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Rakelele
01-23-2016, 12:54 AM
With news from NAMM 2016 starting to come in, I thought we could collect and discuss the things you find most exciting. Here are some of the new models that arouse my interest:

- Kamaka Centennial models
- Ohana Sopranissimo
- Ohana 8 String Concert
- Ibanez Tenor sized Piccolo Guitar
- Cordoba Mini O with a Cutaway
- ...

What are the new things that you find interesting, and why? Also, where do you get your infos from? I've been mostly looking at the Youtube channels of Ukulele Underground and Mim, as well as the Facebook page of Uke Republic. Haven't found any coverage from HMS yet.

DownUpDave
01-23-2016, 01:10 AM
I really got a kick out of the bugs gear Bluetooth ukulele featured on the UU channel. It has a speaker inside that when paired with a device will play backing tracks. SHAZAM. ....you are now a one man band. Very innovative especially for young people that would be captivated by the idea of using technology with a uke

Croaky Keith
01-23-2016, 01:31 AM
I'm waiting to hear what Kala are going to be bringing to us.

Rtnrlfy
01-23-2016, 01:56 AM
I also am intrigued by the Ohana sopranisimo and the Ibanez piccolo guitar. I'm hoping to catch sight of the new Art and Lutherie Cuban tres. (I'm almost afraid to look at any more uke videos lest my UAS go wild...)

Doc_J
01-23-2016, 02:45 AM
Blackbird ekoa tenor! And those Riversong ukes look intriguing.

Rakelele
01-23-2016, 03:40 AM
I noticed that a lot more companies seem to be doing a scoop cutaway. I've seen that from Islander and Kanilea before (as well as one by Chuck Moore), but now others like Kala, Rebel, and Amahi are picking up the idea.

Ukulele Eddie
01-23-2016, 03:45 AM
Between the coverage from Andrew, Aldrine and Mim, you'll have a better experience than being there yourself. But below are some random thoughts from what I saw. I'll post some pics this afternoon.

- Kamaka Centennial markings are generally a hit. Smart design because it works on all finishes and even slotted headstocks
- Personally, I do not care for the KoAloha shell logo and new finish. It just seems so not KoAloha. I can't help but think a maple inlay or something would have been a better fit
- Kanile'a seems to have a corner on the best koa. I like the design direction they're going. Slim headstocks, sleek looks.
- Collings had no ukes on display
- Men over 45 should not dye their hair; people with flabby arms should not wear sleeveless shirts; and nobody with a muffin top should try to wear skinny jeans. If you're trying to look like you don't care, you've missed the point (note to all the aged rockers)
- Keeler Sounds makes some cool sound hole sound processors, both with and without pickups; they do make a uke version
- MusicNomad had has a neat tool for cleaning the fretboard
- Nicest uke I saw was a Ko'olau CS Thin Body, Spruce/Koa. What a really lovely instrument!
- Coolest thing I saw was an Ome Grand Artist banjo -- it was breathtakingly ornate, insanely beautiful and can be yours for $15K. Honestly, it seems worth every penny

UkerDanno
01-23-2016, 04:09 AM
Ohana 8 String Concert!?!?!? And just as I thought I had everything I need!!!

Rakelele
01-23-2016, 04:13 AM
Ohana 8 String Concert!?!?!? And just as I thought I had everything I need!!!

Yes, Mim has done a short demo on her Youtube channel (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pe4yBtValpI). All solid Mahogany. Sounds pretty good!

photoshooter
01-23-2016, 04:57 AM
I'm waiting to hear what Kala are going to be bringing to us.

Me too. Their website has been updated:

Scallop series (http://www.kalabrand.com/ukulele/scallop)

video from Mike at Uke Republic (on his Facebook page)

https://www.facebook.com/sailor.jim1/videos/10205272013351035/
http://www.kalabrand.com/img/ka-smht-sc.png
Ziricote (http://www.kalabrand.com/ukulele/ziricote)
http://www.kalabrand.com/img/ka-zct-c.png

actadh
01-23-2016, 05:04 AM
For me, it was Mim playing the custom Rebel Tenor - spruce, sapele, rosewood. Hands down, the best sound IMO, and probably from all the sound ports.

It is on her FB page, but I am not seeing it yet on her YouTube channel.

