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erikro
04-16-2009, 07:53 AM
Any thoughts on this one? It is a beauty. Anyone with experience with the TRU bracing system? What are your thoughts on the bridge pics vs. the traditional way?

http://cgi.ebay.com/K-1-CONCERT-KANILEA-SOLID-KOA-UKULELE-deluxe-hsc_W0QQitemZ330322343104QQihZ014QQcategoryZ16224Q QcmdZViewItemQQ_trksidZp1713.m153.l1262

Thanks,
Erik

Kanaka916
04-16-2009, 08:06 AM
Here's some info on the TRU Bracing (http://kanileaukulele.com/truBracing.php?osCsid=d7445cf0a0131897220ed52fc3c2 297a). It seems to resonate making it louder in volume and a fuller sound. As far as the bridge pins, matter of personal preference.

Lanark
04-16-2009, 09:06 AM
And the bridge pins are more or less an aesthetic choice. The strings still hook into a notch under the bridge and the pins do not actually hold them in place.

The one thing about the system is that it can be a bit tricky sometimes to get the knot situated properly in the notch since you're essentially doing it blind which can lead to occasional bouts of swearing and bridge pins shooting across the room. But it's really not a problem once you get the hang of how it works.

erikro
04-16-2009, 09:16 AM
I have read that the neck is "chunky". It seemed to imply that the nut was a little narrower than normal.

GX9901
04-16-2009, 09:23 AM
I have read that the neck is "chunky". It seemed to imply that the nut was a little narrower than normal.

Just the opposite. Kanile'a nut width are 1.5" (or at least 1 7/16") even on sopranos. They used to have a pretty chunky neck but I believe maybe a year or so ago they updated their neck profile and are now on the thin side. I have a 1.5 year old Kanile'a super soprano and a 4 months old super tenor. The super soprano's neck is actually thicker than the super tenor's neck.

erikro
04-16-2009, 09:33 AM
Which neck do you like better? Is it safe to say that their nut width is on the wide side compared to most ukes?

GX9901
04-16-2009, 10:19 AM
Which neck do you like better? Is it safe to say that their nut width is on the wide side compared to most ukes?

Neck thickness doesn't matter that much to me, but if I have to pick one, I would probably like a thicker neck versus a thinner one. For reference, a Kamaka neck feels pretty neutral to me, as does most Kala necks I've held. This is pretty much a personal preference thing that only you can decide though.

I think Kanile'a nut width is on the wide side. Most production ukes are between 1-3/8" and 1.5". I personally prefer 1.5" nut width.

erikro
04-16-2009, 10:24 AM
I am glad you mentioned the Kala neck. I currently have two Kala laminated mahogany gloss models, a concert and a soprano. I really like the necks on them. I am looking to upgrade to a nice solid wood uke.

Erik

bbycrts
04-16-2009, 10:47 AM
I have a Kanile'a K1 concert that is pre-TRU bracing. I LOVE IT. It is gorgeous, sounds gorgeous, plays gorgeously...did I mention it's gorgeous?

I have a Kanile'a K1 soprano that has TRU bracing. I LOVE IT. It is gorgeous, sounds gorgeous, plays gorgeously...did I mention it's gorgeous?

Kanile'a FTW!

deach
04-16-2009, 10:50 AM
I have a Kanile'a K1 concert that is pre-TRU bracing. I LOVE IT. It is gorgeous, sounds gorgeous, plays gorgeously...did I mention it's gorgeous?

I have a Kanile'a K1 soprano that has TRU bracing. I LOVE IT. It is gorgeous, sounds gorgeous, plays gorgeously...did I mention it's gorgeous?

Kanile'a FTW!

You're kinda vague. Please clarify how you feel.

Waterguy
04-16-2009, 12:35 PM
Buy it! .................................................. ................................Have you bought it yet? Honestly I seriously doubt you will have any regrets on a Kanile'a. I'm pretty sure most of the people in my Uke club are a little jealous of mine, and there are some pretty nice ukes in the room most meetings. I love the sound of mine.

erikro
04-16-2009, 12:52 PM
I am trying to decide between that or the after tax sale Kanilea Tenor :eek:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&item=330321381284

or this one :D

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&item=330321929569

GX9901
04-16-2009, 01:10 PM
I am trying to decide between that or the after tax sale Kanilea Tenor :eek:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&item=330321381284

or this one :D

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&item=330321929569

There's a barely used Ko'olau T-1 over at the FMM Marketplace (http://www.fleamarketmusic.com/marketplace/default.asp)for a great price. It might not last long so better hurry.

