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guitarsnrotts
05-04-2016, 05:10 AM
Are they still in business? I bought a couple of their ukuleles a few years ago and was quite happy with the quality and price. There doesn't seem to have been much activity on the site (pilikoko.com) for a couple of years. They have a newer model I'd be interested in ordering but have not received any response to my inquiry.

PhilUSAFRet
05-04-2016, 10:49 AM
Didn't get a reply to my last email either. My concert acacia just sounds spectacular, especially considering the low price. My soprano long neck pineapple has started to open up and I am now officially impressed with it as well.

Jim Hanks
05-04-2016, 01:22 PM
My experience was that Jason could be slow to answer emails, but it does seem odd that the announcement on the home page is about orders last November. Hmmmm.

guitarsnrotts
05-04-2016, 01:25 PM
The long neck pineapple (deluxe) is the model I'd be interesting in purchasing. My concert acacia has been my go to uke for several years.

Jim Hanks
05-04-2016, 01:54 PM
I have the non-deluxe version and have been pleased with it.

PereBourik
05-04-2016, 03:46 PM
My l/n pineapple sounds like a banjo. Not in a good way.

PhilUSAFRet
05-04-2016, 10:37 PM
My l/n pineapple sounds like a banjo. Not in a good way.

Sorry...............but mine does not sound anything like a banjo. Perhaps different strings are needed. I am happy with the Aquila nylguts on mine.

guitarsnrotts
05-05-2016, 10:39 AM
...or different manufacturer's strings. I've been putting Worth BM strings on all my ukes as soon as I get them.

Ukejenny
05-06-2016, 07:35 AM
I hope all is well with Jason and KPK. Our deluxe tenor acacia is incredible - the sound, the looks, the feel. I would love to order a concert from him one day, since my tenor now belongs to my husband, who plays it more than the Gretsch that I gave him to begin with.

guitarsnrotts
05-09-2016, 12:57 PM
...Still no word from Jason or KPK.

tkthompson
05-09-2016, 01:36 PM
FWIW, Jason and his help have never responded to any of my pre-sales queries. But when I took the leap and placed an order thru their website, they were VERY responsive, shipped within days, and responded to my questions within hours. Go figure. My favorite uke is a Asian headstock KPK concert in exquisite figured/curly mahogany that I picked up on Ebay. If you're interested, I would make the leap. You won't be disappointed.

Speaking of KPK, anyone have strong opinions about their tenors? Acacia vs Hog, bindings vs plain? I tend to prefer the aesthetics of the plane janes, but the thought of a maple or rosewood binding is tempting...

guitarsnrotts
05-27-2016, 07:20 AM
He still has not replied to either of the 2 emails addresses I have for him from previous purchases. Went so far as to request
a PayPay invoice for the uke in which I was interested. That was nearly 2 weeks ago and still no response.

PhilUSAFRet
05-27-2016, 03:33 PM
I think he's a "one man shop"...if something came up, travel, illness, etc., he may have just stopped responding for a while. Perhaps we'll find out for sure eventually.

guitarsnrotts
05-28-2016, 03:04 AM
Would be interested in other suggestions for a long neck solid acacia soprano pineapple uke.

wildfire070
05-28-2016, 06:37 AM
Do they have one in the koaloha acacia opio line?

johnson430
05-28-2016, 06:53 AM
Do they have one in the koaloha acacia opio line?

Nope, there is only the l/n KoAloha that I am aware of, not made in the Opio line.

guitarsnrotts
06-06-2016, 04:21 PM
BUMP: Trying to contact Jason of KPK to do some business.

PereBourik
06-06-2016, 04:44 PM
Would be interested in other suggestions for a long neck solid acacia soprano pineapple uke.

I have a KPK longneck soprano acacia pineapple. Not a fan. Overbuilt, sounds like a banjo. I've never found the right strings for this uke. My advice, keep shopping.

Ukejenny
06-07-2016, 06:28 AM
Hoping Jason is okay.

bschorfhaar
06-10-2016, 08:16 AM
hmmm. i attempted to place an order (paypal method as amazon link is dead on his site) and have heard nothing back as yet. despite two attempts. anybody know if koi pili koko is still in business?

guitarsnrotts
06-11-2016, 10:37 AM
Been attempting to contact for 2 months via website and 2 different email addresses trying to place an order. No response.

johnson430
06-11-2016, 10:36 PM
The Ukulele Place has the KPK Acacia Sop/Con/Tenor and Sop.Pine which all appear to be in stock:
http://www.ukuleleplace.com.au/brands/Koa-Pili-Koko.html

guitarsnrotts
06-12-2016, 03:05 AM
Shipping from Australia could prove to be costly.
An observation: These versions of KPK ukes have a different headstock than the ones Jason was selling
and now appear to be made in China. The Jason KPK models were made in SE Asia. That could explain the
demise of www.pilikoko.com. Perhaps those were discontinued and Jason went out of business. Sad. I was
quite happy with Jason's product and looked forward to his Deluxe Longneck Pineapple Soprano.

johnson430
06-12-2016, 03:45 PM
Shipping from Australia could prove to be costly.
An observation: These versions of KPK ukes have a different headstock than the ones Jason was selling
and now appear to be made in China. The Jason KPK models were made in SE Asia. That could explain the
demise of www.pilikoko.com. Perhaps those were discontinued and Jason went out of business. Sad. I was
quite happy with Jason's product and looked forward to his Deluxe Longneck Pineapple Soprano.