It was already sold, but it makes me want to start collecting aluminum cans along the highway for the recycling money so I can save up for the one she is getting in stock around May.

Rakelele
01-23-2016, 05:09 AM
There is a fairly new Chinese brand called "Enya" that has some unusual design elements on display. Some pictures can be seen on Uke Republic's Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/sailor.jim1/posts/10205271898388161).

haole
01-23-2016, 05:59 AM
No idea if Riversong's engineering makes any real difference, but I'd consider buying one just because of how cool that guy is.

M3Ukulele
01-23-2016, 06:21 AM
Riversong was a surprise. They are an 1.5 hour drive from my house so when I get back from holidays in a week or so I will call them up, drive to Kamloops and play a few. No info on their site on ukuleles..... Just guitar stuff. Same technology. Uke was Sitka spruce top and some funny named maple for back and sides. I will check it out and report back.

I liked the pre release on the EKOA Tenor - Farallon by Blackbird. Surprised UU hasn't done a video yet but I'm sure they are busy and it's a hectic 3-4 days in Anaheim. HMS did a great pre release and now want to hear more samples. The Farallon in on my radar even with our crappy dollar.

I think Kala will do great with their scalloped new tenors. WITH MPRP where they are they are we are likely. To see street prices in low $400 so depend on sound and fit and finish but with K brands you won't get their scallop cutaway at that kind of pricing so for people who want to try this style.........Kala seems to be a good option......

I'm sure there will be more stuff that is interesting as more video and comments come out.

Loved the comment about 45 years olds, hair color, mushrooms and sleeveless shirts. <g>

hawaii 50
01-23-2016, 07:03 AM
I'm waiting to hear what Kala are going to be bringing to us.


other than the new ukes...here is Mike talking about the ukulele and how popular it is around the World and how I can help young folks every where....

https://vimeo.com/152788656

sam13
01-23-2016, 07:15 AM
I like what I see from Kamaka.

Put an order into Andrew at HMS already.

hawaii 50
01-23-2016, 07:18 AM
I like what I see from Kamaka.

Put an order into Andrew at HMS already.

wow!! which model did you order...I hope I can see it before it goes out....

Mim
01-23-2016, 07:28 AM
I got to go to the Kamaka 100 year celebration last night. It was amazing, inspirational, and makes me even more proud to be one of their dealers! So for me that has been my most exciting buzz. I may be getting a pineapple myself this year.

DownUpDave
01-23-2016, 08:12 AM
I got to go to the Kamaka 100 year celebration last night. It was amazing, inspirational, and makes me even more proud to be one of their dealers! So for me that has been my most exciting buzz. I may be getting a pineapple myself this year.

Yes Mim........ you would look great behind a Kamaka Pineapple with your hair dyed a bright flaming yellow in tribute to the instrument

Ukulele Eddie
01-23-2016, 09:31 AM
I liked the pre release on the EKOA Tenor - Farallon by Blackbird. Surprised UU hasn't done a video yet but I'm sure they are busy and it's a hectic 3-4 days in Anaheim. HMS did a great pre release and now want to hear more samples. The Farallon in on my radar even with our crappy dollar.


I think the Farallon is pretty exciting and has a lot of promise. The one that is on display and that Andrew's video shows is not yet final production ready. So in addition to some further sound improvements in the production model that I would expect, they may also add some visual elements to make it less utilitarian looking.



Loved the comment about 45 years olds, hair color, mushrooms and sleeveless shirts. <g>

Maybe next year I'll just shoot photos of all those folks. I'd love to ask a few of them if they REALLY think they're pulling it off. ;-) Don't even get me going on the overweight 40 year-olds walking around in Halloween customs. Mim and I enjoyed a glimpse of a band in full costumes, complete with head masks. I'm sure they smelled lovely after walking around all day in those things. Not. ;-)

Rakelele
01-23-2016, 07:20 PM
Not really brand new, but the Pono Sunburst and their Mango Pineapple Pro Classic Tenor look fantastic.

M3Ukulele
01-23-2016, 08:43 PM
UU video on KoAloha mentioned that Opio's were going to change to Acacia wood from Sapele. I Love my Sapele Opio....interested to see and hear the difference. Also, new pearl inlayed logo for KoAloha........hard to see a good shot of headstock close up!

