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Dan Uke
03-08-2016, 11:48 AM
Noa Bonk just finished my Ko'oalu and Andrew from HMS just posted pics and a video on Facebook!

All my ukes from Hawaii are made with an indigenous wood ie koa or milo so that it reminds me of the instrument's origin.

The hard part is waiting for the uke but I already feel a connection since I know Noa and Andrew. For the last several years, I only purchase customs if I know the luthier as I want to show my support to them and I believe you get a part of their soul in each instrument.

SPECS
Front: European Spruce
Back & Sides: Curly Koa
Bindings: Darker Curly Koa
Purfling: Black, Red, Black
Fretboard: Bound Flat Madagascar Rosewood
Side Sound Port
Strings: Southcoast Low G
Finish: Gloss Nitro


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Dan Uke
03-08-2016, 11:49 AM
Here's Kalei Gamiao playing something in High G.

https://vimeo.com/158184992

Here's my sound sample in Low G. Don't compare me to Kalei! LOL




http://youtu.be/w1g7CpC0j_U

janeray1940
03-08-2016, 11:52 AM
Nice! Congratulations, Dan. And - thanks for being the second person (Staci was the first) to demonstrate that owning not one, but two, MBs is *not* the cure for UAS :)

Dan Uke
03-08-2016, 12:50 PM
Nice! Congratulations, Dan. And - thanks for being the second person (Staci was the first) to demonstrate that owning not one, but two, MBs is *not* the cure for UAS :)

I never said MBs are a cure to UAS ;)

sam13
03-08-2016, 01:09 PM
Beautiful Uke. Congratulations. Very nice.

geetee
03-08-2016, 01:15 PM
OMG! You got the side sound-port. Congratulations. And if Kalei says it sings, it's all good.
Noa is one of the best.

For those iPad users, like me, that don't see the embedded video, here is the link.
Be sure to listen with high quality headphones.

https://vimeo.com/158184992

There is no cure for UAS.

hawaii 50
03-08-2016, 01:21 PM
Congrats Daniel you lucky buggah!....:) about time you get a Ko'olau....I saw the new MB at Andrew's shop but did not see your Ko'olau...maybe it was sent out already....did see it when Ryan was buffing it out a few weeks ago....waiting for your sound sample......

hawaii 50
03-08-2016, 01:25 PM
OMG! You got the side sound-port. Congratulations. And if Kalei says it sings, it's all good.
Noa is one of the best.

For those iPad users, like me, that don't see the embedded video, here is the link.
Be sure to listen with high quality headphones.

https://vimeo.com/158184992

There is no cure for UAS.



from another person with 2 Moore Bettahs...haha
Geetee will never say this but he has one of the finest collections of High end Hawaiian ukes I have seen......

DownUpDave
03-08-2016, 01:25 PM
Lets see....two LfdMs.......two MBs.......when you getting a second Koo'lau ;)

All kidding aside congratulation on a beautiful instrument. I have listened to a lot of Koo'laus and the spruce koa combo has always been my favorite sounding one. Well done

dkcrown
03-08-2016, 01:36 PM
Congrats Daniel. You're amassing quite a collection. Quality over quantity. :)

Dan Uke
03-08-2016, 01:53 PM
Thanks guys! I decided to get a Ko'olau after playing Len's (Hawaii 50) and Greg's (Geetee) Ko'olau...Ko'olau truly belongs on the top shelf! My wife is from HI, so I've been fortunate to go several times...unfortunately, I've only played uke since 2011 so the prior years I used to get island fever real quick...not anymore!

Customs are personal so I like bound fretboard (don't see the fret ends) and high gloss finish. I love how there's purfling on both sides of the binding and side sound port to give a better response to the player. I love cutaways with the Selmer look being my favorite and then Florentine.

Simon and Dave, I had to beg Noa to make a flat fretboard! I tried a radius one at NAMM but could hardly tell. Setup is the key so I hope it's nice and low.

Dana, I know you know something about quality over quantity. You're the quiet sniper, snatching ukes without people knowing. ;)

Camsuke
03-08-2016, 03:10 PM
Congratulations Daniel, superb choice.

Ukulele Eddie
03-08-2016, 03:22 PM
Spectacular, Daniel. That is absolutely gorgeous. Hope to check it out in person someday!

Doc_J
03-08-2016, 03:38 PM
Congratulations Daniel! I know you have been waiting a long time for this one.
Awesome wood choices! Hard to beat European Spruce and Curly Koa for a warm sound with clarity and crispness.
It sounds terrific.

