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UkerDanno
08-26-2014, 02:11 PM
see post #22 for strings and tuner update...

Just got an Ohana CK-80, limited edition, solid Port Orford cedar top and solid myrtle side and back woods from Washington. It's gorgeous! The most blingy of anything I have, but that's not why I bought it. I played a cedar top in the uke store a couple weeks ago and it blew me away by the brightness. So, I shopped around and found an excellent buy from Mim! I have been looking for something I could buy from Mim, just because. The pic's are phone pic's I'll try to do better in the next couple days.
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I got a nice case for it too...

Nickie
08-26-2014, 02:23 PM
Wow, it's gorgeous! Congratulations! I can't wait to get my next Ohana. What kind of tuners are those? Do you like them?

PhilUSAFRet
08-26-2014, 02:24 PM
I think the "bling" is appropriate.....a gorgeous instrument. Maybe Mike from Uke Republic will have one at the Tampa Bay Ukulele Club Getaway in November.

Nickie
08-26-2014, 02:25 PM
BTW, how did you post the pics?

Osprey
08-26-2014, 02:26 PM
Super nice. Congradulations!

UkerDanno
08-26-2014, 02:42 PM
What kind of tuners are those? Do you like them?

they don't say anything on them...they work ok, not exceptional. The gold tuners and pearl buttons do look great on this uke!

UkerDanno
08-26-2014, 02:46 PM
The sound compared to my Martin C1K...the Martin is a little mellower and fuller, but I've been playing it for 1 1/2 years! The cedar is brighter, I'll be putting some Living Waters on it in the next couple days. Aquilas just don't make sense to me on solid wood ukes.

Icelander53
08-26-2014, 04:42 PM
I'm a huge fan of cedar. If I could only have one tonewood at this point it would be cedar. It's very complex right off the bat with no break in. I like.

Ukulele Eddie
08-26-2014, 06:01 PM
The sound compared to my Martin C1K...the Martin is a little mellower and fuller, but I've been playing it for 1 1/2 years! The cedar is brighter, I'll be putting some Living Waters on it in the next couple days. Aquilas just don't make sense to me on solid wood ukes.

I'm a fan of Living Waters strings as well but also really like Aquila Reds. They have added some warmth to some brighter ukes that I've tried them on. Actually, they've sounded pretty darn good on all the ukes I've tried them on so far (about 5 or 6 now). So might be fun for you to try both.

And very nice looking uke. Enjoy!

Daktari
08-27-2014, 02:37 AM
Happy new uke to you!

Sure is a purty one. :)

Ukejenny
08-27-2014, 03:20 AM
It is lovely!!! I would love for Mim to do a sound comparison between yours and the CK-50GS, with cedar top and rosewood back and sides. I have one and love it so very much. It has quite a bold sound and seems to have a rich timbre. And I love the blingy glossy looks of yours, too.

PhilUSAFRet
08-27-2014, 03:40 AM
Wow, it's gorgeous! Congratulations! I can't wait to get my next Ohana. What kind of tuners are those? Do you like them?

Tuners are vintage style Kluson tuners.

UkerDanno
08-27-2014, 06:13 AM
It is lovely!!! I would love for Mim to do a sound comparison between yours and the CK-50GS, with cedar top and rosewood back and sides. I have one and love it so very much. It has quite a bold sound and seems to have a rich timbre. And I love the blingy glossy looks of yours, too.

check Mim's youtube page, she has comparisons of quite a few Ohanas...

UkerDanno
08-27-2014, 06:47 AM
some maybe better pic's, my camera won't focus very close, time for a new one...
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Ukulelia
08-27-2014, 08:53 AM
The soundboard is not Western Red Cedar; it's Port Orford Cedar. I may be wrong, but I believe the tone is bright and bold rather than complex.

Thanks, I was wondering about that. I like western red cedar, but haven't heard Port Orford in person.

UkerDanno
08-27-2014, 09:52 AM
just put on Living Waters, it's now even brighter, bolder and more complex!!! I never thought I would say...maybe too bright! Now I see what Aquilas are for, may have to switch back, not sure I like the Living Waters, at least on this uke. Don't seem that much different than Martins as far as feel goes, maybe they're brighter? Lots of people on here and friends have raved about Living Waters, I don't think they're any different/better than Martins.

Mim
08-27-2014, 11:07 AM
just put on Living Waters, it's now even brighter, bolder and more complex!!! I never thought I would say...maybe too bright! Now I see what Aquilas are for, may have to switch back, not sure I like the Living Waters, at least on this uke. Don't seem that much different than Martins as far as feel goes, maybe they're brighter? Lots of people on here and friends have raved about Living Waters, I don't think they're any different/better than Martins.

When you figure out which you like best let me know!
I think the reds might be a good try for it.

I am glad you like it! If you have any issues with the swapping of the strings or anything let me know!

Icelander53
08-27-2014, 12:02 PM
The soundboard is not Western Red Cedar; it's Port Orford Cedar. I may be wrong, but I believe the tone is bright and bold rather than complex.

Really, Well I had no idea. How come nobody informed me of this?:mad:

Camsuke
08-27-2014, 12:17 PM
Congratulations Danno, a really lovely looking uke!

UkerDanno
08-28-2014, 08:40 AM
When you figure out which you like best let me know!
I think the reds might be a good try for it.

I am glad you like it! If you have any issues with the swapping of the strings or anything let me know!

thanks, Mim for the great deal and setup! Wish you could do my C1K, the action seems to be getting a little high. Are Reds mellower?

