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    I’m really partial to KoAloha, and if you can find an Opio Spruce Soprano, you might get all that you could handle in terms of volume.

    https://m.ebay.com/itm/Koaloha-Opio-...%257Ciid%253A3

    Mim, Ukulele Site, and Uke Republic may all have a way to get one of these, too.
    Playing ukulele since January 2016.

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    The loudest soprano I have had (still have it) is the Famous (Kiwaya) FS-5 (G, with geared tuners). It's louder than the KoAloha pineapple koa soprano I once had, surprisingly. If that's an indicator for how loud the Kiwaya KTS-* models are, those would be contenders also. It's also one of the best sounding and playing sopranos I know, and it's "just" a laminate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mivo View Post
    The loudest soprano I have had (still have it) is the Famous (Kiwaya) FS-5 (G, with geared tuners). It's louder than the KoAloha pineapple koa soprano I once had, surprisingly. If that's an indicator for how loud the Kiwaya KTS-* models are, those would be contenders also. It's also one of the best sounding and playing sopranos I know, and it's "just" a laminate.
    Yes, the FS-5 is indeed loud, but that's not necessarily an absolute indicator of KTS-* volume. Yes, on the whole, the KTS line is loud, but there are occasional weak, wimpy duds in that line too, like any other. I had a KTS -4 that was a big downer. It looked beautiful, but was very weak in the volume dept., even after various string changes, including Martin, Worth and finally Aquila Nylgut.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ukecaster View Post
    I was also seeking volume, in a soprano. I recently lined up my 5 sops, 2 solid mahogany, 1 solid koa, 1 lam mahogany, 1 thinline lam hog. I played them all hard, and they all came in at about 87db max on a sound meter. Despite rather equal volumes, some sound fuller, probably due to more midrange. Favilla sounds best: loud, very full and sweet. The Famous FS-0 laminate thinline has big volume, great tone, but sounds less full. So, I guess volume isn't everything.
    I did the same, and included a concert and baritone, with similar results. What we call loud may just be that our ears perceive certain pitches or ranges louder than others. The baritone was the quietest. One of the sopranos was second quietest, and two other sops and the concert were all nearly identical. It had nothing, that I could see, too do with their prices.
    Kiwaya KTS-6
    Enya X1 soprano
    Kiwaya KTC-2
    Ohana BK20

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    ahoy

    loudest soprano
    have played Fluke Flea

    busking
    quite sturdy
    can take more hard knocks
    than most wood ukes

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