wickedwahine11
04-16-2009, 03:20 PM
I am trying to decide between that or the after tax sale Kanilea Tenor :eek:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&item=330321381284

or this one :D

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&item=330321929569

I vote for the Kanile'a tenor. You can't go wrong with a Kanile'a and that is a fantastic price. Snatch it up before someone else beats you to it!:D

NatalieS
04-16-2009, 03:51 PM
I really love Kanile'as and have convinced my mom to get one too. I used to hate the bridge pins but if you happen to receive a uke with the white plastic pins, change them out for some wooden unslotted ones from StewMac. Much prettier and much easier to change strings with!

wickedwahine11
04-16-2009, 04:44 PM
I really love Kanile'as and have convinced my mom to get one too. I used to hate the bridge pins but if you happen to receive a uke with the white plastic pins, change them out for some wooden unslotted ones from StewMac. Much prettier and much easier to change strings with!

I ditto that suggestion. I switched my ugly plastic pins for some cool koa ones with the abalone dot - nice match for the dots on the fretboard.

bbycrts
04-16-2009, 07:33 PM
You're kinda vague. Please clarify how you feel.

Oh, sorry - I reread that and thought I could be a little clearer:

I have a Kanile'a K1 concert that is pre-TRU bracing. I LOVE IT. It is gorgeous, sounds gorgeous, plays gorgeously...did I mention it's gorgeous?

I have a Kanile'a K1 soprano that has TRU bracing. I LOVE IT. It is gorgeous, sounds gorgeous, plays gorgeously...did I mention it's gorgeous?

Kanile'a FTW!

Ahnko Honu
04-16-2009, 08:01 PM
Oh, sorry - I reread that and thought I could be a little clearer:

I have a Kanile'a K1 concert that is pre-TRU bracing. I LOVE IT. It is gorgeous, sounds gorgeous, plays gorgeously...did I mention it's gorgeous?

I have a Kanile'a K1 soprano that has TRU bracing. I LOVE IT. It is gorgeous, sounds gorgeous, plays gorgeously...did I mention it's gorgeous?

Kanile'a FTW!

...but do you like it? :confused:

erikro
04-22-2009, 09:52 AM
This is what I ended up buying.

http://cgi.ebay.com/K-1-DELUXE-CONCERT-KANILEA-SOLID-KOA-UKULELE-w-dlx-hsc_W0QQitemZ330324201032QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_Def aultDomain_0?hash=item330324201032&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=66%3A2%7C65%3A13%7C39%3A1%7C240%3A1318%7 C301%3A1%7C293%3A1%7C294%3A50

Erik

PaulGeo
04-22-2009, 09:59 AM
She's a beauty. Congratulations!

Link
04-22-2009, 10:59 AM
For anyone interested in the future, Ken Middleton has an amazing video review of this ukulele.

erikro
04-22-2009, 11:43 AM
Ken does a great review. He helped a lot in my decision.

Erik

kailua
04-22-2009, 12:02 PM
It's beautiful. You'll be blown away when you see it in person. I swear I stared at mine for hours before playing it. That high gloss finish is stunning! Congratulations! :music:

bbycrts
04-22-2009, 12:20 PM
This is what I ended up buying.

http://cgi.ebay.com/K-1-DELUXE-CONCERT-KANILEA-SOLID-KOA-UKULELE-w-dlx-hsc_W0QQitemZ330324201032QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_Def aultDomain_0?hash=item330324201032&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=66%3A2%7C65%3A13%7C39%3A1%7C240%3A1318%7 C301%3A1%7C293%3A1%7C294%3A50

Erik

FANTASTIC. You will be very very happy with your Kanile'a!

:smileybounce:

Link
04-22-2009, 12:39 PM
And yeah, congrats. I'm completely jealous because that is my dream uke! Haha, I hope you post many pics and perhaps videos when you get it.

ukeshale
04-22-2009, 12:42 PM
congrats! i don't think i could bring myself to get thumb prints on the finish!

erikro
04-22-2009, 12:51 PM
I cant wait to see it in person because I dont think the Ebay pics do it justice. I really had a hard time deciding on what size uke to get. I was really partial to the soprano because I consider it such a classic size but I like the tenor as well. The concert ended up being a compromise between the two.

Erik

wickedwahine11
04-22-2009, 01:18 PM
Awesome! Can't wait to hear how you like it and to see more pics of it. Congratulations!