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paw123los
04-14-2009, 08:05 PM
Yes, it happened yesterday.


I try to write something about that instrument:

This is display instrument, that Risa had for show on MusikMesse - it doesn't event have the kala stricker inside the instrument, so it is propably one of the first. The accacia wood is gorgeous it also has a very speciffic smell which I find quite nice. It is a very good craftmanship, no finishing flaws or defects. The frets could be polished a little better - but I can do this on my own so that is not a problem. The rope-like inlay around the sound hole and all around the uke is very nice. It has very nice geared grover tuners on it's slotted headstock.
It came with aquila strings which I am not so happy about. I'm a classical guitarist for most of my life I can't get used to that feel and sound that those strings give when I pluck them with my fingernails. I'm thinking about changing them to D'Addario strings.
The tone is full and very nice. I don't find it to mellow. This uke is really loud, I don't know how loud are the spruce models but this one i the loudest of all the ukes I have. It has a passive underaddle pickup but it was installed for me custom by Risa - it sounds very nice amplified.
What was most suprising to me is that it is extremely comfortable and easy to play.

http://i39.tinypic.com/348n695.jpg

http://i44.tinypic.com/263h6l4.jpg

http://i39.tinypic.com/2igkt9e.jpg

http://i43.tinypic.com/30w80ox.jpg

If you consider buying this uke - go for it. The frets need a little setup (but maybe only on my instrument), but I'm sure that when MGM will be selling these, they will be perfectly prepared.

Video with a sound sample here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GPDXHAlIZwg
Sorry for the bad quality. I realy need to buy a new webcam and a mic.

grappler
04-14-2009, 08:18 PM
congrats!
cannot wait to hear it!!!

toyrtle
04-14-2009, 11:12 PM
sounds cool can't wait to see it!

cMejilla
04-15-2009, 12:50 AM
This thread is worthless without pics - thats for sure -


i guess we are a very visual crowd when it comes to these kinds of things. so exciting to get a new uke though! congrats

paw123los
04-15-2009, 05:30 AM
Some photos.

deach
04-15-2009, 05:31 AM
beauty! !

BUGOY
04-15-2009, 05:34 AM
dangit! i need one!!!

deach
04-15-2009, 05:35 AM
dangit! I need one!!!

lol @ "need"

NukeDOC
04-15-2009, 06:08 AM
once these go on sale, there will be some instruments going up for sale in the marketplace. i need one also. NEED one. need.

UKISOCIETY
04-15-2009, 06:10 AM
Agree. Need. NOW!!!

bt93
04-15-2009, 06:10 AM
how much was it?

Hobgoblin Steve
04-15-2009, 08:44 AM
thats really nice. Id def look to buy one on impulse alone :P

PaulGeo
04-15-2009, 08:56 AM
Oh yes... I need one too :)

Captain Google
04-15-2009, 08:59 AM
Agree. Need. NOW!!!

It's a "would like" for me, but it's a very nice-looking instrument.

What I need is the travel tenor. :cool:

Ahnko Honu
04-15-2009, 12:35 PM
FEED the NEED!

nikolo727
04-15-2009, 12:44 PM
Normally I would say,"OMG I NEED THIS UKE"

but my UAS is satisfied for a while.




(3 hours)


:D

Captain Google
04-15-2009, 12:49 PM
FEED the NEED!

It burns!! :eek: ;) :D

nikolo727
04-15-2009, 12:59 PM
It burns!! :eek: ;) :D



you'll be alright you just need to....oh no...that feeling is coming back again.......oh no...........THE UAS IS BACK!!


jk lol

bt93
04-15-2009, 01:03 PM
how does it sound?

liquid_wind
04-15-2009, 03:37 PM
Yeah I thought it would be very mellow(being similar to Hawaiian Koa) because I like very mellow/soft sounding ukulele, what wood is it comparable to?

BUGOY
04-15-2009, 03:55 PM
i suspect it has a lot to do with the aquila strings... D'addarios will mellow it out for sure.

UkeNinja
04-15-2009, 04:10 PM
Very nice ukulele, I am starting to see the attraction people feel towards slotted headstocks.

But... does it blend?

Captain Google
04-15-2009, 04:42 PM
Very nice ukulele, I am starting to see the attraction people feel towards slotted headstocks.

