stores" that do nothing for you except ship you a cardboard box with a ukulele insude. There are better ukulele dealers that tune, inspect and check every instrument to be sure it is fully playable before they ship it to you. Don't make the mistake of buying from a company with a bad reputation and being so disappointed that you give up on any of the fine instruments available. In fact, finding the best company to purchase from is part of the adventure of buying your first ukulele.