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Ukecaster
03-07-2018, 08:50 AM
No affiliation, saw on the Bay. Kiwaya KPS-1K, supposedly a new model. Sure is purdy. Might be labeled wrong, says concert in title line, but mentions soprano in ad verbiage, plus KPS is usually sop, while KPC is concert. There's another listing for a KPC for double the price, plus shipping from Japan. But both are 14 frets to the body, I still don't get that, on a sop.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Kiwaya-KPS-1K-HG-High-GradeCurly-Koa-Concert-Ukulele-with-Paua-Shell-Inlay-3437/323115614420?hash=item4b3b3100d4:g:QPYAAOSwCGham74 K

https://www.ebay.com/itm/KIWAYA-KIWAYA-KPC-1K-HG-ukulele-concert-size-Curly-Hawaiian-core-material/162774529727?_trkparms=aid%3D555017%26algo%3DPL.CA SSINI%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20150817211758%26meid%3Dbeb ac2f8a033468184cb0b36db76657d%26pid%3D100507%26rk% 3D1%26rkt%3D1%26%26itm%3D162774529727&_trksid=p2045573.c100507.m3226

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maki66
03-07-2018, 11:00 AM
That sure is pretty, and I bet it plays like a dream.

janeray1940
03-07-2018, 11:27 AM
No affiliation, saw on the Bay. Kiwaya KPS-1K, supposedly a new model. Sure is purdy. Might be labeled wrong, says concert in title line, but mentions soprano in ad verbiage, plus KPS is usually sop, while KPC is concert. There's another listing for a KPC for double the price, plus shipping from Japan. But both are 14 frets to the body, I still don't get that, on a sop.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Kiwaya-KPS-1K-HG-High-GradeCurly-Koa-Concert-Ukulele-with-Paua-Shell-Inlay-3437/323115614420?hash=item4b3b3100d4:g:QPYAAOSwCGham74 K

https://www.ebay.com/itm/KIWAYA-KIWAYA-KPC-1K-HG-ukulele-concert-size-Curly-Hawaiian-core-material/162774529727?_trkparms=aid%3D555017%26algo%3DPL.CA SSINI%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20150817211758%26meid%3Dbeb ac2f8a033468184cb0b36db76657d%26pid%3D100507%26rk% 3D1%26rkt%3D1%26%26itm%3D162774529727&_trksid=p2045573.c100507.m3226

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Those are gorgeous! They look like they are influenced by the Takumi higher end models.

I'm curious - what don't you get about 14 frets on a soprano? I think it's great and wish it was a more common feature!

stevepetergal
03-07-2018, 01:21 PM
I was looking at these on Elderly's site. They really look great. Plus, they're Kiwayas. Even their cheapest ukuleles are excellent.

igorthebarbarian
03-07-2018, 01:38 PM
I think I got an email from Elderly on this as well. It caught my eye in the email. The original listing in Japan is an American expat who runs a uke shop in Japan. I would love to check that out some day. I've never pulled the trigger on ordering from him but he sounds legit.

janeray1940
03-07-2018, 02:49 PM
I think I got an email from Elderly on this as well. It caught my eye in the email. The original listing in Japan is an American expat who runs a uke shop in Japan. I would love to check that out some day. I've never pulled the trigger on ordering from him but he sounds legit.

I've ordered from him - it was so easy, and shipped in two days. Highly recommended!

Ukulele Eddie
03-07-2018, 04:06 PM
That is lovely, for sure. I like Kiwaya. You can also buy a very lovely Takumi 3K concert from HMS for $1,600 shipped. I've played the one they have in stock and if it stays on there much longer, I will be putting it in my cart. ;-)

Ziret
03-07-2018, 05:11 PM
When I was looking for my concert, I saw these at Elderly. They are called "Strummers." I don't know what that means exactly, but I wanted a picker. You can see slight differences between that model and the KTCs, not sure how much real difference they make.

Jerryc41
03-08-2018, 01:49 AM
Here you can see it moving. The speaker is not speaking English, if that matters.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=upAKKlWR8PY

So is KPS a concert? Strange. Any day now I hope to receive Gotoh geared tuners for my Kiwaya soprano. I got mine from Elderly - very good company.

Ukecaster
03-08-2018, 03:00 AM
Pretty sure KPS is soprano, and they have that one moslabeled in the ebay ad. Concert should be KPC.

UkerDanno
03-08-2018, 03:17 AM
Personally, for that money, I'd get a Kanile'a or other Hawaiian K brand...:shaka:

Ukulele Eddie
03-09-2018, 04:09 AM
Here's the link to the Takumi I mentioned earlier:

https://www.theukulelesite.com/takumi-concert-tk-3c-2.html

Ukecaster
03-09-2018, 04:26 AM
This Kiwaya KMT-K Master Series Koa Tenor looks cool too. Saw it on Flea Market, supposedly only 20 of these out there, so far.

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Ukulele Eddie
03-09-2018, 04:29 AM
This Kiwaya KMT-K Master Series Koa Tenor looks cool too. Saw it on Flea Market, supposedly only 20 of these out there, so far.

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Absolutely. I have transacted with that seller multiple times and can vouch 100% for her.

Ziret
03-09-2018, 05:12 AM
Oh my goodness.


This Kiwaya KMT-K Master Series Koa Tenor looks cool too. Saw it on Flea Market, supposedly only 20 of these out there, so far.

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Ukecaster
03-10-2018, 06:23 AM
.....I'm curious - what don't you get about 14 frets on a soprano? I think it's great and wish it was a more common feature!

I just don't understand how, with soprano scale, they could have 14 frets to the body, instead of the usual 12 of a vintage Martin, and most others. I looked closer at the specs, and see that the Takumi scale length is 350mm, or 13.7795", while a standard Martin sop is 346mm or 13.625. So the Takumi scale length is just over 1/8" longer, so I'm still not sure how they can add 2 extra frets to the body, with approximately the same scale length. What am I missing here?

Ukulele Eddie
03-10-2018, 08:37 AM
I just don't understand how, with soprano scale, they could have 14 frets to the body, instead of the usual 12 of a vintage Martin, and most others. I looked closer at the specs, and see that the Takumi scale length is 350mm, or 13.7795", while a standard Martin sop is 346mm or 13.625. So the Takumi scale length is just over 1/8" longer, so I'm still not sure how they can add 2 extra frets to the body, with approximately the same scale length. What am I missing here?

Just as some 17" tenors have 12 clear, some 13 clear, some 14 clear, etc., the same can be true in other sizes. Fret placements are mathematically determined by scale length. How many are clear has to do with bridge placement and how many total is determined by fretboard length.

Does that help?

Ukecaster
03-10-2018, 11:11 AM
Yes, thank you!

etudes
03-10-2018, 06:04 PM
I just don't understand how, with soprano scale, they could have 14 frets to the body, instead of the usual 12 of a vintage Martin, and most others. I looked closer at the specs, and see that the Takumi scale length is 350mm, or 13.7795", while a standard Martin sop is 346mm or 13.625. So the Takumi scale length is just over 1/8" longer, so I'm still not sure how they can add 2 extra frets to the body, with approximately the same scale length. What am I missing here?

Would that be considered a soprano long neck- aka super soprano?