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paw123los
04-15-2009, 07:44 PM
I'm not sure if I like it or not. What do you think ?

MGMs ebay auction (http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-Ohana-CK-65D-Concert-Ukulele-solid-New-Design-w-cs_W0QQitemZ330322673477QQihZ014QQcategoryZ16224QQ cmdZViewItemQQ_trksidZp1713.m153.l1262)

Spooner
04-15-2009, 07:51 PM
It's definitely different.
Looks pretty good.
I wonder what it sounds like.

paw123los
04-15-2009, 07:53 PM
I wonder what it sounds like.

You can check it on MGMs youtube video. You can find the link on that ebay auction page.

Spooner
04-15-2009, 08:01 PM
You can check it on MGMs youtube video. You can find the link on that ebay auction page.

Thanks. I missed that part. :rolleyes:
I should read more carefully lol.

Ukeguy510
04-15-2009, 08:02 PM
Eh, not my type of style I guess. I do like the Ovations with the pretty soundholes better :)

Link
04-15-2009, 08:37 PM
What was Ohana smokin when they made that? Quite radical looking.

PaulGeo
04-15-2009, 08:49 PM
Hmmm... not for me. The soundhole and the fretboard makes it kind of unbalanced and rather bothersome. JMHO.

Ahnko Honu
04-15-2009, 11:28 PM
I'm an OLD FART with old fart 20th century tastes, too much bing for my heart to handle. I'm still adjusting to KoAloha's "musubi" sound hole design.

toyrtle
04-15-2009, 11:29 PM
Looks pretty ordinary, except for the soundhole. Not a bad price though.

deach
04-16-2009, 12:42 AM
It must be the trend to have non-traditional soundholes. I'm not a big fan of that one though.

ukeshale
04-16-2009, 01:01 AM
doesn't do anything for me

wee_ginga_yin
04-16-2009, 01:33 AM
I think this Ohana will become a collectors item
Obviously the melting clock soundhole is a tip of
the hat towards that master of the surreal Dali (http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2678784.Dali_s_Moustache)
who could play the most astounding arpeggios on his
Uke with the waxed ends of his moustache.
http://i.ebayimg.com/01/!BQlIv!QBmk~$(KGrHgoH-DIEjlLlvv6nBJ5oy,Bh)!~~_1.JPG

Ohana thinking that one visual referance to an artist
from the past might not be enough to capture the Dadaist (http://www.huntfor.com/arthistory/C20th/dadaism.htm) spirit
of the project have therefore also slipped in a fretboard that
quite possible could have been designed by Mondrain (http://wpcontent.answers.com/wikipedia/en/thumb/7/72/Mondrian_CompRYB.jpg/300px-Mondrian_CompRYB.jpg)

Hot Ohana's and they're red hot... they've got them for sale.

Definetely a collectors item and if you don't want to play it you can hang it on
your wall as a piece of art. Seriously I love it. :bowdown:

beeejums
04-16-2009, 01:38 AM
I think this Ohana will become a collectors item
Obviously the melting clock soundhole is a tip of
the hat towards that master of the surreal Dali (http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2678784.Dali_s_Moustache)
who could play the most astounding arpeggios on his
Uke with the waxed ends of his moustache.
http://i.ebayimg.com/01/!BQlIv!QBmk~$(KGrHgoH-DIEjlLlvv6nBJ5oy,Bh)!~~_1.JPG

Ohana thinking that one visual referance to an artist
from the past might not be enough to capture the Dadaist (http://www.huntfor.com/arthistory/C20th/dadaism.htm) spirit
of the project have therefore also slipped in a fretboard that
quite possible could have been designed by Mondrain (http://wpcontent.answers.com/wikipedia/en/thumb/7/72/Mondrian_CompRYB.jpg/300px-Mondrian_CompRYB.jpg)

Hot Ohana's and they're red hot... they've got them for sale.

Definetely a collectors item and if you don't want to play it you can hang it on
your wall as a piece of art. Seriously I love it. :bowdown:

Brilliant post.

I love it too... it looks like we're the only ones.

Oh well, more for us :D

mailman
04-16-2009, 01:51 AM
I'm all for things a bit different, and don't blame them for trying. It's not appealling to me, but I'm sure there are plenty of others who will like it.

Besides the radical departures from the norm with the offset soundhole and the two-tone neck....I guess I don't care for the lack of fretboard markings. But that's just me....

