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steel rider
04-21-2016, 12:36 PM
I'm the type who likes to have something different than most people. I'd never buy a Prius or Accord or Camry for example, no matter how good they are. BUT I am also a guy who loves to support local businesses, or at least NorCal businesses.

I just noticed Kala is based in Petaluma. How did I not know this? To me there is a coolness in that. Yes it's not Hawaii and most if not all (except Elite Series?) the products are made in Asia, but they are my NorCal brothers and sisters.

Maybe I will go buy a Kala.

Snargle
04-21-2016, 01:08 PM
I have an Asian-maufactured La la Tenor and I couldn't be happier with it.

EssexRiver
04-21-2016, 01:10 PM
Heck, yeah, why not? I bought a Fluke (even though I wasn't crazy about them at the time) because the MF Co was based in CT and the people were friendly, real, and I appreciated what they were doing. I don't regret it for a second.

spookelele
04-21-2016, 01:10 PM
kala is really good at mass producing consistency.
Also.. they make some pretty decent ukes on the low and mid range.
I really like their cedar top models.

Some people dish on Kala.. because they're the big box poster child.. but really you don't get to be that company without having a decent product.

MARKbOC
04-21-2016, 01:13 PM
i played one of the elite series that are made in Petaluma and it was a very nice instrument.

also, i've been happy with my spruce top Kala that was my first uke. i own "nicer" ukes but still play the Kala a lot

kvehe
04-21-2016, 01:22 PM
I have more ukes than I should, but three of my favorites are my Kala solid acacia concert, tenor, and baritone. Why don't I have the soprano? I should rectify that immediately.

kohanmike
04-21-2016, 01:26 PM
My go to uke is my Kala cedar top cut away with preamp.

Kyle23
04-21-2016, 02:30 PM
I believe the elite series is made in California not Hawaii. I could be wrong though!

ZappCatt
04-21-2016, 02:39 PM
I believe the elite series is made in California not Hawaii. I could be wrong though!

Yes, Petaluma is in Northern California

uku0729
04-21-2016, 06:19 PM
My Kala Koa tenor is all laminated and has amazing tone. I prefer the tone over my Pono mahogany tenor and my Cordoba 32T. The Kala also has great playability and is gorgeous.

Kyle23
04-21-2016, 07:16 PM
Yes, Petaluma is in Northern California

I misread the OP and thought they said the elite series was maybe made in Hawaii. Whoooops.

Croaky Keith
04-21-2016, 10:19 PM
Out of all my ukes, my goto is a Kala. :)
Just love my SLNG. :music:

bullet08
04-22-2016, 05:13 AM
only brand i know is kala. i have ka-cem, and my son has ka-s. i like way ka-s sounds. after looking at it for awhile, i noticed that my son's uke has been setup. there are file makes on the frets and the uke sounds really nice. the fret work wasn't exactly clean, it needs crowning. my ka-cem is not set up at all. it's going back to amazon. doesn't sound as good as my son's ka-s. another ka-cem is coming from hms. i'm hoping that thing will sound much better than current hms. we do have a shop near by that does set up and things for ukes. i'll have to stop by once i can play a tune or two to see what other brand ukes sound like.

Osprey
04-22-2016, 05:46 AM
I have two Kalas, my first ukulele is a KA-TEM. It plays and sounds pretty good for a laminate. My other Kala is an all solid acacia 10th Anniversary edition. It sounds very nice and plays like a dream. I think their quality control makes the Chinese manufacturing work.

Snargle
04-22-2016, 06:19 AM
I have an Asian-maufactured La la Tenor and I couldn't be happier with it.

LOL...that's what I get when I post from my phone instead of a proper web browser. "La la" = Kala! :rolleyes:

Snargle
04-22-2016, 06:20 AM
I have two Kalashnikov, my first ukulele is a KA-TEM. It plays and sounds pretty good for a laminate. My other Kala is an all solid acacia 10th Anniversary edition. It sounds very nice and plays like a dream. I think their quality control makes the Chinese manufacturing work.

Not sure I want to jam with anyone playing with Kalashnikovs! Could be a bit dangerous, particularly if they're loaded.

Inksplosive AL
04-22-2016, 07:29 AM
My KA-SEM is my most played uke with a KA-GAS in the running for second. I dont own a Kalashnikov but I do have an old Chinese SKS which uses the same 7.62x39mm Cartridge. I haven't played that one in quite a few years and got yelled at for playing it too fast the last time I had her out.

Osprey
04-22-2016, 09:22 AM
Not sure I want to jam with anyone playing with Kalashnikovs! Could be a bit dangerous, particularly if they're loaded.
Spell check is both a blessing and a curse. I did edit my last post.

Snargle
04-22-2016, 09:31 AM
Spell check is both a blessing and a curse. I did edit my last post.

I hope you don't mind me having a little fun, even at your expense. We ALL suffer at the hands of the spell checkers/autocorrect. :)

Booli
04-22-2016, 09:58 AM
The first uke I bought as per tons of recommendations here on UU when I was a uke noob, was for Kala and I went with a KA-T laminate mahogany, which I got at a local B&M store for $119. That was almost exactly 3 yrs ago.

I installed a Mi-Si pickup in it after having it about 9 months, and still play it ALL the time, in spite of having more exotic or more expensive ukes since then.

Maybe there is some truth to instruments 'opening up', because for the first 6 months or so, when it was my ONLY uke, I played that thing AT LEAST 2 hrs per day...it sounds better now than ever...but maybe that's just confirmation bias - LOL.

I'll never let it go.

photoshooter
04-22-2016, 11:15 AM
My first two ukes are Kalas. I got curious and tried some other brands but still come back to the two Kalas. No sense fighting it, I'm a Kala kind of guy…
:)

Osprey
04-22-2016, 11:25 AM
I hope you don't mind me having a little fun, even at your expense. We ALL suffer at the hands of the spell checkers/autocorrect. :)

No worries, Larry, I thought it was funny myself.

Sporin
04-22-2016, 11:30 AM
I just realized all 3 of my ukes are Kalas! Red Dolphin, cheap-o laminate Concert and my #1 uke, the spruce top tenor with pickup and set up by HMS. I didn't go all-Kala on purpose but for a shlug like me shopping on the cheap end of the cost scale, they really shine.

I think Kala makes some amazing ukes in that $200 range. The vuild quality of my spruce top tenro is flawless.

Nickie
04-22-2016, 04:43 PM
4 Kalas have been through my house. 2 are still there! The UBass is our fave.

Inksplosive AL
04-22-2016, 05:02 PM
The one thing I notice on most of my Kala ukuleles is the back brace seen through the soundhole is slightly downhill to the left. This makes the sticker or label slightly crooked as well, 3 out of 4 if memory serves me. One has a slight miss inside the kerfing in the upper bout on the back is slightly off mark and just doesn't touch the back for an inch or two. Most wouldn't notice such things is my guess.

They all play great.