2014-05-20: My Risa Uke Solid arrived yesterday from ukuleleworld! Thanks to UU forum folks for their advice when my A string slipped off of the tuning peg. Thanks also to Roy Cone of ukuleleworld for his helpful advice.
I really, really want one of these...
In summation, the Risa Uke Solid plays easily and evenly, sounds very good, has excellent intonation, and is very well thought-out in its design. The finish on mine is flawless, too. (And I am unreasonably picky.) So, if you don't mind an unconventional style, it looks great. If, as I suspect, the Soprano and Tenor models are as high-quality as my Concert, these instruments are among the best ukuleles you can buy. They stack up with the best Hawaiian and hand-made ukuleles out there.
I'm just an ordinary guy without any ukulele experience (as of 2014-05-11). I have an acoustic steel-string guitar that I've toyed with on and off over the years but have never gotten to the point of sufficient protective callouses. I spotted the Risa Uke-Solid while browsing portable instruments online. I've seen comparisons with the Traveler Ultra-Lite Ukelele, but the Risa looks to be the nicer instrument for a similar price.
Ukulele/instrument selection criteria I am interested in:
There appears to be quite a lot of information about the Risa available online, so I thought I would organize my research in case it is helpful to others.