Nickie
03-08-2016, 07:03 PM
Oh my gawd.....congratulations! They build some of the most imitated ukes in the world. If i were wealthy, I would HAVE to have one in my home. Insured, of course.
That is money well spent. Please come to TBUG and bring it and play it for us!:drool:

wickedwahine11
03-08-2016, 07:42 PM
Congratulations Daniel, that is a stunner. :)

bonesoup
03-09-2016, 01:42 AM
Looks beautiful, sounds great. I like your idea of using indigenous wood and the vibe that it brings. That's cool he's doing side sound ports now. Congrats!

mm stan
03-09-2016, 03:22 AM
Aloha Danny,
Congratulations on the new koolau, it looks and sounds so sweet.. happy strummings :)

NatalieS
03-09-2016, 05:37 AM
Wow that's a NICE uke! Just gorgeous... congratulations Dan!

Rakelele
03-09-2016, 06:48 AM
Congratulations, Dan! This is a very special uke, and one of the few where I can really tell a difference when comparing to other videos, so vibrant and lively! Having had my Ko'olau for almost a year now, it has been my absolute favorite since day one. Stopped my craving for any others (at least in the tenor size...).

Dan Uke
03-09-2016, 07:32 AM
Thank you everyone and the hard part is waiting for it to be delivered!

Dan Uke
03-26-2016, 03:42 AM
I finally got the uke and it's a beast! It took awhile since I added a pickup.

I shouldn't played so many songs as I forgot what came next! LOL


http://youtu.be/w1g7CpC0j_U

DownUpDave
03-26-2016, 03:56 AM
Well Dan the wait was definitely worth it. Beautiful instrument, as I said before my favorite sounding Ko'olau are spruce and koa and this one is a beast. Enjoy it

mm stan
03-26-2016, 04:16 AM
congrats dan and nice playing.. are you bringing it to hawaii soon.. :)

Doc_J
03-26-2016, 04:33 AM
Sweet sound Daniel ! The tone, clarity and crispness on every fret are outstanding.

Thanks for the video. Where you get that cool Ko'olau shirt? :)

Kyle23
03-26-2016, 04:43 AM
Maaaaaaan that uke is killer. Congrats

UkieOkie
03-26-2016, 05:06 AM
It's pretty with great clarity and tone. Congrats.

Dan Uke
03-26-2016, 05:39 AM
Thanks everyone. The uke is really killah! I like that it's a little on the heavy side as heavier ukes sound fuller to me.

Hodge, you can get the shirt at http://koolauukulele.com/products-page/shirts/ or if you talk to Andrew, I'm sure he can sell them too.

Stan, I'm not going to bring a uke and just play one of yours! hahaha

Rakelele
03-26-2016, 07:24 AM
Very nice playing, and great sounding uke, congratulations! Would be interesting to hear how it compares to your other fine instruments. My Ko'olau is right up there with the best, probably my all time favorite.

Ukulele Eddie
03-26-2016, 07:40 AM
Wow, wow, wow. Sounds great!!!

Tigeralum2001
03-26-2016, 08:14 AM
No doubt Ko'olau is top shelf! In my opinion, Noa makes some of the best ukes out there, at very reasonable prices, and he keeps getting better. Congrats on this uke! It is a beauty and it sings!

NatalieS
03-26-2016, 08:23 AM
That is one of the most gorgeous pieces of koa I've ever seen. The uke sounds as amazing as it looks too, Dan! I really enjoyed your playing. :-)

Dan Uke
03-26-2016, 03:51 PM
Thank you. Ko'olau is truly one of the best ukes out there IMO. Thought they were ok but I believe they have improved throughout the years. Since Ko'olau and HMS shares the same facility, Noa is able to see and hear many brands so has the advantage of improving his skills.

Dan Uke
03-26-2016, 04:23 PM
Very nice playing, and great sounding uke, congratulations! Would be interesting to hear how it compares to your other fine instruments. My Ko'olau is right up there with the best, probably my all time favorite.

I think I'm gonna do a spruce comparison between the MBU, LFDM, and Ko'olau.

Dan Uke
03-27-2016, 12:27 PM
Interesting the Ko'olau's body is larger than my MBU. I don't know if that's the reason why it's loud. I know the new MBUs are larger, which I would think makes them louder.


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futboljim
03-27-2016, 01:43 PM
Nice uke and nice playing, congrats!