Kanilea had some pretty awesome Koa and have a new model with all Hawaian woods.

Opal instruments had a aluminum electric that was cut out of a block of metal. Reminded me of Yamaha silent series classical guitars . 2k price tags and not much on web site just partial picture of their tenor!

Still want to hear more complete sound samples on the Blackbird Farallon EKOA tenor. Excited about that but pricey!

Rakelele
01-23-2016, 09:04 PM
Some more news from KoAloha: They will make an Abalone rosette to go with the new Abalone logo. Also, they no longer have the branded bridge on their smaller models, and they have changed the fretboards to Rosewood, too. I wonder why that is; the Koa fretboard was part of their signature look, but maybe it was too soft in the long run...?

bonesoup
01-24-2016, 03:12 AM
Just some random thoughts I had watching the videos. Thank you for the coverage Aldrine and team!

Imua focusing on their wood expertise and improving their builds. It's great they're using reclaimed ebony.

I quite like the design of the Riptide ukes too with their lower bout sound ports.

Too bad Martin only promoted their custom shop, which is cool, but y'know.

Thanks Mim for your quiet booth demos. That Kamaka tenor deluxe was incredible. As was the anniversary pineapple that may get even more inlay.

That's great that there will be a James Hill book from FMM. I love The Romantic Ukulele that I recently got from them.

Kanilea, wow. Their new Premiums are gorgeous. I love the tone of their Mauli no (sp?). Will definitely be interested to see the price point on that. Thanks so much Joe for being carbon neutral and a forest steward.

After seeing all these videos, my UAS is Kanilea or Kamaka. Kamaka to be part of that history. Kanilea for their whole philosophy and build direction, and I love their UV gloss too. Joe strikes me as such a great guy.

Rakelele
01-24-2016, 05:24 AM
That open frame electric ukulele by Opal looks like a very interesting concept, and nicely designed. Too bad they didn't get a sound sample.

Ukulele Eddie
01-24-2016, 04:42 PM
Between the coverage from Andrew, Aldrine and Mim, you'll have a better experience than being there yourself. But below are some random thoughts from what I saw. I'll post some pics this afternoon.

- Kamaka Centennial markings are generally a hit. Smart design because it works on all finishes and even slotted headstocks
- Personally, I do not care for the KoAloha shell logo and new finish. It just seems so not KoAloha. I can't help but think a maple inlay or something would have been a better fit
- Kanile'a seems to have a corner on the best koa. I like the design direction they're going. Slim headstocks, sleek looks.
- Collings had no ukes on display
- Men over 45 should not dye their hair; people with flabby arms should not wear sleeveless shirts; and nobody with a muffin top should try to wear skinny jeans. If you're trying to look like you don't care, you've missed the point (note to all the aged rockers)
- Keeler Sounds makes some cool sound hole sound processors, both with and without pickups; they do make a uke version
- MusicNomad had has a neat tool for cleaning the fretboard
- Nicest uke I saw was a Ko'olau CS Thin Body, Spruce/Koa. What a really lovely instrument!
- Coolest thing I saw was an Ome Grand Artist banjo -- it was breathtakingly ornate, insanely beautiful and can be yours for $15K. Honestly, it seems worth every penny

Here's a link to some random photos (some are dark -- my apologies):

https://flic.kr/s/aHsktmBSsh

mds725
01-24-2016, 04:45 PM
Also, new pearl inlayed logo for KoAloha........hard to see a good shot of headstock close up!

From KoAloha's Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/KoAlohaUkulele/

http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=87729&d=1453693353

Rakelele
01-25-2016, 02:23 AM
Here's a link to some random photos (some are dark -- my apologies):

https://flic.kr/s/aHsktmBSsh

Thanks so much for being our eyes and ears, Eddie, great pictures! Has Larrivée and Rick Turner / Compass Rose been there? I remember seeing them in previous years but haven't found any coverage on them now.

sam13
01-25-2016, 03:26 AM
I liked reading about the new MISI pick ups. They sound great.

