06-06-2017, 05:01 PM
So I decided to nab one of the newer Pono models to see what all the fuss about Pono is. I was attracted to this model in particular because first of all it has a cedar top, a radius fretboard, and this one also features a side sound port. I just love the side sound port on my Hoffmann concert; it's like having speakers point right at me (which may or may not be a good thing, lol). If one looks for this model on-line, it is nowhere to be found, so it must be pretty unique (for now anyways).

This one is a tenor and will see how much my playing has grown and if I can reach the cords on this puppy. (had a kala TEM but I found that it was hard to hold and could not barre or reach the chords very well so I gave it to my brother to try- think it was the higher action that discouraged me). That was last year, and now I want to see if I can include tenor scales to my lineup. If not, this one would be very special anyways.

So I will pick it up from the Fed-ex office tomorrow and will check it out. I have high hopes for this. Looking for it to: 1. feel great and 2. sound good. Then again, maybe it should have come with Corey to play it.

Will look to post pix and maybe do a sound sample. If all goes well, this will be my last new uke (yeah, right)...

06-08-2017, 08:28 AM
Looking forward to pics and your comments once you have played it. Nice combo of wood. I have two Pono's and wondered about the sound port. I want one and I want UPTL tuners There was a nice ONE OF awhile back on HMS which was a Pono, side sound port, but also a beveled arm rest. It went quick for under a grand. Finish was nice. I think they may be having a new Master Series coming with features I just mentioned.

06-08-2017, 02:35 PM
I have an older version of this instrument (Cedar/Rosewood slotted head PC model before the 5 came out; no sound port). I play my Opio Tenor more, but when I play the Pono I like it a lot and stop thinking about selling it. I look forward to seeing yours!

06-09-2017, 07:39 AM

06-09-2017, 09:36 AM

Apparently "tomorrow" never comes.

Its a guaranteed jinx when you state a uke is being delivered and a NUD is pending.

06-12-2017, 06:18 AM
100848 Sorry, had to work the past few days and couldn't get time for some pix. Here are some photos...100847100847