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Thread: Kmise. Concert Uke, Solid Spruce Top. MI2067 Spruce/Rosewood, MI2068 Spruce/Mahogany

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    Default Kmise. Concert Uke, Solid Spruce Top. MI2067 Spruce/Rosewood, MI2068 Spruce/Mahogany

    Kmise, you may be familiar with the name if you look at Ukuleles on online marketing platforms. Kmise is a Marketing Brand. From what I can tell they market Ukuleles, I'm not sure if they market anything else and I can't say. Marketing is via Online Sales Platforms, I don't think these are available internationally in Stores, at least not at this current time, although they do seem quite new to the market, perhaps only being on the market around a Month at this stage.
    I've done some research, and the specific Ukuleles in this Review (MI2067 ; MI2068), as far as I can tell, are manufactured by Miaoyin Technologies in China. Oddly MT specialises in new Electronic/Digital Technology, their claim is their focus on High Quality and Perfection in their products and Customer Satisfaction. Don't ask me any more than that, because I can't tell any more than that.
    I've had these Ukes for a few weeks already, so I'm getting quite familiar with them at face value.

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    Fistly, both these Concert scale Ukes have a quality Solid Spruce Top, nicely book matched, with fine straight grain. If you observe the Soundboard you can see the Fine Grain running up the centre and Coarse Grain running up the further extremeties, just as it should be. The Soundboard appears to be very well crafted, not too thick and not too thin, just right. It's not specified but I suspect it's Engelmenn Spruce, known for it's Tonal Quality, especially with Finger Players, and it is fantastic on these Ukuleles which are of course played with the fingers.

    On the MI2067, the Body is Rosewood (likely to be Indian Rosewood), it's not specified whether it's laminate or Solid, though I'm seriously and reasonably well convinced this is Solid Rosewood. Backs and Sides are very well book matched. The first and earliest model I received appeared to have Solid Back with laminate Sides, the second model which I ordered a coupla weeks later appears to have Solid Back and Sides. There is some variation in Colour Depth and Grain Patterns between the two Rosewood models I have, there is also some slight variation in Tone, and this could be expected with Solid Tonewoods (the image of the Spruce/Rosewood model is my own personal keeper, it's noticeably very dark in visual appearance, others may or may not be so dark in colouration)
    The Rosewood model has Abalone Soundhole Rosette as well as around the circumference of the Body incorporated with the Black coloured Plastic Binding.

    On the MI2068, the Body is Mahogany, and again it is not specified whether it is Laminated or Solid, simply Mahogany. It's a natural Honey coloured Mahogany. The Back is nicely book matched, and so are the Sides. The Mahoganey model has Abalone Soundhole Rosette, with Black coloured Plastic Binding, and around the circumference of the Top is fine white/black/white pinstriping. I don't know what type of Mahogany, there are various types and I personally can't specify which type is used.

    I've had every opportunity to check these Ukes over repetitively, and at this stage I'm reasonably well convinced this is Solid Mahogany, I do know laminate, and this doesn't appear to be laminate. I've given them a Tap test, I've played them, I've examined them visually over and over, and saying that I admit there is always some chance that I'm mistaken. I won't confirm or negate, as I don't can't verify with the Actual Specifications which I don't have available.

    The Neck on both models is made of Okoume, a Light Timber, significantly lighter and less dense than Mahogany, and while personally I'm a fan of Mahogany Necks, I think these Okoume Necks do provide a very nicely well balanced Instrument, which also helps to retain it's lightness of overall weight. The Neck is Straight, no problems at all.

    The Headstock is Open Style, or a Slotted Headstock as they are called. Nicely shaped, not Bland and not Fancy, but simply somewhere in between. The Rosewood model is finished with a good quality Rosewood Veneer on the Face, and the Mahogany model has Mahogany Veneer. There is a silver coloured "Kmise" decal sticker on the Headstock, which co-incidentally did peel off of mine with just a little help

    Machine Heads are Chrome, Backward Facing, Open Geared, the type that are usually used on the Open Headstock style. They do appear to be Good Quality Machine Heads, though I couldn't specify a Brand at this stage. They Work Well and Hold Tune without any problems.