UKISOCIETY
04-16-2009, 02:04 AM
I like the look. Reminds me of Picasso, for some reason.........

I'd be afraid that my strumming fingers would bang into the hole though..:)

grappler
04-16-2009, 02:06 AM
i think it looks awesome!

liquid_wind
04-16-2009, 02:13 AM
It looks alright to me if I were in that market I would buy the Vita-uke before that one, but I'm most glad to see that companies are offering/trying different styles.

Gaby
04-16-2009, 02:21 AM
I played the prototype a year ago and I think it sounds very good - looks is a personal thing.

JT_Ukes
04-16-2009, 02:43 AM
I'd be afraid that my strumming fingers would bang into the hole though..:)

*Snicker*
:)

SinisterDom
04-16-2009, 03:07 AM
Now wait just a minute...doesn't This (http://www.ukuleleworld.com/product.php?productid=19488&cat=0&page=1) look a bit too similar?

JT_Ukes
04-16-2009, 03:33 AM
made at the same factory as the Ohana obviously... Happens all the time, rebranding of the same model.

JT

ichadwick
04-16-2009, 03:40 AM
OOO!
Liked that. Well, right up until I scrolled down to the friction tuners. And where are the fret markers? The two-tone board is cool, but markers?!?

But the rest is a bit of all-right, eh!

UKISOCIETY
04-16-2009, 03:45 AM
Now wait just a minute...doesn't This (http://www.ukuleleworld.com/product.php?productid=19488&cat=0&page=1) look a bit too similar?

The hole looks like an ear when the uke's held upright, doesn't it? :p

UkuleleHill
04-16-2009, 04:56 AM
Wow I am amung the minority... I like it, its unique, and a head turner, IMO...

hoosierhiver
04-16-2009, 05:11 AM
People could stick money in the ear hole when your busking.

Stackabones
04-16-2009, 05:34 AM
I love it! The fretboard is very Art Deco. Sweet!!!

GX9901
04-16-2009, 05:41 AM
OOO!
Liked that. Well, right up until I scrolled down to the friction tuners. And where are the fret markers? The two-tone board is cool, but markers?!?


There appears to be side dots (at least on the Makai version), which I've found is all I really needed (had a Compass Rose which only has side dots).

I agree it needs geared tuners.

I like it. I'm all for different and unique designs.

Leisureclub
04-16-2009, 05:52 AM
I think they look really cool. I especially like the two tone fretboard. More than the soundhole, really. But I have to agree with ukisociety.



I'd be afraid that my strumming fingers would bang into the hole though..:)

It'd probably be unplayable for me.

swervy jervy
04-16-2009, 06:19 AM
I like it a lot but the marketing dept. nearly ruined the aesthetics with the giant sticker under the sound hole.

SailQwest
04-16-2009, 06:40 AM
I like the fretboard. Don't like the big ear-hole. Like the spruce top (my favorite wood for a soundboard). Don't like the friction tuners. And the hi-vis sticker is just icky. I wouldn't buy one, but if someone gave me one, I wouldn't turn it down. :p

Lori
04-16-2009, 07:17 AM
That ear shaped sound hole is an interesting concept for a musical instrument. It reminds me of a Magritte painting. They should design an interesting label to see through the sound hole to enhance the concept. Maybe a sky and clouds, or moon and stars, or..... an assortment of cool images to choose from.

Does the two-toned fretboard help or hinder seeing the strings? Would I need dark colored strings for the light side and light colored strings for the dark? It looked like the E string was right on the seam between the two colors. I would have to test it out to see if it was an improvement.

I like the idea of playing with the fret marker design. Having the color of a fret spacing used like that is refreshing. I, however, seem to depend on the side neck dots more than the ones on the face of the fretboard.

The more I think about it, the more it grows on me. But I am not tempted to buy yet...

–Lori

UKISOCIETY
04-16-2009, 07:22 AM
That ear shaped sound hole is an interesting concept for a musical instrument. It reminds me of a Magritte painting.


–Lori

Or Van Gogh! :rolleyes:

haole
04-16-2009, 07:22 AM
Spruce tops are usually a deal-breaker for me (too plain-looking), but I like the new Ohana. It's different. :D Weird enough to stand out, but normal enough so that it probably doesn't compromise playability or sound.

haole
04-16-2009, 07:23 AM
Or Van Gogh! :rolleyes:

I see what you did there. :rotfl:

SailQwest
04-16-2009, 08:24 AM
Spruce tops are usually a deal-breaker for me (too plain-looking)...

