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heyyoutoo
04-03-2016, 12:48 PM
Hello,

I recently purchased a KoAloha KSM-00 on line, build date 2002. I don't have it in my possession yet, but would you take look at these pictures and tell me if that bridge looks original? All the pics I see on line show a bridge with the KoAloha inscription, but I don't know what they were using in 2002.

If it's wrong, I guess I'll have the answer to why no one bid against me.:(

Thank you!

hawaii 50
04-03-2016, 12:51 PM
that is their early bridge...everything looks right they changed the bridge alot when they started building...

Kyle23
04-03-2016, 01:35 PM
The 2003 that I had has the same exact bridge.

Tigeralum2001
04-03-2016, 01:49 PM
Looks right, except I believe this is a factory 2nd. See the black marking in the lower right corner? That usually means it is a factory second.

coolkayaker1
04-03-2016, 01:50 PM
Looks right, except I believe this is a factory 2nd. See the black marking in the lower right corner? That usually means it is a factory second.

Nice spot, CJ. Agree...factory second, but correct bridge.

hawaii 50
04-03-2016, 01:54 PM
Looks right, except I believe this is a factory 2nd. See the black marking in the lower right corner? That usually means it is a factory second.

good eye CJ..did not see the mark on the label.....
so this uke was sold at a discount price in 2002....maybe direct from Ko'aloha...did the seller tell you it was a second?

heyyoutoo
04-03-2016, 02:00 PM
Looks right, except I believe this is a factory 2nd. See the black marking in the lower right corner? That usually means it is a factory second.

Well that's an intriguing piece of information, I wonder what it's matter is? I'll post back once I get it. Looks like you've found the correct answer to why no one bid against me. :(

heyyoutoo
04-03-2016, 02:02 PM
"good eye CJ..did not see the mark on the label.....
so this uke was sold at a discount price in 2002....maybe direct from Ko'aloha...did the seller tell you it was a second?"


No. But benefit of the doubt, maybe they weren't aware. In any case, I hope the defect isn't too offensive; I'll know in a few days.

Kyle23
04-03-2016, 02:08 PM
"good eye CJ..did not see the mark on the label.....
so this uke was sold at a discount price in 2002....maybe direct from Ko'aloha...did the seller tell you it was a second?"


No. But benefit of the doubt, maybe they weren't aware. In any case, I hope the defect isn't too offensive; I'll know in a few days.

KoAloha wouldn't sell a factory second that has a very significant issue. Most people I've seen can't even find their defects on factory seconds. If there is a significant blemish, it wasn't from the factory, but probably a past owner.

Tigeralum2001
04-03-2016, 02:12 PM
KoAloha wouldn't sell a factory second that has a very significant issue. Most people I've seen can't even find their defects on factory seconds. If there is a significant blemish, it wasn't from the factory, but probably a past owner.

Agreed. OP, usually there is a minor finish flaw that can barely be noticed and will definitely not affect the sound or play-ability. Depending on how much you paid, you might have gotten a steal.

heyyoutoo
04-03-2016, 03:36 PM
Thanks everyone. I've learned so much from the helpful people of this forum and I appreciate all of your responses.

Inksplosive AL
04-03-2016, 07:41 PM
$399.99 isnt a crazy price but seeing the other offerings on eBay that sold in the last few months one in Feb with 66 bids selling for $420 and another on March 6th for $385 after 25 bids it might have been a high starting price. I would have expected that a buy it now price but it is what it is and not a bad deal.

The bridge is correct but something looks wrong with the saddle like it was replaced or in the least unfinished. I had thought it might be upside down but this picture shows it is not.

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Its also described as an ebony slab. Not quite certain mine is wood looks more like buffalo horn actually but it isn't a slab and looks finished. Not a deal killer but again after the fact it is what it is and was fully disclosed by the seller. If the top of the saddle is square like it appears I might finish it myself, bring it to a competent luthier or contact the original builder. Who am I kidding I would do it myself.

Otherwise play the hell out of it I bet it sounds great.

~AL~