Oh, I see the difference in the headstock now. Upon more investigation, it appears that AIERSI (a Chinese instrument maker) has bought or is using the KPK name.

guitarsnrotts
06-17-2016, 04:10 AM
I emailed AIERSI GUITARS concerning the availability of the ukulele for which I was interested. I received a reply from Devon of Aiersi saying it was available.
He issued me a PayPal invoice, I issued the payment. Now it's just a wait and see. I'll report back on the success of the transaction. Wish me luck. Devon said it was this model (I'm assuming with the different headstock):
Deluxe Longneck Pineapple Soprano Ukulele:
http://pilikoko.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=1&products_id=122

PhilUSAFRet
06-17-2016, 05:35 AM
I was always sorry I missed out on the acacia models with the tortoise binding. I am still amazed at the sound on my concert and since my longneck soprano pineapple opened up, I am nearly as impressed with it as well. Some folks say they are "overbuilt." They are heavier built than similar ukes, but oh that tone and sustain. Nearly unbelievable you can get a uke for this price that sounds and looks this good. Many of us are more than happy to put up with a few more ounces for it.

Ukejenny
06-17-2016, 10:09 AM
So very sad that the maker of my husband's deluxe tenor acacia is no longer making them. I had wanted to get a concert scale at some point. Lovely instrument in sound, playability, and quite a looker.

aiersiukulele
06-17-2016, 03:23 PM
Aloha from devon zhu

just browsed all talked about kpk ukulele. thanks for all trust this brand. this is devon zhu in charge of aiersi guitar. for KPK, we are supplier from china indeed. the difference for headstock because we changed last year. in fact. beside KPK web, all other suppliers you found ordered from us indeed. that mean, we are real one. not copy !

KPK is best high grade ukulele brand made in china. we select nice materials , finished by experienced luthiers. beside acacia materials, we also provide mahogany body all the time. normally we have stock for all models. but for longer neck model, small demand in the market. so we must make new for order indeed.

find kpk brand full models from our business web http://www.aiersiguitar.com/category/pili-koko-koa-ukulele/

the best quality ukulele from china indeed.

devon zhu from aiersi

guitarsnrotts
06-18-2016, 05:46 AM
Devon, happy to see you comment here. Anxiously awaiting my ukulele. Have been quite happy with the quality and sound of my previously purchased KPK ukes.
I'll provide an honest review here as I have done with my other ukes.

guitarsnrotts
06-27-2016, 02:11 PM
Just got an email from Devon that my new KPK Deluxe Longneck Pineapple Soprano is ready to ship from China. 2 photos were attached. Will submit a review when received.

9220692207

guitarsnrotts
06-29-2016, 03:19 AM
Aiersi will build the acacia models that appear on the pilikoko.com site but not on the Aiersi site. Ordered one and will provide a complete review when I receive it. Will compare it to my 2 previous KPK models I had ordered from Jason. I currently have the concert model and had a Deluxe Pineapple Soprano but found the soprano neck a bit too cramped. Loved the quality and sound of both.

guitarsnrotts
06-30-2016, 02:53 AM
...Leavin' on a jet plane (or maybe a slow boat from China). A special request build. KPK longneck acacia pineapple by AIERSI.

922509225192252

guitarsnrotts
07-22-2016, 12:42 PM
NUD: The KPK Long neck Deluxe Acacia Soprano Pineapple just arrived. Check out my impressions
in the review section. Well worth the wait.

UkerDanno
07-23-2016, 03:00 PM
NUD: The KPK Long neck Deluxe Acacia Soprano Pineapple just arrived. Check out my impressions
in the review section. Well worth the wait.

really?! it took almost 2 months?!

aiersiukulele
07-24-2016, 02:51 PM
really?! it took almost 2 months?!

hello, this is devon zhu from aiersi. the reason for longer time because of special long neck pineapple model . also plus shipment time.

normally for koa pili koko ukulele, we have stocks for models all the time. find models from our web http://www.aiersiguitar.com/category/pili-koko-koa-ukulele/

best regards

devon

www.aiersiguitar.com

guitarsnrotts
07-25-2016, 12:27 AM
A total of 5 weeks from placing the order to receiving it from China. For a special order, not bad IMO.

guitarsnrotts
07-25-2016, 12:40 AM
Received a follow up email from Devon clarifying that all KPK ukuleles are now being sold directly from: http://www.aiersiguitar.com/category/pili-koko-koa-ukulele/

Although pilikoko.com is still accessible on the web, it is not being managed and Jason is not longer a seller of KPK ukuleles. Any special order ukes that you see on pilikoko.com that do not appear on the Aiersi site can be ordered directly from Devon at sale@aiersiguitar.com.

Very happy with the service I received from Devon and my special order met all my expectations. An excellent quality solid acacia ukulele at a reasonable price.

As an aside, the price I received from Devon was about 25% lower than what appears on the pilikoko.com site.

My full review appears in the Review section.

Kanaka916
07-25-2016, 04:55 AM
See the Sticky in Buying Tips Forum regarding KPK Ukuleles.