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Choirguy
06-08-2018, 08:41 AM
Hey everyone,

I went to the Friday morning jam session of the Twin Cities Ukulele Club (Minnesota), which was held at Groth Music (Bloomington, MN).

Jeff, one of the employees at Groth, announced that they are selling their remaining models of Kala Elite Koa ukuleles at a substantial discount...mostly sopranos but a couple of concerts, too. They come with a case and humidifier, and most were built in 2015.

If you are looking for a solid koa ukulele at a great price (while they last), contact Jeff at Groth Music (800.969.4772) and see what they have!

SoloRule
06-08-2018, 09:17 AM
Thank you for the headups.
I own a custom built Kala Elite. Beautiful workmanship
The neck profile is a bit wider and deeper than regular uke. Perfect for fingers picking

shanmoon
06-08-2018, 09:21 AM
Hey everyone,
If you are looking for a solid koa ukulele at a great price (while they last), contact Jeff at Groth Music (800.969.4772) and see what they have!

I got a great 2015 Kala Elite Tenor from them.... it even came with the Kala Elite case, which I didn't expect. Very beautiful instrument; I am not yet worthy of it.
http://shan.moonbase.net/uke/MyKalaElite-sm2.jpg

DownUpDave
06-08-2018, 09:52 AM
I got a great 2015 Kala Elite Tenor from them.... it even came with the Kala Elite case, which I didn't expect. Very beautiful instrument; I am not yet worthy of it.
http://shan.moonbase.net/uke/MyKalaElite-sm2.jpg

I am not worthy of any of my instruments if playing skills are the criteria. But if passion, enthusiasm and just pure enjoyment are the measure then you me and everybody else here is worthy of a fine ukulele. If you love it, appreciate it and it makes you happy you qualify

Spicysteve
06-08-2018, 10:37 AM
Well said Dave. I concur wholeheartedly. I honestly wouldn't call myself much of a player but all of your other points are right on the money. What joyous instruments we play.

A great weekend to all,

Steve.

SoloRule
06-08-2018, 11:08 AM
I am not worthy of any of my instruments if playing skills are the criteria. But if passion, enthusiasm and just pure enjoyment are the measure then you me and everybody else here is worthy of a fine ukulele. If you love it, appreciate it and it makes you happy you qualify

That’s the addict talking. Ha ha ha ha
Thumb up!

shanmoon
06-08-2018, 11:11 AM
Ok, by that criteria I am worthy, lol.

merlin666
06-08-2018, 11:26 AM
Do they have an online store? Anyway, I had the opportunity to compare Kala Elite with Kanilea and Koaloha ukes in the same store and found that they certainly played in similar leagues. However, they were also priced in the same ballpark, so given the choice I would no doubt select a Hawaiian made model. On the other hand, with a substantial discount a Kala might be a very appealing option.

Wonder why they blow out their stock, though.

sam13
06-08-2018, 01:36 PM
That’s the addict talking. Ha ha ha ha
Thumb up!

It takes one to know one. :rofl::biglaugh::stop:

stevejfc
06-08-2018, 01:59 PM
It takes one to know one. :rofl::biglaugh::stop:

Welcome to the club, Bro'

ukeinfused
06-08-2018, 03:09 PM
Chris is right. I just helped a friend pick out a 1KOA-SG concert. Beautiful build, discounted to $450. (Way cheaper than a Hawaiian K brand.)
The koa models are more heavily discounted than the mahogany.
He said he just couldn't move these high end ukes at full price in this market...

mjh42
06-08-2018, 03:48 PM
I've been thinking about another Concert in Koa,,,,,might have to drive over there tomorrow or Monday. Was thinking about a Martin in Koa or Mahogany but for a good price I might change my mind.....

DownUpDave
06-09-2018, 12:02 AM
Welcome to the club, Bro'

Yup.......we are all peas in the same pod.......the UAS pod of pleasure:music:

Sharpshin
06-09-2018, 01:19 AM
If anyone sees a Kala Elite Baritone...let me know. They make or made them. I can't find one. If you have one you want to sell, PM me.