Mivo
01-25-2016, 03:38 AM
http://www.kalabrand.com/img/ka-zct-c.png

This kind of figures. I take a bit of a break from ukulele life, come back, and on the very first day I spot something that makes me go "Want!". :)

Watched some of UU's coverage. Liked Brian from KoAloha, very personable, but the new glittery blue logo on the headstock struck me as a little kitchy. I definitely prefer the old style. I do like the rosettes they showed.

spookelele
01-25-2016, 04:12 AM
This kind of figures. I take a bit of a break from ukulele life, come back, and on the very first day I spot something that makes me go "Want!". :)

Watched some of UU's coverage. Liked Brian from KoAloha, very personable, but the new glittery blue logo on the headstock struck me as a little kitchy. I definitely prefer the old style. I do like the rosettes they showed.

Is the kala laminate? It was unclear in the vids and the website.

On the koaloha.. I think the blue logo looks nice. But without a rosette to match, it looks out of place as the only bling. On the otherhand.. I've never really cared for the "laser etch" as to me it always screams "Too cheap to do real inlay but here's a doodle anyway".

Mivo
01-25-2016, 04:20 AM
It's probably just me and my preferences, really. I'm generally not into bling of the glittery, colorful or eye-catching kind, and prefer a more simplistic, "natural" appearance. :)

I'm not sure about the Kala, will do some digging around, just out of curiosity! Not planning to buy anything ... before summer! Or late spring. Not this month anyway!

Ukulele Eddie
01-25-2016, 04:35 AM
Thanks so much for being our eyes and ears, Eddie, great pictures! Has Larrivée and Rick Turner / Compass Rose been there? I remember seeing them in previous years but haven't found any coverage on them now.

No, I don't believe they were. Though I did not look for either, I think I would have noticed them. Especially Larrivée as you know I'm a big fan.

Rakelele
01-25-2016, 04:50 AM
For anyone looking for NAMM Show Ukulele coverage, here are some of the most instructive resources that I found:

- Interviews by the UU crew on Youtube (https://www.youtube.com/user/ukuleleunderground/videos)
- Sound samples and pictures by Mim on her Youtube (https://www.youtube.com/user/MimsUkes/videos) channel and Facepook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mims-Ukes/181125165238692?ref=ts&v=info) page
- Videos and pictures on Uke Republic's Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/UKE-Republic/255643082149) page
- Extensive footage by the guys from HMS on Youtube (https://www.youtube.com/user/HawaiiMusicSupply/videos)

Thank you all for keeping us updated, I really appreciate being able to participate from afar. Has anyone come across some other channels that cover Ukulele news from NAMM?

hawaii 50
01-25-2016, 05:05 AM
It's probably just me and my preferences, really. I'm generally not into bling of the glittery, colorful or eye-catching kind, and prefer a more simplistic, "natural" appearance. :)

I'm not sure about the Kala, will do some digging around, just out of curiosity! Not planning to buy anything ... before summer! Or late spring. Not this month anyway!

here is a visit at Kala....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P7s9s_i__8Q&feature=youtu.be

Joyful Uke
01-25-2016, 09:51 AM
Thanks to all who have posted videos or photos.

actadh
01-25-2016, 10:07 AM
UU video on KoAloha mentioned that Opio's were going to change to Acacia wood from Sapele. I Love my Sapele Opio....interested to see and hear the difference.

I did not catch that they were changing the tonewood, so thanks for the post.

I love my sapele Opio, too. It does say on The Ukulele Site that it is a limited run, but it has been saying that for a while - mine was the last of their first batch that they got in way back in 2014. They still have some sapele ones. sounds like the the price point will go down with the change to acacia. My bridge has the KoAloha name on it, but that may go away, too.

M3Ukulele
01-25-2016, 10:31 AM
I though on HMS video the Opio in Acacia was a bit more.... But I'd bet the MSRP goes down a bit as you suggest. I have. Pono AT so I'm happy my option is Sapele.......kinda why I got it at the time.... Just wanted to try it.

I think the KoAloha Tenor with Koa and the new pearl logo on headstock with pearl rosette will be pretty cool. I also liked their Sitka top tenor...Cory does a sound sample on the HMS video..... It has the old burned in logo look but I've always wanted a Sikta top/Koa back and sides ....<g>

Joshypogi
01-25-2016, 04:28 PM
Does anybody have pictures of what Koolau brought to the 2016 NAMM?

