View Full Version : NUD: KoAloha Opio Concert

02-23-2015, 07:57 AM
My wife just sent me a picture to let me know my new Opio arrived. I guess it'll have plenty of time to acclimate before I get home 5 hours from now.

I ordered it from HMS (obviously) and had them upgrade the tuners to the new Gotoh UPT. I'll update with more pics later.

EDIT: Unboxed pics on Page 2!



hawaii 50
02-23-2015, 08:02 AM
what is in the smaller box?....:)

02-23-2015, 08:03 AM
what is in the smaller box?....:)

Haha...no clue. Probably addressed to my wife, so no pics of that.

02-23-2015, 10:47 AM
Longest 5 hours of your life huh

02-23-2015, 11:06 AM
It hasn't been an easy wait, that's for sure. Still have an hour of work to go. :(

02-23-2015, 11:31 AM
what is in the smaller box?....:)

My wife finds out I spent $400+ on a uke, she orders something too .... anxious to hear your report on the Opio ... have considered one myself, but keep buying others that I stumble upon.

02-23-2015, 11:34 AM
It hasn't been an easy wait, that's for sure. Still have an hour of work to go. :(

Ok.......this is one of the better tease threads in a while, a picture of a box. Guess you figured we could suffer the wait along with you.

I had to endure 5 hours at home LOOKING at the box when my Mya Moe showed up. It was frigid cold out so had to wait for it to come up to room temperate. That is worse than sticking needles in your eyes.

I am guessing all other things have been put aside so you can spend some serious playing time with the new girl. Enjoy it they are great instruments, you'll love the sound in person.

02-23-2015, 11:40 AM
I can't stand the wait! Open the box please!!! :smileybounce:

02-23-2015, 11:55 AM
Yep, misery loves company, so I'm glad y'all are waiting with me! If there is a silver lining, it's that I do NOT have to stare at the box for hours when I get home. It should be ready to go.

As for setting aside time? My wife has been home with our 2-year-old and 2-month-old all day, and both are still under the weather. I think I'll have just enough time to tune it, strum it, take a few pics for the forum, and try again tomorrow night. Such is life!

02-23-2015, 11:56 AM
My wife finds out I spent $400+ on a uke, she orders something too ....

I'm buying my wife a nice set of Pearl bongos! (she's a drummer) Who knows what's in the box.

02-23-2015, 12:56 PM
Looking forward to your post/pix, and I hope everyone at your house is well soon.

02-23-2015, 12:58 PM
Yay Opio! Enjoy!

02-23-2015, 01:14 PM
I wanna see I wanna see I wanna see!

02-23-2015, 01:16 PM
That's the best box to come home to!

02-23-2015, 02:06 PM
I pulled it from its case as soon as I got home, strummed it once, and my daughter immediately began yelling, "NOOOOOOO GUITAR!," followed by, "Throw it in trash?" Undeterred, I tuned it strummed a few chords, and instantly admired the rich tones that poured forth. Folks, I'm chuffed!

I'm exceedingly impressed with the build quality, fit, finish, and tone of this little ukulele. It easily matches some of the nicer guitars I've owned, and is better than most others. Also, HMS did a mighty fine job with setup and installing the Gotoh tuners (which are extremely nice).

That's enough gushing for now. Here are some pics!





02-23-2015, 02:07 PM



02-23-2015, 02:11 PM
That is a very beautiful ukulele! I hope you record a sound sample! Congratulations!

02-23-2015, 02:15 PM
Congratulations! Very nice. The Gotohs are brilliant.

02-23-2015, 02:36 PM
Congrats. A real sweetie

02-24-2015, 01:31 AM
Thanks, everyone! I'll make a lame attempt at recording a sound sample in the next few days and post it to this thread. I'd like to say again how happy I am with HMS. There were no rough spots in my buying experience, and I'd gladly do it again.

02-24-2015, 09:59 AM
I bought this same model from them a couple weeks ago (i'm lucky enough to be able to buy it directly from the HMS storefront) and it's pretty damn awesome, though I stuck with the friction tuners (which I actually kind of like)

Have fun!

Hippie Dribble
02-24-2015, 10:24 AM
Congrats Dean. Very pretty instrument!

02-24-2015, 01:55 PM
Like chocolate!! Congratulations, that's one delicious looking uke!

02-24-2015, 01:58 PM
Ok I want one. The fit and finish is WAY better than the Koalana I once owned. NICE instrument... Probably the best bargain out there at the moment. Congrats!!!!

02-26-2015, 02:20 AM
Hey, folks! Just wanted to say I finally got to spend about an hour and a half with the Opio last night (no time on Monday, and we went to a comedy show Tuesday night). I was able to work out a very passable version of "Skidamarink" for my 2yo daughter, who finally stopped begging me to throw the 'guitar' in the trash. She even started singing along!

I strongly considered bringing it to work today so I could practice, but I thought better of it and left it at home because I know it's all I would want to do. :rolleyes: But I'm off tomorrow, so we'll get lots of time together!

02-26-2015, 02:29 AM
Playing it is like eating Lays potato chips - you can't play just one song.

I took my Opio out last night to play "just a bit" after getting home late in the evening. An hour later I had to make myself put it away so my husband could sleep.

02-26-2015, 02:39 AM
That is a beauty! I hope you have a lot of fun with it.