Buying online -Ukulele Brands?
Lanikai- traditional Hawian band, great quality range from cheap to expensive
Kala- traditional Hawian band, great quality range from cheap to expensive
Brunswick- Good value for money usual sold with good string (white Aquila string) Stocked in most local music shops but found cheap on amazons £35 standard size. £54 concert
Mahalo- Ideal of children and beginners on a budget. £18 on ebay is a steal for what you get. This is the only ukulele I would recommend under £20
I can vouch for a shop 15mins south of Bristol that specialise in ukuleles. They have great customer service and are good honest folks. and the best thing is that you can try before you buy> http://www.loveukes.co.uk/
They are currently changing there name to Love uke, but the sign at the front of the shop says absolute guitar.
Get directions 8 Dark Ln Backwell, Bristol, North Somerset BS48 3NP
What ukulele should I buy?
If your are a fan of online shopping you can pick up a good deal with one of these brands. Although they are cheaper then you'll find in your local music shop it's still worth trying before you buy. I'd recommend trying out the different ukuleles at a music shop to see weather you prefer the standard size, soprano or something larger like the concert or tenor.
Also the different types for string can make a noticeable difference to tone. Favorite amongst most players is, Aquila nylgut. The are easily recognisable by there white colour.
A general rule of thumb is to spend £30-£60 or more on a soprano and £50-£90 or more on a concert when buying online. You can of course find some really cheap ukes online but be aware there are some duds out there.