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JonThysell
03-13-2015, 09:08 AM
I had a hard time deciding between a 6 or 8 string uke, since I love both, but I don't want to break the bank. I decided to buy an eight string Kamaka first, then was half-planning on picking up the Koaloha six string Imaikalani HMS had and then pleading insanity and asking for forgiveness from my very patient wife. :)

The Imaikalani is cheaper than a Kamaka, and KoAloha doesn't even make an eight string, so I figured it was all a sound financial decision. :) Then in a fit of paranoia that since they don't show up that often that I might be too late, I check HMS last night and sure enough, the KoAloha is gone! :(

Who bought it? I know you're around here somewhere... :p

So, back to evaluating my options. I would like to get a MiSi installed, so I could just contact HMS and see how soon they could get another.

Or I see some on other sites, but I've never done business with them before and then I'd have to get the pickup installed later:
http://www.alohaoutlet.com/Shops/108/en/ItemDetail.aspx?iid=10913&sid=108
http://www.hawaiianukuleleonline.com/hand-made-ukuleles/koaloha/koaloha-6string-koa-hawaiian-strum-tenor
http://www.ukulelelab.com/product/ktm-06-tenor

Or I go Kamaka and pick up one for two used ones the Eldery has:
http://elderly.com/vintage/names/kamaka-hf-36-lili%27u-6-string-tenor-ukulele-%282011%29--180U-2069.htm
http://elderly.com/vintage/names/kamaka-hf-36-lili%27u-6-string-tenor-ukulele-%282011%29--180U-2070.htm

Or I start trolling the Marketplace...

Any recommendations? Any other six-stringers I should seriously consider? Totally first world UAS problems I know...

dkcrown
03-13-2015, 09:38 AM
Hey Jon. I have a Kamaka Liliu six string with nice curl and a MiSi that is fantastic!. It is loud and resonant. I have it strung low G with the C's in octaves and the A's unison. If I were you, I would go with the Kamaka. Although I'm sure that the KoAlohas will sound great as well.

Even though I don't play mine a lot, I can't bring myself to sell it. The sound is unique and every time I take it out, I can't put it down.

JonThysell
03-13-2015, 10:01 AM
I know how good the Kamakas are, I've played a couple over the years, they're just pricey! If I go that route I'd probably go with one of the used ones at Elderly.

mm stan
03-13-2015, 11:10 PM
I'd go for a six string kamaka first...for overall playing and to me I like best