But... does it blend?

I hope we never find out.

ukuleletim
04-15-2009, 04:50 PM
It is beautiful, indeed. Love those inlays, to.

Is everyone talking about D'Addario "Pro Arte" strings to mellow it out? Just wondering because a friend just got a uke that he thinks is too boisterous and is about to put Aquilla's on it. (sorry - don't mean to hijack - pm me if necessary)

paw123los
04-15-2009, 07:20 PM
i suspect it has a lot to do with the aquila strings... D'addarios will mellow it out for sure.

That is possible. I'm stiil thinking about changing the original Aquila strings to D'Addarios .. but after I start to like a little the Aquila sound, especially when you use more of the finger flesh and a little less of the nail it sounds very nice - when plucked with more nail, especialy on thumb they give very "ringing" sound.

paw123los
04-15-2009, 07:21 PM
how does it sound?

I will try to record a soundsample today so you will see.

Spooner
04-15-2009, 07:25 PM
Ooo me likey! Purdy inlays!! :shaka:

Kala is Kool!

paw123los
04-15-2009, 07:30 PM
Yeah I thought it would be very mellow(being similar to Hawaiian Koa) because I like very mellow/soft sounding ukulele, what wood is it comparable to?

I will record today a soundsample so you will hear how it sounds. I don't now if you ask of wood similiaties in the look or sound. If about look - it look very similar to curly koa but its darker and doesn't have any orange-lookling color. I like the patterns and color of this wood very much. If you ask about sound - I can't really comapare that because all my other ukes have diffrent strings. Pono and CK-TEQ have DAddarios, LU21-T on GHS, Eleuke - I don't even now, they are black lol. Only my cheap Dimavery baritone have Aquila strings but it is tuned DGBE so I can't really compare that. I should propably change strings on this Kala to D'Addarios and check.

buddhuu
04-15-2009, 11:38 PM
I so envy you, but I'm happy for you too. :shaka:

I was planning to get a Kala tenor myself (but not as nice as that one!), but my ancient car just conked out and repairs cleaned out my uke fund (and then some) - so that's not happening any time soon.

Meanwhile, drooling over pics of pretty ukes like that one eases the pain a bit! :D

Any chance of sound clips or vids?

paw123los
04-16-2009, 12:21 AM
Any chance of sound clips or vids?

Yes. But in the evening (this would be propably morning in Hawaii)

mdnjustin
04-16-2009, 04:04 AM
Wow, that is beautiful. I love the slotted headstock. Can't wait to hear it. Congrats.

Oswegan
04-16-2009, 07:37 AM
Very nice ukulele, I am starting to see the attraction people feel towards slotted headstocks.

But... does it blend?

Will it blend? I believe so. If 53 toy cars will blend, then I am fairly certain one Kala acacia tenor will blend too.

paw123los
04-16-2009, 08:12 AM
Updated with a video. Sorry for the bad quality. I really need to buy some good recording equipment.

buddhuu
04-16-2009, 09:07 AM
Thanks for posting the vid. :shaka: Now I'm twice as envious!

Nice job on "Weeps" too. I'd love to learn to play that tune in the Jake style (yeah, like in my wildest dreams of competence!). You have it pretty much nailed.

Lovely uke, and you play it well. Congrats again. :music:

jdmcnasty
04-16-2009, 06:14 PM
I just pre-ordered one of these from elderly. unfortunately they aren't expected to arrive until may 20th :(

grappler
04-16-2009, 08:12 PM
Thanks for posting the vid. :shaka: Now I'm twice as envious!

Nice job on "Weeps" too. I'd love to learn to play that tune in the Jake style (yeah, like in my wildest dreams of competence!). You have it pretty much nailed.

Lovely uke, and you play it well. Congrats again. :music:

wheres the link?

paw123los
04-16-2009, 08:27 PM
wheres the link?

On the bottom of my first post (the one with photos).

grappler
04-16-2009, 08:42 PM
awesome playing!
hope many more videos to come.
i jus sub you! woo!

paw123los
04-16-2009, 08:46 PM
awesome playing!
hope many more videos to come.
i jus sub you! woo!

Thank you for the nice comment. I will try to record some more pieces (this time full pieces) with diffrent ukuleles in the future.