Junie Moon
06-09-2018, 04:10 AM
Do they have an online store? Anyway, I had the opportunity to compare Kala Elite with Kanilea and Koaloha ukes in the same store and found that they certainly played in similar leagues. However, they were also priced in the same ballpark, so given the choice I would no doubt select a Hawaiian made model. On the other hand, with a substantial discount a Kala might be a very appealing option.

Wonder why they blow out their stock, though.

Are they only available by phone? I went to Grothmusic.com and could only find this:
http://www.grothmusic.com/p-33577-kala-2koa-c-elite-series-cocert-ukulele.aspx

A Kala 2KOA-C Elite Series Concert Ukulele: regular price $1,199.00 on sale for the astounding price of ..... $1,199.00. :(

:)

ukeinfused
06-09-2018, 04:29 AM
Are they only available by phone? I went to Grothmusic.com and could only find this:
http://www.grothmusic.com/p-33577-kala-2koa-c-elite-series-cocert-ukulele.aspx

A Kala 2KOA-C Elite Series Concert Ukulele: regular price $1,199.00 on sale for the astounding price of ..... $1,199.00. :(

:)

Seems so. They had about a half dozen that weren't listed on the website. And they have to consider them "used" to sell at these prices. Some have shown on Reverb as used instruments though.

melensdad
06-09-2018, 04:35 AM
I'd love to get one of the Kala Elite Parquetry tenors. Just because. No logical reason to want one. Let's be honest, its a cool looking premium made from floor scraps and discarded bits. I have to presume it sounds good enough? I've never even seen a review of a Parquetry that compared its sound to any other premium uke. I'm not even a fan of Kala ukuleles, but for some reason I'd love to find one of the Parquetry tenors.

ukeinfused
06-09-2018, 04:54 AM
I got a great 2015 Kala Elite Tenor from them.... it even came with the Kala Elite case, which I didn't expect. Very beautiful instrument; I am not yet worthy of it.
http://shan.moonbase.net/uke/MyKalaElite-sm2.jpg

I'm impressed with the cases on these too. Later models only have a gig bag.
Gee whiz, that's pretty! Nicer than anything they have left, me thinks. That must be a Koa2 with that figuring?
Hope to run into you and that beautiful uke (and other MN UU members) at a MN event sometime... (if you live here?)

mjh42
06-09-2018, 06:27 AM
I was just in Groth music this morning. If you want a Kala KOA Concert the price is very good, about 1/2! I played the one they had. If I hadn't taken the Martin Tenor Koa off the wall and played that one also I might have bought the Kala right then and there. I've been playing a spruce top Magic Fluke concert for a little over a year and have been kinda of looking for a solid wood uke, a concert. But after playing the Tenor.....I've got to look at the tenor uke a little more....Groth also has several Kala saprano's at close to 1/2 price also. I did not look them over closely or play them. Get them while you can!

Choirguy
06-09-2018, 06:36 AM
Don’t expect to find these on their website—I avoided listing the website because these are not going to be listed as a special sale—many vendors frown upon (or have policies against) selling instruments for under list price. I don’t know Kala’s policy—but was trying to avoid it.

If you give them a call (Jeff may not be there on the weekend) you can get an idea of what they have in stock (at one point there were nine instruments available).

If I didn’t have such a love affair with KoAloha, I would have walked out with a gloss Koa 2 concert or soprano yesterday. Groth is also a Martin dealer and had any Martins been on sale—I would have bought one (Martins are NOT included in the sale).

The store is stil going to carry mid-level ukuleles like the Fluke and Flea—as well as Martin, Kala (and Makala), Ortega, and Gretsch. They have carried Fender, Lanikai, Diamond Head, and Eddy Finn in the past. They are just getting out of the high end market—which makes sense to me. It is nice to see. $1000+ ukuleles*, but I’m not going to buy one—and if I’m not going to, 85% to 95% of the ukulele playing population isn’t going to, either.

