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    Default Pona or Opio

    Both seem to be well respected. Does one have anything over the other. Specifically I am looking at the similarly priced all Acacia Tenors. The sound clips put it at a toss up for me. Looking to get informed opinions.

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    You really can’t go wrong with either. I love the KoAloha sound, so I would say to go with the Opio (and I did own a very nice Pono for some time). But I have a bias.

    Is there any way for you to play one of each and find out for yourself?
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    Agreed,but styling alot different: Opio body shape, soundhole shape & pineapple headstock. Pono styling seems a bit more understated and traditional.
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    I have no personal Pono experience, but I have a Tenor Neck Concert Opio that I think is really nice, especially with Living Water fluorocarbon low G concert strings.
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    If you like a thicker neck profile; Pono. Thinner neck profile; Opio.

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    To me the biggest difference is that the Pono has a radiused fretboard. For some this is not important, but for me it's almost a necessity. Also, per HMS the new 2018 Pono's are lighter with improved bracing. The Acacia Pro Classic also now comes with a side sound port.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Patrick Madsen View Post
    If you like a thicker neck profile; Pono. Thinner neck profile; Opio.
    EXACTLY what Patrick said. I owned a Pono tenor, bought a KoAloha tenor, then sold my Pono. Largely due to the neck size which didn't really work for my sized hands. No regrets getting the KoAloha.
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    I love both Pono and Opio, therefore I really like your question and that you narrowed down your choices to two brands which I'd consider to be the best value available.

    I adore pretty much everything that Pono is offering, considering all the wood options and different choices or upgrades like slotted headstock, cutaway, radius fretboard, truss rod, gloss or satin finish, very clean build, and now a side sound port and even a bevelled armrest on their higher line of instruments... In terms of what you get for your money, I would say Pono has the edge. When it comes to the sound, however, I have to admit that I prefer the Opio (mine is from the Sapele line, before they switched to Acacia, see my review here). It's not world's apart, but definitely louder and fuller, matching some of the best custom ukes I have owned.

    I wonder how many people have actually measured the neck thickness? I've done it on all of my ukes and came to conclude that the neck profile on the Opio tenor I have is pretty similar to that of Pono. Both necks are definitely not thin, but perfectly round which feels very comfortable to me.

    Looking forward to hearing what you decide. Can't really go wrong with either one.
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    Well....I went with the Opio KTO-10 - Acacia all around. More instrument than I need at this stage but I know myself.
    I’d be looking to upgrade in no time. I look forward to receiving it and participating with you all here on the forum.

    Thank you all for the good advice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dxn2 View Post
    Well....I went with the Opio KTO-10 - Acacia all around. More instrument than I need at this stage but I know myself.
    I’d be looking to upgrade in no time. I look forward to receiving it and participating with you all here on the forum.

    Thank you all for the good advice.
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