UkerDanno
11-06-2014, 03:14 PM
string and tuner update!

After 5 sets of strings in 3 mos. I immediately changed the stock Aquilas for Living Waters, which have had rave reviews from people in our club. They were ok, but very bright! Very similar to Martins IMHO.

So, in search of something warmer, I was recommended Aquila Reds! Really?! They are probably mighty fine strings and really cool looking, but took this cedar top into the brash range!

So, the only other thing I had on hand were Fremont clear mediums. Still very bright and I'm not a fan at all. Although I did like Fremont blacklines on my Islander.

Next, I got some new Aquilas, since it's the only thing readily available (other than Martins) locally, it seems. Not bad, but still looking for that nice warm sound. This uke is loud and full. So, after some other recommendations. I ordered a set of Worth Brown Mediums, also another set of Fremont blacklines.

So...the Browns are on and it's only been a couple hours, but I'm liking them so far, it will be a week or so to get them settled in.

When I switched to the Browns, I also changed the tuners! The stock ones (vintage style Kluson tuners) mainly, had too short of a shaft! They work fine and the looks are probably a personal preference. But, the string would end up winding back over itself! So, got some Grovers 9GB's, (Gold with Black buttons). They were almost a drop in, but the screw holes didn't quite match up, so drilled some new holes, after making sure the new ones would cover the old holes. They work so much better, are long enough and I love the looks!!!
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Grovers...

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Grover back...

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Worth Browns...they look pretty cool too! Although I don't pick strings from looks, otherwise I would have kept the Reds!

DownUpDave
11-06-2014, 11:16 PM
I enjoyed your last post, only because I have gone down the same string changing exercise myself. I have a Pete Howlet koa tenor that I wanted to make warmer sounding and I went through 6 different string sets.

From brightest to warmest..........one disclamer.......on this particular intstrument

Aqulia Reds
Aqulia Nylguts

Oasis warm - give this one a try, warm just a little to high tension on a tenor, concert would be better
Phds - the winner and now staying on this uke
Living Water - I found them very warm sounding on my uke, too quite and subdued.
Worth Brown - warm when strummed, bright when finger picked., strange strings on this uke. Hard exterior feel.

If your action is high, mine is, the Phd seem to be a little lower tension and make playing much more enjoyable.

wayfarer75
11-07-2014, 02:37 AM
Interesting that you found Martins and Living Waters to be similar on your uke. I tried both on my concert and think they are quite different, the Living Waters sound much warmer. But then, my concert's a different wood, different make, etc. I liked the Worth Browns too, but there's something about those LWs on my Kelii that just works. The Browns might go on my new pineapple next--it has Martins right now. The string search is fun.

The new tuners are great--I think the black buttons look nicer with the headstock.

UkerDanno
11-07-2014, 03:04 AM
SCS is almost as much fun and a lot cheaper than UAS!

Might have to put the Living Waters on my C1K next string change, just to see, but they were really bright on this uke.

Nickie
11-07-2014, 03:10 AM
Thanks for the new pix and the string research. I just can't get over how beautiful that uke is. I saw one like it yesterday, and it gave me hunger pangs.
Just bought a set of Aquila Super Nyglut and New Nyglut (with a wound G) and cant wait to try them on! I want D'Addarios but my string guy talked me out of them....

UkerDanno
11-07-2014, 04:42 AM
full frontal with Browns and Grovers...
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Uke182
12-04-2014, 08:11 AM
string and tuner update!

After 5 sets of strings in 3 mos. I immediately changed the stock Aquilas for Living Waters, which have had rave reviews from people in our club. They were ok, but very bright! Very similar to Martins IMHO.

So, in search of something warmer, I was recommended Aquila Reds! Really?! They are probably mighty fine strings and really cool looking, but took this cedar top into the brash range!

So, the only other thing I had on hand were Fremont clear mediums. Still very bright and I'm not a fan at all. Although I did like Fremont blacklines on my Islander.

Next, I got some new Aquilas, since it's the only thing readily available (other than Martins) locally, it seems. Not bad, but still looking for that nice warm sound. This uke is loud and full. So, after some other recommendations. I ordered a set of Worth Brown Mediums, also another set of Fremont blacklines.

So...the Browns are on and it's only been a couple hours, but I'm liking them so far, it will be a week or so to get them settled in.

When I switched to the Browns, I also changed the tuners! The stock ones (vintage style Kluson tuners) mainly, had too short of a shaft! They work fine and the looks are probably a personal preference. But, the string would end up winding back over itself! So, got some Grovers 9GB's, (Gold with Black buttons). They were almost a drop in, but the screw holes didn't quite match up, so drilled some new holes, after making sure the new ones would cover the old holes. They work so much better, are long enough and I love the looks!!!
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original tuners

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Grovers...

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original back

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Grover back...

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Worth Browns...they look pretty cool too! Although I don't pick strings from looks, otherwise I would have kept the Reds!

So cool. I have an Ohana TK-35CG and I don't like the stock tuners. It's the same as your stock tuners, but in silver. I got a set of Gotoh geared tuners and I plan to swap them out soon.

http://www.lmii.com/products/mostly-not-wood/tuning-machines/other-instrument-tuners/gotoh-ukulele-tuners/gotoh-ukulele-open-gear/1840-gotoh-open-gear-nickel-black-button-4-pack/flypage-noimage

UkerDanno
12-04-2014, 10:55 AM
yeah, Ohana pretty much dropped the ball on tuners. Grovers don't cost that much and are probably as good as anything, they came on my C1K!