*I might buy one new in Hawaii or if needed from a reputable online dealer, but most of my purchases of high end ukuleles is quality used instruments at a 35% or more discount. Incidentally, the Kala Elites fit that description NEW, but again, my heart for a high end soprano is going to be filled only by a KoAloha right now.

luv2uke
06-09-2018, 06:48 PM
Hi Choirguy,
Thanks for passing along the info.

shanmoon
06-10-2018, 07:31 AM
I got mine from them through reverb.com. It was a steal.

shanmoon
06-10-2018, 07:35 AM
Used to live in Bloomington back in 2000, but I am in North Carolina now. If I go back to visit friends, I'll have to check out the uke club up there. I thought it was KOA2 also when I first looked at it, but the certificate says 1.... but it looks much nicer than any othe 1 I have ever seen. At $515 it was amazing deal!

ukeinfused
06-11-2018, 03:09 PM
Well, thx to Luv2Uke encouraging me to check back at Groth, I am the proud owner of the 1MHG-C.
The price dropped from $550 to $420 in just a few days, and price included a really nice hardshell case.
I have my hog concert, and I'm thrilled!

If anyone is still thinking about these, run don't walk. They are a great deal. The Elites simply do not get enough credit on this site (there's some prejudice because of the name's association with imported instruments).

I just played the 5 remaining Elites and I must say I recommend all of them. Three hog sopranos ($400) each played the snot out of the Mexican S1 Martin ($419) on Groth's wall, probably in good measure because they are substantially larger sopranos. The build quality is tremendous. They do have the geared "ear" tuners.

There are two koa models left: 1Koa-S ($400) and 1Koa-C ($450). While they are plainer Koa (ask for a photo) than others that have already sold, I thought they sounded really good.
I REALLY like the satin necks on all of the levels (including the gloss models).

And every one of these ukes comes with the nice Kala hardshell black faux-alligator wooden case (later versions only have a gig bag) so in essence you can knock another $50+ off these prices.

Ziret
06-11-2018, 06:23 PM
Wow Tracie, I love it. What a steal. I am wracking my brain for a rationalization why I need another ukulele. Maybe by morning I'll come up with it. I've been wanting one of the Kala concert hard cases...

ukeinfused
06-11-2018, 06:36 PM
Wow Tracie, I love it. What a steal. I am wracking my brain for a rationalization why I need another ukulele. Maybe by morning I'll come up with it. I've been wanting one of the Kala concert hard cases...

I need another uke like a hole in the head, LOL.
I just couldn't walk out of the store with two under my arms.
But honestly those hog sopranos with the doghair finish rock. Still thinking about them.

I believe they have a wider nut - more room to work, but your Kiwaya may too I guess.

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Ziret
06-12-2018, 03:48 AM
Honestly those little hog sopranos with the doghair reverse-fill rock.
I couldn't walk out of the store with two under my arms. But I am still thinking about them.
I need another uke like a hole in the head, LOL.

I believe they have a wider nut - more room to work, but your Kiwaya may too I guess.


So that's how they do it, I thought it was the grain!

A night of rest and my resistance is up. Three sopranos is enough.

Yes, the Kiwaya necks are fine, as is the Timms, as I'm sure your KTS-7 is, too. I'd be interested to hear your comparison of the two--very interested. Still miss my 6.

Teri

Booli
06-12-2018, 10:04 AM
Chris - thanks for sharing this info.

Tempted, yes, but I am holding out for and saving up for a Ken Timms soprano for a while now...

Nice to see other folks get in on the deals before these are all gone! :)

ukeinfused
06-12-2018, 12:04 PM
So that's how they do it, I thought it was the grain!

A night of rest and my resistance is up. Three sopranos is enough.

Yes, the Kiwaya necks are fine, as is the Timms, as I'm sure your KTS-7 is, too. I'd be interested to hear your comparison of the two--very interested. Still miss my 6.

Teri

Yah, it's the grain, only accentuated. (Maybe it's not a "reverse fill", think I had that wrong.
Anyway, gives the wood a vintage look.
I found this video:
https://kalabrand.com/pages/kala-elite-usa-doghair-collection

I wish I'd brought the Kiwaya in, just to hear them side by side. I think these Kalas have a bigger sound. But like I said, the body is substantially fatter, for a soprano.
Neck is nicely shaped, bulkier than the Kiwaya but more slender than the import Kalas, about perfect for my hands (large for a woman).