    Fretboard is Rosewood, 18 Frets, joining the Body at the 14th Fret. Frets are very well finished.
    Inlaid Fret markers are kind of cute but no too cute, Star shape on the 5,7, 10, 15 Frets, and with a Whale like a little Moby Dick on the 12th. You may or may not like them, I don't mind them at all, even though I'm personally really not into cuteness on my instruments, I actually like them.

    The Bridge is Rosewood, it's fairly elegantly shaped without being fancy. It's the type where you simply tie a knot in the end of the string and slip it under the groove, making it easy to re-string whilst also being secure. *Edited Note - see my later Post regarding the Late Update, particularly regarding the Bridge type.

    Strings - Pre-strung with Aquila Nylguts.

    Nut and Saddle, are Ox-Bone. The Rosewood model has Compensated Saddle, while the Mahogany model has Non-Compensated Saddle.
    Nut Width - 3.4 mm

    *Note - I did do some modelling on the Non-Compensated Saddle myself recently so that it is now a Compensated Saddle. The Saddle can also be replaced for a Compensated Saddle if you prefer, although I did find it to be ok as it was.
    Finish- Both models are Finished lightly, evenly, and smoothly in what appears to be a Matte or Low-Sheen Finish on the Soundboard. The Body and Neck are seemingly finished in Satin, particularly on the MI2067.

    Soundwise, I think these Ukes are fantastic, with the Tone being every bit as good as I would expect from a good quality Solid Spruce Top, with well balanced and pleasantly Clear Tones.

    The Tone is somewhat affected by the Back and Sides on these, each one has it's own character, you can hear slight differences between them, although they all remain just as well balanced and clear due to the Tops being so similar. I find the Spruce/Rosewood model to be quite exceptional to my liking, almost Glass-like in Clarity and Character. And the Mahogany is also quite exceptional although I would personally say just Slightly Warmer overall, though also pleasantly clear and balanced. They have good projection, not what I would call loud or noisy in any way, but certainly not lacking in expected volume in any way either.

    Intonation is also very good on these.

    ***Note - Out of Three that I have purchased, I have adjusted the Action at Nut and Saddle on Two out of the Three to get them to my personal liking. The other was pretty well perfect and I won't adjust it any further than how it came. Prior to making adjustments they were all playable, however I would suggest that you may possibly end up requiring to have the Action Adjusted, and I do seriously believe it's worth doing so, particularly if you are like me and are happy to do it yourself cost-free. If it's going to cost you money, well I leave that decision to you to consider.

    *Note - just last night I've noticed a brand new model on the market, which is labelled as Solid Okoume, and it does look very nice, although I personally have no interest in a Solid Okoume Uke for myself, they also could be worth checking out if you like lighter timbers. Apparently Okoume has similar Tonal Properties to Maple, check your Tonewood Data Source for details on Timber Acoustic Properties or ask someone knowledgable, if you are unsure.
    I'm personally totally pleased with the two I already own, they suit my playing well.

    Would I recommend this Uke to someone else ?
    To answer that, I've purchased one which is to be a gift for someone, And, I've purchased one of each, Rosewood and Mahogany models, for myself as my Personal instruments, and which I intend to be keeping.
    Yes I would recommend them, If you are after something like this, realising that we each personally have different tastes and requirements, but all personal tastes aside these are very good value indeed. From my current perspective, the Standard is high, the Quality is Excellent.

    I hear someone asking how much do these cost ?
    You'll have to Check Prices and Freight yourself depending on your location.
    In Australia, I personally purchased mine via eBay, and got these for under $60(Au) Each, No Gig Bag or Accessories at this Price. However I did notice they have them in Packs with Accessories also, at an additional cost.
    In other Countries, as mentioned Prices will vary considerably to some extent, so Check your options personally, if you are interested in these models.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dean Beaver View Post
    Kmise, ... they do seem quite new to the market, perhaps only being on the market around a Month at this stage. ...
    Hi Dean,

    Just an FYI - I've seen Kmise branded instruments (including ukulele), as well as parts and accessories for sale online from Amazon, eBay and several Chinese marketplaces since at least 2013 - so I'm not sure how 'new' they really are, but I guess everything is relative.