Ukulele Eddie
01-25-2016, 06:13 PM
Does anybody have pictures of what Koolau brought to the 2016 NAMM?
If you look back a few posts, my album includes some photos of a very lovely spruce/koa CS Thin Body. I playe St a bit during a rare time when I could almost hear and was quite impressed. There's also a photo of one of their koa guitars.

Here are the images of the tenor uke:

https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1681/23965245644_6446c84f68_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/CvJ9Aq)
https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1553/24567227986_a8a2b25f49_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/DqVsYj)
https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1652/23965247514_ced8f0c611_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/CvJa9E)

And one of the guitar:
https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1534/23965250654_f6e753343d_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/CvJb5N)

Steveperrywriter
01-25-2016, 09:02 PM
I liked reading about the new MISI pick ups. They sound great.

This is the internal mike, right? Anybody got the skinny on these? Could they be as good as the claims? Acoustic sound and no feedback?

This is from the MiSi site:

"For NAMM 2016, Mi-Si announces two new pickups which capture instrument’s air vibrations. Guitars and ukuleles with a strap button can be easily amplified with Mi-Si Air, the new amplification system based on MEMS microphone technology. Involving neither undersaddle nor soundboard transducers, there are no holes, glue, saddle preparation, balance problems, or piezo distortions. And like the rest of Mi-Si’s product line, it’s battery free, with up to 14 hours of play time after charging it for only 60 seconds. Also new is the Mi-Si Acoustic Trio Air, a winning combination of the venerable Acoustic Trio undersaddle pickup system and the Mi-Si Air. The signals from the undersaddle transducer and internal microphone are mixed and controlled by soundhole-mounted pan and volume potentiometers, providing an exceptionally strong, feedback-free sound, capturing natural vibrations of body and the air of the instrument. Light and simple due to battery-free technology and Mi-Si’s industry-leading minimalistic design, it delivers eight hours of playing time with 60-second charge."

87747

Rakelele
01-26-2016, 05:22 AM
As NAMM ended, I guess we can try and summarize our impressions. Here are some trends that I noticed:

1) We see more ukes with arm bevels and scoop cutaways; perhaps companies are focusing on increasing the player's comfort rather than coming up with entirely new concepts, like they have in the past (with things like the U-Bass, Solid Body Electric, Big Baritone, Guitalele, etc.).

2) With the K brands, it's mostly just more "bling"; more Abalone on KoAloha and Kamaka, newly decorated models from Kanilea.

3) New brand names keep cycling in and out of business, most of which are never to be heard of again, it seems. I guess many of these companies just put their logo onto something they order directly from Asia.

4) A lot of innovation is going on with electronics: Bluetooth, USB, and that new wireless Misi pickup, for example.

What are your impressions?

DownUpDave
01-26-2016, 05:54 AM
Rainer, I want to thank you for starting and shepparding this thead, great job.

Two things I am most impressed with, #1 is the new MISI pick ups, I will be getting both the "Air" and the "Dual" as soon as they are available. Even the LR Baggs 5.0 pickups are lacking in true reproduction of acoustic sound. I will install them in two high quality tenors and do an A B test to determine which one is the most realistic.

#2 is the Kamaka 100th anniversary logo.......love it and will order my first Kamaka just to get it.

haole
01-26-2016, 06:09 AM
This year seems to be more evolutionary than revolutionary. Definitely seeing a lot of more affordable ukes with options previously only found on expensive custom instruments. The K brands are upping their game with more build-to-order options, nicer finishes, and more bling.
New MiSi pickups could be a game-changer. Riversong wins for innovation and enthusiasm.
Lots of bandwagon-jumping brands from previous NAMMs are absent. Most won't be missed.

MARKbOC
01-26-2016, 07:21 AM
The K brands are upping their game with more build-to-order options, nicer finishes, and more bling. .

As a noob, maybe this has been happening for a long time and I just didnt see it as clearly but I thought it was interesting to see those "K" ukes separating their brand identities a little. Based on the limited info I saw from videos/photos at NAMM, Kamaka is staying super traditional, Koaloha seems to be 'modernizing' its look a little, Kanilea is getting creative with the special/themed editions and Koolau is totally focused on the customs and offering a huge range in the Pono line.

