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Nickie
07-27-2015, 09:38 AM
Has anyone played one of these yet?

http://tinyurl.com/new-kala-uke

Fleacia
07-27-2015, 10:33 AM
No, but they are at, or will be coming to Uke Republic. Kinda neat. :)

Osprey
07-28-2015, 04:16 AM
Mike, from Uke Republic has done a demo. They sound pretty good. I would love to hear one in person.

Mivo
07-28-2015, 04:26 AM
I like the look of the Florentine cutaway model. As for "comfort edges", well, I think it's a little gimmicky, but I may underestimate the ergonomic benefits.

katysax
07-28-2015, 04:43 AM
The comfort edges are arm bevels. They are wonderful to have on a tenor. My Luis Feu de Mesquita tenor has one. It makes a meaningful difference in how comfortable to hold the ukulele is. I find that it even alleviates some of the problems I have with my left hand. Maybe because I am just more comfortable overall. I don't think the bevel is a gimmick at all. To me it is a way more meaningful improvement than a radius fretboard.

RichM
07-28-2015, 05:02 AM
I agree with katy. I have several instruments with bevels (including an LFdM and a couple guitars), and they really do enhance playing comfort. The concept is usually associated with luthier William "Grit" Laskin, and is often called a Laskin Armrest.

spookelele
07-29-2015, 04:58 AM
I have to really wonder if that bevel makes a $400 uke worth $800 though.
That seems like a pretty steep price hike for what it is considering that's a factory uke.

The Oscar Schmidt comfort series also has the bevel, and a "cut away" for sub $200, but the sound isn't nearly as good as the kala cedar tops.

Nickie
07-29-2015, 05:08 AM
I see that Snail Ukuleles is in on the game too, with an all laminate model.

Osprey
07-29-2015, 08:49 AM
The Kala Comfort edge Ukes not only have a solid cedar top but solid Rosewood back and sides. I have an all solid Acacia Kala 10th Anniversary Uke. I think they have upped their QC on the higher end Kalashnikov
Cliff

katysax
07-29-2015, 09:27 AM
I'm thinking the prices we are seeing are the quoted price and the actual street price will be more like $499.

sam13
07-29-2015, 11:29 AM
I'm thinking the prices we are seeing are the quoted price and the actual street price will be more like $499.

That is a lot of Uke for the money ... I like the comfort features of my other Uke.

DownUpDave
07-29-2015, 12:47 PM
Uke Republic have them on their website for sale. Cutaway model $599, non cutaway $499. Definitely a lot of uke for the money

Nickie
07-29-2015, 01:36 PM
Sounds like I'm gonna start savin'.....might have yet another Kala soon. Although, I have to say, my luthier is building some very nice ukes.....gawd.
But the Kala comes with a pickup....good lord, please help, my UAS is kicking in again....dang it.

DownUpDave
07-29-2015, 01:45 PM
Sounds like I'm gonna start savin'.....might have yet another Kala soon. Although, I have to say, my luthier is building some very nice ukes.....gawd.
But the Kala comes with a pickup....good lord, please help, my UAS is kicking in again....dang it.

Nickie.........you got nobody to blame but yourself. Should not have started this thread, it's like throwing newpaper on a fire :p:p

Nickie
07-29-2015, 01:52 PM
Thanks for the laughs, Dave.