    Mahalo for putting in the effort to write this review.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Booli View Post
    Hi Dean,

    Just an FYI - I've seen Kmise branded instruments (including ukulele), as well as parts and accessories for sale online from Amazon, eBay and several Chinese marketplaces since at least 2013 - so I'm not sure how 'new' they really are, but I guess everything is relative.

    Mahalo for putting in the effort to write this review.
    Thanks for your comment Booli
    I've been searching for some four-strings for myself over the last few months thereabouts. These models were nowhere to be seen, until approximately one month ago. Previously I had no personal interest in Kmise models whatsoever, despite the fact I really didn't know much about them, I also didn't really feel enthusiasm to want to know.

    Anyway, these are specifically what I would have looked for my personal collection of Concert scale Ukes, as I wanted something to match my 8-String although in a four-string. So when I noticed these models I changed my mind and decided to check them out.
    I have no idea about Kmise previous to this experience, personally. You most likely know more about their past than I do.
    I am aware they market other (makes ?) models, but this particular model is relatively new, having only come onto the market recently, as mentioned approximately one month ago. I took a chance to purchase one initially, but I suppose someone has to, and if it's going to be someone then it may as well have been me, because I wanted to know for myself what these were actually like, though I was skeptical at first.

    I'm only interested in Reviewing these specific ones, as I said I own these and am becoming quite acquainted with them, and further I have no intention to Review any other Makes or Models by Kmise that I currently know very little about, and possibly never will to be honest.
    Personally, I'm Impressed, Well Pleased, Delighted, Stoked etc with mine (Check the Thesaurus of own choice for further available terminology ) although I encourage others to do their own research and make their own choices if they see fit to do so.

    I've essentially done this review because there does not so far appear to be any relevant information or reviews existing as yet, specifically regarding these specific models. Hopefully this review may prove helpful in that regard.

    I don't know if everything is relative, but that is only relatively speaking, and indeed it may or may not be the case that everything is relative.
    Cheers Booli
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    There are a few brands that have little written about them here on UU, like Oscar Schmidt for example.

    I made a thread a while back asking as to why, and the opinions offered were inconclusive at best. (I will have to find a link to that thread, it was a few yrs ago)

    Oscar Schmidt has been making instruments for a VERY long time, but they are not as poop-ular as the current trends of Kala, Ohana, Martin, Pono, Gretsch, Cordoba, Luna, Mahalo, Rogue, etc that one can find in the 'big box' music stores...or in the mainstream online mega-stores...

    When reviews are written by UU members, and such as here, it helps to elevate awareness of these OTHER and obscure brands, which I see as an investment for the future, for the next person to come along searching, new to ukulele, or someone driven by UAS (who is looking for something else that is not decidedly mainstream)...

    There are a few other folks on UU that regularly write reviews and all of this information is a great service to the community.

    Quote Originally Posted by Dean Beaver View Post
    ...I don't know if everything is relative, but that is only relatively speaking, and indeed it may or may not be the case that everything is relative....
    Have you ever read any of the books by Douglas Adams?

    This last line of your post reminds me of his writing style and is very similar as something he might have written, and this is a long way of me saying that I am a fan of both Douglas Adams' work as well as the way you have written here.

    see:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Douglas_Adams
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Hi..._to_the_Galaxy
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    I can't say I've ever read any of Douglas Adams' work, I can't recall if I've heard of him to be honest, though I possibly have at some time.