I think its great (although painfully UAS-inducing) to have so many different feeling options in Hawaiian ukes. Again, probably related to me simply paying more attention but they feel less like "the K brands" and more like 4 very unique companies.

Now I'm off to sell some blood and find a second job to afford everything that caught my eye!

pluck
01-26-2016, 07:29 AM
"I just went to NAMM and can't wait to buy a Martin ukulele" said nobody ever.

NAMM doesn't seem to reward the traditionalists. Maybe the traditionalists need to have their own show once a decade.

spookelele
01-26-2016, 08:00 AM
"I just went to NAMM and can't wait to buy a Martin ukulele" said nobody ever.

NAMM doesn't seem to reward the traditionalists. Maybe the traditionalists need to have their own show once a decade.

Why? They could just play the vhs tape from 20 years ago.

M3Ukulele
01-26-2016, 08:09 AM
Aldridge is getting his own signature set of string from Aquila. I just went over a video where UU - Aldrine interview Mimmo and another fellow related to his company and if confirmed........... Strings will be fluorocarbon........ With great attention to FEEL and INTONATION. They will be clear with a slight think of green. Should be cool, I like Flurocarbons trying and Aldrine so I'll be trying a few set. Mimmo also is an innovator in our industry. Looking forward to release of these in a few month. Check out the video on You Tube.

M3Ukulele
01-26-2016, 08:11 AM
Sorry Aldrine.... Fat fingers on the IPad first line of above thread. <g>...

spookelele
01-26-2016, 10:07 AM
I think Aldrine's strings are nylon, not FC. They talk about it at 1:20 in the video. I dont think Aquila does fc's.

DownUpDave
01-26-2016, 10:52 AM
I think Aldrine's strings are nylon, not FC. They talk about it at 1:20 in the video. I dont think Aquila does fc's.

Mimmo (from Aquila) has stated on this forum that he is developing florocarbon strings.

M3Ukulele
01-26-2016, 12:11 PM
My Mistake....just went over the UU video and in fact Aldrine's string will be nylon. Missed that as they looked so clear. I will still try them......... Thank you for correction.

DUD, I hope they do make some Flurocarbons strings as you mention...... They will definitely get purchased for a try!

mmfitzsimons
01-26-2016, 12:45 PM
Thanks for the links, super helpful Rakelele!

hawaii 50
01-26-2016, 06:33 PM
Does anybody have pictures of what Koolau brought to the 2016 NAMM?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-aaQmBaEXMM&feature=youtu.be

Mim
01-27-2016, 05:35 AM
Mimmo (from Aquila) has stated on this forum that he is developing florocarbon strings.

I have some of Aldrine's set to demo. It is not finalized yet and he said the tension will be less. But I am excited to throw them on a couple concerts and give them a run through. They feel good. But I have not had a chance to play them yet. I cant wait for them to be released. They are nylon and they have a subtle green tint which will make them easy to distinguish from others.

Mim
01-27-2016, 05:39 AM
"I just went to NAMM and can't wait to buy a Martin ukulele" said nobody ever.

NAMM doesn't seem to reward the traditionalists. Maybe the traditionalists need to have their own show once a decade.

I have always been underwhelmed with the Martin offerings, unless it is the specialty models. The basic models that are made in mexico are quite heavy and lacking the sound quality for the price in my opinion. But I am quite picky. They are nice... but I feel like other uke companies are more of the ones to write home about. Vintage Martins are sure sweet though and they made in America and Iz models are nice.

Mivo
01-27-2016, 05:47 AM
Watched some more of the UU videos, and I found the soprano by Riversong intriguing (in this video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KIhdWbOU0DI)). Nifty features and different from anything else that I know of. Would be interested in knowing what it sounds like, especially up the neck, in a quieter environment.

ukeeku
01-27-2016, 09:24 AM
I have always been underwhelmed with the Martin offerings, unless it is the specialty models. The basic models that are made in mexico are quite heavy and lacking the sound quality for the price in my opinion. But I am quite picky. They are nice... but I feel like other uke companies are more of the ones to write home about. Vintage Martins are sure sweet though and they made in America and Iz models are nice.