I'm not thrilled with how they look either, but I love the sound.

buddhuu
04-16-2009, 08:56 AM
Probably a fine uke, but the styling doesn't work for me personally.

lacerveza
04-16-2009, 09:23 AM
if they stopped using friction tuners

Bassukuguy
04-16-2009, 09:27 AM
not a huge fan of the fretboard. idk it just seems choppy to me. and the soundhole is kindof awesome but it reminds me alot of an acoustic bass i saw one time

http://bose.infopop.cc/eve/forums/a/ga/ul/4201067874/inlineimg/Y/tacoma.jpg

all in all i agree with sailqwest, i wouldnt buy one but if it was given to me i would take it.

Ahnko Honu
04-16-2009, 09:34 AM
It looks alright to me if I were in that market I would buy the Vita-uke before that one, but I'm most glad to see that companies are offering/trying different styles.

Amen to that, kudos to Ohana for not being afraid to think out of the box. If the Vita had "F" sound wholes I'd already own one.

Ahnko Honu
04-16-2009, 09:40 AM
Here's an MGM sound bite: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OIecOt-4_ZU

MGM
04-16-2009, 09:46 AM
Wow so much discussion on a liitle design change.....The moongoose came by the other day and said he was in Koaloha and saw the number 3 new masterpiece ukulele under a towel but couldn't take a peek. I hear this design will cause similiar rumblings of discussion....Can anybody say all American..My country tis of thee????

UKISOCIETY
04-16-2009, 10:07 AM
...My country tis of thee????

"Sweet land of ukulele!"

::salute::

Ahnko Honu
04-16-2009, 10:14 AM
Wow so much discussion on a liitle design change.....The moongoose came by the other day and said he was in Koaloha and saw the number 3 new masterpiece ukulele under a towel but couldn't take a peek. I hear this design will cause similiar rumblings of discussion....Can anybody say all American..My country tis of thee????

What can top the Scepter, and Pineapple Sunday?

deach
04-16-2009, 10:17 AM
What can top the Scepter, and Pineapple Sunday?

A Pineapple Sceptre.

SamWise
04-16-2009, 10:19 AM
The thing about that particular non-traditional soundhole design is that it's better, because it allows more of the top to resonate. I've recently had two very expensive ($5000) McPherson guitars designed along the same lines to review and they sounded absolutely f***in' phenomenal. I'll be wanting to try one of these out very soon, I think.

deach
04-16-2009, 10:22 AM
The thing about that particular non-traditional soundhole design is that it's better, because it allows more of the top to resonate. ......

I agree with this. I have 3 ukes with non-traditional soundholes and I love them.

GX9901
04-16-2009, 10:57 AM
A Pineapple Sceptre.

I'm having trouble wrapping my head around this one....:confused:

Spooner
04-16-2009, 10:58 AM
A Pineapple Sceptre.


Oooo I want one!! :D

nikolo727
04-16-2009, 12:28 PM
I kinda like it. Its unique in a way. I think it would be cool to get if it wasnt priced so high.

SnakeOiler
04-16-2009, 02:49 PM
Amen to that, kudos to Ohana for not being afraid to think out of the box.

My guess is that a designer at the factory came up with the design and then sold it to a couple of companies. MGM could probably answer that. I can't say the fret board drives me crazy, i like the idea of no fret markers though. My two main Ukes have marks at the 12th fret only. The side dots do enough.
Tacoma's been making guitars with that kind of soundhole for years as shown in that bass pic.
All in all tho' it seems like a pretty good deal.

DeG
04-16-2009, 03:28 PM
I can't believe y'all are hatin' on this design so much...I think it is da bomb! I'd buy this one if my wife didn't have me on uke purchase restrictions at the moment. :D

fleadermaus
04-16-2009, 03:46 PM
The funny sound hole doesn't bother me, but I find the fretboard somehow off-putting. It kind of looks like the instrument is falling apart or was never finished in the first place.

hoosierhiver
04-16-2009, 03:48 PM
I can't believe y'all are hatin' on this design so much...I think it is da bomb! I'd buy this one if my wife didn't have me on uke purchase restrictions at the moment. :D

Didn't you just score a couple of weeks ago?

DeG
04-16-2009, 04:18 PM
Didn't you just score a couple of weeks ago?

Are you talking about a uke, or the aforementioned restrictions that could be imposed by my wife if I buy another uke??
:D