    Thanks again for your comments and appreciation Booli

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    They have been around for a few years - that's true. I was sent one to review about 6-7 months ago, but had known about them for quite a while before that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bazmaz View Post
    They have been around for a few years - that's true. I was sent one to review about 6-7 months ago, but had known about them for quite a while before that.
    As mentioned I have been looking quite thoroughly for several months, I've seen plenty of Ukes marketed by Kmise (a lot of them laminate models), but I never saw these until fairly recently. As far as I can tell these models are indeed new on the market. I would be surprised if these are the same as you reviewed 6-7 months ago, though by all means I'm open to correction and you are welcome to add a link here if it is indeed the same model type.
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    Ok, I've received a third Solid Spruce/Rosewood model MI2067.
    I have bought the fist one as a birthday Gift for my Father, the second is mine, and I've ordered this third one also as a Spare, which I've decided I'm keeping as my own.
    This time around there is some slight differences worth noting.

    Firstly, the Bridge is still Rosewood, although it's the type where the Strings Pass Through to the inside of the body (I'm providing a photo below for visual reference). This is good for me, I like this style as it provides security underneath the Bridge and the Soundboard also, and in a subtle way may also add overall to Sustain, though that may in fact be minimally noticeable.

    Secondly, this one appears to have the Okoume Neck stained prior to finishing, so it is Richer in coloration with an appearance more like a deeper orange coloured Mahogany. Also as I become more personally acquainted with these, I am noticing the Necks on these Ukes are seemingly finished in Satin, which is a good finish on a Neck from my personal perspective.
    It seems the Back and Sides (MI2067) are also finished in Satin, while the Soundboard appears to be a Matte or Low-Sheen finish (I've now edited this information in original post) , it's a bit difficult for me to tell exactly with the Soundboard as it is a fine light finish. Either way, finished very nicely.

    Other than those differences, this instrument also appears extremely well constructed, not unlike the others in that respect.
    It also does appear to be constructed with quality timbers, and the Tone is just great.
    Be aware of these possible differences if you decide to purchase one.

    The Action on this one is fine as is, straight out the box, so that's now changed the ratio to Two out of Four that I've adjusted Action on, and to make a note, it's the last two I've ordered which have good action set-up straight out the box, so it's a considerable possibility these may now be getting final set-up with more care.

    I'm having a very difficult time deciding which one I like best out of the three MI2067 models, but regardless I am giving the first one away as a gift, and I've decided I'm definitely keeping this one as my Personal.

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    I recently bought two Kmise through EBay while somewhat affected by a fine single malt. At under £20 $16 approx each it would have been no great loss if I ended up with two wall hangers or charity shop gifts. Au contraire, both are beautifully made; no rough edges on the fret board and the fit and finish as good as any Martin that I have owned or played. The action on both needs no adjustment. The spruce top model was a tad over bright for my liking and a low g fixed that. The other, zebra wood is spot on. Btw...I thought I'd bid on a a mahogany model....that's alcohol....Both came with soft covers. I had intended to offer these to a beginners group but I confess I like them too much. They are available for under£30 with postage from Amazon uk. I would not hesitate to recommend Kmise to anyone starting out or who wants to try a new brand.

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    Great to hear from you Barrytone, it's good to hear from someone who owns a Kmise Uke and who has had the opportunity to become acquainted with them.
    I was beginning to wonder if I was the only one
    They are amazing value, and I find the quality of materials and craftsmanship on these is Excellent.

    I've only encountered these specific kmise model Ukes that I've mentioned here, but it's also good to read that you are well pleased with your models.
    The tone on these Spruce Top models is reasonably bright, not too bright for me, they seem very well balanced and clear, however I think the timbers in the Back and Sides are a good choice as they seem help provide a good balance and quality of Tones.
    I also like my Ukes a little warm so I understand your taste for a Mahogany Uke, and I do have a Mojo Mahogany Tenor. I've also got a Zebrawood Soprano, I kind of like the Zebrawood as I get more familiar with it.

    I noticed a lovely looking Kmise Solid Okoume Uke with same model styling as these just a couple of days ago, and I decided against it for myself personally.
    Interesting though, and I read recently the Okoume has a tone somewhere between Maple and Mahogany, but I'm unfamiliar with it.

    It would be good to hear from you regarding your Mahogany Uke when it comes in, I'd like to read about how you go with it.

    Thanks for your comments and input Barrytone ...
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