The 3 I have reviewed (The S1,OXK, and C1K) were steps in the right direction and play great. The OXK is the only one that I thought was worth the price since it played so well and was bulletproof.
That little brass Martin emblem adds about $200 to the uke.
I agree with Mim, they are not worth the price and there are a TON of better ukes for your money and people like Mim with help you find that awesome next uke.

Ukulele Eddie
01-27-2016, 09:33 AM
Watched some more of the UU videos, and I found the soprano by Riversong intriguing (in this video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KIhdWbOU0DI)). Nifty features and different from anything else that I know of. Would be interested in knowing what it sounds like, especially up the neck, in a quieter environment.

Some real out-of-the-box thinking. I wonder, however, if they'll sell many at an MSRP that is over $1,200.

Rakelele
02-07-2016, 07:37 PM
Ukulele Friend has posted several videos of Jake Shimabukuro, Kalei Gamiao, and Benny Chong playing at the Kamaka booth on Youtube (https://www.youtube.com/user/ukulelefriend/videos).

mds725
02-07-2016, 10:34 PM
I don't think this is from NAMM, but it is news. Andrew from The Ukulele Site recently recently posted this photo on his Facebook page, along with this description: "factory pic of a new Pono model- steel string baritone, slightly larger than baritone actually but smaller than the tenor guitar."

http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=87948&d=1454367164

GNUF Kris
02-07-2016, 10:48 PM
I got to go to the Kamaka 100 year celebration last night. It was amazing, inspirational, and makes me even more proud to be one of their dealers! So for me that has been my most exciting buzz. I may be getting a pineapple myself this year.

Yes Mim! Get a Kamaka pineapple!! (BRING IT TO GNUF!)

Mim
02-08-2016, 05:07 AM
Yes Mim! Get a Kamaka pineapple!! (BRING IT TO GNUF!)


If I do you cant have it! IT IS MINE ALL MINE!!!

maryagn3s
02-08-2016, 05:24 AM
I WANT A KAMAKA PINEAPPLE UKE! Those ukes at NAMM gave me serious UAS.

That whole Kamaka century was just amazing! :)

mattydee
02-08-2016, 08:14 AM
I don't think this is from NAMM, but it is news. Andrew from The Ukulele Site recently recently posted this photo on his Facebook page, along with this description: "factory pic of a new Pono model- steel string baritone, slightly larger than baritone actually but smaller than the tenor guitar."

http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=87948&d=1454367164

This is very exciting -- but I can't find the source on Andrew's fb.. do you have a link?

AndrewKuker
02-08-2016, 08:33 AM
This is very exciting -- but I can't find the source on Andrew's fb.. do you have a link?

We should have these to show within a month.

One thing that KoAloha didn't have ready for NAMM but they did announce is that the Opio line would be in Acacia. We got a prototype concert and Ryo Montgomery demos it here. It's nice! Sort of a semi gloss look more like the Pikake line from them and classic KoAloha tone. These should be available next month.


http://youtu.be/nVOKN_5dG_s

Rakelele
02-08-2016, 08:51 AM
We should have these to show within a month.

Wonderful! To me, this is the best uke related news in 2016. I'll definitely go for one, really looking forward to it... :smileybounce:

mattydee
02-08-2016, 08:57 AM
We should have these to show within a month.

Excellent!

mds725
02-08-2016, 09:56 AM
This is very exciting -- but I can't find the source on Andrew's fb.. do you have a link?

Here's a link to the photo on FB.
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10204399151052275&set=a.1052473285495.7792.1635681893&type=3&theater

If that doesn't work, just find Andrew's Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/kitakis) and scroll down to January 28, which was the date it was posted.

flailingfingers
02-09-2016, 04:13 AM
I liked reading about the new MISI pick ups. They sound great.
Agreed. That's the one thing I found really interesting to me.

GNUF Kris
02-09-2016, 05:27 AM
If I do you cant have it! IT IS MINE ALL MINE!!!

I promise not to swap it with an actual pinapple on a stick when you're not looking.

You won't notice when I definitely don't do that. Promise

blorb
02-12-2016, 09:21 AM
Sorry if this has been answered already, but...

1. When will the Ohana sopranissimo be available, and

2. How much will it cost?

Thanks!

Five Ways
02-12-2016, 09:39 AM
I liked reading about the new MISI pick ups. They sound great.
Me too, looking forward to trying one.